Category Archives: Features

The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.26.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptOnce Upon a Time has found its Captain Nemo and Crackle’s TV adaptation of Snatch finds its leading man. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Interesting Thing About This Year’s Box Office Numbers

secret life of pets excerptSome recent articles have suggested that the 2016 box office is on pace to be the second-best ever. The thing is, there’s a lot more to this than the surface numbers might suggest, but that’s the great thing about numbers: more often than not, you can make them work to your advantage and tell a story that you want them to tell.

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Why “Southside With You” Reinvents The Presidential Biopic

southside-with-you-excerptRichard Tanne’s feature directorial debut, Southside With You, takes a new approach to the run-of-the-mill presidential biopic by making it more rom-com and less presidential with a story about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date — a storytelling approach that changes the way we think about the presidential biopic.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.25.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptDenzel Washington eyes a role in a new feature from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy and Fox’s adaptation of the New Mutants finds its writers. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Presenting Captain America: Gag Reel War (Things We Love)

Captain America Civil War BloopersWhat’s better than bloopers? Not much, except superhero bloopers! In anticipating of Captain America: Civil War arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 13, Marvel Studios has released the bloopers from the film (or at least some of them).

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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave Of Programming Including “Arrival,” “The Handmaiden,” And More

Amy Adams (right) as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount PicturesThe lineup for Fantastic Fest 2016 grows more with its recently announced 2nd wave of programming. Topping the list is their opening night film Arriva, the highly anticipated sci-fi pic from Denis Villeneuve starring Amy Adams. Also set to bow at this year’s fest are Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden and The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her cult hit A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.24.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCaptain Marvel narrows down its choice of directors and Christoph Waltz is circling a role in an adaptation of a popular manga. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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New York Film Festival Highlights Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and More in Documentary Lineup

Debbie Reynolds Carrie Fisher ExcerptThe famed mother-daughter duo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is well-known and come fall, they’re going to have a new spotlight on them: the 54th New York Film Festival, when their documentary Bright Lights screens there. This is only one of several documentaries that the Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled for this year’s festivals.

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The Ballad of A24, Open Road, and Roadside Attractions: A Trio on the Rise (Studio Series)

roadside attractions excerptThis week, we’re going to take a look at three of the more successful smaller distributors, Roadside Attractions, A24, and Open Road, the latter two of which won the top prizes for feature films at this year’s Oscars, Best Documentary Feature and Best Picture, respectively.

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This Sketch Perfectly Captures the Painful Reality of a Voiceover Recording Session (Things We Love)

Untitled designHave you ever wondered what it’s like to be in a voiceover recording session? Seems like a pretty painless way to make a buck, right? Well, if the reality of a voiceover session is anything like this video from Hog Butcher, guess again.

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“Wild Style” To “The Get Down”: The Hip-Hop-ization Of Hollywood

get-down-hip-hop-excerptBaz Luhrmann should be applauded for creating the first form of scripted entertainment that follows the origin story of hip-hop, a culture that has always been present in Hollywood, but within the past two decades, has become a dominant force in the industry. From movies dedicated to breakdancing to biopics on rap legends, the genre, which was once seen as a trend, is a hot commodity in Hollywood.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.22.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptJim Gaffigan’s semi-autobiographical comedy on TV Land will come to an end after two seasons, plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” To Make Its World Premiere At The New York Film Festival

bill-lynns-excerptAng Lee’s adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is set to have its world premiere at the 54th annual New York Film Festival on October 14. For everyone else who won’t be able to make it to New York for the fest, the feature will open in theaters in November.

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These Upcoming Original Films Will Make You Forget All About Remakes and Sequels

la_la_land excerptIf we really want the studios to once again start making the kinds of movies that made us fall in love with the movies in the first place, we need to start supporting films that are based on original ideas, because otherwise, they’re going to keep doing the same thing they’ve been doing that has ticked us off so much.

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Kubo And The Two Strings Film Review: A Heartfelt And Beautifully Animated Parable

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Kubo and the Two Strings raises the bar for Laika movies, bursting at the seams with gorgeous animation, terrific writing, and wonderful weirdness. Most importantly, Kubo packs several emotional punches that make this latest outing one of Laika’s most heartfelt yet.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.19.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptVin Diesel reveals some big news about Avengers: Infinity War and pre-production on the next installment of Mission Impossible put on hold because of salary disputes. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Ben-Hur” Begs The Question – When Is A Remake Actually Worth Making?

ben hur excerptWith the release of Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake this week – a film that is already suffering from negative reviews and low box office predictions – I found myself asking once again, “who thought this was a good idea?” But thinking more broadly, when is a remake worth making?

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.18.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptZendaya’s key role in Spider-Man: Homecoming revealed plus Jason Clarke in talks to join Keira Knightley in The Aftermath. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Exclusive Footage Of “Hidden Figures,” “Black Mirror” & “Transparent” Episodes To Premiere At Toronto International Film Festival

hidden-figures-excerptIt seems that the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival can’t stop announcing amazing additions to their program — which is already incredibly robust to begin with. The festival will present a first look at Hidden Figures as well as episodes from critically acclaimed television series Black Mirror and Transparent.

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The Mos Eisley Cantina Is Coming to Hollywood (Things We Love)

Star Wars CantinaThis winter, a pop-up bar named Scum and Villainy Cantina is opening in sunny Hollywood, California, and all Star Wars fans are welcome. The new venue is inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in Episode IV – A New Hope when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker first meet smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.17.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe first Spider-Man: Homecoming poster surfaces and John Turturro may be making a Big Lebowski spin-off on the downlow. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie That Needs To Happen (Things We Love)

kenobi-excerptCould Ewan McGregor’s Last Days in the Desert be a veiled attempt to give us the stripped-down standalone, character-driven Obi-Wan movie we’ve all been waiting for? This teaser trailer proves that it might be.

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Every Good Streak Has To End Some Time, Even For Fox Searchlight (Studio Series)

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Winning a Best Picture trophy doesn’t happen very often. Even rarer is winning two in a row, and yet that’s what Fox Searchlight just did in 2014 and 2015 with 12 Years a Slave and Birdman. Consider, also, that the company has either released a Best Picture nominee or a film that won another major Oscar each year since 2006, and in several years, it has done both. That’s a nice run, but it might very well end in 2016.

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Ben-Hur Film Review: Lack Of Horsepower Makes This Remake Generic And Uninspired

ben-hur-excerptAlthough director Timur Bekmambetov put forth a valiant effort in his retooling of Ben-Hur, he failed to create an adequate remake of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston let alone a substantial modern epic.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.16.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCatherine Zeta-Jones is ready to “feud” in Ryan Murphy’s next anthology and Lifetime’s Beaches remake finds its Hillary. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces Slate For Gala And Special Presentations

TP_D071_19692The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival has already unveiled a slate of programming filled with a spectacular slate of world premieres and high-profile films — but why stop there? TIFF has added even more premieres in their gala and special presentations as well as their Masters Program.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.15.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptHenry Cavill gives a sneak peek at Superman’s new threads in Justice League and Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show takes its final bow on Comedy Central. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Dates For 2017

tribeca-film-festival-excerptMake sure you mark your calendars. The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival is set for April 19-30, 2017. The New York City fest will also welcome Cara Cusumano as the new Director of Programming.

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When Trailers Do More Harm Than Good

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Shortly following the frenzy over this week’s Rogue One trailer, Universal announced a release date for Fast 8 – the trailer, that is, not the movie. Has the blockbuster hype-machine finally gotten out of hand?

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Sausage Party Film Review: R-Rated Animated Comedy Takes a Bite Out of Social Issues

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It’s hard to believe that a raunchy, R-rated animated film about talking sausages and food from the mind of Seth Rogen could make insightful observations about religion, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and mob mentality – and yet Sausage Party does just that.

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