PRESENTING THE 2016 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF YEAR

Copy of 200x140 HL Social Media AdsFeaturing 92 scripts, 101 writers, more than 70 production companies & studios, 46 different agencies & management companies, and more than 200 individual reps, this year’s list is one of the most diverse and exciting we’ve ever released.

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Seth Gordon to Helm “Price Is Right” True Story (EXCLUSIVE)

seth gordon excerptHorrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is attached to helm The Price is Right based on the real-life scandal revolving around popular and long-running game show.

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Louis Leterrier Tapped to Direct Fantasy Pic “Commander Alexander” (EXCLUSIVE)

louis-leterrier-excerptNow You See Me director Louis Leterrier is set to bring his magic to the adventure fantasy project Commander Alexander. Leterrier will direct the script from Dallas Clayton, a children’s book author who is known for such whimsical titles as Lily the Unicorn.

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Jim Carrey Attached to Star in “Mr. Toy” (Exclusive)

jim carrey excerptComedy star Jim Carrey has lined up his next project with the biopic Mr. Toy. The film is described as Steve Jobs meets A Beautiful Mind by way of Willy Wonka.

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“Game of Thrones” Star Emilia Clarke Tapped for Period Film “The Woman with Red Hair” (EXCLUSIVE)

Emilie Clarke ExcerptGame of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been steadily building a film career for herself. Her latest is the lead role in The Woman with Red Hair, a World War II drama from writer Michael Schatz.

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The Importance of Emotional Connection in Movies This Award Season

neil excerptThat emotional connection is what tends to separate a mediocre film from a good one, or a good one from a great one, and that’s never more evident than during this season right here. It’s why I keep thinking about a movie like Moonlight, and dismiss one like Lion.

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The Tracking Board’s State of the Race: A Look at this Year’s Top Oscar Contenders

Academy-Awards-StatuesAwards season is in full swing and there is a long road until the 89th Annual Academy Awards, which are slated to air on February 26, 2017 on ABC. The nominations for the coveted statuette won’t be announced until January 24, 2017, but favorites have already emerged from the pack — and the competition is stiff.

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Will Ferrell to Headline eSports Comedy from Legendary

will ferrellLegendary Pictures has tapped Will Ferrell to star in an Untitled eSports Comedy from scribes Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn. Legendary will produce alongside Mosaic and Gary Sanchez Productions.

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Shailene Woodley to Star in “Adrift” with Director Baltasar Kormakur, Currently Being Packaged

Shailene Woodley ExcerptThe drama spec Adrift from writers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, which landed on The Tracking Board Hit List yesterday, is currently being packaged for financiers and distributors. Shailene Woodley is attached to star in the film, with Everest’s Baltasar Kormakur directing.

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Transformers: The Last Knight — Teaser Trailer (Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel)

transformers-last-knight-excerptA direct sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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Slamdance 2017 Announces Lineup For Special Screenings, Beyond, & Short Programs

slamdance-excerptThe 23rd annual Slamdance Film Festival has revealed an impressive lineup for its Special Screening, Beyond, and Shorts program. The Sundance alternative is set with 35 world premieres, nine North American premieres as well as 10 U.S. premieres.

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Magnet Management Seeking Experienced Assistant

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168Magnet Management, a management and production company, is looking to hire a new assistant. Must have at least 1 year of desk experience. This is a busy desk and involves heavy multi-tasking and a knowledge of both the talent and literary sides of the industry.

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PEOPLE OF EARTH Review: “Last Day On Earth”

people of earth excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – People of Earth is all about heart this week. Several relationships, both minor and major in the context of the rookie show from Conaco and TBS, deepen as interactive character nuances bubble to the surface.

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IFC on the hunt for Director of Digital Marketing & Social (NY)

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168The Director of Digital Marketing & Social is responsible for developing and executing IFC’s on-going digital and social content strategy. The position is responsible for ensuring campaign positioning and IFC’s “slightly off” brand voice is consistent across all platforms.

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Freeform Desires Senior Manager of Digital & Partnership Marketing

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168The Senior Manager, Social Media & Partnership Marketing for Freeform will be responsible for developing and executing organic social marketing strategies for new and existing series, signature events, franchise launches and pro-social initiatives for Freeform and its content.

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TIMELESS Review: “Last Ride Of Bonnie & Clyde”

Timeless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 9 – Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt travel back in Timeless to get a key that Bonnie and Clyde have in their possession before Flynn can get his hands on it. Agent Christopher comes closer to finding out the truth about Rittenhouse, but will what she learns put her in jeopardy, or will she be the one to help take Rittenhouse down?

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CONVICTION Review: “A Different Kind of Death”

Conviction Excerpt Season 1, Episode 9 – Hayes, Wallace and the CIU team must race against the clock to determine whether a death row inmate is actually guilty before his execution. The case, and its outcome, have emotional ramifications for everyone, but most especially Hayes and Wallace.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (12.05.16)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptDesignated Survivor gets a new showrunner and TNT orders new pilot from Animal Kingdom writers. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Your Weekend Box Office Actuals (12.05.16)

doctor-strange-excerptIt was a quiet weekend at the box office but with their new intakes, Disney’s Moana has become the sixth-largest film for the company’s animation studio, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the tenth-largest film of the year, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange is now the ninth-largest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All are poised to climb even more as the year comes to an end.

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Jimmy Kimmel Tapped to Host 2017 Academy Awards

kimmelThe Jimmy Kimmel Live! host has been tapped to host 2017 Academy Awards. While he’s hosted several other live shows, including the 2016 Emmy Awards, this will be his first time hosting the Oscars, the film industry’s biggest night of the year.

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Sundance Film Festival Announces Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Kids, & Special Programming

sundance-excerptThe 2017 Sundance Film Festival has rounded out their programming with a robust and enriching slate of Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight, Kids and Special Events. The Park City-based festival will see the world premiere of Salma Hayek’s Beatriz at Dinner as well as the Jan Lewan biopic The Polka King starring Jack Black.

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The Mummy – Official Trailer (Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise)

mummy excerptAn ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

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Netflix Renews “Luke Cage” For a Second Season

Marvel's Luke CageSweet Christmas! Netflix is set to serve up a second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage. The streaming giant took to social media to drop the news in a short video that featured a sign in Pop’s Barber Shop reading “Season 2 coming soon.”

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The Gotham Group Nabs Film & TV Rights to “Jihadi Hunter” Memoir

jihadi hunter excerptThe upcoming memoir The Jihadi Hunter: How One Father Saved His Radicalized Son from the Battlezone of ISIS by Dimitri Bontinck has landed at The Gotham Group. The book is set to hit shelves next fall.

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Five All in the Fifth Entertainment on Lookout for Producer

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Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168Five All in the Fifth Entertainment is seeking a young-and-hungry producer to join our production company in the new year.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — Teaser Trailer (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper)

gotg-excerptSet to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

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Projectors (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA computer scientist gets dragged into a rogue intelligence operation that uses a high-tech form of astral projection.

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“Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” & “This Is Us” Included in This Year’s WGA TV Nominatons

wga-tv-excerptThe Writers Guild of America (WGA) has unveiled their nominees for their yearly TV awards. Shows hoping to nab top honors include many newcomers such as HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s nostalgic breakout hit Stranger Things. Better Call Saul and Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt also nabbed in multiple nods.

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Adrift (Kandell) (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMIn this incredible true story of survival, Tami Oldham Ashcraft sails into the heart of a hurricane and embarks on a harrowing 41-day odyssey against impossible odds.

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“Moonlight” Named Best Picture of 2016 by Los Angeles Film Critics Association

20151023_Moonlight_D08_C2_K2_0537.tifIn just one weekend, the race for Best Picture picked up steam and became a certifiable three-way race as Barry Jenkins’ moving three-act drama Moonlight took home the top prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. This win follows both Manchester by the Sea and La La Land winning Best Film from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, respectively.

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Complete List of British Independent Film Awards Winners

brit indie awards excerptAndrea Arnold’s American Honey has come out on top of the British Independent Film Awards with four wins at Sunday night’s event. The film won prizes in directing for Arnold, star Sasha Lane for acting, craft for Robbie Ryan, and top British Independent Film.

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