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Amazon has released the trailer for its new dramedy “Transparent,” about an L.A. family dealing with the late-in-life decision of their father (Jeffrey Tambor) to live as a woman. Could this be the show that will catapult Amazon into the Netflix-sphere, where original online content like “Orange Is The New Black” and “House of Cards” wins awards and better yet subscribers? With a fresh and exciting cast including Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker as the couple's children, Judith Light as Tambor’s ex-wife, and Carrie Brownstein in a small role, it very well could. The pilot debuted on Amazon in February and received enough buzz and acclaim to for the series to be greenlit, with Amazon likely seeing this as a strong contender to become must-watch material. Tambor helped draw the binge-watching crowd with Netflix’s “Arrested Development” revival, and creator Jill Soloway (“United States of Tara, »
- Tess Hofmann
Did you know that the first episode of Amazon’s Transparent has been available to watch since February? Now that the show’s season 1 trailer is also up and running, I’m disappointed I wasn’t aware of it sooner. Transparent is a new Amazon original series from Jill Soloway who snagged the Directing Award in the U.S. dramatic category at Sundance for Afternoon Delight. Her new show focuses on the Pfefferman family. Jeffrey Tambor steps in as the patriarch, Mort, who reveals that he’s actually Maura, triggering a slew of different reactions from his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their children, Ali (Gaby Hoffman), Josh (Jay Duplass) and Sarah (Amy Landecker). Hit the jump to check out the new Transparent trailer for yourself. You can also watch the pilot episode right now on Amazon Instant Video. The rest of the series is due to arrive on September 26th. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Is Amazon about to score its first breakthrough hit?
The online streaming giant — whose foray into original programming has yet to yield any Netflix-sized hits — may have a game-changer on its hands with Transparent, a 10-episode dark comedy from Six Feet Under’s Jill Soloway and starring Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor as Maura né Mort Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family.
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Amazon today announced it will premiere all ten episodes of Jill Soloway's (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") dark comedy "Transparent" on Friday, September 26 exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us and UK. Starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), "Transparent" follows the Pfeffermans - a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. »
Amazon’s new original comedy “Transparent” will premiere on Friday, September 26 in the U.S. and the U.K. through Prime Instant Video, the site announced Wednesday. All ten episodes will be released at once.
The series is written, directed and produced by Jill Soloway and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. The story centers around the Pfeffermans — a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. Tambor stars as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Light), and their children; meandering Ali (Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.
Recurring guest stars include Bradley Whitford, »
- Laura Prudom
Amazon has announced a premiere date of Friday, Sept. 26 for all ten episodes of the highly-anticipated Jill Soloway dark comedy “Transparent.” Written, directed and executive produced by Soloway, an Emmy nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner, the half-hour episodes examine family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort, the Pfefferman family patriarch. Also read: Amazon Provides TV-Sized Budgets as ‘Transparent’ Marks Transition From TV to Online Her transition brings out many family secrets for his ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), as well as their children: meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record. »
- Tim Molloy
All parents have their secrets. Some smoke cigarettes behind their childrens’ backs; others lie about their past recreational drug use. In Amazon’s Transparent though, Jeffrey Tambor’s Mort has a much bigger secret: As one of his children, played by Gaby Hoffmann says, “Dad is a woman.”
Mort’s three grown children are finding out their father’s identity for the first time while their mom is more aware of her spouse’s feminine taste—although she’s under the impression it’s a simple game of dress-up. “It’s his thing; it’s his little private kink,” Mort’s wife, »
- Ariana Bacle
It was the groundbreaking pilot that scored passionate reviews from viewers and critics alike back in February, earning a pickup to full series. Just seven months later, all 10 episodes of the wry, dark comedy Transparent will debut September 26th on Prime Instant Video. For a sneak peek, check out the just-released trailer on YouTube.
Created by Sundance Directing Award winner Jill Soloway, the series stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — the Pfefferman family patriarch. When Maura reintroduces herself to her family, everyone spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are. This includes ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light) and their children — meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffman from Girls), music producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker from Louie).
If you missed the pilot or want to see it again, you can get a head start and watch the first episode here. »
at the TCA panel for Transparent (Getty)
Let’s make this clear from the start – this is not the first time actor Jeffrey Tambor has been in a dress.
If you’re a fan of the actor’s work over the years, he’s donned a dress in previous roles on Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development but during Saturday’s panel for the new Amazon series Transparent, the actor explained his role as a transgender husband/parent is new territory for him. “This is far different,” he said. “I think this is probably the most transforming experience I’ve had and had such depth. It also shows how far television has gone in terms of content and this is far more leveled and centered. And I feel very honored in bringing forth this whole subject…it’s really cool.”
In the series, »
- Jim Halterman
All ten episodes of the series will premiere at once through Amazon Prime Instant Video, in the so-called “binge” model popularized by Netflix. Decisions have not yet been made on the exact airdates or delivery models for a number of Amazon’s other new original series, which may debut weekly or in one block like “Transparent.” Returning comedy “Alpha House” will debut in October, “Mozart in the Jungle” will premiere in December, and “The After” and “Bosch” will premiere early 2015. “The After” will be released on a weekly basis.
“Transparent” centers around an La family with serious boundary issues who have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. It stars Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman, »
- Laura Prudom
Amazon Studios' Transparent is breaking the rules. From creator Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight), Transparent — which has already received critical notice — centers on a Los Angeles family and their lives after they learn that their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transitioning to become a woman. Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light co-star, with guest appearances by Kathryn Hahn and Rob Huebel. In March, the series was picked up for a 10-episode season by Amazon (Roy Price, Amazon Studios director, called Transparent "distinctive" at the time), which will be available all at once in
- Philiana Ng
Critical snubs aside, one of our favorite TV shows this season is not among the nominated, giving us an excuse (ha-ha, as if we needed one) to present Broad City with our own very, very special set of awards. Congratulations, Broad City! Your trophies will be waiting for you.Most Outstanding Title Credits Winner: These. Most Supportive Guest-Star Winner: Ilana's magical bra. Best Performance by a Dog Named After a Noted Daytime Emmy Winner Winner: Judith Light Most Appropriate Use of a Webcam Winner: This inventive sex move right here. Best "Going-Out Clothes" Costume Design Winner: That incredible blue dress (and everything Ilana wears). Most Accurate Portrayal of a Roommate('s Boyfriend) Winner: Bevers. Most Useful and Surprising Couponing Tip Winner: Abbi's Bed, Bath & Beyond trick. Best Use of a Drake Song Winner: The "Started From the Bottom" bank scene. Best Evidence That Two Women Don't Always Have to Feel »
- Amanda Dobbins,Lindsey Weber
Stars: Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Cantor, Gioianna Digiorgio, Dana Ivey, Judith Light | Written by Simon Helberg | Directed by Jocelyn Towne, Simon Helberg
Review by Andrew McArthur
Joined by his wife Jocelyn Towne, The Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg turns director with autobiographical romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris. Helberg supposedly bases his film on a true story, making this charmless and aimless picture all the more tragic.
Neurotic thirty-something Quinn (Helberg) is planning on popping the question to his girlfriend of ten years Devon (Melanie Lynskey), until his colleague (Maggie Grace) confesses her love for him. This new found revelation results in the nervous Quinn botching his proposal and breaking-up with Devon. However, he realises he has made a huge mistake and attempts to win her back.
We’ll Never Have Paris is a romantic comedy with no focus, a film »
“Portlandia” co-creator, writer and star Carrie Brownstein has just signed on to Jill Soloway's buzzy Amazon series, “Transparent,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. A representative for Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brownstein will play Gaby Hoffman's best friend Syd on the dark comedy, which follows a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues. Also read: ‘Portlandia’ Tailgates, ‘Prairie Home Companion'-Style (Video) In addition to Hoffman, Brownstein joins the previously announced cast of Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under,” “United States of Tara »
- Jethro Nededog and Jeff Sneider
The lifestyles of the rich and petulant require a certain amount of critical distance to be relatable — or even watchable — to unaffiliated viewers. There’s a bit of that perspective in “Last Weekend,” albeit not nearly enough to make this Lake Tahoe-set seriocomedy a more insightful than insufferable portrait of the unsympathetically self-absorbed. Starring Patricia Clarkson as persnickety matriarch presiding over a holiday gathering of bratty offspring and their variably long-suffering partners, the pic reps a smoothly crafted debut feature for co-directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams. But its eventual reach for warm-and-fuzzy emotional catharsis rings hollow among characters that never become more than disagreeably shallow products of unexamined privilege. Prospects look minor for Sundance Select’s planned late-summer theatrical and VOD release.
The Green clan’s lakeside Tahoe “cottage” — as distinguished from their San Francisco home and a second vacation house somewhere — is an expensively rustic affair with umpteen »
- Dennis Harvey
With 16 musicals and 23 plays opening on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season, the 68th Annual Tony Awards was one of the most prosperous and reassuring in recent theater history. Not to mention, as Tony presenter Judith Light announced, “We’ve just seen the highest-grossing, best-attended Memorial Day week” ever. It’s a good time to be in the business. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” proved this year’s dark horse. A show 11 years in the making, the musical comedy was a bit slow out of the gate this past fall but ultimately galloped off with four Tony wins, including best costume design of a musical to Linda Cho, best book of a musical to Robert L. Freedman, best director of a musical to Darko Tresnjak, and the most coveted prize of the night: best musical. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the rock ‘n’ roll revival that’s blowing »
Nominees, presenters, and attendees walked the red carpet before the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. -Break- Among those caught by our cameras were: nominees Kelli O'Hara ("Bridges of Madison County"), Bryce Pinkham and Jefferson Mays ("Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder") and Nick Cordero ("Bullets Over Broadway") as well as Codero's co-star Zach Braff, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, four-time Tony champ and current contender Harvey Fierstein ("Casa Valentina") and presenter Jonathan Groff. To see all the stars that walked the red carpet, check out our photo gallery at the bottom of this post. ' »
I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you! 7:55 p.m. Et. In case you haven't been following any Tony fanatics on Twitter, pre-show winners have included "Rocky" (Scenic Design of a »
- Daniel Fienberg
The 68th Annual Tony Awards has added a slew of presenters and performers, including Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light, Rosie O'Donnell, T.I., Patrick Wilson and “NCIS: Los Angeles” pair Barrett Foa and LL Cool J, in advance of the ceremony airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Hudson will perform at the night's ceremony, singing a song from the upcoming musical “Finding Neverland.” Also read: Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Sting and ‘Wicked’ Cast Performing at Tony Awards The ceremony, hosted by “X-Men Days of Future Past” star Hugh Jackman, will also feature a slew of appearances by movie, »
- Tim Kenneally
We’ve posted quite a bit on HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Normal Heart, and with the May 25th premiere rapidly approaching, the publicity blitz is in full swing.
Last night was the New York Screening at Ziegfeld Theater, and the cast of the film was joined by other screen & stage luminaries, including Brad Pitt, Judith Light, and Megan Hilty, and Ryan Murphy pals Jane Lynch and Darren Criss, as well as the stars of other HBO shows, including Looking.
Of course, tongues are wagging over Angelina Jolie‘s “makeup malfunction,” but I don’t think it looks … too bad.
Well maybe we can chalk it up to bad lighting.
The post The Stars Align For The Premiere Of “The Normal Heart” appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
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