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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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THE MAGICIANS Review: “The Flying Forest”

Season 2, Episode 4 – The Beast is defeated, Fillory is in a shambles, and Alice is dead. Will anyone on The Magicians be able to save Fillory, or is it too late? Julia still needs to find a way to stop Raynard, and the only person she has left to help her is Kayde. Are they strong enough?

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Writing the TV Pilot: What Makes a Pilot Successful?

OTNB ExcerptThe success of television series grows from the same place, by growing their unique structure organically from their characters, and from the voice of their writers, rather than imposing an external structure upon them.

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The Launch Pad Feature Competition Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 75 Feature Scripts of 2016

200x134 - 2016 LPFC - TOP 75 ANNOUNCEDAfter several months of reading, debating and tallying, we, 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 75.

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THE 2016 HIT LIST STATS, COMPARISONS, FACTS, FIGURES & FUN

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsA detailed and in-depth breakdown on all stats, numbers, trends, reps, companies, and overall analysis from the 2016 Hit List. There’s information on writers, agencies, agents, management companies, managers, and genres, and how they stack up with the six years of Hit Lists that came before them.

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Nightmares (Pitch)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMProject details are being kept under wraps, but is said to be a high concept augmented reality thriller w/ global consequences.

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HONG KONG HUSTLE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMOn the mean streets of Hong Kong, a small-time hustler plots to rob a bank during Chinese New Year in order to buy the freedom of a working girl from a ruthless mob boss.

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PRESENTING THE 2016 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF YEAR

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsFeaturing 92 scripts, 101 writers, more than 70 production companies & studios, 46 different agencies & management companies, and more than 200 individual reps, this year’s list is one of the most diverse and exciting we’ve ever released.

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“Percy Jackson” Director Thor Freudenthal Tapped for “Blu” (EXCLUSIVE)

thor freudenthal excerptHit List regular Chris Borrelli is setting up his next project as his latest spec Blu has attached Thor Freudenthal to direct the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The story is described as I am Legend meets 28 Days Later.

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Sam Boyd to Helm “Space Oddity” from Rebecca Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

circle-of-confusion excerptCircle of Confusion and Arlook Group are teaming up on the new sci-fi feature Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner with Sam Boyd attached to direct, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

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The Tracking Board’s Annual Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday excerptOur annual Cyber Monday sale is live, so take advantage of three huge opportunities for major savings. Get the latest in Hollywood news including our industry leading spec market coverage and script coverage services for some unbelievable prices!

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Viacom Sees Firsthand Now Is Not Really a Great Time to Be In the Cable TV Business (Network Series)

Shari Redstone ExcerptIt’s tough to target just how Viacom can turn things around, but even if there was a concrete method to do so, it’s not going to be easy, simply because of the nature of the cable business. It has to hope that Shari Redstone and her new board of directors can make changes that will help matters, and that both MTV and Nickelodeon can once again draw the viewership numbers it used to.

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EVENTYR (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: In the vein of Finding Neverland and Amadeus, this is inspired by the true story of Hans Christian Anderson, beloved author of iconic fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, and more.

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“John Wick” Writer and “Southpaw” Producers Hit Town with Hot New Action Thriller Pitch “Endure” (EXCLUSIVE)

John Wick ExcerptTB has confirmed that screenwriter Derek Kolstad is teaming up with Alan and Peter Riche to hit the town the week after Thanksgiving with a hot new feature pitch based on Tim Lebbon’s novel Endure, and we’ve got the list of the first buyers lining up to hear it inside.

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Launch Pad Alum & Writer of Paramount’s “Matriarch” Hits Town with Hot New Spec “Control” (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterFormer Launch Pad, Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List Alum Eric Koenig is back and hotter than ever as A-list talent & directors begin to circle his new spec Control.

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COLD SNAP (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: Desperate for cash, four veterans reunite to heist a pot dispensary safe house in Colorado. But when a snowstorm traps them in town, they must survive the night – on the run from mercenaries, police, and locals eager to capture the millions for themselves.

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BLACK EYE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: A man who works as a security officer for a major corporation is asked to do what appears to be a simple surveillance job for the head of the company, only to soon after be immersed in a dark web of murder and mayhem. “The Conversation” meets “Nightcrawler.”

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