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Rachel Israel on Her Daring Debut “Keep the Change,” An Unconventional Rom-Com Starring Neuro-Diverse Non-Actors (Interview)

KeepTheChange2The first-time filmmaker talks about crafting a film around her friend Brandon Polansky and working with him and Samantha Elisofon to tell a beautiful, crowd-pleasing film.

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The Ramsay Brothers Bring the Pain With Hitchcockian Thriller “Midnighters” (Interview)

Julius and Alston Ramsay Midnighters LAFFNine months after its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, IFC Midnight has unleashed the violent thriller, which has been well-received by genre fans and critics alike. After all, how many genre movies rate 92 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes?

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Can “Tomb Raider” Stop “Black Panther” from Having a Rare Fifth Weekend at #1?

TombRaiderPantherBO2Warner Bros’ video game reboot and Greg Berlanti’s coming-out comedy Love, Simon will try to keep Marvel’s latest from becoming the first film since Avatar to achieve that milestone.

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Feature Competition Unveils Winners

2The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally come! The Launch Pad Competition, in association with our partners Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, is thrilled to announce our winners for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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Daniel Brühl Talks about Recreating History in “7 Days in Entebbe” (Interview)

DanielBruhlEntebbe1Directed by José Padilha, the dramatic thriller recreates the hijacking of an Air France airplane in 1976 and the negotiations with Israel to free hundreds of hostages that led to a raid on the Uganda airport where the plane lands.

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A+E Chief Nancy Dubuc Leaving to Become CEO of Vice Media, Where She’ll Broaden Brand’s Appeal to Women

Nancy DubucDubuc is expected to provide some much-needed leadership at Vice, which has been forced to fire several top executives following sexual harassment allegations from multiple employees who have also taken aim at the company’s corporate culture, suggesting it is in dire need of repair.

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“Black Panther” Unstoppable, Even Against Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time”

PantherWrinkleExcerptMarvel Studios’ blockbuster hit crossed the billion mark worldwide in less than a month, while the Ava DuVernay directed Disney fantasy film opened with $33.3 million.

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Essential Reading: “God Country” Might Be the Best Example of the Comics Medium in Decades

GodCountryBannerWritten by Donny Cates with art by Geoff Shaw and Jason Wordie, the six-issues limited series published by Image Comics involves a West Texas family who gets dragged into the battle for a living sword.

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Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” Wins Friday, but “Black Panther” Should Pull Off a Rare Fourth Week Win

WrinkleinTimeBoxOfficeAviron Pictures’ initial release, the horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, will take third place with a solid $10 million in its first weekend.

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Playwright Cory Finley Shifts to Features with “Thoroughbreds” (Interview)

ThoroughbredsChessThe psychological thriller starring Anya-Taylor Joy, Olivia Cooke and the late Anton Yelchin explores the relationship between two wealthy teenagers as they plot a murder.

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Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” Looks to Dethrone “Black Panther” But Might That Plan Fail?

wrinklepantherA busy March weekend with five new wide releases, includes a few oddities that don’t stand much of a chance to break out.

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“The Strangers: Prey at Night” Director Johannes Roberts on the Trick to Making a Sequel 10 Years After the First Film

Johannes RobertsThe director talks about how John Carpenter influenced the film, which finds our old friends Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask chasing a family (including Christina Hendricks as Mom) around an abandoned trailer park this time around.

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“Life Sentence” Creators on Landing Lucy Hale Post-“Pretty Little Liars”

life sentence “When we met her, she wasn’t actually looking to do another TV show right away,” co-creator and showrunner Erin Cardillo told Tracking Board ahead of the show’s premiere.

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“Gringo” Director Nash Edgerton on the Madcap Action-Comedy Starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron

GringoFeature2The Australian stuntman-turned-filmmaker returns with his second feature after making a bunch of hilarious shorts and performing stunts in some of the biggest action films.

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Just When I Thought I Was Out, the Oscars Keep Pulling Me Back In With Their Heart, Humor and Humanity

Guillermo Wins“Sure, awards season is a horrible slog and the Oscars always last longer than they should, but honestly, I can’t help myself. I’m like the Grinch who has a heart two sizes too small at the beginning of the show, but by the time Best Picture has been handed out, it has grown three full sizes,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Black Panther” Hits $500 Million, Leaving All Others in the Dust

BlackPantherSparrowDeathWishJennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow and Bruce Willis’ Death Wish remake both ended up with less than $20 million to take second and third place, respectively.

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Weekend Update: Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow” Not Holding Up against “Black Panther”

RedSparrow4The spy thriller based on Jason Matthews’ novel is aiming for a sub-$20 million weekend, while Bruce Willis’ Death Wish remake will have to settle for third place.

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“Death Wish” Remake and Now-Delayed “Heathers” Reboot Illustrate Hollywood’s Issues With Real World Violence

Death Wish Heathers“Paramount made the Heathers pilot available to critics online after the Parkland shooting two weeks ago. Early reviews were not kind, to say the least, so when Paramount made the announcement about delaying the premiere, it raised more than a few eyebrows,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Launch Pad Alum Aaron W. Sala Signs With Verve and Madhouse Entertainment

Aaron W SalaHis original screenplay Beast follows a woman facing off against a bloodthirsty beast after her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Launch Pad Alum David Case Signs With Jeff Portnoy at Bellevue Productions

David Case LP AlumHis original screenplay The Noble Woman tells the remarkable true story of a 16th Century French noblewoman who must fight to survive under impossible conditions when she and her lover are marooned on a remote Canadian island during an expedition to the New World.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (03.02.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMIn a big restructuring, Rich Ross is out at Discovery and TLC’s Nancy Daniels is in, among others. 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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“Black Panther” Continues Its Dominance over Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow,” Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish”

BoxOfficePreviewRedSparrowDeathWishThe two new releases will have to settle for second and third place as the Marvel Studios blockbuster holds its own against any and all competition.

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Launch Pad Alum Amber Alexander Signs With Jeff Portnoy at Bellevue Productions

Amber Alexander BellevueHer fantasy-romance manuscript Beautifully Damned is described as a cross between Twilight and True Blood. The YA story follows two immortal beings who are living as teenagers as they fight to find each other while struggling against the systematic persecution of humans with magical powers.

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Feature Competition Unveils Top 10

1As part of our exclusive partnership with Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, The Tracking Board is incredibly pleased to announce the Top 10 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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“Game Night” Screenwriter Mark Perez on How the High-Concept Comedy Came to Be (Interview)

GameNightPerez1The original writer of the New Line comedy talks to the Tracking Board about first getting work in Hollywood and developing Game Night from its inception.

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You Never Need to Pay to Get a Job: A Public Service Announcement Regarding the Latest Hollywood Scam

Neil Scam 1The sad truth is, this town is full of predators eager to prey on your dreams, knowing full well how many people will do anything for a job in showbiz. For Harvey Weinstein and those like him, that meant sex in exchange. For others, like this cowardly scammer, that means money. Just know that you don’t need to give up either for a job,” writes Neil Turitz.

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WGA West, Disney/ABC TV Group Select Writers for Respective Training Programs

Scripts169The WGA West picked nine applicants for its 2018 TV Writer Access Project for writers in underrepresented groups, while Disney/ABC picked ten applicants for its program.

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“UnReal” Showrunner Stacy Rukeyser on Running a Feminist Show at the Height of the #MeToo Movement

stacy rukeyserUnReal showrunner Stacy Rukeyser talks about taking over the show, and how Hillary Clinton and the Me Too movement play a part in season three.

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” Hits $400 Million in Just Ten Days

BlackPantherBoxOfficeWk2The record-setting blockbuster grossed $112 million in its sophomore frame, the second largest second weekend after Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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So How Much Will Marvel’s “Black Panther” Make When All’s Said and Done?

BlackPantherBoxOfficerecordWe crunch the numbers on the amazing box office showing by Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie to see if it can become one of the biggest domestic releases ever.

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