Showbiz Sandbox 161: Patrick Goldstein On Departing The L.A. Times And Seeing The Big Picture

September 4, 2012

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Entertainment reporter Patrick Goldstein surprised everyone two weeks ago in announcing he was leaving the Los Angeles Times after 12 years. His column, The Big Picture, was a must read for anyone in or just following the industry. Goldstein joins us to discuss his departure from the Times, the state of the movie business and where we might be able to read his work in the future.

If one were to look solely at box office alone, they wouldn’t be faulted for believing the film industry was in dire straits. Though receipts were only down 3% to $4.2 billion this summer, movie attendance dropped to a 20 year low in North America.

Televised sports, on the other hand, isn’t having any trouble attracting an audience. In fact, cable networks can’t seem to pay enough for the broadcast rights to sporting events as ESPN proved by signing a multi-billion dollar deal with Major League Baseball.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why Bruce Willis is mad at iTunes, MTV cancels “Jersey Shore” and how you’ll be able to play, but not hear, Beck’s latest music.

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Box Office Bomb: ‘Oogieloves’ Posts Worst Three-Day Opening of All Time
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-bomb-oogieloves-big-balloon-adventure-labor-day-weekend-367473

Summer Box Office Down 3% From Last Year’s Mark, Despite Hits
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-summer-box-office-20120904,0,3835496.story

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Re-Emerges No. 1 Overseas With Strong China Push
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dark-knight-rises-china-amazing-spider-man-expendables-367485

Box Office Report: ‘Possession’ Scares Up $21.3 Mil, No. 2 Labor Day Opening
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/labor-day-box-office-possession-2016-obamas-america-367587

Box Office Milestone: ‘The Avengers’ Hits $1.5 Billion Worldwide
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-avengers-joss-whedon-robert-downey-jr-chris-hemsworth-367464

Box Office Milestone: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-dark-knight-rises-warner-bros-christopher-nolan-christian-bale-367476

Michael Clarke Duncan Dies; Oscar-nominated ‘Green Mile’ Star Was 54
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-michael-clarke-duncan-20120904,0,1567203.story

ESPN Extends M.L.B. Deal, Doubling What It Pays Yearly
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/sports/baseball/espn-extends-deal-with-mlb-through-2021.html

Fox Sports, LA Dodgers Discussing Potential $4B Cable Deal: Report
http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/fox-sports-la-dodgers-discussing-potential-4b-cable-deal/

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Picked Up for 90 More Episodes at FX
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-sheen-anger-management-season-2-renewed-90-episodes-365302

Joss Whedon Creating ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot for ABC
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/joss-whedon-creating-s-h-i-e-l-d-pilot-for-abc/

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sequel in the Works
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/08/dr-horrible-sequel-in-the-works.html

Third ‘Hobbit’ Film Sets Release Date
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/third-hobbit-film-sets-release-367258

Bruce Willis ‘Considering iTunes Legal Action’ Against Apple
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9516636/Bruce-Willis-considering-iTunes-legal-action-against-Apple.html

‘Paterno’ Debuts at Number One
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/53752-paterno-debuts-at-number-one.html

Julie Taymor and ‘Spider-Man’ Producers Reach Tentative Settlement
http://news-briefs.ew.com/2012/08/31/spider-man-turn-off-the-dark-lawsuit-resolved/

Beck’s New Sheet-Music Album ‘Song Reader’ Available For Pre-order
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-becks-new-sheetmusic-album-songreader-available-for-preorder-20120824,0,6715535.story

MTV Ending ‘Jersey Shore’ With Season 6
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mtv-ending-jersey-shore-season-6-snooki-366844

At N.Y.U. Film Department, a Faculty Dispute Over a 30-Year-Old Show
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/at-n-y-u-film-department-a-faculty-dispute-over-a-30-year-old-show/

The Big Picture: Wanted: A Few Good Mavericks
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/22/entertainment/la-et-big-picture-20120822

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