Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

“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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“Beauty and the Beast” Eyeing a Three-Peat as the Number One Film This Weekend

beauty-and-the-beast-excerptDisney’s current juggernaut Beauty and the Beast may have competition, but not nearly enough to knock it from the top. For the third weekend in a row, the enchanting tale as old as time is poised to take the top spot at the box office. Plus, will the controversy surrounding Ghost in the Shell keep it from performing well?

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Old Gods and New Face Off to Creepy Synth Music in “American Gods” Title Sequence (Things We Love)

American Gods ExcerptStarz’s new series American Gods, from Bryan Fuller and Michael Green based on the Neil Gaiman novel, may be a month away but the network is tiding fans over with things like character posters and now a look at the title sequence.

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Joss Whedon in Talks to Direct and Write “Batgirl” Movie for Warner Bros., Furthering DCEU Divide

Joss Whedon ExcerptJoss Whedon is in negotiations with Warner Bros. Pictures to direct, write, and produce a standalone Batgirl film, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg, and Geoff Johns will oversee for the studio.

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Oscar Isaac to Star In and Produce Period Drama “Operation Finale” for MGM

oscar-isaac-excerptMGM’s post-WWII drama Operation Finale (previously titled Eichmann) has landed Oscar Isaac as its first star, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The actor will also produce the project.

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“The Mindy Project” Renewed for Final Season, Which Is a Good Thing — If Done Right

The Mindy Project ExcerptAfter a surprising and bittersweet season finale, Hulu has renewed The Mindy Project for a sixth and final season. The series has had its shares of ups and downs, but a final season is a perfect opportunity for the show to have the ending it deserves.

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Sony Adds Another Faith-Based Film to Their Inventory with Pitch “Hope Heals”

Hope Heals ExcerptVia their Columbia Pictures banner, Sony Pictures has acquired the pitch Hope Heals from writers Bob Smiley and Justin Hensley, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project is based on the memoir of the same name and adds to the growing list of faith-based films from the studio.

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HOPE HEALS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter suffering a stroke, Katherine and her husband use their experience to help give faith and hope to others who are struggling from a similar situation.

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HOPE HEALS (PITCH)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAfter suffering a stroke, Katherine and her husband use their experience to help give faith and hope to others who are struggling from a similar situation.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.27.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptO’Shea Jackson, Jr. from Straight Outta Compton is in talks for a role in the Godzilla sequel and Amber Heard is negotiating the lead in a new adaptation. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Power Rangers” Overperforms, “Life” Underperforms, But “Beauty and the Beast” Continues to Be the Most Enchanting Film

power-rangers-excerptThere were minor surprises at the box office this weekend but nothing to take away from the fact that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is continuing to absolutely dominate, both domestically and internationally, even with Power Rangers’ surprising performance. Elsewhere, Get Out has finally surpassed Split.

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Fox Developing Musical “Atlantis” Inspired by Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that 20th Century Fox is jumping into the musical world with Atlantis, a pitch they won inspired by musician Pharrell Williams.

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ATLANTIS (WILLIAMS) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMMusical inspired by musician Pharrell’s childhood in Virginia Beach.

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Jim Gianopulos to Be Named Chairman and CEO of Paramount

Jim Gianopulos ExcerptIt’s official: Paramount Pictures has found Brad Grey’s successor in Jim Gianopulos, who will be named the studio’s chairman and CEO.

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“Moonlight” Director Barry Jenkins Limited Series “The Underground Railroad” Lands at Amazon

Barry Jenkins ExcerptA month after his big win at the Oscars, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has announced his next project: an adaptation of the Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, which has landed at Amazon Studios.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.24.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptAn actor from Sing Street joins the Han Solo film and Fear the Walking Dead loses its showrunner. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Negotiations to Direct Movie Musical for Universal

Joseph Gordon Levitt ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently in negotiations to direct an untitled movie musical for Universal Pictures with the running title Wingmen, which he will also star in alongside Channing Tatum.

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