Showbiz Sandbox 150: Is George Lucas A Schmuck?

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.


Napster Founders Unveil A Video Chat Service

Foreign Box Office: ‘Men in Black 3’ Stays No. 1 Overseas With Over $275 Million

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Movie Veteran Alan Horn Named New Disney Studios Head,0,4797926.story

Disney CEO Wants Studio To Address “Inconsistent” Results In Live-Action Films

Alan Horn: Can Disney’s New Boss Reinvent The Studio?

Kathleen Kennedy To Succeed George Lucas Atop Lucasfilm,0,358763.story

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’

More Than Attention Must Be Paid: ‘Salesman’ Sets Record Ticket Price

Mike Tyson Broadway Play Will Be a Spike Lee Joint

66th Tony Awards Entry On Wikipedia

Netflix Replaces Apple as Nation’s Top Internet-Movie Business

‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Pulls Record 4.2 Million Viewers

Oprah Winfrey Revives ‘Oprah’s Book Club’ With New Digital Aspects

Andy Samberg Departing Saturday Night Live

Woody Allen Enlists Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay for Upcoming Project

History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Beats Own Record With 14.3 Million Viewers

Rdio Plans To Compensate Artists For Bringing In Subscribers

Spielberg to Put Guns Back in E.T.

Starz Ending Spartacus After Third Season

TV Media Insights For June 4, 2012

Disney Kids Networks To Ban Junk Food Ads

WME’s Ari Emanuel Goes After Google Over Piracy At AllThingsD Conference

Google Tackles Piracy By Removing Millions of URLs

Ari Emanuel Responds To Google On Piracy