Showbiz Sandbox 324: Can These 100 People Fix The Academy’s Diversity Problem?

After the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences failed to recognize the work of minority actors and filmmakers for the second year in a row, the organization promised to double the number of minorities within the next four years. The Los Angeles Times has taken matters into their own hands by suggesting 100 industry professionals that could make the Academy more diverse. Tre’vell Anderson, the staff writer who oversaw the project, joins us to explain how the list was compiled and what the response has been.

Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Disney has scheduled four weeks of reshoots for the Star Wars spin-off “Rogue One”. There is some speculation that Disney felt the film was too dark, however it could just be the standard reshoots multi-million dollar blockbusters often go through.

Sony made some revisions of their own last week to their senior executive ranks. Specifically the heads of both the motion picture and television groups both announced their departure from the studios. What’s noteworthy about the news is that both had worked at the studio for 25 years.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including when the Broadway hit “Hamilton” might lose its leading man, Nintendo revamps Pokemon in China and Amazon expands its content offerings in Japan.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for the Weekend of June 5, 2016
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-the-weekend-of-june-5-2016-300279831.html

Reshoot First: Rogue One’s Familiar Troubles
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/05/reshoot-first-rogue-ones-troubles-sound-like-star-wars-history/484973/

Sony Pictures Shakeup: Doug Belgrad to Step Down as Film President
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-pictures-shakeup-doug-belgrad-876850

Sanford Panitch To Replace Doug Belgrad Atop Columbia Pictures
http://deadline.com/2016/06/sanford-panitch-columbia-pictures-president-doug-belgrad-1201767016/

Chairman of Sony Pictures TV, Steve Mosko, to Leave Studio
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/02/business/media/chairman-of-sony-pictures-tv-steve-mosko-to-leave-studio.html

Fans Protest as Chinese Translations Rename Pokémon Characters
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/05/31/fans-protest-as-chinese-translations-rename-pokemon-characters

Disney announces ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ with stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
http://www.insidethemagic.net/2016/05/disney-announces-mary-poppins-returns-with-stars-emily-blunt-and-lin-manuel-miranda/

‘Hamilton’s’ Lin-Manuel Miranda Sets Exit Date as Original Cast Jockeys for Raises
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hamiltons-lin-manuel-miranda-sets-899014

Dr. Drew Pinsky on Why He’s Ending ‘Loveline’ After Three Decades
http://www.indiewire.com/2016/04/dr-drew-pinsky-on-why-hes-ending-loveline-after-three-decades-291649/

Amazon Expands Original Content Offering in Japan
http://www.screendaily.com/5104441.article

Universal Faces $20M Lawsuit By Homer Hickam Over ‘October Sky’ Musical
https://deadline.com/2016/06/october-sky-musical-lawsuit-homer-hickam-universal-pictures-1201766554/

Original Author Battles Universal Pictures Over October Sky Musical
http://www.playbill.com/article/original-author-battles-universal-pictures-over-october-sky-musical

Frowny Face: Sony Pictures Faces Legal Spat Over ‘The Emoji Movie’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/frowny-face-sony-pictures-faces-898523

Spotify Has a Plan to Start Actually Making Money
http://fortune.com/2016/06/01/spotify-has-a-path-to-profit/

Spotify Reportedly Prepping July Launch In Japan
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2016/06/spotify-reportedly-prepping-july-launch-in-japan.html

100 People In Hollywood Who Could Help Fix the Academy’s Diversity Problem
http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-et-mn-academy-diversity-candidates/

Prince’s Cause of Death: Opioid Overdose
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/princes-cause-of-death-opioid-overdose-20160602