Showbiz Sandbox 159: Raiders of the Lost Email

We are incredibly proud of our audience here at Showbiz Sandbox and believe our dedicated listeners are the most important members of our team. Imagine how upset we were upon discovering some listener email hadn’t been making it to our inbox for the past few months. We rectify that situation on this episode, revisiting a few of the popular topics from past shows.

We debate the merits of bringing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to the big screen again… the incredibly big screen. In fact, it’s been restored for presentation in Imax theatres.

Turns out the Olympics was the most watched television event in U.S. history, but even with that success NBC confirmed that they were lowering the salary of popular late-night talk show host Jay Leno, and laying off two dozen staff members from his show.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including saying goodbye to “The Closer” , the untimely death of filmmaker Tony Scott, a Nordic expansion for Netflix and why YouTube is where all the cool kids discover new music.

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‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death From Bridge
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-gun-director-tony-scott-363967

Tony Scott’s Death Prompts Deep Hollywood Mourning
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tony-scotts-death-suicide-hollywood-mourning-363968

Foreign Box Office: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Narrowly Emerges No. 1 for Fifth Consecutive Round
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-dark-knight-rises-total-recall-expendables-2-363957

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ to Get Imax Rerelease
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/raiders-lost-ark-imax-361878

DVDs: Is “Jaws” The Most Influential Film of All Time?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/dvds-is-jaws-the-most….

London Olympics: NBC coverage most-watched TV event in U.S. history
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-london-olympics-dubbed-mostwatched-event-in-us-history-by-nbc-20120813,0,2197654.story

‘Tonight Show’ and Jay Leno get hit with budget cuts
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lenocuts-20120818,0,1772989.story

Apple’s New Front in Battle for TV
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10000872396390444….

New Details on Apple’s TV Vision
http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444….

Copper Off To Good Start As BBC America Courts US Market
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/emma-brockes-blog/2012/aug/20/us-television-bbc?newsfeed=true

‘Smash’ Schedule Prompts Jeremy Jordan To Depart ‘Newsies’ on Sept. 4
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/smash-schedule-prompts-jeremy-jordan-to-depart-newsies-on-sept-4/

‘Kinky Boots’ Sets April 4 Broadway Opening
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/kinky-boots-sets-april-4-broadway-opening/

‘The Closer’ Series Finale Brings in 9.1 Million Viewers, ‘Major Crimes’ Premieres Huge
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/closer-series-finale-ratings-kyra-sedgwick-major-crimes-premiere-361816

‘Avengers 2’ Release Date: Sequel Slated For May 1, 2015 Release
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/avengers-2-release-date-may-1-2015_n_1790811.html

A Media Personality, Suffering a Blow to His Image, Ponders a Lesson
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/business/media/scandal-threatens-fareed-zakarias-image-as-media-star.html

‘Good Morning America’ Reclaims Ratings Advantage Over Post-Olympics ‘Today’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-morning-america-today-ratings-robert-pattinson-363254

Tom Morello & Paul Ryan At Odds As Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Rejects His Appreciation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/17/tom-morello-paul-ryan-rage-against-the-machine_n_1795607.html

Netflix to Launch Streaming Service in Nordic Countries by Year’s End
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-streaming-service-launch-nordic-countries-390292

Kristen Stewart Dropped from ‘Snow White’ Sequel Plans (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kristen-stewart-dropped-snow-white-sequel-hemsworth-361945

Shia LaBeouf: Sex Scenes in Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ Will Be Real
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shia-labeouf-lars-von-trier-nymphomaniac-363931

Russian Band Given 2-Year Term for Stunt Deriding Putin
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/18/world/europe/suspense-ahead-of-verdict-for-jailed-russian-punk-band.html

Nielsen Music 360 Report: Radio = Discovery, YouTube = Listening, Friends = Buying
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/08/nielsen-music-360-report-radio-discovery-youtube-listening-friends-buying.html

The Kids Think YouTube Is a Music Service — and They’re Right
http://evolver.fm/2012/08/15/the-kids-think-youtube-is-a-music-service-and-theyre-right/

3D Quality On Silver Screens
http://youtu.be/bTuPSw7tKSE