Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Flies High Above the Competition to a Stunning $117 Million Opening

Spider-Man Homecoming ExcerptMovies fell into their predicted spots at the box office over the weekend, but Spider-Man: Homecoming surprised with an astonishing $117 million opening. Also, Wonder Woman, with $368.4 million, has officially become the tenth-highest superhero film domestically of all time.

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“It” Star Bill Skarsgård Continues on the Stephen King Path, Joins Hulu’s “Castle Rock”

Bill Skarsgard ExcerptSwedish actor Bill Skarsgård is playing the evil clown Pennywise in Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of It, but he’s not done with Stephen King’s worlds just yet. Skarsgård has joined the cast of Hulu’s upcoming show Castle Rock as a series regular.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (07.07.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe episode titles and plot descriptions of the first three episodes of Game of Thrones’ upcoming season have been revealed. 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 (07.07.17)

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. Nickelodeon made multiple promotions, while Bedonna Smith has assumed the new role of Executive Producer of Activism at Anonymous Content.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (07.06.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSamuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel and Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin is getting his own talk show. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Could Soar to $100 Million in Its Opening Weekend

spiderman-excerptShould all go according to plan at the box office this weekend, Spider-Man: Homecoming will become the fourth movie of the year to crack $100 million in its opening weekend.

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John Carpenter Inks Deal with Universal Cable, Developing “Tales for a Halloween Night” and “Nightside”

John Carpenter ExcerptHorror guru John Carpenter, the visionary behind films like Halloween and The Thing, has inked an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions.

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Launch Pad Alum Derek Asaff Signs with Lee Stobby Entertainment (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptDerek Asaff, whose pilot scripts The Cure and The End both placed in the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, has signed with Derrick Eppich of Lee Stobby Entertainment.

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Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” to Headline New York Film Festival as Centerpiece

wonderstruck-excerptDirector Todd Haynes’ next film, Wonderstruck, has been tapped to headline the 55th New York Film Festival this fall as the Centerpiece Screening.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (07.05.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptBill Nighy and Catherine Keener join the cast of BBC’s Ordeal by Innocence adaptation, while Annette Bening will serve as Venice’s International Jury President. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Despicable Me 3” and “Baby Driver” Dominated the Holiday Weekend

despicable-3-excerptThe 5-day Independence Day holiday weekend went more or less as expected, although several films performed higher than many of the predictions had them making. Two newcomers, Despicable Me 3 and Edgar Wright’s new original film, Baby Driver, led the weekend, both overperforming (at least in their five-day earnings).

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Launch Pad Alum Ahmadu Garba Signs with Kaplan-Stahler, Joins Staff of David O. Russell’s Amazon Series (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptAn alum of the Launch Pad Feature Competition, Ahmadu Garba has joined the writing team for David O. Russell’s upcoming and untitled mafia series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. He has also signed with Michael Kolodny of Kaplan Stahler Agency.

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New “Ozark” Holiday Trailer Is Creepy and Nationalistic (Video)

Ozark ExcerptPremiering later this month, Netflix has released a special holiday trailer for their new series Ozark. Set to a slow, rather creepy version of “America the Beautiful,” the trailer was appropriately released for Fourth of July.

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2017 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated, From Mary Elizabeth Winstead to “The Expanse”

emmys-excerptWith HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s GLOW out of the running, we’ve been discussing the possible nominees, so here are our picks.

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Launch Pad Top 50 Alum Brandon Martin Signs with Woolf+Lapin (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptLaunch Pad alum Brandon Martin has signed with Stephan Dubreuil of Woolf+Lapin. His feature script Slammin’ landed in the Top 50 of last year’s Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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“Despicable Me 3” and “Baby Driver” Will Zoom to Great Heights Over the Holiday Weekend

baby-driver-excerptAnother holiday weekend, another box office analysis. Set to lead the five-day weekend is the fourth installment in Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise, following the first two films and the Minions spin-off. Edgar Wright’s new film, Baby Driver, is also shaping up to lead the way after a solid start Tuesday evening.

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“Sense8” Two-Hour Finale in the Works at Netflix

db-sense8After getting canceled at the beginning of the month, Netflix series Sense8 is returning from the cancellation grave for a two-hour finale episode.

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Launch Pad Alum and Winner Jared Laberdesque Signs with Zero Gravity (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptAfter placing as a winner in the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots Competition with his script Real Gone, and being selected as part of the mentorship prize with Talia Gonzalez, alum Jared Laberdesque has signed with Joe Riley of Zero Gravity Management.

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Leave the World Behind in First Action-Packed “Jumanji” Trailer (Video)

Jumanji ExcerptSay goodbye to board games — Jumanji has entered the world of video games. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black, the new take adds a fun twist to the exhilarating but dangerous game.

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Meet the “Inhumans” in First Trailer for New Marvel Series (Video)

Inhumans ExcerptBlack Bolt, Medusa, and the whole Attilan gang are here (even Lockjaw!) in the first trailer for Marvel’s new series Inhumans.

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Launch Pad Manuscript Alum Namina Forna Signs with Madeline Milburn Literary (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptAfter her manuscript The Nine Graves of Geraldine Grey landed in the Top 75 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition last year, Namina Forna has signed with Alice Sutherland-Hawes of Madeline Milburn Literary Agency.

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Hugh Jackman Wows and Thrills in First “Greatest Showman” Trailer (Video)

Greatest Showman ExcerptFrom live theater to Oscar host to Jean Valjean, it’s no secret that Hugh Jackman is a remarkably talented and theatrical actor. Well, he’s at it again in the first trailer for The Greatest Showman, Fox’s musical take on P.T. Barnum and his enterprises, which would eventually lead to Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Launch Pad Alum Rohit Kumar Joins “13 Reasons Why” Writing Team and Signs with Verve (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptLaunch Pad alum Rohit Kumar, whose script Greyshore earned the Top Drama prize in the 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition, has joined the writing team for Season 2 of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. He has also newly signed with Verve.

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Hugh Jackman Returns to Drama to Star in Jason Reitman’s “The Frontrunner”

Hugh Jackman ExcerptSwapping out the superhero landscape for a political campaign trailer, Hugh Jackman has been tapped to star in The Frontrunner from writer-director Jason Reitman.

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UNTITLED KARL GAJDUSEK SCI-FI PROJECT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStory under wraps, said to be in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.

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UNTITLED KARL GAJDUSEK SCI-FI PROJECT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMStory under wraps, said to be in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.

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Fox Acquires Sci-Fi Spec from “Stranger Things” EP Karl Gajdusek

Karl Gajdusek ExcerptIn a new deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled sci-fi spec from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gajdusek, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Michael Ellenberg will produce the project via his new Media Res shingle.

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YouTube Red Gives Series Order to Doug Liman Pilot “Impulse”

doug-liman-excerptContinuing a commitment to more original, scripted content, YouTube Red has given a series order to the drama pilot Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman. The project is the digital service’s first drama pilot and is set for a 2018 premiere.

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“Transformers 5” Marks Lowest Opening for Franchise, “The Big Sick” Scores in Just 5 Theaters

big-sick-excerptThe weekend before a long holiday held some surprises, and surprising success stories, at the box office. As expected, Transformers: The Last Knight had the smallest opening of the five films in the franchise, while Wonder Woman, 47 Meters Down, and indie rom-com The Big Sick scored big.

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“Pitch Perfect 3” Trailer Hints at the Last Outing for the Barden Bellas (Video)

Pitch Perfect 3 ExcerptThe first Pitch Perfect 3 trailer has arrived and the Barden Bellas are back — but not looking too glamorous. With fun musical numbers, laugh-out-loud moments, and unexpected action sequences, the Bellas are here to aca-finish things.

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