Showbiz Sandbox 63: Mel Gibson Wishes It Were All A Dream

July 19, 2010

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Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film “Inception” jumped to the top of the North American box office upon release. The follow-up to the director’s blockbuster “The Dark Knight” has some critics buzzing about a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

Academy Award nominations are the least of Mel Gibson’s problems. After being caught on tape screaming obscenities and death threats at his ex-girlfriend, the actor and filmmaker should be happy if his next film,“The Beaver”, simply makes it into theaters.

A number of important court decisions were handed down this past week having to do with First Amendment rights. These include a ruling about “fleeting epithets” and whether broadcasters can be fined for airing them. An appeals court told the Federal Communications Commission their definition of “indecency” was too vague and may encroach on the freedom of speech.

We go over all the week’s top entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including why the R.I.A.A. has spent $17 million suing music fans only to collect $391k, whether Tom Cruise will be cast in “Mission Impossible IV” and e-book sales outpacing those of real books on Amazon. Our Inside Baseball topic focuses on CNN’s search to replace talk show host Larry King, and how they may have taken a few missteps along the way.

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“Inception” Incites Intense Interest
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2862&p=.htm

Superman Starring Zachary Levi With Jonathan Nolan Directing
http://gordonandthewhale.com/superman-starring-zachary-levi-with….

The Beaver: Mel’s Multi-Million Dollar Victim
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-14/the-beaver….

F.C.C. Indecency Policy Rejected On Appeal
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/business/media/14indecent.html

2010 Best Selling Albums List – So Far
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-the-beat-goes-on/posts/who-s….

New Lil’ Wayne Album Could Be Out Before Lil’ Wayne
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/new-lil-wayne-album….

RIAA Needs To Hire Some Cheaper Lawyers, Spent $17.5M Recovering $391K
http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/2010/07/ha-ha-ha-ha….

Celador May Sue William Morris Next
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/celador-may-sue-william-morris-next/

Pixar Developing Cars Spinoff – Planes
http://www.movieline.com/2010/07/exclusive-pixar-developing….

Hulu Overwhelmed By Sign Ups For $9.99 Subscription Service
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-facetime-20100713,0,4609242.story

Tom Cruise Is Still Ethan Hunt For Now
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-7-14-tom-cruise-is-still-ethan-hunt-for-now
http://perezhilton.com/2010-07-15-tom-cruise-confirmed-for-mission-impossible-iv

Justin Bieber Nabs Most Watched YouTube Video Of All Time
http://mashable.com/2010/07/16/justin-bieber-lady-gaga-youtube/

Mark Ruffalo In Late Stage Talks To Be Marvels New Hulk
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/mark-ruffalo-in-late-stage….

Edward Norton’s Agent Responds To Marvel CEO’s Statement
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-7-11-exclusive-edward-norton….

Aaron Sorkin Will Direct John Edwards Biopic
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/aaron-sorkin-options-and….

It’s Official: ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ To Be In 3D
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/07/thor….

Bond Producers Confident Of A Return
http://movies.ign.com/articles/110/1106619p1.html

E-Books Top Hardcovers At Amazon
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/technology/20kindle.html?hp

Details Emerge On Piers Morgan-CNN Talks
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television….

CNN Nears Deal To Fill Larry King’s Time Slot
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/business/media/14cnn.html

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