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Oscars 2017 Review: Kimmel Slays Trump, Matt Damon During Politically Lite Ceremony with a Surprise Ending

kimmel-excerptThe 89th annual Academy Awards will not be remembered for Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting duties, a extravagant music number, a political rant, or the treats that parachuted from the sky, but for the twist ending when La La Land was named Best Picture when the winner was really Moonlight. Other than that, the evening sailed along smoothly with award show-brand jokes, bits, and boiler-plate acceptance speeches.

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Independent Spirit Awards 2017: The Complete List of Winners

moonlight-excerptLast night’s Independent Spirit Awards had Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as hosts, giving on-point and hilarious commentary on the world of independent film — and the political climate, of course. After their very memorable monologue, which included numerous jabs at Trump, the night belonged to Barry Jenkins and Moonlight.

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Oscars 2017: The Complete List of Winners (LIVE UPDATES)

kimmel-oscars-excerptThe 89th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone! As expected, Jimmy Kimmel constantly poked fun at Matt Damon through the evening and brought his brand of humor. As for the winners, predicted favorites nabbed trophies while one unexpected surprise happened at the very end of the ceremony.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.24.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptConnie Britton has booked her first post-Nashville gig in Nicole Holofcener’s latest film, The Land of Steady Habits and Tracy Morgan lands a stand-up special at Netflix. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The CW Taps Cress Williams as Lead For “Black Lightning”

cress-williams-excerptThe CW’s adaptation of Black Lightning is getting charged up as it has found its lead in Cress Williams. The Hart of Dixie alum will play the titular DC superhero in Greg Berlanti’s pilot written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.23.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptGugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman sign on to star in the romantic drama Irreplaceable You, plus a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Captain Fantastic” Director Matt Ross Signs on to Helm Crime Thriller “Tomorrow and Tomorrow”

matt-ross-excerptTriStar has landed Captain Fantastic director and writer Matt Ross to helm the adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s 2014 novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Mark Gordon from the Mark Gordan Company has signed on to produce the project alongside Entertainment 360 as well as Lynette Howell Taylor.

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“The Discovery” Trailer Unveils the Horrifying Cost of Visiting the Afterlife (VIDEO)

discoveryIn the Charlie McDowell-directed sci-fi drama The Discovery, Jason Segel continues to ride the dramatic feature wave after his acclaimed performance in The End of the Tour in a story about the groundbreaking discovery of the afterlife and the consequences that go along with it.

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“The Get Down” Promo Teases More Hip-Hop Eye Candy in “Part II” of the Musical Drama (VIDEO)

get-down-excerptNetflix has released a tiny teaser to announce an April 7th release date of the second part to Baz Luhrmann hip-hop musical drama The Get Down. Part II continues the adventures of a group of six Bronx teens starting their own crew during the hip-hop revolution of the ’70s.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.22.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCrazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom joins Adam Pally in a feature comedy at Lionsgate. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Get Out” Film Review: The Subversive and Racially-Charged Horror is a Disturbing Delight

get-out-excerptWatching Get Out was like watching an episode of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror in that it gave us a story that felt fictitious enough to entertain, but real enough to freak us out. Peele cleverly uses the horror genre to craft a film that is a delightfully demented mashup of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.21.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptEmpire enlists Demi Moore and Hulu gives a 10-episode order to J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s horror anthology Castle Rock. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Charlize Theron Set For Adaptation of Spy Thriller “Need to Know”

charlize-excerptAcademy Award winner Charlize Theron will dive into the world of the CIA and espionage in the forthcoming adaptation of the unpublished novel Need to Know, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Universal recently acquired the rights to the book by Karen Cleveland, who worked as an analyst for the CIA.

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Need to Know (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of a young wife and mother who works as an analyst at the CIA. One morning while digitally searching files in hopes of unmasking a Russian sleeper cell in the US, she makes a shocking discovery that threatens her job, her family, and her life.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.17.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCary Fukunaga is in talks to direct a Hirsohima drama and a big mystery in The Last Jedi is revealed. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Stephen King’s Greatest Hits Come Together in J.J. Abrams Anthology “Castle Rock” (VIDEO)

castle-rockThe Stephen King universe is continuing its residency at Hulu in the form of the drama Castle Rock, an anthology from J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot banner. As shown in the teaser, the anthology will bring together characters from some of King’s classic horror novels and short stories.

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“Annabelle 2” Director David F. Sandberg In Talks to Helm “Shazam”

sandberg-excerptThe gestating adaptation of the DC superhero Shazam is circling Annabelle 2 director David F. Sandberg to helm comic book movie at New Line Cinema. The movie will introduce the superhero to the DCEU, joining his Justice League comrades Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

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“Logan” Film Review: An Epic Superhero Finale That Bleeds With Emotion and Carnage

logan-excerptJames Mangold’s Logan finally gives Jackman an opportunity to spread his claws and partake in all the graphic dismemberment that Wolverine fans deserve and that’s pretty much what diehard fans have been craving for the past decade and a half.

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The New “Song To Song” Trailer is Drowning in Terrence Malick-isms (VIDEO)

song-to-songThe new trailer for Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s pic that explores the Austin music scene, just dropped and it checks all the boxes of a Malickian film: plenty of sun-glaring outdoor scenes, philosophical overtones, an overuse of fish-eye lens, dizzyingly angled shots, and relationships between angsty hot people.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.16.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSam Raimi is in talks to direct a Bermuda Triangle thriller and Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez is the latest to join Steve McQueen’s Widows. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Fist Fight” Film Review: Comedy Lands a Couple Good Jabs, But Not a Knockout

fist-fight-excerptFist Fight delivers everything you expect to the point where it is predictable and unimaginative — but you watch it anyway because it has some talented, funny people in it. It feels like the kind of comedy that Hollywood made because they felt like this is exactly what the audiences wanted.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.15.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptConstance Wu boards John Chu’s adaptation of Crazy Rich Asian and Joe Carnahan set to write and direct a new take on Gareth Evans’ The Raid. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Case For “Moonlight” in the Wake of the “La La Land” Ba-Ba-Backlash

moonlight-excerptEveryone seems to be suffering from La La Land fatigue, but it hasn’t necessarily paved the way for Moonlight to take the lead in the Oscar race because everyone is focused on turning their backs on the musical spectacular, so now is the better time than any to give the case of why Moonlight should win…and why it won’t.

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High Speed Low Drag (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMDetails kept under wraps, but the story takes place on a super yacht at sea.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.14.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerpt Vince Vaughn joins Dwayne Johnson in the real-life wrestling comedy/drama Fighting With My Family and Lea Thompson and Alan Ruck join Stranger Things Shannon Purser in the comedy Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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XX Film Review: A Fierce and Frightening Foursome of Female-Directed Films

xx-excerptThe quartet of films helmed by an all-female crew including Roxanne Benjamin, Jovanka Vuckovic, Karyn Kusama, and musician-turned-director Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) deliver four very different kind of scares that, although not pee-in-your-pants terrifying, keep in tradition of the horror anthologies before it.

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Robert Downey Jr. Goes From Iron Man to Con-Man in Richard Linklater Movie Based on Podcast

robert-downey-jr-excerptMarvel superstar Robert Downey Jr. and indie film maestro Richard Linklater are teaming up for a yet-to-be-titled film based on an episode of the popular “Man of the People” podcast from Gimlet Media.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.13.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptEdward James Olmos signs on to star in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC and Star Trek: Discovery recruits three Starfleet officerrs. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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New Trailer For “The Bad Batch” Teases Dystopian Cannibalism and a Pipe-Smoking Keanu Reeves (VIDEO)

bad-batch-excerptThe new teaser trailer for Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch doesn’t tell us much — but that is to be expected from the writer/director who brought us the breakout black and white horror A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

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Scarlett Johansson Leaps Into Action in New Visually Stunning “Ghost in the Shell” Trailer (VIDEO)

ghost-in-the-shellDespite its whitewashing controversy, Ghost in the Shell forges ahead with a new trailer that gives a hearty helping of what we can expect in terms of story and mind-bending special effects in the adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s popular manga of the same name.

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