Showbiz Sandbox 192: Cannes Serves Up A True Blue Masterpiece

May 28, 2013

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It’s safe to say the 2013 edition of the Cannes Film Festival did not disappoint. The jury, headed by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, awarded “Blue Is The Warmest Colour” with the Palm d’Or, the festival’s top prize. It seems fitting that a film featuring a lesbian love affair (not to mention graphic sexual scenes) should win big in a year when France legalizes gay marriage. That the film may be considered a masterpiece over time doesn’t hurt either.

In fact, there was little to complain about at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, except for maybe the rainy weather. We’ll fill you in on some of the highlights as well as discussing how Angelina Jolie’s announcement regarding her double mastectomy has caused an uproar in the medical community… in a good way.

Our host, Michael Giltz, has soft-launched a new website for booklovers. Still in beta stage as it prepares for an official launch, BookFilter.com is designed to help visitors discover what titles are being released and what might want to read next.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including liner notes for digital downloads, Zach Braff teaches Woody Allen about crowdfunding and Amazon’s plan to make fan fiction legit.

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‘Hangover Part III’ Bombing At The Box Office
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-mn-hangover-box-office-20130524,0,3798647.story

$1 Million Chopard Burglary
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/1-million-chopard-burglary-cannes-524563

Cannes Awards Top Prize To A Frank and Intimate Love Story
http://www.screenerblog.com/2013/05/cannes-awards-top-prize-to-a-frank-and-intimate-love-story.html

My Medical Choice
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html

Angelina Jolie’s Aunt Dies of Breast Cancer
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/angelina-jolies-aunt-dies-of-breast-cancer/

Study Finds that 70 Percent of Streaming Users Are Completely Inactive
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/20130513streaming

Shazam Now Generates 1 Out of Every 14 Paid Downloads
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/20130509shazam

Digital Credit Where It’s Due
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/arts/music/rhapsodys-move-to-liner-notes-for-digital-tunes-may-set-trend.html

Kanye West Premieres ‘New Slaves’ With Video Projections Around the World
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/kanye-west-premieres-new-slaves-with-video-projections-around-the-world-20130518#ixzz2UbTiGYIV

ABC To Let App Users Live Stream Local Programming
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/business/media/abc-to-let-app-users-live-stream-local-programming.html

YouTube Now Responsible For 17% of Home Internet Traffic
http://gigaom.com/2013/05/14/thats-a-lot-of-videos-youtube-now-responsible-for-17-of-home-internet-traffic/

iRadio Held Up By Sony
http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/apples-iradio-hampered-royalties-negotiations-149412

CBS Wraps TV Season on Top
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-wraps-tv-season-landmark-525692

YouTube Breakout Star Gets Sitcom
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/youtube-breakout-ray-william-johnson-524675

Zach Braff Kickstarter Film Fully Funded
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-zach-braffs-kickstarter-film-523352

Zach Braff Taught Woody Allen About Crowd-Funding
http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/braff-taught-woody-allen-about-crowd-funding.html

Nooks Sell Out In UK
http://www.mhpbooks.com/no-nooks-in-england-unprecedented-demand-for-ereaders-after-price-drop/?et_mid=617980&rid=234987077

TV Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Finale Sheds 7 Million Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-american-idol-finale-524576

Slower Schedule for Soaps as Web-Based Series
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/media/less-all-my-children-and-one-life-to-live-on-web.html

ESPN Hits Record Revenue, Lays Off 400+
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/layoffs-hit-espn-record-revenue-526212

Penguin Settles Price Fixing Lawsuit
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/57351-penguin-finally-settles-price-fixing-charges-will-avoid-trial.html

An Amazon Platform for Fan Fiction
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/amazon-offers-fan-fiction-writers-a-new-platform/

BookFilter
http://www.bookfilter.com

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