Why Does Everything James Wan Touch Turn to Gold?

jameswanexcerptHas the director and co-creator of the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring horror franchises found a sure-fire formula for success or is it just plain luck?

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Why MoviePass is A Genius Way to Get People Back into Theaters, and Why AMC Should Be Embracing It

moviepassexcerpt With all the talk about the movie subscription service being bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics and the subsequent lowering of its monthly rate to $9.99, an actual user of the service shares some thoughts on how MoviePass could save the lagging box office.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Patti Cake$” Scene-Stealer Siddharth Dhananjay on His Rise From Worldstar to Hollywood

Siddharth DhananjayThe rising star said Ed Harris gave him some great acting advice at the Sundance labs, and that he’d love to work with The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra.

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Is Hollywood Taking “Write What You Know” Too Far?

crashing excerpt“While the scripted versions of the behind-the-scenes world of entertainment can be insightful, it now feels like these kinds of projects are everywhere, to the point where even those of us who enjoy this kind of self-examination are throwing up our hands and wondering if it has all become overkill,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Logan Lucky” Review: The Most Endearing Slice of Hicksploitation Comedy Since “Raising Arizona”

Logan Lucky ReviewBy now, Steven Soderbergh has to be considered heist film royalty, and it’s clear from the moment this film starts that he is one of the very best filmmakers at this particular type of thing,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Director Ric Roman Waugh on “Shot Caller” and What Prison Does to a Man

rrwshotcallerexcerpt The filmmaker’s fourth movie continues to explore the themes established in his earlier films Felon and Snitch, with Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing a family man who is sent to prison for a deadly DUI and is transformed by his time behind bars.

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Marvel TV Boss Reflects on How “The Defenders” Ended up on Netflix

the-defenders small “I think what Netflix has done so brilliantly is that they’ve expanded out their audience, so it became an unexpected place to find Marvel,” Jeph Loeb told Tracking Board of the early days of putting Daredevil and his cohorts on the streaming platform for the first time.

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Sorry, Movie Lovers, but “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” Now Has Its First Full Trailer (Video)

madeaboo2trailerxcerptWith the success of last year’s horror comedy, the Atlanta mogul and multi-hyphenate returns with a sequel, which Lionsgate will release on October 20.

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE Review: “So It Goes” and “Signal To Noise”

Halt and Catch Fire ExcerptSeason 4, Episodes 1-2 – Halt and Catch Fire picks up three years after the contentious group meeting that resulted in Gordon, Cameron, and Joe splintering off on their own and coming together to develop one of the first web browsers. Things haven’t turned out like anyone planned, but a huge reconciliation may be in the works for season 4.

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ROOM 104 Review: “I Knew You Weren’t Dead”

room 104 excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – In the latest episode of Room 104, co-creator Mark Duplass pens an episode for his brother Jay, as the latter brother plays a man still grappling with the death of his best friend, 20 years before.

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Under the Radar: John Trengove’s “The Wound” is a Stirring Coming Out Story in a World Where Masculinity is Everything

woundexcerptOne of the lower-key releases this weekend (and currently only playing at New York’s Film Forum for a week) is this debut feature by a South African filmmaker who explores how much tougher it is being gay in an African tribal setting than it might be anywhere else.

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Weekend Update: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Exceeding Expectations, Soderbergh Falling Short

hitmanbodyguardexcerptWith Friday box office estimates in, it’s looking very good that the Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds action-comedy will win the weekend by a decent margin over last week’s Annabelle: Creation. Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is fighting for third against Nolan’s unstoppable Dunkirk.

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THE DEFENDERS Review: Part 1

the defenders excerpt Season 1, Episode 1-4 – The Defenders takes its time getting Marvel’s four Netflix title characters together, allowing them to organically team-up through various alliances and environmental factors. The story’s pacing combines with the visual beauty of the series to create an appropriately thematic experience from start to finish that gives every character their own space to flourish.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.18.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptGemma Chan has joined Margot Robbie and Saorsie Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Larry David Answers the Bat-Signal in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 9 Trailer (Video)

curb your enthusiam small The city needs a hero, but don’t depend on Larry David, in the first trailer for Season 9 of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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“Crown and Anchor” Trailer Follows Two Cousins on Opposite Sides of the Law (Video)

Crown and Anchor TrailerMichael Rowe, who plays Deadshot on the CW’s Arrow, stars in the indie crime drama alongside Matt Wells, Natalie Brown, Robert Joy, Andy Jones, Ben Cotton, Sofia Wells and veteran actor Stephen McHattie (Orphan Black).

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Peter Straughan, Richard Warlow Writing New BBC Dramas “The Three” and “The Serpent”

straughanwarlowThe award-winning writer of Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy and Wolf Hall will adapt Sarah Lotz’s trilogy for The Three , while the creator of Ripper Street will write The Serpent about notorious French serial killer Charles Sobhraj.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Awards Season Kicks Off With This Oscar-Centric Episode Co-Hosted by Jeffrey Wells (Video)

Meet the Movie Press Jeffrey WellsThe samurai poet of Hollywood Elsewhere joins me to discuss the box office prospects of Stephen King’s It and the merits of Richard Rushfield’s industry newsletter The Ankler.

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Jobs of the Week (08.18.17)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round up of this week’s Film and TV industry jobs! Wayfarer Entertainment, ICM Partners, Unfold, and more are looking for new hires!

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Internships of the Week (08.18.17)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round-up of this week’s Film and TV industry internships. Mojo Films, Veiwpoint, Weed Road, and many more are all looking for interns!

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (08.18.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Following Broad Green’s production division shut down and laying off staff, former exec Jeremy Fuchs has joined STX Entertainment.

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Summer Box Office: The Highs and Lows of a Weaker Movie Season

wonderwomanexcerptThe box office was down considerably from last year, but there were a couple true standouts, including Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which grossed more than $400 million in North America alone to take the summer crown.

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Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson To Unite for New Line’s “Son of Shaft” Sequel

usherjacksonexcerptWith plans to start production in the fall, the Tim Story-directed action film brings together the stars of the two previous Shaft movies, including the 1971 action classic, starring Richard Roundtree.

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WHAT WOULD DIPLO DO? Review: “The Curse”

what would diplo do excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – James Van der Beek carries the episode, with the rest of the cast largely unseen, as Diplo receives a curse that is equal to his own ego.

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Junior Attorney Needed at Motion Picture Production Company

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 Motion picture production company is looking for a Junior Attorney for the head of business and legal. A minimum of three solid years of related experience required.

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Executive Assistant Wanted for SVP of Development at TV Studio

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 SVP of Development for a major television studio is looking for an Executive Assistant with at least one year of desk experience at an agency or management company.

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Wayfarer Entertainment on the Lookout for an Assistant to Justin Baldoni

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 Executive producer, actor, and director Justin Baldoni is looking for an Assistant to join the team at his production company Wayfarer Entertainment.

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Talent Department Manager In Need of Assistant at Full-Service Entertainment Company

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 Full-service talent, music, literary management, and production company seeks a highly motivated Assistant to a manager in the talent department.

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Lakeshore Entertainment Requires Production Assistant

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 Lakeshore Entertainment seeks an energetic, proactive, and detailed-oriented Production Assistant to start immediately in our Beverly Hills office.

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LA-Based Production Company Seeks Executive Assistant

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 Busy unscripted LA-based production company is seeking an Executive Assistant/Office Manager to work for one of its CEO’s. Agency and/or production company experience required.

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