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Amazon Isn’t Yet a Competitor to Netflix, but Stand By (Network Series)

Amazon Studios ExcerptSo far, Netflix remains the dominating streaming service for original content in the television sphere, but Amazon isn’t far behind them. With Amazon’s endless well of resources and how many projects they’re developing, they could soon be a much bigger player.

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The Revolution Will Be Right In Your Hands, Whether You Like It Or Not

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A look at Nintendo’s new Switch console and what its creation means for the future of gaming, technology at large, and society.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (10.21.16)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. An executive from StudioCanal moved to Fox and children’s media company GoldieBlox hired several new people.

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The Remaking of a Not Quite Movie Star

Ben Affleck ExcerptWhile Ben Affleck’s comeback has been fascinating to watch, and his success is well deserved, it’s important to remember that the best work he does in front of the camera — and by far the most appealing he is as a leading man — is when he is actually the one calling the shots behind it.

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Marisa Tomei In Talks To Join Robert De Niro In Comedy “The War With Grandpa”

marisa 1 excerptTomei is in talks to join Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in The War With Grandpa, a comedy set at Dimension Films. Tim Hill is directing with writing duo Matt Ember and Tom Astle working on the current adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s book.

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The Tracking Board At The 2016 Austin Film Festival

AFF excerptAs the 2016 Austin Film Festival closes out, we’re recapping some of the highlights of the week. Each year, AFF furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of filmmakers who use the language of film and television to tell a story. Our on-the-ground reporter was there to cover it all, including the exclusive party sponsored by The Tracking Board hosted by writer-director Jeff Nichols.

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“The Lives of Others” Director to Adapt Belgian Comic Series “Thorgal”

florian excerptOscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck will adapt Thorgal, a French-language Belgian comic book series created by Jean Van Hamme and graphic artist Grzegorz Rosinski from Le Lombard comics group.

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Thorgal (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSet in the Middle Ages, the story follows the adventures of a mysterious dark-haired child who is found and adopted by a Viking chieftain and he grows to be a great warrior, using his skills to battle against powers greater than anything the Vikings could have imagined.

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The Harrowing (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: When a pregnant social worker is tasked with investigating a shocking murder involving a teenage mother, she uncovers an insidious plot with possible ties to the occult that has her questioning not only her sanity, but the very nature of her unborn child.

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Wynn Wygal Exiting Mad Chance to Head Up Michael B. Jordan’s New Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

michael b jordan excerptWynn Wygal, the Director of Development for Mad Chance Productions, is exiting the company to run Creed star Michael B. Jordan’s newly formed production shingle, Outlier, sources have confirmed to The Tracking Board.

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“Willy Wonka” Reboot In the Works at Warner Bros. From “Harry Potter” Producer David Heyman

willy wonka excerptThe chocolate factory is opening its gates once again, as Warner Bros. has secured the rights to the Willy Wonka IP. Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who is also helping spur the studio’s now five-film spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will produce the reboot of the beloved character.

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Willy Wonka Reboot (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStory details are being kept under wraps, but expected to focus on the early adventures of the Willy Wonka character.

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“Captain America” Helmer Joe Johnston To Direct Sci-Fi Pic “Starfall” For Wanda

joe johnston excerptCaptain America: The First Avenger helmer Joe Johnston is set to Starfall, a big budget sci-fi pic from screenwriter David Coggashell. The film is set up at Wanda’s newly constructed mega-studio Qingdao Studios.

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Starfall (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMStory details are being kept under wraps but is described as an action thriller that takes place on a space station.

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Paramount Acquires Film Rights to Jeff VanderMeer Novel “Borne”, Scott Rudin to Produce

scott excerptParamount Pictures has picked up the film rights to the upcoming Jeff VanderMeer sci-fi novel, set to be published next spring by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Scott Rudin is attached to produce through his Scott Rudin Productions with Eli Bush.

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Borne (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA woman in a ruined city of the future who is a scavenger of biotech, who finds a strange creature in the matted fur of a giant, psychotic bear named Mord that’s been terrorizing the city. The woman takes the creature home and slowly begins to bond with it against her best instincts.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Boards Space Station Thriller “Sovereign” From Producer Shawn Levy

jgl excerptSnowden star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to lead the sci-fi thriller Sovereign. Marc Munden is directing from a script by Geoff Tock and Gregory Weidman – which was featured on the 2013 Black List.

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Michael Moore To Premiere Surprise Documentary “Trumpland” Tuesday Night

michael moore in trumpland excerptOscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore announced via his Twitter account on Tuesday that he will premiere his latest documentary at the IFC Center in New York on Tuesday evening. Following the free screening, the film will have a limited theatrical release at the IFC Center starting on October 19.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Paramount In Talks To Acquire “Truevine” Film Rights

leo true excerptLeonardo DiCaprio has his eye on the latest non-fiction best-seller from author Beth Macy and will develop through his Appian Way shingle as a potential starring vehicle.

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Truevine (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMthe true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks while their mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.

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Truevine (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks while their mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (10.17.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerpt13 Hours scribe Chuck Hogan will adapt the online action game Crossfire while Dwayne Johnson, Dan Harmon, and Doug Liman are set to produce new series for YouTube Red. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Combines Powers With “Scream Queens” Star Glen Powell For “Captain Planet” Movie at Paramount

leo excerOne of the world’s foremost celebrity environmental activists is set to produce a Captain Planet movie at Paramount, the studio with which the newly minted Oscar winner inked a first-look deal back in March. Jono Matt and Glen Powell are in negotiations to write the script based on the 1990s cartoon series, the first feature gig for both.

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“Austin Powers” Scribe Michael McCullers Tapped to Pen “Shrek 5”

shrek excDreamWorks Animation appears to be moving forward with Shrek 5, a continuation of its venerable fairy tale franchise with the news that Austin Powers screenwriter Michael McCullers has been brought in to pen the script.

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Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood Join Stephen King Adaptation “Gerald’s Game” At Netflix

carla bruce excerpt Ouija: Origin of Evil writer-director Mike Flanagan will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard. Gugino and Greenwood join Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, and Chiara Aurelia in the horror film.

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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Renewed For Season 8 Ahead of Season 7 Premiere

the walking dead exerptThe blockbuster post-apocalyptic series based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman has been renewed for an eighth season. The news came as the network was airing a retrospective episode of the show on Sunday night.

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Nikki Finke Signs First-Look Deal with HBO

nikki fThrough the deal, HBO will have the first opportunity to option stories published on Finke’s new website Hollywood Dementia, which features fictional stories centered on the entertainment industry.

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“Arrival” Scribe Eric Heisserer Tapped to Rewrite Sylvester Stallone Thriller “Godforsaken” (EXCLUSIVE)

eric h excerptHeisserer is putting the finishing touches on the script, originally written by Daniel Casey. Cold in July helmer Jim Mickle is directing for STX Entertainment and producer Lawrence Grey.

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Canary Black (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: After her husband is kidnapped in Prague, an elite CIA agent is forced to commit treason in order to pay the ransom.

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The Tracking Board’s Fourth Annual Halloween Logline Contest!

halloween excerptIt’s time for The Tracking Board’s fourth annual Halloween logline contest. Create the most devious, diabolical, or darkly funny logline and you could win one of several spooktacular prizes!

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