Showbiz Sandbox 149: Cannes Falls For “Amour”

This year’s Cannes Film Festival concluded with “Amour”, a film by Austrian director Michael Haneke, winning the Palme d’Or. The movie about an elderly couple in Paris features two renown French actors and was a hit with festival audiences. Anne Thompson from Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood blog says the jury rewarded many of the noteworthy films at this year’s festival, though entries with stars like Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman were rather disappointing.

Speaking of winners, last week Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner of this season’s “American Idol”. The big loser however may be the singing competition show itself, since it is no longer the most watched television show in the nation, a title it held for a historic seven years. That honor is now held by Sunday Night Football.

Apple rather convincingly shredded the antitrust suit tbe Justice Department filed against them and top publishers over the price fixing of e-books. Apple’s response points out a number of innacuracies in the suit and manages to bolster their own case, while notably not helping the publishers with their defense.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including the Dish Network’s ad-skipping technology, the retirement of action-star Jackie Chan and why the release date for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” was pushed into next year.

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Foreign Box Office: ‘Men In Black 3’ Handily Unseats ‘The Avengers’ From No. 1 Spot Overseas
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-men-in-black-3-mib3-will-smith-tommy-lee-jones-avengers-329982

Cannes 2012: A Guide to All The Films
http://www.indiewire.com/article/cannes-2012-a-guide-to-all-the-films

Amour By Michael Haneke Wins Palme D’Or At Cannes
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/28/movies/amour-by-michael-haneke-wins-palme-dor-at-cannes.html

Kanye Screens Cruel Summer for Cannes, Kim, and an Approving Jay-Z
http://www.vulture.com/2012/05/kanye-west-cruel-summer-cannes-2012.html

‘American Idol’ Champion Phillip Phillips Had 8 Surgeries During Season 11
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-winner-….

‘Sunday Night Football’ Topples ‘American Idol’ Ratings Dominance
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sunday-night-football-american-idol-ratings-329258

Ghost Town: The Vanishing 10 p.m. Broadcast Drama
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/ghost-town-vanishing-10-pm-broadcast-drama-140772

CNN’s Primetime Ratings Sink To 20-Year Low
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cnn-primetime-ratings-20-year-low-piers-morgan-327771

Jackie Chan Goes Out Fighting
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iSQC_T2zpKyuuS3kgIHCrn….

Fifty Shades Trilogy Tops 10 Million Sold
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/52072-fifty-shades-trilogy-tops-10-million-sold.html

Paramount Bumps “G.I.: Joe Retaliation”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/paramount-bumps-gi-joe-retaliation-328758

Fox, NBC, CBS Sue Dish
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-cbs-nbc-sue-dish-329287

2012 Eurovision Song Contest Entry On Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_2012

Buranovskiye Babushki’s Eurovision Performance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgUstrmJzyc

BAFTA TV Awards Strike Balance Between Popularity And Risk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/may/28/bafta-awards-balance-popularity-risk

Apple to DOJ: Bite Me
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/26/apple-to-doj-bite-me/

Apple Claims US Government Sides with ‘Amazon’s Monopolistic Grip’ in E-book Case
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/256140/apple_claims_us….

Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Pays Ghostly Tribute to Steve Jobs
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/05/25/pixars-brave-pays-ghostly-tribute-to-steve-jobs/