Showbiz Sandbox 163: Plenty To Feel Good About at Telluride and Toronto

September 17, 2012

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Anne Thompson has just returned from two whirlwind weeks at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. The editor of Indiewire’s Thompson On Hollywood blog is happy to report that, despite all the doomsayers, there is still reason to believe there are plenty of good studio and independent movies awaiting release this year. Thompson joins us for a discussion about this year’s festivities and tells us which films came out ahead as the awards season kicks off in earnest.

Someone who knows a few things about good how to make good movies is Tom Rothman, the Co-Chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment along with Jim Gianopulos. Rothman announced he would be stepping down on January 1st, ending his 18-year tenure as head of the studio. Gianopulos, on the other hand, is sticking around to run the studio on his own.

The new TV season ramped up last week with the debut of Katie Couric’s daytime talk show and the season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” pulling in big ratings.

Of course, we cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, two new judges on “American Idol” and why streaming music could be bad for the environment.

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Foreign Box Office: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Rules Overseas, Grossing $50 Million In 65 Markets
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-madagascar-3-ted-seth-mcfarlane-370653

Toronto Wrap: Winners, Oscar Contenders and Also-Rans
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/tag/toronto-international-film-festival

Oscar Predictions 2013 – Toronto Update
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscar_predicts_chart

Katie Who? Ellen DeGeneres Crushes, Delivers Best Ratings Since 2003
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/katie-couric-ellen-degeneres-doctor-oz-daytime-ratings-369561

Rockers Playing for Beer: Fair Play?
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/rockers-playing-for-beer-fair-play/

Nielsen: TV Viewership Down (On TVs) And Up (On Other Devices)
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-tv-viewership-nielsen-20120911,0,7056989.story

Kennedy Center Honors for Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman and Led Zeppelin
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/buddy-guy-dustin-hoffman-and-led-zeppelin-among-new-kennedy-center-honorees/

‘No Easy Day’ Sees Huge Sales, Topples 50 Shades
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/53919-no-easy-day-sees-huge-sales-topples-50-shades.html

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Premiere Shatters Records
http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/09/12/sons-of-anarchy-premiere-shatters-records-at-fx/

Spotify for TV – Could It Finally Be True?
http://paidcontent.org/2012/09/12/spotify-for-tv-could-it-finally-be-true/

Streaming Media Could Have Larger Carbon Footprint Than Plastic Discs
http://paidcontent.org/2012/09/13/streaming-media-could-have-larger-carbon-footprint-than-plastic-discs/

It’s Official: ‘American Idol’ Adds Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban As Judges
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-nicki-minaj-keith-urban-mariah-randy-367574

Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ Ratings Plunge 32% In Season 2 premiere
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/lat-et-st-simon-cowells-x-factor-ratings-plunge-32-in-season-2-premiere-20120913,0,4863748.story

James Taylor Sues Warner Bros. Records for Nearly $2 Million (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/james-taylor-sues-warner-bros-370409

What Does the Return of Glenn Beck Mean for Digital Video?
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/what-does-return-glenn-beck-mean-digital-video-143651

Fox Co-Chairman Tom Rothman To Exit Studio
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fox-tom-rothman-20120914,0,6737527.story

Why Tom Rothman Is Leaving 20th Century Fox (Analysis)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-tom-rothman-is-leaving-370555

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