Showbiz Sandbox 236: Getting Sleep At This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

It’s the middle of May so that must mean it is once again time for the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most anticipated and prestigious annual events of the international film industry. This year’s Festival du Film is stocked with titles by auteurs considered to be the world’s crème de la crème. Whether it’s a selection from festival favorite Ken Loach or a timely political movie from Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako, we’ll tell you all about the films that have been hits with the critics and attendees.

Meanwhile, cable and broadcast networks held their annual upfronts in New York last week to announce which series we’ll be watching next season (and which ones they’ve cancelled). The question is with most of the networks moving toward year round programming, are upfronts still an effective method to sell advertising.

The Federal Communications Commission finally published their open internet notice last week managing to please just about nobody. This comes as media companies continue to consolidate with AT&T announcing their plans to purchase satellite TV provider DirecTV.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including this year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner, labor disputes at the Metropolitan Opera and Conan O’Brien’s contract gets renewed.


‘The Godfather’ Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82….

‘Godzilla” Is Monster Overseas With 2014’s Biggest Opening

‘Godzilla’ Breathes $93 Million Atomic Heat at Box Office

Harry Potter Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ to Hit Theaters Nov. 18, 2016….

After ‘Winter Sleep,’ perking up with ‘Wild Tales’….

Cannes Takes a Trip to Sissako’s ‘Timbuktu’….

Nicole Kidman Returns to Cannes, Playing Another Festival Icon….

Cannes 2014 : Les étoiles de la critique #5

2014–15 United States Network Television Schedule….

TV Upfronts: CBS Execs Declare Midseason Dead, Stress Year-Round Strategy

NBC Fall Schedule: Thursday Comedy Block Disappears, ‘Blacklist’ Moves, Final Seasons Confirmed…..

TBS Renews ‘Cougar Town’ for Sixth and Final Season….

NBC Renews ‘Parenthood’ for Sixth and Final Season….

TV Ratings: ‘The Originals’ Closer Tops ‘Glee’ Finale….

Conan O’Brien Re-Ups at TBS Through 2018

‘Fault In Our Stars’ Concert To Be Live Streamed….

Times Ousts Jill Abramson as Executive Editor, Elevating Dean Baquet….

Editor of Le Monde Resigns Amid Discord

Disneyland Entry Prices Rise Again

Richard Linklater Invites Convicted Murderer To Live With Him After Early Release….

Eurovision Song Contest Picks Wurst Winner

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix (Austria)

Much at Stake in Amazon-HBG Fight

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote If Talks Fail

FCC Approves Plan To Auction Off Broadcast Airwaves

Shocker: Cable TV Prices Went Up Four Times the Rate of Inflation

FCC Adopts Open Internet Study Proposal

AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout