Showbiz Sandbox 295: Thompson Keeps Tabs On Telluride and Toronto

September 21, 2015


Two of the world’s most prominent film festivals are held each September in Telluride and Toronto and, without fail, you’ll find Anne Thompson, Indiewire’s editor-at-large, dashing off to both of them. Thompson gives us a feel for what both festivals were like this year, which films created the most awards buzz and which she thinks audiences should be looking forward to.

Thompson also joins us to discuss this year’s Emmy winners. The premium cable network HBO proved it is still at the top of its game, fending off the stiff competition of hot new shows being produced by upstart streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. The network wept away the Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Limited Series categories, winning 14 awards in all.

Meanwhile, in case that seems destined to reach the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge ruled that copyright owners must take into account the possibility of fair use before sending a takedown notice. Rather than force possible infringers to mount what is known as an affirmative defense, the court is placing the burden on copyright holders to consider whether a work should be considered fair use.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the new over-the-top and mobile streaming services being offered by the BBC and Epix, one of the creators of Batman will finally get the credit he has long deserved (though maybe not the money) and Denzel Washington will produce ten August Wilson plays for HBO.


‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Races to No. 1 at Box Office

High-School Comedy ‘Fack Ju Göhte 2’ Breaks German Box Office Record

How ‘Everest’ and ‘The Walk’ Early Imax Runs Could Shake Up the Movie Business

Thompson On Hollywood’s Telluride Film Festival Coverage

Thompson On Hollywood’s Toronto Film Festival Coverage

‘Room’ Wins Toronto Audience Award, Awards Bellwether

In Defense of the Conventional Movie, from ‘Spotlight’ to ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

Emmy Award Winners 2015 – Full List

HBO, Longtime Emmy Favorite, Reigns Supreme

Altice Agrees to Buy Cablevision for $10 Billion

Altice Chiefs Seek to Slash Cablevision Execs’ Fat Paychecks

TV Ratings: CNN’s GOP Debate Rakes in 23 Million Viewers

DC Entertainment To Give Classic Batman Writer Credit in ‘Gotham’ and ‘Batman v Superman’

PGA Releases ‘Toolkit’ to Debunk “Myths” About Female-Driven Movies

CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler to Step Down; Glenn Geller Promoted to President

Sharon Jones Reveals Cancer Return, Promises to ‘Keep Fighting’

Craig Ferguson to Host Historical Talk Show on History

Take That, Netflix: Epix to Launch Offline Movie Viewing

The BBC Is Creating a Netflix-Style Streaming Site

BBC to Launch U.S. Video Service in 2016, Expand Global Operations

Universal Signs Beijing Theme Park Deal

Author Cornelia Funke Launches Own Publishing Company

Denzel Washington to Direct August Wilson Play for HBO in Broad Deal

Appeals Court: Copyright Owners Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending Takedowns

YouTube ‘Dancing Baby’ Copyright Ruling Sets Fair Use Guideline

Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen on First Superman TV Show, Dies at 87

William Becker, Who Transformed Janus Films, Dies at 88

Jackie Collins, Best-Selling Novelist of Hollywood, Dies at 77


  • mgiltz

    Our new episode is here! Our new episode is here! More people may listen our podcast than watched the Emmys — the broadcast hit a record low. Why? There’s more good television than ever, right? Yes, but with so many options and so many people binge-watching, say, The Sopranos or Breaking Bad or Friends or catching up on Rectify or The Good Wife or that Danish drama and on and on…there are too many options? Just like the Oscars, people don’t want to watch an awards show for a bunch of performances they didn’t see.