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“Game Night” Directors Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley on Making the Comedy Thriller (Interview)

GameNight1The writers of Horrible Bosses and directors of the Vacation remake talk about trying to mix genres and how they cast some of the more unlikely roles like the one played by Jesse Plemons.

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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Black Panther” Stars Letitia Wright and Winston Duke on Joining the MCU and Working With Ryan Coogler

Black Panther QuadAs T’Challa’s brainiac sister and his rival-turned-ally, these two actors practically steal the movie from their more famous co-stars. Get to know them beyond their characters, who are both slated to return in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Is Nielsen’s Attempt to Measure Netflix’s Numbers Really a Desperate Last Stand for the Ratings Service?

The Two N's“You have to wonder if these Netflix numbers are, in a sense, an effort by Nielsen to justify its own continued existence. All the way back to 1950, the Nielsen company has tracked TV viewership, and has become synonymous with the medium. But as that medium changes, the company has struggled to keep up,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Black Panther” Didn’t Just Break February Records with Its Astounding $242 Million Weekend

black panther poster bannerMarvel’s game-changing movie made more in its opening weekend than both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and it set a new Monday record by grossing $40.2 million.

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Career Therapist: Will Nicolas Cage Ever Be an A-List Star Again?

nicolasCageCareerTherapist1The Oscar-nominated superstar hasn’t made a studio film since 2013’s animated The Croods, so is there a way for Cage to climb his way back to the top of the ladder?

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Weekend Update: “Black Panther” on Its Way to Break Records with $75.8 Million Friday

blackpantherposterTNBoth Aardman’s animated Early Man and Pure Flix’s Samson bombed badly going up against the dominant Marvel Studios movie.

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As “Black Panther” Hits Theaters, We Revisit the Case of James Gunn Vs. Jodie Foster

James Gunn Jodie Foster Black Panther“If we’re using Jodie Foster’s metaphor, and Black Panther is part of the theme park that Hollywood has become, then it’s one of the best rides — the kind that leaves you wanting more,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.16.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMFolowing the departure of Jennifer Salke at NBC, the peacock network promotes two women from within to run their scripted programming. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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“Black Panther” Roars into Theaters with $25.2 Million on Thursday

black pantherThat Thursday opening puts it ahead of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which introduced Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther two years ago and could see it grossing more than $200 million over the holiday weekend.

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“Black Panther” Will Probably Set a New February Opening Record and Be a Game-Changer for Marvel, Disney

BlackPantherTVSpotOr maybe it will just be another Marvel movie that makes a ton of money because all Marvel movies do. There are other movies opening this weekend, too, but does anyone even care?

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“The Boy Downstairs” Filmmaker Sophie Brooks on the Relationship Dramedy (Interview)

BoyDownstairs1The indie rom-com stars Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls) as a young woman who moves back to New York and inadvertently rents an apartment in the same building as her ex-boyfriend.

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Fangoria Lives! Dallas Sonnier’s Cinestate Acquires Iconic Horror Movie Magazine

Fangoria CinestateThe beloved magazine will return to print as a collectible quarterly this Halloween, and the deal also includes the assets and trademarks to out-of-print publications such as Starlog and Gorezone.

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Sony’s New Deal With Wizard World Demonstrates How Studios Continue to Overvalue IP

Sony Wizard World“It’s not the most ridiculous idea that Sony would go looking for more comic book IP, but the way it’s going about it is what feels so misguided, and until someone explains to me the value of an IP that has no popular recognition, I will continue to be baffled,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Ryan Murphy Heads to Netflix In One of the Richest Deals in Hollywood History

Ryan Murphy NetflixFrom Glee to American Horror Story to American Crime Story, this is one producer who knows what he’s doing… and now he’s going to do it for Netflix. Look out, world!

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Feature Competition Unveils Top 25

200x133 2017 LPFC Image (Top 25)Alongside our exclusive partners Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, The Tracking Board is incredibly pleased to announce the Top 25 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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“The Shape of Water” Sex Toy Stimulates Discussion About Outside-the-Box Movie Marketing

The Shape of WaterWith a clever marketing campaign that perhaps distributed DNA and paternity tests to people, thus getting them talking and maybe even laughing, the studio behind Father Figures might’ve had a conversation starter on its hands, rather than an underwhelming movie,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Fifty Shades Freed” Wins the Weekend with Less Than $40 Million

FiftyShadesFreedBO2Sony’s family film Peter Rabbit came in second place, followed by Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris.

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Is Netflix Hollywood’s Great Savior or Is It Trying to Change Things Too Swiftly to Succeed?

brightHaving more immediate success with its Emmy-winning television series, many in their third, fourth and fifth seasons, will Netflix’s decision to release so much content on a weekly basis end up hurting the brand?

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Weekend Update: “Fifty Shades Freed” Dominates as New Movies Take Over Top Three

FiftyShadesFreedBOPWhile the end to the E.L. James trilogy will come out lower than the previous two installments, it still stands a chance for a solid $40 million opening. That’s actually the biggest opening for a movie in 2018 so far.

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NBC’s Jennifer Salke Named Head of Amazon Studios

jennifer salke The company focused on female executives to take over Price’s role and Salke emerged as a frontrunner, along with A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and Fox TV boss Dana Walden.

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Alex Ross Perry on “Golden Exits,” “Nostalgia,” “Christopher Robin” and Reuniting with Elisabeth Moss (Interview)

GoldenExitsNostalgiaThe filmmaker behind Listen Up, Phillip and Queen of Earth returns with his fifth feature as director and two upcoming films as a screenwriter.

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“Fifty Shades Freed,” “Peter Rabbit” and Clint Eastwood Will Try to Give Box Office a Much-Needed Boost

BOPCollage2918With Marvel’s Black Panther opening next weekend, it’s the last chance for new movies to break out and make a mark.

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Jeff Tobler Promoted to SVP of Publicity at Warner Bros TV

jeff tobler wbtv “Jeff is an extremely creative and highly skilled communications executive with an impeccable track record of sustained excellence,” said Lisa Gregorian, President and Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group, in a statement.

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Feature Competition Unveils Top 50

200x133 2017 LPFC Image (TOP 50)The Tracking Board, in exclusive partnership with Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, are incredibly pleased to announce the TOP 50 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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The Netflix Paradox: Does the Company’s “Super” Move Suggest Another Major Sea Change?

cloverfield“It also was that rare moment when Netflix actually spent some serious money to push one of its movies, which might just suggest a change in thinking for the streaming service. That being the spending of money to do any marketing at all,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Jumanji” Scores a Tight Return to #1 over Super Bowl Weekend

JumanjiMattTolmach1Helen Mirren’s supernatural thriller Winchester had to settle for a third place opening against stronger returning films. It was the slowest weekend at the box office since October.

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Weekend Update: “Winchester” Wins Friday, But How Will It Hold Up Against the Super Bowl?

WinchesterBoxOfficeWith less than a million separating the top 3 movies on Friday, the chances of a photo finish for first place is very likely but Sony’s Jumanji has a good chance at making an unprecedented return to first place.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.02.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMBuzzfeed, CBS, Showtime, and more companies are promoting from within in our latest Executive Shuffle. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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Valiant Entertainment’s Days May Be Numbered Following Sale to Chinese-Owned Corporation (Opinion)

Valiant Comics“DMG boss Dan Mintz has no interest in comic book publishing. He sees it as a sort of ghetto art, and is focused solely on turning the company into an output factory for the big and small screens, rather than focusing on the publishing entity that gave the company its value in the first place,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Sundance: “The Sessions” Filmmaker Ben Lewin on “The Catcher Was a Spy,” “Please Stand By” (Interview)

CatcherPleaseStandByThe Australian filmmaker returns with two very different movies, one a period spy-thriller starring Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, the other a more contemporary dramedy starring Dakota Fanning. The latter is now in theaters and On Demand.

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