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Launch Pad Alum Evan McNamara Signs with Woolf+Lapin (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptEvan McNamara, a two-time Launch Pad alum, has signed with Stephan Dubreuil of Woolf+Lapin. Last year, he placed in the Top 25 of both the Launch Pad Feature and Manuscript Competitions with his projects Red Winter and Bridge of the Americas.

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What the Lord and Miller Firing Means to the Overall World of Lucasfilm

Phil Lord Chris Miller ExcerptDoes Lucasfilm have itself a Director Problem? Because let’s face it — at this point, what has become obvious is that the vision to be fulfilled, from here on out, is Kennedy’s, and woe be to any director who thinks differently.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (06.23.17)

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. CBS promoted several of their daytime executives and Julie Fontaine has left Lionsgate to head up Netflix’s film publicity department.

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Launch Pad Alum Odin Ozdil Signs with Pollinate Entertainment (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptOzdil’s script Tech & Stryker generated considerable buzz from the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition where it placed in the Top 75. The script received high marks for its fun and smart premise and was praised by judges for its innovate action set pieces, and the hilarious dynamic between the story’s two polar opposite leads.

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STX Looks Like It’s Not Doing So Well, Until You Look Closer (Studio Series)

STX ExcerptThings aren’t perfect at STX, far from it. But considering how long it’s been around, and how far it’s come in that time, things could be a whole heck of a lot worse, with a future that doesn’t look anywhere near as bright as STX’s does.

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National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2 to Center on Pablo Picasso

Recently wrapped freshman series Genius has announced its subject for season two will be Pablo Picasso. Season one, which according to National Geographic Channel was seen by 45 million people around the world, centered on scientist Albert Einstein.

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“Supernatural” Sets Backdoor Pilot for “Wayward Sisters”

Long-running CW series “Supernatural” has a new spinoff in the works via a backdoor pilot in the season 13. The potential series, “Wayward Sisters”, would star Kim Rhodes from the original series as Sheriff Jody Mills.

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Netflix Taps Tony Danza to Headline Series “The Good Cop”

Tony Danza ExcerptStreaming giant Netflix is in the works on new series “The Good Cop” with television veteran Tony Danza set to star. “Monk” creator Andy Breckman will serve as showrunner and will executive produce with Randy Zisk and Howard Klein.

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When It Comes To True Stories Like “All Eyez on Me,” What Do Filmmakers Owe to the Truth?

All Eyez on Me ExcerptUltimately, any time you’re telling a story based on something that actually happened, it’s a delicate balance. Inherently, there has to be some fictionalization involved, but there should also be an adherence to the spirit of the truth. The use of Jada Pinkett-Smith in All Eyez on Me, instead, feels exploitative.

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“John Wick” Scribe Sells Pitch to Cristal Pictures

Derek Kolstad ExcerptOriginal pitch “The Steward” from Derek Kolstad has landed at Cristal Pictures. They will fully finance and produce with plans for the project to be the first installment of a potential franchise.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” and When Studios’ Marketing Plans Can’t Get Out of Their Own Way

Spider-Man Homecoming ExcerptRecently, a Spider-Man: Homecoming spoiler was revealed thanks to the movie’s novelization. But when a studio like Sony is so secretive about its product, thus buying into the idea of Spoiler Culture, it cannot be nearly as careless about the marketing and licensing attached to said product.

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Glenn Close to Headline Zombie Comedy for Amazon

Damages star Glenn Close is set to topline Sea Oak, a zombie-centric comedy series from Amazon that was picked up to series earlier this year. The project was penned by George Saunders and is executive produced Affiliated Pictures’ Jonathan Krauss.

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Feminist Graphic Novel “Brazen” in the Works as Animated Series

Graphic novel Brazen by Penelope Bagieu is headed for the small screen with Agat Films & Cie and Silex Films picking up the project for 30 episodes, each three minutes long, highlighting female figures around the world in history.

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The Launch Pad Pilots Competition Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 10 Scripts of 2017

2017 LPPC Announcement 200x133 (2)From stories about a group of nuns trying to stop the apocalypse, a hilarious spin on Jane Eyre, an alternative sci-fi twist on the 50s, a comedic look at teen angst in the 1600s, to a gritty sheriff out for revenge, take a look inside to find out which 10 scripts made it all the way to the top.

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Lionsgate Does Something Nobody Else Does, Which Is a Good Thing (Studio Series)

Lionsgate ExcerptWhat to make of an outfit like Lionsgate? The company has established itself very firmly as the maker of mid-level films that the studios don’t often make anymore, as well as genre fare and, now and again, the kind of franchises that lead to huge international box office, but it still can’t be lumped in with the Big Six.

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Watch The Sony E3 Press Conference Live – HERE

E3With EA, Microsoft, Bethesda and Ubisoft already wrapped, tune in here to watch the SONY press conference streamed live from E3.

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Our Picks For The Top 12 Video Game Trailers of E3 (So Far)…

E3With the first few days of E3 press conferences now in the books we break down our top 12 picks for the best new trailers and reveals coming out of E3 before Sony takes the main stage this evening. See which sequels, prequels, and newcomers make our list inside…

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Movies Based on Video Games, and the Famed Definition of Insanity

Assassin's Creed ExcerptThe relentless pursuit of video game movie adaptations, despite a proven track record that they don’t work for the most part, falls back on the famed definition of insanity, that being the repetition of behavior and expecting a different result. But at some point doesn’t there have to be a communal understanding these projects don’t work?

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Star Wars Battlefront II – 7 Amazing Moments From E3 2017 (Video)

battlefront 2 Yoda From Darth Maul to Yoda, Rey and Boba Fett, here’s the Top 7 amazing moments revealed at E3…

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Watch Youtube Live E3 Coverage of all Conferences and Reveals Here

E3 Watch live interviews, recaps, reveals and exclusive details coming out of the first weekend of E3 2017…

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Watch the Bethesda E3 Press Conference Live (9PM PST)

E3 Watch Bethesda’s exclusive live E3 press conference featuring several new game reveals, DLC, gameplay and more…

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Watch The EA Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference Here

E3 Watch the entire Electronic Arts EA E3 Press conference, featuring new game, console, character and tech reveals.

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Watch The Microsoft E3 Press Conference And Reveals here (LIVE)

E3 Watch the entire Microsoft E3 Press conference, featuring new game, console, character and tech reveals.

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This Business About Sony’s “Clean Version” Movies Is Really a Non-Issue

sausage party exceprtSony announced this week that it will soon be making “Clean Versions” of its movies available to consumers at the same time that the original versions are. The panicked reactions to this new venture, however, are extremely short-sighted.

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It’s Summer Time, and, for Universal, the Livin’ Is Easy (Studio Series)

universal-studios-excerptUniversal is chock full of the successful partnerships and franchises so key to success in today’s marketplace that it’s continually vying for the top spot alongside current Hollywood powerhouse Disney. Could it dethrone the Mouse House this year? Not likely, but it’s still set up for a tremendous year nonetheless.

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The Launch Pad Pilots Competition Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 25 Scripts of 2017

2017 LPPC Announcement 200x133Alongside our competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we’re thrilled to present our Top 25 picks for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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It’s Time to Face the Truth — Peak TV Is Over

Underground ExcerptBetween WGN canceling Underground and turning away from scripted TV overall as well as Netflix canceling a plethora of shows, the bubble is in the process of bursting, as it had to do. After all, there’s no such thing as permanent growth. But this isn’t the end of quality TV, simply the end of the boom.

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With “Wonder Woman,” a Star Is Made, a Movie Is a Hit, But Now What?

Wonder Woman ExcerptIt’s tough to imagine that Gal Gadot can break out and where her career will go now, for various reasons, including, quite simply, she is now tied forever to the role that is making her a star. For better or worse, she is Wonder Woman.

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Sony’s Film Division Isn’t What It Was — Well, Most of It Isn’t (Studio Series)

Sony ExcerptSimilar to Paramount, Sony hasn’t had the easiest go of things lately and they need to find something major to turn the ship around. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be a good-sized win for the studio but while their film division — made up of Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Screen Gems — isn’t going anywhere, it needs to become a more productive part of the company.

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Launch Pad Alum Jai Brandon Signs with 3 Arts Entertainment (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptLaunch Pad alum Jai Brandon has signed with manager Will Rowbotham of 3 Arts Entertainment. Brandon’s Launch Pad Feature Competition script Whispers from the Watchtower won him a spot in the 2016 LPFC Top 10.

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