Showbiz Sandbox 75: Hollywood Stunned By A Jackass (And It’s Not Perez Hilton!)

Everyone expected the latest installment of the low-rent “Jackass” franchise to bring in a few bucks, especially since it was filmed in 3D, but nobody expected the movie to take in $50 million in its debut weekend and set records for an October opening. Another surprise from this past week came when gossip blogger Perez Hilton told the world he would no longer “bully” or “out” celebrities on his popular website. Hilton has left everyone wondering if he is being honest, or just trying to grab a few headlines.

In television news, the big story was all about the Chilean miner rescue which drew huge ratings for cable news networks. As for some of the season’s new shows, we provide an update on which ones seem to be fairing well and which may be headed into a permanent hiatus.

The nominations for the American Music Awards were announced, though instead of pulling names from Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the show relied on the Ultimate Chart published by BigChampagne.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we cover the week’s top showbiz news, including rumors that a sequel to “Top Gun” is in the works, a release schedule that has Steven Spielberg competing with himself, and Ozzy Osbourne’s new gig as a health columnist for Rolling Stone. Our Inside Baseball topic focuses on a Hollywood talent agency’s attempt to energize its staff with a comical video and how it was ultimately leaked online.

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‘Jackass 3D’ Blows Up The Competition
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/10/box-office….

The Hobbit Gets Its Greenlight With Jackson Directing
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/breaking-hobbit-gets-its….

Mary Parent Exiting MGM
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mary-parent-exiting-mgm-30836

James Cameron Flirting With Cleopatra
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/james-cameron-flirting-with-cleopatra/

Miner Rescue Draws Millions
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/ratings-miners-rescue….

Mining Reality Show Coming To TV
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/mining-reality-show….

Barbara Billingsley, Who Played June Cleaver, Dies At 94
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/16/barbara-billingsley-who….

Incredible Hulk Headed Back To TV
http://screencrave.com/2010-10-15/the-incredible-hulk-headed-back-to-tv/

Fox Gives Series Order To “Napoleon Dynamite”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/fox-gives-series-order….

Again, Kutcher Sells Blog To CBS
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/again-kutcher-sells-blog….

Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead AMA Noms
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118025579.html?categoryid=16&cs=1

Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” Title, Poster and Website Revealed
http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2010/10/justin-biebers-never-say-never….

Perez Hilton Promises To Stop Bullying Celebrities
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/10/perez-hilton-no-bullying.html

Perez Hilton Wants To Stop Bullying. Do You Believe Him?
http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/10/13/perez-hilton-wants-to-stop-being-a-bully….

Sirius XM Nears 20 Million Subscriber Mark
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/local-broadcast/….

Taylor Swift Next On ‘Glee’?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/taylor-swift-next-glee-30849

‘Top Gun 2’ Is Heading To The Runway
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/10/top_gun_2.html

Johnny Galecki Joins Justin Timberlake Film
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/johnny-galecki-joins-justin….

Hollywood Reporter Relaunches Website
http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/media/e3ic7e4cfc0f5baca7….

Clash of the Titan: Spielberg Movies Will Duel
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/clash-of-the-titan-spielberg….

Culture Club Reunion Confirmed
http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2010/10/12/15669536.html

Ozzy Osbourne Is Taking Your Health Questions
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/17386/151404

APA Retreat Reel Disses Agency Rivals
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/apa-retreat-reel-disses-its-agency….