The State of the Spec Market: 2016

Amazon Studios ExcerptIn examining the newest Spec Book, Neil Turitz finds that for the second year in a row, there were more specs put on the market and, more importantly, more sold, than the year before. This means there are more opportunities for the writers themselves, and for the companies making the movies to bring fresh voices to their product.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Review: “Expenses”

excerpt bcs Season 3, Episode 7 – Jimmy is at the end of his rope on Better Call Saul as the community service, lack of income, and dwindling bank accounts push him closer to becoming Saul Goodman. Kim struggles with guilt for what she and Jimmy did to Chuck during the disbarment hearing. Will this be the wedge that finally pulls Kim and Jimmy apart?

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (05.22.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptWillem Dafoe is set to play iconic Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh while Jessica Chastain has been tapped to star in Seducing Ingrid Bergman. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Alien: Covenant” Defeats “Guardians 2” Over a Sluggish Weekend, “Beauty and the Beast” Becomes 10th Highest Film of All Time

Alien Covenant ExcerptThe weekend went more or less as predicted — except with smaller numbers than expected, making for a particularly anti-climactic three-day box office. Alien: Covenant barely edged out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in its opening weekend and Beauty and the Beast has become the tenth-highest film of all time.

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“Dirty Dancing” Review: Zero Rhythm, Soul, and Sex Appeal Found in this Unnecessary Remake

dirty-dancing-excerptIf a remake of Dirty Dancing had to be happen, then it was crucial that every detail was in order. If anything was out of place, wrong or tonally off, then rabid fans of the original would make it known. That said, ABC sure as better brace themselves for the wrath of Johnny Castle diehards.

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Zack Snyder Leaves “Justice League” to Deal With Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Finish Superhero Film

Zack Snyder Leaves Justice LeagueAutumn Snyder, the director’s daughter from his first marriage, committed suicide in March, and her death had been kept private until Snyder gave a heartbreaking interview to the Hollywood Reporter on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his whole family during this difficult time.

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It’s Happening: Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna to Star in Netflix Movie Directed by Ava DuVernay

Lupita Nyong'o Rihanna ExcerptAfter intense bidding and negotiation, Netflix has landed a movie that originally started as a viral internet meme and sensation. The film will co-star Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna, with Ava DuVernay directing and Insecure‘s Issa Rae in talks to pen the script.

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Jordan Peele’s Follow-Up to “Get Out” Will Take on “Captain Marvel” and “Godzilla 2”

Jordan Peele Get Out Follow UpGet Outopened to $33 million and showed amazing legs, ultimately taking in $174 million at the domestic box office. The film was loved by critics and audiences alike, and the thinking is that Peele’s next film could open closer to The Conjuring, which grossed $41 million in its opening frame.

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9 Things We Learned From the “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” Press Conference

captain-underpants-excerptFrom making this book series into a huge animated franchise to the biggest diva of the cast, director David Soren, creator Dav Pilkey (Turbo) and actors Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch gave us the scoop on the new animated feature.

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Sony Bets Its Future on Tom Holland, Whose Casting as Nathan Drake in “Uncharted” Movie Makes Sense for “Spider-Man” Studio

Tom Holland Uncharted Spider-Man SonyWhy go the Indiana Jones route when you can beat that franchise at its own game? After all, Disney will inevitably have to cast a younger lead after the next Indy movie in 2020 that is expected to serve as Harrison Ford’s last crusade…

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Hugh Grant Returns to Television as Disgraced Politician in “A Very English Scandal”

Hugh Grant ExcerptBritish actor Hugh Grant is returning to the small screen for the first time since 1993 to star in A Very English Scandal, reuniting him with Florence Foster Jenkins director Stephen Frears.

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AMERICAN GODS Review: “Git Gone”

american gods excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – This week on American Gods we get some surprising backstory on a newly undead character. After watching this week, I’ve got a feeling Shadow has much more to worry about than the new God/old God war.

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THE LEFTOVERS Review: “Certified”

TitleCard Season 3, Episode 6 – Tonight’s episode of The Leftovers focuses on Laurie as she finds a way out of the situation she’s in. Will Kevin do what everyone asks of him and die again so he can go to the afterlife hotel and deliver messages and possibly learn a song that may save the world?

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Pair of Executive Producers Seeking Assistant

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168Looking for an assistant to two Executive Producers on a network hour-long drama. This is a great place to work and learn. Responsibilities include heavy scheduling, rolling calls, organization, and typical assistant duties, as well as the potential for a moderate amount of personal work.

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Production Company on the Lookout for Executive Assistant & Office Manager

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168LA-based production company that focuses on digital and TV content seeks a full-time Executive Assistant and Office Manager for an A-list actor/director and his producing partner.

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WME | IMG on the Hunt for Account Executive

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168WME|IMG is seeking an Account Executive that will be part of a dedicated team responsible for the day-to-day servicing of a client’s global sponsorship portfolio. Position will report to the Senior Vice President and Client based in San Francisco and Foster City, CA, respectively.

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“The President Show” Desires Lead Accountant (NY)

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168Comedy Central is looking for a freelance lead accountant versed in PSL to start immediately on new late night series The President Show in New York. Must have three to five years of accounting experience.

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Investigation Discovery in Need of Director of Development (MD)

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168The Director of Development for ID (Investigation Discovery), will be required to communicate and coordinate with independent producers, agents, and production companies outside of DCL.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 01” / “Part 02”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episodes 1-2 – Twenty-five years after going off of the air with a huge cliffhanger, Twin Peaks is back. The series broadens its mystery by introducing a slew of new characters before winding its way back to the town and the characters we’ve missed so much. Lynch and Frost have created a much darker series where patient viewing is rewarded.

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SILICON VALLEY Review: “The Blood Boy”

silicon valleyexcerptSeason 4, Episode 5 – Richard finds himself in hot water with Gavin after insulting one of Gavin’s more specific staff members. Meanwhile, Dinesh struggles with finding a way to get out of his relationship with Mia without her ruining his life.

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VEEP Review: “Qatar”

Veep ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 6 – Veep delivers a predictable episode hampered by an overly familiar storyline. Once again, Selina bungles a big opportunity, ending up in a worse position than when she started scheming.

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THE WHITE PRINCESS Review: “English Blood on English Soil”

the white princess excerpt Season 1, Episode 6 – As the threat of a pretender to her husband’s throne grows, Lizzie comes into her own on this week’s episode of The White Princess, as a queen, a schemer, and as a absolute force to be reckoned with.

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12 MONKEYS Review: Episodes 8-10

12 monkeys excerpt Season 3, Episodes 8-10 – Where has the Witness disappeared to, and how will Cole and Cassie find him on their own without the help of Jones and the rest of the team? While Cole and Cassie search for their child, Deacon and Hannah hunt them through time in an attempt to stop them in the final three episodes of 12 Monkeys. Can Cole and Cassie change their child’s mind and also change the destiny of humanity?

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TRAINING DAY Review: “Elegy Part: 2”

training day excerptSeason 1, Episode 13 – The most surprising thing about the series finale of Training Day is how sad you’ll be to see it go. A fun, fitting conclusion with many cameos. R.I.P. Bill Paxton.

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DOCTOR WHO Review: “Extremis”

doctor who excerptSeason 10, Episode 6 – In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor is called to the Vatican by the pope to read an ancient text that causes all of its readers to commit suicide. Taken into the Vatican’s ancient library, the Doctor must face shifting portals, undead cardinals, and his own guilty conscience before risking reading Veritas.

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WIZARD OF LIES Review

wizard of lies excerptWizard of Lies gives us a look into the lives of the Madoff family, leading up to, during, and after the revelation of the greatest ponzi scheme in history. The film tries to portray Madoff, not necessarily as a sympathetic character, but one whose own successes are not too far off from his fault. Regardless of what you think, Wizard of Lies paints an interesting picture that is worth a look.

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THE SON Review: “Honey Hunt”

the son excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Eli and Phineas begin their plot to take over the oil rich land belonging to the Garcias. Meanwhile complicating matters back at the ranch, Pete rekindles his old relationship with Maria Garcia, much to the annoyance of her father.

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12 MONKEYS Review: Episodes 5-7

12 monkeys excerpt Season 3, Episodes 5-7 – With the revelation to Cole and Cassie that their own son grows up to be the Witness, and is responsible for everything they’ve been trying to stop, hard choices must be made on how to deal with their situation in these episodes of 12 Monkeys. Must they kill their son to save the future, or is there an alternative?

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12 MONKEYS Review: Episodes 1-4

12 monkeys excerpt Season 3, Episodes 1-4 – The new season of 12 Monkeys finds the group separated after their unsuccessful assault on Titan. Cole attempts to track down Titan as it moves through time so he can find Cassie again, but as the members of the team come back together, new loyalties and divisions arise leading to a dramatic death.

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Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep and ABBA Coming Back for “Mamma Mia” Sequel in 2018

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!Amanda Seyfried is set to reprise her lead role and Meryl Streep is also expected to return, albeit in a much smaller capacity. Insiders tell us the story will focus on Sophie (Seyfried) in the present and Donna (Streep) in the past.

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