Showbiz Sandbox 152: Rupert Murdoch Shows Off His Split Personality

July 3, 2012


Last week, in-between sending Twitter posts about the break-up of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, News Crop. chairman Rupert Murdoch announced he would be splitting one of the world’s biggest media conglomerates into two different companies; one for the publishing entities, the other for the much more profitable film and television operations. Could the tycoon be trying to focus attention on something other than the ongoing phone hacking scandal he is embroiled in?

Speaking of scandals, Charlie Sheen returned to television with a bang (no pun intended). His new series, “Anger Management” set viewership records for a scripted comedy series. If the first 10 episodes prove to be a ratings hit, FX has promised to produce another 90 episodes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 professionals to become members and it looks like they’re becoming more of an equal opportunity group. In fact, they have finally included hair dressers in the makeup category at the Oscars, renaming it Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment news, the “Today” show’s continuing troubles, Arsenio Hall’s return to late night television and the record breaking ratings for Eurocup 2012.


Euro 2012 Final Continues Soccer Tournament’s Ratings Reign

‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ Opens Wide Overseas, Seizing the No. 1 Spot

‘Brave’ Hits Bull’s-eye With $66.7 Mil; ‘Abraham Lincoln’ Soft With $16.5 Mil

Motion Picture Academy Invites 176 New Members,0,3607296.story

And the Oscar Goes to…the Bouffant!

‘Anger Management’ Sets Cable Comedy Record With 5.74 Million Viewers

Ann Curry’s Tearful Goodbye From Today

Ann Curry Set to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’; Savannah Guthrie Likely Replacement

Spotify Targets Pandora With Its Own Mobile ‘Radio’ Service

Spotify Is Now The Second Biggest Source Of Revenue For Labels

Microsoft Said To Plan Xbox Music Rivaling Apple, Spotify

Apple Said To Prepare ITunes Changes To Improve Sharing

We Get a Peek at the Pump Up the Volume Musical

‘Mamma Mia!’ Creator To Bring Spice Girls Musical To London Stage,0,5135898.story

600 Employees Will Be Laid Off at ‘Times-Picayune’

Arsenio Hall Returning to TV With Late-Night Talk Show

Cars Land to Boost Disney Theme Parks Unit

Louis C.K. Gets Into The Ticket-Selling Business

HC Launches Program To Publish English Language Titles Globally

Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

‘Mad Men’ Ends Season With Best-Ever Finale Ratings

‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners, HBO Apologize for Bush’s Head on Spike

Netflix May Have To Provide Closed Captions Online

Hayden Christensen Wins Big Victory Against USA Network in ‘Royal Pains’ Appeal

News Corp Confirms Plans To Split Company

Murdoch Sees Strengths In New Print Division

‘The Star Wars That I Used To Know’