Showbiz Sandbox 369: When the Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Comedy

June 5, 2017

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Kathy Griffin and HBO’s Bill Maher learned first-hand last week just how easy it is to cross the line wherein one’s jokes and antics go from being humorous to offensive. But after apologies are issued and near-term financial repercussions are suffered, should the careers of boundary pushing comedians really come to an end because of one regrettable mistake?

Meanwhile with Apple introducing a ton of new hardware at its Worldwide Developer Conference, the company is actually reaping more rewards from its content business. In fact, last quarter Apple earned more from selling content than most media conglomerates earned during the same period.

We’ll also tell you why the beloved radio DJ who helped discover acts such as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones is leaving his weekly show after 40 years. (Hint: It wasn’t his decision.)

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including journalist Megyn Kelly’s anticipated return to television, a non-English single tops the Billboard charts and big name musical acts hold a benefit pop concert to raise money for victims of a terrorist attack in Manchester.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of June 4, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-june-4-2017-300468345.html

Wonder Woman in 3D Crushed the Box Office with Approximately 43% of Estimated $223 Million Worldwide in 3D Ticket Sales
https://celluloidjunkie.com/wire/wonder-woman-3d-crushed-box-office-approximately-43-estimated-223-million-worldwide-3d-ticket-sales/

Bill Maher Apologizes for Using N-Word on HBO’s ‘Real Time’
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bill-maher-apology-n-word-real-time-1202453203/

CNN Cuts Ties With Kathy Griffin on ‘New Year’s Eve’ Show After Trump Photo Stunt
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kathy-griffin-holds-a-fake-bloody-trump-head-new-photo-shoot-1008645

Kathy Griffin Says She’s Gotten Death Threats, Contacted by Secret Service Over Trump Stunt
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/kathy-griffin-says-shes-gotten-death-threats-contacted-by-secret-service-1009761

Secret Service Investigating Kathy Griffin for Trump Scandal
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/videos/kathy-griffin-press-conference-on-trump-pic-scandal-watch-w485461

The Trial of Adolf Hitler by David King
http://bookfilter.com/2016/09/28/the-trial-of-adolf-hitler/

Watching Porn by Lynsey G
http://bookfilter.com/2016/10/12/watching-porn/

Ultimate Glory by David Gessner
http://bookfilter.com/2016/11/21/ultimate-glory/

BookCon 2017: Consumers Flock to Javits to Meet Authors—and Publishers
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/73900-bookcon-2017-consumers-flock-to-javits-to-meet-authors-and-publishers.html

Inside the Planning of Ariana Grande’s ‘Inspiring’ Manchester Benefit Concert
https://variety.com/2017/music/news/ariana-grande-manchester-benefit-concert-1202448360/

NBCUniversal Loses Legal Battle Over Meaning of “War”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nbcuniversal-loses-legal-battle-meaning-war-1009940

NBCU Seeks Massive Ad-Rate Hikes for Megyn Kelly’s Morning Show
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/megyn-kelly-morning-tv-advertising-upfront-nbc-news-1202447356/

Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Patton’ Movie Scrapped by Fox’s Nat Geo Network
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-o-reillys-killing-patton-movie-scrapped-by-fox-s-nat-geo-network-1009414

Hackers Leak Eight Episodes of Unaired ABC Show ‘Steve Harvey’s Funderdome’
http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/steve-harveys-fundeerdome-leak-1202453754/

T.J. Miller Breaks Silence on Leaving ‘Silicon Valley’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tj-miller-breaks-silence-leaving-silicon-valley-1009777

NBC Shuffles Fall Schedule, Moving ‘This Is Us’ Back to Tuesday Nights
https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nbc-fall-schedule-changes-this-is-us-tuesday-nights-will-and-grace-1202448167/

Hollywood Auctions Number 89
http://www.profilesinhistory.com/flipbooks/Hollywood89/mobile/index.html#p=1

Scott Pelley Said to Be Leaving Post as ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/business/media/scott-pelley-cbs-evening-news.html

America’s No. 1 Song Isn’t in English. That Doesn’t Happen Often.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/02/americas-number-one-song-isnt-in-english-that-doesnt-happen-often/?utm_term=.b855b4c219af

Tidal Loses Its Third CEO in Two Years as Jeff Toig Exits
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/tidal-loses-its-third-ceo-in-two-years-as-jeff-toig-exits/

Apple Poised to Take on Streaming Biz as Services Segment Flourishes
https://variety.com/2017/voices/columns/apple-services-streaming-1202443593/

Rodney Bingenheimer Says Farewell to ‘Rodney on the ROQ’ After 40 Years
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-rodney-bingenheimer-20170602-story.html

Peter Sallis: Wallace and Gromit actor dies aged 96
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40165443

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