Showbiz Sandbox 74: Showbiz News Gets A Reboot

October 11, 2010

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Anne Thompson of Thompson On Hollywood discusses her new role at IndieWire and the recent shuffle of entertainment journalists between media outlets. She gives us her take on the future of IndieWire and the current state of entertainment news coverage.

The Social Network continues to clean up at the box office and if a recent screening of the film for Academy members is any indication, the movie may continue its successful run during awards season. Hopefully, the producers will remember to pay the cast. This seems to be an issue for the cast of the Academy Award winning film “Crash”. Just ask Matt Dillon who is suing producers over the films profits.

The FCC still hasn’t approved the Comcast – NBC Universal merger, though that hasn’t stopped Comcast’s Steve Burke from taking over the reins of the organizations. He takes the place of former NBCU head Jeff Zucker who received a two year paid vacation to the tune of $7.8 million per year. Maybe Zucker can help Google TV get off the ground during his downtime.

We also review all the big entertainment headlines for the past two weeks during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including Justin Bieber’s new role as the host of “Punk’d”, “Wonder Woman” heading to television and yet another “Superman” heads to the big screen.

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Academy Voters React To “The Social Network”
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/academy-voters-react-to-social-network….

Tony Gilroy Directing “Bourne Identity 4″
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/exclusive-tony-gilroy-directing….

Writers Make Trailer For Their Screenplay
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/writers-make-trailer-for-their….

Matt Dillon Suing For “Crash” Profits
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i4….

FCC Asks Comcast, NBCU For More Info
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/458052-FCC_Asks_Comcast….

What Will Jeff Zucker Do Next?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i4d1f1….

Toshiba Glasses Free 3D For Christmas In Japan
http://hollywoodinhidef.com/2010/10/toshiba-glasses-free-3d-for-xmas/

Glasses-less 3D Nintendo Delayed
http://hollywoodinhidef.com/2010/09/glasses-less-3d-nintendo-delayed/

Google TV Announces Its Programming Partners, But Top Networks Are Absent
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/technology/05google.html

Banksy’s Simpson’s Opening Credits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1iplQQJTo

“Glee” Topples Beatles Record For Most Hit Singles
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/51942/217505

Potter 3D Scrubbed By Warner
http://hollywoodinhidef.com/2010/10/potter-3d-scrubbed-by-warner/

MTV To Revive “Punk’d” With Justin Bieber
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3if40aa…..

Zack Snyder Will Direct Superman Film
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/10/04/zack-snyder-will-direct-superman-film/

2 E-Books Cost More Than Amazon Hardcovers
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/business/media/05follett.html

Director John McTiernan Headed To Prison
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/john-mctiernan-headed-to-prison/

CNN’s Cooper To Host Daytime Talk Show
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527487047894045….

Toni Braxton Declares Bankruptcy, Again
http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/10/08/broke-toni-braxton-declares-bankruptcy….

Wonder Woman Headed To TV With David E. Kelley
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/10/wonder-woman-tv-show.html

Anne Thompson Named indieWIRE Editor At Large
http://www.indiewire.com/article/thompson_takes_on_iw_mccarthy_departs_for_hr/

Film Critic Todd McCarthy Joins Hollywood Reporter
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69604T20101007

Media Watch: Hiring Brand Stars
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/10/07/media….

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