Showbiz Sandbox 234: Scandal and Politics Invade Hollywood (Again)

May 5, 2014


Two real-life controversies are presently complicating life in Hollywood where studios prefer to make lots of money and ignore complicated social issues or the sometimes tawdry private lives of their executives and talent. The first involves accusations of forcible rape by movie director Bryan Singer. The second involves boycotting a historic Tinseltown hotel over its owners politics.

In less contentious news it appears our prediction about the future of Craig Ferguson as host of the “Late Late Show” was correct, and he will indeed be departing by the end of this year. The host says the decision was entirely his own, despite what it might look like with David Letterman retiring from his show’s lead in, “Late Night”.

Tony nominations were announced last week to honor some of this year’s best and brightest Broadway productions and performers. We give you a rundown of all the front runners as well as a look at a few that didn’t make the cut.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the “Star Wars Episode VII” casting announcement, AT&T’s acquisition offer of DirecTV and Ben Affleck’s blackjack trouble.


Bob Hoskins, Actor Who Combined Charm and Menace, Dies at 71

Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Soars With $92 Mil Stateside Bow

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Kicks Off Summer With $92 Million Debut

Wes Anderson to Celebrate ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ With Cruise

DreamWorks Animation Takes $57M Impairment Charge on ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

Jeffrey Katzenberg Predicts 3-Week Theatrical Window in Future

Craig Ferguson to Exit CBS’ ‘Late Late Show’

Craig Ferguson: ‘I Wanted to Leave the Show Before I Stopped Enjoying It’ (EXCLUSIVE)

No Craig Ferguson Replacement Before Upfronts (Exclusive)

Tony Awards 2014: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,’ ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Lead the Nominations Field

2014 Tony Award Nominations – The Complete List

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Revealed

A&E’s ‘The Returned’ Adaptation Ordered Straight to Series

CEO Michael Powell Uses Keynote to Plead to Keep Cable, Internet Private

Finding the Best Path Forward to Protect the Open Internet

Netflix Pays Verizon For Network Connection to Speed Up Video

Beyond Net Neutrality

AT&T Mulls $40 Billion Acquisition of DirecTV

Author of the Book ‘Gravity’ Sues Warner Bros. Over Credit

Ben Affleck Accused of Card Counting, May Be Banned From Blackjack,0,20324.story#axzz30ogtx87M

New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Targets Bryan Singer, Gary Goddard

Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Case: Why the Accuser Filed in Hawaii

Bryan Singer, Other Sex Abuse Defendants Could Face Long Court Battle

Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Case: The Troubling History Behind the Accusations

Oscars ‘Night Before’ Party Pulled From Beverly Hills Hotel Over Sultan of Brunei Ownership

Jimmy Buffet’s Live At The Drive-In