Showbiz Sandbox 36: Can “Avatar” Beat “Titanic”? Heck No!

January 7, 2010


“Avatar” continues its takeover of the box office, while “The Hurt Locker” appears to be taking over the awards season. James Cameron’s 3D labor of love entered the list of top 10 grossing films of all time and may be poised to become the highest grossing movie ever, a title now held by another Cameron film, “Titanic”. “Avatar” is now one of only five films to ever earn over a billion dollars world-wide.

Now the prognostication begins about whether “Avatar” (and Cameron) will be nominated for an Academy Award? His ex-wife’s movie “The Hurt Locker” certainly seems to be headed that way. Director Kathryn Bigelow is earning raves for the film and she is being being heavily favored to be the first female to win a Best Director Oscar. Between Bigelow and Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated”), female directors, or at least the discussion of their recent success, is the topic du jour in Hollywood.

Another favorite topic at the beginning a year is reflection and prediction. What were the top reviewed movies of the decade? Did you see any of them? What’s in store for us in the television world during 2010? What would U2’s Bono do over the next ten years? Apparently, he’d police the Internet in hopes of catching intellectual property pirates.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we discuss Flixster’s acqusition of Rotten Tomatoes and the potential director of the next James Bond film, among many other top entertainment headlines. Finally, entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel joins us for a little Inside Baseball discussion. He explains all the nitty gritty details of the squabble between Fox and TimeWarner cable squabble. Jonathan tells us why it happened and what it might mean for cable television (and television viewers) going forward.

‘The Hurt Locker’ Sweeps National Society of Film Critics Awards

Top Women Director? Nancy Meyers

‘Potter’, ‘Avatar’ Spur Box Office Record In ’09

Cinema Surpassed DVD Sales In 2009

Best Reviewed Movies of the Decade

Library Of Congress Adds 25 To Registry

Bono’s Ten For The Next Ten

Flixster Buys Rotten Tomatoes

Lenny Kravitz Says He Did Not Leak Michael Jackson Song

Kim Raver Joins Grey’s Anatomy Full Time

Disney Acquires stake in Stan Lee’s POW!

Twitter Storm Stirring Over Missing Screeners For Duncan Jones’ “Moon”

Sam Mendes To Direct Next James Bond Film?

Fox, TimeWarner Cable Reach Deal