Showbiz Sandbox 218: Reports of Hollywood’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

December 23, 2013


Beating up on the film business seems to be all the rage lately, as witnessed by the New York Times recently suggesting the industry was in “survival mode”. Yet the worldwide box office is about to break another all-time record and home video revenue actually went up in 2012. With grosses rising in several sectors, including television, why is there still a debate over the health of the business?

Speaking of debates, just about everyone this past week seemed to have an opinion about the controversial comments made by Phil Robertson, the 67-year-old patriarch of the family that runs the Louisiana hunting supply company depicted in the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty”. Was the network too quick in their response by suspending Robertson?

Amazon and Target also acted quickly this past week when they announced they would not be selling physical copies of Beyoncé’s latest album after, in a surprise move just days before, she released it exclusively on iTunes.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the end of Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, Shia LaBeouf’s plagiarism and how talent agencies are relying on sports to grow their business.


‘Dhoom 3’ Early Global Hit, Eyeing $25 Million-Plus Opening

DreamWorks Animation: ‘Turbo’ Will Turn a Profit and Digital Sales Are Up

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Gets New Release Date

Strong Profit Margin at Paramount Pictures Underlines a Hollywood Shift

‘Duck Dynasty’ Family: ‘We Cannot Imagine the Show’ Without Phil Robertson

Fans Criticize Move To Suspend “Duck Dynasty” Star

Duck Dynasty and Walmart Sales Skyrocket

‘Duck Dynasty’ Backlash Spotlights An Uneasy Reality In TV Industry,0,406654.story

Barry Diller’s IAC Responds to ‘Outrageous’ AIDS Tweet From PR Exec’s Account

Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album

Amazon Will Not Sell Physical Copies of Beyoncé’s New Album, Either

J.K. Rowling To Co-produce Magical New Stage Play Based On Harry Potter

Melville House, Dan Clowes Plan Response to Labeouf Plagiarism

Shia LaBeouf Apologizes After Plagiarizing Artist Daniel Clowes For His New Short Film

Xbox’s First Original Show: Docuseries From Oscar Winner

Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks Hit iTunes Ahead of Copyright Deadline

Katie Couric Talk Show Officially Canceled

TV Ratings: ‘X Factor’ Finale Falls 45 Percent From 2012

Sony Hires Superstar Writers to Expand ‘Spider-Man’ Universe

‘Despicable Me 2’ Enjoys Largest First-Week Digital Sales Ever

Publishers to Bring Out Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Books

Brash Agent at William Morris Extends Reach in IMG Merger



  • mgiltz

    It’s truly bizarre that people in the news industry who cover Hollywood can report on record North American and worldwide box office and yet year after year suggest it’s a house of cards about to tumble down. It’s never been a better time to be a major studio making big budget movies.