Showbiz Sandbox 174: Is “The Hobbit” A Death Knell for 3D Movies?

December 17, 2012

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All of the talk surrounding the release of “The Hobbit” was over high frame rate and whether audiences would reject a crisper image. It may have been more appropriate to discuss whether audiences have already shunned 3D. Only 49% of audiences chose to see the film in 3D over opening weekend. If moviegoers aren’t willing to see a film shot and meant to be seen in 3D, is the format ultimately doomed?

“The Hobbit” was noticeably absent on a number of important year-end top film lists. Nor was it among the nominations for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, which were announced last week.

The fantasy book from “The Hobbit” is adapted has been a perennial best seller, but with the explosion of e-book readers future generations may not even know what a book is. Can e-books and print co-exist?

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including this year’s Rock Hall of Fame inductees, the top grossing concert tours of 2012 and (finally!) an end to loud television commercials.

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Networks and Studios Scramble to Reschedule Violent Programming
http://www.vulture.com/2012/12/networks-scramble-to-reschedule-violent-episodes.html

‘Hobbit’ Rakes In $223 Mil At Worldwide Box Office
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118063684

Golden Globe Nominations; Lincoln Leads
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/first-golden-globe-nominations-announced-401941

SAG Awards: “Silver Linings” Tops Nominations
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/sag-awards-silver-linings-modern-401218

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: The Complete Nominations List
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-critics-choice-movie-awards-nominations-20121211,0,7312257.story

AFI Announces Its Top Film and TV Programs of 2012
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-afi-announces-the-top-film-and-tv-programs-for-2012-20121210,0,3474335.story

Surprise! E-Books And Print Can Co-Exist!
http://www.bookpatrol.net/2012/12/surprise-e-books-print-books-can-coexist.html

Netflix Begins Monthly Ranking Of ISP Speeds
http://blog.netflix.com/2012/12/november-isp-rankings-for-usa.html

L.A. Reid To Exit ‘X Factor’ To Return To Record Label
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-la-reid-exits-x-factor-to-return-to-record-label-20121214,0,2738133.story

Rush, Public Enemy and Heart Join Rock Hall Of Fame
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/rush-public-enemy-and-heart-to-join-rock-hall-of-fame/

Rolling Stones to Play Coachella?
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rolling-stones-to-play-coachella-20121214

Clear Channel Quietly Downsizing Radio Stations Across U.S.
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/12/clear-channel-quietly-downsizing-radio-stations-across-us.html

Sporting News Shutters Print, Goes Digital
http://www.adweek.com/news/press/sporting-news-shutters-print-will-other-sports-titles-survive-145867

Loud Commercials Are Against The Law
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/loud-commercials-are-now-against-law-145923

TV-On-The-Go Service Aereo Adds Bloomberg TV As First Cable Channel
http://gigaom.com/2012/12/13/tv-on-the-go-service-aereo-adds-bloomberg-tv-as-first-cable-channel/

Whitney Houston, PSY Top Google’s 2012 Trends
http://www.billboard.com/#/news/whitney-houston-psy-top-google-s-2012-trends-1008049992.story

The Top 25 Tours Of 2012
http://www.billboard.com/column/year-in-music-2012/top-25-tours-of-2012-1008051082.story#/column/year-in-music-2012/top-25-tours-of-2012-1008051082.story

Foyles and The Bookseller To Re-imagine ‘The Bookshop’
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/foyles-and-bookseller-re-imagine-bookshop.html

Why Studios Don’t Pay to Make Movies Anymore (Analysis)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-fox-paramount-sony-fox-400727

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