Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

“The Ningyo,” Filmed by VFX Couple in Their Own Home, Wows with Lovecraftian Wonder (Things We Love)

The Ningyo ExcerptLos Angeles-based VFX artist couple Tran Ma and Miguel Ortega have done something incredible: created a fantastic, stunning film, The Ningyo, shot almost entirely within the comfort of their own home.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (05.26.17)

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. Tricia Melton has been hired as SVP of Marketing at Freeform and Jana Winograde has moved from ABC to Showtime.

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Adam Pally Developing Comedy Series at Hulu Based on Parody Daycare Twitter Feed

Adam Pally ExcerptStreaming service Hulu is teaming with comedy actor Adam Pally on a new series based on an interesting premise: a parody Twitter account. Specifically, the Los Feliz Daycare account run by Jason Shapiro.

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“Pirates 5” and “Baywatch” to Make Waves at Memorial Day Box Office

pirates-excerptWell, decently sized waves at the very least. Set to top the three-day holiday weekend with ease is the fifth installment in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and while it may not be receiving good reviews and plenty of people may lament its continued existence, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which brings back original cast members, is set to bring in $80 million, if not a little more.

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Blake Lively to Star in and Exec Produce “The Husband’s Secret” from “Big Little Lies” Author

Blake Lively ExcerptBlake Lively is set to star in and executive produce CBS Films’ adaptation of The Husband’s Secret from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. This comes on the heels of HBO’s successful adaptation of Big Little Lies.

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Rosario Dawson in Talks to Join X-Men Universe in “New Mutants”

Rosario Dawson ExcerptDaredevil‘s Rosario Dawson is staying in the Marvel world. The actress is currently in talks to join Fox’s New Mutants alongside Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood to Direct “Silver Sable and Black Cat” for Sony and Marvel

Gina Prince-Bythewood ExcerptSony and Marvel have tapped Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct Silver Sable and Black Cat, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Prince-Bythewood marks the first woman of color and the first woman to direct on her own for a Marvel film.

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Gorgeous Animation Thrills in Animated “Indiana Jones” Video (Things We Love)

Indiana Jones Animated ExcerptAnimator and director Patrick Schoenmaker debuted his animated short “The Adventure of Indiana Jones” last year and it’s making the internet rounds once more — with good reason, as it combines the adventure of the original films with beautiful animation.

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“Deadpool 2” Taps Jack Kesy as Major Villain in Sequel

Jack Kesy ExcerptThe highly anticipated sequel Deadpool 2 has found its big bad in The Strain’s Jack Kesy, the Tracking Board has confirmed. David Leitch is directing the sequel, with Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the Merc with a Mouth.

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THE TRANSLATOR (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter escaping a militia attack in Darfur, a Zaghawa tribesman used his knowledge of languages to be a translator for journalists who arrived to report on the genocide.

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“Hanna” Adaptation Receives Series Order from Amazon

Hanna ExcerptThe 2011 film Hanna is making a comeback — but this time for the small screen. Amazon Studios has given an adaptation of the film a series order and original co-writer David Farr will pen the script.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Star Elisabeth Moss Developing Typhoid Miniseries “Fever” for BBC America

Elisabeth Moss ExcerptThe star of Hulu’s critically acclaimed adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale Elisabeth Moss has picked her next small-screen project: an adaptation of Mary Beth Keane’s 1999 novel Fever, which she will star in and executive produce.

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“Alien: Covenant” Defeats “Guardians 2” Over a Sluggish Weekend, “Beauty and the Beast” Becomes 10th Highest Film of All Time

Alien Covenant ExcerptThe weekend went more or less as predicted — except with smaller numbers than expected, making for a particularly anti-climactic three-day box office. Alien: Covenant barely edged out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in its opening weekend and Beauty and the Beast has become the tenth-highest film of all time.

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It’s Happening: Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna to Star in Netflix Movie Directed by Ava DuVernay

Lupita Nyong'o Rihanna ExcerptAfter intense bidding and negotiation, Netflix has landed a movie that originally started as a viral internet meme and sensation. The film will co-star Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna, with Ava DuVernay directing and Insecure‘s Issa Rae in talks to pen the script.

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Hugh Grant Returns to Television as Disgraced Politician in “A Very English Scandal”

Hugh Grant ExcerptBritish actor Hugh Grant is returning to the small screen for the first time since 1993 to star in A Very English Scandal, reuniting him with Florence Foster Jenkins director Stephen Frears.

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the struggles of painter Vincent van Gogh as he paints his famous masterpieces.

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ARKIE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMArkie is a 12-year-old girl, blind in one eye and with a tentacle-like arm who must travel to a city of light to rescue her octopus father.

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VIVARIUM (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter a couple visit a new housing development to find a home, they find themselves trapped in within the maze of houses raising an alien child.

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RESISTANCE (JAKUBOWICZ) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMBased on the story of famed mime Marcel Marceau, who learned to mime while saving the lives of Jewish orphans whose parents were murdered by Nazis.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (05.19.17)

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. Dylan Seller is returning to The Weinstein Company as President of Production and Legendary has lost two executives.

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Janelle Monae and Leslie Mann to Join Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Project at Universal

Janelle Monae ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Janelle Monae and Leslie Mann have been tapped to star opposite Steve Carell in director Robert Zemeckis’ latest film for Universal Pictures, which is currently untitled.

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“Suicide Squad” Director David Ayer in Talks to Helm and Rewrite “Scarface” Remake

David Ayer ExcerptThe man behind last year’s Suicide Squad — David Ayer — is currently in talks with Universal to direct and rewrite their reimagining of Scarface, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Rogue One actor Diego Luna, who has been attached to the project for some time, is still set to star.

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“Alien: Covenant” to Scare Its Way to the Top of the Box Office and Beat “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

alien-covenant-excerptThe latest installment in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant, opens this weekend, helmed by original creator Ridley Scott, and is poised to knock Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 off its throne.

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TERATORN (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA grounded in reality Jaws of the skies. A professor with a fear of heights must team up with his ex-wife and estranged daughter to defeat an apex predator long thought extinct on a mountainous tropical vacation island.

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BBC Developing “Diana & I,” TV Drama About the Death of Princess Diana

Princess Diana ExcerptBBC Two is developing Diana & I, a feature-length TV drama about the death of Princess Diana, continuing the entertainment industry’s fascinating with British Royalty, following The Crown and Charles and Diana at the center of Feud Season 2.

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THE DAYS WE MET (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAn interwoven tale that explores how love can play out in parallel universes if a couple were to meet at three different points in their lifetime. Tonally similar to (500) Days of Summer.

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Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson to Star in Civil Rights Era Drama “The Best of Enemies”

Taraji P Henson ExcerptIn a time of political turbulence, Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson have boarded the timely and relevant film The Best of Enemies from writer-director Robin Bissell in his directorial debut. Danny Strong and Tobey Maguire are producing the flick.

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ONLY FOREVER (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAfter 300 years of living as the ultimate bachelor, an immortal commitaphobe falls hard for a 21st century woman who’s determined to stay single.

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Superheroes Continue to Save Fox, Allowing Them to Balance Their Content (Studio Series)

DeadpoolThe Studio Series turns to Fox this week to see how its success with the X-Men franchise, beginning in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s initial X-Men film, has allowed the studio to try its hand at other types of fare.

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HELLO AMERICA (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA century after the energy crises in America, a group of explorers journey across the country that is now mostly a desert as they navigate the aftermath.

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