Showbiz Sandbox 88: How Many Producers Does A Movie Need?

Other than some pointed barbs from comedian Ricky Gervais this year’s Golden Globe Awards were truly predictable. Nicole Sperling of the Los Angeles Times attended the ceremony and tells us all about it. She also explains why the Academy Awards only allow three producers to be nominated for each Best Film nominee. Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh is one of six producers on “The Fighter”, but not when it comes to the Oscars.

We are also joined by Aaron Rich, the gentleman blogger behind All The Movies I Watch and They’ll Love It In Pomona. While many media outlets are cutting back on movie critics, Aaron is part of a wave “amateur” critics who are making use of the Internet to share their passion for cinema.

Taylor Swift continues to make news with her new album. “Speak Now” topped the Billboard 200 chart again, but did so by selling the fewest units ever for a number one album. And the record industry isn’t alone in suffering from decreased sells. Video game revenue dropped 6% in 2010.

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Showbiz Sandbox 72: Grading The Toronto and Venice Film Festivals

After attending both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals over the past month Anne Thompson of IndieWIRE may need a little time off. But since Thompson is entering the hectic Oscar season there’s no rest for the weary. She stops by to tell us about all the great films she saw in Venice and Toronto, as well as the amazing number of acquisitions. Based on Thompson On Hollywood, it was a great year at TIFF.

Ben Affleck’s second film as a director, “The Town” premiered at Toronto to rave reviews and this past weekend it surprised a few industry watchers by topping the box office.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we argue about the week’s top entertainment headlines, including why celebrities like George Michael and Lindsay Lohan can’t seem to stay out of jail. The departure of Warner Bros. Records chairman Tom Whalley is our Inside Baseball topic, along with Google’s plans to take on Apple’s iTunes.

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Showbiz Sandbox 7: Talkin’ Tonys And Trailers

Michael Giltz of the New York Daily News, Huffington Post and The Advocate joins us to discuss all the winners (and losers) of this year’s Tony Awards. Stephen Garrett, the co-founder of Kinetic Trailerworks also shows up to talk about picking up a few trophies at this year’s Golden Trailer Awards. The Star Trek trailer wound up winning some of the big prizes.

Billy Elliot was a big winner at the Tony Awards picking up ten trophies including Best Musical. Gods of Carnage won Best Play, but overall Michael says the show was incredibly predictable. Pixar’s “Up” managed to fend off new comer “The Hangover” at the box office with $44.2 million, though just barely. The Will Ferrell starrer “Land of the Lost” wound up getting a distant third.

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had a tough week. . . or did he? After making Eminem the butt of his jokes at the MTV Movie Awards he was sued by a woman who was injured during one of his promotional stunts. Continue reading Showbiz Sandbox 7: Talkin’ Tonys And Trailers

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