Showbiz Sandbox 157: Which Summer Blockbusters Will Spawn Sequels

Though the summer movie season isn’t quite over, its never too early to start debating which of this year’s crop of releases will have studio heads clamoring for a sequel. It’s safe to say neither “John Carter” or “Battleship” will get the sequel treatment. But what about hits such as “Men In Black”, “Ice Age”, “Madacascar” and “Ted”? The Hollywood Reporter has the lowdown on what studio heads are thinking, and it’s always fun trying to second guess them.

Speaking of summer blockbusters, the Olympics continues to pull in huge viewership for broadcasters around the world. In the United Kingdom, the host nation for this year’s games, the BBC has gone interactive with its broadcasts by allowing viewers to program special channels with coverage of any event they want to see.

Meanwhile, a number of large North American cable providers held their second quarter earnings calls last week. Despite a declining subscription base and increased content costs, profits at the companies are up and their executives couldn’t be happier. We’ll tell you why.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including Snoop Dogg’s reggae transformation, rumors that Nick Jonas will join “American Idol” and a new poll dethrones “Citizen Kane” and crowns a new winner as the greatest film of all time.

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You Really Should Read…Fifty Personal Favorites
http://popsurfing.blogspot.com/2012/07/you-really-should-readfifty-personal.html

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Seizes No. 1 Spot Overseas for Third Straight Round
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-dark-knight-total-recall-ice-age-continental-drift-358465

Movie Ticket Prices Reach All-Time High in Q2 of 2012
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/movie-ticket-prices-high-all-358247

Summer’s Studio Smackdown: From ‘Men in Black 3’ to ‘Prometheus,’ Which Franchises Will Get Another Chapter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/summer-movie-franchise-avengers-snow-white-magic-mike-356583

US Sports Fans Using Proxy Servers to Watch Olympics on BBC
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/368766/20120731/viewers-using-proxy-watch-olympics-bbc.htm

BBC’s Super-Served Olympics Shows How Narrowcast Can Go Large
http://paidcontent.org/2012/08/06/bbcs-multi-stream-tv-olympics-shows-how-narrowcast-can-go-large/

Amazon brings Instant Video app to iPad. Android next?
http://gigaom.com/mobile/amazon-brings-instant-video-app-to-ipad-android-next/

Hulu Plus Lands Its Own Channel On Apple TV
http://gigaom.com/apple/hulu-plus-lands-its-own-channel-on-apple-tv/

Netflix Could Have Stormed Europe Years Ago
http://gigaom.com/europe/former-lovefilm-boss-netflix-could-have-stormed-europe-years-ago/

Lollapalooza Headed To Israel In 2013
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/08/lollapalooza-going-to-israel-in-2013.html

1979 Who Tickets Still Good In Providence
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/1979-who-tickets-still-good-in-providence/

‘Great Gatsby’ Moved To Summer Of 2013
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/the-great-gatsby-release-moved-summer-2013-358594

Jimmy Fallon As Oscar Host Would Be A Minefield For ABC, Academy
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fallon-20120802,0,6151303.story

Nick Jonas: ‘I Am Being Considered for ‘American Idol’ Judge’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-nick-jonas-judge-season-12-358405

Lehrer Apologizes For Recycling Work, While New Yorker Says It Won’t Happen Again
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/lehrer-apologizes-for-recycling-work-while-new-yorker-says-it-wont-happen-again/

MGM Settling ‘Raging Bull 2’ Lawsuit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/raging-bull-bronx-bull-lawsuit-jake-lamotta-357333

The Daily Cuts A Third Of It’s Staff
http://www.adweek.com/news/press/daily-cuts-third-its-staff-142376

Snoop Dogg Heeds a Higher Calling As Snoop Lion
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/05/snoop-dogg-heeds-a-higher-calling-as-snoop-lion/

Snoop Dogg’s Pivot
http://www.fastcompany.com/1844300/snoop-doggs-pivot

The Greatest Films of All Time 2012
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/polls-surveys/greatest-films-all-time-2012

‘Vertigo’ Tops ‘Citizen Kane’ In Greatest Film Of All Time Poll
http://movies.yahoo.com/news/vertigo-tops-citizen-kane-greatest-film-time-poll-174039158.html

Cable Companies Shifting Emphasis From TV
http://stream.wsj.com/story/markets/SS-2-5/SS-2-40955/

Despite ‘Battleship’ Bomb, Comcast Increases 2nd-Quarter Profit
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-despite-battleship-bomb-comcast-produces-strong-2nd-quarter-profit-20120801,0,51624.story

DirecTV Profits Up Despite Slight Dip In U.S. Subscribers
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-directv-20120802,0,7288424.story