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.

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‘The Godfather’ Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/the-godfather-cinematographer-gordon-wil….

‘Godzilla” Is Monster Overseas With 2014’s Biggest Opening
http://www.thewrap.com/godzilla-is-monster-at-overseas-box-office-too/

‘Godzilla’ Breathes $93 Million Atomic Heat at Box Office
http://www.thewrap.com/godzilla-breathes-93-million-atomic-heat-at-box-office/

Harry Potter Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ to Hit Theaters Nov. 18, 2016
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/harry-potter-spinoff-fantastic-beaststheate….

After ‘Winter Sleep,’ perking up with ‘Wild Tales’
http://screenerblog.blogspot.fr/2014/05/after-winter-sleep-….

Cannes Takes a Trip to Sissako’s ‘Timbuktu’
http://screenerblog.blogspot.fr/2014/05/cannes-takes-trip….

Nicole Kidman Returns to Cannes, Playing Another Festival Icon
http://screenerblog.blogspot.fr/2014/05/nicole-kidman-returns-….

Cannes 2014 : Les étoiles de la critique #5
http://www.lefilmfrancais.com/118376/cannes-2014-les-etoiles-de-la-critique-5/

2014–15 United States Network Television Schedule
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014%E2%80%9315_United….

TV Upfronts: CBS Execs Declare Midseason Dead, Stress Year-Round Strategy
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-cbs-execs-declare-704054

NBC Fall Schedule: Thursday Comedy Block Disappears, ‘Blacklist’ Moves, Final Seasons Confirmed
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-fall-schedule-thursd…..

TBS Renews ‘Cougar Town’ for Sixth and Final Season
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tbs-renews-cougar-town-sixth-….

NBC Renews ‘Parenthood’ for Sixth and Final Season
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-renews-parenthood….

TV Ratings: ‘The Originals’ Closer Tops ‘Glee’ Finale
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-originals….

Conan O’Brien Re-Ups at TBS Through 2018
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/conan-obrien-ups-at-tbs-703969

‘Fault In Our Stars’ Concert To Be Live Streamed
http://www.etcanada.com/blogs/etc_96035/fault-in-our-stars-concert….

Times Ousts Jill Abramson as Executive Editor, Elevating Dean Baquet
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/business/media/jill-abramson-being-replaced-as….

Editor of Le Monde Resigns Amid Discord
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/world/europe/editor-of-le-monde-resigns-amid-discord.html?hp

Disneyland Entry Prices Rise Again
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-disneyland-entry-prices-rise-again-20140518-story.html

Richard Linklater Invites Convicted Murderer To Live With Him After Early Release
http://www.indiewire.com/article/richard-linklater-invites-convicted-murderer-and-subject-of-his-film-berni….

Eurovision Song Contest Picks Wurst Winner
http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-13/entertainment/49798016_1_buddies-david-letterman-eurovision-song-contest

Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix (Austria)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaolVEJEjV4

Much at Stake in Amazon-HBG Fight
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/62254-much-at-stake-in-amazon-hbg-fight.html

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote If Talks Fail
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/met-orchestra-authorizes-strike-vote-if-talks-fail/

FCC Approves Plan To Auction Off Broadcast Airwaves
http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/fcc-approves-plan-to-auction-off-broadcast-airwaves-1201181525/

Shocker: Cable TV Prices Went Up Four Times the Rate of Inflation
http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/05/shocker-cable-tv-prices-went-up-four-times-the-rate-of-inflation/

FCC Adopts Open Internet Study Proposal
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fcc-adopts-open-internet-study-704411

AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/att-to-buy-directv-for-48-5-billion/