Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.18.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptNBC hit series This Is Us renewed for two more seasons and a Lisa Frank movie is in the works. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Animated Spider-Man Film to Feature Miles Morales as Lead

Miles Morales Spider-Man ExcerptSony Pictures revealed today their upcoming Spider-Man animated film, written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will feature Miles Morales as the lead character. Kristine Belson, president of Sony Animation, confirmed the news.

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“The Notebook” Director Nick Cassavetes to Helm “Honeymoon with Harry” for New Line (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Cassavetes ExcerptActor-director Nick Cassavetes has been tapped to helm New Line Cinema’s upcoming dramedy Honeymoon with Harry. Pitch creator Dan Fogelman is writing the current draft of the script, which is based on Bart Baker’s novel of the same name.

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NBC Gives “Will & Grace” Revival a Greenlight and 10-Episode Order

will and graceFans have been waiting on tenterhooks and it’s official: the NBC sitcom Will & Grace is coming back. The network has given the series, which aired its last episode of its eight-season run in 2006, a 10-episode order.

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Shondaland and ABC Add New Pilot from “Scandal” Writer to Slate

Shonda Rhimes ExcerptScandal writer Paul Davies has been given a pilot order from ABC for his untitled legal drama. The project is in development with Shondaland and head Shonda Rhimes, who created Scandal, is executive producing the pilot alongside Betsy Beers.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (01.17.17)

Sing ExcerptAs predicted, Hidden Figures came out ahead at the box office over the holiday weekend but the rest of the results were more unexpected, such as the horror film The Bye Bye Man making it into the top five and both Sing and La La Land topping Rogue One.

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“The Hobbit” Star Richard Armitage Joins the Cast of “Ocean’s Eight”

Richard Armitage ExcerptBritish actor Richard Armitage has been cast in the highly anticipated Ocean’s Eight from director Gary Ross. The spinoff hails from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow with a script co-written by Ross and Olivia Milch.

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Food Critic and TV Host Morgan Murphy Signs with Magnet Management (EXCLUSIVE)

Morgan Murphy ExcerptThe Southern food critic, television host, and award-winning author Morgan Murphy has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management in all areas of representation.

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Timely Spec “Inauguration Day” Going into Major Territories with Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterA brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.

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Anne Frank Spec “Keeper of the Diary” Sells to Fox Searchlight

Anne Frank ExcerptThe highly publicized spec Keeper of the Diary from Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco has sold to Fox Searchlight for a six figure amount. Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris will produce under their Weimaraner Republic Pictures shingle.

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Keeper of the Diary (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe remarkable true story of two strangers from two very different worlds who fight to get Anne Frank’s diary published. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, and Barbara Zimmerman, a young editor at Doubleday Press and fiercely independent woman, determined to make her mark on the world and change it for the better.

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Accessing the Sundance 2017 Party and Event Grid

Sundance ExcerptHeaded to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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The Sundance 2017 Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance ExcerptUpdated 01.16.17. Headed to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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The Sundance 2017 Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance ExcerptUpdated 01.17.17. Headed to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (01.13.17)

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. DreamWorks Animation taps its new president and Chelsea Barnard steps up as President of Film for Annapurna.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (01.12.17)

041816_PATRIOTSDAY_KB_419.CR2Despite how crowded theaters are going to be this holiday weekend, only one of the new or expanding movies is expected to make it into the top five of the box office. And the number one film will be a three-way battle between reigning champ Hidden Figures, former champ Rogue One, and newcomer Patriots Day.

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FX Announces “American Horror Story” Renewal, While “Atlanta” Star Donald Glover Gets Overall Deal

AHS ExcerptThis morning at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, FX gave updates on several of their original programs. As a channel that is largely getting more and more attention, critically and on the awards circuit, all eyes were on their various panels.

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Amblin Acquires Supernatural Pitch “Unexplained Phenomenon” from “Paranormal Activity” Writing Duo

Andrew Deutschman Jason Pagan ExcerptThe pitch Unexplained Phenomenon from Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension’s Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan has been acquired by Amblin Entertainment in a preemptive deal.

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Ry Russo-Young to Direct Romeo & Juliet Re-Telling “Rosaline” at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

Ry Russo Young ExcerptThe long-in-development Romeo & Juliet project Rosaline has taken another step forward with the attachment of Ry Russo-Young. She is set to take over directing duties from Alex Timbers.

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Lee Daniels Confirms “Empire” Spinoff Series as Main Show Gets Season 4 Renewal

Empire ExcerptAt the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour today, Empire creator Lee Daniels confirmed to press that conversations were happening at Fox about a spinoff for his hit series set in the world of the music industry.

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Unexplained Phenomenon (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStoryline under wraps. Title refers to the FBI classification for incidents that were investigated and defy logic.

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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Han Solo Film as Mentor Character (UPDATED)

Woody Harrelson ExcerptFollowing his characters in The Hunger Games, Zombieland, and even last year’s The Edge of Seventeen, Woody Harrelson is currently in talks to join Disney and Lucasfilm’s second Star Wars spinoff film centered around a young Han Solo as the mentor to Solo.

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The Coen Brothers to Write and Direct the Limited Series “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Coen Brothers ExcerptFor the first time, Joel and Ethan Coen will be directing and writing a television series — more specifically, the limited series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs for Annapurna Television.

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Traffix (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMPlot kept under wraps. Blade Runner type story.

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Freeform Gives Series Order to Magazine Drama “The Bold Type” from “Parenthood” Writer

The Bold Type ExcerptFreeform has given a 12-episode series order to the upcoming drama The Bold Type. Sarah Watson, a writer for Parenthood, created the show, which is inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles.

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Jared Stern to Write and Direct Romance Film “Happy Anniversary” for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

Jared Stern ExcerptNetflix is continuing to expand its slate of original films with Happy Anniversary, to be written and directed by Jared Stern. Industry Entertainment and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment are producing the project.

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The Complete List of 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations

I Daniel Blake ExcerptRight after taking home a record number of Golden Globes, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land once more came out on top with an astonishing 11 nominations for the BAFTAs. The British Academy also gave recognition to films from their own country, namely the Cannes-winner I, Daniel Blake.

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Unexplained Phenomenon (Pitch)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMStoryline under wraps.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (01.09.17)

Hidden Figures ExcerptThere was more than one surprise this weekend in the world of film — not just the Golden Globes, but the box office too. The true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — three black women who worked at NASA — as told in the film Hidden Figures came out on top this weekend, making an impressive $22.8 million as it expanded to nearly 2,500 theaters.

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Inauguration Day (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen a malicious cyber attack against U.S. Space Command forces the President-Elect and the outgoing President into the Situation Room hours before the Inauguration ceremony, the rival Presidents and their National Security teams work with and against each other to determine who is responsible for the attack and how to respond before it’s too late.

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