Showbiz Sandbox 318: The CinemaCon and Coachella Experience Is Priceless

April 18, 2016


Movie theater operators from around the world gathered at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last week to see what Hollywood studios have to offer over the next 12 months; from big budget tentpole releases to potential awards contenders. The loudest buzz at this year’s event was caused by The Screening Room, a company that hopes to bring current movie releases into the home, day-and-date with cinemas. Following a year of record theatrical box office grosses, studios, exhibitors and filmmakers alike spoke out en masse against such an idea.

Meanwhile, the first weekend of this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival took place over the weekend and we’ll fill you in on some of the highlights and musical acts as we debate whether big festivals have become too pricey and elitist.

During Inside Baseball, we’ll tackle the growing controversy over acting workshops; the “educational” courses where actors get pointers on how to audition. After a top casting director lost their job over the practice, there is a sense that such workshops feel like scams where struggling actors are conned into paying to audition in front of industry players.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the executive disarray at Disney, how Twitter will stream NFL games next season and why the Golden Globes are tweaking their rules.


Does Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ Success Spell Trouble for Warner Bros. Version?

Korea’s CJ-CGV Buys Turkey’s Mars Cinema for $800 Million

CinemaCon: Global Box-Office Revenue Hit Record $38.3B in 2015

Global Box Office Soars to Record $38.3 Billion, MPAA Chief Says Hollywood Made ‘Productive Steps’ to Address Diversity

Box Office Hits Record, But Number of Frequent Moviegoers Drops 10%

CinemaCon: Who Says Teenagers Don’t Go to the Movies?

CinemaCon: J.J. Abrams Explains His Support of Controversial Home Movie Service

Peter Jackson on Sean Parker’s $50 Home Movie Service: “It’s Inevitable”

Warner Bros. CEO: We Won’t Let Screening Room, Other ‘Third Parties’ Control Distribution

Screening Room Study: Interest Is High, But Price Is a Problem

Cannes 2016: Film Festival Unveils Official Selection Lineup

Cannes Film Festival Will Screen Five Amazon Titles This Year

Axl Rose to Join AC/DC on Tour

Coachella 2016: Winners and Losers

Louis C.K. Confirms End of ‘Horace and Pete’

Bob Iger’s Heir Apparent Thomas Staggs to Step Down at Disney

After His Induction, Steve Miller Rips Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

‘Hamilton’ Producers and Actors Reach Deal on Sharing Profits

With a Stand-Alone App, Starz Looks Beyond the Cable Bundle

Amazon Aims at Netflix With Separate Prime, Video Subscriptions

Barbra Streisand, Barry Levinson Reviving ‘Gypsy’ for STX Entertainment

Golden Globes 2017 Date, Rule Changes Unveiled

Twitter Lands NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ Streaming Deal

‘American Idol’ Crowns Final Winner

Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Exits With Largest Finale Audience in Three Years

‘Criminal Minds’ Casting Director Out After Hollywood Reporter Story on Pay-to-Play Workshops

‘Vampire Diaries’ Casting Director Cancels $185 Workshops Amid Pay-to-Play Scrutiny

Casting Director Group Probes Pay-to-Play Workshops Amid Controversy