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

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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Memorial Day Box Office Worst Since 2001
http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/26/media/memorial-day-box-office/

Cannes Closing Night Awards Are In
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/cannes-closing-night-awards-are-coming-in-live-stream-20150524

Anne Thompson’s 2015 Cannes Coverage
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/tag/cannes-2015

Cannes: 21 Films That Stood Out at the 2015 Festival
https://variety.com/2015/film/columns/cannes-21-films-that-stood-out-at-the-2015-festival-1201504524/

Fox to Be First Studio to Create All Movies in High Dynamic Range, Ultra HD for Home Viewing
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/fox-be-first-studio-create-796952

Letterman Finale Ratings: Show’s Fourth Largest Audience Ever
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/letterman-finale-ratings-letterman-retirement-1201501845/

New York Times Cuts Movie Reviews in Blow to Independent, Documentary Films
http://www.thewrap.com/new-york-times-cuts-movie-reviews-in-blow-to-independent-documentary-films/

New York Times Changes Film Review Policy, Can’t Guarantee Coverage
https://variety.com/2015/film/news/new-york-times-changes-film-review-policy-cant-guarantee-coverage-1201502465/

TLC “Deeply Saddened” to Pull ’19 Kids and Counting’ Episodes in Wake of Josh Duggar Molestation Admission
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tlc-pulls-19-kids-counting-797638

Conan Doyle Estate Sues Miramax Over ‘Mr. Holmes’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/conan-doyle-estate-sues-miramax-797696

Spotify Plans Entry Into Web-Video Business
http://www.wsj.com/articles/spotify-laying-plans-to-enter-web-video-business-1431012726

Barbra Streisand Memoir Coming in 2017
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/barbra-streisand-memoir-coming-in-2017/

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Not Returning for ‘Fuller House’ Revival
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/olsen-twins-not-returning-fuller-797736

Jennifer Lopez Will Be the Next Vegas Residency Diva
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-jennifer-lopez-sets-vegas-residency-20150513-story.html

Charter Communications Agrees to Acquire Time Warner Cable
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/business/dealbook/charter-communications-agrees-to-acquire-time-warner-cable.html?_r=0

John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a ‘Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/25/science/john-nash-a-beautiful-mind-subject-and-nobel-winner-dies-at-86.html

A Beautiful Minefield
http://michaelgiltz.com/scans/Advocate-Beautiful_Mind-4-7-2002.pdf

Anne Meara, Comedian of Stiller & Meara Fame, Dies at 85
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/anne-meara-dead-ben-stillers-797806