Showbiz Sandbox 59: Movie Piracy Becomes Unthinkable

June 21, 2010


On the weekend of June 11th the film “Unthinkable” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Sheen rocketed up the Internet Movie Database’s MovieMeter. It wound up at number three beating out such new releases as “Get Him To The Greek” and “Shrek Forever After”. The funny thing is, this film wasn’t playing in theaters and at the time hadn’t even been released on DVD. A pristine pirated version however did leak online.

Cotty Chubb, the producer of “Unthinkable”, joins us to discuss the film, whether the illegal version helped its recent release and ultimately how movie piracy is affecting the entertainment industry.

“Toy Story 3” didn’t have to worry about being pirated when it opened this weekend since most theaters were showing it in 3D. The film earned debuted in first place with a whopping $109 million. That makes it the most successful Pixar opening ever.

Piracy doesn’t seem to be affecting Michael Jackson’s estate either. In the year since the performer’s death his music and film work has earned nearly a billion dollars according to Billboard magazine.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we review the week’s top entertainment headlines including one about a potential director for ‘The Hobbit’ and a story about why some folks in Hollywood think IMDB is ageist. This week’s Inside Baseball segment covers movie tracking; what it’s all about and why it seems to be unreliable this summer.

‘Toy Story 3’ Is Pixar’s Biggest Opening, But Will It Be Pixar’s Most Successful Movie?….

Is ‘Unthinkable’ the Hottest New Movie You’ve Never Heard Of….

IMDB’s “Unthinkable” Message Board

Cotty Chubb On Twitter

Seize The Power: A Marketing and (DIY)stribution Symposium

Ted Hope’s Blog – Truly Free Film

Michael Jackson A Billion Dollar Man

AP Timeline Details Michael Jackson’s Last Day….

Amazon Drops Kindle Price to $189

Two Film Directors To Lead London Olympics

Neill Blomkamp Is ‘The Hobbit’ Director – Maybe….

No Regrets For Perez Hilton Over Miley Cyrus Upskirt Pic….

Unreleased Soundgarden Track Due On ‘Guitar Hero’

Amanda Bynes to retire.….

Three ‘Glee’ Movies Could Be On Their Way….

Battle Waging Over IMDB Age Listings….

Box Office Blindsides: The Trouble With Tracking