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Ryan Murphy Options Monica Lewinsky Book for “American Crime Story” Season

american crime story excerptShowrunner Ryan Murphy continues to look ahead as he builds his American Crime Story franchise with the option of A Vast Conspiracy. The book, which follows the President Bill Clinton scandal with Monica Lewinsky, is in the works as the focus of a future season.

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Adam McKay Signs on to Produce “Crook County”

adam mckay excerptOscar-winner Adam McKay continues to add to his list of projects with purpose as he has joined Crook County as an executive producer, with Brooklyn actor Emory Cohen attached to star. The film is written and directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly.

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Good Deed Entertainment Developing “The Beach House” by Jane Green

the beach house excerptBestselling author Jane Green is seeing one of her works headed to the big screen for the first time as Good Deed Entertainment acquires The Beach House. The adaptation will be penned by Meghan Hughes.

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The Weinstein Co. Lines Up All-Star Cast for “The Guardian Brothers”

edward norton excerptThe Weinstein Company’s English dub The Guardian Brothers has landed a star-studded voice cast as it adds Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Bella Thorne, Mike Birbiglia, and Randall Park. The group joins previously cast Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Mel Brooks.

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Callie Khouri, T Bone Burnett, & Juan Carlos Coto Team Up for Music Series “Deep City”

callie khouriTandem Productions of Studiocanal has put into development Deep City from scribe Juan Carlos Coto. The project is a described as a music-driven ensemble drama.

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Crook County (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA whistleblower’s harrowing journey into an undercover FBI operation in 1980’s Cook County, Illinois, sending him toe-to-toe with corrupt judges, hustling defense attorneys, and Chicago mobsters; and ultimately resulting in the largest number of convictions of government officials in the history of the United States.

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The Beach House (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFollows a 65-year-old eccentric Nan who opens up her Nantucket home to tenants in order to combat her financial troubles. Facing the realities of happily-ever-after not happening, Nan and her new group of strangers find themselves gaining new leases on life as they come together despite their differences.

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The Guardian Brothers (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFollows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop and her mother.

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Breaking Glass Pictures Launches TV Division with Pair of Pilots

breaking-glass-excerptIndie film production company Breaking Glass Pictures is expanding focus as they break into the television market with a new TV division and two pilots in development. They also have a third project they are looking at as a feature film adaptation.

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Keeper of the Diary (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe remarkable true story of two strangers from two very different worlds who fight to get Anne Frank’s diary published. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who lost everyone and everything in the war, begs, and borrows his way across Europe in his attempt to bring Anne’s story to the world.

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Unsanctioned (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen the newly elected president announces his intention to disband the CIA, he becomes the target of an assassination plot, and the only people who might be able to save him are a rookie FBI agent, a kook conspiracy writer, and a former CIA contract killer.

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The Knot (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA married woman befriends a lonely older man only to find that he’s harboring a mysterious secret that connects his past to her future.

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Tessa Thompson & Lily James Team Up for “Little Woods”

tessa thompson excerptNia DaCosta has lined up Tessa Thompson and Lily James to headline in her directorial debut Little Woods. They join a cast that also includes James Badge Dale, Luke Kirby, and Lance Reddick.

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Peter Dinklage in Talks for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” Role

peter dinklage excerptGame of Thrones star Peter Dinklage may be swapping Fox for Disney to join another Marvel film. The actor is in early talks to play a key role in Avengers: Infinity War. He previously starred X-Men: Days of Futures Past from Marvel and Fox.

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Little Woods (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFor years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate please for help from her sister.

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Will Smith Circling Live-Action “Dumbo” at Disney

will smith excerptDisney continues to ramp up their live-action projects as Tim Burton’s Dumbo is eyeing Will Smith for a starring role. The film is an adaptation of the 1941 animated film that follows a circus elephant who is ridiculed because of his giant ears and learns to fly with the help of his only friend, a mouse.

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The Beach House (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Follows a 65-year-old eccentric Nan who opens up her Nantucket home to tenants in order to combat her financial troubles. Facing the realities of happily-ever-after not happening, Nan and her new group of strangers find themselves gaining new leases on life as they come together despite their differences.

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Hasbro Launching Digital Series “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures”

hasbro excerptToy juggernaut Hasbro is preparing to release Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, a digital webseries with daily eleven-minute episodes, targeted at tween girls. Following its premiere, Hasbro will launch an app in April and roll out toys and clothes connected to the series’ character in June.

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I’m Dying Up Here – Official Trailer (Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan, Jake Lacy)

i'm dying up here trailerI’m Dying Up Here delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh.

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The Bitch List 2017

bitch list excerptAfter last night’s Golden Globes and the success of countless new and diverse voices in the past year, the annual Bitch List has never appeared more timely. In its fourth year, the List works to highlight unproduced feature and television screenplays that pass the Bechdel test.

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The Golden Globes 2017: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

moonlightWe’ve picked a few of the best and brightest categories that will be honored this Sunday, January 8 at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards to give our take on who we think is going to win… and who we think should win in the world of film and television.

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Your Complete Guide to Spring Premieres

excerptAfter a long hiatus for many series, 2017 is bringing back favorites and debuting new series in a search for the next watercooler hit. The Tracking Board has you covered with a guide to every premiere and return date for Spring 2017.

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Meg Ryan to Star in “Picture Paris” Series at Epix

meg ryan 2Short film Picture Paris has landed a series adaptation at Epix in a competitive situation with multiple networks in pursuit. The half-hour comedy from Brad Hall will star Meg Ryan and has been put on the fast-track for development in the hopes for a straight-to-series order.

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Tap Nick Kroll & John Mulaney to Host

<> at Brasserie 8 1/2 on October 10, 2016 in New York City.Oh, Hello on Broadway stars Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have booked hosting duties at next month’s Film Independent Spirit Awards. The event will air live on IFC on February 25.

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The Complete List of ACE Eddie Awards Nominations

ace awardsAhead of their awards ceremony on Friday, January 27, the ACE Eddie Awards have announce this years nominations. Picks were chosen by members of the American Cinema Editors and continue the reigning favorites of awards season with La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea all landing noms.

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NO TOMORROW Review: “No Soup for You”

No Tomorrow ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 10 – Xavier and Evie’s relationship comes to a head as he is forced to confront his daddy issues while she spends time with a former flame in “No Soup for You.” Meanwhile, Deirdre turns to Hank when she needs help with an upcoming inspection.

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Blade Runner 2049 – Announcement (Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright)

blade runner trailer excerptThirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K , unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig Team Up for “Everything’s Coming Up Profits” Musical

will ferrell excerptUniversal Studios is putting together an all-star team for an original musical based on Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. The film will star Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig with Amblin Entertainment producing and Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman set to write the score.

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Roland Emmerich to Helm “Dark Matter” Adaptation

roland emmerich excerptSony Pictures is in talks with Roland Emmerich to direct their Dark Matter adaptation. The best-selling sci-fi thriller was published by Crown back in July but Sony and Matt Tolmach Productions have been working on the adaptation since 2014 when they made a pre-emptive $1.25 million deal for the book.

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CBS Developing “Honeymooners” Reboot with “Muppets” Alum

the honeymoonersMuppets writer Bob Kushell has signed on to write the pilot for the latest TV reboot, The Honeymooners, at CBS. The original series debuted in 1955 and was based on a recurring sketch from Cavalcade of Stars.

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