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Colin Farrell in Early Talks for Disney and Tim Burton’s “Dumbo”

Colin Farrell ExcerptFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor Colin Farrell is in negotiations to join Disney and Tim Burton’s upcoming live-action remake of Dumbo, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.24.17)

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. RuPaul’s company World of Wonder has made several hires and promotions this week and Lauren Celinski is moving from E! to Lifetime.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.23.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSeth Rogen and James Franco are developing a ’90s teen drama at Hulu, while Netflix is working on a modern-day Biblical drama. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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TV Casting Round-Up (03.23.17) – Adrien Brody Joins “Peaky Blinders,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Adds Several Guest Stars, and More…

Adrien Brody ExcerptOscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has joined the cast of the BBC series Peaky Blinders and a Whedon alum has booked a three-episode arc on the CBS series Bull.

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Newcomers Will Be No Match for the Magic of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Box Office

Beauty and the Beast ExcerptNo amount of action, popular IPs, or fun, charismatic leads in space will be able to knock Beauty and the Beast off its very high throne. And this is only the beginning for Disney, who has four more blockbusters opening this year: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Trailer Continues Martin McDonagh’s Dark Humor Streak (Video)

Three Billboards ExcerptIn Bruges and Seven Psychopaths director Martin McDonagh is back with a new movie and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri continues his dark, sardonic and laugh-out-loud humor.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Extends Contract Through Mid-2019

Bob Iger ExcerptThe Walt Disney Pictures Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract with the company through July of 2019. The announcement was expected as the company has been looking for his successor for some now, but been met with various setbacks.

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TV Casting Round-Up (03.22.17) – John Cho Lands Recurring Romantic Role on “Difficult People,” David Boreanaz to Star as Navy SEAL on CBS, and More…

John Cho ExcerptJohn Cho has landed a recurring — and romantic — role in Hulu’s Difficult People while David Boreanaz is trading in his fangs and badge to play a Navy SEAL.

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The Tracking Board and Roadmap Writers Opens New Set of Pitch Sessions

Roadmap TB ExcerptThe Tracking Board is excited to announce another opportunity with Roadmap Writers for screenwriters to pitch both film and television scripts to four of the best Hollywood insiders in the business.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Five)

Faith Comic ExcerptValiant Entertainment is, in fact, not just surviving in the marketplace, it’s actually thriving. Thanks to a specific strategy to publish a limited amount of books each month, thereby focusing on quality storytelling over quantity of market share, a company that only began its latest run of publications five years ago now averages higher sales per book than any other publisher outside of the Big Two.

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“Love Actually” Cast Reunites in Delightful Teaser for Upcoming Short Film (Video)

Red Nose Day Actually ExcerptSee your favorite cast members from Love Actually like Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Hugh Grant, and more in the first look at “Red Nose Day, Actually,” the upcoming short film.

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Brie Larson to Play First Female Presidential Candidate Victoria Woodhull for Amazon

Brie Larson ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that upcoming Marvel star Brie Larson is set to play the first female presidential candidate in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. She will also produce the film.

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“Beauty and the Beast” Shatters Numerous Box Office Records to Become the #1 Movie

Beauty and the Beast ExcerptDisney’s latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast, not only opened to an astonishing $174 million, beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s record March opening with ease, but also opened high enough to become the seventh highest domestic opening of all time. It joins five other Disney films in the top ten of domestic openings.

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Colin Farrell to Reunite with “The Lobster” Director for Iran-Contra Amazon Series

Colin Farrell ExcerptFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor Colin Farrell is reuniting with Yorgos Lanthimos, his director from last year’s The Lobster, for an upcoming Amazon Studios limited series about the Iran-Contra scandal.

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Why “Beauty and the Beast” and “Legion” Star Dan Stevens Is the Leading Man to Watch

Legion Dan Stevens ExcerptBetween the one-two punch of FX’s Legion and Disney’s juggernaut live-action Beauty and the Beast remake that just opened, British actor Dan Stevens is having a tremendous time of it. Look back on his career, however, and this sudden boom in both his career and the attention heaped onto him, is not much of a surprise.

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Yet Another Memo to the Studios About the Movies They’re (Not) Making

atomic-blonde-excerptWomen enjoy going to the movies as much as anyone male does. And yet, studios refuse to acknowledge this, as well as the fact that movies targeted towards women tend to do very well at the box office. It would be nice if the concept of making cheaper, more inclusive films for a wider audience hungry for them wasn’t so alien, Neil Turitz argues, but this seems to be the sad current reality.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.17.17)

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. Focus Features production president Jim Burke is departing and Mike Clements has been named the president of Chris Hardwick’s new production company.

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Henry Cavill to Save the World Again — But This Time with IMF in “Mission: Impossible”

Henry CavillBritish actor Henry Cavill is trading in his red and blue spandex for a secret agent suit to join Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 6. The actor revealed the news on his Instagram this morning.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.16.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptBlumhouse has set their next film as a horror project starring Lucy Hale and Saturday Night Live is going to test simultaneous broadcasting. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Beauty and the Beast” Premiere Looks to Break Box Office Records This Weekend

beauty-and-the-beast-excerptDisney is set to have a great weekend at the box office. Not only will Beauty and the Beast open as the biggest film of 2017 so far, it also has a good chance of breaking at least one box office record. Plus, Moana is poised to cross $600 million worldwide.

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WAR PARTY (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStoryline under wraps, but follows a team of real-life Navy SEALS.

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WAR PARTY (PITCH)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMStoryline under wraps, but follows a team of real-life Navy SEALS.

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Ryan Murphy Returning to Long-form with New FX Series “Pose”

Ryan Murphy ExcerptRyan Murphy is developing another new series for FX but this time, it won’t be an anthology. Instead, the ongoing drama series Pose will examine various social circles in 1986 New York City.

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Fox Replacing “Star” Showrunner for Second Time Amidst Dwindling Ratings

Star ExcerptFor the second time, Fox is on a hunt for a new showrunner for the Lee Daniels freshman series Star, which recently received a Season 2 renewal.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.15.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe Good Fight has been renewed for Season 2 and two co-stars from The Office are re-teaming in a movie. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“The Legend of Tarzan” Writer in Negotiations to Pen “Suicide Squad 2” for Warner Bros.

suicide-excerpt-excerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed The Legend of Tarzan writer Adam Cozad is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros. to pen Suicide Squad 2. David Ayer, who directed and wrote the first film, which came out last August, is not returning for the sequel.

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Paramount Acquires Ian Shorr Spec “Infinite”

Paramount ExcerptIn a quick turnaround, Paramount Pictures has acquired the spec Infinite from writer Ian Shorr, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The script only hit the market recently.

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INFINITE (SHORR) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe hallucinations of a schizophrenic are revealed to be memories from past lives where he obtained talents that he still has to this day.

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Launch Pad Alum Jacob Isser Signs with Zero Gravity (Exclusive)

Jacob Isser ExcerptLaunch Pad Feature alum Jacob Isser has signed with Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management. His feature script H.O.V. (High Occupancy Vehicle), described as Horrible Bosses meets The Hangover, landed in the Top 10 of the 2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s “Coco” Strikes Familiar Chords But Promises Heart and Adventure (Video)

Coco ExcerptThe teaser trailer for Pixar’s only original film of 2017, Coco, has parallels to recent films like Kubo and the Two Strings and The Book of Life but has its own heart and adventure.

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