Showbiz Sandbox 119: Thompson On Toronto and Telluride

The Toronto International Film Festival has become a mandatory stop for studios opening awards contenders in the fall. The last four best picture winners at the Academy Awards, including The King’s Speech, all played in Toronto. Along with the smaller, cozier Telluride Film Festival, Toronto is where some films first start picking up awards buzz. Anne Thompson, editor of IndieWire’s Thompson on Hollywood, just returned from both festivals and provides a few details to those of us who weren’t lucky enough to go.

The Emmy Awards were held on Sunday evening and once again “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” won top honors. Though many of the award winners were predictable, there were still a few surprises, such as Melissa McCarthy from the sitcom “Mike & Molly” walking off with lead actress in a comedy. The Emmy telecast itself however was a bit of a “train wreck”.

Netflix continued to top headlines this past week after their stock price plunged 19 percent upon lowering their subscriber projections. Apparently their higher prices have scared off potential customers and caused a few to abandon the video rental service. Now Netflix has announced they will split their business in two, renaming the DVD-by-mail service Qwikster.

We also cover the top entertainment news stories of the week including a poll that says consumers prefer to own rather than rent their music, Hugh Jackman’s return to Broadway and Roman Polanski’s return to Switzerland.

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3-D ‘Lion King’ Roars To $30.2M opening
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ipyIu6Fzjq6kgbBY0gh3oHZ….

Box Office Shocker: ‘Captain America’ Earns More Overseas Than In U.S.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-shocker-captain-america….

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

Anne Thompson’s Telluride Film Festival Coverage
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/category/telluride/

Emmys 2011: Complete Winners List
http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/09/18/emmys-2011-winners-list/

Guinness World Record For ‘Downton Abbey’
http://www.deadline.com/2011/09/guinesss-world-record-for-downton-abbey/

Ricky Gervais to Remotely Fake-Host The Golden Globes?
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/09/ricky_gervais_to_remotel….

New DGA Survey Highlights TV’s Continuing Struggle With Diversity
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/09/new-dga-survey-highlights-tvs-continuing-struggle-with-diversity.html

Study: Music Fans Prefer Ownership vs. Streaming
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/09/study-ownership-remains-preferred-method-of-music-consumption-.html

Mog, The Streaming Music Service, Will Offer A Free Version
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/mog-the-music-streaming-service-will-offer-a-free-version/

New Rabbit Tale To Be Written By Emma Thompson
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/48708-new-peter-rabbit-tale-to-be-written-by-emma-thompson.html

“Mamma Mia” Becomes 10th Longest Running Broadway Show
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/154589-PHOTO-CALL-Mamma-Mia-Becomes-10th-Longest-Running-Broadway-Show

Tupac Shakur Collection Debuts At Atlanta University Center Library
http://blogs.ajc.com/the-buzz/2011/09/13/tupac-shakur-collection-debuts-at-atlanta-university-center-library/

Hugh Jackman Will Sing And Dance Again On Broadway
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/hugh-jackman-will-sing-and-dance-again-on-broadway/

Bobby Cannavale To Play Nicky Arnstein In ‘Funny Girl’ Revival
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/its-no-con-bobby-cannavale-to-play-nicky-arnstein-in-funny-girl-revival/

Barnes & Noble Chief Finances Book Tour
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/books/barnes-noble-chief-finances-book-tour.html

Interscope Records At Center of Major Cocaine Operation Feds Say
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/09/interscope-records-at-center-of-major-cocaine-operation-feds-say.html

Courteney Cox and David Arquette Developing Ensemble Friends-Esque Comedy
http://www.tvline.com/2011/09/courteney-cox-david-arquette-comedy-series-ten-years/

Polanski Plans Return To Zurich Film Festival
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/polanski-plans-return-to-zurich-film-festival/

Google Faces Pressure To Block File Sharing Site
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/sep/13/google-block-filesharing-sites

Netflix Shares Tumble on Revised Subscriber Growth
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-shares-tumble-revised-subscriber-236016

Netflix: An Explanation And Some Reflections
http://blog.netflix.com/2011/09/explanation-and-some-reflections.html