Showbiz Sandbox 95: The Media Is Charlie Sheen’s Worst Enabler

March 7, 2011

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It’s hard to believe that we’re writing headlines about Charlie Sheen for the second week in a row. Alas, the actor went on a whirlwind media campaign let the world know he was ready to go back to work on his hit sitcom. Mainstream media reveled in an endless supply of Sheen’s erratic and manic behavior, portraying him as a deluded, drugged out narcissist.

Eric Deggans, the television and media critic for the St. Petersburg Times, stops by to discuss his NPR commentary piece on how mixed-race couples are portrayed on network television. However, we get sidetracked when news arrives that Sheen has been fired from “Two And A Half Men”.

During Inside Baseball we are joined by Andrew Wallenstein of PaidContent (and soon Variety) who explains why movie studios should start a war over premium video-on-demand.

We also cover all the week’s top entertainment news including Google’s rumored music service, “American Idol’s” ratings dominance, Courtney Love’s Twitter lawsuit and Oprah’s struggling cable network.

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Box Office Woes Continued In February
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3104&p=.htm

Elton John Upset Disney Believed “Gnomeo & Juliet” Wouldn’t Succeed
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/elton_john_cant_believe_disney.html

Adele’s ’21’ Takes No. 1 On The Billboard 200 With More Than 300,000 Copies
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/adeles-21-takes-the-top-of-the-billboard-200-with….

Google Music Service Nowhere Near Ready
http://www.themusicvoid.com/2011/03/google-music-service-nowhere-near-ready/

Recording Academy Responds To A Critic
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/recording-academy-responds-to-a….

Charlie Sheen Unleashes Attorney Marty Singer on Warner Bros. and CBS
http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/charlie-sheen-reportedly-unleashes-attorney….

Charlie Sheen Ustream Show Attracts More Than 100K Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/charlie-sheen-ustream-show….

Charlie Sheen Sets New Guinness Twitter Record
http://mashable.com/2011/03/03/charlie-sheen-sets-new-guinness-twitter-record/

Charlie Sheen To Start Tweeting Endorsements
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-sheen-start-tweeting….

Nicer “Idol” Still On Top
http://www.tampabay.com/features/media/nicer-idol-still-on-top/1154144

On TV, Interracial Couples In A Too-Perfect World
http://www.npr.org/2011/03/04/134133064/on-tv-interracial-couples-in-a….

Weinstein Co. Sued for $50 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq/weinstein-sued-50….

Alcon Eyeing ‘Blade Runner’ Reboot
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/alcon-entertainment….

Oprah’s New Channel Struggles To Pull In The Viewers
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/media/28own.html

‘Star Wars: Episode I’ 3D Gets Theatrical Release Date From Lucasfilm, Fox
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lucasfilm-fox-set-release-date-163858

Thumbplay Sold To Clear Channel For Peanuts
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/022811thumbplay2

Clear Channel’s Purchase Of Thumbplay All About Forthcoming Personalized Radio Service
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/clear-channel-s….

Courtney Love Settles Twitter Defamation Case
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/courtney-love-settles-twitter….

Phil Collins Calls Time On Music Career
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopmusic/8360584/Phil….

AMC, Regal to Launch New Distribution Company: Open Road
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/amc-regal-launch-new-distribution….

No Longer Tangled Up, Dylan Concerts Are Planned In China
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/no-longer-tangled-up-dylan….

DirecTV Poised To Launch Premium Video-On-Demand As Theater Executives Voice Outrage
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/03/directv-likely-to….

Why Studios Should Spark A Premium VOD War
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-why-studios-should-spark-a-premium-vod-war/

Why 24-Bit Audio Will Be Bad For Users
http://gizmodo.com/#!5768446/why-24+bit-audio-will-be-bad-for-users

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