Showbiz Sandbox 72: Grading The Toronto and Venice Film Festivals

September 21, 2010

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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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“The Town” Bustles
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2924&p=.htm

Anne Thompson’s Coverage of the Toronto Film Festival
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/category/toronto/

Anne Thompson’s Coverage of the Venice Film Festival
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/category/venice/

George Michael Sentenced to Eight Weeks For DUI
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/09/george_michael….

Lohan Tweets She Failed Court Ordered Drug Test
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100918/ap_en_ot/us_people_lindsay_lohan

J-Lo Getting Overall Fox Deal With $12M Idol Judging Job
http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/jlo-getting-overall-fox-deal-along-with….

Big Payday For “Big Bang” Stars
http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/big-payday-for-the-big-bang-theory-stars/

Steve Coogan Threatens To Sue Rupert Murdoch
http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/steve-coogan-threatens-to-sue-rupert-murdoch….

Sacha Baron Cohen Set To Play Queen Singer Freddie Mercury In Biopic
http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/exclusive-sacha-baron-cohen-set-to-play-queen….

The Curious Case of the 10 Best Dressed In 2010
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/09/the-curious-case-of-the-ten-best….

Tom Whalley Leaves Warner Bros. Records
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3id04ae3d9411a9f….

Sources Detail Google’s Proposal For A Music Service
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3ifbadade3d03a99b1….

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