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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (01.17.17)

Sing ExcerptAs predicted, Hidden Figures came out ahead at the box office over the holiday weekend but the rest of the results were more unexpected, such as the horror film The Bye Bye Man making it into the top five and both Sing and La La Land topping Rogue One.

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Michael Lynton Steps Down as Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO

michael-lynton-excerptIt was announced today that Michael Lynton will leave his post as Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO. He will leave the entertainment conglomerate, which he helmed for over a decade to focus on his chairmanship of Snapchat.

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The Deadpool Oscar Consternation

DeadpoolDeadpool was one of the best pictures of the year, but will the Academy deter from their usual practice of voting for award-bait drama films and nominate this wisecracking superhero flick? And if it does, will it mean anything to the larger landscape of blockbusters and the Oscars?

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (01.13.17)

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. DreamWorks Animation taps its new president and Chelsea Barnard steps up as President of Film for Annapurna.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (01.12.17)

041816_PATRIOTSDAY_KB_419.CR2Despite how crowded theaters are going to be this holiday weekend, only one of the new or expanding movies is expected to make it into the top five of the box office. And the number one film will be a three-way battle between reigning champ Hidden Figures, former champ Rogue One, and newcomer Patriots Day.

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“La La Land,” “Moonlight,” “Birth of a Nation” Among 2017 DGA Award Nominees For Film

dga-excerptOn Wednesday, the Directors Guild of America unveiled their TV picks for their 69th annual DGA Awards and today, they have unveiled their nominees in the feature film categories. The list include usual suspects: La La Land‘s Damien Chazelle, and Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins. A nod was also given to Nate Parker for The Birth of a Nation, which has been noticeably absent this awards season.

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DGA Announces Award Nominees For TV, Commercial, & Documentary Categories

stranger-things-excerptThe Directors Guild of America revealed the nominees for their 69th annual DGA Awards in the TV, commercials and documentary categories. Stranger ThingsWestworld and The People v. O.J. received nods for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series while Golden Globe winner Atlanta and HBO favorites Silicon Valley and Veep were nominated for comedy.

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The Complete List of 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations

I Daniel Blake ExcerptRight after taking home a record number of Golden Globes, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land once more came out on top with an astonishing 11 nominations for the BAFTAs. The British Academy also gave recognition to films from their own country, namely the Cannes-winner I, Daniel Blake.

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“Moonlight,” “La La Land,” & “Deadpool” Among 2017 PGA Film Nominees

pga-excerptWith the Golden Globes in the rear view mirror, awards season is now heading into Guild territory. The latest to announce its nominees is the Producers Guild of America. They recently unveiled their TV nominees, but today they have announced their picks for the categories of theatrical motion pictures and animated theatrical motion pictures.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (01.09.17)

Hidden Figures ExcerptThere was more than one surprise this weekend in the world of film — not just the Golden Globes, but the box office too. The true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — three black women who worked at NASA — as told in the film Hidden Figures came out on top this weekend, making an impressive $22.8 million as it expanded to nearly 2,500 theaters.

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The Bitch List 2017

bitch list excerptAfter last night’s Golden Globes and the success of countless new and diverse voices in the past year, the annual Bitch List has never appeared more timely. In its fourth year, the List works to highlight unproduced feature and television screenplays that pass the Bechdel test.

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The Complete List of Winners from the 74th Golden Globes (Live Updates)

Jimmy Fallon GG ExcerptThe complete list of winners from the 74th Golden Globe Awards hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Find out who took home the top prizes in film and television at this year’s ceremony!

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The Golden Globes 2017: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

moonlightWe’ve picked a few of the best and brightest categories that will be honored this Sunday, January 8 at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards to give our take on who we think is going to win… and who we think should win in the world of film and television.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (01.06.17)

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. Dan Berger has moved from Head of Communications at DreamWorks to Fox, while Kevin Vitale has departed IFC for MTV.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (01.05.17)

Underworld Blood Wars ExcerptA new year, a new box office report. Despite some stiff competition this weekend, repeat contenders Rogue One and Sing should have little trouble remaining on top. Meanwhile, Hidden Figures should perform better than expected and Underworld: Blood Wars and A Monster Calls will stumble.

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“Westworld,” “Atlanta,” & “Stranger Things” Included in Producers Guild TV Nominees

pga-excerptOn Thursday, the Producers Guild of America announced their slate of nominees in the categories of television series/specials, children’s programs, longform television, sports programs and digital series. Among the shows recognized were newcomers Westworld, Atlanta, and Stranger Things. Critically acclaimed series The Night Of and The People v. O.J. Simpson also received noms.

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The Complete List of Writers Guild Awards Theatrical Screenplay Nominations

loving-excerptThis morning the Writers Guild of America announced their theatrical and documentary screenplay nominations for the 69th annual Writers Guild Awards. These awards will be given out at simultaneous Los Angeles-New York ceremonies on Sunday, February 19.

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Online Film Critics Society Awards: The Complete List of Winners

moonlight-excerptThe Online Film Critics Society gave out their awards for 2016 and Moonlight led the pack with four wins for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama tied with La La Land with seven nominations. Damien Chazelle’s musical love letter to Los Angeles nabbed two awards for Best Editing and Cinematography.

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Tap Nick Kroll & John Mulaney to Host

<> at Brasserie 8 1/2 on October 10, 2016 in New York City.Oh, Hello on Broadway stars Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have booked hosting duties at next month’s Film Independent Spirit Awards. The event will air live on IFC on February 25.

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Your Complete Guide to the 74th Annual Golden Globes Parties and Events

Golden GlobesLeading up to and on the day of the Golden Globes this Sunday, there will be a variety of events and we have the run-down on all the pre-parties, after-parties, and more. We’ll continue to update the list throughout the week as more information comes our way.

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The Complete List of ACE Eddie Awards Nominations

ace awardsAhead of their awards ceremony on Friday, January 27, the ACE Eddie Awards have announce this years nominations. Picks were chosen by members of the American Cinema Editors and continue the reigning favorites of awards season with La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea all landing noms.

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The Tracking Board’s State of the Race: A Look at this Year’s Top Oscar Contenders

Academy-Awards-StatuesAwards season is in full swing and there is a long road until the 89th Annual Academy Awards, which are slated to air on February 26, 2017 on ABC. The nominations for the coveted statuette won’t be announced until January 24, 2017, but favorites have already emerged from the pack — and the competition is stiff.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (12.23.16)

fences-excerptWith the holiday season comes an onslaught of new movies so in that vein we’re taking a look at all the movies opening over the next few days (and previously) and what kind of impact they’re expected to have on the box office, from Sing’s animated domination, to Assassin’s Creed lackluster performance, and Fences’ impressing showing.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (12.19.16)

Rogue One ExcerptNewcomer movies Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Collateral Beauty fell slightly short of our expectations, but Rogue One’s still massive intake helped Disney because the first studio ever to make over $7 billion globally at the box office. The remainder of the weekend’s box office fell more or less exactly where it was supposed to.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (12.16.16)

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. There’s been a shakeup at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema and Viacom has named Bob Bakish the permanent CEO.

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (12.15.16)

rogue-one-excerptThere’s a new Star Wars film and standalone film or not (which Rogue One is), it’s going to decimate any competition going up against it (and possibly make it into the top ten openings of all time). The more interesting races at the box office this weekend will be Moana versus newcomer Collateral Beauty and awards contenders Manchester by the Sea versus La La Land.

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017: Complete List of Nominations

The Crown Season 1Sophia Bush and Common revealed the nominations for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Award and needless to say, they turned several heads. Current awards frontrunner La La Land failed to land a Best Ensemble nomination, while the television categories are dominated by newcomers Stranger Things, The Crown, and Westworld.

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THE 2016 HIT LIST STATS, COMPARISONS, FACTS, FIGURES & FUN

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsA detailed and in-depth breakdown on all stats, numbers, trends, reps, companies, and overall analysis from the 2016 Hit List. There’s information on writers, agencies, agents, management companies, managers, and genres, and how they stack up with the six years of Hit Lists that came before them.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (12.12.16)

LLL d 41-42_6689.NEFAs expected, Moana was able to voyage past newcomer Office Christmas Party to be the top movie for the third weekend in a row, while Arrival and Doctor Strange continued to hang around the top five for their fifth and sixth weeks, respectively. Damien Chazelle’s award-winning musical La La Land managed the best opening per theater average of 2016, making $855,000 in only five theaters.

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Critics’ Choice Awards 2016: Complete List of Winners

Damien Chazelle Critics Choice ExcerptLast night, the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards handed out the top prizes to various categories in film and television, further heating up the awards race. Damien Chazelle’s musical breakout La La Land took top honors for film, while Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley nabbed the highest awards in the television race.

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