Showbiz Sandbox 38: Gender Matters In Hollywood

January 18, 2010

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The New Year may have started off slow, but 2010 is heating up! “Avatar” is on track to top “Titanic” as the highest grossing film of all time, The Golden Globes were handed out on Sunday and of course the late night talk show war has really taken some interesting turns.

Dylan Stableford who writes The Wrap’s Media Alley column joins us to talk about his post, “The Vilification of Leno: Loud, Nasty and Fleeting.” Will audiences warm up to Jay Leno again? Who was the bad guy in all this fracas? Leno, Conan O’Brien, or NBC?

In movie news, director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire dropped out of “Spider-Man 4” and Sony now says it plans to reboot the franchise with a younger actor.

Finally, though she didn’t win a Golden Globe, director Kathryn Bigelow is earning critical praise for her film “The Hurt Locker.” Academy Award nominations have yet to be announced, but she appears to have a lock on one, and may be the first woman to win the best director Oscar in the history of the awards show. Women in Hollywood and the film industry is a topic we discuss frequently here on Showbiz Sandbox thanks in part to Karen Woodward. Joining us to discuss the issue today is Matthew Hammett Knott a London-based writer and guest columnist at indieWIRE who wrote a post titled, “Is Kathryn Bigelow a Female Director?

Picking up where Matthew left off is Guy Lodge, a freelance writer and screenwriter based in London, who is a contributor to the In Contention Blog, which covers the awards season. He wrote a post recently on In Contention titled “How Relevant is Kathryn Bigelow’s Gender?” Finally, we are joined by Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post, whose article on women in film we
discussed a few weeks ago on Showbiz Sandbox.

Let the debates begin.

Spider-Man Gets A Reboot
http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/press_releases/2010/01_10/011220….

It’s Over! NBC To Pay Conan $30 Million
http://www.thewrap.com/article/breaking-nbc-pay-conan-30m-13048

Tallying The NBC Damage
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-01-15/….

The Vilification of Leno: Loud, Nasty and Fleeting
http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/vilification-jay-leno-does-it-matter-12930

Guess Who Said It? Late Night Edition
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/guess-who-said-it-late-night-edition/

Did TMZ gain glory or did they lose face by jumping gun before it was actually settled?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news….

Beyonce Performs for Gadaffi
http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/beyonce-performing-gaddafi-photos-surface/

Glee’s Matthew Morrison Signs To Mercury Records
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-the-beat-goes-on/posts/glee-s….

For Your Consideration: Is Kathryn Bigelow A Female Director?
http://www.indiewire.com/article/for_your_consideration_is_kathryn_bigelow….

How Relevant Is Kathryn Bigelow’s Gender?
http://incontention.com/?p=20468

Ann Hornaday On Women & Film
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10….

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