Predicting who will win Academy Awards each year isn’t as easy as it looks. Just ask IndieWire’s Anne Thompson. She managed to pick 19 out of 24 winner’s at this past weekend’s Oscar ceremony, but there were a few categories which had everyone guessing. Thompson takes us backstage on Oscar night and explains how easy it is for someone covering the awards season, like herself, to over think how Academy voters will respond when ballots are cast.
Meanwhile, Google filed applications last week to become a cable television provider in Kansas City. What remains to be seen is whether the tech giant can obtain enough programming to attract customers.
Maybe Hollywood will welcome Google with open arms as they have with the glut of streaming video providers all vying to license premium content. Ironically, the industry seems to be ahead of the curve on a new technology they hope will make up for falling DVD sales.
We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including a new book from J.K. Rowling, Barbara Streisand’s new record deal and how advertising at movie theaters is being taken more seriously.
Backstage with Oscar Winners: ‘Hugo’ and ‘The Artist’ Win Five; ‘Iron Lady,’ Two
Film Independent Spirit Awards: Complete List of Winners
Publicist Guild Awards Honor Marketers of ‘The Help,’ ‘Modern Family’
Google Files Applications To Offer TV Service In KC
J.K. Rowling Inks Deal With Little, Brown For Adult Book
Cinema Advertising Firm National Cinemedia Joins Upfront Fray
Gannett Putting Up Paywalls
‘X Factor’s’ Rachel Crow Lands Nickelodeon, Sony Music Deals
Comcast Launches Subscription VOD Service for Older TV, Movie Content
Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ Debuts Atop Hot 100
Open Road Denies ‘Wolves’ Infringement Charges
‘Conan’ Extended By TBS Through 2014
Paramount Sues To Stop New ‘Godfather’ Book From Mario Puzo Estate
Barbra Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years
Live Nation: Still Losing Money, But Not As Much
‘Bully’: Can Weinstein Co. Resign From Group It Doesn’t Belong To?
Web Deals Cheer Hollywood, Despite Drop In Moviegoers