Showbiz Sandbox 217: In Hollywood You’re Nobody Till Somebody Sues You

December 17, 2013


The entertainment industry is marking the end of 2013 with a flurry of lawsuits all having to do, one way or another, with profit participation. Moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein have filed suit against Warner Bros. over profits from sequels to “The Hobbit”, a property they originally owned. Then there’s the fired creator of “The Walking Dead” who is suing AMC claiming the network owes him tens of millions of dollars for the hit television series.

Filmmaker James Cameron is no stranger to legal battles since he is constantly having to fend off plagiarism lawsuits. Last week the director said he struck a tax deal with New Zealand to film not one, but three “Avatar” sequels in the country.

Golden Globe nominations were announced last week helping solidify awards season frontrunners such as “12 Years A Slave”, “American Hustle” and “Gravity” among others. Keep in mind, only about 90 international entertainment journalists get to nominate and vote for the Globes.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the new additions to the National Film Registry, the new members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and how Beyoncé surprised fans with a new album.


Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Is Dead at 81

Joan Fontaine, Actress Who Won Oscar for ‘Suspicion,’ Dies at 96,0,3131740.story

‘Hobbit’ Sequel’s High Frame Rate Theaters Nearly Doubled – But Warner Bros. Keeps It Quiet

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Wins Weekend With $73.7 Million in Domestic Debut

New ‘Avatar’ Trilogy to Be Filmed in New Zealand

Golden Globes Nominations 2014: The Complete List,0,6845028.story

TiVo Testing Thumbs-Up / Thumbs-Down Interactive Voting On ‘The Voice’

‘Beyonce’ Heading for Number One

For Staples Center, a Record-Setting Year for Concerts

Led Zeppelin Catalog Comes To Spotify

25 Years of Dominance for “The Young and the Restless” on CBS

Weinsteins, Miramax Strike 20-Year Production, Distribution Partnership

25 Movies Chosen for the National Film Registry

‘The Bible’ Follow-Up ‘A.D.’ Gets Series Order At NBC

Nirvana, KISS Among 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Kindle Sales Drives Dan Brown’s Inferno to Top of Amazon’s Best-Sellers in 2013

NBC Says It Will Put On a Show, Again

Ari Folman to Write, Direct Animated ‘Anne Frank’ Film

‘Heathers’ Musical Will Play Off Broadway in March

‘Bull Durham’ musical to debut in Atlanta in 2014,0,3502086.story

Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan Planning a TV Drama Set at the Dawn of the Hip-Hop Era

Weinsteins File Lawsuit Against Time Warner Over ‘Hobbit’ Sequels Profits

Fired ‘Walking Dead’ Creator Frank Darabont Sues AMC for Profits

Paramount Settles Big Film Slate Lawsuit