Showbiz Sandbox 232: Coachella Goes Over The Top, Figuratively and Literally

April 14, 2014


In its 15 year history the Coachella has grown from a two day event with a couple dozen bands to one of the world’s most important music festivals with so many VIP luxury amenities that some have argued the high-priced perks have begun overshadowing the actual music. At the same time, Coachella organizers have made it easier than ever for stay-at-home-fans to catch their favorite artists by streaming the whole first weekend live on YouTube.

Speaking of VIP entertainment experiences, there is a brewing battle over premium large format screens at multiplexes all over the world. You might know these types of auditoriums as IMAX, though not for long if your local cinema chain has anything to say about it.

Since it’s tax time here in the United States we uncover a few stories about how movie, television and theatre productions are not only skipping out on their taxes, but in fact getting huge subsidies courtesy of the tax man in most states.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Stephen Colbert’s move to replace David Letterman, the motion picture Academy’s new high profile curator and James Cameron’s complaints about the latest blockbuster movies.


Lionsgate Splitting Third ‘Divergent’ Book ‘Allegiant’ into Two Films

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Three ‘Avatar’ Sequel Scripts to Be ‘Finished’ Within Six Weeks

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Adds Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca

Battle for the Bigger Screen

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Coachella 2014: Chvrches Earn a Worshipful Crowd,0,150283.story

Coachella 2014: Lorde Makes Coachella Debut, Brings In The Wind,0,7397514.story

Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams and Friends Fight Against The Wind,0,2522429.story

China’s Foreign Movie Quota Set to Expand — For Arthouse Films

‘Late Show’: Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman as Host

Conan O’Brien will host shows from Comic-Con 2015,0,4818853.story

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Earned $31.4 Million in 2013

Academy Taps Smithsonian Curator to Lead Movie Museum

Weather Channel Agrees to Alter Program Lineup to Return to DirecTV

Advertisers Spend More Online Than on Broadcast TV for the First Time

Sony Pictures Closes $200-million Financing Deal,0,2715097.story

New York Tax Credit to Encourage Theater Productions Upstate

Tax Proposal to Help Live Theater Brings out Stars

‘House of Cards’ Legislation Fails at the Last Minute in Maryland