Showbiz Sandbox 113: Hollywood Studios Think Twice About Comic-Con

Attendance at this year’s Comic-Con was higher than ever. Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times and Alex Billington of First Showing were in San Diego last weekend sitting in on, if not moderating, panel discussions with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Francis Coppola and “Game of Thrones” cast members. In filling us in on all the highlights they explain why some studios skipped this year’s festivities and why next year’s convention is set to be the biggest Comic-Con yet.

There was also some sad news this past weekend as we learned about the untimely death of soul singer Amy Winehouse at the age of 27. The troubled young singer battled with drug addiction since rising to stardom in 2006 and her death raises the question over what responsibility the entertainment industry has in helping artists with drug or alcohol problems.

There was better news on Broadway where at least three recent shows turned a profit with even more shows about to follow suit. Even the much-hyped disaster “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” is shaping up to be a financial success.

We also cover all the week’s top entertainment news including more kudos for Adele, another sit-com for Charlie Sheen and why Oprah Winfrey may need to pay more attention to her magazine.

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‘Captain America’ Rockets to the Top, ‘Potter’s Bubble Bursts
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3221&p=.htm

How Long ‘Til Harry TV Show
http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/how_long_til_harry_tv_show_pr….

Los Angeles Times Comic-Con Coverage
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/category/comic-con/

First Showing Comic-Con Coverage
http://www.firstshowing.net/category/comic-con11/

Showbiz Should Start Focusing On Addicts: Russell Brand On His Pal Amy Winehouse
http://www.deadline.com/2011/07/russell-brand-on-amy-winehouse….

Amy Winehouse Autopsy Inconclusive On Cause Of Death
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/breaking-amy-winehouse-autopsy….

A Word With Mitch Winehouse
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/a-word-with-mitch-winehouse/

Adele Tops Shortlist For Mercury Prize
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/adele-tops-shortlist-for-mercury….

‘Glee’ Producers Clarify Graduation Controversy Backstage At Comic-Con
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print/posts/glee-producers-clarify….

Charlie Sheen Gets A Sitcom Deal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230379530457645417….

James Franco Sells $10,000 Piece of Non-Visible Art
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2011/07/james-franco-sells….

When Borders Closes, Do Doors Slam Shut In Classical Music?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/07/20/138515207/….

Michael Jackson Tribute Is Announced, Then Questioned
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/michael-jackson-tribute-is….

Apple Inc. In Preliminary Talks To Acquire Hulu
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/07/apple-inc-in….

Jay-Z and Kanye West Will Take “Watch The Throne” On The Road
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/07/jay-z_and_kanye….

Netflix Sees Angry Clients Cutting Profit
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/business/media/netflix-lowers….

Oprah’s New Weight Issue: A Skinnier Magazine
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/oprah_new_weight_issue….

Toronto Film Festival Lineup: Clooney, Pitt, Fonda Films Get the Gala Treatment
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-film-festival….

Broadway Grosses for the Week Ending 07/24/2011
http://www.theatermania.com/extras/broadwayGrosses/

The Staggering Cost Of Broadway
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/the-staggering-cost-of-broadway/