Showbiz Sandbox 55: I Want My Google TV

May 25, 2010

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It’s official. Google is getting into the television business with help from Sony and Logitech. Will making television searchable cause viewership to rise? On the other hand, movies have apparently found a way to shrink their audience – raise movie ticket prices. While “Shrek Forever After” may have topped the North American box office, it’s $71 million debut was seen as a bit of a disappointment. Industry pundits are pointing to the rising cost of 3D movie tickets as part of the cause.

And if you think movie tickets are getting too expensive just wait until cable companies start offering “home theater on demand”. Movie studios are being pitched by cable operators on distributing their movies via video-on-demand just 30 days after they are released in theaters. However, the $20 to $30 price tag may turn potential customers away.

We wrap up our coverage of the Cannes Film Festival, where an obscure “auteur” film from Thailand took the top prize. Michael Giltz and J. Sperling Reich tell us about all the films they liked (and hated) at this year’s festival.

The series finale of “Lost” aired over the weekend, though it received mixed reviews and mediocre ratings. During our Big Deal or Big Whoop segment we cover all the week’s top entertainment news including Lindsay Lohan’s court date, actress Megan Fox’s sudden unemployment and U2′s forced hiatus. We end with an update on the stalled sale of Miramax Films to former founders Weinstein brothers.

Movie Theaters Retreat From $20 Tickets, Citing Mistake
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704852004575258….

Is The Novelty of 3D Wearing Thin As Ticket Prices Continue To Rise
http://www.btigresearch.com/2010/05/24/is-the-novelty-of-3d-wearing-thin-….

Hollywood Eyes Shortcut To TV
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704167704….

Best Buy Debuts On Demand Video
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703957904….

Cannes 2010 Prizes: Thailand (and Monkey Ghosts) Win Palm d’Or
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/cannes-2010….

Viewers of ‘Lost’ Finale Stay Tuned
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/ratings-for-lost-finale-are-sweet-dude/

Calling On Sony and Others, Google Makes A TV Move
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/technology/21google.html
http://www.google.com/tv/
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-videos-schmidt….

Newspapers Web Traffic On The Rise
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/magazines-newspapers….

Iran Releases Detained Filmmaker
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/05/25/world/middleeast/AP-ML-Iran….

Lindsay Lohan To Wear Alcohol Monitoring Bracelet, Weekly Drug Tests
http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/05/24/2010-05-24_lindsay_lohan_will_have_to_wear_an_alcoholmonitoring….

Paula Abdul Returning To Primetime on CBS
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05/paula-abdul-cbs-.html

Michael Bay’s Revenge: No More Megan Fox For ‘Transformers 3′
http://www.deadline.com/2010/05/michael-bays-revenge-no-more-megan/

Heidi Montag Says She Can Fill Megan Fox’s ‘Transformers’ Role
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/05/heidi-montag-says-she-can-fill-megan-foxs….

Bret Michaels Hospitalized For Heart Problems
http://www.tmz.com/2010/05/20/bret-michaels-hospitalized-heart-hole-warning-stroke/

Jesse James To Appear On ‘Nightline’
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/05/24/jesse.james.wanted….

Paraents Group Not Happy With ‘Sh-t My Dad Says’
http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Parents-Group-Not-Happy-With-CBS-Shit-My….

U2 Postpones Tour As Bono Recovers From Surgery
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/u2-postpones-tour….

Disney Formerly Calls Off Talks With Weinsteins
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704113504….

Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Bid To Reclaim Miramax Falls Apart
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-miramax-20100522,0,3572144.story

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