Author Archives: Dino-Ray Ramos

“CHIPS” Film Review: The Movie Adaptation of the TV Classic is a Clunky and Uneven Ride

chips-excerptDax Shepard and Michael Pena reboot iconic TV characters with new life and swagger, but it’s not enough to make this adaptation spectacular.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.22.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLaura Dern circling a role in the forthcoming JT Leroy biopic and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie is looking to join the cast of Darkest Minds. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Joe and Anthony Russo Team With “Swiss Army Man” Duo For Sci-fi Project

russo-excerptMarvel Cinematic Universe maestros Joe and Anthony Russo are venturing out of the world of comic book movies and partnering with Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan for a yet-to-be-titled sci-fi feature, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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“Power Rangers” Film Review: Mighty Morphin Fun That Won’t Ruin Your Childhood

power-rangers-excerptThe adaptation is entertaining and fun enough to pass muster, but doesn’t break any molds. That being said, fans of the original can rest easy knowing that their childhood won’t be tainted by this diverse, edgy, and millenial-grade redux of Saban’s popular spandex-clad franchise.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.21.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSons of Anarchy alum and Luke Cage star Theo Rossi boards Ghosts of War and Battle of the Sexes starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell gets a release date. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Rachel Weisz Torments Sam Claflin in New Trailer For “My Cousin Rachel” (VIDEO)

cousin-rachel-excerptAuthor Daphne du Maurier is known for writing some twisted stuff — and My Cousin Rachel is probably up there on the list. The dark romance a young Englishman seeking revenge against his cousin, believing that she is the one behind the murder of his guardian. But when she comes and visits his large estate, he starts to have a change of heart and becomes wildly infatuated with her.

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“Iron Fist” Isn’t Bad Because It’s Whitewashed, It’s Bad Because It’s Awful

Marvel's Iron FistEven before Iron Fist dropped its first 13 episodes to continue the Marvel saga of street heroes, the show was getting scrutinized for using a white actor to play the lead role — but in the Marvel comic created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, he was white. That said, the problem with the series isn’t whitewashing — it’s poorly executed television.

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“Avengers”-Esque Spec “Princesses” Has the Town Talking and Joachim Ronning Attached to Direct for Disney Territory (EXCLUSIVE)

ronning-excerptA new spec on classic princesses has hit the market and it’s a take on princesses like you have never seen before. Written by Nir Paniry and appropriately titled Princesses, the movie is being pitched as a female-driven Avengers starring all the classic princesses.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.20.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptChris Evans set to star in spy drama Red Sea Diving Resport and cult film Spring Breakers to become a digital series. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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SXSW 2017 Audience Award Winners Include “Baby Driver,” “The Light of the Moon,” “Mr. Roosevelt”

the-light-of-the-moon-excerptSXSW recently announced their coveted Audience Award Winners which included Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver as well as the emotional drama The Light of the Moon starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz. Other big winners include Noel Wells’ (Master of None) directorial debut, Mr. Roosevelt as well as Netflix’s adaptation of Justin Simien’s Dear White People.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.17.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSam Elliott joins Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the upcoming A Star is Born remake and the Getty family limited series Trust moves ahead at FX. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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George Lazenby Charms in “Becoming Bond”, “Bill Nye: Science Guy” Shows a Different Side of the TV Icon

becoming-bond-excerptThe documentary Becoming Bond takes a refreshing approach to the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby while Bill Nye: Science Guy gives the iconic TV personality the scientific credit he deserves.

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“Nobodies” Off to a Hilarious Start, “Hot Summer Nights” Delivers Lukewarm ’90s Thrills

nobodies-excerptComedy nerds will love how Nobodies puts an absurd slant on a specific part of the comedy community, while the ’90s-set pic Hot Summer Nights fails to pick a lane when it comes to tone.

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“Mr. Roosevelt” Brings Humor to the Humiliation of Heartbreak

mr-roosevelt-excerptWhatever you do, don’t call Mr. Roosevelt quirky. Thrift shop dresses are quirky. Ironic coffee shop wall art is quirky. This comedy is not. What could have been an ordinary, boilerplate indie rom-com of the SXSW ilk, is a solid feature debut with lively personality and perspective from Noel Wells.

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“I’m Dying Up Here” Brings the Right Amount of Laughs, Pain, and Tears to the World of Stand-up Comedy

iduh-excerptDavid Flebotte’s Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here attempts to put its finger on the pulse of the comedy world and does an admirable job of itwith the jokes, snark, and riffing. But the humor is merely a vehicle to show the emotional relationship between the characters, the pleasure and pain of dream-chasing, and the catharsis of comedy.

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“Gemini” is a Sleek and Simple Murder Mystery That’s So L.A.

gemini-excerptAaron Katz’s celeb murder mystery gives eerie vibes throughout, but as the film rolls along, the story loosens its grasp on the audience and makes for an ending that is simply satisfying rather than shocking.

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SXSW 2017: The Complete List of Jury and Special Award Winners

most-beautiful-island-excerptThe winners of SXSW’s Jury and Special Awards have been unveiled. Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata announced the winners at a special ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Ana Asensio’s psychological thriller Most Beautiful Island nabbed the top award in the Narrative Feature Competition while the captivating prison doc The Work earned the award for Documentary Feature Competition.

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Virus-Induced Violence Makes “Mayhem” Delightfully Infectious

mayhem-excerptA genre mash-up of 28 Days Later, The Raid, and Office Space, Mayhem is a non-stop gnarly ride of tortuous blood-soaked fights driven by rage — and it is unbelievably awesome.

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“Small Crimes” is Hugely Complicated and Moderately Satisfying

small-crimes-excerptEvan Katz tackles very heady material in this pulpy noir and although it entertains (to a certain extent) and is stacked with a phenomenal roster of actors, the film tends to become over-involved and twisted within itself.

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“Dear White People” Netflix Series Puts a Deeper, Sharper Focus On Identity Politics

dear-white-people-excerptThe film garnered acclaim at Sundance and turned the volume up a few of notches when it came to the conversation about identity politics. Now, with the new upcoming television adaptation, director Justin Simien plans to put the volume on blast with a series that allows the characters more room to grow with nuance and complexity that was originally planted with firm roots in the original film.

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“The Disaster Artist” Celebrates the Filmmaker Behind the Worst Movie Ever Made

the-disaster-artist-excerptThe adaptation of Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book of the same name tells the story of the author’s friendship with filmmaker and actor (if you want to call him that) Tommy Wiseau, the man responsible for bringing The Room into our lives — which is considered to be “the worst movie of all time.”

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“Atomic Blonde” Is a Bone-Breaking, Action-Packed Espionage ’80s Jamfest

atomic-blonde-excerptFrom beginning to end this is Charlize Theron’s shining moment as an action star. She’s like James Bond, but a lot cooler. Instead of shaken martinis, she guzzles down vodka on eyes and instead of nifty gadgets, she beats guys with everyday items like hoses, hotplates and house keys.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.09.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptKerry Washington and Nathan Fillion join the voice cast of Cars 3 and HBO pulls an interesting stunt to announce the Season 7 premiere date of Game of Thrones. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Danny DeVito Circling Role in Tim Burton’s Live-Action “Dumbo”

devito-excerptThe cast for Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaptation of Dumbo is slowly taking shape. The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Danny DeVito is in talks to star in the film directed by Tim Burton about the beloved big-eared circus elephant, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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“Atlanta” Star Zazie Beetz Announced as Domino in “Deadpool 2”

zazie-beetz-excerptTrue to form, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter today and dropped a puzzling message written in domino dots that, when deciphered, announced that Atlanta star Zazie Beetz would be taking on the coveted role of mercenary Domino in Deadpool 2.

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27 Films & TV Shows to Watch at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

baby-driver-excerptThe 24th SXSW Film Festival is stacked with 125 films including the opening night film, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song as well as Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver. Still, there’s a whole lot to sort through. That’s why the Tracking Board has done the work for you and created a list of films and programs that should be on your must-see list if you’re headed to Austin for the fest.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.08.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptHugh Jackman looking to get into the driver’s seat for Michael Mann’s Ferrari and the story of Roe v. Wade is heading for the big screen. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Kong: Skull Island” Review: The Refreshing Take on the Iconic Monster is Absolutely Bananas

kong-excerptJordan Vogt-Roberts-directed Kong: Skull Island shoots down all preconceived notions of a “reimagining” and delivers a wildly entertaining adventure that is equal parts action-packed, silly, and fantastically bonkers.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.07.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptDamien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong film gets a release date and Riverdale gets greenlit for a second season. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Mandy Moore Set For Adaptation of YA Trilogy “Darkest Minds”

mandy-moore-excerptGolden Globe-nominated This is Us actress Mandy Moore is stepping into the world of YA novel adaptations with the forthcoming Darkest Minds. Moore is set to join Amandla Stenberg in the sci-fi thriller based on Alexandra Bracken’s YA trilogy, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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