Showbiz Sandbox 116: Will Hollywood Miss Steve Jobs?

August 30, 2011

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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.

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Why Ridley Scott Returning To Blade Runner Really Is The Beginning Of The End
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/why-ridley-scott-returning-to-blade-runner-really-is-the-beginning-of-the-end

How Steve Jobs Changed The Way We Listen
http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/08/24/139929797/how-steve-jobs-changed-the-way-we-listen

Apple’s Steve Jobs Revolutionized TV Too
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/08/apples-jobs-revolutionized-tv-too.html

MTV VMA: Katy Perry Tops Award Winners
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/video-music-award-winners-228667

Katy Perry Responds To Making Hot 100 History
http://www.billboard.com/#/news/exclusive-katy-perry-responds-to-making-1005319602.story

Jerry Leiber, Prolific Writer Of 1950s Hits, Dies At 78
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/arts/music/jerry-leiber-rock-n-roll-lyricist-dies-at-78.html

Bravo Will Delay Premiere of ‘Real Housewives’ In Wake of Armstrong Death
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/source-bravo-will-delay-premiere-225041

Addams Family Broadway Musical Will Close At Years End
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/oh-snap-addams-family-broadway-musical-will-close-at-years-end/

Reeve Carney To Play Jeff Buckley In Biographical Film
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/reeve-carney-to-play-jeff-buckley-in-biographical-film/

Apple Ends Its TV Episode Rental Service
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/technology/apple-ends-its-tv-episode-rental-service.html

RIM Unveils New Cloud-Based Music Service
http://ca.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idCATRE77O1CK20110825

Pandora Quarterly Shows Continued Losses
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/082511pandora

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Backstreet Boys Recognized As Threats To Chinese Culture
http://www.avclub.com/articles/lady-gaga-katy-perry-and-backstreet-boys-recognize,60996/

Amy Winehouse Toxicology Reports Showed ‘No Illegal Substances’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/aug/23/amy-winehouse-toxicology-reports

YouTube Inks Licensing Deal With Music Publishers
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/08/youtube-signs-licenses-with-music-publishers-settling-lawsuit.html

Ricky Gervais Could Take A Third Swing At The Golden Globes
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/08/is-rickey-gervais-take-a-third-swing-at-the-golden-globes.html

Abercrombie and Fitch Offers To Pay ‘The Situation’ To Stop Wearing Its Clothes
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/08/16/abercrombie-and-fitch-offer-to-pay-the-situation-to-stop-wearing-their-clothes/

Tom Hanks ‘Gave Filmgoers Their Money Back’ For Larry Crowne
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/aug/16/tom-hanks-larry-crowne-refunded

Fleetwood Mac Could Tour Again, Says Lindsey Buckingham
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/lindsey-buckingham-fleetwood-mac-back

Ke$ha Earns Five Times As Much As Loretta Lynn
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/summer-concert-money-earnings-234598

Kim Kardashian Raking In The Cash On Her Wedding Day
http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/20/kim-kardashian-wedding-kris-humphries-photos-people-magazine/

Zediva Shuts Down DVD Streaming Service
http://gigaom.com/video/zediva-shut-down/

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