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Trevor Groth Leaving Sundance Film Festival After 25 Years to Join 30West

Trevor GrothWhile at Sundance, Groth helped champion acclaimed titles such as Whiplash, Fruitvale Station, Hard Eight, Pi, Memento and Napoleon Dynamite.

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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Leads Banner Weekend for Fox, Christian Bale’s “Hostiles” Exceeds Expectations

Mazerunnertrailer20th Century Fox had three movies in the top 5 as well as Oscar-nominated Searchlight films The Shape of Water and Three Billboards expanding wider.

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David Wain and Producers Peter Pricipato, Jonathan Stern on “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” (Interview)

DavidWainFutileStupidGesture2The Netflix movie tells the story of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte), following the success of the magazine and how that transitioned into making movies like Animal House.

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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Will Finish the Series at #1, “Hostiles” Might Struggle in Wide Release

MazeRunnerHostilesBOCollageNeither new nationwide release should have as much of an impact as Tuesday’s Oscar nominees, many which will expand even wider on Friday.

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Fox Selects Eight Participants for 2018 Writers Lab

Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 12.09.22 PM 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion announced the eight participants in its seventh annual Fox Writers Lab.

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“Jumanji” Three-peats at #1, While “12 Strong,” “Den of Thieves” Battle for 2nd Place

12StrongDenofThievesChris Hemsworth went up against Gerard Butler for a tight second place race between the male-driven films that also had to face the NFL Championships on Sunday.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (01.19.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMThe CW promotes two and brings in Julie Jarmon from Freeform to firm up their development team under Executive Vice President Gaye Hirsch. 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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The Fire and Fury, Much Less the Folly, of Adapting the Bestselling Book About Donald Trump’s White House

fire and fury“Selling a cinematic property to a buyer who has no chance of recouping an investment. These kinds of things happen all day every day here, and this is just the most obvious and blatant one this week,” writes Neil Turitz.

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As the Times Change, So Does Sundance, Where Sales May Slow, “Monster” Movies May Shine, and Harvey Isn’t Welcome

Monster MoviesIf I’m being honest, the Park City Midnight section has lost a bit of its luster as Toronto’s Midnight Madness has gained momentum with the genre filmmaking crowd, but I have faith that Revenge, Arizona, Piercing and Lords of Chaos will deliver the genre goods this year.

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“12 Strong” Offers Chris Hemsworth on a Horse – Is That Enough to Defeat “Jumanji”?

12StrongDenofThievesThe military action-drama and STXfilms’ Den of Thieves will try to snag guys away from Sunday’s football, but neither should make much of a lasting impression.

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“Black Lightning” Showrunner on Why He Didn’t Want to Tell an Origin Story

black lightning “I’m sure if I had done it in an origin story, you know what people would say? ‘Eh, it’s another fucking origin story,'” Salim Akil tells Tracking Board about his new CW superhero series.

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Apple’s Big TV Venture Has a Strong Slate, But How Will We Watch These Shows?

Apple Jen Reese“The longer Apple waits to reveal the specifics of its distribution plan, the more the company risks getting the short end of the stick from both the creative community, and audiences who will have already committed their annual entertainment budget elsewhere,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Mom and Dad” Director Brian Taylor on His Unconventional Thriller Starring Nicolas Cage and That Fabled “Twisted Metal” Movie (Interview)

MomDadFeature2The co-creator of Crank and a director on the popular new Syfy show Happy! tells us what it takes to put together a movie with a premise that’s not the easiest to finance. Plus getting the most “crazy Nick” out of Nicolas Cage after working together on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

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“Jumanji” Remains #1, Followed by Spielberg’s “The Post,” Neeson’s “The Commuter

jumanjithepostWarner Bros’ Paddington 2 and Screen Gems’ Proud Mary both had disappointing showings outside the top 5 within a mish-mash of new and returning movies that grossed between $12 and 16.3 million.

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Guillermo del Toro: What to Watch After Watching “The Shape of Water”

DelToroFilmsWe go through the popular genre filmmaker’s extensive filmography offering a few watching tips for novices unfamiliar with his earlier work.

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Weekend Update: “Jumanji” Still Dominating, but Spielberg’s “The Post” a Strong Second Place

jumanjithepostOther than The Post, most of the new wide releases like Liam Neeson’s The Commuter, Taraji P. Henson’s Proud Maary and Paddington 2 disappointed.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Comic Book Movie News Galore, Plus the Mark Wahlberg-Michelle Williams Pay Gap Dispute (Video)

MTMP 1-12Batman got a breather from today’s show, which finds hosts Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson discussing Black Widow, Deadpool 2, New Mutants, Gambit, Suicide Squad 2, Ant-Man 3 and Avengers: Infinity War.

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As MoviePass Keeps Adding More Members, It’s Time to Weigh the Pros and Cons

MoviePass“I’ve seen an alarming number of complaints from paid subscribers who either did not receive their cards in a timely fashion, or received inoperable cards. MoviePass also has an issue with customer service, in that it appears to be basically nonexistent,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“The Polka King” Directors Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky on How Jack Black Created His Outlandish Real-Life Character (Interview)

PolkaKing1Black plays bandleader Jan Dewan, the “Polka King of Pennsylvania,” who conned his fans out of millions of dollars before being arrested for creating a Ponzi scheme. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

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MLK Holiday Weekend Presents Stronger Competition for “Jumanji,” Though It Should Remain #1

BoxOfficePreview11218Warners’ recent pick-up Paddington 2 should do well, as should Spielberg’s The Post in wide release with Taraji P. Henson’s Proud Mary and Liam Neeson’s The Commuter splitting the action fans.

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Warner Bros.’ Executive Shuffle Overshadowed a Significant Restructuring That Should Benefit the Studio

Tsujihara WBThe studio’s movies grossed $5.1 billion worldwide in 2017, but when you’re spending over $4 billion to accomplish that, and you have significant money losers like King Arthur and Geostorm sprinkled in among the smash hits, you’re simply not doing as well as you could,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Jenna Block Named Lit Agent at Verve, Where Her Good Taste Should Come In Handy

Jenna Block VerveBlock’s hiring makes her the 20th agent at Verve, one of the few agencies that hasn’t been dragged into Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal. She’s well known in development circles for having a good work ethic and a strong sense of story.

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“The Commuter” Director Jaume Collet-Serra on the Complexities of his Fourth Liam Neeson Thriller (Interview)

commutercolletserra1How their earlier thriller Non-Stop led to them making another transportation thriller, and why Disney’s Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson is actually very different from Jumanji.

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CAA Signs “Carmen Sandiego” Stars Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard Following Their APA Exits

Gina FinnRodriguez is preparing for a major year, as not only does she co-star alongside Natalie Portman in Alex Gardland’s sci-fi movie Annihilation, but she’s also the lead in Sony’s remake of the acclaimed Mexican thriller Miss Bala.

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Warner Bros. Shake-up: Toby Emmerich Promoted, Sue Kroll Leaving Job as Exec to Become Producer on the Lot

Sue Kroll OutIt will now fall on Emmerich, newly-crowned marketing chief Blair Rich and new DC Films president Walter Hamada to restore luster to the DC brand following the critical and commercial failure of Justice League.

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“Jumanji” Keeps Blowing Up Expectations While “Insidious: The Last Key” Also Does Decently

JumanjiInsidiousBOStar Wars: The Last Jedi is now the sixth highest grossing movie ever domestically and 13th-highest worldwide, yet it still didn’t do as well in China as other recent movies.

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Have we Learned Our Lesson Yet About Making Sequels Past Their Prime?

SequelsPastPrimeIn the past couple years, making sequels years even decades after their popular predecessors has proven to be folly for anyone involved. And yet, 2018 offers more than a couple sequels being released an insanely long time after the original movies.

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2017 Box Office Power Players, Missed Opportunities and Straight-Up Bombs

wonder womanWarner Bros’ Wonder Woman movie was one of the bigger surprises at the 2017 box office, but it wasn’t the only one, and hopefully, lessons will be learned from the bigger mistakes and disasters.

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Weekend Update: “Jumanji” Dominates, “Insidious: The Last Key” Doing Better Than Expected

JumanjiMattTolmach1Star Wars: The Last Jedi is likely to end up in third place as positive word-of-mouth from the holiday releases helps Sony’s family hit and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (1.05.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMFollowing Mark Pedowitz’s contract extension at The CW, the network has also up head of scripted development, Gaye Hirsch, to EVP of Development. 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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