Showbiz Sandbox 322: Cannes Film Festival Spurs Critical Debate

May 24, 2016

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This year’s Cannes Film Festival ended over the weekend with the awarding of the Palm d’Or, the festival’s top prize, to an unlikely, albeit quite solid, movie from director Ken Loach. A critically panned movie from filmmaker Xavier Dolan was given the runner up award, the Grand Prix, leaving many in Cannes baffled over how the jury made its selections. However festival director Thierry Fremaux has always said, Cannes is not set up for critics.

The Broadway season also came to a close last week earning a record $1.3 billion in ticket sales. Musical productions took in most of the revenue over the past year, though it was “The Lion King” and not “Hamilton”, which only opened in August, which ruled the box office.

Over at HBO Michael Lombardo, the longtime head of programming for the premium cable network is stepping down, whereas at Viacom Sumner Redstone has stirred up a hornets nest by ousting his longtime protogé, the company’s chief executive, from the trust that will eventually control the company.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including whether the wave of summer blockbusters will prove to be too much competition, rumors of Adele’s massive record deal and Bill Cosby gets his day in criminal court.

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Box Office: ‘Angry Birds’ Hatches $39M Debut; ‘Neighbors 2’ Nabs $21.8M
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-angry-birds-hatches-896333

‘Batman v. Superman’ Fallout: Warner Bros. Shakes Up Executive Roles (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/batman-v-superman-fallout-warner-895174

Summer Box-Office Guide to ‘Suicide Squad,’ Safe Bets and Potential Misfires
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/summer-box-office-guide-suicide-895245

Universal, Dwayne Johnson, James Vanderbilt Plot Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/universal-dwayne-johnson-james-vanderbilt-895575

Ken Loach Stuns at Cannes 2016 with Palme d’Or Win for I, Daniel Blake
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/22/ken-loach-cannes-2016-palme-dor-win-i-daniel-blake

Cannes Awards Wrap: How George Miller’s Jury Picked the Winners — And Losers
http://www.indiewire.com/article/cannes-awards-wrap-george-miller-jury-winners-mads-mikkelsen-20160522

Cannes: ‘Wolf & Sheep’ Rounds up Directors’ Fortnight Prize
https://variety.com/2016/film/awards/cannes-directors-fortnight-prize-1201779688/

Broadway Defies the Odds With Another Broadway Defies the Odds With Another Record-Breaking Season
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/theater/broadway-defies-the-odds-with-another-record-breaking-season.html?_r=0

National Theatre Scraps ‘Plus Ones’ For Critics
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/national-theatre-scraps-plus-ones-critics/

Angelina Jolie Will Be Visiting Professor at London School of Economics
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/europe/angelina-jolie-will-be-visiting-professor-at-london-school-of-economics.html

Judge Allows Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case to Proceed to Trial
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/bill-cosby-andrea-constand-sexual-assault-charges-1201781907/

Bezos Confirms Plans for More Amazon Stores
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/70407-bezos-confirms-plans-for-more-amazon-stores.html

Metropolitan Opera Faces a Slide in Box-Office Revenues
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/arts/music/metropolitan-opera-faces-a-slide-in-box-office-revenues.html

Adele Is About to Sign One of the Biggest Record Deals of All Time
http://fortune.com/2016/05/23/adele-record-deal/

Netflix Orders First Original Series from Argentina: Daniel Burman’s ‘Edha’ (EXCLUSIVE)
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/netflix-orders-first-original-series-argentina-daniel-burman-edha-exclusive-1201778442/

Europe Calls for Netflix, Amazon Content Quota
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/europe-calls-netflix-amazon-quota-897265

Viacom Eliminates Sumner Redstone’s $2 Million Salary
https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/sumner-redstone-viacom-salary-eliminated-1201778146/

Sumner Redstone Ousts Philippe Dauman From Viacom-CBS Trust
https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/sumner-redstone-viacom-ceo-philippe-dauman-1201780079/

Philippe Dauman Clarifies Prior Statement on Sumner Redstone’s Mental Capacity
https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/philippe-dauman-sumner-redstone-mental-capacity-1201781450/

Redstone and Viacom Executives Go to Court Against Each Other
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/business/viacom-ceo-sumner-redstone-competency-lawsuit-philippe-dauman.html

HBO Shakeup: Casey Bloys Named President of Programming
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-shakeup-casey-bloys-named-896346

Morley Safer, Mainstay of ‘60 Minutes,’ Is Dead at 84
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/business/media/morley-safer-dies.html

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