Showbiz Sandbox 205: Awards Season Commences With Stellar Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals

September 16, 2013


Four of the last five films to win Best Picture Oscars first appeared at the Telluride Film Festival before officially premiering the following week at the Toronto International Film Festival. Anne Thompson from Indiewire attended both festivals this year and fills us in on the big movies everyone will be talking about during the upcoming awards season.

This past week also saw the death of Ray Dolby, the audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories to advance the art of motion picture sound. We debate whether the film industry is now discouraging future inventors from working in the space.

Meanwhile, revenue from digital movies and television shows continues to climb, up 24% this year alone. Unlike theatrical box office though, studios have remained tight lipped when it comes to providing actual sales figures, fearing actors and filmmakers will want a bigger cut.

Of course, we cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the big winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a racy Miley Cyrus video that racked up YouTube records and J.K. Rowling spins-off Harry Potter.


Telluride and Toronto Winners and Losers: Who Came Out Ahead?

Jeff Shell Moving to Universal Studios Job; Adam Fogelson Out

Disney Invites Kids to Bring iPads to Theaters for ‘The Little Mermaid’ Re-Release

Is The Motion Picture Industry Discouraging The Next Ray Dolby?

‘X Factor’ Premiere Shrinks, Loses Time Slot to ‘Big Brother’

Warner Bros. Partners With J.K. Rowling on ‘Harry Potter’-Inspired Film Series

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video: 19 Million Views In 1 Day,0,1932459.story

‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series in the Works at AMC

American Novels Will Be Eligible for Britain’s Man Booker Prize Next Year

Creative Arts Emmys: HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Wins The Night,0,7488026.story

AMC Teases Out Mad Men Finale Over Two Years

Netflix Stock Hits All-Time High

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Delayed Beyond Summer 2015

Morrow to Pub New, Authorized Agatha Christie Novel

Courtney Love Hit With Yet Another Defamation Lawsuit

China’s Dalian Wanda Group Gives $20 Million to Academy Museum

Hollywood Wants Numbers on the Digital Box Office


  • mgiltz

    Actors and writers and directors and other guilds allowed Hollywood to keep secret how much money they raked in on DVD sales and rentals. They’d be crazy to allow that again with digital downloads of movies and TV shows, which is already a $6 BILLION business this year! If they’re going to ever strike, I think clear accounting on $6 billion is a darn good reason to do it.