Category Archives: Features
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With this being a shortened week for Thanksgiving break, we thought we would do something a bit different. Hopefully when we all return refreshed from the holidays, we will be able to hit the ground running as the production side of pilot season kicks into high gear!
The 2015 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are out! The ceremony was founded by Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers. Check out this year’s nominations here!
On Saturday Night Live this week, JJ Abrams introduced some of the never-before-seen audition tapes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check out Jon Hamm, Emma Stone and more try to land a part in Episode VII.
In Mockingjay Part 2, Katniss Everdeen heads the way of Harry Potter and Bella Swan with the conclusion of her own hugely successful young adult book-to-movie franchises. Three books and four movies later, was the journey worth it?
Netflix announced that they are working on a reboot of the CBS television series Lost In Space, while Noah Hawley is set to tackle Vonnegut for FX. Plus, a round-up of the shows that went into development at the networks this week.
This week, Lauren looks at the barrage of new trailers released this week, from the Arrow/The Flash crossover to The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Plus, Universal looks to expand the Fast and Furious world.
Is The Night Before going to blow your mind, say, compared to Rogen’s work with Judd Apatow? No, but it’s a solid comedy, that has consistent jokes, and a very thoughtful team behind it that clearly love the genre.
The Tracking Board has a conversation with Good Girls Revolt creator Dana Calvo about breaking in, her timely new Amazon series, and why it’s the “single most rewarding thing” she has ever done in her career.
The 33 contains emotional moments to be sure, though those are mostly due to the inherent nature of the true story itself. The actual movie is never as good as it could be, and has plenty of decisions that feel commercially-driven rather than committed to telling the story of these miners.
It was a slow week for buying as the holidays approach, but one pick up is getting a lot of buzz–though not necessarily the good kind: ABC’s Murder Town has some east coast residents calling for a name change. Also, a round up of the networks’ newest shows in development.
We’ve partnered with the ISA Spotlight to provide the opportunity to highlight the winning screenplays and to introduce you to these talented writers. Control by Steve Lewis, Weimar by Ben Maraniss, and The Dark of Night by Denise Meyers took home the Grand Prizes for the 2015 Austin Table Read My Screenplay Contest.
This week, Lauren sees through the latest Doctor Strange casting update, while Doctor Who is taking the TARDIS into theaters. Plus, Derek Zoolander is back for another round of orange mocha frappuccinos.
The 2015 slate of Amazon original series has arrived. After watching the latest batch of Prime pilots, we’ve ranked all six to help you decide which new shows are worth streaming. Plus, vote for your favorite in our reader poll!
Nothing like a good shadow organization to make a super agent’s day. Unfortunately, Spectre never sets its own stakes and spends most of its overlong runtime on backstories and exposition, making for a less than exciting entry in the Bond franchise.
With Spectre going wide this weekend, we’re taking a look back at the various incarnations of Bond, from Connery to Craig, to break down why each version suited his respective times–in a tailored tuxedo, to be sure.
This week, Lauren takes a first look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and another look at the latest marketing move from The Force Awakens camp. Also, Disney drops the first Through the Looking Glass trailer, while Nicole Kidman may be headed to the jungle.
The 60th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards were announced this week, highlighting excellence in dramatic writing from young writers. This year’s competition was judged by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, Richard LaGravenese, and Shonda Rhimes.
This Friday, we’re releasing the 2015 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 2014 Young & Hungry List writers–where they’ve been, and where they are today.
2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition overall winner David Hoffman isn’t just an amazing television writer. His feature spec, The Great Debate, made waves at the Austin Film Festival, and is now hitting the market with plenty of heat behind it.
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled a magical crop of new set photos from Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
This Friday, we’re releasing the 2015 Young & Hungry List, our compilation of the new voices making names for themselves in Hollywood, as voted on by industry professionals. In anticipation of its release, we’re taking a look back at the 2013 Young & Hungry List writers–where they’ve been, and where they are today.
This Friday, we’re releasing the 2015 Young & Hungry List, our compilation of the new voices making names for themselves in Hollywood, as voted on by industry professionals. In anticipation for its release, we’re taking a look back at the 2012 Young & Hungry List writers–where they’ve been, and where they are today.
Strap on your gravity suit and fire up the grappling hook. Rainfall Films and director Sam Balcomb have created a live action short set in the Metroid universe, starring Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot.
2014 Young & Hungry List writer Sean Wathen has had yet another script optioned, Second Shot, with Status Media & Entertainment. It marks yet another success for the up-and-coming writer, who has seen multiple projects move forward since making last year’s Young & Hungry List.
This clip from the Norwegian comedy series Karl Johan, from Scandinavian comedians Erik Solbakken and Hasse Hope, features one of the show’s man-on-the-street bits ‘The People’s Film’ in which a few unsuspecting pedestrians become instant screenwriters. And it’s great.
This Friday, we’re releasing the 2015 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.
Burnt is predictable, its lead unsympathetic, and worst of all, not even the countless shots of food are all that tantalizing. Burnt may have succeeded with a more likable character, or at least one who has redeeming qualities and we see them early in the film. The most Adam Jones has to offer is a nice body in a leather jacket.
We’ve got the complete list of this year’s winners of the 2015 Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition and Film Competition. Plus, we’re offering an exclusive promo code in honor of this year’s festival for 10% off any Tracking Board of Launch Pad product.
The 22nd annual Austin Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday October 28th and continues through Thursday November 5th with panels, pitch events, film screenings, script readings, and of course, parties. In honor of this year’s fest, we’re offering a 10% discount code to use towards memberships and coverage services…