Showbiz Sandbox 108: China Becomes Hollywood’s New Best Frenemy

Hollywood movie studios have been raking in the yuan at the Chinese box office over the past year. This despite China missing the most recent World Trade Organization deadline to open its market to more foreign films. Forced to work through government sanctioned monopolies, studios have been aggressive about getting their movies in front of China’s billion plus citizens. Meanwhile, actors such as Christian Bale have headed east to star in China’s big blockbusters, such as Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking.

Maybe a film from China will be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in the near future. Of course, contenders will have to figure out the new Best Picture nomination process put forth by the Academy last week. In an effort to create an air of suspense, the number of nominees for the year’s big film prize will fluctuate between 5 and 10 entries, depending on how balloting shakes out. We’ll explain all the new rules.

It looks as if Spotify, the popular European music streaming service, may be launching in the United States as early as July. They’ll go up against well established offerings like Pandora, which went public last week.

“Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” finally opened on Broadway and we were there to tell you all about it. We also cover the week’s other top entertainment news including new writer’s on “Glee”, a crowd sourced Michael Jackson video and whether Jennifer Lopez will return to “American Idol” next season.


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Nic Harcourt Departs KCRW….

Spotify Gearing Up For U.S., Raises $100 Million….

Pandora Dips Way Below It’s Offer Price

Six Join Writing Staff For Season 3 Of ‘Glee’

Theater Review: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ – What The Critics Say

Taymor Calls New Spider-Man Much Simpler….

Jennifer Lopez and ‘Idol’: 35 Million Reasons Why She Might Not Be Back….

Borders Headed To July Sale Or Bust….

Billie Joe Armstrong Playing St. Jimmy In American Idiot Film Adaptation….

More Harry Potter? Rowling Reveals….

From Tonys To Billboard Chart, A Good Week For “Book Of Mormon”….

The Miracle Of ‘The Voice’

The Real Reason Sony Movies Disappeared From Netflix

The Fairy Tale Continues: A Musical About Susan Boyle….

Judge Kicks Charlie Sheen Suit Against Warner Bros. And Chuck Lorre To Arbitration….

Crowd Sourced Video For Michael Jackson’s ‘Behind The Mask’ Premieres….

Skype And Comcast Offer TV Video Chats….

Warner Bros. Becomes First Studio To Offer Films On Demand Via TV Nationally In China….

MPAA’s Chris Dodd Presses China To Open Film Market

Christopher Dodd & Rupert Murdoch Have Different Ideas About How To Talk To China….

How Christian Bale Is Raising The Bar In China