Showbiz Sandbox 245: Guardians of the Celluloid – Hollywood Big Shots Rally Around Film Stock

August 4, 2014

With the entertainment industry having fully embraced digital technology, the world’s only remaining motion picture film supplier was preparing to cease manufacturing 35mm stock. However, a group of influential filmmakers, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino among them, have convinced studios to enter into an agreement with Kodak that will keep celluloid alive for a few more years.

Digital technology was actually supposed to simplify the production and distribution of movies, music and television. Yet as the industry adapts to new tools and workflows the learning curve has been long and steep. The most recent example occurred when a digital content file was mislabeled and caused cinemas to play the wrong movie.

Meanwhile, the television streaming service Aereo can’t seem to catch a break. Even after tge U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are acting as a cable operator the U.S. Copyright Office refuses to issue Aereo a compulsory license claiming they are not a cable company.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including some controversial comments about the current conflict in Gaza, Alvin and the Chipmunks head to Broadway and the pop star Lorde curates music for the next “Hunger Games” movie.

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Showbiz Sandbox 1: The Replicability Podcast

April 27, 2009

SAG President Alan Rosenberg

Talks to merge the William Morris and Endeavor talent agencies continue, while the Screen Actors Guild and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers may have finally reached an agreement on a new contract.  Critically acclaimed movies tank at the box office.  Fox closes Atomic, reshuffles release dates and hires Angelina Jolie for a biopic.  David Slade is selected for the third “Twilight” film.

MPAA visits Washington D.C., script doctors are kept busy writing for Tom Cruise.  Cannes unveils it’s festival lineup and Francis Ford Coppola is not in it (though he is down the street at the Fortnight).  Jay Leno visits the hospital and Rod Blagojevich visits Hollywood (but not Costa Rica like he wanted).

A classic Pedro Almodovar film gets remade for the small screen, PBS goes online with its content and Oprah learns Twitter etiquette.

WMA Finds Devil In The Details

SAG National Board of Directors Approves Tentative Television and Motion Picture Contacts

Flush times for theatrical movies? Don’t tell A.O. Scott

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Fox Folding Atomic Label

Fox Shuffles Film Schedule

Angelina Jolie Teams With Fox 2000

Slade Slated For Third Twilight

MPAA Reaches Out To Lawmakers

Script Doctor’s In For Tom Cruise

Digital Governator Set For Termininator

Robert Rodriguez Wields “Machete”

Cannes Unveils Lineup

Coppola’s Thinking Outside The Cannes

Coppola’s “Tetro” To Open Fortnight

Leno Misses First Tonight Show in 17 Years

Blagojevich Says Still Wants Piece Of Reality Show

Pedro Almodovar On “Verge” Of TV Series

ABC Announces Several Renewals

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Oprah Gets Pwned By Shaq On Twitter