Showbiz Sandbox 203: Star Trek Blu-Ray Leaves Frustrated Fans Lost In Space

September 2, 2013

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In what seems to be an attempt to bolster sagging DVD and Blu-ray sales Hollywood studios have begun offering “retailer exclusives” on releases of their hit titles. “Star Trek Into Darkness” is the latest example of how different versions of a movie are being paired with varying sets of special features based on which store the disc is being sold. Trekkies will have to purchase duplicate copies of the latest installment in the franchise in order to collect all the bonus material.

Singers Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus pulled a stunt of their own which helped twerk record sales. Cyrus set tongues wagging with her racy performance that MTV Video Music Awards, but she may be laughing all the way to the bank since her on-stage gyrations have helped boost sales of her new single.

YouTube is filled with user generated videos featuring hit songs by Thicke and Cyrus. If you use these recordings in the wrong way, you could get a takedown notice for copyright infringement. One music publisher however, may have picked a copyright fight with the wrong legal scholar.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the retirement of a legendary animator, Netflix’s foray into stand-up comedy and Hollywood’s big legal victory over a popular file sharing service.

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‘One Direction: This Is Us’ Helps Box Office to Labor Day Weekend Record
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/09/01/one-direction-this-is-us-leads-box-office-to-labor-day-weekend-record/

The Real Problem With Star Trek Into Darkness‘s Bungled Blu-ray Release
http://gigaom.com/2013/09/01/the-real-problem-with-star-trek-into-darknesss-bungled-blu-ray-release/

Attention Helps Cyrus and Thicke Sales
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/challenge-is-strong-but-robin-thicke-holds-to-no-1/

Major League Baseball Gets Into The Music Festival Business
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/08/major-league-baseball-gets-into-the-music-festival-business.html

10% Of All Digital Music Sales Come From One App
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/08/10-percent-of-digital-music-sales-come-from-one-app.html

The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5657724/weekly-chart-notes-the-27-songs-to-spend-at-least-10-weeks-atop-the-hot-100

Hollywood Studios Win Massive Hotfile Lawsuit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-win-massive-hotfile-616764

Octavia Spencer’s Tweets at Center of Endorsement Lawsuit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/octavia-spencers-tweets-at-center-616596

‘Idol’ Judge Search Could Delay Show Production
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-judge-search-could-616782

Harry Connick Jr. Lands Third ‘American Idol’ Judge Spot
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/harry-connick-jr-lands-third-618414

N.F.L. Agrees to Settle Concussion Suit for $765 Million
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/sports/football/judge-announces-settlement-in-nfl-concussion-suit.html

The Comedy Lineup Expands on Netflix
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/business/media/the-comedy-lineup-expands-on-netflix.html

Animator Hayao Miyazaki To Retire From Making Feature Films
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-animator-hayao-miyazaki-retire-feature-films-20130901,0,4415821.story

Dakota Johnson, Charlie Hunnam Nab 50 Shades Of Grey
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dakota-johnson-nabs-fifty-shades-619301

Singer Linda Ronstadt Says She Has Parkinson’s Disease
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/24/entertainment-us-ronstadt-parkinsons-idUSBRE97N02D20130824

Time Warner Cable’s New Xbox App Won’t Count Against Data Caps
http://gigaom.com/2013/08/27/time-warner-cables-new-xbox-app-wont-count-against-data-caps/

Online Lecture Prompts Legal Fight on Copyright
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/08/26/harvard-law-professor-sues-record-company-over-phoenix-lisztomania/jqYkgFaXSgGpd2hL2zsXsK/story.html

Lawrence Lessig Sues Over Takedown of YouTube Video Featuring Phoenix Song
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/lawrence-lessig-sues-takedown-youtube-613549

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