Showbiz Sandbox 77: It’s Official – Hollywood To Make Nothing But Sequels

With the seventh installment of the Saw franchise and Paranormal Activity 2 topping this week’s box office, it’s not hard to see why Hollywood studios have been greenlighting sequels and prequels. They range from high profile titles such as “The Hobbit” and “Avatar”, to questionable projects such as “Top Gun 2”. Don’t even get us started on the prequel to Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas”.

If big budget Hollywood movies aren’t your thing, you could always stay home and watch television, provided the broadcast networks don’t get into a carriage dispute with your cable provider and black out their signal. Fox did just that to Cablevision subscribers recently and we’ll explain why. Meanwhile, Conan O’Brien prepares for his new late night talk show with a Rolling Stone interview.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we provide analysis of the week’s top entertainment headlines, including Charlie Sheen’s latest trouble, a new hit for AMC and a film based on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Our Inside Baseball discussion focuses on why consumers prefer to rent digital movies rather than purchase them.

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Hobbit Staying In New Zealand
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hobbit-staying-new-zealand-32829

James Cameron’s Next Films Are Avatar 2 & 3
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/breaking-news-james-camerons-next-films….

Christopher Nolan Reveals Title Of Third Batman Film
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/10/27/christopher-nolan-reveals-title….

Robert Zemeckis Says Roger Rabbit Sequel Is Coming Along
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/robert_zemeckis_says_roger….

Tony Scott Locked For “Top Gun 2”
http://www.whatsplaying.com.au/2010/10/hollywood-insider-tony-scott-locked….

Matt Damon Says Not Notified About “Bourne Legacy”
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/matt_damon_says_no_one….

‘Goodfellas’ TV Prequel Confirmed
http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/news/a284197/goodfellas-tv-prequel-confirmed.html

Cablevision, Fox End 15 Day Blackout
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118026632.html?categoryid=4076&cs=1

Dish, Fox Reach Carriage Agreement
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/dish-fox-reach-carriage-agreement/

Conan O’Brien Comes Clean
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/17389/226482

Conan O’Brien Gives Fans A Sneak Peek With “Show Zero”
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/10/28/conan-obrien-gives-fans-a-sneak-peek….

‘Mike & Molly’ Creator Slams Marie Claire
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/exclusive-mike-molly-creator….

Print Books Still Big Man On Campus
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article….

Did MySpace Get Its Redesign Right?
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/27/did-myspace-actually-get-its-redesign-right

Kara Dioguardi Named Judge For “Going Platinum”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/kara-dioguardi-named-judge….

McCartney Remasters “Band On The Run”
http://www.examiner.com/music-in-boston/mccartney-opens-up-the-archives-with….

Charlie Sheen In Hospital After Drunk Vice Girl Rampage At Hotel
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/2010/10/27/hollywood-star-charlie-sheen-in….

HBO Ending ‘Big Love’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/hbo-ending-big-love-after-33071

Roland Emmerich Will Shoot Aliens On A Shoestring
http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2010/10/31/roland-emmerich-will-shoot….

Super Bowl Ad Slots Sell out Early
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/super-bowl-ad-slots….

Donald Trump Signs First-Look Deal With NBC Universal
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/donald-trump-signs-first-look-deal….

Michael Jackson Song “Thriller” To Become Movie
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/michael-jackson-song-thriller-in….

“Walking Dead” Sets AMC Ratings Record
http://www.popfi.com/2010/11/02/the-walking-dead-sets-amc-ratings-record/

3 Scripts By Akira Kurosawa Discovered
http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/life/3-scripts-akira-kurosawa-discovered-033265

“Ghost Rider 2” Budget Slashed By $60 Million
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/ghost_rider_2_discount_version/

Agent David Styne Sells Script Under Pseudonym
http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/agent-david-styne-sells-script….

More People Watching Movies Online, But Few Are Buying Them
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-downloads-20101019,0,558719.story

Netflix Grabs 20% Of Peak Time U.S. Internet Traffic
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20020434-17.html

  • 56_44

    JSR…you are great ! Content on the podcast is also top notch…however…how do you put up with your co-hosts…..talk about arrogant narcissists…..she says….we don’t watch live TV like middle america cause we actually have lives and go out during the week, cause we live in fabulous cities….really ? I am sure you are the only ones who are cool enough to miss live TV shows….give us a break ! So we are to believe that after you have all of your cosmopolitan fun, you go back and catch up on all of the shows that we have already seen…..your lives MUST be better….

    And as for your female host…what does she have to offer this podcast except to be snarkey… and belittle the host and what’s his name….

    MG…ok we get it, you are Gay !