Showbiz Sandbox 83: The Social Network Tops Critics Year-End Picks

December 13, 2010

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Even the latest “Chronicles of Narnia” film can’t steal the spotlight from “The Social Network”. David Fincher’s little Facebook movie is the toast of critics groups throughout the country with most selecting it as the year’s best film. “Blue Valentine” may be getting overlooked when it comes to top awards, but the MPAA decided to downgrade the film’s NC-17 rating to a more marketable R.

Spotify, Europe’s leading online music service, still hasn’t launched in the United States thanks to licensing disputes with the record labels. We’ll just have to be satisfied with watching music videos on YouTube where artists like Rhianna, Eminem and Justin Bieber rake in millions from advertising.

Disney and ABC aren’t relying on YouTube to make money online with their television shows. Instead, they struck a lucrative licensing deal with Netflix who will stream the shows to to paying subscribers.

Of course we cover the weeks top entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including shock-jock Howard Stern’s retirement plans, Justin Bieber’s trading cards and the egregious earnings of certain reality TV stars. Our Inside Baseball segment covers the new Director’s Guild contract, IndieWire’s new editor-in-chief and the continuing dispute over control of Lions Gate.

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‘Knight and Day’ Is Fox’s 2010 Top Grosser
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/knight-and-day-is-foxs-2010-top-grosser/

LAFCA Names “The Social Network” Best Picture Of The Year
http://entertainment.latimes.com/awards/2010/12/lafca-names-the-social….

New York Film Critics Name The Social Network Best Picture Of The Year
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/york-film-critics-social-network-59224

‘Social Network’ Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/12/12/oscar_watch….

New York Film Critics Extend “Social Network” Streak
http://www.thewrap.com/awards/column-post/new-york-film-critics-23199

“Blue Valentine” NC-17 Rating Overturned By MPAA
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/12/08/blue….

Parents TV Council Upset Over “Blue Valentine” Ratings Change
http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/12/10/blue-valentine-parents-tv-council/

Screenplays On This Year’s Black List
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/screenplays-years-black-list-59211

Spotify U.S. Launch Stalled Again
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2010/12/spotify-launch-us-stalled-again-in….

Rhianna, Eminem and Bieber Making Millions On YouTube
http://gigaom.com/video/rhianna-eminem-bieber-making-millions-on-youtube/

Netflix Expands Deal With ABC, Disney
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-expands-deal-abc-disney-57859

Howard Stern Signs 5 Year Contract With Sirius
http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/09/technology/howard_stern_sirius/

Boyle Knocks West Off His Perch Atop Chart
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/boyle-knocks-west-off-his-perch….

Gorillaz To Gift Fans With New Album On Christmas Day
http://www.crawdaddy.com/index.php/2010/12/08/gorillaz-to-gift-fans….

Cola War Over Simon Cowell U.S. X-Factor
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/cola-war-over-simon-cowells-u-s-x-factor/

Weinsteins Sell ‘Project Runway: Accessories’
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/weinsteins-sell-project-runway-accesories/

Justin Bieber Trading Cards: Inside The Packs
http://newsroom.mtv.com/2010/12/07/justin-bieber-trading-cards/

Andrew Adamson, James Cameron Team With Cirque Du Soleil on 3D Feature
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/andrew-adamson-james-cameron-team-with….

Top Earning Reality TV Stars: Kardashians and the Situation
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/12/top-earning-reality-tv-stars….

DreamWorks Announces “Me And My Shadow”
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/dreamworks-announces-me-and….

Secondhand Serenade Breaks New Single Exclusively Through SoundHound App
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2010/12/secondhand-serenade-breaks-new….

‘The Closer’ Will End After Season 7
http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/12/10/the-closer-will-end-after-season-7/

Wesley Snipes Reports To Prison For 3 Year Stay
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/wesley-snipes-reports-to….

Aretha Franklin Battling Pancreatic Cancer
http://www.detnews.com/article/20101209/ENT04/12090433/Aretha….

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal With Studios
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dga-board-approves-tentative-deal-58356

Harris Named Editor In Chief at IndieWire
http://www.indiewire.com/article/harris_named_editor-in-chief_at_indiewire/

Sony Reups Amy Pascal For 5 More Years
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/sony-pictures-amy-pascal-reups-for-5-yrs/

Lions Gate Prevails Against Icahn In Court
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/12/lions-gate….

Paradigm and Agent Jim Osbourne Are Finished
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/paradigm-and-agent-jim-osbourne-finished/

“Spider-Man” Starts Shooting Using Red Epic 3D Cameras
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/double_geekgasm_spider-man….

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