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Jim Gianopulos to Be Named Chairman and CEO of Paramount

Jim Gianopulos ExcerptIt’s official: Paramount Pictures has found Brad Grey’s successor in Jim Gianopulos, who will be named the studio’s chairman and CEO.

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Robert Rodriguez in Talks to Direct Fox’s “Escape From New York” Remake (Exclusive)

Robert Rodriguez Escape From New YorkAndrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing under their Picture Company banner, while original director John Carpenter will serve as an executive producer.

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Dakota Johnson in Talks to Star in Sony’s “Queens of the Stoned Age,” Based on GQ Article (Exclusive)

Dakota Johnson Queens of the Stoned AgeThe film follows the Green Angels, a high-end weed delivery service that hired models to work as drug dealers. The group operated for nearly a decade without being busted, all while growing into a multi-million dollar operation.

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“Avengers”-Esque Spec “Princesses” Has the Town Talking and Joachim Ronning Attached to Direct for Disney Territory (EXCLUSIVE)

ronning-excerptA new spec on classic princesses has hit the market and it’s a take on princesses like you have never seen before. Written by Nir Paniry and appropriately titled Princesses, the movie is being pitched as a female-driven Avengers starring all the classic princesses.

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Tom Hardy to Play Navy SEAL in “War Party” as Netflix Wins Bidding War

Tom Hardy War Party NetflixRidley Scott will produce under his Scott Free banner. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be based on a true story about real Navy SEALs, since life rights were rumored to be part of the deal.

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John Krasinski, Emily Blunt to Star in “A Quiet Place,” Which He’ll Also Direct for Paramount

John Krasinski Emily Blunt A Quiet PlaceMichael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes will produce the film, which comes on the heels of Krasinski’s starring turn in Bay’s Paramount pic 13 Hours.

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Launch Pad Alum Jacob Isser Signs with Zero Gravity (Exclusive)

Jacob Isser ExcerptLaunch Pad Feature alum Jacob Isser has signed with Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management. His feature script H.O.V. (High Occupancy Vehicle), described as Horrible Bosses meets The Hangover, landed in the Top 10 of the 2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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A24 Mounting Feature Adaptation of Pippa Bianco’s Award-Winning Short Film “Share” (Exclusive)

Share Pippa BiancoThe 2015 short film starred Taissa Farmiga as a girl who returns to school after an explicit video of her is uploaded and shared on the internet without her consent.

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John Carroll Lynch Joins Paul Giamatti in Netflix Drama “Private Life” (Exclusive)

John Carroll Lynch Private LifeThe veteran character actor is coming off a banner year, and just saw his directorial debut Lucky premiere at SXSW to strong reviews.

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Netflix and Producer Scott Stuber Officially Tie the Knot, Signaling Big Things to Come

Scott Stuber NetflixThe streaming service has a busy year ahead as it prepares to release Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Will Smith’s Bright and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Okja.

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Jaime King Lands Female Lead in Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan 2” (Exclusive)

Jaime King Escape Plan 2Steven C. Miller (Marauders) will direct the action-packed sequel, which will co-star Dave Bautista of Guardians of the Galaxy fame.

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Launch Pad Alum Danny Newell Signs With Energy Entertainment (Exclusive)

Danny Newell Described as The Hunger Games meets The Purge, Newell’s manuscript tells the story of what happens when all the parents of a remote island community begin to murder their children for no apparent reason, and the 17-year old girl who must fight to save her younger brothers from the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

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Launch Pad Alum Sarah Acosta Signs with UTA (Exclusive)

Sarahacostapic cropLaunch Pad alum Sarah Acosta has signed with Amanda Burnett and Josh Hornstock at UTA. Acosta’s script Eclipsed landed her in the Top 5% of the 2015 Pilots Competition.

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“Mustang” Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven Joins Anne Hathaway on “The Lifeboat” at Focus (Exclusive)

Deniz Gamze Erguven The LifeboatCharlotte Rogan’s book follows Grace Winter (Hathaway), a young woman who recounts the tale of how she survived a shipwreck at sea while on trial for murder in 1914. The film explores the moral crisis that presents itself when she discovers there are too many people on board her lifeboat and if some don’t abandon ship, they’ll all perish.

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TB Recommends Writer Michael Moskowitz Signs with Lee Stobby Entertainment (Exclusive)

Michael Moskowitz ExcerptRecent TB Recommends writer Michael Moskowitz has signed with Lee Stobby and Derrick Eppich of Lee Stobby Entertainment. His feature script Wyler earned the TB Recommends honor yesterday.

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Biopic Drama Script “Wyler” from Michael Moskowitz Earns TB Recommends (Exclusive)

Michael Moskowitz ExcerptWe are excited to announce the feature script Wyler from Michael Moskowitz is the latest to earn the TB Recommends Honor from the Tracking Board. The feature script, is a Hollywood biopic that is sure to get the attention of people across the industry.

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Patricia Clarkson to Play Amy Adams’ Mother on HBO’s “Sharp Objects”

Patricia Clarkson Sharp ObjectsJean-Marc Vallée will direct all eight episodes and co-edit the drama series, while Marti Noxon serves as showrunner and is writing all of the episodes with author Gillian Flynn.

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Congrats to Pete Barry, Whose Launch Pad Script MARIAN Has Sold to Sony For Margot Robbie to Star!

53629633 (1)_resizeWith several A-List talent packages circling, Sony stepped in to close a deal and mark the first sale of the ongoing 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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In Partnership with Vertigo, Twin Padres, ESA and Bellevue, the Launch Pad Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 25 Features of 2016

200x134 - Excerpt Image -TOP 25 ANNOUNCEDFollowing several months of reading, re-reading, debating, and tallying scores from our fourth year of the Launch Pad Feature Competition, we, alongside our exclusive competition partners are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s Top 25.

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“Star Wars” Actor Ken Leung to Play Karnak in Marvel’s “Inhumans”

Ken Leung InhumansThe Lost alum joins Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon and Serinda Swan in Marvel’s TV series about its royal family.

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Oscars Producer Michael De Luca in Talks for Top Job at Paramount (Exclusive)

Michael De LucaHe’ll have his work cut out for him on the Melrose lot, but if anyone can turn the studio around, it’s the producer of The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips.

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Tate Donovan, Golshifteh Farahani Join Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart in “Untouchable” (Exclusive)

Tate Donovan Golshifteh Farahani UntouchableNeil Burger is directing the Weinstein Company’s remake of the hit 2011 French film, which also stars Nicole Kidman and Aja Naomi King.

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“Spotlight’s” Tom McCarthy to Rewrite “Christopher Robin” for Disney (Exclusive)

Tom McCarthy Christopher RobinMarc Forster will direct the live-action fantasy film, which follows the human character from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.

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“Big Little Lies” Star P.J. Byrne to Join Dwayne Johnson in “Rampage” (Exclusive)

PJ Byrne Rampage 200Naomie Harris and Joe Manganiello co-star in New Line’s adaptation of the classic arcade game, which is being directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas).

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“Ugly Betty” Star Ana Ortiz Joins Voice Cast of Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” Sequel (Exclusive)

Ana Ortiz Wreck It Ralph 2Plot details for the sequel have been sparse, but John C. Reilly has previously teased that Ralph will leave the arcade and wreck the Internet this time around.

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“Moonlight” Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in “Inner City” (Exclusive)

Ashton Sanders Inner CityDan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) is directing Sony’s legal thriller, which will co-star Colin Farrell.

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*Updated as Offers Come in* Brie Larson, Daisy Ridley, & Alicia Vikander Circling as the Hottest Spec in Town Gears Up for the Weekend!

2-1-768x384_resize*UPDATED February 27th* As the project now goes into all buyers, more talent circles and offers start to come in! Gearing up for a star-studded Oscar weekend, one spec script has taken the town by storm as A-list talent and Producers fight for a piece of the pie.

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Hot New Spec “Marian” Aims to Reinvent the Studio Franchise With Fresh Spin on “Robin Hood” (Exclusive)

Maid Marian Robin HoodAlicia Vikander is just one of the A-list actresses circling this project, which is being pitched as a grounded Braveheart, and finds Robin Hood’s love interest rising to power and leading her people into war that will decide the fate of her kingdom.

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Cameron Monaghan, “Shameless” Co-Stars Join Voice Cast of “My Love Affair With Marriage” (Exclusive)

Cameron Monaghan My Love Affair With MarriageSigne Baumane is writing, directing and producing the hand-drawn animated movie, which tells an adult story of love, gender and marriage.

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After Surviving King Kong, Kyle Chandler to Star in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

Kyle Chandler Godzilla 2The Godzilla sequel must be pretty special for Chandler to do another monster movie following Super 8 and King Kong.

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