Showbiz Sandbox 20: Judging Ellen DeGeneres and 3D TV

September 14, 2009


Getting everyone’s schedules in sync was a challenge this week given that all of our hosts were in different cities. It certainly didn’t help the audio quality either. Michael Giltz reports in from Toronto where he is covering the Toronto Film Festival.

If you’re following Michael on Twitter then you already know what movies he’s seen and what he thought of them (he loved “Up In The Air” and “A Serious Man” and wasn’t so keen on “Men Who Stare At Goats”). Michael tells us all about the Coen Brothers latest movie and the start of George Clooney’s run for another Oscar.

On the other side of the world in J. Sperling Reich was in Amsterdam, Holland speaking at the International Broadcaster’s Convention. The big news from the trade show is all the buzz about 3D content in the home. Karen Woodward and Michael agree, the world isn’t ready for 3D television. . . or is it?

When he wasn’t wandering through the convention filled with billions of dollars of electronics equipment, he was standing aghast at the booth babes hired to stand in front of the latest and greatest high definition television cameras. Sperling thinks they probably should have hired Meryl Streep instead. After all, the Los Angeles Times agrees with Michael in reporting the actress, or at least her films, have had legs recently.

Back in the United States, actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is taking over the 3rd judge slot on “American Idol” (as Michael says, Kara DioGuardi will always be “the 4th judge”) – and Karen and Michael vehemently disagree over whether this is a good thing or not.

In movie news, Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman, and Gordon Willis will receive honorary Oscars in a ceremony to be held separate from the official Academy Awards ceremony.

Sadly, Variety columnist Army Archerd passed away this week at the age of 87. His column ran in the industry trade paper for more than fifty years and he is remembered fondly by many. Finally, Ian Birnie, the curator for the film program at the Los Angeles County Museum’s endangered film program breaks his silence in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Michael Giltz’s Toronto Film Festival Coverage

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Bacall, Corman, Willis To Get Honorary Oscars

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Variety’s Army Archerd Dies At 87

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