Monday, September 16, 2019

SHOWBIZ SANDBOX #462: Fall Film Festival Roundup

Here it is! The latest Showbiz Sandbox podcast hot off the press and ready for your ears! 

Though the Cannes Film Festival avoids programming movies from streamers like Netflix and Amazon, internationally renowned festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York embrace them. And no wonder. As Anne Thompson of Indiewire tells us, the streamers used the fall film festival circuit to premiere some of the year’s most award-worthy movies.

Just back from Toronto and Telluride (and on her way to the New York Film Festival), Thompson fills us in on what new releases movie lovers should look forward to as we kick off awards season. She explains how making a big splash at such festivals can turn a middling movie into a hit collecting both big box office and plenty of kudos. Yes, we’re looking at you, Hustlers.

Meanwhile, with the imminent launch of their own streaming service, Disney wants to rewrite the rules -- or at least the contracts -- on how the profits from hit television shows gets shared, or as the company would prefer it, not shared. If successful, other networks and studios are sure to follow Disney’s lead.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including why YouTube is revamping its music charts, Apple announcing the price for its streaming service and “Saturday Night Live” stumbling in a casting move. 

Hear it here! Or grab it from iTunes, your iPhone podcast app and wherever awesome podcasts are available!

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