Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

WARRIOR QUEEN (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the story of Queen Amanirenas who confronted and arranged for peace with the invading Roman Empire.

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Donald Sutherland to Play Tycoon J. Paul Getty in Danny Boyle’s FX Series “Trust”

Donald Sutherland ExcerptVeteran actor Donald Sutherland has been tapped to star in the upcoming FX anthology series Trust from filmmaker Danny Boyle, with production set to begin in June in London and Rome.

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The Continuing (and Relevant) Legacy of “The Fast and the Furious”

Fate of the Furious ExcerptEven with only having seen one film of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Neil Turitz has observed the power and legacy of these films and examines, from an outsider’s perspective, how and why they’ve done so well and what’s in their future.

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Jude Law to Play Young Dumbledore in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Sequel

Jude Law ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that British actor Jude Law will be taking up the mantle of Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.

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Launch Pad Alum Alexis Perkins Signs with Stagecoach Entertainment (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptLaunch Pad Alum Alexis Perkins has signed with Stagecoach Entertainment managers Evan Lewis and Steve Smith. Perkins’s script, Derby City, was a standout from the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition and finished in the Top 3.

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Amy Adams Named 31st Recipient of American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams ExcerptThough she still has yet to receive the Oscar, although she’s been nominated five times, Amy Adams will receive the American Cinematheque Award at this year’s ceremony on November 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Launch Pad Alum Jimmy Mosqueda Signs with Bellevue Entertainment (Exclusive)

Jimmy Mosqueda ExcerptWriter Jimmy Mosqueda has signed with Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue Entertainment. Mosqueda’s pilot, Valedictorian, placed in the Top 75 of the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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“The Boss Baby” Remains on Top for Another Week, While “Smurfs” Sequel Flounders

Boss Baby ExcerptAs predicted, newcomer films Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style were not able to top The Boss Baby or Beauty and the Beast‘s winning streak, but where the former struggled under the pressure, the latter rose above expectations.

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Netflix Developing Adaptation of Classic Novel “The Haunting of Hill House”

Haunting of Hill House ExcerptFollowing the spooks of Stranger Things and Black Mirror, Netflix is developing a 10-episode adaptation of the classic thriller novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

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Fox Taps “Grey’s Anatomy” Alum Karin Gist as “Star” Season 2 Showrunner

Star ExcerptFox has replaced Chuck Pratt as the showrunner for Star. Karin Gist, an executive producer from Grey’s Anatomy, will take the role as the third showrunner the series has seen since it premiered.

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Launch Pad Finalist Irina Ivanova Signs With Energy Entertainment (Exclusive)

Irina Ivanova ExcerptLaunch Pad alum Irina Ivanova has signed with Brooklyn Weaver at his own Energy Entertainment. Ivanova joins the ranks of over 200 writers who have secured representation from the competition since 2013.

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Things Are Getting Confusing with All This Streaming Stuff

YouTube TV ExcerptWith both YouTube and Hulu launching their own TV subscriptions, what are the pros and cons of various TV networks working with the subscriptions and are these streaming options really a good thing for viewers?

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.07.17)

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. Both Hulu’s head of marketing and Sony Television’s head of communications are departing the companies.

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Newcomers to Make Little Impact at the Box Office as “Beauty and the Beast” Nears $1 Billion

Smurfs Lost Village ExcerptThe Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast are not letting any new movies take their top spots at the box office this weekend. Despite the direct competition of Smurfs: The Lost Village, more people are going to opt for the decidedly better films — at least according to critics.

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First Trailer for Netflix’s “Anne” Is Sumptuous and Wonderfully Feminist (Video)

Anne ExcerptThe beloved novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is getting a new adaptation, this time from Netflix. Simply titled Anne, the first trailer is nothing short of delightful and captivating.

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Carrie Fisher to Be Among Those Honored as Disney Legends at D23 Expo 2017

Carrie Fisher ExcerptThe late Carrie Fisher will be among the nine recipients of the Disney Legend Award at this year’s D23 Expo in July. Her co-star Mark Hamill will also be receiving the awards.

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“Get Out” Leads MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations as Networks Breaks Ground with Non-Gendered Categories

get-out-excerptMTV is giving their annual entertainment award show two big changes this year. Plus, Jordan Peele’s hit horror film Get Out leads the nominations with six nods.

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Fox Buys Untitled Comedy Spec for Female Directing, Writing, and Producing Team

Melissa Stack ExcerptIn a mid-six-figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled spec from Melissa Stack, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project will also be Stack’s directorial debut.

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UNTITLED MELISSA STACK COMEDY (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles a woman’s vacation with the family of her younger boyfriend.

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UNTITLED MELISSA STACK COMEDY (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMChronicles a woman’s vacation with the family of her younger boyfriend.

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Freeform Orders Marvel’s “New Warriors” — Featuring the Popular Squirrel Girl — to Series

Squirrel Girl ExcerptFreeform has handed their second straight-to-series order to a Marvel show, this time for the half-hour live-action comedy New Warriors, continuing the network’s trend of focusing on stories about “becomers.”

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Anonymous Content Acquires Upcoming Stephen & Owen King Novel “Sleeping Beauties”

Sleeping Beauties ExcerptAnonymous Content is the latest to get in on the action of adapting a Stephen King property with the acquisition of an upcoming novel King co-wrote with his son, Owen King.

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Tobey Maguire to Make Directorial Debut with “Blood on Snow” Adaptation

Tobey Maguire ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that actor Tobey Maguire is making his directorial debut with an adaptation of the Jo Nesbo thriller Blood on Snow.

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Official Trailer for “I Am Heath Ledger” Documentary Is a Punch to the Gut (Video)

Heath Ledger ExcerptAre you ready to cry? Because Spike TV and Network Entertainment released the official trailer for their upcoming documentary I Am Heath Ledger.

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“The Boss Baby” Beats “Beauty and the Beast” and Stuns with $50 Million Opening Weekend

Boss Baby ExcerptIt wasn’t that Beauty and the Beast underperformed this weekend — far from it, actually — but simply that DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby far outperformed every expectation that had been put forth for it. Just how much of an overperformance was it? Some $15-20 million.

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Ridley Scott to Helm World War II Battle of Britain Project for Fox

Ridley Scott ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Ridley Scott will be directing an untitled Battle of Britain project for 20th Century Fox, based on a pitch the studio acquired last year by Matthew Orton.

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UNTITLED BATTLE OF BRITAIN PROJECT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the World War II battle in which the British defeat the Nazis.

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Comedy Central to Air “The President Show” as Television Doubles Down on 2016 Election and Trump

The President Show ExcerptComedy Central is premiering a new weekly series, The President Show, starring and created by comedian Anthony Atamanuik as President Trump.

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

200x134 - Winners ANNOUNCEDThe Launch Pad Feature Competition, 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 winners.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.31.17)

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. BET is losing two of its executives and Annapurna hires Adrienne Becker as COO.

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