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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (04.07.17)

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. Both Hulu’s head of marketing and Sony Television’s head of communications are departing the companies.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.06.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptScream Queens breakout Billie Lourd signs on to American Horror Story and Wesley Snipes’ Armed Response gets acquired by Saban Films. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Newcomers to Make Little Impact at the Box Office as “Beauty and the Beast” Nears $1 Billion

Smurfs Lost Village ExcerptThe Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast are not letting any new movies take their top spots at the box office this weekend. Despite the direct competition of Smurfs: The Lost Village, more people are going to opt for the decidedly better films — at least according to critics.

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Norm MacDonald Recalls Chilly Meeting With His Comedy Hero, “Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles, on Set of “Dirty Work”

Don RicklesIn his new memoir, MacDonald recalled being humiliated on the set of the 1998 comedy after the legendary comic made some jokes at his expense.

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Legendary Comic Don Rickles Dies at 90, Read His Letter to Donald Trump

Don RicklesRickles voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies, though he also played a wise-cracking theater manager in Norm MacDonald’s Dirty Work, and played against type as Robert De Niro’s trusted pit boss in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 masterpiece Casino.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.05.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerpt Adam McKay eyes Christian Bale for his untitled Dick Cheney film and Jeffrey Dean Morgan joins Dwayne Johnson in Rampage. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Emma Stone Lands Major Offer Following Oscar Win… to Some Kid’s High School Prom

Emma Stone Jacob StaudenmaierHigh school student Jacob Staudenmaier doesn’t strike me as an IRRATIONAL MAN — he knows they’re not going to become FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, even if there is a sense of MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. Following a viral video like this, it would be awfully CRUELLA of Stone to turn the young man down.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.04.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptColin Farrell is in talks for Steve McQueen’s Widows and Billy Crystal is teaming with Barry Levinson for a new comedy. 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 (04.03.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptArmie Hammer joins Alicia Vikander in the Ben Wheatley-directed Freakshift while indie comedy Shriver adds Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“The Boss Baby” Beats “Beauty and the Beast” and Stuns with $50 Million Opening Weekend

Boss Baby ExcerptIt wasn’t that Beauty and the Beast underperformed this weekend — far from it, actually — but simply that DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby far outperformed every expectation that had been put forth for it. Just how much of an overperformance was it? Some $15-20 million.

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March 2017 Agency Moves Find Rising Stars Nick Jonas, Glen Powell, Maika Monroe On the Move

March 2017 Agency Moves 200WME also signed Ice Cube and Power Rangers director Dean Israelite, while CAA added Sarah Paulson and Chronicle director Josh Trank to its roster of clients.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.31.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSylvester Stallone is looking to leave The Expendables franchise, while Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey, and Mark Wahlberg are circling major roles in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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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 Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.31.17)

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. BET is losing two of its executives and Annapurna hires Adrienne Becker as COO.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.30.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Mark Strong is set to star in the forthcoming espionage thriller Deep State, plus a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Beauty and the Beast” Eyeing a Three-Peat as the Number One Film This Weekend

beauty-and-the-beast-excerptDisney’s current juggernaut Beauty and the Beast may have competition, but not nearly enough to knock it from the top. For the third weekend in a row, the enchanting tale as old as time is poised to take the top spot at the box office. Plus, will the controversy surrounding Ghost in the Shell keep it from performing well?

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Old Gods and New Face Off to Creepy Synth Music in “American Gods” Title Sequence (Things We Love)

American Gods ExcerptStarz’s new series American Gods, from Bryan Fuller and Michael Green based on the Neil Gaiman novel, may be a month away but the network is tiding fans over with things like character posters and now a look at the title sequence.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.29.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptBreakout star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Alison Sudol lands a role in The Last Full Measure and Netflix renews Santa Clarita Diet for a second season. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Pixar Short “Dante’s Lunch” Will Whet Your Appetite For “Coco” (Things We Love)

dantes-lunchPixar’s next animated feature Coco doesn’t open in theaters until November 22, but the animation giant has decided to provide an amuse bouche in the form of a “short tail” titled Dante’s Lunch starring the canine to Coco‘s hero Miguel.

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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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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.28.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptFilmRise acquires rights to the sci-fi pic Marjorie Prime starring Jon Hamm while Michael Bay is in talks to develop the film adaptation of Hunting El Chapo. 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 (03.27.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptO’Shea Jackson, Jr. from Straight Outta Compton is in talks for a role in the Godzilla sequel and Amber Heard is negotiating the lead in a new adaptation. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Power Rangers” Overperforms, “Life” Underperforms, But “Beauty and the Beast” Continues to Be the Most Enchanting Film

power-rangers-excerptThere were minor surprises at the box office this weekend but nothing to take away from the fact that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is continuing to absolutely dominate, both domestically and internationally, even with Power Rangers’ surprising performance. Elsewhere, Get Out has finally surpassed Split.

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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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Jim Gianopulos to Be Named Chairman and CEO of Paramount

Jim Gianopulos ExcerptIt’s official: Paramount Pictures has found Brad Grey’s successor in Jim Gianopulos, who will be named the studio’s chairman and CEO.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.24.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptAn actor from Sing Street joins the Han Solo film and Fear the Walking Dead loses its showrunner. 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 (03.24.17)

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. RuPaul’s company World of Wonder has made several hires and promotions this week and Lauren Celinski is moving from E! to Lifetime.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (03.23.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSeth Rogen and James Franco are developing a ’90s teen drama at Hulu, while Netflix is working on a modern-day Biblical drama. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Newcomers Will Be No Match for the Magic of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Box Office

Beauty and the Beast ExcerptNo amount of action, popular IPs, or fun, charismatic leads in space will be able to knock Beauty and the Beast off its very high throne. And this is only the beginning for Disney, who has four more blockbusters opening this year: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Extends Contract Through Mid-2019

Bob Iger ExcerptThe Walt Disney Pictures Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract with the company through July of 2019. The announcement was expected as the company has been looking for his successor for some now, but been met with various setbacks.

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