Showbiz Sandbox 21: Name Dropping At The Emmys and Toronto

September 21, 2009

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Three very special guests join us on this episode to discuss the Emmy Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival, including Brill Bundy from Zap2it.com, Noel Murray from the Onion’s AV Club and David Poland from The Hot Blog and Movie City News. Before we get into either of those hot topics Michael Giltz and J. Sperling Reich duke it out over 3D movies while discussing this week’s North American box office topper, “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs”. Karen Woodward still isn’t convinced to see animated content, whether it’s 3D or not.

Brill wasn’t all that suprised by any of the Emmy Awards handed out on Sunday, except for maybe Jon Cryer’s trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Like last year, Both “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” repeated their wins for Best Drama and Best Comedy. In the end, it was host Neil Patrick Harris who stole the show, if not an Emmy for himself, by winning rave reviews for keeping the awards program light and fast paced (even at three hours).

Jay Leno began his new primetime talk show last week with enormous ratings, though Brill says it will take a few months, if not a year, before the show’s success can be determined. Certainly, having Kanye West as a guest, fresh from his stage storming moment at MTV’s Video Music Awards, was a major coup.    

David and Noel drop by to chat about their experiences at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, which Michael also attended. “Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire” took home the festival’s top prize, much like it did at Sundance earlier in the year. (Is there a festival, this film isn’t going to be invited to?) Noel, enjoyed the film but David and Michael think it’s overrated. Speaking of overrated, that seems to be the general consensus regarding Michael Moore’s latest documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story”. And, while not the concert film Noel had been hoping for “The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights” seemed to please everyone, as did Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant”. Hopefully next year the festival won’t front load the first few days with all the big films so David, Michael and Noel can see even more great movies.

Back in Los Angeles, Walt Disney Studios surprised the industry on Friday by announcing topper Dick Cook would be resigning after 38 years with the company, effective immediately (read: fired). Cook was a much beloved executive and responsible for such hits as the “Pirates of the Carribean” franchise. It is believed he clashed with Disney CEO Robert Iger which led to his departure.

“Mad Men” and “30 Rock” Repeat At Emmys
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/arts/television/21emmy.html?_r=1&hp

Zap2it’s Emmy Coverage
http://www.zap2it.com/tv/emmys/zap-emmys,0,6586641.htmlstory

Jay Leno Bow brings in 17.7 million
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118008651.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&nid=4749

Jay Leno Week 1 Ratings As Good As Could’ve Reasonably Been Expected
http://bit.ly/3N3Cx9

Jay Leno Brings EVs Into America’s Living Rooms
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/09/leno_green_car_challenge/

The Ten Biggest Buzz Films At The Toronto Film Festival
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2009/09/03/f-toronto-film-fest-buzz-films.html

Toronto: Winners, Losers, Oscar Contenders
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/09/20/tiff_winners_and_losers_wrap/

Toronto Critics Poll: 34 Films Ranked A To F
http://www.indiewire.com/article/toronto_critics_poll_34_films_ranked_a_to_f/pem

Noel Murray’s Toronto Film Festival Coverage
http://www.avclub.com/articles/toronto-film-festival-09-day-7,32976/
http://www.avclub.com/articles/toronto-film-festival-09-day-6,32931/
http://www.avclub.com/articles/toronto-film-festival-09-day-5,32871/

Michael Giltz’s Toronto Film Festival Coverage
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/toronto-film-fest-day-6-m_b_289379.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/toronto-film-fest-day-5-c_b_287482.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/toronto-film-fest-day-4-t_b_285320.html

Movie City News’ Toronto Film Festival Coverage
http://www.moviecitynews.com/festivals/toronto_2009/index.html

Walt Disney Studios Chief Dick cook Abruptly Leaves The Company
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-disney19-2009sep19,0,2369626.story

Johnny Depp Says He’s Shocked About Cook’s Departure
http://bit.ly/NG3EL

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