Showbiz Sandbox 279: “Carol”, “Amy” and “Saul” Stand Tall At Cannes

May 18, 2015

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It is impossible to see all the films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but halfway through the 68th edition at least three films have scored some positive buzz, all of them about tortured souls. Director Todd Haynes is leading the pack with “Carol” a film about repressed sexuality set in the 1950s, the Hungarian entry “Son of Saul” set in a Nazi concentration camp and “Amy” a powerful and moving documentary about the life of singer “Amy Winehouse”.

From the official screenings to the behind-the-scenes press conferences, we give you all the ins and outs of this year’s Cannes, including the world premiere of Pixar’s “Inside Out” which wowed attendees. Join us for our annual trip to the south of France.

Meanwhile, back in the United States, television networks have been busy selling advertising for next season’s lineup at the upfronts. We’ll tell you which shows got canceled, which new series got picked up and whether the television season has become year round.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the BAFTA TV Awards, David Lynch heads back to “Twin Peaks” again and “American Idol” sings its final note.

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The Cannes Film Festival Has A History of Telling Tales
https://medium.com/@sperling/the-cannes-film-festival-has-a-history-of-telling-tales-4e4c078314d1

Selections from J. Sperling Reich’s Cannes Film Festival Coverage
http://www.sperlingspeaks.com

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ crescendos past ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to $70.3 million
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-mn-box-office-pitch-perfect-2-20150517-story.html

Can Hollywood Stop Its Sexist Assumption That Women’s Stories Don’t Sell?
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/18/pitch_perfect_…/

Evening News Ratings Grew in 2014, Even as Cable Shrank
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/evening-news-ratings-grew-2014-792197

David Lynch Says ‘Twin Peaks’ Showtime Revival Is Happening
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/david-lynch-says-twin-peaks-showtime-revival-is-happening-1201498131/

‘Mindy Project’ Moving to Hulu After Fox Opts Out
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mindy-project-hulu-fox-opts-793757

Bill Simmons and ESPN Are Parting Ways
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/09/sports/bill-simmons-and-espn-are-parting-ways.html

‘Sherlock,’ ‘True Detective’ Among BAFTA TV Award Winners
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bafta-tv-awards-winners-list-794683

‘American Idol’ Will End Its Run in 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/business/media/american-idol-will-end-its-run-in-2016.html

Mayweather-Pacquiao Boxing Match Shatters Pay-Per-View Records
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/mayweather-pacquiao-boxing-match-shatters-pay-per-view-records-1201493344/

‘Simpsons’ Producer: Harry Shearer Offered “Same Deal” Rest of Cast Accepted; “Will Recast” Roles
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/harry-shearer-leaving-simpsons-795539

Idina Menzel to Tour in If/Then
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/idina-menzel-to-tour-in-ifthen/

Fall TV, Like Summer Movies, Plays the Imitation Game
http://time.com/3857721/fall-tv-reboots-muppets-x-files/

TV Upfronts: The Schedules, Trailers and Key Takeaways
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-schedules-trailers-key-795913

B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Dies at 89
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/arts/music/b-b-king-blues-singer-dies-at-89.html?hp&_r=0

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