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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.14.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptAmazon Studios acquires a new movie and Edward James Olmos will return for Blade Runner 2049. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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GRAYMAIL (SPEC PILOT)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMSeries set in a secret Government courtroom where spies are tried for treason and revolves around an eccentric defense attorney who is more than willing to risk his own life to protect his whistle-blower clients from powerful Government persecution. Homeland meets Suits in tone.

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NBC Orders Four “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” Primetime Specials for August

SNL Weekend Update ExcerptFollowing stints on MSNBC last summer for the Democratic and Republican conventions, Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will be returning to primetime. NBC has ordered four half-hour episodes of the Saturday Night Live segment.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in and Produce “How to Stop Time” Adaptation with StudioCanal

Benedict Cumberbatch ExcerptSherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has determined his next film project: an adaptation of the upcoming book How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, to be published by Canongate Books in July. His production banner SunnyMarch is teaming with StudioCanal for the project.

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HOW TO STOP TIME (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles the story of a 40-year-old man who ages slowly due to a rare condition and has lived for four centuries.

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HOW TO STOP TIME (FILM RIGHTS)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Chronicles the story of a 40-year-old man who ages slowly due to a rare condition and has lived for four centuries.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.13.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSony has given the long-awaited sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a release date, and Netflix renews A Series of Unfortunate Events. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Kong: Skull Island” Stomps Its Way to the Top of the Box Office and “Get Out” Becomes Fastest Blumhouse Film to Reach $100 million

get-out-excerptFor the second weekend in a row, our estimates for the weekend’s top film were drastically off, showing the way that blockbusters based on existing IPs still dominate, even with an arguably weak marketing push, and that the year’s slow start is starting to wane. Plus, Get Out is now Blumhouse Productions’ second-highest film.

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“Kingsman” Director Matthew Vaughn Eyed to Direct “Man of Steel 2”

Matthew Vaughn ExcerptAccording to reports, Warner Bros. is currently eyeing Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn to helm the untitled Man of Steel sequel, taking over the directing reigns Zack Snyder.

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Ridley Scott to Direct Black List Script “All the Money in the World” as Next Project

Ridley Scott ExcerptThe Tracking Board has confirmed that Scott is currently finalizing plans to direct All the Money in the World based on a Black List script by David Scarpa and Natalie Portman is being eyed for the lead role.

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of the Getty kidnapping crisis encompassing the Red Brigades, the Italian tabloids and the Vatican.

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INFINITE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline kept under wraps.

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Jessica Thompson’s Feature Directorial Debut “The Light of the Moon” Is Emotionally Honest and Important

The Light of the Moon ExcerptThe Light of the Moon is a whirlwind of emotions, but one that never treats its subject of sexual assault with anything but sincere honesty and compassion. It’s an important watch, especially for women, and continues to make the case for more female creators in this space.

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“Baby Driver” Asks an Important Question: Is Edgar Wright Incapable of Making a Bad Film?

baby-driver-excerptBetween the Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, writer-director Edgar Wright has never had a bad film in his career — and he’s continuing that streak with his latest project, Baby Driver.

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“Win It All” Is a Fine Film for Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson Fans

Win It All ExcerptThe latest film from the team of Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson, Win It All, is a perfectly fine film — good, even, in some regards — but it’s also a safe film.

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“Small Town Crime” Feels Like a Film from Decades Ago — And It Should Have Stayed There

Small Town Crime ExcerptThe new film from Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime, feels like it comes exactly out of ’70s Hollywood. Unfortunately, rather than doing anything interesting with the noir crime genre, it simply plays into the same, tired tropes

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Our Prayers Have Been Answered: “American Gods” Will Be One of the Best Shows of the Year

American Gods ExcerptThe American Gods pilot premiere and following Q&A showed today the series is poised to be not only one of the biggest television events of the year, but will also turn out to be one of the most thematically relevant and powerful television series as well.

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Ridley Scott Delivers with Terrifying Scenes from “Alien: Covenant”

Alien Covenant ExcerptRidley Scott introduced three scenes from the upcoming film Alien: Covenant and they are absolutely terrifying — which is, apparently, Scott’s whole goal.

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There’s a Captivating Film Somewhere in “Song to Song,” But It’s Hard to Find

song-to-song-excerptSomewhere in Terrence Malick’s new film Song to Song there’s a beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking story about women but unfortunately, it’s hard to find in the midst of everything else.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.10.17)

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. Lily Neumeyer has been promoted to head of development for both MTV and VH1 and Paramount has upped Brad Gardner’s role.

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It Will Be Mutants vs. Giant Apes at the Box Office This Weekend with “Logan” Poised to Emerge Victorious

kong-excerptThe second weekend of March sees one of the first epic box office showdowns of the year: Logan vs. Kong: Skull Island. That’s right, it’s clawed and telepathic mutants facing off against giant apes in a jungle decidedly similar to Apocalypse Now and the Vietnam War. So who will win?

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Launch Pad Alum Sarah Acosta Signs with UTA (Exclusive)

Sarahacostapic cropLaunch Pad alum Sarah Acosta has signed with Amanda Burnett and Josh Hornstock at UTA. Acosta’s script Eclipsed landed her in the Top 5% of the 2015 Pilots Competition.

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DARK ROAST (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen radicals hold the FBI Starbucks at gunpoint and poison the Deputy Director, a barista and an awkward FBI Agent uncover a conspiracy of hacking and blackmail.

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CRIME SCHOOL (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA young woman born into wealth and unfulfilled with her life convinces a high-end thief to teach her the tricks of his trade — and it turns out she’s a natural becoming a modern-day Robin Hood in the process.

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TB Recommends Writer Michael Moskowitz Signs with Lee Stobby Entertainment (Exclusive)

Michael Moskowitz ExcerptRecent TB Recommends writer Michael Moskowitz has signed with Lee Stobby and Derrick Eppich of Lee Stobby Entertainment. His feature script Wyler earned the TB Recommends honor yesterday.

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Biopic Drama Script “Wyler” from Michael Moskowitz Earns TB Recommends (Exclusive)

Michael Moskowitz ExcerptWe are excited to announce the feature script Wyler from Michael Moskowitz is the latest to earn the TB Recommends Honor from the Tracking Board. The feature script, is a Hollywood biopic that is sure to get the attention of people across the industry.

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Jason Isaacs Promoted to Starfleet Captain in “Star Trek Discovery”

Jason Isaacs ExcerptThe upcoming CBS All Access Star Trek spinoff series Star Trek Discovery has found its captain in British actor Jason Isaacs. He will be playing Captain Lorca, at the helm of the Starship Discovery.

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REVELATION (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMAll hell breaks loose for a family when an augmented reality game called Revelation (think Pokemon Go or Ingress) is revealed to not be a game at all, but a very real tool for summoning demons into our world.

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Hugh Jackman’s Final Wolverine Movie Opens with Aplomb and “Get Out” Continues Its Success

Get Out ExcerptWhile holdovers The LEGO Batman Movie and John Wick: Chapter 2 performed exactly as expected, newcomers Logan, The Shack, and Get Out (in its second weekend, it can still be considered a relative newcomer) all performed high above expectations.

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Wade Wilson Riffs on Christopher Reeves’ Superman, Complete with John Williams Music, in First Look at “Deadpool 2” (Video)

Deadpool 2 ExcerptWith the perfect casting of Ryan Reynolds and the massive success of the first Deadpool movie, it’s no wonder fans are clamoring for anything about the sequel and this weekend, Fox delivered.

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