Showbiz Sandbox 257: Debating President Obama’s Position On Net Neutrality

President Obama finally weighed in on the battle over net neutrality calling for the FCC to reclassify broadband providers as utilities under Title II of Telecommunications Act. This inflamed the war between those who believe such a move is mandatory and others who fear bureaucratic regulation will have the unintended consequence of throttling future development and investment in technology. We do our best to debate both sides of a very contentious issue.

Leaking copyrighted content online however, is an issue everyone can agrees is bad. Marvel Entertainment showed how to handle just such a scenario with aplomb when a leaked copy of the trailer for their highly anticipated sequel to “Avengers” hit the Internet before its official release. We’ll fill you in on Marvel’s immediate and exemplary response.

While we’re on the subject of responses, there’s no question how Taylor Swift’s new album was received by her fans. They gobbled up more than 1.2 million copies during its first week on sale. That’s more than the next 106 albums on the weekly sales chart combined.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Lemony Snicket on Netflix, Matt Damon returns to Jason Bourne and Pixar gears up for another “Toy Story”.


Can ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Stick Around for the Long Haul?

Global Box Office: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Rockets to $80M Overseas

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Outcast’ Gets China Relaunch, eOne as U.S. Distributor

Google Ordered to Help Marvel Hunt for ‘Avengers’ Trailer Leaker

Marvel Seeks to Subpoena Google Over ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Leak

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Title Revealed

AFM: ‘Dear White People’ Breaks Urban Curse to Sell Globally

Obama Asks F.C.C. to Adopt Tough Net Neutrality Rules

President Obama Urges FCC to Implement Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 4′ Set to Play in Theaters in 2017

Pixar Sequels Draw Bigger Role in Company’s Future

Sherlock Holmes Belongs To Us All: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case

Netflix Adapting Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Into TV Show

Pianist Asks The Washington Post to Remove a Concert Review

Author of Bin Laden Book Sues Ex-Attorneys

20 Animated Movies to Vie for Oscar

Phil Rudd, AC/DC Drummer, Charged With Trying to Hire Hit Man

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd No Longer Facing Murder-For-Hire Charge

Matt Damon Says He’s Returning to ‘Bourne’ for 2016

Aereo Laying Off Most of Its Employees, Closing Boston Office

Sales of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Intensify Streaming Debate

Taylor Swift Responsible for 22% of Album Sales Last Week

Body of Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith Found

  • André Ribeiro

    Hello, greetings from Denmark! I was wondering if you had considered having some music breaks on the show. There’s a lot of talk, and I thought that some short music intermissions between the different sections in the show might be a good idea.

  • Thanks for listening… and the feedback André. Funny you should ask about music bumpers. We’ve been discussing this very format; breaking the show into clear segments separated by short music clips. One thought was to use new and noteworthy releases as the music.

    On another, yet somewhat related note, what are your thoughts on the stories we cover? Are they “international” enough? We keep trying to broaden the discussion beyond North American topics. Unfortunately, the whole net-neutrality issue keeps coming up.