Showbiz Sandbox 271: A Brief History of Net Neutrality

Last week the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules that will regulate broadband Internet service and enforce net neutrality. Just in case you’re still trying to decipher the net neutrality news, Jonathan Strickland, a senior writer for How Stuff Works, explains exactly what it is how the issue has evolved over time, starting in the 19th-century with laws designed to govern railroads.

Another hot topic in Hollywood lately has been the executive shuffle taking place at several studios. Former Fox exec Tom Rothman will take over for the recently departed Amy Pascal as head honcho of Sony Pictures, while Paramount begins its own search for a new leader after the departure of Adam Goodman.

Surely all of these moguls would be quick to assure you that Will Smith is indeed a movie star despite a few recent box office duds, yet as his latest film hits theaters news stories abound asking whether the actor can still open a movie.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the Blade Runner sequel moves forward, Pee Wee Herman brings his playhouse to Netflix and Disney reboots Ducktales.

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Jonathan Strickland on How Stuff Works
http://science.howstuffworks.com/jonathan-strickland-author.htm

Jonathan Strikland’s TechStuff Podcast
http://shows.howstuffworks.com/techstuff-podcast.htm

China Monthly Box Office Tops U.S. for First Time Ever
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-box-office-tops-us-778499

‘Focus’ Takes Top Box-Office Spot
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/focus-takes-top-box-office-spot/

Will Smith Box Office Grosses
http://www.the-numbers.com/person/770401-Will-Smith#tab=acting

Not Even Will Smith Can Open A Movie Anymore
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/03/03/not-even-will-smith-can-open-a-movie-anymore-so-what-defines-the-a-list-today/

Tom Rothman Lands Top Job at Sony’s Motion Picture Group
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-rothman-lands-top-job-777377

Tom Rothman, New Sony Pictures Chair, Brings Big-Budget Track Record
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-sony-succession-tom-rothman-20150225-story.html

Paramount Shake-Up: Adam Goodman Prepares to Exit as Film Group President
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paramount-shake-up-adam-goodman-777911

DreamWorks Animation Posts $247.7 Million Loss After ‘Penguins’ Flop, Company Restructuring
http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-posts-247-7-million-loss-after-penguins-flop-company-restructuring-1201440532/

DreamWorks Animation Takes $57M Write-Down on ‘Penguins of Madagascar’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dreamworks-animation-takes-57m-write-777474

DreamWorks Animation Is Selling Its Glendale Campus for $185 Million
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-dreamworks-earnings-glendale-campus-20150225-story.html

‘The Daily Show’ Shakeup: Jason Jones Announces Departure Following Jon Stewart
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-daily-show-jason-jones-leaving-samantha-bee-1201440634/

TBS Greenlights Comedy Series From ‘The Daily Show’s’ Samantha Bee & Jason Jones
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/samantha-bee-jason-jones-tbs-comedy-series-order-1201440378/

Disney XD To Reboot ‘Ducktales’ Animated Series For 2017 Launch
http://deadline.com/2015/02/ducktales-animated-series-ordered-disney-xd-1201380913/

Hamilton Will Not Rush To Broadway
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/theater/hamilton-will-not-rush-to-broadway.html

‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Harrison Ford Confirmed; Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct
http://deadline.com/2015/02/blade-runner-sequel-harrison-ford-denis-villeneuve-1201382634/

Music Industry Sets Friday as New Global Release Day
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/music-industry-sets-friday-as-new-global-release-day-20150226

Lady Gaga to Star in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’
http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/lady-gaga-to-star-in-american-horror-story-hotel-20150225

U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Stunt Paid Off After All
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-u2-album-songs-innocence-iphone-ios-apple-20150224-story.html

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Movie Coming to Netflix
http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/pee-wee-hermans-big-holiday-movie-coming-to-netflix-1201440343/

‘Empire’ Grows Yet Again as Season Finale Approaches
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-empire-grows-again-777996

Fox Considering an Empire Concert Series
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/26/fox-considering-empire-concert-series

Empire Continues to Surge, Breaks On-Demand Record
http://www.vulture.com/2015/02/empire-continues-to-surge.html

F.C.C. Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Classifying Broadband Internet Service as a Utility
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/technology/net-neutrality-fcc-vote-internet-utility.html

Why the F.C.C.’s Municipal-Broadband Ruling Matters, Too
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/fcc-municipal-broadband-ruling-matters-net-neutrality