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Austin Film Festival Adds “The Edge of Seventeen” & “Bleed For This” to Lineup

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEENThe 23rd annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has made two new additions to its impressive film slate. For the fest’s centerpiece film, they have selected STX’s coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson while the closing night film will be Open Road’s boxing biopic Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.

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Young & Hungry No More – A Look Back At Some Of The 2012 Young & Hungry Alums (2016)

2011YHNext Monday, we’re releasing the 2016 Young & Hungry List, our compilation of the new voices making names for themselves in Hollywood, as voted on by industry professionals. In preparation for its release, today we’re taking a look back at the 2012 Young & Hungry List writers — where they’ve been, and where they are today.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.26.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptMira Sorvina boards psychological thriller Behind the Glass and Pacific Rim 2 adds a True Detective alum. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Our Brand Spankin’ New Star System

Margot Robbie ExcerptOver the years, the whole idea of being a movie star has changed. Whereas there used to be genuine stars whose very presence in a picture could almost guarantee a sizable audience, that’s not really the case anymore. At least, that’s what the major studios would probably have you believe.

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Young & Hungry No More – A Look Back At Some Of The 2011 Young & Hungry Alums (2016)

2011YHNext Monday, we’re releasing the 2016 Young & Hungry List, our compilation of the new voices making names for themselves in Hollywood, as voted on by industry professionals. In preparation for its release, today we’re taking a look back at the 2011 Young & Hungry List writers — where they’ve been, and where they are today.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Film Review: Tim Burton Creates Another Visually Fantastic Bore

peregrine-excerptTim Burton’s movies have always been filled with a fantastically Goth quirkiness that bleeds through the screen with utter delight. But as of late, his Burton-isms are nothing but cosmetic distractions to his painfully dull movies — and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the latest in his collection of lifeless pics.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.23.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe release date for Paramount’s horror pic Rings gets pushed back and Sony Pictures Animation is developing another movie based on a mobile app. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Gossip Train Keeps Churning, and There’s No Way Off It

Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie ExcerptCelebrity gossip has been around as long as there have been celebrities and the appeal is fascinating — there’s an escapist aspect to it, of course, along with the idea that people can feel both joy and schadenfreude at the news that their favorite famous people have problems, too.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.22.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLeBron James is developing a new comedy for NBC and Emmy-nominated Niecy Nash signs on to star in a soap opera. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Your Complete Guide to the Fall Movies of 2016

fall-movie-preview-excerptNow that the dust from the summer blockbuster season has settled, Hollywood is ready to open the floodgates to a steady stream of films that range from fantastical epics to blatant awards season bait. From now until the end of the year, the titles hitting theaters will prove that contrary to popular belief, 2016 is quite a good year for film.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.21.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptAva DuVernay has a new short film with an all-star cast and Fuller House season 2 gets a premiere date. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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It’s Been a While Since the Alphabet Network Came First, and It’ll Be a While Still (Network Series)

Channing Dungey ExcerptSince the start of the century, ABC has been the top-rated network only once (all the way back in the 2000-01 season) and since then, they’ve been losing millions of viewers as their shows and ratings have stagnated or dropped. Channing Dungey and her team have their work cut out for them, and a fairly difficult road to maneuver to get back on top.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.20.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCharlie Sheen to play a lovable man-child in new Crackle film and Super Troopers 2 adds to more to their cast. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.19.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptChloe Grace Moretz drops out of Universal’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid and Karyn Kusama signs on to direct the horror pic Breed. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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11 of the Best Moments From the 68th Annual Emmy Awards

emmy-kimmel-excerptFrom surprise wins to diversity discussion to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this year’s Emmy Awards served up a handful of memorable moments. Although the ceremony hit an all-time low of 11.3 million viewers, it still didn’t take away from the fact that the Emmys, if done right, are an awards show that can actually be fun to watch.

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Women Shine in New Netflix Promo (Things We Love)

Jessica Jones ExcerptThere were a lot of things to love at the Emmys last night, including a promo for Netflix’s various original television series highlighting all of the varied and great female characters that can be seen on the streaming network.

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TIFF — “La La Land” Takes Home Audience Prize, Plus More Winners from the Festival

LLL d 29 _5194.NEFLa La Land, Free Fire, and I Am Not Your Negro took home the People’s Choice Awards at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF — Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Eleanor Coppola Comedy “Paris Can Wait”

paris-can-wait-excerptThe last time Eleanor Coppola sat in the director’s chair for a feature-length film was in 1991 for the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Fast forward 25 years later and she has finally made her narrative feature directorial debut with the comedy Paris Can Wait and Sony Pictures Classics has managed to land the North American rights to the pic.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby Film Review: Rom-Com Delivers Laughs and Entertainment

bridget excerpt12 years after Bridget Jones approached The Edge of Reason, Bridget Jones’s Baby delivers what fans of the franchise enjoy about the films, whilst refreshingly eschewing many of the clichés that plague other romantic comedies.

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And Thus, Awards Season Begins

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The long and short of it is that, like it or lump it, awards season has begun. Unofficially, perhaps, but begun it has. The good news is that this now means there are a whole lot of good flicks in our collective future. The bad news is that this is pretty much all we’re going to be hearing about for the next half a year or so.

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TIFF – Netflix Snags “Tramps” and Obama Feature “Barry”

Adam LeonOnline network Netflix continued its shopping spree over the weekend as it picked up romantic-heist feature Tramps. The film from writer-director Adam Leon had several interested parties including A24, Sony Pictures Classics, and The Orchard.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.16.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptWill Ferrell has dropped out of the indie comedy Captain Dad and Star Trek‘s Alex Kurtzman signs an overall deal with CBS for his new company. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Top 7 Films From the Toronto International Film Festival

tiff-excerptAs the Toronto International International Film Festival comes to a close and the last film gets screened for the exhausted festival goer, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite films. Out of the 296 films at the festival, I managed to see 22 of them – just a dent in the grand scheme of things, but impressive enough given the five days I was there.

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“Blair Witch” is a Celebration of Adam Wingard Rather Than a Surprise Sequel of a Classic Horror

blair-witch-excerptLionsgate made a genius stealth marketing move by surprising the world with the sequel to the 1999 groundbreaking horror classic. Fanboys and fangirls were going crazy while diehards of the original were eating up the nostalgia, but it’s director Adam Wingard who comes out as the MVP from all of this.

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Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”, and the Dilemma of Art Vs. The Artist

 mel gibson excerptMel Gibson has directed a movie that is hitting theaters in November, the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which is getting glowing reviews and has an enormous amount of buzz. I have spent a fair amount of time over the years judging Gibson — I am Jewish, after all, and have a certain sensitivity to anti-Semitism — but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate his films. Or does it?

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TIFF — Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren Film “The Leisure Seeker” Gets U.S. Rights with Sony Pictures Classics

Donald Sutherland Helen Mirren ExcerptWith only a few days left of the Toronto International Film Festival, yet another deal is close to being sealed. The Leisure Seeker, an upcoming road trip film from Italian director Paolo Virzì, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, is finalizing a deal for U.S. rights with Sony Pictures Classics. Brokered by CAA and Bac Films, the deal is in the mid-seven figure range.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.15.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptTerrence Howard set to star in Rogue based on the real-life story of the largest manhunts in history. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The 25th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast and the Merits of Disney’s Best Renaissance Film

Beauty and the Beast ExcerptBeauty and the Beast is a remarkable film in many ways, as a technical achievement and as an important piece of cinematic history, but perhaps most importantly, it’s a tale as old as time, beautifully told by a studio that still believes in its own wonder.

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TIFF — Actors Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner Join New Roman Polanski Film

Eva Green Emmanuelle Seigner ExcerptMore news is rolling out of Toronto International Film Festival, with Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner set to star in the new film from Roman Polanski, Based on a True Story. The psychological thriller, which will start filming in Paris this November, will be sold by Lionsgate and Mars Distribution.

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TIFF – Dystopian Romance “The Bad Batch” Picked Up by Screen Media

Images by Che Rosales / LARAWANU.S. rights to Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch have landed at Screen Media Films. The film previously won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and starts Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovannie Ribisi, and Yolanda Ross.

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