Showbiz Sandbox 105: The Dark Truth About Digital Cinema

June 1, 2011


When Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, noticed that the films he was seeing didn’t appear as bright as they usually do he did a little investigating to figure out why. What he discovered, and documented in a recent front page article, is that some major theater chains are leaving moviegoers in the dark by regularly misusing digital projection equipment. Burr joins us to explain why this is happening and what cinema patrons can do about it.

Meanwhile, the market for streaming music online hasn’t cooled off. Apple is about to announce a service the company has dubbed iCloud and it is rumored that Facebook may integrate Spotify into its website. It seems more people are listening to more music than ever before. That may be why the Coachella Music Festival is doubling down and expanding the event to two weekends next year.

Oprah Winfrey ended her long-running talk show last week and nearly 17 million people tuned in to watch. Yet that audience pales in comparison to the 28 million viewers that watched the final episode of this season’s “American Idol”. That’s nearly a 20% increase over last years finale.

We also provide coverage and analysis of all the weeks top entertainment news, including a record setting Memorial Day weekend at the box office, some changes to Simon Cowell’s “The X-Factor” and how Academy members will be voting for next year’s Oscar winners.


‘Hangover II’ Biggest Comedy Bow of All Time at $137.4 Million

Did Sony Leak The Red Band Trailer For Dragon Tattoo?….

Facebook To Launch Music Service With Spotify….

Apple’s Deals May Transform Digital Music….

Goldenvoice Expanding Coachella Into A Multi-Weekend Event….

Oprah’s Last Show Delivers Highest Ratings In 17 Years

Idol Finale Up From Last Year

When It Comes To Ad Avoidance Smart Phones A Bigger Distraction Than DVRs

Dish’s BlockBuster Stores Lower Film Rental Prices

Upload DVDs To Flixster? That’s Time Warner’s Very Big Idea….

The Truth Behind Cheryl Cole’s ‘X-Factor’ Departure’s-us-x….

Amazon Publishing Causes Rivals Some Unease….

Academy Voting Entering The Digital Age….

Amy Winehouse Is Back In Rehab,,20498191,00.html

Courtney Love Sued Again For Defamation On Twitter….

Paul Simon, Santana, Herbie Hancock Protest Grammy Category Cuts….

A Movie Lover’s Plea: Let There Be Light….

Projection Woes: The Follow Up