Showbiz Sandbox 309: Getting Shutout at Sundance

January 26, 2016


Anyone who is anyone in the indie film world is presently in Park City, Utah attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Of course, it’s impossible to see all the nearly 200 films making their debut at Sundance. As we explain, seeing some of the hottest titles at the festival requires hours of waiting in line for screenings that are often over capacity, thus leaving dozens out in the cold. Literally and figuratively.

Some of the biggest headlines at this year’s Sundance were made by Amazon and Netflix. Though both distributors have previously had a presence at Sundance, this year they went on a buying spree, shelling out big bucks to snap up a number of buzzworthy films. The industry now is watching closely how the distribution of these acquisitions is handled and whether the companies are capable of turning them into financial successes.

Meanwhile, the controversy over the lack of diversity for this year’s Oscar nominations continues to boil over. With talk of boycotts and accusations of racial bias, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced some drastic steps it plans on taking to rectify the situation. Unfortunately, this only caused the debate to become even more boisterous.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the Grammy Awards will go live, Bette Midler will be going to Broadway and actress Gillian Anderson balks at being paid half of what David Duchovny makes for the “X-Files” reunion.


Broadway Shows Cancelled, Movie Theaters Darkened Due to Blizzard

‘The Revenant’ Tops International Box Office

China Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Earns Impressive $6.4M in Previews

Box Office: ‘The Revenant’ Survives Storm Jonas to Win Weekend With $16M

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Gets New Release Date

Steven Spielberg’s New Amblin Chief Reveals Who Has Greenlight Power

Ticket Prices Hit Record High in 2015

MPDAA Confirm 2015 Best Year Ever for Australian Film….

So Far, Amazon and Netflix Are Sundance’s Top Buyers

Sundance: ‘Birth of a Nation’ Lands at Fox Searchlight in Record $17.5 Million Deal

Amazon Nabs Rights to ‘Manchester by the Sea’ at Sundance

Sundance: ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Kicks off 2017 Oscars Buzz

Sundance: Amazon Inks Huge Deal for ‘Manchester by the Sea’

2016 PGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

Viacom Sneak: CEO Philippe Dauman Actually Made $54M in 2015

Sumner Redstone Faces Medical Exam, Not Deposition, in Health Care Lawsuit

Penske Media Acquires Indiewire

Adele, Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd to Perform at Grammys

Bette Midler Coming to Broadway in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Bette Midler Will Literally Run the Show on Broadway

‘Cats’ Will Return to Broadway This Summer

Gillian Anderson: I Was Offered Half Duchovny’s Pay for ‘The X-Files’ Revival

NYC’s Ziegfeld Theatre to Close Within Weeks

Nielsen to Use Facebook and Twitter in New Ratings System

Viacom, CBS Sued Over ‘Loyalty’ to Sumner Redstone

Adele Smashes PSY’s Billion View Record On YouTube

Netflix Takes Another Swipe At NBC After Earnings Beat

Directors Guild President Calls for ‘Structural Changes’ to Promote Diversity

Film Academy, Under Fire, Is Expected to Take Steps to Improve Oscar Diversity

Academy Mulls Changes in Membership & Categories to Halt Diversity Crisis

Oscars: Academy Board Under Pressure to Rewrite Voting, Membership Rules to Improve Diversity

Charlotte Rampling Says ‘Racist’ Oscars Remark Was Misinterpeted

Academy Takes Historic Action To Increase Diversity

Abe Vigoda, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Dies at 94

Is Abe Vigoda Dead

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