Showbiz Sandbox 132: Moviegoing Is Alive And Well In The Modern Age

January 16, 2012

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According to mainstream media, nobody goes to the movies anymore. However news about the death of movie theaters has been greatly exaggerated according to John Fithian, President of the National Association of Theater Owners. In fact, statistical trends for the last three decades show that movie attendance is actually on the rise. In a discussion that touches on everything from the price of tickets to digital cinema technology, Fithian reveals the truth behind today’s movie going experience.

Meanwhile, the Golden Globes handed out this year’s awards. The big story wasn’t necessarily who won awards, but rather which stars were victims of host Ricky Gervais’ scathing humor. Ironically the comedian managed to steal the spotlight again by being less insulting than last year… go figure!

There is some fresh news about two antipiracy bills making their way through Congress now that the Obama administration says they won’t support them.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how Spin magazine intends to review new music releases, a slight delay for the “Avatar” and Hulu’s plan for original content.

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‘Contraband’ Does Legitimate Business At Box Office
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-box-office-20120117,0,5654597.story

List of 69th Annual Golden Globe Winners
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/01/15/raw-data-partial-list-golden-globe-winners/

Roger Ebert: I’ll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111228/COMMENTARY/111229973

As the World Turns in 2012: What’s Next for Global Box Office
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/global-box-office-dark-knight-rises-amazing-super-man-281541

What’s Happened To Movie Theater Attendance
http://www.whitehutchinson.com/news/lenews/2008_may_june/article102.shtml

Movie Attendance Continues To Decline
http://www.whitehutchinson.com/news/lenews/2011_january/article103.shtml

The Trend of Decreasing Attendance With Higher Prices
http://www.whitehutchinson.com/news/lenews/2011_june/article109.shtml

SPIN Reinvents the Album Review: Introducing @SPINReviews
http://www.spin.com/articles/spin-reinvents-album-review-introducing-spinreviews

Bookstore Sales Dropped 8.6% In November
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/50179-bookstore-sales-dropped-8-6-in-november.html

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Second Season Starts Strong For PBS
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/downton-abbey-pbs-ratings-280201

Avatar 2, Star Wars TV Show May Be Delayed
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2012/01/star-wars-tv-show-may-be-delayed.html

Discovered on Publisher’s Web Site, Aspiring Author Signs Book Deal
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/discovered-on-publishers-web-site-aspiring-author-signs-book-deal/

Hulu Introduces “Battleground,” Its First Original Scripted Show
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/hulu-introduces-battleground-first-original-scripted-show.html

White House Says It Opposes Parts of Two Antipiracy Bills
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/us/white-house-says-it-opposes-parts-of-2-antipiracy-bills.html

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