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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (09.29.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMEpix’s CEO and president Mark Greenberg steps down with Monty Sarhan stepping up to run things in the interim. 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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Telethons Lose Their Identity as Celebrities Overshadow the Cause

Telethon“Crowdfunding has made a splash with apps like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, so now that anyone can run their own mini-telethon by sourcing funds from friends and family, what’s the point of even having a telethon,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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On Yom Kippur, We Look to the Sins and Successes of 2017

Neil Turitz takes a moment to look on the bright side of a tough year to see what the industry got right.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.28.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptLisaGay Hamilton is joining Christian Bale and Amy Adams in the Dick Cheney biopic from Adam McKay. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Can Tom Cruise’s “American Made” Keep the Best September in History Going or Will “Flatliners” Flatline It?

americanmadeflatlinersTNCruise reteams with his “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman, while Ellen Page stars in a remake of the 1990 horror fave. Can either defeat the 1-2 punch of “Kingsman” and “It”?

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.27.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptThe Mindy Project actor Ike Barinholtz to star in and produce satirical thriller The Oath. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Launch Pad Alum Timothy Jay Smith Signs With Book Agent Mark Gottlieb at Trident Media Group

Timothy Jay Smith Trident Media GroupSmith’s manuscript THE FOURTH COURIER is described as A Most Wanted Man meets Bridge of Spies, and is a current Top 10 Finalist in the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

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“Versailles” Infuses New Life into Season 2 with Help from Jessica Clark

palatine excerptThe Tracking Board sits down with producer Aude Albano and actor Jessica Clark to talk all things Versailles, which debuts its second season this weekend.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.26.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptIt’s Always Sunny creators land a production commitment for the comedy Cool Kids at Fox. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Launch Pad Alum Sarah Lampert Signs With UTA, Energy Entertainment

Sarah LampertLampert’s script I Love College is described as Greek meets Mean Girls, and it generated considerable buzz from the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, where it placed in the Top 25.

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Comic Creator Mark Millar on the Origins and Future of “Kingsman” and Millarworld

MarkMillarKingsman2TNWith new comics and a new deal with Netflix, the comic writer/creator finds himself shifting towards newer pastures while the spy action-comedy continues in capable hands.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.25.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptChevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lewis Black are teaming up for the Netflix original comedy The Last Laugh. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is #1 While “Ninjago,” “Friend Request” Disappoint & “It” Holds Strong

Kingsman’s $39 million is lower than projections but still the 5th highest Sept. opener. With $266 million, “It” is the highest grossing horror film of all time (sans inflation).

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Casey Affleck, “Gilmore Girls” Creators Sign Overall Deals with Amazon Studios

affleckpalladinosTNAffleck won an Oscar for his role in the Amazon-released “Manchester by the Sea” while Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino are making “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” at the network.

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Under the Radar: “The Force” is a Riveting Doc about the Oakland Police Department Dealing with Change

Filmmaker Peter Nicks spent two years tailing the police department as they dealt with scandals and controversy in the face of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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Why is Horror So Popular in the “45” Era?

With Warner Bros’ “It” killing at the box office and other 2017 horror hits like Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Shyamalan’s “Split,” it seems like more than a coincidence.

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Weekend Update: “Kingsman” Should Win the Weekend With $40 Million or Slightly Less

Warners’ The LEGO Ninjago Movie not doing nearly as well and is likely to end up in third place to It in its third weekend.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.22.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptCBS is developing a new legal drama to tackle the issues of internet violence based on the true story of lawyer Carrie Goldberg. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Table Read My Screenplay Announces Winners of New Orleans Competition

New Orleans TrioTable Read My Screenplay’s Chicago winners will be announced in one week and the New Orleans winners will be having their script read at the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival in October. Also, submissions are currently being accepted for their Park City table read.

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Hollywood’s Lit Landscape Altered as Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA for New Roles at Anonymous Content

Anonymous Content UTAEvashevski has worked for UTA since 2007, while Sanders has been there twice as long. Both are major figures in the literary world, where Evashevski is known for brokering author Stephanie Meyer’s deals for her Twilight series.

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Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris on Recreating the “Battle of the Sexes”

The Oscar-nominated filmmakers of Little Miss Sunshine tackle the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) & Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” Will Try to Take Down the Blockbuster “It”

The Stephen King adaptation finally has some competition from Matthew Vaughn’s action sequel and the latest LEGO family film, as well as the horror flick Friend Request.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.20.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptSean Penn is teaming up with “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon with his first major television role in “The First” at Hulu. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Matthew Vaughn Returns for Second Dose of Spy Action with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

KingsmanTN The director of KIck-Ass and X-Men: First Class explains why he decided to do a sequel and move the story to America with the Statesmen and a female villain, played by Julianne Moore.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.19.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptJamie Lee Curtis is set to star in and executive produce a multi-camera sitcom at CBS that takes place in a funeral home. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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“All You Can Eat Buddha” Director Ian Lagarde Signs With Lee Stobby Following TIFF Premiere (Exclusive)

Ian LagardeThe film, which will make its U.S. debut at Fantastic Fest, follows a mysterious man who begins performing miracles at an all-inclusive resort, leading curious onlookers to believe he may be connected to a higher power.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (09.18.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptJudi Dench teams with Kenneth Branagh for Disney’s adaptation of “Artemis Fowl”. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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David Gordon Green’s “Stronger” Takes on a Personal True Story with Jake Gyllenhaal

The acclaimed indie filmmaker talks about the inspirational true story of Boston Marathon victim Jeff Bauman, directing Danny McBride’s Vice Principals and remaking Halloween.

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“It” Wins a Second Weekend, Demolishing All Newcomers

itboxofficeTNIts estimated $60 million is a record 2nd weekend for an R-rated movie, but it’s also higher than the Sept. opening record.

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Weekend Update: “It” Set for 2nd Weekend Record at #1

With $19.2 million on Friday, New Line’s Stephen King adaptation is looking at a 2nd weekend take of $55 million or more.

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