Showbiz Sandbox 126: Foot In Mouth Disease Sweeps Through Hollywood

November 14, 2011


Getting publicity in Hollywood can be a very difficult task. If you are an A-list director like Brett Ratner or a hot actor like Ashton Kutcher however, all you need to do is make a bigoted statement or fire off an ignorant Twitter post and you’ll get more ink than you ever wanted. Ratner’s homophobic slur forced him to resign as producer of next year’s Oscars, while Kutcher’s uninformed opinion on current events caused him to rethink his social media participation. Has the entertainment industry become overly sensitive or do its inhabitants just have no class? We try to figure out what all the fuss is about.

The other big news of the week was the sale of record label EMI to Universal Music Group and Sony. EMI’s owner, Citibank, decided to split the record label from its publishing arm in an effort to get the deal passed antitrust regulators. As the music industry contracts from four major record companies to three, what will it mean for indie artists and their fans?

Broadway may also be undergoing some changes soon. Long running musicals such as “Mamma Mia!”, “Chicago” and “Mary Poppins” seem to be fading fast and may need to make way for new productions such as a revival of “Porgy & Bess”, “Evita” featuring Ricky Martin and a stage version of “Bonnie & Clyde”.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including, but not limited to, the introduction of Amazon’s lending library, Jay-Z’s new T-shirt business and film critic Roger Ebert’s quest to find a sponsor for his weekly television show.


A Scorched Earth Debut For Call Of Duty

Relativity Media Is At A Crossroads,0,5416601.story

Brett Ratner’s 10 Offensive Quotes That Ended In Oscar Trouble

How Much Will Eddie Murphy’s Oscar Exit Effect His Career?

Billy Crystal To Host The Oscars

Ricky Gervais Offers To Host Oscars Following Eddie Murphy, Brett Ratner Exits

Ashton Kutcher No Longer Trusts Himself To Tweet

Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter Management

Theater Mania’s Broadway Grosses

Could Amazon’s Lending Library End In Court–s-lending-library-end-in-court-.html

Jay-Z’s Occupy Wall Street T-Shirts Removed After Criticism

New York Magazine Hikes Cover Price

Live Nation Reports Drop In Concert Attendance

Introducing Vanity Fair’s New Film Critic

Reality TVs Instant Stars Populate A Magazine

Move Over Nashville: New Yorkers Buy Most Country Albums

IMDB Strikes Back at ‘Selfish’ Actress Suing Over Age Disclosure

The Children Are Our Future, And They Don’t Pay For TV

Digital Music Sales On Track To Rise 7% In 2011

Famous Former Nun Sues Disney For Stealing Sister Act

The Chimes At Midnight

Universal, Sony Win Dual Bids To Buy EMI Group

Indie Labels Raise Red Flag On Universal and Sony Bids For EMI

CD-Format To Be Abandoned By Major Labels By The End of 2012

Music Is A Big Hit On Facebook

Van Halen To Sign with Interscope Records

Black Sabbath Announces Another Reunion

Yikes! The Digital Music Business Is Still Stuck In 2005.


  • Ashton Kutcher made an innocent mistake and Brett Ratner did everything one could ask after making an offensive remark. And yet they both got slapped down. What happened to politely accepting an apology? Not Hollywood’s speed, I guess.