Category Archives: Features
Marvel Studios steps into ambitious territory, opening a portal into a whole new world of magic, sorcery, and mysticism that would be elevated to levels of psychedelic proportions with the aid of hallucinogenics. It’s all stunning, complex, and… weird. That’s a good thing considering the movie is titled Doctor Strange.
Netflix’s adaptation of Anne of Green Gables has found its Anne and Cuthbert siblings, while Freeform has canceled Guilt after one season. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.
While 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.
Sit back, unwind, and don’t cross the streams because we have 10 minutes of hilarious Kate McKinnon outtakes and alternate lines from Ghostbusters.
Hulu is developing a new Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael comedy and a second Trump documentary sets a release date. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.
Indie horror denizen Ti West attempts to tackle the Western genre with In a Valley of Violence with Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, and Jumpy the dog leading the charge. Although a valiant effort as an homage to the genre, all the pieces of a classic western are there, but some of the pieces fit together better than others.
The directing duo that helmed award-winning sci-fi short Reset, talked to us from Sweden about the highly anticipated Battlefield 1 and the merging of cinema and video games and the obstacles that go along with it.
Tom Cruise is no stranger to an extended sprint down a busy street, whether he is in sweatpants, jeans, or a tailored suit. In this 19-minute supercut, check out every scene of Cruise running somewhere.
As 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.
Park Chan-wook’s films have always been provocative, but with his latest, the celebrated Korean filmmaker brilliantly and beautifully elevates his brand of twisted storytelling by blending the tale of a con-artist with a secluded heiress for an erotically charged — and empowering — romance.
The 40 year old Showtime is one of the oldest pay cable network there is, but a lack of buzz worthy shows has caused the formerly second most popular network to decline in viewership. Can an interesting array of new projects help bolster viewership and bring Showtime back into the upper echelon of cable television?
Borrowed Time is a new short film from two Pixar animators, Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats, and is both breathtakingly animated and heartbreakingly real.
Peter Sarsgaard signs on to an upcoming Pablo Escobar pic and Brandon Camp’s retelling of the classic Benji movie unveils its cast. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.
It’s been a very hit-or-miss year for comedies, but as pop culture pushes itself for more diverse depictions of women, Joneses takes a step back into formulaic territory. It’s a fun hour and a half, but you can’t help but feel writer Michael LeSieur and director Greg Mottola were holding back.
With 19 major films entering theaters in nine days this holiday season, this year’s race for box office green and Oscar gold is bound to make for an even more chaotic Christmas than usual.
During a special Ghostbusters panel at the Austin Film Festival, Paul Feig and Katie Dippold shared some bits of information that you may not know about the reboot of the horror comedy classic.
The journey of comic book adaptations has had its ups and downs but we are living in the Golden Age of the genre. There have been good ones and there have been bad ones. During the Austin Film Festival, Marvel movie writers John Turman, Cort Lane, Edward Ricourt, and Ashley Miller gave their two cents on the difference between the good and the bad.
The Austin Film Festival announced their winners for the 2016 Screenplay Competition as well as the winners for the Film Competition Jury Award. One of the big screenplay winners of the festival was Henry Jones’ Static. Described as a grounded, visionary sci-fi thriller, the script was acquired by Inkubate, the new banner for Godzilla’s Max Borenstein focused on character-driven genre material in film and television
Experienced screenwriters Malcolm Spellman, John Turman, and writing duo Cormac and Marianne Wibberly have their fair share of “failures” — but they weren’t really failures. They managed to see a silver lining and make the best lemonade they could out of the lemons the industry threw at them.
Paula Pell, Tim Herlihy, and Michael McCullers — Saturday Night Live writers from the present and the past — got together to share their stories and experiences from working on the iconic late-night sketch show.
The Spike Lee Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It has found its lead and MTV has renewed Scream for a short Season 3. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.
The new trailer for Power Rangers paints a much darker and serious world than fans of the original series are used to. The juxtaposition between the campy fun of the original series and the serious tone of the reboot is shown in this retro mashup trailer.
There’s been a lot of talk over the last week about a certain video that came out, on which we heard and saw some pretty vile stuff. The aftermath hasn’t really shaken out the way I initially thought it would, although it has led to major career issues for one of the participants. I’m talking, of course, about Billy Bush.
It’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!
Every year thousands of aspiring writers submit their TV and film scripts to dozens upon dozens of fellowships, workshops and contests (including our own). There is no secret formula to “win” any of these uber-competitive programs — but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a chance. Lucky for you, we wrangled some advice from the VIP’s who run four highly sought-after screenwriting programs.
If you’re a working screenwriter, chances are you probably live in Hollywood or in the immediate vicinity of the hustle and bustle of the industry. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, you probably think that you have to move to L.A. in order to have a lucrative career in the biz… and that’s kind of true. It’s doable, but with some caveats. For screenwriters Cindy McCreery, Anne Rapp, and Chris Sparling.
Harry Treadaway replaces the late Anton Yelchin in Mr. Mercedes and ABC picks up a game show from Ricky Gervais. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.
Both Lee Daniels series Star and Empire have added new cast members and there’s a new exorcism film set on a college campus happening. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.
You all know the slogan, as it’s one of the best known of any in the world of television. “It’s not TV, it’s HBO.” Home Box Office started out as a second-run movie network, and slowly became the most respected broadcaster of original content on television. While it has some challenges, it’s hard to argue that it doesn’t continue to hold that spot.
Boyd Holbrook is in talks to join Fox’s reboot of The Predator while Taran Killam’s Showtime comedy pilot Mating adds another cast member. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.