Emmy Winner Gail Mancuso to Direct Comedy “Besties” for DreamWorks, Universal (Exclusive)

Gail Mancuso BestiesThe story follows a woman who embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.

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“Above Kings,” Hot Spec About Aftermath of Lockerbie Bombing, Out to Studios

Donald De Line David Henry Gerson Above KingsThe story is set amid the aftermath of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The incident claimed the lives of 189 American citizens, making it the deadliest act of terrorism against the U.S. prior to the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.

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Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner in Talks to Write “Toni Erdmann” Remake for Paramount (Exclusive)

Jenni Konner Lena Dunham Toni ErdmannJack Nicholson is slated to star as a father who tries to reconnect with his workaholic daughter (Kristen Wiig) by posing as a life coach for her company’s CEO.

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Warner Bros. Is Contemplating Some Interesting Moves, But Are They the Right Ones?

Warner Bros ExcerptAny studio these days needs anything it can get, in regard to both profit and prestige, but at Warner Bros., new head Toby Emmerich is making various big decisions, such as no longer working with “auteur directors” who have final cut, might not be such a good thing.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (06.27.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptTrue Blood alum Ryan Kwanten joins The Oath and Lizzy Caplan boards the forthcoming Das Boot TV series. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Hugh Jackman Returns to Drama to Star in Jason Reitman’s “The Frontrunner”

Hugh Jackman ExcerptSwapping out the superhero landscape for a political campaign trailer, Hugh Jackman has been tapped to star in The Frontrunner from writer-director Jason Reitman.

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Lee Daniels & Julian Breece Developing “Mason Dixon” at Fox

lee daniels excerptThe Fox network is continuing its relationship with Lee Daniels, as they develop the drama Mason Dixon with the Empire creator and writer Julian Breece. The show comes under Daniels overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

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THE FRONTRUNNER (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM Follows the downfall of Democratic presidential nominee frontrunner Gary Hart after the publication of an extramarital affair.

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“Game of Thrones” Star Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Next Movie

Gwendoline Christie MarwencolThe film is based on the acclaimed 2010 documentary Marwencol and boasts a female-driven ensemble that includes Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae, Diane Kruger and Eiza Gonzalez.

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David Strathairn Joins Jamie Dornan, Peter Dinklage in HBO’s “My Dinner With Hervé”

David Strathairn My Dinner With HerveThe Emmy-winning actor will play Hervé’s longtime agent, and it’ll be his second time working with writer-director Sacha Gervasi following November Criminals.

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“Okja” Film Review: This Little Super-piggy Went to Market…and it Was Too Exhausting to Watch

OKJAAs much as it parallels heartwarming child-meets-creature movies, Okja is definitely not E.T. It’s a sweet and strange tale that has relevant ideas but is overstuffed with eccentricities and tonal cocktails that make it exhausting and at times, frustrating to watch.

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Ansel Elgort to Play Young John F. Kennedy in Naval Drama “Mayday 109”

Ansel Elgort JFK Mayday 109 MovieThe true story of JFK’s heroic feats as a Navy captain during WWII, when his PT boat was attacked and sunk by a convoy of Japanese destroyers, leading to one of the most dramatic rescues in Naval history.

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UNTITLED KARL GAJDUSEK SCI-FI PROJECT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStory under wraps, said to be in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.

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UNTITLED KARL GAJDUSEK SCI-FI PROJECT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMStory under wraps, said to be in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.

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“The Path” Adds Freida Pinto in Series Regular Role

freida pinto excerptHulu drama The Path has tapped Freida Pinto for a series regular role in the upcoming third season. Production began this week in New York with the 13-episode season set to debut in early 2018.

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Fox Acquires Sci-Fi Spec from “Stranger Things” EP Karl Gajdusek

Karl Gajdusek ExcerptIn a new deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled sci-fi spec from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gajdusek, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Michael Ellenberg will produce the project via his new Media Res shingle.

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CASUAL Review: “Venus”

Casual ExcerptSeason 3, Episode 8 – Casual delivers its best episode of the season, giving an insight into each character’s motivations and personal flaws. Extremely different than last week’s episode, this week allows the characters to explore their own personal space in the world and pushes both plot and character growth forward.

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ABOVE KINGS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Set in 1988, amid the aftermath of the Pan Am Flight 103, which was traveling from Frankfurt to Detroit when it was destroyed by a bomb mid flight.

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YouTube Red Gives Series Order to Doug Liman Pilot “Impulse”

doug-liman-excerptContinuing a commitment to more original, scripted content, YouTube Red has given a series order to the drama pilot Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman. The project is the digital service’s first drama pilot and is set for a 2018 premiere.

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Netflix Orders Comedy “Everything Sucks” from “Zoo” Team

jahi winstonAfter finding success with ’80s nostalgia in “Stranger Things”, Netflix now has their sights set on the 1990s as they have given a ten-episode order to “Everything Sucks”.

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Industry Entertainment Searching for Assistant to Literary Partner

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 Industry Entertainment, a leading talent and literary management company, seeks an assistant to a literary Partner.

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Hallmark Channel on the Hunt for Publicist

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 The Network Program Publicity is responsible for developing, conceptualizing and executing consumer communications and publicity for original programming on Hallmark Channel.

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Sales Assistant Wanted at Crown Media (NY)

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 This position is responsible for working with Account Executives and Sales Planners to service and maintain agencies and clients on a daily basis.

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PREACHER Review: “Mumbai Sky Tower”

Preacher ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – Another very fun episode of Preacher brings us plenty of gore, pop culture jokes, and a touch of emotion.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (06.26.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptOscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and Suburgatory alumna Jane Levy join Hulu’s upcoming psychological horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Transformers 5” Marks Lowest Opening for Franchise, “The Big Sick” Scores in Just 5 Theaters

big-sick-excerptThe weekend before a long holiday held some surprises, and surprising success stories, at the box office. As expected, Transformers: The Last Knight had the smallest opening of the five films in the franchise, while Wonder Woman, 47 Meters Down, and indie rom-com The Big Sick scored big.

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UTA, Gotham Group Shopping “The Endorsement,” Provocative Political Thriller Set Amid 2016 Election

The Endorsement by Zack FordDescribed as a cross between The Paper and Cape Fear, the script follows a Midwestern newspaper editor who is stalked by fringe extremists after she writes an article endorsing one of the candidates.

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“Baby Driver” Film Review: Pedal to the Metal Summer Blockbuster Fun

baby-driver-excerptOne could easily say that Edgar Wright’s latest, Baby Driver is a cooler and less bleak version of Drive. Sure, both have a getaway driver as the protagonist, but that’s where the comparisons stop. Plus, Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver is a lot more fun than a brooding Ryan Gosling in a quilted satin bomber jacket with a totally rad scorpion on the back.

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“Conjuring 3” In the Works: Here’s Hoping James Wan Finds a Way to Shake Things Up

The Conjuring 3Surely Wan saw how his Saw franchise grew a bit stale after seven films, so here’s hoping he finds a new director who’s eager to shake things up a bit rather than be content making another traditional haunted house movie.

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“Pitch Perfect 3” Trailer Hints at the Last Outing for the Barden Bellas (Video)

Pitch Perfect 3 ExcerptThe first Pitch Perfect 3 trailer has arrived and the Barden Bellas are back — but not looking too glamorous. With fun musical numbers, laugh-out-loud moments, and unexpected action sequences, the Bellas are here to aca-finish things.

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