Showbiz Sandbox 303: Film Critics Disagree On The Best Movies of 2015

The National Board Of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics have all weighed in on the best movies and performances of 2015. We said it was a wide-open awards race and perhaps for the first time in history, none of them agree. On anything.

On the other hand, the Grammy Award nominations seem to have come to a consensus with just about everyone agreeing Kendrick Lamar released one of the best albums of the year. We’ll fill you in on some of the other musicians who racked up Grammy nominations this year.

During Inside Baseball we once again turn to the world of television where new studies are reporting that ad sales are edging downward as advertisers begin to increase their campaign spends on digital media outlets.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how Adele’s latest release became the only album to ever sell more than one million copies during two different weeks, Jerry Seinfeld agrees to a long term residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre and Morrissey wins a dubious award for his first novel.

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‘Star Wars’ Tickets Getting Scalped for Big Bucks
https://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-tickets-scalping-1201651963/

China Hits Another Box-Office High
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/china-hits-another-box-office-high/?_r=0

‘Spotlight’ Named Best Film of 2015 by Boston Society of Film Critics
https://variety.com/2015/film/in-contention/spotlight-named-best-film-of-2015-by-boston-society-of-film-critics-1201655050/

‘Spotlight’ Named Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/spotlight-named-best-picture-by-846239

‘Carol’ Dominates New York Film Critics Circle Awards
https://variety.com/2015/film/in-contention/new-york-film-critics-circle-winners-in-progress-1201651677/

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/national-board-review-2015-winners-844862

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review
https://variety.com/2015/film/in-contention/national-board-of-review-winners-2015-best-film-1201650879/

Oscar Unveils List of 15 Films on Documentary-Feature Short List
https://variety.com/2015/film/awards/oscar-unveils-list-of-15-films-on-documentary-feature-short-list-1201651045/

Grammy Nominations: Full List For 58th Annual Awards
https://variety.com/2015/music/news/grammy-nominations-full-list-58th-annual-taylor-swift-1201655347/

Adele’s ’25’ Sells 1.11 Million in Second Week in U.S.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adeles-25-sells-111-million-846220

Coldplay Will Play Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/coldplay-and-multiple-acts-will-play-super-bowl-50-halftime-show/

Barnes & Noble Wants to Become More Than Books
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/business/media/barnes-noble-wants-to-become-more-than-books.html

Jay Z’s Tidal Gets Third CEO in 9 Months
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jay-zs-tidal-gets-third-845037

‘Bones’ Stars File New Lawsuit for “Tens of Millions of Dollars” in Fox Profits
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/bones-stars-file-new-lawsuit-844237

‘Bones’ Stars, Author Claim Fox Cheated Them Out of ‘Tens of Millions’ in Profits
https://variety.com/2015/biz/news/bones-lawsuit-fox-profits-david-boreanaz-emily-deschanel-1201650414/

Jerry Seinfeld Plans New York City Residency at Beacon Theatre
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jerry-seinfeld-plans-new-york-city-residency-at-beacon-theater-20151201

Morrissey Wins Bad Sex in Fiction Award
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/morrissey-wins-bad-sex-in-fiction-award/

Musical ‘Daddy Long Legs’ Will Stream Live Online
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/musical-daddy-long-legs-will-stream-live-online-2/

How Stoya Took On James Deen and Broke the Porn Industry’s Silence
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/04/how-stoya-took-on-james-deen-and-broke-the-porn-industrys-silence

Study: TV Advertising Falls Globally; Digital Poised to Overtake by End of 2017
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-advertising-falls-globally-digital-846255

Died In His Sleep On A Tour Bus, Not Seemingly Drug Related
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-me-scott-weiland-dies-20151203-story.html

Holly Woodlawn, Transgender Star of 1970s Underground Films, Dies at 69
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/movies/holly-woodlawn-transgender-star-of-1970s-underground-films-dies-at-69.html