Who would have guessed that in this day and age a Sylvester Stallone movie could top the box office for two straight weeks. But Sly’s “The Expendables” finished first with $16 million beating out five new releases including the Jennifer Aniston vehicle “Switched”. The dramedy opened to a disappointing $8.1 million prompting entertainment pundits like Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times to question whether Aniston is truly a movie star.
Generating interest doesn’t seem to be a problem for “The Social Network”, which details the founding of Facebook. More than six weeks before its release the film directed by David Fincher is getting a ton of early Oscar buzz.
Google is also making waves in Hollywood. A book about the company’s early days is being turned into a movie and Google TV has the industry worried that consumers will start canceling their cable subscriptions en masse. According to a story in the New York Times however, Americans have not been cutting their cable cords in the large numbers once predicted. Instead, cable subscriptions have increased.
Also on the rise is rapper Lil Wayne’s income. Forbes estimates he’s made $20 million this year as compared to $18 million last year, a fact made even more amazing since Lil Wayne has been in prison since February.
We discuss the week’s top news stories during Big Deal or Big Whoop including a China’s version of “The Office”, Conan O’Brien’s record deal and Neil Patrick Harris’ Emmy Awards. A boost in readership and a shift in tone at one of Hollywood’s venerable trade publications is this week’s Inside Baseball topic.
Jennifer Aniston: Exactly Why Is She A Movie Star?
The Social Network Starts Too-Early Oscar Buzz
Facebook Feels Unfriendly Toward Film It Inspired
In The Living Room, Hooked On Pay TV
TV Makers Predict A Bright Future For 3D Sets
Steven Tyler Joins “American Idol” As A Judge
Joe Perry Knocks Steven Tyler Off Stage – Tyler Hits Perry Over Head With Mic Stand
Overdose No Accident Says Fantasia
Lil Wayne And The Economics Of Doing Time
EMI Says Digital Music Is Over Inflated, Too Reliant On iTunes
Google Founders To Get Film Treatment
Chinese Version of “The Office” Is Underway
Guillermo Del Toro On “Hellboy 3”
Indiana Jones 5 Will Be Crazy
Justin Timberlake, Zac Effron Eying Memphis With Oliver Stone Directing
Conan O’Brien Releases Two Albums On Jack White’s Label
Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris Receive Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Wyclef Jean Barred From Haiti Election
Jersey Shore’s Situation To Earn $5 Million In 2010
Lady Gaga Is New Queen Of Twitter
Ad Buyers Predict American Idol Fall From Top Spot
Hollywood Reporter Traffic Tops Rivals
Lindsay Lohan Offered $1 Million For First Interview