Showbiz Sandbox 261: Sony Hack Gives New Meaning To The Term Box Office Bomb

As if Sony Pictures didn’t have enough to worry about with all their corporate emails and documents being leaked by hackers, now the perpetrators of the cybercrime have threatened movie theaters showing “The Interview” with terrorist attacks. What started out as a voyeuristic peek at the inner workings of a Hollywood studio has turned into a far more serious international incident. This has left the media questioning their own ethics and culpability for originally publishing portions of Sony’s stolen data.

With Sony’s dilemma getting so much attention, the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations seemed rather subdued and tame by comparison. Maybe that’s because an awards season front runner has yet to emerge, or possibly because everyone is just tired of award shows.

Thanks to a listener email, we also discuss why the difference between screens and theaters matters when tallying up box office. The two words are often improperly used interchangeably.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including David Letterman’s final show, the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this year’s lack of platinum albums.


Global Box Office: Final ‘Hobbit’ Film Earns Stellar $117.6 Million in Early Foreign Launch

Aaron Sorkin: The Press Shouldn’t Help the Sony Hackers

Why Publishing Stolen Sony Data Is Problematic But Necessary

Amy Pascal Issues Apology Over Leaked Email Exchange

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood’s Secret War Against Google

Sony Lawyers Warn Press to Destroy Documents from Hack

Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Nasty Exchanges and Insults

Gawker Releases Amy Pascal’s Fiery Email Exchange With Producer Scott Rudin

Sony Emails Reveal Failed Efforts to Recruit ‘Lego’ Directors to Run Animation Unit

Sony Pictures CEO at Town Hall Meeting: ‘This Will Not Take Us Down’

Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Jokes About Obama and Race

Furious Google Ended MPAA Anti-Piracy Cooperation

Golden Globe Awards Nominations: The Complete List

Golden Globe Nominations: 26 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Golden Globe Nominations: 26 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

‘Birdman,’ ‘Modern Family’ Lead SAG Awards Nominations with Four

David Letterman’s Final ‘Late Show’ Date Set

Another E-book Dip

Jason Aldean Scores Only Platinum-Certified Country Album of 2014

Roman Polanski’s Attorneys Seek to Close Sex Abuse Case

Bill Cosby’s Wife Defends Comedian: “He Is the Man You Thought You Knew”

Theater Owner Pushes ‘Side Show’ to Close

Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Ringo Starr Lead 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Box Office Key Terminology

Phil Stern, Photographer Who Shot Top Stars, Dies at 95