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On that date, both the Sneaky Pete and Casanova pilots will be available to all Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Soon afterwards, the pilots will be joined by others in Amazon’s recent round of its pilot program. Prime users will then be able to vote on their favorite pilots, which Amazon will greenlight as full series orders.
Sneaky Pete, which Amazon was reportedly courting back in June 2015, comes from executive producers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House M.D.). The Amazon original series’ story centers around a released-from-prison conman, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who takes his old cellmate Pete’s identity and gets sucked into his family’s bail bond business. »
- Bree Brouwer
As anticipated, Sneaky Pete — a drama co-created by House‘s David Shore and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — will get a second chance at life via Amazon Instant Video’s unique pilot preview process.
Amazon will debut the pilot on Friday, Aug. 7, after which viewers can provide feedback on whether a full season should be ordered.
RelatedAmazon’s Zelda Casts F. Scott Fitzgerald
Originally developed (but passed on) by CBS, Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a a con-man who, after leaving prison, hides from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He thus moves in with »
One of the more unexpected rumors in the past year or so was that of a live-action TV series in the works at Netflix based on the popular Nintendo video game franchise "The Legend of Zelda". The news was quickly shot down by none other than Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata himself who said it was not based on current facts.
Today though, Season Zero reports that the project has resurfaced again - this time being developed as a potential pilot for Amazon. It adds that if the project is to go ahead, it will shoot in August in New York and Savannah, Georgia.
What the plot of such a potential series could be is unclear at this point, though will likely involve Link traveling across Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda.
If the report is true, the project would join the batch of other high profile pilots in the works at »
- Garth Franklin
Today's MPAA ratings bulletin begins with Demolition from director Jean Marc-Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) as rumors surfaced only recently it may follow in the footsteps of his last two films and play the Toronto Film Festival, only this time perhaps as the fest's opener. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts and follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (Watts) who rescues him. The pic is still without a release date. Next is the Maggie Smith dramedy The Lady in the Van in which Smith plays a transient woman living in her car that's parked in man's driveway. They form a bond. »
- Brad Brevet
Amazon is pulling in talent left and right. Spike Lee, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, and perhaps one stranger signee than any other: Woody Allen. When he signed the deal to make a TV series for Amazon, Allen joked “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to […]
The post Woody Allen’s Deal to Make an Amazon Series Is Freaking Him Out appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The allure of the streaming model for filmmakers is easy to understand. Scraping together financing from a handful of production companies, distributors, and investors is tedious, time-consuming, and most importantly, fragile. If any one of those links in the chain should bail on the project or go under, you either have to adjust your movie to meet that budget shortfall or scramble to find it elsewhere. Being able to develop a project with the full support and distribution network at your disposal is an enticing possibility. And while Netflix has blazed the path, Amazon is not far behind. They have Spike Lee developing the feature "Chiraq," while Jean-Pierre Jeunet is working on the series "Casanova." And now it seems they have signed up two more filmmakers. Read More: The Films Of Jim Jarmusch: A Retrospective Completely buried in a report by Deadline, they reveal that Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Isabella Rossellini to discuss on and off camera sexism in cinema at Cannes’ Women in Motion event; other female-focused Cannes events include #SeeHerNow twitter campaign.
Film-maker and actress Isabella Rossellini will kick off the inaugural edition of the Women in Motion programme in Cannes on Thursday (May 14).
A joint initiative between the festival and its new sponsor the luxury goods group Kering, the new event is aimed at highlighting women’s contribution to the film industry.
Alongside French producer Claudie Ossard, the Italian-American actress will discuss the subject of female representation in the film industry and sexism in cinema, both on screen and behind the scenes.
The Blue Velvet actress is in Cannes this year as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury.
Other speakers at the inaugural edition of Women in Motion will include »
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was first described to me as “a European Forrest Gump with lots of explosions,” and I was sold! After watching it, I’m pleased to report that this description is dead on. Adapted by director Felix Herngren from Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling book of the same name, The 100 Year Old Man is a loose-limbed, historically sprawling shaggy dog of a movie. Enjoyment is predicated on your acceptance of the ridiculous and, most importantly, of you being able to appreciate the sight of a terrified skinhead being squashed to death by an elephant’s butt.
We open with the titular 100-year-old Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) mourning the death of his beloved cat at the hands of a fox. Clutching a stick of dynamite in his withered hand, he shuffles through the snow and plants it in the ground. Boom. No more fox. »
- David James
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
Available for the first time in the Us on Blu-ray and DVD is Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterful directorial debut, 1949’s Le Silence de la Mer (The Silence of the Sea). Based on a famous underground novel published secretly in 1942 by author Jean Bruller, written under the pseudonym Vercours, the exceptional debut precedes the brooding themes that would grace Melville’s later noir and gangster films, as well as the continuation of period pieces concerning Nazi occupied France. Understated and elegant, it’s an incredibly haunting first title from the self-made auteur, an actual member of the French resistance (he adopted his surname for his love of author Herman Melville and it remained his pseudonym after the war).
Opening with a statement that the film has ‘no pretensions’ as concerns the relationship with France and Germany (whose people were complicit with the Nazi’s rise to power), we hear the omniscient narration of an elder Frenchman, »
- Nicholas Bell
Albert Serra's Catalonia in Venice: Singularity has been commissioned by the Institut Ramon Llull as a Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale. More projects in the works: James Gray's Hard Apple, "an adult-skewing animated series," Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, Robert De Niro as Enzo Ferrari, Nicole Holofcener’s Can You Ever Forgive Me with Julianne Moore, Spike Lee's Chiraq with Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West, Guillermo del Toro's Haunted Mansion with Ryan Gosling, Carl Franklin's Tupac biopic, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's take on Casanova with Diego Luna, Ben Daniels and Miranda Richardson and Italian television series based on Django and Dario Argento's Suspiria. » - David Hudson »
Amazon is pushing ahead with another show in its drive to add more original content via its pilot system. The company has an untitled series about 18th century lover Giacomo Casanova in the works with Diego Luna set to play the romantic scoundrel and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on to direct the initial episode. With Ben Daniels, Miranda Richardson, Bojana Novakovic and Amelia Clarkson also aboard to star, the Casanova series – assuming it makes it past the pilot selection process – will chronicle the life of the renaissance man best known for his philandering ways but who also served as a spy for the French government. The pilot kicks off with him escaping Venice’s most impenetrable prison and moves to Paris with just the shirt on his back, determined to change his ways.Stu Zicherman has written the first script and Jeunet plans to shoot it soon in Paris, Venice and Hungary. »
An untitled series about the life of the legendary ladies' man Giacomo Casanova is shaping up to be one of Amazon Studios' biggest titles yet. The online video producer has named Jean-Pierre Jeunet as the series' director, with Diego Luna nabbing the lead role.
The series, executive produced by Electus Entertainment, will star Luna as the titular character, who leaves Venice in order to pursue a new life in France. Two-time Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson will play alongside him as Marquise d’Urfé, Casanova's Parisian client.
Jeunet, whose filmography spans nearly 25 years, will provide an experienced hand behind the camera. The Frenchman is best known for directing Amélie, which was nominated for five Academy Awards back in 2001.
Luna's most famous role also came in 2001, in the road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien. His co-star in that film, Gael Garcia Bernal, has also taken the lead role in an Amazon series. »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon and Electus have set the cast for the Giacomo Casanova drama pilot, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). Diego Luna (Elysium, Y Tu Mamá También) has been tapped for the title role, with Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson, Ben Daniels and Amelia Clarkson co-starring. The untitled project, which is currently filming in Europe, chronicles a little-known period in the life of the famous 18th century renaissance man. Known… »
Amazon’s “Casanova” project has found its leading man in Diego Luna, and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct the pilot, the streaming company announced on Wednesday. The as-yet untitled Giacamo Casanova project is executive produced by “The Tudors'” Ben Silverman and “The Americans'” Stu Zicherman, who also wrote the pilot. Jeunet was nominated for an Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for “Amelie,” and Luna, who co-starred in “Milk” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” most recently produced the 2014 biopic “Cesar Chavez.” Also Read: Amazon Renews First Original Hour-Long Drama Series ‘Bosch’ for Season 2 Also joining the cast are »
- L.A. Ross
Directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon
Leo Lauzon (Mazime Collin) lives in a crowded Montreal apartment with his largely insane family, but spends most of his time in his imagination as the Sicilian Leolo Lozone, bizarrely conceived by a tomato, and entirely in awe of the world around him.
Léolo is obsessed with body parts and secretions. There’s an emphasis on liquids, fecal matter, and colossus bodies. Characters eat, things squish and slide. It’s a mélange that sometimes verges on the uncomfortable, but is always tangible – it has the feeling of concrete memory, not the stuff of distant nostalgia.
One bit of Léolo’s voiceover sums the film up nicely: “I was always divided by me desire to vomit and my desire to jerk off. »
- Neal Dhand
I'd say it's fair to call Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) a visionary filmmaker, but as far as him being a quality storyteller, that's another thing. So, it's safe to say I'm a little wary of his upcoming Alien feature, which he recently discussed with Empire (via Den of Geek) and has said a few changes had to be made because Ridley Scott felt it "was bumping Prometheus 2 a little bit." Blomkamp made the change to minimize any kind of conflict with the Prometheus sequel. He also adds there is already a title for the film that is "kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title." I'm not entirely sure what that means considering we're going to know the title sooner or later, but it seems safe to assume it isn't Alienses. As for any kind of plot, so far all he's said »
- Brad Brevet
A few years ago, when I was a fledgling screenwriter, I pitched a TV show. It was an idea cooked up with legendary producer Warren Littlefield, so I had the opportunity to tour the networks and cable channels with our project. The show was called Coup. The idea was simple: a young Los Angeles club promoter gets in over his head when he decides to overthrow a foreign country in order to save his mother, who had been captured by that country. Okay, it wasn’t that simple. It was quite complicated, in fact, and I wrote a precise outline that I had memorized and could say in about 8 minutes if my nerves remained steady and I didn’t throw up all over myself. As part of the outline, I had a list of 12 things a person would need in order to overthrow a country, (an army, an inside man, »
- Jonathan L. Davis
Paris– This year’s MipTV will pay tribute to Ben Silverman, Electus chairman and CEO, Cécile Frot-Coutaz , FremantleMedia CEO, Ricardo Scalamandré, head of Globo’s international business and Irfan Sahin, Doğan TV CEO, who will all receive a Medaille d’Honneur (Medal of Honor).
MipTV’s Médaille d’Honneur is awarded to international execs who have made a significant contribution to the world of television and to the development of the global TV community.
“It is a great honor to recognize these four exceptional industry figures, who have each, in their own way, made major contributions to the international entertainment content sector, and whose vision and leadership have set the standards in their respective fields,” said Laurine Garaude, Reed Midem’s TV division director.
- Elsa Keslassy
The Lunchbox (movie)
It’s almost a given that a love for Indian cinema will eventually lead to a love of Indian food – so it’s no surprise that the Tiff Bell Lightbox has chosen to open their Food on Film series – a six-film event exploring food through film — with Ritesh Batra’s delightful 2013 film The Lunchbox. The film is lovely and funny and incredibly touching, and shows how a mis-delivered tiffin (lunchbox) brings together two seemingly disparate people — a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a gruff widower (Irrfan Khan) on the verge of retirement from his civil service job — together.
Added to the joy of seeing a film is the fact that the series features a line-up of culinary experts who will engage in discussion of the films culinary themes, led by Toronto CBC morning host Matt Galloway.
Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala »
- Katherine Matthews
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