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

September 4, 2012


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.


Box Office Bomb: ‘Oogieloves’ Posts Worst Three-Day Opening of All Time

Summer Box Office Down 3% From Last Year’s Mark, Despite Hits,0,3835496.story

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Re-Emerges No. 1 Overseas With Strong China Push

Box Office Report: ‘Possession’ Scares Up $21.3 Mil, No. 2 Labor Day Opening

Box Office Milestone: ‘The Avengers’ Hits $1.5 Billion Worldwide

Box Office Milestone: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Michael Clarke Duncan Dies; Oscar-nominated ‘Green Mile’ Star Was 54,0,1567203.story

ESPN Extends M.L.B. Deal, Doubling What It Pays Yearly

Fox Sports, LA Dodgers Discussing Potential $4B Cable Deal: Report

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Picked Up for 90 More Episodes at FX

Joss Whedon Creating ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Pilot for ABC

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sequel in the Works

Third ‘Hobbit’ Film Sets Release Date

Bruce Willis ‘Considering iTunes Legal Action’ Against Apple

‘Paterno’ Debuts at Number One

Julie Taymor and ‘Spider-Man’ Producers Reach Tentative Settlement

Beck’s New Sheet-Music Album ‘Song Reader’ Available For Pre-order,0,6715535.story

MTV Ending ‘Jersey Shore’ With Season 6

At N.Y.U. Film Department, a Faculty Dispute Over a 30-Year-Old Show

The Big Picture: Wanted: A Few Good Mavericks