Showbiz Sandbox 166: How MoviePass Unlimited Moviegoing Service Really Works

October 9, 2012

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When MoviePass announced an unlimited moviegoing subscription service last year it faced stiff resistance from cinema owners and film studios. Now, MoviePass has relaunched with a revamped offering that doesn’t need approval from either group. Stacy Spikes, the CEO of MoviePass, joins us to explain why this time the company will succeed.

Over in the world of music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year’s nominees. The likes of Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Rush head up what has been considered by many to be a very weak list. At least this year however fans get to vote for their favorite nominees.

Meanwhile, Broadway has been consumed with the story of how “Rebecca”, a musical based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, went up in flames just weeks before opening. Despite having major talent enlisted to write, direct and choreograph, not to mention an ongoing ad campaign, it turns out on of the investors behind the production may have been completely made up.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including a huge debut for Mumford and Sons second album, why MTV is getting out of the “Jersey Shore” business and how Lil Wayne bested Elvis (sort of).

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Jack White Abruptly Ends Concert, Orders Pizzas
http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/jack-white-abrubtly-ends-concert-orders-pizzas/

Foreign Box Office: ‘Taken 2′ Takes Top Spot Overseas, Grossing $55.2 Million In 50 Markets
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-taken-2-liam-neeson-madagascar-3-looper-joseph-gordon-levitt-376960

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/showbiz/music/rock-roll-hall-fame-nominees/index.html

Mumford & Sons Sell 600,000 Albums In Huge First Week
http://www.billboard.com/news/mumford-sons-babel-scores-biggest-debut-1007965952.story#/news/mumford-sons-babel-scores-biggest-debut-1007965952.story

Spotify Exposure Pays Off For Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-mumford-chart-20121003,0,3864347.story

Long Island Man Is Said to Have Connected Investor to Scuttled Musical
http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/theater/li-man-said-to-have-connected-rebecca-producer-with-investor.html

Scott Brown: In Praise of the Broadway Shyster
http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/rebecca-ben-sprecher-max-bialystock.html

Glastonbury Tickets Gone In Record Time
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/oct/07/glastonbury-tickets-sell-out

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Ineligible for SAG Awards
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/beasts-of-the-southern-wild-ineligible-for-sag-awards/

FCC Votes to Sunset Program Access Rules
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/fcc-votes-sunset-program-access-rules-144255

Netflix Launching Entire Run of David Fincher’s ‘House of Cards’ in One Day
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/house-of-cards-premiere-date-netflix-kevin-spacey-david-fincher-376355

Lena Dunham Book Bids Reach $3.7 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/girls-creator-lena-dunham-gets-376861

Lena Dunham Signs Book Deal for More Than $3.5 Million
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/lena-dunham-sings-book-deal-for-more-than-3-5-million/?hp

‘Jersey Shore’ Final Season Premiere Takes a Nearly 40 Percent Ratings Hit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jersey-shore-final-season-premiere-ratings-376771

Gwyneth Paltrow in Talks to Produce Musical Based on The Go-Go’s
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gwyneth-paltrow-go-gos-belinda-carlisle-goop-376023

‘GMA’ Solidifies Ratings Dominance With September and Premiere Week Wins
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-morning-america-ratings-today-robin-roberts-376371

Ellen DeGeneres Calls Liam Neeson
http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/ellen-degeneres-calls-liam-neeson.html

Lil Wayne Breaks Elvis’ Record For Most Top 100 Singles
http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/09/lil-wayne-breaks-elvis-record-for-most-top-100-singles/

Third Time May Be The Ticket For MoviePass Unlimited Moviegoing Subscription
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2012/10/03/third-time-may-be-the-ticket-for-moviepass-unlimited-moviegoing-subscription/

Comments

  • Mgiltz

    MoviePass: hmm. Pluses include one movie a day every day for one monthly fee. Minuses include yet another monthly fee after cable and phone etc, no 3-D, no IMAX, just one movie a day, no premium seats, must be at theater physically before you can purchase ticket. $35 in NYC so need to see one movie a week to make the pass pay. Not yet for me.