Showbiz Sandbox 116: Will Hollywood Miss Steve Jobs?

August 30, 2011


Last week’s news that Steve Jobs was stepping down as the CEO of Apple caused headline writers all over the world to work overtime. Sure Jobs became a household name by helping revolutionize personal computing, but he also helped shape the modern entertainment industry with products such as iTunes, the iPod and the iPad. And we shouldn’t forget his role in founding a little animation company called Pixar. We discuss what Jobs departure from Apple means to Hollywood and why some entertainment execs may be secretly relieved to see him exit the stage.

On the other hand, news that filmmaker Ridley Scott was working on a sequel to his sci-fi masterpiece “Blade Runner” didn’t seem to please anyone. Some showbiz pundits went so far as to call the idea “catastrophically bad”. We’ll explain why.

Over in the world of television, one of the husbands on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” committed suicide causing Bravo to re-edit episodes for the upcoming season. Will the death of Russell Armstrong cause networks to rethink how they handle reality television?

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news, including what Katy Perry and Michael Jackson have in common, why China sees Lady Gaga as a cultural threat and some of the oddball requests that can be found in the performance contracts of some musicians.


Why Ridley Scott Returning To Blade Runner Really Is The Beginning Of The End

How Steve Jobs Changed The Way We Listen

Apple’s Steve Jobs Revolutionized TV Too

MTV VMA: Katy Perry Tops Award Winners

Katy Perry Responds To Making Hot 100 History

Jerry Leiber, Prolific Writer Of 1950s Hits, Dies At 78

Bravo Will Delay Premiere of ‘Real Housewives’ In Wake of Armstrong Death

Addams Family Broadway Musical Will Close At Years End

Reeve Carney To Play Jeff Buckley In Biographical Film

Apple Ends Its TV Episode Rental Service

RIM Unveils New Cloud-Based Music Service

Pandora Quarterly Shows Continued Losses

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Backstreet Boys Recognized As Threats To Chinese Culture,60996/

Amy Winehouse Toxicology Reports Showed ‘No Illegal Substances’

YouTube Inks Licensing Deal With Music Publishers

Ricky Gervais Could Take A Third Swing At The Golden Globes

Abercrombie and Fitch Offers To Pay ‘The Situation’ To Stop Wearing Its Clothes

Tom Hanks ‘Gave Filmgoers Their Money Back’ For Larry Crowne

Fleetwood Mac Could Tour Again, Says Lindsey Buckingham

Ke$ha Earns Five Times As Much As Loretta Lynn

Kim Kardashian Raking In The Cash On Her Wedding Day

Zediva Shuts Down DVD Streaming Service