Showbiz Sandbox 158: A Rundown of The Year’s Top-Earning Authors

James Patterson tops the list of this year’s highest-paid authors according to Forbes. Working with a team of writers Patterson published an astounding 14 best-selling novels in 2011 to earn an estimated $94 million. Joining Patterson were regulars such as Stephen King and John Grisham among others, as well as newcomer George R.R. Martin whose “Game Of Thrones” series has become a best seller.

The Summer Olympics came to a close over the weekend. This must be disappointing to NBC which was just getting used to actually having an audience for a change. In fact, ratings for coverage of this year’s games set viewership records in both North America and Europe.

On previous episodes we’ve mentioned Hollywood’s new-found appreciation of China and it seems to only be growing. Last week filmmaker James Cameron announced the expansion of his 3D production company through a joint venture in China and DreamWorks Animation said they had agreed to work with a group of Chinese investors to develop a $3.1 billion culture and entertainment district in Shanghai.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including how Google plans to punish copyright thieves, a rumor that dead pop stars will perform on this season’s “X-Factor” and plans to adapt a cult 80’s television show featuring an alien puppet into a hit movie.

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Repeats as No. 1 Overseas in Lethargic Session
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-dark-knight-rises-bourne-legacy-ted-olympics-361140

Eros International Quarterly Profit Rises 45 Percent
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/eros-international-earnings-rise-45-percent-360991

Marvel Locks Up ‘Avengers’ Filmmaker Joss Whedon For Three Years
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-marvel-locks-up-avengers-filmmaker-whedon-for-three-years-20120807,0,1794378.story

Joss Whedon To Write And Direct ‘Avengers 2’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/joss-whedon-avengers-sequel-359148

Olympics Close With More Big Numbers For NBC
http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/tv-ratings-olympics-close-with-more-big-numbers-for-nbc.html

NBC Banks On Olympics As Springboard For New Shows
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/business/media/nbc-banks-on-olympics-to-raise-ratings-for-new-fall-shows.html

Olympics 2012: BBC Reaches Biggest Average Audience With Closing Ceremony
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olympics-2012-closing-ceremony-bbc-ratings-356826

Olympics 2012: Closing Ceremony Draws More Viewers in Key European Markets
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olympics-2012-closing-ceremony-draws-361294

Marvin Hamlisch, Whose Notes Struck Gold, Dies at 68
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/arts/music/marvin-hamlisch-composer-dies-at-68.html?_r=1

Review: Liza Minnelli Overcomes Technical Difficulties
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-0813-liza-minnelli-review-20120813,0,6493446.story

Live Nation Second-Quarter Profit Drops Missing Estimates
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-07/live-nation-second-quarter-profit-drops-missing-estimates.html

Streaming Music Boosts Warner’s Bottom Line
http://allthingsd.com/20120809/the-spotify-effect-shows-up-streaming-music-boosts-warners-bottom-line/

Women On The Rise Among The World’s Top-Earning Authors
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/08/09/women-on-the-rise-among-the-worlds-top-earnings-authors/

Philip Marlowe Set To Return In Novel By John Banville
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/philip-marlowe-set-to-return-in-novel-by-john-banville/

Paulo Coelho Calls ‘Ulysses’ a ‘Tweet,’ Much Twittering Ensues
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/paulo-coelho-calls-ulysses-a-twit-much-tweeting-ensues/

Fareed Zakaria Apologizes for ‘Lapse’; Faces Time and CNN Suspensions
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2012/08/fareed-zakarias-take-gun-control-strikingly-similar-new-yorkers/55652/

Google Praised For Move To Penalize Sites Hosting Pirated Content
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-google-hollywod-20120810,0,6447816.story

Ryan Lochte Fielding Multiple Reality Show Offers, Says Agent
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olympics-2012-ryan-lochte-reality-show-359241

Michael Phelps Books Reality TV Show On Golf Channel
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olympics-2012-michael-phelps-golf-channel-haney-project-361062

Adam Yauch’s Will Protects His Artistic Integrity
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/adam-yauchs-will-protects-his-artistic-integrity/

Monkees, Despite Death of Davy Jones, Say They Will Go on Tour
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/monkees-despite-death-of-davy-jones-say-they-will-go-on-tour/

It’s Dead Week On X-Factor
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/x_factor/4470862/X-Factor-bosses-pland-to-bring-back-dead-pop-legends-like-Amy-Winehouse-Michael-Jackson-and-Elvis-Presley-as-holograms-to-duet-with-wannabes-in-shows-finals.html

Lorne Michaels Will Not Produce the Oscars
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lorne-michaels-oscars-snl-produce-360978

‘ALF’ Movie Lands At Sony Animation With ‘Smurfs’ Producer
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/sony-pictures-animation-alf-jordan-kerner-paul-fusco-360011

Broadway’s Once Recoups Capitalization
http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/08-2012/broadways-once-recoups-capitalization_60497.html

The Lion King to Become Fifth Longest-Running Show In Broadway History
http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/08-2012/the-lion-king-to-become-fifth-longest-running-show_60496.html

NBC’s “Stars” Settles For Silver
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118057806?refCatId=14

Rolling Stone Launches Music News App
http://www.adweek.com/news/press/rolling-stone-launches-music-news-app-142704

DreamWorks Animation Plans Shanghai Entertainment District
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/business/global/08iht-park08.html

James Cameron’s 3D China Venture
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-james-camerons-3d-china-venture-20120808,0,5253684.story

Hollywood Eager to Feed China’s Appetite For 3-D
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/business/global/us-filmmakers-eager-to-feed-chinas-appetite-for-3-d.html