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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life — "The Imitation Game" — lit up the industry, landing at the top of The Black List (an annual compendium of hot unpublished screenplays).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
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
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 World War Z filmmaker Marc Forster, starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany. The psychological thriller Hysteria, about an epidemic spread through social media, from Shaun Cassidy and starring Mena Suvari. »
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
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 »
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. »
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
CBS TV Studios has named two new drama development execs.
Meghan Lyvers (pictured right) comes to the Eye as senior VP of drama development. Brianna Bennett (pictured left) has signed on as VP of drama development.
The appointments fill the void at the studio left in June when Beth Miyares left to join Fox Broadcasting as senior VP of drama development.
Film and TV vet Lyvers was most recently a development exec at the Television 360 arm of Management 360, where she helped shepherd projects for clients including Michael Chiklis, Christina Applegate, Brad Garrett, Taye Diggs and Marc Forster.
Before Television 360, Lyvers worked for Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Prods. as veep of production and development. She helped launch the Tribeca film fest and worked on such pics as “About a Boy,” “Meet the Fockers” and “Analyze That,” as well as the Tribeca-produced CBS cop drama »
- Variety Staff
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
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