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While The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will certainly roost in first, it’ll be fighting to keep The Good Dinosaur at bay. And the last Pixar film to open in November was The Incredibles, which made $70.5 million its first weekend in 2004.
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!
Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Vinnie Malhorta heads to Showtime, Jake Bauman moves to Chernin, Donna Rosenstein now at Amazon, and more!
Mark Lawyer of Markerstone has signed 2015 Launch Pad Feature Competition alum Guy Francisco Polin. Polin’s spec Hemophilia was a favorite amongst our judges as an eerie dark mystery that kept everyone turning pages.
Universal may be expanding one its most valuable franchises. In addition to the three upcoming installments of the Fast and Furious that have already been announced, a series of spinoffs could be next.
Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Brenda Gilbert promoted at Bron Animation, Susan Levison exiting VH1, Drew Worobow starts at IFC, and more!
It’s neck and neck this weekend between Bond and Brown as Spectre and The Peanuts Movie battle for the coveted top spot. Though Spectre didn’t perform as well as its predecessor Skyfall and has received mixed reviews, we’re betting that ole 007 has enough juice to carry in another win.
CAA agents Jacquie Katz and Praveen Pandian and Untitled Entertainment manager Jennifer Au have signed 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Top Comedy Winner Shira Hoffman. Hoffman becomes the 103rd writer to find representation through the Launch Pad competition.
Another long-standing toy franchise is headed for the big screen, as Hasbro is in development with a Littlest Pet Shop movie. The film follows a teenage girl who, after moving above a pet shop in a city, develops the power to speak to animals.
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.
We all know Spectre’s going to win the weekend. It’s already broken box office records in the UK, and pulled in $80.4 million in less than a week in only the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands— $63.8 million of that in Britain alone. The question on everyone’s minds, especially Sony’s, is if it can trounce Skyfall’s numbers from 2012.
Sources say that literary agent Mike Esola, who departed WME last week after a thirteen year stint with the company, is landing at UTA.
Jon Stewart has only been away from his desk at The Daily Show for a few short months, but today it was announced that the comedian has penned a 4-year deal with HBO. Under the new pact, Stewart will create exclusive short-form digital content for HBO NOW and HBO GO.
David Hoffman, whose drama Running Money was the 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition overall winner, has signed with film agents Adrian Garcia and David Boxerbaum and TV agents Ellie Schiff and Zac Simmons of Paradigm Talent Agency.
Coming off the worst weekend of the year, it just feels like the whole town’s holding their breath for Spectre, and the numbers overseas are looking promising for a domestic box office revival. The Martian remained in 1st with another $11.7 million, dropping only 26% in its 5th weekend out.
Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. Jinny Howe gets a promotion at JWP, Joe Earley Exits Fox TV, Rick Miramontez’s O&M has merged with DKC and more!
Sources report that lit agent and Mike Esola is leaving WME, after a thirteen-year run. Esola has forged a notable presence in the lit space, representing numerous clients that have made the Hit List, Young and Hungry List, and Black List.
The Martian will reign for its 5th weekend, seeing a dip of only 25-30%, comparable to last week. Goosebumps will still see some boosts from the festivities, but newcomers Burnt, Our Brand is Crisis, and Scouts Guide to The Zombie Apocalypse are in for some truly scary returns.
Filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese isn’t slowing down any time soon. Today, Paramount CEO Brad Grey announced that Scorsese has extended his overall deal with the studio through 2019. Paramount also confirmed a new biopic is in development for Scorsese to direct.
#BloodList 2015 is upon us… These are the 13 most liked, unproduced dark genre screenplays of the year, as well as the 6 most liked, unproduced dark genre pilots according to our friends at BloodList.com.
After months of speculation, the religious epic Pontius Pilate has officially moved out of Warner Bros. and into Studio 8, sources confirmed to The Tracking Board today. The movement comes in the wake of Paramount’s push to develop a remake of The Ten Commandments.
Hollywood might’ve thought they were past the box office slump of the late-summer, but this weekend proved everyone wrong. Only The Martian impressed, pulling out all the stops to fall only 26% and win back 1st place with $15.7 million in its 4th weekend.
The 11th NYTVF took place from October 19th to 24th in Manhattan, with thousands of artists, fans, and industry attendees taking advantage of the screenings, red carpet premieres, panels, and parties that took place across multiple venues. We have the complete list of winners and honorees from the festival.
Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go. FX promotes three execs to EVP, Matthew Rhodes exits Bold Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment hires Louise Chater, and more!
Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes is out as director of The Raid: Redemption remake. In addition, we’re hearing that the project is no longer at Screen Gems, and that XYZ Films is the sole producer on the project.
Much as its subject did in life, Steve Jobs will dominate this weekend. In a year where Universal needs no extra help, Jobs will be, if nothing else, the icing on the cake. Newcomer The Last Witch Hunter will be fighting Goosebumps for that 2nd place slot, but it doesn’t really stand a chance.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, presented in New York City, are the first honors of the film awards season, before any guilds or critics associations. Here are the nominees for the 25th annual ceremony, which will be presented on November 30, 2015.
Rising British filmmaker Stephen Reynolds has signed with Kanak Management. The experienced editor, writer, director and producer is considered one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in the UK.
We’re thrilled to announce that 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Top 10 Finalists Charlotte Cohn-Williams & Jason Odell Williams have signed with Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company!
Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let-go.