Showbiz Sandbox 194: Tony Awards Prove Broadway Knows How To Put On A Show

June 11, 2013

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Once again actor Neil Patrick Harris proved he knows how to host an awards show with a dazzling turn as master of ceremonies at this year’s Tony Awards last Sunday. The ceremony provided its share of surprises and dramatic speeches from the likes of Cicely Tyson and pop-star Cyndi Lauper as “Kinky Boots” walked off with six Tonys including Best Musical. Though the telecast may have been poorly directed, it was filled with a mixed bag of performances from this season’s top Broadway shows.

For Broadway play or musical, a Tony can provide a huge boost at the box office, though it’s no guarantee. There has never been a magic formula for investing in the arts which is something JP Morgan and its partners should have looked into before loaning Paramount Pictures a load of cash to finance movies. Now everyone is suing each other after the bank discovered their Hollywood investments weren’t as risk free as they had initially thought.

That kind of inside news is usually reported by the likes of Nikki Finke over at her Deadline Hollywood blog. However, if a scoop from a competing online news source is correct, Finke’s days at Deadline may be numbered. Has Finke’s conentious reputation finally caught up with her, or will a crosstown rival need to eat some crow?

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including Amazon’s European tax problems, Disney’s digital distribution plans, and the possibly illegal limitations of Microsoft’s new Xbox.

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Foreign Box Office: ‘Hangover III’ Dominates Weekend With $82.3 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-hangover-iii-561640

Dissecting Google’s Box Office Prediction Study
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2013/06/10/dissecting-googles-box-office-prediction-study/

Paramount Alleges JP Morgan Conspiracy
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/paramount-alleges-jpmorgan-led-financial-564708

Paramount Threatened With Malicious Prosecution
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/paramount-threatened-malicious-prosecution-conspiracy-564762

‘The Sopranos’ Tops WGA’s Top 101 TV Shows of All Time
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-sopranos-wga-top-101-tv-shows-all-time-20130531,0,4500137.story

Complete List of Tony winners
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tonys-complete-winners-list-565284

Amazon Is Destroyer Of Books, Says France
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/10098626/Amazon-is-destroyer-of-bookshops-says-French-culture-minister.html

British Booksellers Seek Curbs on Amazon
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jun/04/british-booksellers-seek-amazon-curb?et_mid=621504&rid=234987077

Keith Olbermann Returns To TV
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/keith-olbermann-returning-tv-turner-562696

What Warner Bros Did To Get A Stake In New Film Interstellar
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/christopher-nolans-interstellar-warner-bros-562879

Microsoft details XBoxOne Used Game Rules
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/microsoft-details-xbox-one-used-games-always-online-and-privacy-policies/

“Walking Dead” Actress Arrested In Connection To Obama, Bloomberg Ricin Letters
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/walking-dead-actress-arrested-connection-564797

Hollywood Reporter’s Monster’s University Review
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/monsters-university/review/564746

Amazon Hiring Kindle Sales Reps
http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/06/05/amazon-now-hiring-kindle-sales-reps-also-recruiting-indie-bookstores/

Amazon Deal Good for Viacom, But Next Year Uncertain, Analyst Says
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-analyst-amazon-deal-viacom-20130604,0,2391004.story

Amazon Studios Launches Free Tool That Turns Scripts Into Storyboards
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-studios-launches-free-tool-564773

TiVo Settles Latest DVR Patent Issues
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tivos-latest-dvr-patent-settlements-564707

Disney Eliminating ‘Digital Copy’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-eliminating-digital-copy-562021

Game Of Thrones Season Finale
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-game-thrones-finale-565615

Speculation Swirls Around Nikki Finke’s Future at Deadline Hollywood
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-nikki-finke-future-deadline-hollywood-20130602,0,5688007.story

Supplier of Hollywood Cameras in Loan Default
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supplier-hollywood-cameras-loan-default-563573

Produced By: Warners’ Chris DeFaria Talks ‘Hobbit’ and VFX Biz Troubles
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/produced-by-warners-chris-defaria-565294

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