Showbiz Sandbox 311: Oscar Season Remains Uncharacteristically Unpredictable

February 8, 2016

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The movie awards season remains as confusing as ever, with the Directors Guild handing out its top honor to “The Revenant”. Will this have any impact on an Oscar race in which “The Big Short” and “Spotlight” also look like major contenders? No one knows but we’ll try and sort it out.

Meanwhile, it appears Time Warner wants to join Disney, Fox and NBCUniversal as an owner of the streaming service Hulu. There’s only one catch; they’d like Hulu to stop showing all episodes from the current season of a TV series. Maybe they want to buy it so they can shut it down.

Over at Viacom, Sumner Redstone stepped down last week after a court mandated the 92-year-old would submit to a medical exam to determine his competency. Bowing to reality, Redstone resigned from his position as chairman of CBS and Viacom. Leslie Moonves is officially taking over CBS, but after daughter Shari Redstone publicly announced it wasn’t a good idea for Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman to take over, he did just that.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how Amazon plans to enter the retail space, ESPN plans to enter China and Matt LeBlanc is named as the new host of the popular automotive TV program, “Top Gear”.

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‘The Good Wife’ to End After Current Season
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/the-good-wife-canceled-cbs-1201699671/

‘Hail, Caesar!’ Fumbles With $11.4M; ‘Pride and Zombies’ Lifeless
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-hail-caesar-fumbles-862324

Lionsgate Stock Plunges After ‘Mockingjay 2’ Disappoints
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgate-stock-plunges-mockingjay-2-862397

‘Inside Out’ Dominates Annie Awards With 10 Wins – Complete Winners List
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/award-season-focus/inside-dominates-annie-awards-10-wins-complete-winners-list-135437.html

2016 DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2016-dga-winners-complete-list-856953

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s ‘Revenant’ DGA Win Keeps Oscar Guessing Game Going
https://variety.com/2016/film/in-contention/alejandro-g-inarritus-revenant-dga-win-keeps-oscar-guessing-game-going-1201699312/

Time Warner Talks With Hulu Zero In on Current Seasons
http://www.wsj.com/articles/time-warner-talks-with-hulu-zero-in-on-current-seasons-1454276633?cb=logged0.13502618530765176

Meet the Guy Behind Amazon’s Secret Retail Store Plans
https://recode.net/2016/02/03/meet-the-guy-behind-amazons-secret-retail-store-plans/

Amazon Plans To Open Hundreds of Bookstores, Mall Operator Says
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/02/amazon-opening-hundreds-bookstores-us-mall-barnes-noble

Is Amazon Opening More Bookstores? It’s Hiring Booksellers.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/69317-amazon-looking-for-booksellers-in-southern-california.html

German Cabinet Agrees to Extend Fixed Prices To E-books
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-publishing-idUSKCN0VC1QU

Netflix Renews ‘Orange Is the New Black’ for Three More Seasons
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-renews-orange-is-new-862362

Matt LeBlanc to Join ‘Top Gear’ as Host
https://variety.com/2016/tv/global/matt-leblanc-top-gear-presenter-1201696864/

ESPN Scores Strategic Agreement With China’s Tencent
ESPN Scores Strategic Agreement With China’s Tencent

The L.A. Phil’s Mesmerizing Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla Leaps to the Birmingham Orchestra
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-mirga-grazinyte-tyla-20160205-column.html

Who Is Benjamin Millepied and Why Is He Leaving the Paris Ballet?
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/04/arts/dance/20160204-millepied.html?_r=0

Benjamin Millepied: Ballet’s Black Swan Bows Out in Paris
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/07/benjamin-millepied-paris-opera-ballet-director-resignation-black-swan-interview

Why Benjamin Millepied Is Quitting Paris Opera Ballet
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/02/05/why-benjamin-millepied-is-quitting-paris-opera-ballet-he-tried-to-do-too-much/

In Japan, a Battle Brewing Over the Right To Record 4k and 8k Broadcasts
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/16/02/05/144237/in-japan-a-battle-brewing-over-the-right-to-record-4k-and-8k-broadcasts

Jennifer Jason Leigh Shares Sadness About 150-Year-Old Guitar Accidentally Destroyed in ‘Hateful Eight’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jennifer-jason-leigh-shares-sadness-862662

Leslie Moonves Named CBS Chairman, Replacing Sumner Redstone
https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/cbs-moonves-chairman-sumner-redstone-1201696108/

Shari Redstone Suggests Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Will Not Become Chairman
https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/shari-redstone-philippe-dauman-viacom-chairman-1201696236/

Sumner Redstone Steps Down as CBS Chairman, Replaced by Leslie Moonves
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/business/media/cbs-sumner-redstone-les-moonves.html?_r=0

HBO Goes Back to Drawing Board With ‘Lewis and Clark’ Miniseries
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbo-goes-back-drawing-board-861767

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies at 74
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/arts/music/maurice-white-founder-of-earth-wind-and-fire-dies-at-74.html

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