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“The Dark Tower” and More Among This Summer’s Riskiest Movies

The Dark Tower ExcerptThe summer is when fortunes are made and lost, careers are built and destroyed, and audiences escape from the heat in a movie theater for a couple hours. With that in mind, here are five movies this summer that have especially large question marks beside them.

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Lionsgate Wins Seven-Figure Bidding War for Inkshares Book “The Punch Escrow”

Irina Ivanova ExcerptWith multiple studios bidding on the sci-fi manuscript that’s being compared to Looper and Ready Player One, it’s Lionsgate who comes out on top to win newcomer Tal M. Klein’s first book.

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Launch Pad Finalist Steve Isles Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

SteveIsles - thumb Just one day after announcing our 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition winners, Steve Isles joins the more than 200 writers who have landed reps from the competition as he signs with Mike Esola at UTA.

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FRAGMENT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as Predator meets Lost.

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BODY CAM (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Several LAPD cops are haunted by a malevolent spirit that is tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops… all of which was caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover up.

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FORGET ME NOT… AGAIN! (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A hopeless romantic wants to be a romance novelist, and when he finds true love, he finds success. However, after he finds success, his wife forgets who he is. Repeatedly.

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PRINCESSES (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Kept under wraps, but being pitched as a female-driven Avengers starring all of the classic princesses.

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RED BAY (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM After learning that early slasher films were inspired by a real person, a group of college students visit this guy’s hometown to film a documentary.

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SPACE RACE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as a high concept four-quadrant sci-fi tentpole.

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THE BOOFIGHTERS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A middle school vice principal discovers his new next-door neighbors are human-heart-munching monsters hell-bent on taking over his town.

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In Partnership with Vertigo, Twin Padres, ESA and Bellevue, the Launch Pad Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 10 Features of 2016

200x134 - TOP 10 ANNOUNCEDThe Launch Pad Feature Competition, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA, and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s Top 10.

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SPACE RACE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as a high concept four-quadrant sci-fi tentpole.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Four)

Maus ExcerptIt used to be that the automatic response a non-comic book reader had to the genre was the connection to Superman and Batman and Spider-Man and all the rest. Now things have changed quite a bit and there is no denying that the medium has evolved, allowing for more daring and interesting forms of storytelling.

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Introducing Inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition Winner Danny Newell

200x134 - Winners ANNOUNCED Out of more than 2,000 entries coming to us from 24 different countries, we’re incredibly excited to introduce you to the 2016 LPMC Overall Winner, selected by none other than Ridley Scott and his Scott Free Productions.

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THE LAST EXECUTIONER (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Based on the true story of Dow Hover, the last man to run the electric chair for the State of New York.

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMDetails are kept under wraps, but project is being shopped as a contained high concept thriller with genre elements.

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMDetails are kept under wraps, but project is being shopped as a contained high concept thriller with genre elements.

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TB Recommends: Wyler

tb recommends cropMichael Moskowitz’s biopic drama Wyler, about anti-Semitism in the golden age of Hollywood, has become the first TB Recommends of 2017!

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RUN (GROVES-BARTESAGHI) (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A group of people wake up somewhere in the forest, each with a torn page of a diary clutched in their hand. On the back of the page is one word written in their own blood. Run.

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THE NEW YORK MARATHON (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMPitched as a female driven high concept thriller in the vein of In The Line of Fire. During the New York Marathon, a young female secret service agent is forced to try to kill the female presidential candidate who is running in the race.

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MARIAN (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWhen a conspiracy to conquer England leads to the assassination of Robin Hood right before her eyes, Marian must rise to power and lead her people into a war that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom, but that will see her don the mantle of the man she loved, and reimagine the story of a legend we thought we knew.

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Congrats to Pete Barry, Whose Launch Pad Script MARIAN Has Sold to Sony For Margot Robbie to Star!

53629633 (1)_resizeWith several A-List talent packages circling, Sony stepped in to close a deal and mark the first sale of the ongoing 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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Fox’s Brand New “Alien: Covenant” Trailer Delivers a Gorgeously Addictive Retro Vibe

Alien Covenant Trailer Fox dropped their much anticipated new ALIEN: COVENANT trailer tonight, and it delivers a gorgeously atmospheric reminder of what the original film delivered all those year ago. Excitement, anticipation, tension, and fear!

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”: The Magnificent Extended Trailer Is Here

GOTG 2 Trailer Featuring Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Baby Groot and Mantis… the gang is back and and more Fleetwood Mac than ever!

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THE HARD WAY OUT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM Story centers on a wrongfully convicted man who returns to his small town in Texas and gets involved with a vulnerable free spirit.

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*Updated as Offers Come in* Brie Larson, Daisy Ridley, & Alicia Vikander Circling as the Hottest Spec in Town Gears Up for the Weekend!

2-1-768x384_resize*UPDATED February 27th* As the project now goes into all buyers, more talent circles and offers start to come in! Gearing up for a star-studded Oscar weekend, one spec script has taken the town by storm as A-list talent and Producers fight for a piece of the pie.

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No Matter How Well He Does, Is Jimmy Kimmel Ultimately Doomed to Fail at the Oscars?

jimmy-kimmelThe Oscars might be the apex of hosting gigs for personalities, because it’s the biggest audience and the most publicity and the greatest prestige, and so everyone wants to do it, but almost every time, they are doomed to fail, because that’s how all this works. Neil Turitz examines past hosts to address his predictions for Jimmy Kimmel this Sunday.

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Writing the TV Pilot: Does Your Character Need to Change?

The Wire ExcerptGreat writing begins with getting your vulnerabilities out on the page — the parts of you that you don’t normally express, the truths that you don’t normally look at, the characters that exist inside you: both the beautiful ones that you want to share with the world, and also the ones that scare or disgust you, who often represent parts of you that you don’t want to believe are possible, or that you’d never express in the outside world.

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THE HARD WAY OUT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Story centers on a wrongfully convicted man who returns to his small town in Texas and gets involved with a vulnerable free spirit.

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When Bad Marketing Ideas Become Reality

The Great Wall ExcerptThere are certainly more than a few movies that do bad box office because of marketing failures, but what dictates a successful marketing campaign? Neil Turitz examines examples of good and bad movie marketing choices to determine why some are more successful than others.

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