Category Archives: 3 – Industry News

The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.22.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCrazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom joins Adam Pally in a feature comedy at Lionsgate. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Netflix Collars Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” But Who Will Join Robert De Niro?

Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro The IrishmanHarvey Keitel is being sought to play Jimmy Hoffa, the head of the Teamsters union who disappeared in 1975.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.21.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptEmpire enlists Demi Moore and Hulu gives a 10-episode order to J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s horror anthology Castle Rock. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Honest Trailer for the Oscars Recruits “Donald Trump” for “Starring” Voice Over (Video)

Honest Trailers 2017 OscarsWhich Best Picture nominee does our Twitter-happy President call “sad?” How about all of them!

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“The LEGO Batman Movie” Wins Holiday Weekend, But Not as Much as “The Great Wall’s” Surprising Victory

The Great Wall ExcerptPresidents’ Day weekend brought both expected results and surprises to the four-day box office weekend. The LEGO Batman Movie, as predicted, came out on top with ease, but it was The Great Wall‘s topping of all the new movies that surprised the most. Plus, La La Land could be the most financially successful Best Picture winner worldwide since 2010’s The King’s Speech if it wins this weekend.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.20.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptBridge of Spies writer Matt Charman is returning to the world of espionage with a series based on the life of one of the spies that inspired the character James Bond. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.17.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCary Fukunaga is in talks to direct a Hirsohima drama and a big mystery in The Last Jedi is revealed. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Brad Grey’s Exit at Paramount Is Imminent (Exclusive)

Brad Grey ExcerptFollowing a 12-year run at the studio, the veteran executive is negotiating for a first-look deal at Paramount and to stay on certain projects as a producer.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.17.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Universal has made multiple promotions and ITV America has a new President from Leftfield Entertainment.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.16.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSam Raimi is in talks to direct a Bermuda Triangle thriller and Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez is the latest to join Steve McQueen’s Widows. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“LEGO Batman” to Fend Off Comedy and White Saviors at Box Office Over Holiday Weekend

LEGO Batman ExcerptAnother holiday weekend, another box office report, another time for the families — and anyone else who enjoys animated films and the Caped Crusader, really — to dominate. Despite the opening of three new films in wide release, it will, inevitably, be the Warner Bros. Animation film The LEGO Batman Movie that will come out on top for the second weekend in a row.

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Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal with Lionsgate as Studio Secures Two-Thirds of YouTube’s “Holy Trinity”

Hannah Hart ExcerptStar and producer of the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen,” Hannah Hart, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, further showcasing the increasing power and influence that YouTube stars have beyond the realm of free online videos.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.15.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptConstance Wu boards John Chu’s adaptation of Crazy Rich Asian and Joe Carnahan set to write and direct a new take on Gareth Evans’ The Raid. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Lady Justice Looms Large as EEOC Gears Up for Potential Lawsuit Against Major Studios

Ava DuVernay ExcerptAfter an investigation, the EEOC is preparing for either a settlement or a lawsuit against major studios discriminating against female directors. This is a good thing because if diversity is not achieved or strived for naturally, then it must be demanded without hesitation.

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“Team Thor” Videos Lead to Renewed Interest in Marvel’s “Ragnarok” (Things We Love)

Team ThorCredit lies with Taika Waititi, a director with a unique comic sensibility and an outside-the-box choice to direct a big-budget comic book movie if there ever was one.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.14.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerpt Vince Vaughn joins Dwayne Johnson in the real-life wrestling comedy/drama Fighting With My Family and Lea Thompson and Alan Ruck join Stranger Things Shannon Purser in the comedy Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.13.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptEdward James Olmos signs on to star in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC and Star Trek: Discovery recruits three Starfleet officerrs. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“The LEGO Batman Movie” Has No Problem Beating Its Rivals at the Box Office

JW2_D35_2333.cr2The LEGO Batman Movie came out on top this past weekend, as predicted, but numbers were off across the board, as the animated Caped Crusader brought in less than expected and everything else jumped higher. Still, final numbers ultimately made this the best weekend of the year so far.

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There’s a New A-List in Town — The Assistant List Shines a Light on Unrepped Writers

Assistant List 2017 The list showcases the best screenplays and TV pilots written by industry assistants, as voted on by other assistants. Is the next Aaron Sorkin already working for you? You won’t know until you check this list twice!

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2017 BAFTA Awards: The Complete List of Winners

bafta-excerptThe BAFTA Awards — which are essentially the across-the-pond-Oscars — were handed out this weekend and, to no surprise, Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land cleaned up by picking up five trophies including Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Director.

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Ansel Elgort, Anthony Mackie Highlight Actors Lacing Up for NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Anthony MackieThe NBA Celebrity Game announced its rosters and the pressure is now on, though it’s nothing an Avenger can’t handle.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.10.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSony Pictures nabs Tom Hanks WWII drama Greyhound and Alexander Skarsgard and Jeffrey Wright join Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark.
Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.10.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Vox Media has a new COO and Disney has made multiple promotions.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.09.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptKevin Smith confirms a Jay and Silent Bob reboot and Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage adds Joe Manganiello and Marley Shelton. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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In the Box Office Streets, “Fifty Shades” and “John Wick” No Match for “LEGO Batman”

lego-batman-excerptFor the first time in several weeks, the box office will finally see some new blood. The three new films that are opening in wide release this weekend are expected to top the box office, with one in particular opening high above the others.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.08.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSusan Sarandon joins the cast of a John Kennedy Toole biopic and the Star Wars Han Solo spin-off is looking to add breakout Flebag star Pheobe Waller-Bridge. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.07.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptJack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig attached to star in Paramount’s English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, plus Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films options Janice Y.K Lee’s bestselling novel The Expatriates.
Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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We For She Unveils 2017 WriteHer List

we for she excerptFor the third year, We for She has released it’s WriteHer List. The list highlights the industry’s favorite television scripts written by women and depicting female-driven stories. This year, the list even includes one of the Launch Pad Pilot Competition’s own alums.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (02.06.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptKristin Scott Thomas to make her directorial debut and HBO’s Divorce has a new showrunner. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Split” Tops the Box Office Over Super Bowl Weekend, While “Hidden Figures” Finally Beats “La La Land”

Hidden Figures ExcerptAs expected, the Super Bowl was able to keep the box office from reaching any sort of heights this past weekend, as movies fell about where they were expected to, with lower totals than they would have hit on any other weekend. In fact, this year’s Super Bowl box office was slightly down from last year’s, when the top twelve amassed $82 million total, as opposed to this weekend’s top twelve reaching $80.2 million.

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