Showbiz Sandbox 91: Super Bowl Ads Suffer Their Own Recession

February 8, 2011


More than 111 million people watched this year’s Super Bowl telecast; more viewers than any broadcast in U.S. television history. That’s great news for companies that spent big money to run ads during the game. Unfortunately, most of the usually entertaining commercials were downright dreadful. Whether praiseworthy or offensive, we give you the low down on all the adverts.

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is taking the Weinstein Brothers to court, suing them for the $2.7 million in “Fahrenheit 9/11” proceeds Moore claims he’s owed. Is it safe to say the Weinstein Company won’t be releasing Moore’s next film?

Turns out nobody will be releasing the White Stripes next album. Jack and Meg White have decided to call it quits. Meanwhile theater critics were so eager to see the new “Spider-Man” musical they couldn’t wait until it opened. Based on their scathing reviews, it’s probably best if it never makes it out of previews.

We go over all the week’s top entertainment news stories including AOL’s purchase of The Huffington Post, a new low for Billboard’s album chart and Melissa Leo’s rogue Oscar ad. And once again, we spend some time discussing the woes of the book publishing industry during Inside Baseball.


Michael Moore Sues Weinsteins Over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

The White Stripes Break Up….

LCD’s Last Show At Madison Square Garden

Super Bowl XLV Is Most Watched Program In U.S. TV History….

Good vs. Evil, Hanging By A Thread

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark At Foxwoods Theatre….

Betting On News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post

Fox News Ratings Top Week Filled With Egypt Coverage….

Another Record Low For Billboard 200….

Promoter Crowds Ticketmaster….

BBC Defends “Top Gear” Jokes About Mexico….

Melissa Leo Goes Rogue With Her Own Personal Oscar Campaign Ads….

Hulu and Viacom Make Amends, Expand Partnership….

‘Star Wars’ Had Record Toy Revenue For Non-Movie Year In 2010

Keith Olbermann To Host Show On Current TV….

The Times Unveils E-Book Bestsellers Combined Lists….

Borders Faces Delisting And Other Signs Of Distress….