Showbiz Sandbox 61: Andrew Garfield Fills Spider-Man’s Reboots

That “Twilight Saga: Eclipse: wound up at the top of the box office over the Fourth of July holiday weekend with $280 million worldwide was not a big shock, however the casting of Andrew Garfield to play Spider-Man in the next installment of the franchise came as a surprise. Entertainment journalist Michael Giltz has been following the 26-year-old actor for several years, but the selection of the unknown had most industry insiders searching for his resume.

In all likelihood the next “Spider-Man” film will be shot in 3D though the format is not a guarantee of box office gold. Just ask M. Night Shyamalan whose “Last Airbender” had a disappointing opening despite being converted to 3D in post-production. Film critic Roger Ebert was not alone in trashing the film.

This week also saw Larry King announce his retirement from the nightly talk show he’s hosted on CNN for 25 years. King’s program has been slipping in ratings recently, as have late night talkers hosted by Jay Leno and David Letterman. But viewership continues to grow on cable television, not to mention on Hulu which will begin offering monthly subscriptions for expanded content offerings.

Over in the music world Eminem is burning up the charts with his most recent album “Recover”, which sold 741,000 copies in its first week.

Our Big Deal or Big Whoop segment covers the week’s top entertainment headlines including Mel Gibson’s racist tirade, Wonder Woman’s new look and a movie made of Legos. During Inside Baseball we discuss the death of legendary Hollywood talent agent Ed Limato.

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At Box Office Twilight Continues To Knock Em Undead
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/at-box-office-twilight-continues-to-knock-em-undead/

Roger Ebert On ‘The Last Airbender’: Phony 3-D At Its Worst
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2010/07/roger-ebert-on-last-airbender-yuck.html

Cantor Fitzgerald Abandons Plans To Trade Box Office Futures
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/29/business/la-fi-ct-futures-20100629

Andrew Garfield To Play Spider-Man
http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/07/andrew-garfield-to-play-spiderman.html

Facebook Mafia Wars Movie In Development
http://screencrave.com/2010-06-28/facebook-mafia-wars-movie-in-development/

Is James Cameron Bringing The Black Eyed Peas To The Big Screen In 3-D?
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-7-2-is-james-cameron-bring-the-black-eyed-peas-to-the-big-screen-in-3-d

Sucker Punch May Avoid 3D Conversion
http://gordonandthewhale.com/sucker-punch-may-avoid-3d-conversion/

“Transformers 3” To Be Shot With 3D Cameras
http://gordonandthewhale.com/transformers-3-to-be-filmed-with-3d-cameras/

Larry King Confirms Fall Exit From CNN Show
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/06/larry-king-confirms-fall-exit-from-cnn.html

Eliot Spitzer To Replace Campbell Brown
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/06/official-eliot-spitzer-campbell-brown.html

Futurama Returns With Strong Ratings
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/06/futurama-returns-with-strong-ratings-.html

World Cup Match Draws Largest U.S. Soccer Audience In History
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/28/usa-ghana-world-cup-match-draws-largest-us-soccer-audience-in-history-of-19-4-million/55532

Oprah Winfrey Show Has Lowest Ratings Week In Its 24 Year History
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/29/syndicated-top-25-oprah-winfrey-show-has-lowest-ratings-week-in-its-24-year-history

Leno’s Tonight Show Has Lowest Rated Quarter Since Letterman Went To CBS
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/tonight-show-has-its-lowest-rated-quarter-since-late-show-debuted-on-cbs/

Jimmy Kimmel Live Draws Its Most Watched 2nd Quarter Ever
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/07/01/jimmy-kimmel-live-draws-its-most-watched-2nd-quarter-ever

2Q 2010 Is Disney Channel’s Most Watched Second Quarter on Record
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/29/2q10-is-disney-channel%E2%80%99s-most-watched-2q-on-record-in-total-day-and-prime-in-total-viewers

MSNBC Beats CNN For First Half Of 2010 In Primetime
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/29/msnbc-beats-cnn-for-first-half-of-2010-in-primetime/

Ad Supported Cable Viewing Continues To Grow As Broadcast Shrinks; DVRs Now In 36% of U.S. Households
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/06/29/ad-supported-cable-viewing-continues-to-grow-as-broadcast-shrinks-dvrs-now-in-36-of-us-households

How Eminem’s “Recover” Sold 741K In Its First Week
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/070110eminem

10 Things You Need To Know About Hulu Plus
http://www.btigresearch.com/2010/06/30/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-hulu-plus/

Hulu Coming To Xbox 360
http://on10.net/blogs/sarahintampa/Hulu-Coming-to-Xbox-360/

Mel Gibson’s Racist Rant Caught On Tape
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/07/world-exclusive-mel-gibsons-racist-rant-caught-tape-tells-oksana-she-would-get

Forbes Celebrity 100
http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/22/lady-gaga-oprah-winfrey-business-entertainment-celeb-100-10_land.html

Blockbuster Will Be Delisted
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703571704575340900845194966.html

David Duchovny To Make Stage Debut In Neil LaBute Play
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/david-duchovny-to-make-stage-debut-in-labute-play/

Meryl Streep To Play Margaret Thatcher
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3id8721154d6b175bcc11d798a3e9b30c5

Pee Wee Herman’s Next Big Adventure: A New Movie
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/paul-reubens-on-pee-wee-hermans-next-big-adventure-a-new-movie/

D.C. Comics Has Ruined Wonder Woman
http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/dc-comics-decides-to-ruin-wonder-woman/
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/rebooted-wonder-woman-600-sells-out/

‘Cloudy’ Directors Play With Lego
http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/06/cloudy-directors-play-with-lego-exclusive.html

Marvel Creates Marvel Television
http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/06/marvel-television-created-loeb-to-head-division.html

Lollapalooza’s 2010 After-Show Sets
http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/06/lollapalooza-2010-aftershows-set-.html

Icahn’s Offer For Lions Gate Closes
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704525704575340731370986108.html

Starz Wants Out Of The Movie Business
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118021341.html?categoryid=14&cs=1

Agent Ed Limato Dies At 73
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/r-i-p-ed-limato/