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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (08.04.17)

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. Sony Pictures TV Studios gets an overhaul as chief Tony Vinciquerra promotes a trio from within to run the TV production division.

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Who Will Benefit Most From the Success of “Baby Driver”?

babydriverexcerptWith Edgar Wright’s latest movie grossing over $100 million worldwide, we examine the parties who are most likely to be the biggest winners thanks to their involvement in his 22-year passion project.

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“Apes” Star Andy Serkis Proves Motion-Capture Actors Deserve Awards Love Too

Andy Serkis Apes OscarMo-cap work demands more of actors emotionally, physically and mentally, because they are using their imagination to create the environment, establish relationships and set the scene. The visual effects exist to serve the physical performance, not “enhance” it, writes John Rocha.

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How Everyone Can Learn From the Genius of D23

D23 Expo ExcerptWhat Disney does is so darn smart. It shares the time and space with no one. While everyone else who might have something fancy to show is holding off until they head a hundred or so miles south, Disney is looking over all it has and holding out maybe one thing to tantalize the comic book crowd.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (07.14.17)

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. Mireille Soria has been tapped as the new president of Paramount’s animation division and Warner Bros.’ digital group has made several executive changes.

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11 True Stories Begging for an Adaptation

billie holliday excerptNon-fiction works are great to scour for new ideas and we’ve found some of the best! From eccentric inventors to forgotten history to hippos, here are 11 pieces ready and waiting for an adaptation for the big or small screen.

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Our Picks For The Top 12 Video Game Trailers of E3 (So Far)…

E3With the first few days of E3 press conferences now in the books we break down our top 12 picks for the best new trailers and reveals coming out of E3 before Sony takes the main stage this evening. See which sequels, prequels, and newcomers make our list inside…

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows Coming to Netflix in June

unnamedWith award-winning stalwarts and exciting new shows, Netflix is back in June to continue their campaign to fulfill everyone’s entertainment needs. Along with a number of movies and shows from outside their production sphere, there will be something for everybody on Netflix in June.

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Amazon Is Starting Its Own Best Seller List, and That Is More Interesting than You Think

Amazon Books ExcerptYesterday, Amazon debuted its Amazon Charts as a sort of competitor to the New York Times Best Seller List, which is a welcome addition to the medium, an egalitarian move, and not unlike the landscape of blockbusters and indie titles in the movie world.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in May

unnamedNetflix continues to crank out original content, with no less that 29 movies, shows, and specials hitting the streaming giant this month. With the addition of other stellar shows and movies, Netflix has your visual entertainment needs covered in May.

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Netflix Got Hacked, “Orange Is the New Black” Episodes Were Released, and No One Cared

orange is the new black excerptNetflix was recently hacked and neither them nor the industry at large had much of a response, which was initially puzzling, but upon closer inspection, seems like the best possible response Netflix could have had.

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For Those About to Strike, We Salute You

Writers-Strike ExcerptWe are less than a week away from the Writers’ Guild of America potentially going on strike if they cannot reach a deal with the studios by the time the clock strikes midnight on May 2. Neil Turitz looks back at the last strike to make a prediction about how he thinks the next few days will play out.

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Does Warner Bros. Really Need New Line Anymore?

New Line ExcerptWith Warner Bros. spending most of its time focusing on its larger films, its subsidiary New Line Cinema has fallen by the wayside. Neil Turitz takes the opportunity to figure out what should be done with this company that is consistently producing underwelming content.

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J.C. Spink, Executive Producer of “The Hangover” Trilogy, Dead at 45

J.C. SpinkHis company, Benderspink, was a behemoth in the lucrative spec market, but Spink didn’t just have an eye for broad commercial fare. He also had good taste in edgy material as evidenced by A History of Violence, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

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After All These Years, There’s No Question Stephen King Still Reigns

King ExcerptIt goes without saying that Stephen King is the godfather of horror, but why is the celebrated author suddenly going through something of a Hollywood renaissance? Neil Turitz previews the upcoming adaptations of his works and ponders why it’s happening now.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in April

unnamedSpring has sprung and Netflix is going all-in on the release of original programming in April, with 25 original titles premiering this month, including the highly anticipated series adaptation of Dear White People.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Final Part)

Valiant 2 ExcerptAs the his series on the state of the comic industry comes to a close, Neil Turitz takes a positive look towards the future of comics to remind us that the industry is on the upswing and has no intentions of coming down anytiem soon.

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Tell the Truth: Would You Pay 30 Bucks to Watch New Movie Releases at Home?

Cinemacon ExcerptIf you were given the opportunity to pay 30 dollars to be able to watch movies at home from when they hit theaters, would you? With CinemaCon starting today, Neil Turitz examines this potential new development in film watching and how it would impact theaters in the future.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Five)

Faith Comic ExcerptValiant Entertainment is, in fact, not just surviving in the marketplace, it’s actually thriving. Thanks to a specific strategy to publish a limited amount of books each month, thereby focusing on quality storytelling over quantity of market share, a company that only began its latest run of publications five years ago now averages higher sales per book than any other publisher outside of the Big Two.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Four)

Maus ExcerptIt used to be that the automatic response a non-comic book reader had to the genre was the connection to Superman and Batman and Spider-Man and all the rest. Now things have changed quite a bit and there is no denying that the medium has evolved, allowing for more daring and interesting forms of storytelling.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in March

unnamedNetflix is celebrating the dawn of spring with a fresh infusion of content, both classic and original. Classic comedies, enthralling docs, and long-awaited shows are just part of updated menu that subscribers will be able to enjoy.

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The Dangers of Counting Too Heavily on Foreign Dollars

GreyThe American film industry has been relying more on foreign money than ever before, which has been beneficial in some ways but could become harmful in the future. Neil Turitz has evaluated why these companies should be cautious in putting so much faith in international investors.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry, Part Three

DC Batman ExcerptHas the lack on continuity with characters in comic books ever bothered you? Neil Turitz discusses the importances of reviving characters and having multiple universes with a staffer at DC Comics.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Two)

Captain America ExcerptIn the second part of Neil Turitz’s examination of the comic industry, he focuses on the juggernaut that is Marvel Comics. While it’s easily the number one company in the industry, that doesn’t mean its immune to some of the most basic problems that plagues an industry like this.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part One)

X-Men ExcerptWhat has become of the comic book industry? Neil Turitz analyzes the state of comic books in 2017 and how it has gotten to where it is in the first part of his six-part series. First, an overview of the industry — its rise, fall, and renaissance.

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Is There Another Writers’ Strike on the Horizon?

Writers' StrikeThe Writers Guild of America’s contract is ending soon and another strike is a distinct possibility. The writers have clear demands and are not afraid to shut down if an agreement they like cannot be reached.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Final Part)

screenwriting excerptIn the final part of Neil Turitz’s analysis of Hollywood writing competition, he speaks to several people who have seen success from the competitions, as well as a judge for numerous competition, to give new perspectives on the experience and outcomes.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Part Two)

screenwriting excerptIn the second part of our series looking at screenwriting competitions, Neil Turitz examines the variation in the different contests and advises how to find the best one for each individual writer.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Part One)

screenwriting excerpt In this three part series we will look to examine where the screenwriting contest came from, how they operate, how they have become so important, some of the people they’ve helped, how some reps use them to scout new talent, and more.

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After a Tumultuous Election, What Is Hollywood’s Next Move?

Captain America ExcerptHollywood has always responded to the large-scale events that have rocked the United States since Hollywood first came to be. But after last week’s election results, and the side of the divide Hollywood finds itself on, how will this industry respond in its creations?

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