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Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
Amazon is gearing up for its third pilot season, in which it will present five new shows for users to watch, rate, and review. Starting on August 28, three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas will be made available on Amazon Instant Video in both the U.S. and the UK. Users will be able to watch the pilots, rate them, and even comment on them. By the end of the pilot season, that feedback helps choose which shows become an Amazon Original series.
Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s pilots:
Hand of God: An hour-long drama, »
- Samantha Highfill
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
The world of online television (is it really television? Nothing's being broadcast, technically...) is getting more and more interesting with each passing moment: Netflix is obviously killing it, with their stellar line-up of critical and commercial darlings ("House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black") and Yahoo is about to seriously get into the game by taking a page from the Netflix handbook and resurrecting a wonderfully cultish TV series ("Community," in the spirit of "Arrested Development"). Also: Hulu keeps plugging along. And while Amazon certainly has made strides, with several original shows developed in the last few years, it has yet to really breakthrough. That could change later this month, with its new "third wave" of pilots that boast an impressive line-up of exciting, starry projects.
As Variety notes, the site will debut five pilots as part of its third "pilot season" - they will all debut on August »
- Drew Taylor
20th Century Fox
You can hardly blame the powers that be for wanting to capitalize on the success of an unusually popular movie by creating a television spin-off. Undoubtedly they will expect it to be met with open arms and, more importantly, open wallets. They try to say that it will tie up loose ends from the original film and expand upon the story lines. The problem is, you see, that for the most part films don’t lend themselves to the episodic nature of television. They are very much self-contained units that function perfectly well on their own, and stretching them out is often detrimental.
Then consider the fact that film stars, until very recently, didn’t do television, and therefore would be unlikely to reprise their role. It’s a recipe for disaster, and unsurprisingly a lot of these TV spin-offs were met with derision and swift cancellation, »
- Audrey Fox
Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey? This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest. Of course it doesn't hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down). Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series). And now the cast has been announced. Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and »
- Evan Dickson
The '80s are coming back, sorta, with the help of Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey. The iconic '80s star is joining Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts, Richard Kind and Oliver Cooper in "Red Oaks," a new Amazon pilot that will be programmed as part of the nascent streaming service's third pilot season. Helming the first episode will be filmmaker David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express," "Eastbound & Down"), who's set to direct from a script by Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick") and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). “Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of 'Behind the Candelabra' and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately,” said executive-producer Soderbergh in a statement. “Then, while we were on the set of 'The Knick' he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Paul Reiser ("Aliens"), Richard Kind ("Luck"), Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") and Oliver Cooper ("Californication") also star. The project will be one of several pilots that make up Amazon's third pilot season.
Customers will watch and give feedback on it - after that it will be determined whether to pick it up to series. Other pilots it will compete with include the Whit Stillman-produced "The Cosmopolitans," Marc Forster-produced "Hand of God," the Shaun Cassidy-produced "Hysteria," and the Sarah Chalke comedy"Really."
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year. Craig Roberts ("Submarine") will star as David Myers, a college student who works as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in New Jersey in 1985. Starring alongside Roberts are Paul Reiser, Richard King, Jennifer Grey and Oliver Cooper. David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") will direct the pilot, which is written by longtime Soderbergh producer Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick" is coming this month on Cinemax August 8) and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). All three will executive produce on the project, along with Soderbergh. Jacobs pitched Soderbergh the idea for "Red Oaks" on the set of HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" and later shared the pilot script with the director while they were working on "The Knick." Although »
- Jacob Combs
David Gordon Green is set to direct the pilot episode of "Red Oaks" for Amazon with Steven Soderbergh producing. The show is set in 1985, and features college student David Myers (Craig Roberts pictured) who is both reeling from his father's heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. Myers gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey and while there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named "Skye" (Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father "Getty" (Paul Reiser). A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt, Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins. Richard Kind ("Spin City"), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and Oliver Cooper (Runner Runner) co-star »
- Brad Brevet
Amazon has ordered a pilot for “Red Oaks,” a comedy produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by “Eastbound & Down” vet David Gordon Green. As is Amazon's tradition, customers will watch and give feedback on which of the site's pilots they want turned into full series. Written by Gregory Jacobs (“The Knick”) and Joe Gangemi (“Eliza Graves”), “Red Oaks” stars Craig Roberts as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Also read: ‘Portlandia’ Star Carrie Brownstein Joins Amazon Dramedy ‘Transparent’ (Exclusive) Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”), Richard Kind (“Luck”), Jennifer Grey (“It's Like, »
- Tim Molloy
Clearly, “retirement” means something else in Soderberghland.
Though the Academy Award-winning director has stuck to his promise to stop directing feature films since 2012 (when he shot Behind the Candelabra), Soderbergh has hardly stopped making art in the intervening years. Recent projects include directing Cinemax’s 10-episode period drama The Knick (premiering this summer), helming an Off-Broadway play starring Chloe Grace Moretz, editing together a mashup of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, executive producing a TV series based on his 2009 indie film The Girlfriend Experience for Starz—and, now, overseeing another TV show, this time for Amazon. »
- Hillary Busis
Amazon has added the Steven Soderbergh-produced and David Gordon Green-directed comedy Red Oaks to its third pilot season. The show is set in 1985 and centers on Craig Roberts’ David Myers, a college student reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. He gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey. The coming-of-age comedy also stars Jennifer Grey, Mad About You alums Paul Reiser and Richard Kind and Californication’s Oliver Cooper. The pilot was written by Gregory Jacobs,
- Hilary Lewis
Amazon Studios today announced it has added the Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra) produced and David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) directed comedy Red Oaks to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video.Red Oaks is the final show to join Amazon’s highly-anticipated third pilot season which includes The Cosmopolitans, Hand of God, Hysteria, and Really. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Written by Gregory Jacobs (The Knick)and Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves), Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine)as “David,” an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Luck), Jennifer Grey (It’s Like, You Know)and Oliver Cooper (Californication)also star in the pilot. »
Amazon Studios are continuing their move to strengthen their slate of original programming, with the production of a new comedy pilot – Red Oaks. Directed by David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche), and written by Gregory Jacobs (Criminal) and Joe Gangemi (Wind Chill), Red Oaks has now added actor Craig Roberts to its cast in the lead role.
Focusing on a 20 year-old man named David Myers (Roberts), the story sees him land a job as an assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks Country Club, which is predominantly Jewish. As he tries to get to grips with his new situation, he must also figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Roberts joins a cast that already includes Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser and Richard Kind.
- Sarah Myles
To mark the release of The Ealing Studios Rarities collection Volume 13 on 19th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
It Happened in Paris (1935)
In the City of Light, millionaire’s son and budding artist Paul falls in love with the beautiful Jacqueline. Believing she will find him more interesting if he can convince her he is poor, Paul finds himself in the midst of a romantic and rather amusing tangle.
Autumn Crocus (1934)
Jenny Grey, an attractive schoolteacher in her mid-thirties, has never had a meaningful romance – until she falls in love with Andreas Steiner, the cheerful, handsome owner of the guesthouse in which she is staying during her holiday in the Tyrol. Andreas, however, is a happily married man with a small daughter.
The Dictator (1935)
Loosely based on real events in eighteenth-century Denmark, The Dictator depicts the tempestuous marriage of King Christian VII and his English consort, »
(Cbr) As "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." heads into the final episodes of its freshman season, even some of the most critical viewers appear to have been impressed with the most recent run of episodes, which led up to and have spun out from the Marvel Cinematic Universe game-changing events of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." So when Cbr News ran into Clark Gregg while out and about in Hollywood this week, we took the opportunity to discuss the last several weeks' developments -- and ask for a little insight into the episodes yet to air. Viewers have been happy with the show's recent run of twists and turns, and no one's been more pleased with the fan reaction than Agent Coulson himself. Gregg expresses the excitement he and the rest of the cast are feeling now that the series' long game is coming into sharp focus, »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
The indie pic “God’s Pocket” centers on an unexpected death and the search for an explanation – a topic its cast and crew became all too familiar with following the death of star Philip Seymour Hoffman just weeks after the film’s Sundance debut earlier this year.
At the Los Angeles premiere at Lacma on Thursday night, helmer John Slattery and Hoffman’s co-stars Christina Hendricks and Eddie Marsan cited the late actor’s contributions to the film, but also recalled their personal relationships with him.
Slattery said he originally offered Hoffman the role of journalist Richard Shelburn, played by Richard Jenkins, but Hoffman quickly called back asking for the lead role of Mickey.
- Andrea Seikaly
It isn't every day that fans have the ability to watch a full movie before the first trailer is released, but that's exactly what happened with In Your Eyes, which was written by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill. Following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, Joss Whedon announced that the movie is already available through the official website, with a 72-hour rental costing just $5. Today, we have the first trailer for this romance starring Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two individuals on different sides of the country, who find themselves being drawn closer and closer to one another. Jennifer Grey, Steve Howey, Nikki Reed, Mark Feuerstein and Steve Harris co-star in this indie drama from Bellwether Pictures.
In the frozen East Coast winter, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) is withering away in a life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the sheltered, soft-spoken wife of a successful doctor. »
“I was fully prepared to take a break, until I read the script and it was too good to pass up,” Hannigan told Variety at UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s “Taste For a Cure” event Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire.
“I just loved it so much. It was too good to be true, like by page nine I was like, ‘All right, you know, so the break was shorter than I thought.’”
Hannigan said the CBS pilot is based on real family stories, including Damon’s.
“Every story »
- Nikara Johns
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