Showbiz Sandbox 222: Grammys Spin Positive Message Into Big Ratings

January 28, 2014


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.


David Wild on The Huffington Post

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Announces Feature Film Awards

Trent Reznor Blasts Grammys With ‘A Heartfelt F–k You’ Tweet

56th Grammy Awards: Full Winners List

Quentin Tarantino Will Not Direct Western ‘Hateful Eight’ as His Next Film

Quentin Tarantino Shelves ‘The Hateful Eight’ After Betrayal Results In Script Leak

Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script

Theater Owners Enact New Guidelines Calling for Shorter Movie Trailers

Class Action Suits Filed Against B&N

MPAA Agent Bob Hope Detains Man For Wearing Google Glass in Ohio Cinema

Bill Cosby Reteaming With NBC for New Family Comedy

Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley Gets Contract Extension,0,3700744.story

Mick Jagger in Talks to Adapt ’20 Feet From Stardom’ for TV, Broadway

A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Falls to Lowest Ratings Since 2012

Shia LaBeouf Blames All His Antics On Performance Art

Phil Collins: ‘I’ve Just Started to Work With Adele’

Amazon Considering Online Pay-TV Service….

It’s Confirmed: Verizon Is Buying Intel’s OnCue TV Service

TiVo Lays Off Most of Its Design Team as It Transitions to the Cloud

The Wrong Words: How the FCC Lost Net Neutrality and Could Kill the Internet

Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa join the Oscar Elite

Alterian’s Behind The Scenes Photos of Bad Grandpa