Showbiz Sandbox 155: How Hollywood Handles A Real-Life Tragedy

July 24, 2012

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The ripple effect caused by a deranged gunman last week at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” spread far beyond the scene of the crime in Aurora, Colorado. Warner Bros. had to instantly pivot from celebrating the studios biggest opening of the year to managing a horrific nightmare which left 12 people dead and dozens injured. We examine how the studio and the entertainment industry have dealt with being part of such a tragic event.

On a happier note, at least for cable networks, the Emmy nominations were announced last week for the year’s best achievements in television. The major broadcast networks, which used to dominate the awards, were entirely shut-out in certain categories. Is this merely a fluke, or has the tide truly shifted to cable programming?

Meanwhile, author Brett Easton Ellis has been in a public feud with Deadline Hollywood editor Nikki Finke, all thanks to a simple posting on Twitter. We’ll fill you in.

We also cover all the week’s top entertainment headlines including some sequels to popular Pixar films, an executive shake-up at News Corp. and the newest judge on “American Idol”.

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Gunman Kills 12 In Colorado, Reviving Gun Debate
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/21/us/shooting-at-colorado-theater-showing-batman-movie.html

‘Dark Knight’ Shooting: Warner Bros. Won’t Report Grosses Out of Respect for Victims
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dark-knight-rises-shooting-warner-bros-box-office-grosses-352660

NYPD Increasing ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Theater Security After Colorado Shootings
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nypd-providing-increased-dark-knight-rises-shooting-352445

Theater Owners Begin Donation Drive for Aurora Shooting Victims
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/theater-owners-begin-donation-drive-353518

Conflicted Thoughts About Seeing The Dark Knight Rises
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/07/conflicted-thoughts-about-seeing-the-dark-knight-r.html

Saddened But Undaunted, Moviegoers Line Up for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dark-knight-rises-shooting-moviegoers-reactions-352716

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Opens to Record $30.6 Mil in Midnight Grosses Amid Shooting
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dark-knight-rises-shooting-box-office-352453

United States IMAX Theaters
http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaUSA.htm

International IMAX Theaters
http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaintl.htm

Emmy Nominations: The Complete List
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/emmys/la-et-st-emmy-nominations-2012-list-20120718,0,521498.htmlstory

Emmy Nominations Tilt Toward Cable
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-emmy-round-up-20120720,0,2904276.story

News Corp.’s Peter Rice Gets Bigger Role
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-rice-20120723,0,1363707.story

Rupert Murdoch Quits As News International Director
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jul/21/rupert-murdoch-director-news-international-quits

Andrew Stanton To Direct Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/andrew-stanton-pixar-finding-nemo-sequel-350267

CBS Fall Season Premiere Dates
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/2012/07/cbs-fall-season-premiere-dates/

Classic Novels To Receive Erotic Makeover
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/oh-mr-darcy-pride-and-prejudice-among-classic-novels-to-receive-erotic-makeover-7946364.html

All Methed Up And Nowhere To Go
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/all-methed-and-nowhere-go-141940

DoJ Reviews Comments, Says E-book Deal to Go Ahead
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/53125-doj-reviews-comments-says-e-book-deal-to-go-ahead.html

Viacom, DirecTV Reach New Carriage Deal
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/viacom-directv-carriage-agreement-22221

TCA 2012: Mariah Carey Officially Named New ‘American Idol’ Judge
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tca-2012-mariah-carey-american-idol-judge-353071

DreamWorks Animation buys ‘Casper,’ ‘Lassie’ parent Classic Media
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-dreamworks-animation-20120722,0,6340731.story

Bret Easton Ellis’ Agency Hires Top Litigators in Nikki Finke War
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/bret-easton-ellis-agency-nikki-finke-351851

‘Modern Family’ Cast Rejects Latest Salary Offer; Table Read Canceled
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/modern-family-cast-rejects-latest-353545

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