Showbiz Sandbox 66: Why Audiences Are Avoiding 3D Movies

August 9, 2010

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Though 3D movies seem to be all the rage in Hollywood these days, it turns out fewer people are actually seeing them. Ever since the release of “Avatar” 3D’s box office earnings have been trending downward. Reporter Ben Fritz and columnist Patrick Goldstein, both from the Los Angeles Times, help us understand why 3D movies aren’t grossing as much as they did just six months ago.

Meanwhile over on “American Idol” they still haven’t worked out who will be judging next season’s competition, however Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler said publicly he was asked to join the show.

Arcade Fire released their third album “The Suburbs” to critical acclaim and they celebrated by webcasting their Madison Square Garden concert on YouTube. Making the event even more special, Terry Gilliam directed the webcast. Unfortunately for the concert industry, not every band is as successful as Arcade Fire at selling out their performances. Profits are down at concert giant Live Nation and it’s chairman has jumped on Twitter to explain why.

In Big Deal or Big Whoop we review all the week’s top entertainment news stories, including Wycleaf Jean’s Haitian presidential campaign, Charlie Sheen’s legal plea bargain and Seth MacFarlane’s big band album. During our Inside Baseball segment we talk about the big pay cut Tom Cruise is taking to appear in “Mission Impossible: IV”.

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3D At The Box Office: Down, Down, Down
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/3d-box-office-down-down-down-19845

Hollywood Killing 3D Golden Goose Faster Than Expected
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2010/08/no-surprises-dept-hollywood-killing-3d-golden-goose-faster-than-expected.html

James Cameron Talks About “Avatar” Sequels, Re-Release and Books
http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2010/08/exclusive-james-cameron-interview-talks.html

“Beauty and the Best 3D” Pushed Back Indefinitely
http://heatvision.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/08/beauty-and-the-beast-3d-pushed-back-indefinitely-.html

Paramount Making Justin Bieber 3D Movie
http://www.deadline.com/2010/08/paramount-pictures-makes-justin-bieber-movie-deal/

Justin Bieber Fever Comes To Bookshelves
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/08/justin-bieber-fever-comes-to-bookshelves.html

Steven Tyler Confirms ‘Idol’ Judge Talks
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/08/steven-tyler-idol-offer.html

Avenged Sevenfold Scores First No. 1 Album
http://www.billboard.com/#/news/avenged-sevenfold-scores-first-no-1-album-1004107490.story

Terry Gilliam Takes Control Of Arcade Fire
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/terry-gilliam-takes-total-control-of-arcade-fire/

No Surprises In Live Nation’s Disappointing Q2 Earnings
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3if92a9f797ed3bf6be043d975a5ff2b8c

Stop The Presses: Irving Azoff Tweets
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2010/08/04/128987315/stop-the-presses-irving-azoff-tweets

Battle Concert Ticket Prices: Irving Azoff vs. Perez Hilton
http://www.btigresearch.com/2010/08/04/battle-concert-ticket-prices-irving-azoff-vs-perez-hilton/

U2 Is Coming Back
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssj2rmxCWjA&feature=channel

Lady Gaga Crosses Her Legs To Protect Her Creativity
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/08/lady-gaga-vanity-fair-drugs-sex-fans.html

HBO Entourage Series Will End Next Summer
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/08/hbo-entourage-series-will-end-next-summer.html

Wyclef Jean Files Papers To Stand For Haiti President
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-10888173

Jerry Garcia Biopic Won’t Be Allowed To Use His Songs
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/jerry-garcia-biopic-wont-be-allowed-to-use-his-songs/

Mary Hart To Leave “Entertainment Tonight”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ia9603c78ecd93d36acad48b39dab06c9

Rosie O’Donnell To Launch Talk Show On Oprah’s Network
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/08/rosie-odonnell-to-launch-talk-show-on-own.html

Charlie Sheen Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail Time
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/08/charlie_sheen_pleads_guilty_to.html

Ridley Scott’s “Life In A Day” Gets 80,000 Submissions
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/08/05/ridley_scotts_life_in_a_day_gets_80000_submissions/

Seth MacFarlane Unveils Big Band Album
http://www.deadline.com/2010/08/seth-macfarlane-unveils-big-band-album/

Relativity Nabs Nicholas Sparks “Safe Haven”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3if92a9f797ed3bf6b8b3bf1761d90c29d

Paramount Cuts Tom Cruise’s Upfront Salary For Mission Impossible 4
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/08/paramount.html

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