Showbiz Sandbox 222: Grammys Spin Positive Message Into Big Ratings

Whether it was Hunter Hayes belting out an anti-bullying song or Queen Latifah performing a mass-marriage ceremony for 32 couples to the hip-hop beats of Macklemore & Lewis, this years Grammys’ ceremony was more upbeat than ever. David Wild, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, wrote the telecast that attracted a whopping 28.5 million viewers, as well as the Beatles tribute concert the very next night. He stops by to discuss what it was like helping put both shows together.

Awards were also handed out for movies this past week. The Directors Guild of America shook up the Oscar race by giving its top prize to Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity” and the Sundance Film Festival came to an end by handing out more than two dozen awards to indie movies.

Meanwhile, a number of companies are locked in a heated battle to provide an online alternative to cable and satellite television. The biggest hurdle for the likes of Amazon, Sony and Verizon in helping audiences cut the cord may turn out to be the erosion of net neutrality.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including shorter movie trailers, Quentin Tarantino’s latest screenplay gets leaked and Bill Cosby returns to NBC with a new sit-com.

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David Wild on The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-wild/

‘Jack Ryan’ Franchise in Question After Snub From Younger Moviegoers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-ryan-franchise-question-snub-672533

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ To Get Singalong Theatrical Release
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-disney-frozen-singalong-theatrical-release-20140122,0,5709427.story

Directors Guild Awards: Alfonso Cuaron Wins Top Honor for ‘Gravity’
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-directors-guild-awards-winners,0,3026295.story

2014 Sundance Film Festival Announces Feature Film Awards
http://www.sundance.org/festival/release/2014-sundance-film-festival-announces-feature-film-awards/

Trent Reznor Blasts Grammys With ‘A Heartfelt F–k You’ Tweet
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/trent-reznor-blasts-grammys-with-a-heartfelt-f-k-you-tweet-20140127

56th Grammy Awards: Full Winners List
http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/grammys-2014/5885341/grammy-awards-full-winners-list-2014-complete

Quentin Tarantino Will Not Direct Western ‘Hateful Eight’ as His Next Film
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/quentin-tarantino-will-not-direct-western-hateful-eight-as-his-next-film-1201066380/

Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Betrayal Results In Script Leak
http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/quentin-tarantino-hateful-eight-leak-novel/

Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/quentin-tarantino-suing-gawker-leaked-674424

Theater Owners Enact New Guidelines Calling for Shorter Movie Trailers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/theater-owners-enact-new-guidelines-674417

Class Action Suits Filed Against B&N
http://publishersweekly.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d684790bedf89afe76e7b9156&id=2686f2808d&e=83c21543a7

MPAA Agent Bob Hope Detains Man For Wearing Google Glass in Ohio Cinema
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2014/01/21/mpaa-agent-bob-hope-detains-man-for-wearing-google-glass-in-ohio-cinema/

Bill Cosby Reteaming With NBC for New Family Comedy
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bill-cosby-reteaming-nbc-new-673219

Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley Gets Contract Extension
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-universal-pictures-chairman-donna-langley-extends-contract-expands-role-20140126,0,3700744.story

Mick Jagger in Talks to Adapt ’20 Feet From Stardom’ for TV, Broadway
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mick-jagger-adapt-20-feet-673066

A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Falls to Lowest Ratings Since 2012
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/aes-duck-dynasty-falls-to-lowest-ratings-in-13-months-1201068399/

Shia LaBeouf Blames All His Antics On Performance Art
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/shia-labeouf-performance-art_n_4638536.html

Phil Collins: ‘I’ve Just Started to Work With Adele’
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/phil-collins-ive-just-started-to-work-with-adele-20140124

Amazon Considering Online Pay-TV Service
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230475700….

It’s Confirmed: Verizon Is Buying Intel’s OnCue TV Service
http://gigaom.com/2014/01/21/its-confirmed-verizon-is-buying-intels-oncue-tv-service/

TiVo Lays Off Most of Its Design Team as It Transitions to the Cloud
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/tivo-lays-hardware-design-team-gets-ready-exit-hardware/

The Wrong Words: How the FCC Lost Net Neutrality and Could Kill the Internet
http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/15/5311948/net-neutrality-and-the-death-of-the-internet

Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa join the Oscar Elite
http://www.prlog.org/12272620-johnny-knoxvilles-bad-grandpa-join-the-oscar-elite.html

Alterian’s Behind The Scenes Photos of Bad Grandpa
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151504762190807.1073741832.377684060806&type=1&l=d8f51adc78