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Weekend Update: “Black Panther” on the Prowl for a Second Weekend Record

black pantherWith an estimated $28.9 million on Friday, Black Panther could gross more than $100 million over the weekend, while Game Night and Annihliation are underperforming.

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ISA Spotlight: Winners Announced For the Park City 2018 Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Josh and HuelahJosh Sorokach’s TV pilot Clean Slate follows a woman who inspires a renowned socialite to leave his life of luxury and live outside of the spotlight, while Huelah Lander’s feature script The Science of Happiness follows a man who lives his entire life according to the predictions of a happiness app.

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Filmmaker Duncan Jones Breaks His Silence on “Mute” (Interview)

DuncanJonesMute1The new sci-fi noir film by the director of Moon is set in the same world as his groundbreaking debut. It stars Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux.

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Launch Pad Alum Miley Tunnecliffe Signs With Management Company Fictional Entity

Miley TunnecliffeTunnecliffe, who hails from Australia, first made a splash stateside with her original screenplay The Grow House, which earned her a spot in the Top 75 of the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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“Game Night,” “Annihilation” Don’t Stand A Chance Against “Black Panther” Week Two

GameNightAnnihilationBOPMarvel’s game-changer should remain #1 for a couple weeks, but the Jason Bateman-Rachel McAdams comedy stands a better chance at second place than Natalie Portman’s sci-fi thriller.

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“The Lodgers” Director Brian O’Malley on the Eerie Irish Gothic Thriller (Interview)

TheLodgers3The director of Let Us Prey talks about his period ghost story starring Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner and Eugene Simon, and the difficulties of being a working director in Ireland.

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The Academy Awards Makes a Statement for Hollywood’s Future with Presenter Picks

daniela vega“Hollywood is facing such an interesting backlash that is simultaneously creating a flashforward that’s catapulting rising stars like Daniela [Vega] onto the center stage,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Damnation” Creator Tony Tost on His Rise in Television (Interview)

damnationDamnation showrunner, Tony Tost, speaks with Tracking Board contributor Jeff Iblings about the inspiration for the series, getting his start as a screenwriter, and how to impress your showrunner.

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Can Movies Really Change the World? With #WakandaTheVote, Marvel’s “Black Panther” Is Doing Just That

#WakandaTheVoteA movie about a superhero could end up leading to enormous change in this country, and by extension the world, simply because it empowers people to get involved, many of whom have felt disenfranchised that their voice, and their vote, doesn’t really count,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Game Night” Directors Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley on Making the Comedy Thriller (Interview)

GameNight1The writers of Horrible Bosses and directors of the Vacation remake talk about trying to mix genres and how they cast some of the more unlikely roles like the one played by Jesse Plemons.

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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Black Panther” Stars Letitia Wright and Winston Duke on Joining the MCU and Working With Ryan Coogler

Black Panther QuadAs T’Challa’s brainiac sister and his rival-turned-ally, these two actors practically steal the movie from their more famous co-stars. Get to know them beyond their characters, who are both slated to return in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Is Nielsen’s Attempt to Measure Netflix’s Numbers Really a Desperate Last Stand for the Ratings Service?

The Two N's“You have to wonder if these Netflix numbers are, in a sense, an effort by Nielsen to justify its own continued existence. All the way back to 1950, the Nielsen company has tracked TV viewership, and has become synonymous with the medium. But as that medium changes, the company has struggled to keep up,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Black Panther” Didn’t Just Break February Records with Its Astounding $242 Million Weekend

black panther poster bannerMarvel’s game-changing movie made more in its opening weekend than both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and it set a new Monday record by grossing $40.2 million.

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Career Therapist: Will Nicolas Cage Ever Be an A-List Star Again?

nicolasCageCareerTherapist1The Oscar-nominated superstar hasn’t made a studio film since 2013’s animated The Croods, so is there a way for Cage to climb his way back to the top of the ladder?

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Weekend Update: “Black Panther” on Its Way to Break Records with $75.8 Million Friday

blackpantherposterTNBoth Aardman’s animated Early Man and Pure Flix’s Samson bombed badly going up against the dominant Marvel Studios movie.

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As “Black Panther” Hits Theaters, We Revisit the Case of James Gunn Vs. Jodie Foster

James Gunn Jodie Foster Black Panther“If we’re using Jodie Foster’s metaphor, and Black Panther is part of the theme park that Hollywood has become, then it’s one of the best rides — the kind that leaves you wanting more,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.16.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMFollowing the departure of Jennifer Salke at NBC, the peacock network promotes two women from within to run their scripted programming. 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” Roars into Theaters with $25.2 Million on Thursday

black pantherThat Thursday opening puts it ahead of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which introduced Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther two years ago and could see it grossing more than $200 million over the holiday weekend.

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“Black Panther” Will Probably Set a New February Opening Record and Be a Game-Changer for Marvel, Disney

BlackPantherTVSpotOr maybe it will just be another Marvel movie that makes a ton of money because all Marvel movies do. There are other movies opening this weekend, too, but does anyone even care?

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“The Boy Downstairs” Filmmaker Sophie Brooks on the Relationship Dramedy (Interview)

BoyDownstairs1The indie rom-com stars Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls) as a young woman who moves back to New York and inadvertently rents an apartment in the same building as her ex-boyfriend.

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Fangoria Lives! Dallas Sonnier’s Cinestate Acquires Iconic Horror Movie Magazine

Fangoria CinestateThe beloved magazine will return to print as a collectible quarterly this Halloween, and the deal also includes the assets and trademarks to out-of-print publications such as Starlog and Gorezone.

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Sony’s New Deal With Wizard World Demonstrates How Studios Continue to Overvalue IP

Sony Wizard World“It’s not the most ridiculous idea that Sony would go looking for more comic book IP, but the way it’s going about it is what feels so misguided, and until someone explains to me the value of an IP that has no popular recognition, I will continue to be baffled,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Ryan Murphy Heads to Netflix In One of the Richest Deals in Hollywood History

Ryan Murphy NetflixFrom Glee to American Horror Story to American Crime Story, this is one producer who knows what he’s doing… and now he’s going to do it for Netflix. Look out, world!

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Feature Competition Unveils Top 25

200x133 2017 LPFC Image (Top 25)Alongside our exclusive partners Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, The Tracking Board is incredibly pleased to announce the Top 25 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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“The Shape of Water” Sex Toy Stimulates Discussion About Outside-the-Box Movie Marketing

The Shape of WaterWith a clever marketing campaign that perhaps distributed DNA and paternity tests to people, thus getting them talking and maybe even laughing, the studio behind Father Figures might’ve had a conversation starter on its hands, rather than an underwhelming movie,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Fifty Shades Freed” Wins the Weekend with Less Than $40 Million

FiftyShadesFreedBO2Sony’s family film Peter Rabbit came in second place, followed by Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris.

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Is Netflix Hollywood’s Great Savior or Is It Trying to Change Things Too Swiftly to Succeed?

brightHaving more immediate success with its Emmy-winning television series, many in their third, fourth and fifth seasons, will Netflix’s decision to release so much content on a weekly basis end up hurting the brand?

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Weekend Update: “Fifty Shades Freed” Dominates as New Movies Take Over Top Three

FiftyShadesFreedBOPWhile the end to the E.L. James trilogy will come out lower than the previous two installments, it still stands a chance for a solid $40 million opening. That’s actually the biggest opening for a movie in 2018 so far.

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NBC’s Jennifer Salke Named Head of Amazon Studios

jennifer salke The company focused on female executives to take over Price’s role and Salke emerged as a frontrunner, along with A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and Fox TV boss Dana Walden.

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Alex Ross Perry on “Golden Exits,” “Nostalgia,” “Christopher Robin” and Reuniting with Elisabeth Moss (Interview)

GoldenExitsNostalgiaThe filmmaker behind Listen Up, Phillip and Queen of Earth returns with his fifth feature as director and two upcoming films as a screenwriter.

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