Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.24.17)

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. Both Spike TV and Comedy Central have seen major departures from the network this week, while Illumination has a new COO.

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Stellar Reviews Will Make People “Get Out” to the Movies This Weekend, as the Horror Film Looks to Win the Box Office

get-out-excerptBased on a rare 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes (aggregating 93 reviews so far), the appeal of horror films, and excellent buzz, newcomer Get Out is looking to top the box office this weekend and de-throne the Dark Knight.

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Prey (Carlson & Bross) (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThree young “hipster/millennial” couples on vacation in Southeast Asia, are stranded on a tropical island and forced to participate in a sadistic cat and mouse game with a wealthy psychopath.

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2017 Academy Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

Hell or High Water ExcerptWith the diversity and caliber of this year’s crop of Oscar nominees, it’s hard to choose one to reign over its competitors. However, we’ve taken on that daunting task to pick what we think are the best of the best and who should go home with that coveted golden statuette at the end of the night, as well as which ones probably will.

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“The LEGO Batman Movie” Wins Holiday Weekend, But Not as Much as “The Great Wall’s” Surprising Victory

The Great Wall ExcerptPresidents’ Day weekend brought both expected results and surprises to the four-day box office weekend. The LEGO Batman Movie, as predicted, came out on top with ease, but it was The Great Wall‘s topping of all the new movies that surprised the most. Plus, La La Land could be the most financially successful Best Picture winner worldwide since 2010’s The King’s Speech if it wins this weekend.

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“Han Solo” Cast Gathers for First-Look Photo in the Millennium Falcon

Han Solo Cast Photo ExcerptDisney and Lucasfilm have unveiled the first look at the cast for the upcoming Han Solo spinoff project, with the film following a young Han, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca on their smuggling and scoundrel-filled adventures.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.20.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptBridge of Spies writer Matt Charman is returning to the world of espionage with a series based on the life of one of the spies that inspired the character James Bond. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Ralph Fiennes Announces Next Directing Project as Biopic of Russian Dancer Rudolf Nureyev

Ralph Fiennes ExcerptCoriolanus and The Invisible Woman director Ralph Fiennes has announced his newest directing project as THE WHITE CROW, a biopic based on the life of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. David Hare is adapting the script, which is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

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The White Crow (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe true story of how the KGB tries to stop ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev from defecting from the Soviet Union in 1961.

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The Complete List of 2017 WGA Award Winners

Amy Adams (right) as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount PicturesLast night, simultaneous ceremonies took place in New York and Los Angeles for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, with some exciting titles taking home the top prizes, including Arrival and Moonlight for film and The Americans and Atlanta for television.

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Disney Veteran Angela Lansbury Joins Cast of “Mary Poppins Returns”

Angela Lansbury ExcerptThe latest casting announcement for the Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns comes from within, as Mouse House veteran Angela Lansbury has been tapped for a role in the film, which is currently shooting at Shepperton Studios.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.17.17)

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. Universal has made multiple promotions and ITV America has a new President from Leftfield Entertainment.

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“LEGO Batman” to Fend Off Comedy and White Saviors at Box Office Over Holiday Weekend

LEGO Batman ExcerptAnother holiday weekend, another box office report, another time for the families — and anyone else who enjoys animated films and the Caped Crusader, really — to dominate. Despite the opening of three new films in wide release, it will, inevitably, be the Warner Bros. Animation film The LEGO Batman Movie that will come out on top for the second weekend in a row.

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“Straight Outta Compton” Writer Andrea Berloff to Adapt and Direct New Line’s Female Mob Film “The Kitchen”

The Kitchen ExcerptOscar-nominated writer Andrea Berloff has been tapped by New Line Cinema to adapt and direct The Kitchen, the Tracking Board has confirmed. This will be the directorial debut for Berloff.

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The Kitchen (Vertigo) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWhen some Irish gangsters are sent to prison in 1970, their wives take over their organization and become Hell’s Kitchen’s most powerful mobsters.

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In Partnership with Vertigo, Twin Padres, ESA and Bellevue, the Launch Pad Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 50 Features of 2016

200x134 - TOP 50 ANNOUNCEDFollowing several months of reading, re-reading, debating, and tallying scores from our fourth year of the Launch Pad Feature Competition, we, alongside our exclusive competition partners are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s Top 50.

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Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal with Lionsgate as Studio Secures Two-Thirds of YouTube’s “Holy Trinity”

Hannah Hart ExcerptStar and producer of the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen,” Hannah Hart, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, further showcasing the increasing power and influence that YouTube stars have beyond the realm of free online videos.

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The Terrorist Kind (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen London is hit by a series of bombings, the only man who can see the pattern is an American criminologist in town for a book tour. He must work with his mentor, a British police detective on the verge of retirement, to prevent the destruction of Wembley Stadium during the final game of the World Cup.

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Lady Justice Looms Large as EEOC Gears Up for Potential Lawsuit Against Major Studios

Ava DuVernay ExcerptAfter an investigation, the EEOC is preparing for either a settlement or a lawsuit against major studios discriminating against female directors. This is a good thing because if diversity is not achieved or strived for naturally, then it must be demanded without hesitation.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Final Part)

screenwriting excerptIn the final part of Neil Turitz’s analysis of Hollywood writing competition, he speaks to several people who have seen success from the competitions, as well as a judge for numerous competition, to give new perspectives on the experience and outcomes.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Grieving Father in BBC and Masterpiece’s “The Child in Time,” Will Also Exec Produce

Benedict Cumberbatch ExcerptBritish actor Benedict Cumberbatch is trading in his magnifying glass for a pen to star in The Child in Time from BBC One and Masterpiece. He will also executive produce via his SunnyMarch TV banner.

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I Love You and I Like You: A Letter to Television’s Best Couple

Ben and Leslie ExcerptIt’s Valentine’s Day so here’s a heartfelt letter to the best TV couple of all time: Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. From the little town of Pawnee, Indiana to hearts across the world, this is how and why they’re the best when it comes to TV love.

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The Official Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s New Anthology Series “Feud” Is Filled with Old Hollywood Dramatics (Video)

Feud ExcerptThe official trailer for Ryan Murphy’s newest FX anthology series, Feud, has arrived and it’s full of drama, deception, and dynamite stars, including Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, and Stanley Tucci.

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“Spotlight” Scribe to Adapt “The Fox Hunt” at Fox 2000 with Marc Platt Producing

Marc Platt ExcerptLast year’s Best Picture winner is teaming with this year’s Best Picture frontrunner. Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to the unpublished non-fiction book The Fox Hunt, with La La Land‘s Marc Platt producing and Spotlight writer Josh Singer set to adapt the story.

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The Fox Hunt (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter the life of a Muslim peace activist in Yemen is in danger, four American activists set up a rescue mission through social media in order to save him.

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“The LEGO Batman Movie” Has No Problem Beating Its Rivals at the Box Office

JW2_D35_2333.cr2The LEGO Batman Movie came out on top this past weekend, as predicted, but numbers were off across the board, as the animated Caped Crusader brought in less than expected and everything else jumped higher. Still, final numbers ultimately made this the best weekend of the year so far.

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2016 Launch Pad Alum Jay Riedl Signs with APA (EXCLUSIVE)

Jay RiedlJay Riedl, a Launch Pad Alum from our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, has signed with APA. This follows her pilot Snark landing in the Top 25 of last year’s competition and a first signing with Echo Lake Entertainment.

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Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Star-Lord Unite in First Look at “Avengers: Infinity War” (Video)

Avengers Infinity War ExcerptFriday evening the official Marvel Studios Twitter account posted a three and a half minute video — of the first look at Avengers: Infinity War. Bet Marvel fans weren’t expecting this.

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STXfilms Signs on to Save the World with Sci-Fi Thriller “Black Hole” from Brad Peyton

Black Hole ExcerptThe new project from San Andreas director Brad Peyton, sci-fi thriller Black Hole, has been acquired by STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment. It will be introduced at Berlin.

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Black Hole (Peyton) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAstronauts, scientists, and the military join forces to save Earth from the devastating consequences of a black hole entering our solar system.

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