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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.31.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLethal Weapon has tapped True Blood actor Lynn Collins to play a childhood friend of Riggs in season two. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Labor Day Weekend Ends a Terrible Summer at an All-Time Low

HCHTNThere are both new and old movies being released moderately nationwide but nothing new into more than 750 theaters, and only one of the weekend’s new movies even stands a chance at breaking into the Top 5.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.30.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLily Collins is set to star opposite Nicholas Hoult in the biopic Tolkien, based on the life of the Lord of the Rings author. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Top 15 Movies Opening This Fall Should Make Up for This Summer’s Weak Box Office

lastjedifallbo2TNWith the summer movie season ending this Labor Day, we now look ahead to the last four months of 2017 and what might be the highest grossers of the fall and holiday movie seasons.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.29.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLionsgate pushes back the Taron Egerton starrer Robin Hood to September, 2018. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Manuscript Competition Unveils Top 50

Top50 ExcerptHalf of this year’s Top 50 manuscripts come from female authors, and over 25 percent from writers abroad. This year’s Top 50 also features a wide range of genres, with everything from fantasy and thrillers, to period dramas and comedic sci-fi.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.28.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptA year after The CW pulled their recent series episodes off of Hulu, the network has come to a new deal to air live streams of CW shows. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Chris, Eleanor Columbus’ Maiden Voyage Help First-Time Filmmakers Realize Their Vision

columbusAfter decades in the business making movies like Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potters, the filmmaking vet is helping new filmmakers with films like The Witch and this year’s Patti Cake$.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Wins Second Weekend Over Weaker New Offerings

hitmansbodyguardstill3TNIn what is being deemed the worst weekend at the box office in 16 years, the Top 12 movies grossed less than $50 million, although the Weinstein Company managed to get two movies into the Top 5.

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Essential Reading: Dynamite Entertainment’s “Magnus” Is an Inventive Take on an Old-School Comic Character

magnusTNDynamite Entertainment’s new take on Russ Manning’s Magnus Robot Fighter, first published by Gold Key in the sixties, gives a unique spin on the character, and it’s more than just changing his gender.

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Weekend Update: Welcome to the Worst Weekend in Box Office History

hitmanbodyguardexcerptLIonsgate’s action-comedy The HItman’s Bodyguard will win its second weekend in a row with $3.2 million grossed Friday, but the Weinstein Company might have two movies in the Top 5 with the new Leap! and the expanding Wind River.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.25.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptRob Corddry, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Max Burkholder have joined the dark comedy Benjamin directed by Bob Saget. 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 (08.24.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLegion actor Hamish Linklater and Orange is the New Black star have booked new series regular roles. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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The Dog Days of Summer Are Upon Us, So Can Any New Movie Break Out?

leapboxofficeTN Three new movies are getting wide releases on Friday, but none of them look like they have a chance against the movies currently in theaters, as we’re likely to see one of the worst weekends at the box office in more than a decade.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.23.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptIssa Rae, Timothy Hutton, Isabella Rossellini, and Elizabeth Debicki book new gigs. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Aspiring TV Writers Should Listen to Launch Pad Alumni on New Episode of Paper Team Podcast

Paper TeamTalia Gonzalez, David Hoffman and T.A. Snyder share their experience in terms of entering competitions and working as professional writers, and they also offer great insight into writer room dynamics.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.22.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCasey Neistat and Mr. Student Body President lead the seventh annual Streamy Awards with six nominations a piece. 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 (08.21.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptRooney Mara-starrer Mary Magdalene moves off of Thanksgiving, dropping its awards season run, as The Current War takes its release date slot. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Warner Bros. Taps Google Veteran Andrew Hotz as EVP of Worldwide Digital Marketing

Andrew Hotz Warner Bros.Upcoming releases from WB and New Line include It (Sept. 8), Ninjago (Sept. 22), Blade Runner 2049 (Oct. 6), Geostorm (Oct. 20), Justice League (Nov. 17) and Bastards (Dec. 22).

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“Crown Heights” Director Matt Ruskin on How to Tell an Important True Story on a Limited Budget

crownheightsexcerptThe winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival audience award stars Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) as Colin Warner, a Brooklyn man who was convicted and jailed for 22 years on a murder charge based solely on an unreliable witness.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Wins the Weekend with Over $21 Million, Soderbergh’s Latest is Not So Lucky

HitmansBodyguard2The Samuel L. Jackson-Ryan Reynolds buddy action-comedy fared well with moviegoers in the slower part of the month, but Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, which reteamed him with Channing Tatum for the fourth time, ended up in third place with just $8 million.

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Why Does Everything James Wan Touch Turn to Gold?

jameswanexcerptHas the director and co-creator of the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring horror franchises found a sure-fire formula for success or is it just plain luck?

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Why MoviePass is A Genius Way to Get People Back into Theaters, and Why AMC Should Be Embracing It

moviepassexcerpt With all the talk about the movie subscription service being bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics and the subsequent lowering of its monthly rate to $9.99, an actual user of the service shares some thoughts on how MoviePass could save the lagging box office.

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Weekend Update: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Exceeding Expectations, Soderbergh Falling Short

hitmanbodyguardexcerptWith Friday box office estimates in, it’s looking very good that the Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds action-comedy will win the weekend by a decent margin over last week’s Annabelle: Creation. Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is fighting for third against Nolan’s unstoppable Dunkirk.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.18.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptGemma Chan has joined Margot Robbie and Saorsie Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Patti Cake$” Scene-Stealer Siddharth Dhananjay on His Rise From Worldstar to Hollywood

Siddharth DhananjayThe rising star said Ed Harris gave him some great acting advice at the Sundance labs, and that he’d love to work with The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (08.18.17)

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. Following Broad Green’s production division shut down and laying off staff, former exec Jeremy Fuchs has joined STX Entertainment.

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Director Ric Roman Waugh on “Shot Caller” and What Prison Does to a Man

rrwshotcallerexcerpt The filmmaker’s fourth movie continues to explore the themes established in his earlier films Felon and Snitch, with Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing a family man who is sent to prison for a deadly DUI and is transformed by his time behind bars.

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Summer Box Office: The Highs and Lows of a Weaker Movie Season

wonderwomanexcerptThe box office was down considerably from last year, but there were a couple true standouts, including Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which grossed more than $400 million in North America alone to take the summer crown.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.17.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptAmazon taps Paul Scheer to write their Galaxy Quest revival and Amy Poehler signs on to lend her voice to an animated comedy pilot. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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