Author Archives: Dino-Ray Ramos

Split Review: Shyamalan’s Latest Psychological Thriller Barely Satisfies

split-excerptEver since The Sixth Sense audiences have been conditioned to do one of two things when it comes to watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie: 1.) sit at the edge of your seat with sweaty palms while waiting for an unexpected “OMG” twist or 2.) sit at the edge of your seat with sweaty palms while waiting for a colossal disappointment that you can complain about until he releases his next film. With Split, he allows you to do both.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.17.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptTupac biopic All Eyez on Me gets a release date and USA gives series order to new drama starring Jessica Biel. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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MGM Nabs Sci-Fi Novella “Snapshot” by Brandon Sanderson

mgm-excerptThe Brandon Sanderson-penned sci-fi novella Snapshot has been acquired by MGM. Broken Road Productions (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) and Entertainment 360 (Office Christmas Party) are set to produce.

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“Black-ish” Creator Kenya Barris Developing “White Men Can’t Jump” Remake

white-men-excerptThe 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump is set to get a 21st-century makeover courtesy of Kenya Barris. The Black-ish creator is teaming with Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers to develop a remake of the 20th Century Fox classic.

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Maisie Williams Set For Stop-Motion Animated Comedy “Early Man”

maisie-williams-excerptGame of Thrones star Maisie Williams will lend her voice to the forthcoming stop-motion animated comedy Early Man from animation icons Aardman and Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.16.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLogan to make its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and AMC announces new sci-fi documentary series from James Cameron. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Riverdale — Moment Trailer (KJ Apa, Luke Perry, Lili Reinhart)

riverdale-excerptA subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

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Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks Animated Comedy Series Lands at TBS

louis-albert-excerptTBS has given a 10-episode order to Emmy Award-winning Louis C.K.and Oscar-nominated Albert Brooks for their animated comedy series The Cops. The series follows Al (Brooks) and Lou (C.K.), two patrolmen in Los Angeles who try their best to protect and serve, but don’t always succeed.

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Dakota Fanning to Star in TNT Drama “The Alienist”

dakota-fanning-excerptCary Fukunaga’s upcoming TNT series The Alienist has landed A-list actor Dakota Fanning as its star. Based on the international best-seller from Caleb Carr, Fanning will join Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans in the drama.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.13.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptKevin Hart set for black history series at National Geographic and the Sicario sequel adds an actor from the Stranger Things cast. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Michael Lynton Steps Down as Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO

michael-lynton-excerptIt was announced today that Michael Lynton will leave his post as Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO. He will leave the entertainment conglomerate, which he helmed for over a decade to focus on his chairmanship of Snapchat.

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Twin Peaks — Teaser (Kyle MacLachlan, Jim Belushi, Miguel Ferrer)

twin-peaks-excerptThe series picks up twenty-five years after the original Twin Peaks when the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered.

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XX — Official Trailer (Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool)

xx-excerptAn all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women.

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Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Acquires Film Rights to YA Novel “Moxie”

amy-poehler-excerptThe rights to the upcoming YA novel Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu have landed at Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch’s production company Paper Kite. The book is slated to be released later this year on September 19 by Roaring Book Press.

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17 Must-See Movies at the Sundance Film Festival

sundance-excerptThe 2017 Sundance Film Festival is less than a week away and, as expected, the fest boasts an impressive lineup from talented filmmakers and actors. From Sundance favorites to up-and-coming names there is a long list of films in various categories, but we’ve sorted out through the lists and picked 17 that caught our eye (even though all the films seem pretty amazing).

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“Berlin Syndrome” Sells to Vertical & Netflix Ahead of Premiere at Sundance

berlin-syndrome-excerptThe Sundance Film Festival is less than a week away, but films are already starting to sell in the days leading up to the highly anticipated Park City fest. The latest to be acquired is the Cate Shortland-directed psychological thriller Berlin Syndrome starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. Vertical Entertainment secured the North American theatrical rights, while Netflix nabbed the streaming rights.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.12.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptGugu Mbatha-Raw set for thriller Fast Color from La La Land and Jackie producers and Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut gets a release date. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Raw — Official Red Band Trailer (Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella)

raw-excerptEveryone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family’s principles when she eats raw meat for the first time.

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James Corden Joins Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett in “Ocean’s 8”

james-corden-excerptThe cast of Ocean’s 8 is welcoming late night talk show host James Corden to the cast. The carpool karaoke creator will join the all-star cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, and Helena Bonham Carter.

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CHiPs — Trailer #1 (Michael Pena, Dax Shepard, Jessica McNamee)

chips-excerptThe adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles.

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Live By Night Film Review: A Crime Thriller Mess That Should Have Been Left in the Dark

live-by-night-excerptBen Affleck’s latest directorial/starring venture, Live By Night is billed as a “crime thriller.” There is lots and lots of crime, but to call it a thriller is being extremely generous. Based on the best-selling book by Dennis Lehane (a presumed better option than watching this movie), the film is a series of tired plot points that meander, making this unfocused movie 2017’s first dump into the January cinematic wasteland.

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David Goyer & Justin Rhodes to Write Script for “Green Lantern Corps”

green-lantern-excerptWarner Bros. and DC are looking to rise from the ashes of 2011’s critically panned Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds. The studio has taken a huge step forward on revamping the project by tapping David Goyer and Justin Rhodes to write the script for the new version of the franchise, Green Lantern Corps.

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“La La Land,” “Moonlight,” “Birth of a Nation” Among 2017 DGA Award Nominees For Film

dga-excerptOn Wednesday, the Directors Guild of America unveiled their TV picks for their 69th annual DGA Awards and today, they have unveiled their nominees in the feature film categories. The list include usual suspects: La La Land‘s Damien Chazelle, and Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins. A nod was also given to Nate Parker for The Birth of a Nation, which has been noticeably absent this awards season.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.11.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptFox is nearing a pilot order for a new X-Men drama and Daniel Wu joins the cast of the Tomb Raider reboot. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Taraji P. Henson to Play a Hit Woman in “Proud Mary” at Screen Gems

taraji-excerptAcademy Award-nominated Taraji P. Henson has been tapped as the lead in the Screen Gems pic Proud Mary. She will step into the role of a hit woman whose life is turned completely around when she meets a young boy who awakens in her a maternal instinct she never knew she had.

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DGA Announces Award Nominees For TV, Commercial, & Documentary Categories

stranger-things-excerptThe Directors Guild of America revealed the nominees for their 69th annual DGA Awards in the TV, commercials and documentary categories. Stranger ThingsWestworld and The People v. O.J. received nods for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series while Golden Globe winner Atlanta and HBO favorites Silicon Valley and Veep were nominated for comedy.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (01.10.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe Kay Cannon-directed The Pact starring Leslie Mann lands at Universal and George Lucas’ highly anticipated Museum of Narrative Art finds a home in Los Angeles. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Snapshot (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSet in a society that can create a snapshot of a specific day in time that can be real again for one day, the court uses these snapshots for investigations. When a detective on Snapshot Duty investigates the memory of a call that was never logged, he makes a horrifying discovery.

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White Men Can’t Jump (Remake) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTwo street basketball hustlers first try to hustle each other and then team up for a bigger score.

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Guerrilla — Official Trailer (Freida Pinto, Idris Elba, Babou Ceesay)

guerrilla-excerptTells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

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