Showbiz Sandbox 148: Soaking Up This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

May 22, 2012


Uncharacteristic inclement weather drenched the first half of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, though the rain could not dampen the spirits of attendees or distributors looking to acquire hot titles. Are the selections at this year’s festival going to be future award contenders as they were last year with “The Artist” and “Tree of Life”? We’ll let you know.

Of course, Cannes has never been short on movie stars. This year’s festival has featured appearances from Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Brad Pitt, to name just a few. However some journalists are finding that getting access to such talent can be costly, especially if you have to pay thousands of euro for interviews. We’ll explain.

One film that didn’t make it into the festival is “Battleship”. The $200 million action film finally opened in North America over the weekend to poor reviews and tepid box office receipts. Like Disney was forced to do with “John Carter”, Universal will likely take a write down on the movie.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including this year’s entries to the National Recording Registry, ABC’s plans to expand “Good Morning America” to the afternoon and the creator of “Community” gets fired from his own show.


‘Battleship’ Fallout: Lessons From a Box Office Sinking

Cannes 2012 Critic’s Notebook: Festival Slowly Improves During Week

Jim Parsons Prepares For His Lead Role In Harvey

Why Firing Dan Harmon From ‘Community’ Was Stupid and Very NBC

Waterstones To Sell Amazon’s Kindle Book Reader

Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer to Anchor ‘Good Afternoon America’

Broadway Musical ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ To Close

Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ Joins National Recording Registry

National Recording Registry Entries

Celebrity Á La Carte: Buying A Piece of Brad Pitt in Cannes

Is An Interview With Brad Pitt Worth $3200


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