Showbiz Sandbox 60: Reality TV Doesn’t Kid Around

June 28, 2010


If you are a minor working on a reality television series it turns out there are no child labor laws that protect you. A month long investigation by the Los Angeles Times found  dozens of kids appearing on reality programs without legal safeguards due to widespread uncertainty about how to classify the shows. Times staff writers Matea Gold and Richard Verrier reveal that most of the popular shows had not obtained work permits to employ minors. Gold joins us this week to provide all the details.

It was good news and bad news at the box office. Good news for “Toy Story 3”, which finished in first place for the second week and bad news for Tom Cruise, whose latest movie, “Knight and Day” didn’t open to boffo numbers. If you’d like to place a bet on how much Cruise’s next movie might make, you might never get the chance. The U.S. Congress is set to pass a financial reform bill that would prevent two box office futures exchanges from operating.

The government is also getting involved in the annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, and not in a good way. The events promoters was subpoenaed last week for an anti-trust investigation. Turns out the “radius clause” in Lollapalooza’s contract is preventing Chicago night clubs from booking musical acts. Maybe Coachella’s booking rules aren’t so bad after all.

Google got some good legal news last week when Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube for copyright infringement was dismissed. Of course, Viacom will appeal the decision.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we argue about all the week’s top entertainment headlines, including whether Peter Jackson will direct “The Hobbit” films, the Library of Congress National Recording Registry adds some hip-hop to its archives and Sylvester Stallone as mobster John Gotti.

Reality TV Kids Don’t Have A Safety Net….

3D’s Diminishing Box Office Returns

House Adds Movie Futures Trading Ban To Financial Reform Bill….

Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer to Produce 83rd Academy Awards Telecast

Date Of Academy Awards Changing To January?….

Academy Invites 135 To Membership

Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Ratings Stay Below Conan’s….

Is Lollapalooza A Monopalooza? Subpoenas Issued For Anti-Trust Investigation….

So Maybe Coachella’s Booking Rules Aren’t So Egregious After All….

Illinois Attorney General Investigating Lollapalooza For Anti-trust….

2010 Lilith Tour Cancels Dates….

Prince Charles Rocks Glastonbury

Google Victorious In Viacom’s YouTube Lawsuit….

Peter Jackson Negotiating To Direct “The Hobbit” Films….

Eighties Icons Tiffany, Debbie Gibson To Star In Syfy Original Movie….

Helen Mirren Poses Nude For New York Magazine….

Prepare For The “Eat Pray Love” Juggernaut….

John Lasseter Officially Steps In As ‘Cars 2’ Co-Director….

2Pac’s “Dear Mama” Selected By Library of Congress For National Recording Registry….

‘The Catcher In The Rye’ To Be Made Into A Hollywood Film….

Daniel Radcliffe To Star In “All Quiet On The Western Front”….

Sylvester Stallone Wants To Play John Gotti

Steve Carell Leaving “The Office”….