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.


At Box Office Twilight Continues To Knock Em Undead

Roger Ebert On ‘The Last Airbender’: Phony 3-D At Its Worst

Cantor Fitzgerald Abandons Plans To Trade Box Office Futures

Andrew Garfield To Play Spider-Man

Facebook Mafia Wars Movie In Development

Is James Cameron Bringing The Black Eyed Peas To The Big Screen In 3-D?

Sucker Punch May Avoid 3D Conversion

“Transformers 3” To Be Shot With 3D Cameras

Larry King Confirms Fall Exit From CNN Show

Eliot Spitzer To Replace Campbell Brown

Futurama Returns With Strong Ratings

World Cup Match Draws Largest U.S. Soccer Audience In History

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

Jimmy Kimmel Live Draws Its Most Watched 2nd Quarter Ever

2Q 2010 Is Disney Channel’s Most Watched Second Quarter on Record

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

How Eminem’s “Recover” Sold 741K In Its First Week

10 Things You Need To Know About Hulu Plus

Hulu Coming To Xbox 360

Mel Gibson’s Racist Rant Caught On Tape

Forbes Celebrity 100

Blockbuster Will Be Delisted

David Duchovny To Make Stage Debut In Neil LaBute Play

Meryl Streep To Play Margaret Thatcher

Pee Wee Herman’s Next Big Adventure: A New Movie

D.C. Comics Has Ruined Wonder Woman

‘Cloudy’ Directors Play With Lego

Marvel Creates Marvel Television

Lollapalooza’s 2010 After-Show Sets

Icahn’s Offer For Lions Gate Closes

Starz Wants Out Of The Movie Business

Agent Ed Limato Dies At 73