Showbiz Sandbox 90: Pick Up Artists Score At Sundance

February 1, 2011


The Sundance Film Festival was held in Park City, Utah over the past two weeks and word is that this year’s official selections were well worth the trip. Just back from the festival, Anne Thompson of IndieWire’s Thompson On Hollywood blog fills us in on all the buzzworthy films and why so many of them were picked up for distribution. Could it be the death of independent film has been greatly exaggerated?

After winning top prizes at the Director’s Guild and Screen Actor’s Guild over the weekend “The King’s Speech” has overtaken “The Social Network” as the favored Best Picture Oscar winner. More often than not Academy members follow the guild’s lead when doling out trophies in major categories, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a few surprises in store.

Netflix continues to do battle with HBO, not only over the networks own content, but also over Warner Bros. films. Meanwhile, rumors abound that Amazon may soon be joining Netflix in the video streaming business.

We analyze the week’s top entertainment news stories during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including Charlie Sheen’s latest troubles, a movie marketing campaign that’s for the birds and Conan O’Brien’s struggles on basic cable. Our Inside Baseball topic focuses on how ebooks and digital sales have thrown the publishing industry into turmoil.


Sundance 2011: Rounding Up The Coverage

“Like Crazy,” “How To Die In Oregon” Lead 2011 Sundance Winners….

Elizabeth Olsen, Anton Yelchin And More Of Sundances Breakout Stars….

A Mistake To Write Off The Weinsteins

Netflix Aims To Outbid HBO For Warner Bros. Films

Amazon Rolling Out Unlimited Video Streaming For Prime Subscribers?….

MTV’s ‘Skins’: Who Advertised Last Night?….

What Harvey Weinstein Has To Do To Get ‘King’s Speech’ A PG-13 Rating

Geoffrey Rush Against Re-Editing ‘King’s Speech’ For PG-13 Rating

‘Two And A Half Men’ On Hiatus As Sheen Enters Rehab….

Will Smith’s Overbrook, Jay-Z Form Film Deal, Look To Remake ‘Annie’

‘Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ Tops ‘Conan’ in January….

Fox Will Market Rio With New Angry Birds Game….

Starz’s ‘Spartacus’ Prequel Delivers Record Ratings….

‘The Kennedys’ Finally Finds A Home On Reelz Channel,0,3242814.story

Golden Globes Ask Ricky Gervais Back

Borders Delays January Payments….

Publishers Remain Cool To Borders Deal….

Digital Book World E-Royalties, Amazon And The Shape Of Things To Come….

Multimedia Kids Apps And The Rise Of A New Form….

E-Books And Libraries, No Problem Says Panel….