Showbiz Sandbox 56: What You Talkin’ Bout Guillermo?!

June 1, 2010


The past week’s entertainment news was filled with surprises. First Gary Coleman, star of the hit 80’s sitcom unexpectedly died at the age of 42 from a brain hemorrhage. Then, after more than two years of work, the ongoing turmoil at MGM causes director Guillermo del Toro call it quits on the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. A question lingers over whether Peter Jackson will step in to helm the film himself?

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter, one of the industry’s big trade papers, left many mouths agape when they hired former Us Weekly editor Janice Min to transform the film into a broader weekly publication.

Maybe not such a surprise was the tepid box office results over the North American Memorial Day Weekend. Customarily the start of the summer blockbuster season, this year audiences stayed away from theaters, probably because they don’t find any of the new releases, including “Sex and The City 2” and “Prince of Persia” all that interesting. Another expected, though sad, turn of events was the passing of actor Dennis Hopper, who had been battling prostate cancer since last October.

Over in the music world, Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut won the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with her catchy pop song “Satellite”.  Hip-hop pop star M.I.A was also making news, though not necessarily in a good way. After the New York Times Magazine published a less than flattering profile of her she posted the writer’s phone number on Twitter claiming it was her own.

We go through a ton of entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop this week including a casting update for the “X-Men” prequel, Megan Fox’s replacement on “Transformers 3”, Ellen DeGeneres’ new record label and the cancellation of “Ghost Whisperer”.

‘Different Strokes’ Star Gary Coleman Dies

Actor/Director Dennis Hopper Dies At 74….

Guillermo Del Toro Leaves The Hobbit

Sir Peter Jackson Says He May Step In….

The Karate Kid Update Breaks Down Some Chinese Walls,0….

Germany Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Priests Become Hit Making Trinity In Brazil

M.I.A.’s Agitprop Pop

Lynn Hirschberg’s Response To M.I.A. Tweet in which Hirschberg’s personal number was given out as if it were M.I.A.’s….

Disney Dumps SoapNet To Make Way For Kids Network

James McAvoy is Playing Professor X in “X-Men: First Class”….

New Role for EllenDegeneres: Record Company Mogul….

‘Nightline’ Hits Ratings Record With Jesse James Interview….

Gorillaz To Replace U2 As Glastonbury Headliners….

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley To Replace Megan Fox In ‘Transformers 3’

Michael Bay To Produce ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Relaunch

Luc Besson Invites Public To Co-Produce Next Film….

ABC Sends ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Into The Light….

Disney Exec’s Assistant Arrested For Insider Trading

Hollywood Money Guru Ken Starr Arrested For Ponzi Scheme, Bilking Clients….

A Dramatic Makeover For The Hollywood Reporter….

Hollywood Reporter Hires Kim Masters….