Author Archives: Anya Crittenton

Sandra Oh Returns to TV with Starring Role in “Killing Eve” from “Fleabag” Creator

Sandra Oh ExcerptAfter departing the Shonda Rhimes medical drama Grey’s Anatomy two years ago, Sandra Oh is returning to the small screen with a starring role in Killing Eve, a new thriller series from Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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“The Mummy” Remains Dormant in Its Tomb as “Wonder Woman” Continues to Exceed Expectations

The Mummy ExcerptThis weekend’s box office played out more or less as expected, with some minor surprises here and there. Take the weekend’s number one film, for example. Everyone knew it would be Wonder Woman, but it performed even better than it was predicted to — for the second weekend in a row.

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Russo Brothers Adapting “Little Nightmares” Video Game with Henry Selick for TV

Little Nightmares ExcerptMarvel directors Anthony and Joe Russo are turning their sights to the small screen. In a competitive deal, they acquired the rights to the video game Little Nightmares and are teaming with The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick to bring the game to life on a new platform.

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BBC’s “Luther” to Return for Season 5 After More than Two Years Off the Air

Luther ExcerptThe last episodes of the critically acclaimed BBC series Luther hit the small screen in December 2015. After well over a year of the uncertainty of the show’s future, the broadcasting company has ordered a fifth season with Idris Elba reprising his role as the titular homicide detective John Luther.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (06.09.17)

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. Chris Petrikin moves from 20th Century Fox to Paramount while Brian Robbins, founder of AwesomenessTV, is head of the new Paramount Players venture.

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THE MAN FROM TOMORROW (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe story of visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, who after being ousted from Paypal, creates SpaceX and guides it through the turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.

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“Wonder Woman” to Finish “The Mummy” on the Box Office Battleground

the-mummy-excerptThe Mummy will be no match for Wonder Woman this weekend as it continues to ride the momentum of its success and positive buzz. In fact, The Mummy could put a damper on Universal’s planned “Dark Universe” before it even really begins depending on how it performs this weekend.

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Melissa McCarthy to Make Musical Debut in Holiday Film “Margie Claus” for New Line

Melissa McCarthy ExcerptThe funny and talented Melissa McCarthy is crossing another film first off her list: the musical. The Tracking Board has confirmed she’s set to star in Margie Claus for New Line Cinema after they acquired the pitch from McCarthy and Ben Falcone, and co-writer Damon Jones.

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“Landline” Trailer Shows a Family Coming Apart, Complete with a Secret Affair and Charming Humor (Video)

Landline ExcerptThe Obvious Child team is reuniting for a brand-new film that looks to be just as funny, touching, and poignant as the last. The first trailer for Landline shows a family whose secrets and cracks are about to come out.

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“Logan” Director James Mangold Sets New Film as “Disorder” Remake from Taylor Sheridan Script

James Mangold ExcerptAfter the financial and critical success of Logan, James Mangold is attached to direct Disorder, a remake of the 2015 French film from Sony and Escape Artists, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script.

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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Re-Teaming for “Wrong Answer,” Ta-Nehisi Coates Penning the Script

Michael B Jordan and Ryan Coogler ExcerptFrequent collaborators Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are re-teaming for a new movie, Wrong Answer, based on a 2014 The New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv with Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the adaptation.

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“Baywatch” Director Seth Gordon to Helm “Life in Rewind” Adaptation

Seth Gordon ExcerptAfter a less-than-great performance at the box office for his latest film, Baywatch director Seth Gordon is moving on to his next project. Middleton Media Group has tapped Gordon to helm their adaptation of Life in Rewind, based on the Terry Weible Murphy book.

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“Black Mirror” Up and Comer Hannah John-Kamen Lands Vital Role in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Hannah John Kamen ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed Hannah John-Kamen has been tapped for a key role in the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. Peyton Reed, who directed the first film, is back along with co-leads Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.

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THE IMMORTAL (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe Hulk Hogan story… brother.

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WHEN TOMORROW COMES (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIt’s 1970 and Bear Bryant, the winningest coach in college football history, is coming off of a losing season. His all-white University of Alabama Crimson Tide team lacks strength and speed. When he engineers an exhibition game against the USC Trojans, a team powered by the first all African American backfield, the mystery of this enigmatic strategist deepens.

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Newcomers Toria Sheffield and Monica Byrnes Going Out with Hot New Female Action-Comedy Spec

Heat meterParadigm is out with a brand new spec, an untitled action-comedy project from Toria Sheffield and Monica Byrnes, seeking to continue meeting the demand for more female-driven stories, both in front of and behind the camera. There’s a lot of excited buzz around the project as it goes out to major territories.

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“Wonder Woman” Embraces History and Politics and That’s What Makes It Soar

Wonder Woman ExcerptWonder Woman was always going to be relevant and revolutionary — it’s the first female-led film in the current wave of superhero films and it’s helmed by a female director, after all. But media is never created or consumed in a vacuum and now, its relevance is singular and powerful.

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“Wonder Woman” Shatters Glass Ceilings with the Largest Opening for a Female Director Ever

wonder-woman-excerptWith an opening bigger than most projected, Wonder Woman secured not only an exciting weekend for fans but the biggest opening for a female director in history. Beyond numbers, however, Wonder Woman’s success this weekend has made a clear statement about female-led and directed films and the demand for them.

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STUNT GUYS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMOut-of-work stuntmen are hired to perform in a cheesy live action show at a new theme park in Dubai. But on opening day, the assembled VIPs and stuntmen’s loved ones are taken hostage by real villains for ransom, and the rival daredevils must use their old-school skills to defeat the high-tech bad guys. The Expendables meets Tropic Thunder.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Produce and Star in World War II Drama “The Lost Airman” for Amazon

Jake Gyllenhaal ExcerptJake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star in The Lost Airman for Amazon Studios, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The World War II project is based on the nn-fiction book by Seth Meyerowitz.

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UNTITLED TORIA SHEFFIELD & MONICA BYRNES PROJECT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIn the vein of The Heat, two overzealous female FBI agents go undercover — as men — in order to bring down a male-dominated domestic militia group, and in the process discover more about their true selves than they ever imagined.

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Netflix Lands Female-Centric Spec “Mother” from Misha Green

Misha Green ExcerptNetflix has acquired the hot new spec Mother from Misha Green after it first hit the market Friday afternoon, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project follows a female protagonist in the vein of La Femme Nikita.

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MOTHER (MISHA GREEN) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMDetails kept under wraps, but the story is in the vein of The Professional and La Femma Nikita.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (06.02.17)

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. CBS Entertainment received a big shake-up this week, with both president Glenn Geller and EVP of current Bridget Wiley departing the company.

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“Wonder Woman” to Soar This Weekend, Possibly Earning the Biggest Opening for a Female Director

wonder-woman-excerptAfter a concerning marketing campaign, fans and critics have taken matters into their own hands to express their excitement for Wonder Woman — and with good reason and good results. The film is now eyeing an opening north of $85 million and perhaps even more than $100 million.

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Julia Roberts Teaming with HBO for Limited Series “Today Will Be Different”

Julia Roberts ExcerptAn adaptation of Maria Semple’s New York Times Bestseller novel Today Will Be Different has landed at HBO with Julia Roberts attached to star and produce. The project is in development at Annapurna Television.

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THE RED PILL (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAfter a bacterial virus sweeps the globe, a government-mandated pill becomes an essential part of everyday life — you take it or you die. When everyman David MacReady begins showing symptoms of the infection, he takes his family on the run from the CDC, only David isn’t getting sicker, he’s getting stronger.

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ANGELTOWN (FILM RIGHTS)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)A modern-day noir drama that tells the story of private investigator Nate Hollis as he combs the streets of Los Angeles looking for the killer of a major sports star’s wife.

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There Is Evil in the “Murder on the Orient Express” Trailer (Video)

Murder on the Orient Express Excerpt A star-studded cast is on full display in the first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel Murder on the Orient Express.

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Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Fight to Survive in First Trailer for “The Mountain Between Us” (Video)

Mountain Between Us ExcerptThe premise of The Mountain Between Us may seem bland and unoriginal — survival stories tend to follow all the same tropes — but with two critically acclaimed actors leading the way, in this case, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, there might be something more to this film.

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