Showbiz Sandbox 80: Disney Dumps Fairy Tales For Original Stories

As “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” debuted to $125 million in its opening weekend, Disney prepared to release its 50th animated feature film less than a week later. However, despite building a multi-billion dollar empire based on stories that feature princesses, according to Dawn C. Chmielewski of the Los Angeles Times “Tangled” may be the last fairy tale we see out of the studio. She joins us to explain how future Disney Animation titles will focus on original stories.

Reality shows continue to dominate television news, not to mention political news. The media seemed all abuzz last week over how Bristol Palin, the daughter of Sarah Palin, had not yet been voted off “Dancing With the Stars”. She even beat out pop stars such as Brandy. There were accusations that conservative Tea Party supporters were rigging the voting on the show.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards, winning four trophies including Artist of the Year. Unfortunately for Bieber though, nobody was watching since the telecast received the worst ratings in its history.

We review all the week’s top entertainment news stories during Big Deal or Big Whoop including a streaming only offering from Netflix, why Lindsay Lohan was dumped from her latest film and the big names developing “The Hulk” television series. Our Inside Baseball topic this week has studio head Harvey Weinstein taking on the MPAA over their strict ratings on two of his upcoming releases.


Disney Animation Is Closing The Book On Fairy Tales,0….

Bieber Bust: AMA’s Hit All-Time Ratings Low

American Music Award Winners….

Credible-Seeming Rumor: Stones For Coachella?….

Fox Moves American Idol….

How Palin Conservatives Are Cheating The DWTS Voting System….

Netflix About To Launch No DVD-Streaming Video Only Service….

Blockbuster To Remind People It Still Exists….

Senate Committee OKs Domain Name Seizures For Pirate Websites

‘Glee’ Reality Show Sets Its Casting Calls….

Live “Glee” Show Heads To The U.K.

Lollapalooza Heads South With Santiago Edition….

National Book Award For Patti Smith

“Paranormal Activity 3” Is On It’s Way….

Michael Jackson Video Unearthed Ahead Of Album Release….

Microsoft Sells 1 Million Kinects….

Lindsay Lohan Didn’t Quit… We Fired Her….

Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick to Create New “Hulk” Television Series….

Weinstein Comapny Plans To Challenge “Blue Valentine” NC-17 Rating….