Showbiz Sandbox 269: When Journalists Make Headlines Instead of Report Them

Last week a number of respected journalists who have won praise after decades of reporting the news actually wound up in the headlines themselves. First Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC Nightly News was suspended for six month by the network when allegations arose that he exaggerated his experiences while reporting on the Iraq War. Then, esteemed New York Times media columnist David Carr suddenly died after collapsing in the newsroom leading to an outpouring of condolences.

Ironically, overshadowing both of these events was an announcement from Jon Stewart, a self-professed “fake journalist” that he would be leaving “The Daily Show” after 17 years as it’s host. Such news must have executives at Comedy Central reeling, since it comes on the heels of Stephen Colbert’s departure from the network.

On the other hand, Spider-Man isn’t going anywhere. He’s going to stay at Sony, however will be loaned to Disney for appearances in Marvel’s multi-character movies. The studio also plans to once again reboot the Spider-Man franchise by recasting the role.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the huge opening weekend for “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Netflix heads to Cuba and the latest awards season winners.


‘Fifty Shades’ Heads for $235M-Plus World Domination

‘Fifty Shades’ Box Office: Country-by-Country Breakdown

‘Fifty Shades’ Release Canceled in United Arab Emirates

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Banned in Russia’s North Caucasus

Women Behaving Badly at “Fifty Shades” Screenings

Women Behaving Badly at “Fifty Shades” Screenings

B&Q ‘Memo’ Tells Staff to Read Fifty Shades of Grey To Prepare for Surge In Bondage Prop Sales

WGA Awards: The Winners List

‘Birdman’ Takes Top Film Trophy At ASC Awards: Winners List

Jon Stewart Leaving ‘The Daily Show’

Who Will Miss Jon Stewart Most? Book Publicists

Comedy Central Ponders How to Replace Jon Stewart

TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Still Ignoring Gravity

Brian Williams and the Smoking Gun That Isn’t

Bob Simon, ‘60 Minutes’ Correspondent, Dies at 73 in Manhattan Car Crash

David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58

MTV’s Last Executive Link to Its Music Programming Past, Van Toffler, Is Leaving the Network

‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Temporarily Leaks on Netflix

Emile Hirsch Charged With Felony Assault on Woman

WME Signs Justin Bieber’s Church

WME Signs Slew of YouTube Stars, Including Lohanthony, Bart Baker

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Now Accepts Self-Published Authors

Filmmakers Fight WNET Plan to Push Aside Documentaries

Waterstones Cuts Losses as Daunt Looks Ahead With ‘Optimism’

Netflix Launches in Cuba Today

Darren Criss to Rock Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

With Marvel Deal, Sony Opts to Lease Rather Than Sell Spider-Man

Spider-Man: How Sony, Marvel Will Benefit from Unique Deal

Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

Ed Sabol, NFL Films Founder, Dies at 98

‘Laugh-In’ Announcer Gary Owens Dies at 80

Lesley Gore, Teenage Voice of Heartbreak, Dies at 68