Showbiz Sandbox 105: The Dark Truth About Digital Cinema

June 1, 2011

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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.

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‘Hangover II’ Biggest Comedy Bow of All Time at $137.4 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hangover-part-ii-biggest-comedy-192954

Did Sony Leak The Red Band Trailer For Dragon Tattoo?
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2011/05/30/did-sony-leak-the-red-band-trailer-for….

Facebook To Launch Music Service With Spotify
http://blogs.forbes.com/parmyolson/2011/05/25/facebook-to-launch-music….

Apple’s Deals May Transform Digital Music
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_23/b4231035679728….

Goldenvoice Expanding Coachella Into A Multi-Weekend Event
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/05/goldenvoice….

Oprah’s Last Show Delivers Highest Ratings In 17 Years
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oprahs-last-show-delivers-highest-192626

Idol Finale Up From Last Year
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-idol-finale-up-192613

When It Comes To Ad Avoidance Smart Phones A Bigger Distraction Than DVRs
http://adage.com/article/adagestat/smartphones-a-bigger-distraction-dvrs/227725/

Dish’s BlockBuster Stores Lower Film Rental Prices
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dishs-blockbuster-stores-lower-film-192773

Upload DVDs To Flixster? That’s Time Warner’s Very Big Idea
http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/upload-dvds-to-flixster-thats-time-warners….

The Truth Behind Cheryl Cole’s ‘X-Factor’ Departure
http://www.periscopepost.com/2011/06/the-truth-behind-cheryl-cole’s-us-x….

Amazon Publishing Causes Rivals Some Unease
http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/amazons-publishing-plans-cause….

Academy Voting Entering The Digital Age
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/awards-campaign/posts/oscar-watch-academy….

Amy Winehouse Is Back In Rehab
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20498191,00.html

Courtney Love Sued Again For Defamation On Twitter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/courtney-love-sued-again….

Paul Simon, Santana, Herbie Hancock Protest Grammy Category Cuts
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/paul-simon-santana-herbie-hancock….

A Movie Lover’s Plea: Let There Be Light
http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2011/05/22/misuse_of_3_d….

Projection Woes: The Follow Up
http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/blog/2011/05/projection_woes.html

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