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Zurich Film Festival Draws Top Talent in Crowded Fall Field

24 September 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Pilot Spotlight: Behind-the-Scenes of 'Hand of God'

23 September 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

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 »

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'Imitation Game' writer has wanted to tell Alan Turing's story since he was 14

7 September 2014 4:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Hand of God, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” sets up a very promising show

2 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dana Delany, Ron Perlman

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

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – September 1st 2014

1 September 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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

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Bond 24 Wishlist: 10 Things That Must Happen

29 August 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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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 LoganNeal 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

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Inconstant selves in Brian De Palma’s ‘Sisters’

28 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Amazon's Third Pilot Wave Trailers

28 August 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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New Amazon Pilots Are Live, See Shows From Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, and Marc Forster

28 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post New Amazon Pilots Are Live, See Shows From Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, and Marc Forster appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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New Amazon Pilots Include Marc Forster's Hand of God and Otto Bathurst's Hysteria

28 August 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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."

"Hand of God," directed by Marc Forster, stars Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney. You can get more info and watch the pilot here.

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.

Synopsis:

A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.

"Hysteria," directed by Otto Bathurst, stars Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight. You can get more info and watch the pilot here.

Co-stars include Laura San Giacomo, »

- Debi Moore

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Amazon Pilots: "Hand of God"

28 August 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

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Amazon's new test pilots take flight

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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

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You Can Watch 5 New Amazon Pilots Right Now

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Amazon Debuts Pilots From Whit Stillman, Marc Forster, and Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green

28 August 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Interview: 'Hand of God' Creator Ben Watkins Talks Hollywood's Fear of Religion, Creating 360° Portrayals of Black Women, More

27 August 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Premiering on August 28, Amazon Studios pilot "Hand of God" follows 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. Written and created by Ben Watkins ("Burn Notice"), the project marks the television debut of director Marc Forster ("Monster’s Ball, "World War Z"), and stars Ron Perlman as Judge Pernell; Dana Delany as Pernell's wife »

- Jai Tiggett

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Watch the Shows - Call the Shots

27 August 2014 3:48 PM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

We’re excited to unveil five highly-anticipated new pilots from some of the most talented and renowned writers, filmmakers and actors. For the next four weeks, it’s up to you to watch, rate and review them – helping to determine which ones get the greenlight to a full series.

You’ll be treated to a wide range of stories and voices: Whit Stillman’s romantic comedy The Cosmopolitans, about the glamorous life of expats in Paris, starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny. The Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy Red Oaks, about the upstairs/downstairs life of a college student at a 1980s Jersey country club, starring Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser and Jennifer Grey. The mysterious and complex vigilante drama Hand of God from Ben Watkins, directed by World War Z filmmaker Marc Forster, starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany. The psychological thriller Hysteria, about an epidemic spread through social media, from »

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Catch-up TV guide: from Amazon pilots to The Mimic

22 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Amazon pilots | The Daily Show Podcast Without Jon Stewart | BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals | Fire Talk With Me | The Mimic

While producing a few interesting efforts (notably Jeffrey Tambor comedy Transparent), Amazons pilot seasons where a handful of shows are trialled and the best are given a full series order have largely felt underwhelming. This third pilot season, though, looks promising, featuring contributions from David Gordon Green (80s comedy Red Oaks) and World War Z director Marc Forster (antihero drama Hand Of God), and acting turns from Ron Perlman (Hand Of God) and Mena Suvari (sci-fi thriller Hysteria). Were most excited by The Cosmopolitans, a Paris-set comedy drama from that master depicter of the haute bourgeoisie, Whit Stillman. Catch the lot from Thursday on Amazon Prime.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Daily | In the Works | Stillman, Iñárritu, Jonze

14 August 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Whit Stillman's shot an Amazon Studios pilot for The Cosmopolitans in Paris with Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody. You can watch a behind-the-scenes featurette at Vanity Fair (2'18"). As Katie Rife reports at the Av Club, The Cosmopolitans is one of five potential series Amazon will be introducing on August 28 and, "as in the past, the fate of each series will be heavily influenced by viewers." The other four: Marc Forster's Hand of God with Ron Perlman, Shaun Cassidy and Otto Bathurst's Hysteria with Mena Suvari, David Gordon Green's Red Oaks with Craig Roberts (and produced by Steven Soderbergh) and Jay Chandrasekhar's Really with Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair. Plus news on more projects in the works from Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Time to Help Choose the Next Series: 5 New Pilots Premiere August 28th

11 August 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

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. »

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The New Amazon Pilots Coming on August 28th Sound Really, Really Great

11 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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