Showbiz Sandbox 298: Predicting The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Among the 2016 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this past week were legendary musical acts like The Smiths that will surely be inducted, unheralded backing groups such as the J.B.s that are a long shot and even a popular 1970s funk band, Chic, that has now been nominated ten times. The nominations that generated the most media discussion were probably for pop star Janet Jackson and N.W.A., the hip hop group which popularized gansta rap. We debate which of this year’s nominees are deserving of induction and which are real head scratchers.

Meanwhile government and film industry regulators in China agreed to allow greater oversight into their box office receipts through a public website. Only time will tell whether this was a symbolic gesture meant to assuage Hollywood studios or a true step toward more transparency.

We’ll also dip back into book publishing, where despite recent setbacks many companies are trying to launch all-you-can read subscription services.. Given the numbers revealed by Amazon for its Kindle Unlimited program, it appears authors don’t have much to gain.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including a lifetime achievement award for composer John Williams, the plans to adapt Nancy Drew for television and Woody Allen goes digital.


Weekend Box Office: (There’s Still) Life on Mars

Does ‘Pan’s’ Box Office Bomb Spell the End for Origin Stories?

Walt Disney Studios Crosses $4-Billion Mark at Global Box Office

Australian Films Break Local Box-Office Records

China’s Film Regulators Unveil Official Box Office Reporting After Secret MPAA Deal

Rock Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, N.W.A, NIN, the Smiths Lead Nominees

Why N.W.A belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bonnier is Working on its Own eBook Subscription Service

Amazon Set to Pay Self-Published Authors As Little As $0.006 Per Page Read

SAG-AFTRA Video Game Voice Actors Authorize Strike

AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Has the Highest-Rated First Season in Cable History

Svetlana Alexievich, Belarussian Voice of Survivors, Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Amazon Said to Weigh Creating a Online Pay-TV Service

Carmike Buys Sundance Cinemas for $36 Million

Composer John Williams to Receive the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award

‘Nancy Drew’ TV Series In the Works at CBS

Miss Marple Series Inspired by Agatha Christie’s Books in the Works at CBS

Netflix Hikes Price of Standard Streaming Plan to $10 per Month

‘Today’ Leading ‘GMA’ at Top of Season — A First Since 2011

Woody Allen Filming Next Movie in 4K in First Digital Shoot

Pandora buys Ticketfly in move to challenge Ticketmaster

Chantal Akerman, Whose Films Examined Women’s Inner Lives, Dies at 65