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Jeff Tobler Promoted to SVP of Publicity at Warner Bros TV

jeff tobler wbtv “Jeff is an extremely creative and highly skilled communications executive with an impeccable track record of sustained excellence,” said Lisa Gregorian, President and Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group, in a statement.

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Feature Competition Unveils Top 50

200x133 2017 LPFC Image (TOP 50)The Tracking Board, in exclusive partnership with Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, are incredibly pleased to announce the TOP 50 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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The Netflix Paradox: Does the Company’s “Super” Move Suggest Another Major Sea Change?

cloverfield“It also was that rare moment when Netflix actually spent some serious money to push one of its movies, which might just suggest a change in thinking for the streaming service. That being the spending of money to do any marketing at all,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Jumanji” Scores a Tight Return to #1 over Super Bowl Weekend

JumanjiMattTolmach1Helen Mirren’s supernatural thriller Winchester had to settle for a third place opening against stronger returning films. It was the slowest weekend at the box office since October.

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Weekend Update: “Winchester” Wins Friday, But How Will It Hold Up Against the Super Bowl?

WinchesterBoxOfficeWith less than a million separating the top 3 movies on Friday, the chances of a photo finish for first place is very likely but Sony’s Jumanji has a good chance at making an unprecedented return to first place.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (02.02.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMBuzzfeed, CBS, Showtime, and more companies are promoting from within in our latest Executive Shuffle. 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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Valiant Entertainment’s Days May Be Numbered Following Sale to Chinese-Owned Corporation (Opinion)

Valiant Comics“DMG boss Dan Mintz has no interest in comic book publishing. He sees it as a sort of ghetto art, and is focused solely on turning the company into an output factory for the big and small screens, rather than focusing on the publishing entity that gave the company its value in the first place,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Sundance: “The Sessions” Filmmaker Ben Lewin on “The Catcher Was a Spy,” “Please Stand By” (Interview)

CatcherPleaseStandByThe Australian filmmaker returns with two very different movies, one a period spy-thriller starring Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, the other a more contemporary dramedy starring Dakota Fanning. The latter is now in theaters and On Demand.

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Helen Mirren’s “Winchester” Takes Aim at Super Bowl Weekend Box Office

WinchesterBOPThe good Dame’s supernatural thriller from CBS Films might have a struggle against Jumanji, which noooooooo….. yes! It might be back at #1 again!

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Versace” Star Cody Fern on the Controversial FX Series and Wanting to Play Marilyn Manson

Cody Fern 5The fast-rising Australian actor discusses the audition process with Ryan Murphy, why he admires actors like Cilliany Murphy and Richard Jenkins, and why he’s wary of social media.

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With a New Owner and a New Board, What Does the Future of the Weinstein Company Look Like?

Maria Contreras-Sweet“I’ve spoken to a few people who don’t believe that Maria Contreras-Sweet and her team will be able to pull it off, but the industry will be behind her, as there’s nothing that Hollywood loves more than a happy ending,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller “The Rhythm Section” Extends Production Hiatus Due to Her Hand Injury

Blake Lively Hand InjuryRoughly 40-45 percent of the Paramount film has already been shot, but the crew has been told to find other work, since production is unlikely to resume for another five months, if not longer.

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Trevor Groth Leaving Sundance Film Festival After 25 Years to Join 30West

Trevor GrothWhile at Sundance, Groth helped champion acclaimed titles such as Whiplash, Fruitvale Station, Hard Eight, Pi, Memento and Napoleon Dynamite.

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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Leads Banner Weekend for Fox, Christian Bale’s “Hostiles” Exceeds Expectations

Mazerunnertrailer20th Century Fox had three movies in the top 5 as well as Oscar-nominated Searchlight films The Shape of Water and Three Billboards expanding wider.

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David Wain and Producers Peter Pricipato, Jonathan Stern on “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” (Interview)

DavidWainFutileStupidGesture2The Netflix movie tells the story of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte), following the success of the magazine and how that transitioned into making movies like Animal House.

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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Will Finish the Series at #1, “Hostiles” Might Struggle in Wide Release

MazeRunnerHostilesBOCollageNeither new nationwide release should have as much of an impact as Tuesday’s Oscar nominees, many which will expand even wider on Friday.

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Fox Selects Eight Participants for 2018 Writers Lab

Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 12.09.22 PM 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion announced the eight participants in its seventh annual Fox Writers Lab.

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“Jumanji” Three-peats at #1, While “12 Strong,” “Den of Thieves” Battle for 2nd Place

12StrongDenofThievesChris Hemsworth went up against Gerard Butler for a tight second place race between the male-driven films that also had to face the NFL Championships on Sunday.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (01.19.18)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMThe CW promotes two and brings in Julie Jarmon from Freeform to firm up their development team under Executive Vice President Gaye Hirsch. 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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The Fire and Fury, Much Less the Folly, of Adapting the Bestselling Book About Donald Trump’s White House

fire and fury“Selling a cinematic property to a buyer who has no chance of recouping an investment. These kinds of things happen all day every day here, and this is just the most obvious and blatant one this week,” writes Neil Turitz.

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As the Times Change, So Does Sundance, Where Sales May Slow, “Monster” Movies May Shine, and Harvey Isn’t Welcome

Monster MoviesIf I’m being honest, the Park City Midnight section has lost a bit of its luster as Toronto’s Midnight Madness has gained momentum with the genre filmmaking crowd, but I have faith that Revenge, Arizona, Piercing and Lords of Chaos will deliver the genre goods this year.

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“12 Strong” Offers Chris Hemsworth on a Horse – Is That Enough to Defeat “Jumanji”?

12StrongDenofThievesThe military action-drama and STXfilms’ Den of Thieves will try to snag guys away from Sunday’s football, but neither should make much of a lasting impression.

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“Black Lightning” Showrunner on Why He Didn’t Want to Tell an Origin Story

black lightning “I’m sure if I had done it in an origin story, you know what people would say? ‘Eh, it’s another fucking origin story,'” Salim Akil tells Tracking Board about his new CW superhero series.

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Apple’s Big TV Venture Has a Strong Slate, But How Will We Watch These Shows?

Apple Jen Reese“The longer Apple waits to reveal the specifics of its distribution plan, the more the company risks getting the short end of the stick from both the creative community, and audiences who will have already committed their annual entertainment budget elsewhere,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Mom and Dad” Director Brian Taylor on His Unconventional Thriller Starring Nicolas Cage and That Fabled “Twisted Metal” Movie (Interview)

MomDadFeature2The co-creator of Crank and a director on the popular new Syfy show Happy! tells us what it takes to put together a movie with a premise that’s not the easiest to finance. Plus getting the most “crazy Nick” out of Nicolas Cage after working together on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

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“Jumanji” Remains #1, Followed by Spielberg’s “The Post,” Neeson’s “The Commuter

jumanjithepostWarner Bros’ Paddington 2 and Screen Gems’ Proud Mary both had disappointing showings outside the top 5 within a mish-mash of new and returning movies that grossed between $12 and 16.3 million.

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Guillermo del Toro: What to Watch After Watching “The Shape of Water”

DelToroFilmsWe go through the popular genre filmmaker’s extensive filmography offering a few watching tips for novices unfamiliar with his earlier work.

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Weekend Update: “Jumanji” Still Dominating, but Spielberg’s “The Post” a Strong Second Place

jumanjithepostOther than The Post, most of the new wide releases like Liam Neeson’s The Commuter, Taraji P. Henson’s Proud Maary and Paddington 2 disappointed.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Comic Book Movie News Galore, Plus the Mark Wahlberg-Michelle Williams Pay Gap Dispute (Video)

MTMP 1-12Batman got a breather from today’s show, which finds hosts Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson discussing Black Widow, Deadpool 2, New Mutants, Gambit, Suicide Squad 2, Ant-Man 3 and Avengers: Infinity War.

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As MoviePass Keeps Adding More Members, It’s Time to Weigh the Pros and Cons

MoviePass“I’ve seen an alarming number of complaints from paid subscribers who either did not receive their cards in a timely fashion, or received inoperable cards. MoviePass also has an issue with customer service, in that it appears to be basically nonexistent,” writes Neil Turitz.

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