Our friends Down Under generated a lot of entertainment news this past week. In New Zealand a union boycott of “The Hobbit” may cause Warner Bros. to relocate the production to another country. Director Peter Jackson has publicly opposed such a move, but as the Hollywood Reporter’s Jonathan Handel explains, this may just be Warner Bros. way of negotiating better government tax subsidies.
Over in Australia, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has launched Foxtix, a live event ticketing service aimed at capturing a share of Ticketmaster’s business. Taking on Ticketmaster is a difficult and expensive fight, but Adam McArthur, the head of Foxtix, fills us in on how the company will differentiate itself in the market.
Former Australian native and current Hollywood pariah Mel Gibson was all set to make a comeback with a cameo in “The Hangover 2”, but Warner Bros. decided he was just too much trouble and opted for Liam Neeson.
Meanwhile, in television news the Fox network pulled its programming from Cablevision’s channel lineup over a retransmission fee dispute. Don’t worry, Cablevision’s customers were still able to follow the baseball playoffs through Twitter posts from the Federal Communications Commission. Unlike Cablevision, Google TV is able to access Fox content. They just can’t access content from any of the other major broadcast networks.
We review the week’s top entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop including Chris Rock’s Broadway debut, U2’s next album and the movie Netflix refuses to distribute.
Mel Gibson Making A Cameo Comeback
Mel Gibson Out Of Hangover Sequel
Disney To Distribute Marvel’s “Avengers”, “Iron Man 3”
“Hobbit” Union Boycott Lifted; Jackson Claims Production Leaving New Zealand
News Corp., Cablevision Dig In Heels In Fee Fight
Twitter Sports Commentary By The FCC
Richard Greenfield’s Broadcast TV Manifesto
Networks Block Programs From Being Viewed On Google TV
‘Glee’ Photoshoot For GQ Decried By Parent Watchdog Group
Parents Television Council On The Defensive
‘Glee’ Star Dianna Agron Address GQ Photo Shoot Controversy
Martin Freeman: ‘The Hobbit’ Finds Its Bilbo Baggins
NPR Terminates Contract With Juan Williams
Lindsay Lohan Avoids Jail As Judge Rules For Rehab
Baz Luhrman Workshops “Great Gatsby” In New York
Mark Andrews Replaces Brenda Chapman As Director On Pixar’s Brave
“Trash Humpers” Too Trashy For Netflix
Chris Rock Makes Broadway Debut
DreamWorks Theatricals Plans A Touring “Madagascar” Show
Sony Stops Manufacturing Cassette Walkmans
iPad Outsells Kindle
U2 Working On New Albums
Rupert Murdoch Moves Into The Live Music Industry?