Showbiz Sandbox 212: Should There Be An Oscar For Casting Directors?

November 4, 2013


Last week Woody Allen wrote an “open letter” to the film industry pointing out that casting is the only single card credit at the beginning of a movie which is not honored by the Academy Awards. Like many before him, the filmmaker argued casting directors are crucial to any good movie, especially his. Should the Oscars consider adding a category for casting directors to recognize them alongside editors, cinematographers and other craftspeople?

Meanwhile, a film that hasn’t started the casting process in earnest is “Star Wars: Episode VII”. The movie doesn’t even have a script yet, which is why its filmmakers have been trying to convince Disney to push its release date back a year to 2016.

In the television world there was bad news for Time Warner Cable last week. Their dispute with CBS which led to a month-long blackout of the network cost the company over 300,000 subscribers. This likely means other cable providers will be afraid to pick fights with broadcasters over the rising cost of programming. Digital rights, however, are an entirely different battle.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why “slow TV” is such a hit in Norway, the rising cost of the “Hunger Games” franchise and the Jonas Brothers officially call it quits.


The International Fate of ‘12 Years’

Cinemark Breaks Its NC-17 Ban for ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’

Woody Allen Pens Rare Open Letter to Hollywood

Why ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s’ Budget Ballooned to $130 Million-Plus

Star Wars: Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Firm 2015 Date Leaves ‘Episode VII’ Team Scrambling

Pixar Digs Up Old-School Editing Supplies to Save Ken Loach’s Final Film

Twitter #Music Will Live Despite Planned Demise Of Mobile App

The Jonas Brothers Have Broken Up ‘For Now’

Panasonic Announces an End to Plasma TVs

James Blake Wins Mercury Prize

Is Norway’s Slow TV Phenomenon The Future Of Reality Programming?

Wynton Marsalis to Lead Jazz Studies at Juilliard

La Scala To Lose Conductor Daniel Barenboim,0,6510981.story

FCC May End Blackout Rules, But Games May Still Be Blacked Out Online

Time Warner Cable Lost 306,000 Video Subscribers, Mostly In CBS Fight,0,7921743.story

Disney and Dish Wrangle Not Over Broadcast Fees, But The Future of TV

Netflix Starts Testing 4K Videos, Wants To Launch Ultra HD Next Year


  • mgiltz

    Now Star Wars has a firm release date of Dec 18, 2015! Nothing like rushing one of the most valuable franchises in history. On the other hand, maybe Disney should have hired Terrence Malick instead of that slow poke JJ Abrams. Malick has three movies coming out in 2014 ALONE!!