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

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.


‘Knight and Day’ Is Fox’s 2010 Top Grosser

LAFCA Names “The Social Network” Best Picture Of The Year….

New York Film Critics Name The Social Network Best Picture Of The Year

‘Social Network’ Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics Awards….

New York Film Critics Extend “Social Network” Streak

“Blue Valentine” NC-17 Rating Overturned By MPAA….

Parents TV Council Upset Over “Blue Valentine” Ratings Change

Screenplays On This Year’s Black List

Spotify U.S. Launch Stalled Again….

Rhianna, Eminem and Bieber Making Millions On YouTube

Netflix Expands Deal With ABC, Disney

Howard Stern Signs 5 Year Contract With Sirius

Boyle Knocks West Off His Perch Atop Chart….

Gorillaz To Gift Fans With New Album On Christmas Day….

Cola War Over Simon Cowell U.S. X-Factor

Weinsteins Sell ‘Project Runway: Accessories’

Justin Bieber Trading Cards: Inside The Packs

Andrew Adamson, James Cameron Team With Cirque Du Soleil on 3D Feature….

Top Earning Reality TV Stars: Kardashians and the Situation….

DreamWorks Announces “Me And My Shadow”….

Secondhand Serenade Breaks New Single Exclusively Through SoundHound App….

‘The Closer’ Will End After Season 7

Wesley Snipes Reports To Prison For 3 Year Stay….

Aretha Franklin Battling Pancreatic Cancer….

DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal With Studios

Harris Named Editor In Chief at IndieWire

Sony Reups Amy Pascal For 5 More Years

Lions Gate Prevails Against Icahn In Court….

Paradigm and Agent Jim Osbourne Are Finished

“Spider-Man” Starts Shooting Using Red Epic 3D Cameras….