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As Netflix works to break into feature-length programming, Amazon is still taking steps to catch up with its competitor in the realm of original series. Following pilot season, the Internet superstore announced today that it has picked up the Steven Soderbergh exec-produced period story Red Oaks and the Ron Perlman-led Hand of God to series. Additionally, Amazon has ordered more scripts for Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans in order to further evaluate whether it will be a good fit for the company.
Red Oaks is a coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” ’80s. Craig Roberts (Neighbors) stars as a college student who is determined to make the most of the last days of his summer while working as an assistant tennis pro at a Jersey country club. Jennifer Grey, Oliver Cooper, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind and more co-star in the series, which had its pilot directed by David Gordon Green. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With a critical success on its hands with Transparent, Amazon has ordered full series of its pilots Hand of God and Red Oaks, the company announced Friday. Hand of God, starring Ron Perlman, is a drama from World War Z director Marc Forster about a corrupt judge who becomes a vigilante after a breakdown that prompts him to think he is getting messages from God. On a totally different note, Red Oaks is a comedy executive produced by Steven Soderbergh about a New Jersey country club in the 1980s. The pilot was directed by David Gordon Green. "We are excited »
- Esther Zuckerman
Not to be forgotten in the wake of this week's big Netflix news, Amazon has announced its own series pickups today. The internet superstore has ordered full seasons of "Hand of God" and "Red Oaks." "Hand of God" is created by Ben Watkins ("Burn Notice") with Marc Forster ("World War Z") directing. The series features Ron Perlman in the lead as a man who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a quest for revenge. Perlman's character, Pernell Harris, believes he is getting messages from God, directing him. Dana Delany and Andre Royo are also featured in the cast. "Red Oaks" is directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"). It is a period story, taking place in 1985, and follows an assistant tennis pro (Craig Roberts) at a Jersey country club and the people who work and frequent it. The series also stars Richard Kind, »
- Josh Lasser
Five weeks after it unveiled a quintet of fresh pilots and asked for feedback from its viewers, Amazon Studios has green-lit two new shows. It has announced full seasons of psychological drama Hand of God and 80s period comedy Red Oaks. Hand of God will be the third hour long series Amazon has picked up. Directed by Marc Forster, it stars Ron Perlman as a corrupt judge. Red Oaks, meanwhile, provides much lighter fare. Produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by David Gordon Green, it is a coming-of-age story set at a country club in the 80s. The cast includes a number of familiar faces, including Paul Reiser and Richard Kind. "We are excited to get working on full seasons of Hand of God and Red Oaks," said Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios, in a release. "These shows come from some of the most talented creators in the business. »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon's strategy of letting people watch and rate the pilot episodes of possible original series has paid off for two shows. The tech giant announced Friday that it has ordered to series dramatic thriller Hand of God, directed by World War Z's Marc Forster and written by Burn Notice's Ben Watkins, and coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by David Gordon Green. Read more Amazon Studios Head Roy Price on Competing With Netflix, Xbox Studios' Demise Both shows will return to Prime Instant Video next year as full series following rave customer reviews of
- Hilary Lewis
A dramatic psychological thriller set in a corrupt modern city and a sunny, coming-of-age comedy set in the 80s. Introducing the two new Amazon Original Series headed into production: Red Oaks, from producer Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), and Hand of God, written by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice) and directed by Marc Forster (World War Z).
Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) as Judge Pernell Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God through his ventilator-bound son.
What Hand of God viewers have been saying:
“From the opening credits to the final scene, I was completely hooked and entertained. »
Over the past decade, the Zurich Film Festival has established a major presence in the crowded fest circuit — thanks to A-list guests, exclusive film finance meets and privileged access to the German-speaking market.
Leading talent at this year’s edition, which runs Sept. 25-Oct. 2, includes Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Diane Keaton and Antonio Banderas, and helmers Susanne Bier, Marc Forster and Frederick Wiseman.
Zurich positions itself as the main film festival in the fall for the lucrative German-speaking market of 100 million — dovetailing with Berlin in February and Munich in June.
“We attract major media presence at Zurich, especially from German media,” says artistic director Karl Spoerri. “That makes Zurich an excellent film platform.”
For its 10th anniversary, the fest boasts a strong competitive lineup and a high-profile 30-film Gala Premieres section, which includes “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” starring Liam Neeson; Israel Horovitz’s comedy »
- Martin Dale
Where is the line between justice and revenge? That’s the central question at the heart of Hand of God, a psychological drama starring Golden Globe-winner Ron Perlman as a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown after his son attempts suicide. It was a role that “completely intimidated” Perlman, who is best known for playing the ruthless patriarch of a motorcycle gang in Sons of Anarchy.
A pilot that can intimidate Ron Perlman? If that doesn’t make you curious to see what it’s about, Hand of God co-stars Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) as Perlman’s steely wife and Garrett Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) as a born-again sociopath. The pilot is also directed by renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z), who joins creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), the producers and stars in this behind-the-scenes look.
Now that you’re fully intrigued, you have »
Los Angeles — The last four years have been a whirlwind for screenwriter Graham Moore. After seizing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the story of a childhood hero, his script based on Alan Turing's life — "The Imitation Game" — lit up the industry, landing at the top of The Black List (an annual compendium of hot unpublished screenplays). He was given the rare opportunity as a writer to see production all the way through as an Executive Producer, moving with the project in and out of the studio system, and in the mountains of Colorado last week, he witnessed the film catch fire after finally premiering at the Telluride Film Festival. Now the 32-year-old finds himself working alongside directors like Michael Mann and Marc Forster, living the dream after having the best possible alignment of stars on his first major industry experience. With "The Imitation Game" set for another big coming out »
- Kristopher Tapley
Hand of God, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Ben Watkins
Directed by Marc Forster
Released August 28, 2014 by Amazon
While Ron Perlman is known for his roles in movies such as Hellboy and Pacific Rim, he’s no stranger to television, having risen to prominence as the titular Beast in the 80s tv series Beauty and the Beast, as well as playing a prominent role in the FX series Sons of Anarchy. The Amazon pilot Hand of God is his newest small screen role, as he plays Judge Pernell Harris, a man suffering from a mental ailment brought about by the attempted suicide of his son, one that causes him to hear voices and see visions. In an attempt to get a series greenlight, Amazon and the creators have released the pilot online, and while the episode is not without its flaws, it nonetheless points towards a potentially engaging show, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
As the year begins to wind down, we’re drawing ever closer to the production on Bond 24 beginning, with Daniel Craig stepping up to the plate as Bond for the fourth time, while Skyfall director Sam Mendes returns to helm, and John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade once again write the script. Expectations are sky-high following Skyfall, which was easily one of Bond’s best outings in recent memory and even arguably ever, but what can Mendes and co. do to ensure the 24th Bond flick continues that upswing in quality after the disappointing, underwhelming Quantum of Solace?
Well, given that the script is basically finished, they won’t have any excuses as Craig and director Marc Forster did with Solace (which was messily cobbled together during the Writer’s Strike). To date virtually nothing is known about the project beyond mere rumours, and so we’ve »
- Jack Pooley
Disclaimer: This Essay Includes Spoilers. Many Of Them. Note The Caps.
In Brian De Palma’s Sisters, the titular siblings are French-Canadian Siamese twins surgically separated as adults. Danielle is gentle and lovely, and Dominique gloomy and anguished. This dynamic is complicated by the fact that the former needs the latter to develop her persona. Without Dominique, Danielle has no identity. To weave the fiction of her socially acceptable behavior, she must have Dominique bear the burden of her most disturbing desires. Yet the film, oddly enough, is not about Danielle or Dominique, but about the journalist Grace Collier. As Dominique recedes into the background, Danielle and Grace become the main antagonistic pair, a transition that culminates in an intense climax, a hypnosis dream, that imagines them as conjoined twins. As we learn, Dominique has been dead from the outset, and Danielle has transformed into her in moments of sexual and emotional excitement. »
- Guido Pellegrini
Determined to be the next Netflix, Amazon is continuing its original programming plans with the company's third wave of TV pilots now available.
Five shows are in contention: Whit Stillman's Paris-set "The Cosmopolitans" starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny; Marc Forster's "Hand Of God" starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney; the Mena Suvari-led medical drama "Hysteria"; David Gordon Green's coming of age comedy "Red Oaks", and Jay Chandrasekhar’s laugher "Really".
All five are available for viewing through Amazon’s Prime Instant Video in the U.S. and UK. Viewers can weigh in with opinions on which shows should be made into Amazon Original Series. Here's the sizzle real for all five:
This follows on from the first pilot wave of which only "Alpha House" and "Betas" made it to series and neither of which has made much impact. The second wave of pilots took place »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon’s third pilot season is open for business, and you can now watch new shows from directors such as Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, and Mark Forster. Stillman’s pilot, The Cosmopolitans, is already getting great buzz; Green’s, Red Oaks, considerably less so. Below, we’ve got info on all five of the new pilots, with behind […]
- Russ Fischer
It's pilot season once again for Amazon Studios, and among the five announced shows getting a test run, two seem to offer a little something for the horror crowd. Read on for more about "Hand of God" and "Hysteria."
Co-stars include Alona Tal, Garret Dillahunt, Julian Morris, Emilio Rivera, Andre Royo, Maximiliano Hernández, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Wes Chatham, Sandy Martin, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Anthony Starke, Daniel Louis Rivas, Elaine Tan, Ravi Kapoor, Hugh Dane, Julian Acosta, Jennifer Cortese, and Brett Wyman.
A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
Co-stars include Laura San Giacomo, »
- Debi Moore
Someone needs to have a long talk with Amazon about trying to compete with Netflix and the like with their original programming. Very first step (once you have content) is to make it accessible and advertise it. Advertise it At Least on your own website where you have millions of shoppers. I'm a good case study. Ever since speaking with Dana Delany, a guest star here last month, I've been eager to see her new pilot that she and I talked about offline "Hand of God". I go to Amazon a lot and I've been wondering when advertisements would pop up for it and they never did. I had to search for it specificially and then once I was searching I had to instinctively know to click on a very small ad that said "Amazon Pilots" above the actual search results that showed me old attempts at original programming. They »
- NATHANIEL R
Not so long ago, reality TV promised us that anyone could be a famous singer,
or chef, or alligator wrestler, or Amish craftsman. Now it’s not enough to be onscreen talent: We want to be development execs, too.
We have that chance with Amazon presenting its third round of pilots, which can be found on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review the five new shows, and their feedback will help the streaming site decide which pilots to pick up as original series. (Last time around it ordered six series, including Chris Carter’s The After and Jill Soloway’s Transparent. »
- Melissa Maerz
This morning, Amazon launched its third pilot season, posting five original "TV" shows. There is a bunch of notable talent involved. The Cosmopolitans was written and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) and stars Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny in a romantic comedy about American expatriates in modern-day Paris. Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, World War Z) directed Hand of God, a drama starring Ron Perlman as a antihero judge who uses "visions" he believes are sent by God to hunt down a rapist who tore his family apart. Mena Suvari stars in Hysteria as a neurologist who returns to her hometown to investigate a mysterious illness that is spreading through the community via technology. Written, directed, and starring Jay Chandrasekhar (Broken Lizard), Really is a comedy about four married couples in the Chicago area, with Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair, and Rob Delaney also part of the »
- Jesse David Fox
Amazon unveiled five new pilots Thursday from Whit Stillman, Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green, Shaun Cassidy, Jay Chandrasekhar and Marc Forster. Some of the stars attached to the projects include Selma Blair, Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Dana Delany, Ron Perlman, Paul Reiser, Chloë Sevigny and Mena Suvari. “We're delighted to bring Amazon customers the work of these passionate and talented creators and are excited to get customer feedback,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “It's an exciting time at Prime Instant Video, with new, original shows coming to the service every month for the rest of the year. »
- Tim Molloy
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