Showbiz Sandbox 45: Changing Faces At Variety

March 15, 2010


Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” took the top spot at the box office again this week, which might be why 3D is causing quite a stir at ShoWest this year in Las Vegas. J. Sperling Reich fills us in on what theatre owners are talking about at the annual convention.

This week Hollywood suffered another untimely death, this time it was actor Corey Haim at age 38.

In happier news (for some), Jay Leno seems to be doing quite well back in his old time slot. The late night funnyman went back to “The Tonight Show” and ratings soared. What does this mean for Conan O’Brien and his chances for launching a competing late night talk show?

In music news, Billboard published a list of the Top 40 Moneymakers of 2009. Its well worth checking out as you might be surprised who makes the list. (Although it’s no surprise that U2 tops the list.)

Finally, we are joined by indieWIRE’s Anne Thompson during our Inside Baseball segment to talk about why Variety, the industry’s top trade paper is laying off staff members, including Todd McCarthy, their top film critic. Is this a sign of impending doom for the daily? 

Panavision Heads Into Theatres With Hybrid 3D System….

Corey Haim Dies At 38

Fox Mulling Summer “Avatar” Re-Release….

Letterman Harasser Pleads Guilty Gets Six Months In Jail….

Billboard lists the Top 40 Moneymakers of 2009….

Katherine Heigl’s “Greys Anatomy” Days Are Done….

Mel Gibson Says Viking Movie May Be His Last….

OK Go Have Done It Again

Glee Tour Adds More Dates and Cities

Variety Sued Over “Iron Cross”….

Variety Follows Oscars By Cutting 8, Including Chief Film Critic….

Variety Editor’s Memo

Variety Cuts Its Life Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney….

Facebook Group: We’ll Pay To Read Todd McCarthy….