Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

Angela Lansbury in Talks to Join BBC’s “Little Women,” Continuing Our Love of Classic Novel Adaptations

Angela Lansbury ExcerptBBC One and PBS’ Masterpiece are developing an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and Angela Lansbury is in talks to join as Aunt March.

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“Transformers: The Last Knight” to Lead Weekend, Despite Lowest Opening for the Franchise

Optimus Prime in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.Transformers may be one of the most critically maligned film franchises in history but that hasn’t stopped its successful box office streak. To date, the five Michael Bay-directed films, have made a total of $3.78 billion worldwide, but it’s looking like this newest installment may start showing signs of audience fatigue. Plus, Wonder Woman is on track to become the highest-grossing film directed by a woman worldwide.

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There Are No Bad Guys in the “Han Solo” Movie Debacle, But There Are Rules

Han Solo Cast Photo ExcerptWhen it comes to the recent shake-up of the upcoming Han Solo film, it isn’t fair to blame either party, even if it is more exciting to take the sides of creators against a bureaucratic power. But if one’s going to play in the sandbox, they also need to play by the rules.

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Ron Howard to Take Over and Finish “Han Solo” Movie for Lucasfilm

Ron Howard ExcerptAfter the surprise firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm have tapped Ron Howard to take over the untitled Han Solo standalone film.

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Chadwick Boseman Serves Justice in the First “Marshall” Trailer (Video)

Marshall ExcerptChadwick Boseman has swapped out his Wakandan superhero outfit for a finely tailored suit in the first official trailer for Marshall, an upcoming biopic detailing the lift of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

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CHANGELAND (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA man meets up with his best friend in Thailand while going through a personal crisis.

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Seth Green to Make Directorial Debut with Indie Drama “Changeland”

Seth Green ExcerptActor Seth Green is stepping into the role of director for the new independent drama-comedy Changeland. The project marks his feature directorial debut, which he will also star in and write.

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SHAOLIN WOLF-MAN (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMBased on a real story. In 19th Century China, a reclusive grotesquely hairy-faced kung fu master must lead a rag-tag band of warrior monks into battle against a powerful general to save the boy Emperor and his family.

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Damon Lindelof Developing “Watchmen” TV Series for HBO

Watchmen ExcerptRiding high from the success of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof is teaming with HBO to develop an adaptation of the popular Alan Moore graphic novel Watchmen for the small screen.

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Riley Keough Joins Al Pacino in HBO’s Joe Paterno Movie

Riley Keough ExcerptIt Comes at Night star Riley Keough has been tapped to join Al Pacino in HBO’s upcoming movie about Joe Paterno and the Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

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UNTITLED DAN GILROY PROJECT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMUnder wraps, except that it takes place in the art world.

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“Nightcrawler” Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo Reuniting for New Dan Gilroy Project

Dan Gilroy Jake Gyllenhaal ExcerptNightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy is re-teaming with his stars Jakes Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for a new untitled project, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Gilroy’s team at CAA is taking the project out to buyers.

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“Sherlock” Writers Teaming for New “Dracula” BBC Series

Sherlock ExcerptAfter tackling Arthur Conan Doyle, the team behind the hit BBC series Sherlock are setting their sights on another classic British author: Bram Stoker.

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“Wonder Woman” and “All Eyez on Me” Skyrocket, “Rough Night” Stumbles in the Harsh Daylight

All Eyez on Me ExcerptThere were big surprises at the box office this weekend, with several movies performing far better than they were expected to, including All Eyez on Me, 47 Meters Down, and, once again, Wonder Woman and some performing… less so (like Rough Night).

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The Complete List of 2017 TV Critics Awards Nominations

Handmaid's Tale ExcerptThe Television Critics Association announced their nominations for the 2017 awards, giving Hulu its very first nomination for the critically acclaimed series The Handmaid’s Tale.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (06.16.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptBen Kingsley has been tapped to play a Nazi war criminal alongside Oscar Isaac and The CW’s Supergirlhas two new co-showrunners. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (06.16.17)

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. Paramount promoted Elizabeth Raposo to President of Production while Jennifer Carreras has moved from 20th Century Fox TV to ABC.

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Annecy and GKIDS Partnering with Variety to Launch Los Angeles Animation Festival

Annecy ExcerptLooking to change the landscape of animation in Hollywood, a brand new annual festival is launching in Los Angeles this fall. Headed up by GKIDS, the Annecy International Animation Festival, and Variety magazine, the event is aiming to fill a gap in the U.S.’ relationship with this medium.

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“Cars 3” Will Race Past Its Competitors at the Box Office

cars-3-excerptAfter two weeks at the top, Wonder Woman will be de-throned this weekend by racing, talking vehicles in Pixar’s latest sequel, Cars 3. The film has a lot going for it to quickly rise to the top of the box office — it’s a family animated film from a trusted and admired company, and it’s also a continuation of an existing IP.

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DEFENDER (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMOut-manned, out-gunned and cut off from any rescue, a United States Coast Guard Captain struggles to keep his three-member crew alive after intercepting a Colombian narco sub. The submarine’s pilot, a brilliant and murderous drug runner, is captured by the USCG crew. However, once on board, a far more lethal threat begins to unfold.

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Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, and Steven Yeun Tapped for Drama “Sorry to Bother You”

Tessa Thompson ExcerptThe directorial debut of writer-director Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You, has tapped three buzzy stars in its first casting: Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, and Steven Yeun, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Forest Whitaker is producing.

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“Goodbye Christopher Robin” Trailer Brings Sunshine from the Hundred Acre Wood (Video)

Goodbye Christopher Robin ExcerptIn the vein of  Finding Neverland and Miss Potter, the trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin introduces audiences to the origin of a beloved children’s story. This time, author A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is front and center.

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“Glow” Star Betty Gilpin Joins Rebel Wilson for New Line Comedy “Isn’t It Romantic”

Betty Gilpin ExcerptAfter several roles on the small screen, Glow actress Betty Gilpin has been tapped to co-star with Rebel Wilson in the big screen comedy Isn’t It Romantic from New Line.

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New Line Developing Third “Conjuring” Spinoff Film Centered on “The Crooked Man”

Conjuring 2 ExcerptMike Van Waes is penning the script for the film, centered around the Crooked Man, a breakout character from The Conjuring 2, based on a story by universe architect James Wan.

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HEART OF THE BEAST (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Project details being kept under wraps but being pitched as American Sniper meets Cast Away.<

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Chris Colfer to Make Directorial Debut Adapting His “Land of Stories” at Fox

Chris Colfer ExcerptActor-turned-bestselling-author Chris Colfer has a big new project: adapting his own book The Land of Stories, which has been acquired by 20th Century Fox. Colfer will not only be penning the script, however, he’ll also be making his directorial debut.

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New Line Taps Isla Fisher as Latest Cast Member in Comedy “Tag”

Isla Fisher ExcerptIsla Fisher has joined the all-star cast of New Line’s upcoming comedy Tag, joining the likes of Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Rashida Jones, and Jon Hamm. The film is based on 2013 Wall Street Journal article.

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Michelle Monaghan Returning to “Mission: Impossible” Franchise in Next Installment

Mission Impossible 3 ExcerptAfter a brief appearance in Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Michelle Monaghan is set to reprise her role as Julia Meade in Mission: Impossible 6. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed the casting on his Instagram account.

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Sandra Oh Returns to TV with Starring Role in “Killing Eve” from “Fleabag” Creator

Sandra Oh ExcerptAfter departing the Shonda Rhimes medical drama Grey’s Anatomy two years ago, Sandra Oh is returning to the small screen with a starring role in Killing Eve, a new thriller series from Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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“The Mummy” Remains Dormant in Its Tomb as “Wonder Woman” Continues to Exceed Expectations

The Mummy ExcerptThis weekend’s box office played out more or less as expected, with some minor surprises here and there. Take the weekend’s number one film, for example. Everyone knew it would be Wonder Woman, but it performed even better than it was predicted to — for the second weekend in a row.

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