Showbiz Sandbox 281: Literati Get Down To Business at BookExpo and BookCon

BookExpo America and BookCon are two of the most important events in the North American book publishing business. BEA is a trade show where the publishing industry talks to itself. Editors, writers, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners all get together for meetings and professional seminars.

BookCon is where the publishing industry talks directly to the world through a conference aimed at book lovers. There are loads of author talks, book signings and even movie screenings. Our own Michael Giltz attended both shows last week and fills us in on all the emerging industry trends and hot new titles.

Meanwhile, Broadway is gearing up for the Tony Awards next weekend to honor the best and brightest productions from the past year. They have a lot to celebrate too, as the most recent Broadway season set a number of records, grossing a record $1.3 billion and selling 13.1 million tickets in all.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why Iggy Azalea canceled her upcoming tour, why film composers are suing Hollywood studios and China cracks down on reality television.

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‘San Andreas’ Shakes Up International Box Office With $60 Million
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/san-andreas-international-box-office-1201508955/

Some Native Hawaiians Disapprove of ‘Aloha’ Movie Title
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/some-native-hawaiians-disapprove-aloha-797852

Road Movie ‘Gueros’ Big Winner at Mexico’s Academy Awards
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/road-movie-gueros-big-winner-798466

China’s Wanda Buys Australia’s Hoyts Multiplex Chain
http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/chinas-wanda-buys-australias-hoyts-1201510298/

FIFA’s Corruption Stains World Soccer
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/opinion/fifas-corruption-stains-world-soccer.html?_r=0

FIFA Crisis Turns Political As Sponsors & Broadcasters Watch Presidential Election Results
http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/the-not-so-secret-shame-of-sepp-blatter-and-the-fifa-scandal-20150529?page=2

2014-15 Season Is Broadway’s Best Attended, Highest Grossing in Recorded History
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/2014-15-Season-Is-Broadways-Best-Attended-Highest-Grossing-in-Recorded-History-20150526

More Than One Dozen Advertisers Pull Out of ’19 Kids and Counting’
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/highlights/one-dozen-advertisers-pull-19-kids-counting/

Hulu Drops ’19 Kids and Counting’
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/highlights/hulu-drops-19-kids-counting/

China to Clamp Down on Reality TV Shows
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-clamp-down-reality-tv-799433

Hollywood Studios Sued for Recycling Film Soundtracks Too Much
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-sued-recycling-film-798293

Brian Williams: New Options Won’t Solve An Old Problem at NBC
https://variety.com/2015/film/news/brian-williams-new-options-wont-solve-an-old-problem-at-nbc-1201509031/

Oscar-Winning Makeup Artist Rick Baker Announces Retirement, Says Industry Is All About “Cheap and Fast”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscar-winning-makeup-artist-rick-798751

‘Serial’ Returning for Two More Seasons
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/serial-returning-for-two-more-seasons-20150528

Backlash Brewing Against Binge TV as ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Speaks Out
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/backlash-brewing-binge-tv-as-798126

Will NBC’s ‘Aquarius’ Be Just the First Binge Bow in Primetime?
https://variety.com/2015/digital/opinion/will-nbcs-aquarius-be-just-the-first-binge-bow-in-primetime-1201506948/

EL James to Release New Version of ‘Fifty Shades’ From Christian Grey’s Point of View
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/el-james-release-new-version-799118

Disney Not Moving Forward With ‘Tron 3’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/disney-not-moving-forward-tron-798941

Iggy Azalea Explains Why She Canceled Her Tour
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/01/iggy-izalea-speaks-out-about-canceling-her-tour

BookCon and Book Expo of America In New York — One City, Two Events and LOTS of Books
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/bookcon-and-book-expo-of_b_7481746.html

US B-Book Sales Down 6% in 2014
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/us-e-book-sales-down-6-2014?et_mid=756037&rid=240996315

BookCon 2015: Attendance Up, But Concern Lingers Over 2016 Locale
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/66966-bookcon-2015-attendance-up-as-concerns-rise-over-2016-locale.html

U2’s Longtime Tour Manager Dies in L.A. Hotel Room
https://variety.com/2015/music/news/u2-manager-dennis-sheehan-dead-los-angeles-1201506434/

Wally Cassell, Gangster in ‘White Heat,’ Dies at 103
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wally-cassell-dead-white-heat-798730

Jim Bailey, Impersonator of Hollywood’s Female Icons, Dies at 77
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jim-bailey-dead-female-impersonator-799469