Showbiz Sandbox 295: Thompson Keeps Tabs On Telluride and Toronto

September 21, 2015

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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.

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‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Races to No. 1 at Box Office
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/maze-runner-sequel-races-to-no-1-at-box-office/?_r=0

High-School Comedy ‘Fack Ju Göhte 2’ Breaks German Box Office Record
http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/high-school-comedy-fack-ju-gothe-2-breaks-german-box-office-record-1201593840/

How ‘Everest’ and ‘The Walk’ Early Imax Runs Could Shake Up the Movie Business
https://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/everest-the-walk-imax-debut-movie-business-1201598004/

Thompson On Hollywood’s Telluride Film Festival Coverage
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/tag/telluride-15

Thompson On Hollywood’s Toronto Film Festival Coverage
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/tag/tiff-2015

‘Room’ Wins Toronto Audience Award, Awards Bellwether
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/room-wins-toronto-audience-award-awards-bellwether-20150920

In Defense of the Conventional Movie, from ‘Spotlight’ to ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/tiff-in-defense-of-the-conventional-movie-from-spotlight-to-the-man-who-knew-infinity-20150919

Emmy Award Winners 2015 – Full List
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/2015-primetime-emmy-award-winners-list-1201598030/

HBO, Longtime Emmy Favorite, Reigns Supreme
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/business/hbo-longtime-emmy-favorite-reigns-supreme.html?_r=0

Altice Agrees to Buy Cablevision for $10 Billion
http://www.wsj.com/articles/altice-to-buy-cablevision-for-10-billion-1442472485

Altice Chiefs Seek to Slash Cablevision Execs’ Fat Paychecks
http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/altice-cablevision-executive-pay-cuts-1201596765/

TV Ratings: CNN’s GOP Debate Rakes in 23 Million Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/debate-ratings-republican-rematch-fetches-823952

DC Entertainment To Give Classic Batman Writer Credit in ‘Gotham’ and ‘Batman v Superman’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-entertainment-give-classic-batman-824572

PGA Releases ‘Toolkit’ to Debunk “Myths” About Female-Driven Movies
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pga-releases-toolkit-debunk-myths-824226

CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler to Step Down; Glenn Geller Promoted to President
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/nina-tassler-leaving-cbs-glenn-geller-president-1201593928/

Sharon Jones Reveals Cancer Return, Promises to ‘Keep Fighting’
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sharon-jones-reveals-cancer-return-promises-to-keep-fighting-20150914

Craig Ferguson to Host Historical Talk Show on History
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/craig-ferguson-host-historical-talk-824204

Take That, Netflix: Epix to Launch Offline Movie Viewing
https://variety.com/2015/digital/news/epix-offline-mobile-movie-viewing-netflix-1201593890/

The BBC Is Creating a Netflix-Style Streaming Site
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/the-bbc-prepares-for-life-as-a-streaming-network/405970/

BBC to Launch U.S. Video Service in 2016, Expand Global Operations
http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/bbc-chief-tony-hall-rules-out-sell-off-for-global-commercial-division-1201595837/

Universal Signs Beijing Theme Park Deal
https://variety.com/2015/biz/asia/universal-signs-beijing-theme-park-deal-1201593857/

Author Cornelia Funke Launches Own Publishing Company
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/68063-author-cornelia-funke-launches-own-publishing-company.html

Denzel Washington to Direct August Wilson Play for HBO in Broad Deal
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/denzel-washington-direct-august-wilson-824491

Appeals Court: Copyright Owners Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending Takedowns
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/appeals-court-copyright-owners-consider-822954

YouTube ‘Dancing Baby’ Copyright Ruling Sets Fair Use Guideline
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/business/media/youtube-dancing-baby-copyright-ruling-sets-fair-use-guideline.html?_r=0

Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen on First Superman TV Show, Dies at 87
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-larson-dead-jimmy-olsen-811008

William Becker, Who Transformed Janus Films, Dies at 88
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/theater/william-becker-who-transformed-janus-films-dies-at-88.html

Jackie Collins, Best-Selling Novelist of Hollywood, Dies at 77
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/books/jackie-collins-best-selling-author-of-hollywood-tales-dies-at-77.html

Comments

  • 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.