Author Archives: Tracking Board Staff

Bad Robot to Produce Dramedy Series on the Life of RuPaul

Rupaul ExcerptBad Robot to produce a half-hour dramedy series based on RuPaul’s rise from being a night club figure in 1980’s New York City to a drag queen and stardom.

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Netflix’s New Old Rating System and the End of Movie Criticism

Siskel and Ebert ExcerptNetflix has changed its star rating system to simply a thumbs up or thumbs down. Neil Turitz explains why this unfortunate change is the newest development in the suppression of the movie reviewer.

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CBS Gives Series Order To “Big Bang Theory” Spinoff “Young Sheldon”

Sheldon Cooper ExcerptThe Big Bang Theory spinoff series Young Sheldon has received a series order from CBS to premiere in the 2017-18 season. The series will follow the childhood of Sheldon Cooper while he attends high school at the age of nine.

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The Dangers of Counting Too Heavily on Foreign Dollars

GreyThe American film industry has been relying more on foreign money than ever before, which has been beneficial in some ways but could become harmful in the future. Neil Turitz has evaluated why these companies should be cautious in putting so much faith in international investors.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.10.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptJohn Cena will return in the sequel to Daddy’s Home. and AMC released the premiere date for season two of Preacher. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry, Part Three

DC Batman ExcerptHas the lack on continuity with characters in comic books ever bothered you? Neil Turitz discusses the importances of reviving characters and having multiple universes with a staffer at DC Comics.

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Bury the Lead (In Development)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA journalist lies about a story that ends up coming true, thereby putting him in danger.

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Just Cause (In Development)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA black ops agent codenamed the Scorpion enters a guerrilla war to overthrow a dictator who may be in possession of weapons of mass destruction.

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Rebel (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe plot in its entirety is being kept under wraps but will portray the life and career of basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

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Nomis (In Development)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMPolice trap online predator Simon Stalls, but soon people working the case start getting murdered. Someone is out there, helping him.

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TV Casting Round-Up: Jon Cryer Makes His Return to the Small Screen

Jon CryerJon Cryer has been cast as the lead in the upcoming ABC pilot Losing It, Noah Wyle to star in the CBS drama pilot Perfect Citizen

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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine: An Appreciation

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Logan was released in theaters on Friday thus ending the Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine. Neil Turitz evaluates Jackman’s legacy in the pantheon of great super hero characters and why Logan was the perfect ending to a great run.

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Gonzo Girl (In Development)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMIn order to get an editor to read her manuscript, a recent college graduate takes a job as Walker Reade’s assistant, where she must help him complete his latest novel.

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Marian, Queen Arthur, Thor, and the Continuing Rise of the Badass Female Hero

Xena ExcerptIn recent years there have been an increasing number of women playing the leads in action roles. Neil Turitz examines this upswing and say why we should expect to see even more of this in the future.

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The Underwater Welder (In Development)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMOn an oil rig, and underwater welder has a supernatural encounter that alters his life.

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The Starling (In Development)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter the death of their newborn baby, Lily attempts suicide and is subsequently admitted to a mental health clinic while Jack remains in the “real” world, dealing with his own guilt and a crippling internal struggle to live with a dark secret.

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Envelopegate: PricewaterhouseCoopers Falls On Its Sword Following “La La Land” Blunder at Oscars

OscarsAccounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers released a statement regarding the incident at last night’s Academy Awards that led to La La Land being announced as the winner of Best Picture.

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A Kid Like Jake (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAlex and her husband, Greg, want only the best for their precocious four-year-old, Jake. When they apply to New York City private schools, part of what makes Jake special starts to cause concern.

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Three Dark Crowns (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTriplet queens compete against each other using their magical powers in order to acquire the crown.

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Irreplaceable You (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTwo childhood best friends must deal with a tragic death.

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MOST LIKELY TO MURDER (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe most popular kid from high school comes home ten years later to find out he is no longer cool and that his former crush is now dating a former high school outcast.

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Underwater (Duffield) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMAfter an earthquake destroys their underwater station, a crew of six must navigate two miles in the dangerous unknown depths of the ocean floor to make it safety.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part One)

X-Men ExcerptWhat has become of the comic book industry? Neil Turitz analyzes the state of comic books in 2017 and how it has gotten to where it is in the first part of his six-part series. First, an overview of the industry — its rise, fall, and renaissance.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s “Tales From the Crypt” Reboot to Headline Horror Block on TNT (Video)

Crypt

M. Night Shyamalan announced that he will be remaking the the 1990’s series Tales From The Crypt to headline an all horror night of programming on TNT.

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Native Son (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMIn 1930’s Chicago, a 20-year-old African-American man descends into a downward spiral after murdering a white woman.

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“Game of Thrones” Actor Iwan Rheon Cast as Lead in ABC’s Marvel Drama “Inhumans”

RheonGame of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon will star in the upcoming ABC Marvel drama Inhumans as Maximus, set to premiere this fall.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMGodzilla returns as humanity stands defenseless against Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah.

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Is There Another Writers’ Strike on the Horizon?

Writers' StrikeThe Writers Guild of America’s contract is ending soon and another strike is a distinct possibility. The writers have clear demands and are not afraid to shut down if an agreement they like cannot be reached.

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Shockwave (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945, which killed 100,000 people, ending World War II, and heralded the Atomic Age.

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Sadie (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA teenage girl uses war strategies to sabotage her mother’s relationship with a new man while her father is serving in the military.

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