Showbiz Sandbox 280: French Films Win Big In Cannes This Year

May 26, 2015


The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend with the French drama “Dheepan” winning the Palme d’Or. In a festival filled with artistic works commenting on modern social issues, director Jacques Audiard’s film tells the story of three Sri Lankan refugees who form a family-of-convenience while fleeing to France in hopes of a better life.

Anne Thompson, Editor-at-Large for Indiewire, joins us to discuss the highs and lows of this year’s Festival de Cannes, which include many of the films that took home awards, not to mention a 3D porno. But as Thompson explains, many of the big buzzworthy films were Hollywood titles screened out-of-competition; “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Inside Out” come to mind.

Time Warner Cable meanwhile, fresh from having broken up with their previous suitor, Comcast, may now be acquired in a $56.7 billion deal. Though this move was widely expected, it is an indicator of how the market is attempting to stay ahead of the fast changing ways by which audiences consume television content.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the David Letterman’s signs off the “Late Show” one final time, Jennifer Lopez is taking up residency in Las Vegas for a string of shows next year, and multi-hyphenate Barbra Streisand is penning her memoirs.


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Anne Thompson’s 2015 Cannes Coverage

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Letterman Finale Ratings: Show’s Fourth Largest Audience Ever

New York Times Cuts Movie Reviews in Blow to Independent, Documentary Films

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TLC “Deeply Saddened” to Pull ’19 Kids and Counting’ Episodes in Wake of Josh Duggar Molestation Admission

Conan Doyle Estate Sues Miramax Over ‘Mr. Holmes’

Spotify Plans Entry Into Web-Video Business

Barbra Streisand Memoir Coming in 2017

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Not Returning for ‘Fuller House’ Revival

Jennifer Lopez Will Be the Next Vegas Residency Diva

Charter Communications Agrees to Acquire Time Warner Cable

John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a ‘Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86

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