Showbiz Sandbox 87: The Oscars Have A Mommy Complex

January 10, 2011


It seems as if this year’s supporting actress awards are being overrun by a handful of horrible mothers. “The Fighter” and “Animal Kingdom” feature just the kind of evil matriarchs Oscar voters have reward in the past. Stephen Farber of the Daily Beast and Hollywood Reporter discusses the evolution of flawed movie mommies from “Mildred Pierce” to “Precious”.

Ben Fritz of the Los Angeles Times tells us that Hollywood studios are hoping to make selling films online a bit easier and explains how Academy members may soon be able to download awards screeners from iTunes .

Last week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas it seemed as if television manufacturers were on the defensive over the lackluster sales of 3D televisions. The music industry isn’t fairing much better as Nielsen reported album sales Fell 12.8% in 2010 and digital downloads were flat.

Of course we also review the week’s top entertainment headlines including a new film version of Gypsy starring Barbara Streisand, the return of “Jersey Shore”, Quentin Tarantino’s flawed top 20 list and Broadway’s record setting box office.


‘The Tourist,’ ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ Cold In U.S. But Hot In Russia….

Elijah Wood Back For The Hobbit

Warner Bros. Taking Worldwide Distribution Rights For “The Hobbit”….

Hollywood’s Bad Mother Obsession….

U.S. Album Sales Fall 12.8% in 2010, Digital Tracks Eke Out 1% Gain….

Online Music Growth Slows, But Eminem, Taylor Swift Survive Unharmed….

Appeals Court Kills Lawsuit Over Re-Selling Promo CDs….

A Bonanza In TV Sales Fades Away

Online VOD Service VUDU To Ramp Up 3D Streaming

Comcast To Bring Live TV To The iPad

No Surprises: Fincher, Nolan, Aranofsky Nominated For Director’s Guild Award….

History Channel Pull’s “The Kennedys”

Streisand In Talks To Play Mama Rose In Film Remake Of “Gypsy”….

‘Jersey Shore’ Premiere Is MTV’s Highest Rated Series Telecast Ever

“Huck Finn” Eliminates The N-Word….

News Corp On Track To Sell MySpace By Mid-Year

Ed Burns Speaks Out In Favor Of Comcast NBCU Merger

Quentin Tarantino Explains — And Regrets — Leaving Somewhere Off His Top 20 List

Courtney Love Sued By Fashion Designer Over Twitter Rants

Baz Luhrmann Might Shoot ‘Great Gatsby’ in 3D

A Boffo Year For Broadway

Ennio Morricone Composing Ringtones For LG

Fox To Put Awards Screeners On iTunes For SAG Members….

Six studios seek to lift barriers to online sales of films and TV shows

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