Showbiz Sandbox 150: Is George Lucas A Schmuck?

June 4, 2012

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Last week legendary filmmaker George Lucas announced he would be stepping down as the head of Lucasfilm and hired veteran producer Kathleen Kennedy to head up the company that bears his name. With Lucas retiring what will happen to his blockbuster franchises such as “Indian Jones”? Will we finally get a restored version of the original “Star Wars” trilogy on Blu-Ray?

Rather than retire after his long, successful run heading up Warner Bros., Alan Horn will step in as chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Many industry insiders wonder if the executive who oversaw the “Harry Potter” series will have a creative role in what is perceived to largely be a babysitting position.

The Tony Awards will be held this weekend and we give you the lowdown on who has the best shot at taking home Broadway’s top honor.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines, including a new king of late night television, Oprah’s new book club and why Hollywood and Silicon Valley should work together to stop piracy.

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Napster Founders Unveil A Video Chat Service
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/napster-founders-unveil-a-video-chat-service/

Foreign Box Office: ‘Men in Black 3’ Stays No. 1 Overseas With Over $275 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-men-black-mib3-snow-white-huntsman-ridley-scott-prometheus-332448

Michael’s Kicker or No Kicker Twitter Feed
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/kickernokicker1

Movie Veteran Alan Horn Named New Disney Studios Head
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-alan-horn-named-disney-studio-head,0,4797926.story

Disney CEO Wants Studio To Address “Inconsistent” Results In Live-Action Films
http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/disney-ceo-wants-studio-to-address-inconsistent-results-in-live-action-films/

Alan Horn: Can Disney’s New Boss Reinvent The Studio?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/06/alan-horn-will-disneys-new-boss-put-the-studio-back-into-the-movie-biz.html

Kathleen Kennedy To Succeed George Lucas Atop Lucasfilm
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lucasfilm-20120601,0,358763.story

A Broadway Move For Hands On A Hardbody
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/a-broadway-move-for-hands-on-a-hardbody/

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Pine in Talks to Star in Broadway Revival of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/scarlett-johansson-and-chris-pine-in-talks-to-star-in-broadway-revival-of-cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof/

More Than Attention Must Be Paid: ‘Salesman’ Sets Record Ticket Price
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/more-than-attention-must-be-paid-salesman-set-record-ticket-price/

Mike Tyson Broadway Play Will Be a Spike Lee Joint
http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/04/mike-tyson-spike-lee-broadway/

66th Tony Awards Entry On Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/66th_Tony_Awards

Netflix Replaces Apple as Nation’s Top Internet-Movie Business
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-apple-internet-movie-332236

‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Pulls Record 4.2 Million Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-season-2-finale-ratings-332646

Oprah Winfrey Revives ‘Oprah’s Book Club’ With New Digital Aspects
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oprah-winfrey-book-club-wild-cheryl-strayed-332268

Andy Samberg Departing Saturday Night Live
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/andy-samberg-departing-saturday-night-live-332250

Woody Allen Enlists Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay for Upcoming Project
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/06/woody-allen-enlists-louis-ck-andrew-dice-clay-for.html

History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Beats Own Record With 14.3 Million Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hatfields-mccoys-ratings-history-kevin-costner-331753

Rdio Plans To Compensate Artists For Bringing In Subscribers
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/05/rdio-plans-to-compensate-artists-for-bringing-in-subscribers.html

Spielberg to Put Guns Back in E.T.
http://www.vulture.com/2012/05/spielberg-to-put-guns-back-in-et.html

Starz Ending Spartacus After Third Season
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/starz-ending-spartacus-third-season-332547

TV Media Insights For June 4, 2012
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/2012/06/monday-june-4-2012/

Disney Kids Networks To Ban Junk Food Ads
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-ban-junk-food-ads-tv-333198

WME’s Ari Emanuel Goes After Google Over Piracy At AllThingsD Conference
http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/wmes-ari-emanuel-goes-after-google-over-piracy-at-allthingsd-conference/

Google Tackles Piracy By Removing Millions of URLs
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57441333-93/google-tackles-piracy-by-removing-millions-of-urls/

Ari Emanuel Responds To Google On Piracy
http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/ari-emanuel-responds-to-google-on-piracy/

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