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

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.


“Inception” Incites Intense Interest

Superman Starring Zachary Levi With Jonathan Nolan Directing….

The Beaver: Mel’s Multi-Million Dollar Victim….

F.C.C. Indecency Policy Rejected On Appeal

2010 Best Selling Albums List – So Far….

New Lil’ Wayne Album Could Be Out Before Lil’ Wayne….

RIAA Needs To Hire Some Cheaper Lawyers, Spent $17.5M Recovering $391K….

Celador May Sue William Morris Next

Pixar Developing Cars Spinoff – Planes….

Hulu Overwhelmed By Sign Ups For $9.99 Subscription Service,0,4609242.story

Tom Cruise Is Still Ethan Hunt For Now

Justin Bieber Nabs Most Watched YouTube Video Of All Time

Mark Ruffalo In Late Stage Talks To Be Marvels New Hulk….

Edward Norton’s Agent Responds To Marvel CEO’s Statement….

Aaron Sorkin Will Direct John Edwards Biopic….

It’s Official: ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ To Be In 3D….

Bond Producers Confident Of A Return

E-Books Top Hardcovers At Amazon

Details Emerge On Piers Morgan-CNN Talks….

CNN Nears Deal To Fill Larry King’s Time Slot