Showbiz Sandbox 237: Cannes Lives Up To All The Hype

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan took home the Palm d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his movie, “Winter Sleep”. The slow-paced character drama set in a picturesque corner of Apollonia faced stiff competition from Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy”, Andrey Zvyaginstev’s “Leviathan” and even Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film. Overall, this year’s festival managed to surpass everyone’s already high expectations.

As May draws to a close, so too does this past year’s television season. Scripted series continue to gain significant viewership when accounting for delayed viewing, but what’s most noticeable about this year’s top 20 ratings winners is how long-in-the-tooth some of the shows are.

Meanwhile, the final cost of finishing “Fast & Furious 7” after the death of actor Paul Walker last November has yet to be tallied, however it’s shaping up to be one of the most expensive insurance claims in motion picture history.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including some creative differences at Marvel, Amazon’s silent war with publishers and the Supreme Court’s decision in an important copyright infringement case.

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Eyes Franchise Box Office Record
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/x-men-days-of-future-past-box-office-record-1201193884/

Turkish Film ‘Winter Sleep’ Wins Top Honor at Cannes
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/world/europe/turkish-film-winter-sleep-wins-top-honor-at-cannes.html?_r=0

Cannes 2014: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Slow-Burn Palme d’Or, and Career
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-cannes-2014-nuri-bilge-ceylan-palme-dor-winter-sleep-20140525-story.html

Cannes Film Festival Shines Light On Maverick Director Xavier Dolan
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-cannes-dolan-20140527-story.html

NBC Wraps TV Season As Demo Champ for First Time Since ’04
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/blacklist-ratings-nbc-ncis-ratings-cbs-1201186337/

Court Allows ‘Raging Bull’ Lawsuit To Go Forward
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/court-allows-raging-bull-suit-forward

Supreme Court Has Shifted Copyright Risk to Entertainment Studios
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/supreme-court-has-shifted-copyright-706893

Too Fat To Sing? Opera Critics Under Fire For Weight Remarks
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-tara-erraught-opera-20140522-story.html

Scarlett Johansson Sues Author of Novel That ‘Stole Her Image’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/10830209/Scarlett-Johansson-sues-author-of-novel-that-stole-her-image.html

On the Charts: Black Keys Best Michael Jackson for Top Spot
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/on-the-charts-black-keys-best-michael-jackson-for-top-spot-20140521

‘Thriller’ Producer Quincy Jones Calls New Michael Jackson a Cash-In
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/thriller-producer-quincy-jones-calls-new-michael-jackson-a-cash-in-20140521

Harrison Ford Being Wooed to Return in ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-harrison-ford-wooed-for-blade-runner-sequel-20140515-story.html

Director Edgar Wright Exits Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Due to Creative ‘Differences’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/director-edgar-wright-exits-marvels-706896

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Insurance Claim Could Reach Record-Breaking $50 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fast-furious-7-insurance-claim-706037