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There are six pilots in total coming from creators Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Borat), Louis Ck (Louie), Diablo Cody (Juno), Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Christine Vachon (Still Alice), Tig Notaro (Boyish Girl Interrupted) and Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich (The Killing).
Amazon’s slate, will be wide-ranging in genre — from comedy to western and everything in between — with Amazon customers invited to watch and divulge feedback on which shows they’d prefer turned into full series’ for the company’s Prime subscribers. All pilots will be made available online and via the Amazon Video app for TV. »
- William Fanelli
Amazon Studios has unveiled its line-up of the six pilots it intends to premiere on the streaming giant's service this Fall.
As per usual, users will get to vote on the pilots and thus help determine which ones will go to series. So far only a few shows have gone on to series including "Bosch," "Transparent," "Hand of God," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Alpha House," "Catastrophe" and the upcoming "The Man in the High Castle" and "Red Oaks".
"Lethal Weapon" scribe and "Iron Man 3" writer/director Shane Black teams with "Monster House" co-scribe Fred Dekker for this adaptation of Terry Harknett's ultraviolent Western novel series "Edge". Max Martini plays a Union officer turned cowboy who prowls »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
RelatedHand of God: Is Amazon’s Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?
As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
Sneak Peek new Season 2 footage from the period drama TV series "Manhattan", premiering October 13, 2015 on Wgn America:
"...set in 1943 at the time of the Manhattan Project, the series is set @ Los Alamos, New Mexico...
"...where the federal government tells scientists only what they need to know...
"...while the scientists keep secrets from their families..."
Cast includes John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Daniel Stern, Katja Herbers, Harry Lloyd, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Michael Chernus and William Petersen.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Manhattan"...
- Michael Stevens
With the futile excitement of a treadmill running at max speed, Mistress America, like its characters, is always going nowhere as fast as possible. Those characters lead run-on and half-started lives while they search for a New York experience that probably doesn’t exist anymore. This is familiar territory for writer-director Noah Baumbach, who’s While We’re Young explored a similar, if older pocket of East Coast hipster culture earlier this year. But rather than being a regression or a rehash, Mistress America brings with it a new cast of charmingly narcissistic Baumbach ditherers to love, mock, and walk around the neighborhood with.
The film stars Lola Kirke (Gone Girl) as Tracy, a freshman at one of those New York colleges where the classes are structured like group therapy, and the cool kids are the aspiring writers with leather briefcases. An adroit-for-her-age thinker but chronic slacker, Tracy’s self-sabotaging »
- Sam Woolf
The otherwise mild and humane People Places Things starts off with a cringing blast of humiliation comedy that prepares you for a very different film. While celebrating his twin daughters’ fifth birthday, Will (Jemaine Clement) goes looking for his partner, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), the girls’ mother. As he wanders the house, Will comes across a couple arguing — a woman explaining to a man why she can’t have kids with him — then quickly realizes he’s hearing a conversation he shouldn’t and shrinks away. But then Will finds himself right in the middle of his own awkward, embarrassing conversation: Charlie, it turns out, is in the bedroom making love to another man, Gary (Michael Chernus); when Will discovers her, the two of them argue about their foundering relationship, while the pudgy, naked Gary stands there, himself trying to shrink away. Look past the mortification, and you’ll see yet »
- Bilge Ebiri
Read More: Exclusive: Alternative 'People Places Things' Posters Are a Graphic Novel's Dream Come True Best known for his comedic turns in HBO's beloved series "Flight of the Conchords" and in films like "What We Do in the Shadows" and the "Rio" series, New Zealand actor and musician Jemaine Clement took a plunge with his latest role. In James C. Strouse's "People Places Things," Clement goes understated -- and more than a bit mopey -- as recent divorcee Will Henry. Shocked to discover that his wife (played by Stephanie Allynne) is cheating on him with a pal (Michael Chernus, who also co-stars in another new release this week, Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America"), Will packs up his things and attempts to move on with, well, pretty much his entire life. Thrown into utter disarray, Will tries to balance his broken heart with caring for his adorable twin girls, »
- Kate Erbland
Noah Baumbach's latest, Mistress America, never stops to let you catch up to its momentum, and it's all the better for it. You either get into its offbeat, fast-mouthed rhythm -- initially or eventually -- or you don't. If you do follow along and enjoy its rapid-speed groove, it's a raucous good time. It's not flawless, as its story beats are moderately traditional to a fault and some of its characters lose themselves, occasionally coming across more like dialogue machines than fleshed-out characters. Yet, the film remains finely polished and a constant delight, easily among the most refined and accomplished works the director's produced thus far. Lonely college freshman Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a writer desperately searching for inspiration. Her short stories lack flavor, spirit or spark and, because of this, she can't gain acceptance into the exclusive Mobius Literary Club on campus. Her lack of social suave also »
- Will Ashton
Somewhat under the radar, filmmaker Noah Baumbach and actress/writer Greta Gerwig have developed a really strong working relationship with each other. I think that the two of them have hit on something quite nice ever since Gerwig co-starred in Baumbach’s film Greenberg. They’ve since collaborated on Frances Ha, co-writing the script together, as well as doing the same for this weekend’s Mistress America, which obviously sees Baumbach also direct along with Gerwig also acting. I was really taken by this one, which is not only one of the funniest movies of the year so far, but also one that firmly establishes the dynamic between Baaumbach and Gerwig. Much like with Frances Ha, Mistress America is a loose comedy about a free spirit in New York City. However, our true protagonist this time is a lower key college freshman named Tracy (Lola Kirke). New in town, she struggles to connect with anymore, »
- Joey Magidson
Mistress America Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer, for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Noah Baumbach Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Matthew Shear. Michael Chernus Release date: August 14, 2015 I used to know a woman who had it all. You could call her “the-life-of-the-party”. Whenever she passed a crowded room people would stare. At age sixteen she played the accordion and manipulated any social gathering. At age eighteen she went to college and had a great social life or four years, while managing to meet her future husband, get married at twenty-three, migrate to eastern Canada at [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Jim Strouse's sleeper summer hit features an agile, very funny Jemaine Clement sparring with Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Michael Chernus (of Noah Baumbach's Mistress America), Regina Hall, Gia Gadsby and Aundrea Gadsby.
Virginia and Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man, playwrights Will Eno and Alan Ayckbourn with a touch of Alain Resnais and a John Singer Sargent portrait, form a frame to our conversation. I connect Jim's composer Mark Orton (out of Alexander Payne's Nebraska) to Walter Slezak in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence De La Mer, Marlene Dietrich in Stanley Kramer's Judgement at Nuremberg and Madeline Kahn in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, and he connects Chernus and Clement to Men In Black 3.
People Places Things, a sly comedy of parental manners, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It would be a treat to watch Jemaine Clement read the phone book. Fortunately, “People, Places, Things,” in which he stars as a single dad, is much more charming and delightful than that. From writer-director Jim Strouse, ‘People’ allows Clement to at once be his distinctive self while also offering an opportunity for the “Flight of the Conchords” star to demonstrate his winning leading man abilities. With a dry and witty tone, it’s an amicable and appealing piece on love, both the romantic and family kind, and the ways in which it can change, evolve, and grow. At the 5th birthday party for their twin girls, Will (Clement) discovers his longtime girlfriend/baby mama, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), in a compromising situation with a friend of theirs, Gary (Michael Chernus). She declares she wants out, and soon he is out, living in a tiny rathole apartment in Queens, teaching the »
- Katie Walsh
Here in the Noun: Strouse’s Familiar, Charming RomCom
The kids are basically all right in People, Places, Things, director James C. Strouse’s third outing as director, but the adult characters are having a much harder time navigating existence after divorce. While a rather standard set of issues are examined, with a slight edge considering this is from the perspective of a jilted father figure, the scribe-helmer continues to display his strengths for creating well-rounded, genuinely effective principal characters. Featuring a flawed yet appealing group of people struggling to overcome unplanned circumstances, this standard but nicely streamlined venture features winning performances. Despite a lack of novelty, Strouse’s film stands out in a mix familiar to any purveyors of the glossier side of American indie cinema.
A successful graphic novelist and professor at the School of Visual Arts, Will’s (Jemaine Clement) life swiftly unravels when he finds his »
- Nicholas Bell
Following the first trailer that debuted back in June, Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the second trailer for Mistress America through Yahoo! Movies. This dramatic comedy marks the latest collaboration between actress Greta Gerwig and writer-director Noah Baumbach, who both co-wrote the script, following their indie hits Greenberg and Frances Ha. Mistress America also features newcomer Lola Kirke in what could be a breakout performance.
In Mistress America, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) - a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town - she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach also produce with Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub and Rodrigo Teixeira.
Read More: Sundance Review: Jemaine Clement, Jessica Williams and More Shine in 'People, Places and Things' After earning critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in January, James C. Strouse's comedy-drama "People Places Things" is gearing up for its August theatrical release with two imaginative new posters that bring the world of the film to life in all its graphic novel glory. "Flight of the Conchords" star Jemaine Clement plays a newly single father trying to find love while also raising his children, working as a teacher and letting his ex-wife go. Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus and sisters Aundrea and Gia Gadsby co-star. Since Clement's singe father is a graphic novelist and professor, and much of the film concerns his artwork and illustrations, distributor Film Arcade has crafted two alternative movie posters based on artwork from the film by Gray Williams that would make the central character. »
- Zack Sharf
Australian distributors are increasingly concerned about films being launched in Us cinemas and online before their Australian release.
The film premiered at Sundance in January and was then released in a limited number of cinemas in March before being broadcast on HBO, becoming the second most watched feature doc of all time.
.The availability on Us streaming sites undoubtedly has negatively impacted the Australian box-office,. Madman.s Paul Wiegard tells If.
.However Alex Gibney was in town for the Sydney Film Festival and the film generated enormous press coverage; along with solid cinema support the film »
- Don Groves
People, Places, Things Trailer. James C. Strouse‘s People, Places, Things (2015) movie trailer stars Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, and Michael Chernus. People, Places, Things‘ synopsis: “Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.”
If you’re a Flight of The Conchords fan, this trailer should at the very least remind you how great Jermaine Clement’s disposition, attitude and delivery is. He’s wonderful to watch, and even though this seems like a very familiar movie (any mid-life crisis “dramedy”), it could be interesting enough based solely on Clement’s addition.
A lot of this even looks like a TV film, at parts, but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. If I watch this, it »
- Marco Margaritoff
The first trailer for acclaimed Sundance comedy People, Places, Things has debuted online, and we have it for you below…
What We Do In The Shadows star Jemaine Clement leads the cast as Will, a New York City professor and graphic novel writer who sees his dreams of marriage destroyed when he finds his long-term girlfriend cheating with one of their friends. A year later, Will is struggling to get his life back on track, as well as bring up his two daughters.
Co-starring Regina Hall (The Best Man Holiday), Jessica Williams (Delivery Man), Michael Chernus (Men in Black 3) and Stephanie Allynee (In A World), People, Places, Things debuts in Us cinemas on August 14th.
- Scott J. Davis
For Will, played by Jermaine Clement in what looks to be a layered comedic turn, it sucks because his wife (Stephanie Allynne) slept with another guy and ultimately breaks up with him, splitting the custody of their two young daughters. One of his students (Jessica Williams) introduces him to her single mother (Regina Hall) and Will slowly puts his life back together. Here’s the full synopsis via Collider:
Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist and professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls’ fifth birthday party, Will’s life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children and longtime girlfriend, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), with their friend Gary (Michael Chernus). One year later, Will is still alone and »
- Brian Welk
Typically commercials make me mad, but the DirecTV commercials featuring model Hannah Davis and Jemaine Clement as a talking horse I actually enjoy and not because of Davis, though I'm not complaining about her involvement, but because of Clement as the horse. I will admit, however, I didn't actually remember they were DirecTV commercials (I thought they were for Geico), so as much as I find them funny I guess they aren't really all that effective. Go figure. I only mention this because as funny as I find Clement, I haven't actually seen a lot of his work. I'm not at all familiar with "Flight of the Conchords", never saw Eagle vs. Shark and, well, other than Men in Black 3 and hearing his voice as one of the Despicable Me minions (though I only learned that today from IMDb), I guess I've only caught him in passing and in YouTube videos. »
- Brad Brevet
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