For Those About to Strike, We Salute You

Writers-Strike ExcerptWe are less than a week away from the Writers’ Guild of America potentially going on strike if they cannot reach a deal with the studios by the time the clock strikes midnight on May 2. Neil Turitz looks back at the last strike to make a prediction about how he thinks the next few days will play out.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Sleight” Star Jacob Latimore Has More Tricks Up His Sleeve, Including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

Jacob Latimore SleightSleight star Jacob Latimore may play a street-smart magician in J.D. Dillard’s impressive directorial debut, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. The charismatic 20-year-old is a multi-talent who got his start in the music business before discovering his passion for acting. A natural-born performer, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker helped prepare him for his biggest role yet.

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“Firestarter” Remake in the Works With Akiva Goldsman Directing for Universal, Blumhouse

Firestarter Remake Akiva Goldsman BlumhouseBased on a book by Stephen King, the original 1984 movie starred Drew Barrymore as a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is kidnapped by a secret government agency that wants to use her as a weapon.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Dramas

Fox CroppedLast year, Fox was all about IP and filling a gaping, American Idol-sized hole. Its development was all over the place. This year, much like NBC, Fox seems to have found its groove as well.

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SUPERMAN VS THE KKK (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMRick Bowers’ book chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a Ku Klux Klan-like group, but the film will follow a former Klan member who goes undercover in Atlanta in 1946 and works with the Anti-Defamation League and the producer of the Superman radio show.

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“Roseanne” Revival in the Works with Stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, & Sara Gilbert

roseanne excerptClassic ABC sitcom Roseanne is in the works for a limited revival with original stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf in talks to return. The series joins a growing list of sitcom revivals and reboots including Will & Grace at NBC and Fuller House on Netflix.

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Jobs of the Week (04.28.17)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round up of this week’s Film and TV industry jobs! Warner Bros., PopSugar Studios, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, and more are looking for new hires!

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Internships of the Week (04.28.17)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round-up of this week’s Film and TV industry internships. The Tracking Board, a Nat Geo original series, Thunder Road Pictures, and many more are all looking for interns!

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“Vampire Chronicles” Series in Development from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content

Vampire Chronicles Excerpthe popular book series The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice has been optioned by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content with the intention of developing a series written by Rice’s son, Christopher Rice.

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ARTHUR: THE DOG WHO CROSSED THE JUNGLE TO FIND A HOME (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThis true story starts in Ecuador, where Mikael and his racing team cross paths with a remarkable stray dog named Arthur, who follows them through the jungle of the unforgiving course. Mikael and Arthur formed a special bond, and after the race, Mikael and others worked tirelessly to get Arthur out of the country and back to his home in Sweden.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.21.17)

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. Miramax has a new CEO, Open Road has a new President of Marketing, and Rory Bruer, the head of worldwide distribution at Sony, is retiring.

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GIRLBOSS Review: “Episodes 9-13”

girlboss excerptSeason 1, Episodes 9-13 – In its first season’s final episodes Girlboss introduces Sophia’s estranged mother, but fails to humanize it’s lead character.

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BOSCH Review: Episodes 8-10

bosch excerptSeason 3, Episodes 8-10 – With plenty of shocking moments, the final three episodes of Bosch‘s third season do not disappoint, with satisfying conclusions for almost all plotlines, and one big cliffhanger.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Cheyenne’s Wedding”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 21 – Superstore stumbles with an uncomfortable episode featuring every character acting like the worst possible version of themselves. Cheyenne gets married and conflicts come to the surface at her wedding.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE Review: “Late”

the handmaid's tale excerpt Season 1, Episode 3 – In the most intense episode of The Handmaid’s Tale to date, it becomes more and more apparent that the value of these women is directed related to if they can have a child.

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RIVERDALE Review: “Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale And Back Again”

riverdale excerptSeason 1, Episode 11 – Riverdale gets darker in “Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale And Back Again.” With everyone feeling the pressure of homecoming and personal life drama, things begin to escalate within the inner circle, and all of it somehow revolves around FP Jones.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.27.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptKevin Hart set for a reboot of John Hughes’ The Great Outdoors and Lea Thompson signs on for a modern-day adaptation of Little Women. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“The Circle” No Match for “The Fate of the Furious” Over Another Quiet Weekend at the Box Office

circle-excerptEven with stronger new films opening (and landing in the top five), it’s going to prove to be another lackluster three days at the domestic box office this weekend. One of the biggest surprises to keep an eye out for will be how Baahubali 2: The Conclusion performs when it bows in 450 theaters.

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Jesse Eisenberg to Write, Direct, and Headline Comedy Series at Bad Robot

jesse eisenbergBad Robot is teaming up with actor Jesse Eisenberg on the single-camera comedy The Market. Eisenberg will star in, write, and direct the project which hails from Warner Bros. TV.

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“The Circle” Film Review: Because We Need Another Movie Telling Us Social Media is Destroying Humanity

circle-excerptThe Circle brings some very timely and heady topics to the forefront and even though I haven’t read the book from which it was adapted, I can already tell that this movie doesn’t do justice to its source material.

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THE SPY’S SON (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe true story of a high-ranking CIA officer who was caught selling secrets to the Russians. He then embarrassed the U.S. government when he did it again, this time from behind prison bars. What the imprisoned officer did was train his son in the ways of spycraft so he could continue to spy for Russia and even ferret out the mole that ratted out his father in the first place.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS (REMAKE) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA man takes his family on a camping trip and his in-laws crash the vacation.

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ASHER (Zaretsky) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story revolves around an aging Mossad-trained hitman in New York.

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“Sleight” Film Review: Jacob Latimore Brings Magic to a Mundane Movie

sleight-excerptJD Dillard’s directorial debut, Sleight has been compared to Chronicle, Iron Man, and Dope. It’s more like a mashup of all three — a mashup that tends to have a hard time sustaining its flavor. Luckily, star Jacob Latimore adds enough charisma to the film’s fuel tank to make it entertaining enough to watch.

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GANGLAND (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIn the near future, New York City has been turned into a crime-based amusement park for the rich and privileged. For the right price, they can take drugs, engage in a high-speed chase, or even be mugged in ’70s era Times Square. But when a former gang member working in the park sees something he shouldn’t, it sets off a chain reaction that could take down the whole system.

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ARROW Review: “Dangerous Liaisons”

Arrow ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 19 – On this week’s Arrow, Team Arrow links up with Argus and the SCPD to finally track down Adrian Chase. Helix tells Felicity they can find Chase, but that it’ll cost her.

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Review: “Lazarus”

Designated Survivor ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 18 – President Kirkman rides his wave of good momentum by making a choice for Vice President, but not without controversy. Meanwhile, Agent Wells uncovers alarming new information about Lozano and his ties to an extreme group. The closer Wells gets to discovering the conspiracy, the more jeopardy follows.

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HBO Developing “Wag the Dog” TV Series with Barry Levinson and Robert de Niro

Wag the Dog ExcerptThe 1997 political satire Wag the Dog is getting the television treatment from HBO, with original director Barry Levinson and star Robert de Niro returning for this small-screen adaptation. Rajiv Joseph is on board to adapt and executive produce.

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“La La Land” Director Damien Chazelle to Helm Musical TV Drama “The Eddy”

Damien Chazelle ExcerptHot off winning Best Director at the Oscars for La La Land, Damien Chazelle is attached to direct The Eddy, a new TV musical drama set in modern-day Paris. Jack Thorne will write the project.

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UNDERGROUND Review: “Auld Acquaintance”

underground excerptSeason 2, Episode 8 – On this week’s Underground, Rosalee and Noah plot to rescue James and flee the Macon planation around Christmas. Meanwhile, Ernestine and August find common ground.

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