Showbiz Sandbox 82: Training For The Awards Season Marathon

December 6, 2010

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The end of the year always has more “best of” lists and awards show news than any media outlet knows what to do with. Over the past week nominees were announced for the Independent Spirit Awards, the Grammys and the Annies (for animated films). In Europe, they’ve already started holding awards ceremonies, with “The King’s Speech” cleaning up at the British Independent Film Awards and “Ghost Writer” topping the European Film Awards.

Competing at next year’s awards shows will likely be a few films selected for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which will take place in January. Some outlets noted that the festival’s competition selection didn’t have enough star driven films, but artistic director John Cooper points to the premieres section which has been programmed with films sure to keep the Park City paparazzi quite busy.

In television news, it appears the degree to which networks and advertisers trust Nielsen’s rating system is decreasing by the day. They claim Nielsen’s method of acquiring its numbers is antiquated.  Meanwhile, on Broadway, all anyone wants to talk about is “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark”. While most avid theater-goers believe the super hero musical is going to be awful, they all still can’t wait to see it.

Of course, we cover the week’s top entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including a new contract for Ryan Seacrest, a release date for Mel Gibson’s next movie and Kevin Smith’s dubious retirement plans. The tiff between Internet backbone provider Level 3 and cable operator Comcast, initially sparked by Netflix streaming, is our Inside Baseball topic this week. Unfortunately, only the nerdiest among us may comprehend it.

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“Tangled” On Top As “Warrior’s Way” Flops
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/12/box-office….

Winter’s Bone Tops Spirit Award Nominations
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/11/30/independent….

Social Network Named Best Film By National Board Of Review
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/social-network-named-film….

King’s Speech Tops British Independent Film Awards
http://entertainment.latimes.com/awards/2010/12/british-independent-film….

Polanski’s ‘Ghost Writer’ Scores Six At European Film Awards
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/12/04/polanskis….

2010 Annie Nominees Are Announced
http://entertainment.latimes.com/awards/2010/12/annie-nominations.html

Sundance Film Festival Releases Competition Slate
http://entertainment.latimes.com/awards/2010/12/sundance-2011-competition….

2011 Grammy Award Nominees Announced
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-grammy-award-nominees

Kanye West Falls Short of Prediction On Album Sales
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/kanye-west-falls-short-of….

Nielsen, Heal Thyself
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/media-agencies-research….

Comcast and NBC Give Themselves More Time To Close Deal
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/12/comcast-and….

Google Launches Google Ebooks, Formerly Google Editions
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books….

A ‘Spider-Man’ Actress Is Injured Backstage
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/theater/04spider.html

‘Spider-Man’ Musical Team Sends Conan Scary Thank You Letter
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/12/spider-man_musical_team_to_con.html

‘Next to Normal’ On Filmmaker Rob Reiner’s Movie Wish List
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/145484-Next-to-Normal-on-Filmmaker-Rob….

Lee Daniels Eyeing The Scottsboro Boys
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/lee_daniels_eyeing_the_scottsboro….

Ryan Seacrest Reups With Clear Channel
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/local-broadcast/e3ie80….

Casting Director Dismissed From ‘The Hobbit’
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/casting-director-is-dismissed-from….

Angelina Jolie Defends Bosnian Directorial Debut
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B12A920101203

Prince William’s Royal Wedding May Be Broadcast In 3D
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2010/12/04/prince-williams-royal-wedding-may-be….

New ‘Catfish’ Lawsuit Could Finally Expose The Truth
http://www.slashfilm.com/catfish-lawsuit-finally-expose-truth/

Michael Douglas Prepping For Post Cancer Role
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-douglas-prepping-post….

Kevin Smith Reveals Red State Distribution Plans, Won’t Retire
http://www.slashfilm.com/exclusive-kevin-smith-reveals-red-state-distribution….

Disney Will Set Sail For ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 5 & 6
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/exclusive-disney-will-set….

Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver”: Is It Fish or Fowl?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2010/12/the-beaver-trailer-mel-gibson.html

Michael Cera Joins Mister Heavenly
http://pitchfork.com/news/40873-michael-cera-joins-mister-heavenly/

David Lynch Turns Pop Singer-Songwriter
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/nov/28/david-lynch-turns-pop-singer….

Jack White Defends Third Man Records eBay Auctions
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/dec/01/jack-white-ebay-auctions

The Real Story Behind the Comcast – Level 3 Battle
http://gigaom.com/2010/12/01/comcast-level-3-battle/

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