Showbiz Sandbox 103: Midnight In Cannes – This Year’s Fest Sparks Fireworks

Woody Allen’s film “Midnight In Paris” opened the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival last week, but it was Terrence Malick’s long awaited “Tree of Life” which everyone was eager to see.  The film divided audiences with some booing loudly and others proclaiming it a masterpiece.  We provide all the highlights from this year’s festival, including news about films and the scene along the Croisette.

Google decided not to wait around for record labels to offer them a decent license before launching their cloud music service.  After watching Amazon launch their own music service, Google realized they would never get an appropriate licensing deal from the labels so took matters into their own hands.

Meanwhile, major television networks began holding their upfronts where they inform advertisers, and the world, what shows will air during the fall television season.  We fill you in on who made the cut, who got cut, and why.  The announcement that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men” was the biggest television news of the week.

We review all the week’s top entertainment news stories including Jerry Lewis’ retirement, a new anti-piracy bill making its way through Congress and why worldwide box office matters.

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Showbiz Sandbox Cannes Updates On YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/showbizsandbox

$12M Budgeted Black Swan Passes $300M
http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/12m-budgeted-black-swan-passes-300m/

Cannes 2011 – The Four Star Review – Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/cannes-2011-the-four-star….

Cannes 2011 – Angry Kids, Dying Kids and Kids In Danger
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/cannes-2011-day-two-angry….

Cannes 2011 – Woody Loves Paris, Sleeping Beauty Gets Dark
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/cannes-2011-woody-loves….

Adele Is At Number One For 8th Week
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/adele-is-at-no-1-for-8th….

Kutcher To Replace Sheen On “Two And A Half Men”
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/kutcher-hints-of-a….

CBS Cancels Sh-t My Dad Says, The Defenders and Mad Love
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-cancels-s-my-dad-188419

Fox Unveils 2011-12 Television Schedule
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fox-unveils-2011-12-television-slate….

NBC To Offer Six New Series This Fall
http://www.adweek.com/upfronts-blog/nbc-offer-six-new-series-fall-131643

ABC To Add 12 New Series For 2011-12
http://www.adweek.com/upfronts-blog/abc-add-12-new-series-2011-12-131642

Jerry Lewis To Retire From Telethon
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/05/….

LimeWire Settles Law Suit With Record Labels For $105 Million
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/05/….

LiveNation, GroupOn To Launch Discount Ticket Site
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-fi-groupon….

Robert De Niro Negotiating To Play Bernie Madoff For HBO
http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/robert-de-niro-negotiating….

Does ‘Adventures Of Tin Tin’ Trailer Deliver The Goods
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43079578/ns/today-entertainment/

U.S. Senators Introduce Anti-Piracy Law To Root Out Foreign Websites That Traffic In Stolen Content
http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/u-s-senators-introduce-anti….

FCC Commish Turned Lobbyist Can’t See What All The Controversy Is About
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110513/12020714266/fcc….