Showbiz Sandbox 270: The Oscars Need A Reboot

What was billed as the closest Oscar race in recent memory turned out to be predictably dull as “Birdman” flew away with four awards including Best Picture. Not even host Neil Patrick Harris could make them more entertaining. Indiewire’s Anne Thompson attended the ceremony and stops by to give us her thoughts on this year’s Oscar winners and the ceremony itself.

We also take a look at the movies that could potentially be competing for Oscar trophies next year. Filmmakers such as Ron Howard, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and even this year’s Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu all have movies set for release.

In other awards prognostication news, now that the Academy Awards are over, we have the Tony Awards for live theater to look forward to. Though once it looked as if there wouldn’t be any musicals to honor, Broadway will be awash in them come springtime. Even better, there are more new musicals than revivals scheduled for this season.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Starbucks plan to stop selling CDs, the Emmys update their rules and finding an ending to “Mission: Impossible 5” has been… well, impossible.

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Thompson on Hollywood
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/

Oscars 2015: The Winners List
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-2015-winners-list-776233

Twenty Film Franchises in Need of a Reboot
http://www.movieretriever.com/blog/316/twenty-film-franchises-in-need-of-a-reboot

‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel: Author E.L. James Demands Control Over Script
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/fifty-shades-of-grey-sequel-author-e-l-james-demands-control-over-script-fifty-shades-darker-1201436512/

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Film Visible From Viewing Area For ‘SpongeBob 2′ At Concord Drive-In
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/02/16/fifty-shades-of-grey-film-visible-from-viewing-area-for-spongebob-2-viewing-area-at-concord-drive-in/

Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Halts Production to Figure Out Ending
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-cruises-mission-impossible-5-775599

Live Boxing Returns to CBS After 15-Year Hiatus
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/live-boxing-returns-cbs-15-774675

Kristen Stewart Becomes First American Actress to Win France’s Cesar Award
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/kristen-stewart-is-first-american-actress-to-win-frances-cesar-award-1201438211/

Richard Dreyfuss to Play Bernie Madoff in ABC Drama
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/richard-dreyfuss-play-bernie-madoff-775075

Starbucks to Stop Selling CDs
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/6479996/sources-starbucks-to-stop-selling-cds

Emmys Change Rules: 7 Series Nominees, Comedy Defined as Half-Hours
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/emmys-change-rules-7-series-775632

Mad Men Will Be Canonized at Museums Across the Country
http://www.vulture.com/2015/02/mad-men-will-be-canonized-at-museums-across-us.html

The Broadway Musical Season — Not So Dire
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cara-joy-david/the-broadway-musical-seas_b_6745268.html

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON Opens at the Public – All the Reviews
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-Lin-Manuel-Mirandas-HAMILTON-Opens-at-the-Public-Updating-LIVE-20150217

Wimpy Kid Musical to Have Premiere in Minneapolis
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/wimpy-kid-musical-to-have-premiere-in-minneapolis/?_r=0

‘Parks and Recreation’ Executive Producer Harris Wittels Found Dead
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/parks-recreation-executive-producer-harris-775563

Clark Terry, Master of Jazz Trumpet, Dies at 94
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/arts/music/clark-terry-influential-jazz-trumpeter-dies-at-94.html

Bruce Sinofsky, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 58
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/bruce-sinofsky-paradise-lost-trilogy-director-dies-at-58-1201438514/

  • André Ribeiro

    Wonderful episode.