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Long regarded as one of the more singular, idiosyncratic voices in American independent cinema, Whit Stillman made his debut in 1990 with Metropolitan, the Oscar-nominated comedy of manners. Further dialogue-heavy comedies set among the urban haute bourgeoisie followed (1994’s Barcelona, 1998’s The Last Days of Disco), but it took another 13 years for Stillman to release a fourth film: 2011’s peppy Damsels In Distress. Yet with the pilot of a new Amazon series — Paris-set The Cosmopolitans —recently released to strong reviews, and an adaptation of Jane Austen’s short novel Lady Susan in the cards, it seems like Stillman is truly back in business. At the recent 5th annual American Film Festival […] »
- Ashley Clark
Sunday is the last full day of the Austin Film Festival (there are no more conference panels after today, but plenty of late afternoon and evening film screenings run through Thursday). Remember to check the website to keep up with schedule changes, and take a look at a few top picks.
Sunday Panel Picks:
A Conversation with Luke Wilson -- The Dallas-born actor has starred in over 50 film and television projects and has several upcoming releases, including Satellite Beach, which he co-directed, wrote and stars in. Today he sits down with moderator John Merriman to discuss his career and answer questions. (Sunday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Driskill Hotel Ballroom)
A Conversation with Susannah Grant -- Susannah Grant has an impressive list of writing credits, including Erin Brockovich, Pocahontas, Ever After and In Her Shoes. Come learn about her career and bring your smartest question. (Sunday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, »
- Caitlin Moore
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
He developed a cult following in the 90s with films like Metropolitan and Barcelona, earning the banner of “cinema’s novelist of manners,” according to The New Yorker. Sixteen years later, Whit Stillman picks up where he left off with the pilot of The Cosmopolitans, the story of a group of expatriates in Paris, mending their broken hearts by setting out to create new lives in the City of Love.
For just one more week, you can watch the pilot of The Cosmopolitans and weigh in on whether you’d like to see the full series. »
Americans abroad? Check. Romantic navel-gazing? Check. High-society posers? Bien sûr! The Cosmopolitans couldnt be more Stillmanesque but for one thing. Its for Amazon TV. Priya Elan talks to him
I dont want to get sued, says Whit Stillman with a laugh, but its pretty darn close to my life. The director is talking about his latest work, The Cosmopolitans, an online TV venture made with Amazon thats drawn from his days as an American abroad. I lived in Paris for nine years, adds Stillman, best known for The Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan.
The first episode of the fish-out-of-water dramedy sees a group of lovesick, largely American drifters make their way through the bars and nightlife of Paris. Like Stillmans 1994 film Barcelona, it looks at how awkward expats can be abroad. Were Parisians, Adam Brody, playing Jimmy, drawls at one point in his broadest west coast accent. But its »
- Priya Elan
Last week, Amazon started streaming their new pilots and the highlight of this year's crop is writer-director Whit Stillman's The Cosmopolitans. The show (which you can watch here) follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in the city of lights. If you've seen Stillman's movies (Damsels in Distress, Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) you know the type of characters and situations he likes to write about, and I'm happy to say his trademark humor and wit is on full display in The Cosmopolitans. It's definitely worth checking out, especially if you want Amazon to pick up the show. The dramedy stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree, and Adriano Giannini. Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Whit Stillman in Los Angeles. He talked about how the project came together at Amazon, his plans »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Cosmopolitans, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Whit Stillman
Directed by Whit Stillman
Released August 28, 2014 by Amazon
As Amazon continues to attempt to expand into original programming with their pilot season, they are promoting many of their pilots as the work of a distinct, well-known voice: “produced by Steven Soderbergh” or “created by Jay Chandrasekhar.” For The Cosmopolitans, that distinct voice is Whit Stillman, the writer-director-producer behind movies like Metropolitan and Damsels in Distress. It’s billed as a comedy about modern American ex-pats in Paris, a sort of twist on Hemingway’s classic A Moveable Feast. It’s got the same tone and slice-of-life feel as Stillman’s other works, or an HBO comedy like Girls or Looking.
If Girls attracted controversy for its lack of diversity, I can’t imagine what those critics are going to say about The Cosmopolitans. It’s all a very heteronormative, upper-class, »
- George Morvis
The New Yorker's Richard Brody calls Whit Stillman "cinema’s novelist of manners, who reveals deep and enduring patterns beneath the shimmer of apparent frivolities." Three years have passed since Stillman's last feature, Damsels in Distress, and twenty-four since his debut, Metropolitan. But for Slate's Willa Paskin, Stillman's new pilot for Amazon, The Cosmopolitans, featuring Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody, is actually the spiritual heir to his 1994 film Barcelona. How's the proposed series playing? For Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, "It’s all a question of where you think Stillman is going with this portrait of these prep-school, Ivy League types, cut off from the reality of their own country and trying to live out some recycled fantasy of 1920s expatriate glamour." » - David Hudson »
Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.
The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the »
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
Writer-director Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan") is taking his signature brand of young relationship comedy to Amazon Instant Video. “The Cosmopolitans” premieres on August 28, 2014. His latest ensemble includes Stillman vets Adam Brody ("Damsels in Distress") and Chloë Sevigny ("The Last Days of Disco"), plus Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree and Italian actor Adriano Giannini. How did Stillman wind up on Amazon? The filmmaker was an expat himself in Paris for nine years after "The Last Days of Disco," returning stateside to make "Damsels in Distress." “I had a lot of material set in Paris, and I would always think in terms of doing an independent film,” Stillman told Vf.com. “But you also have to make a living, and TV is what’s happening.” Much like "Barcelona" (my favorite of his films), this half-hour dramatic comedy pilot follows a »
- Anne Thompson
“This is the most glamorous character I’ve ever played,” says Chloë Sevigny. “Finally! After 20-something years in the business, I’m a fashion journalist!” She and director Whit Stillman are in a West Village café talking about The Cosmopolitans, an Amazon Studios pilot debuting August 28 that might become a series. It fits right in with Stillman’s American-expat oeuvre. “It’s supposed to be open-ended so people want more episodes,” he says. “But I think it works fine—if this is the only thing we get to do, it will be nice. It’s sort of Metropolitan meets Barcelona in Paris.” He looks at Sevigny and adds, “With some Last Days of Disco thrown in.”“Sprinkled!” says Sevigny, who starred in that 1998 Stillman film. She’s wearing an oversize hunter-green Lacoste shirt tucked into a pleated tennis skirt along with a chunky gold watch. The Cosmopolitans—with Adam Brody, »
- William Van Meter
Some TV premiere news is at hand. Firstly, Showtime has announced that the Homeland Season 4 premiere date has been set for October 5th at 9pm Et/Pt, when the first two episodes of the season will air back-to-back. Season 4 has been described as a reboot of sorts, as we will follow Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison on assignment in the Middle East. Filmed entirely in South Africa, the new season also stars Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, with Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma booked as guest stars. Additionally, Showtime’s new drama series The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson will debut on October 12th at 10pm Et/Pt, a week earlier than initially planned. The series explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. Hit the jump for news and images concerning new Amazon pilots from the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, »
- Adam Chitwood
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. »
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
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
The most famous avenue in the world was transformed into a mini Cannes for one week. The Champs-Elysées Franco-American Film Festival in Paris screened both indie and major studio films from both sides of the Atlantic in theaters up and down the Champs-Elysées. But it was worth braving the waves of tourists, who were more copious than ever, for the program's third edition. One of the highlights this year was the Whit Stillman retrospective. Sure, the indie filmmaker has only made four movies in about 24 years: Metropolitan, nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for Best Original Screenplay; Barcelona (1994); The Last Days of Disco (1998); and Damsels in Distress (2011). But with his keen eye and ability to create poignant characters, Stillman is often compared to Eric Rohmer and Woody Allen. Hit the jump for more on the Stillman retrospective from the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. His stories are studies of social behavior of a »
- Talia Soghomonian
Briefly: Amazon’s next round of pilots includes a show from Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) and one directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace). Whit Stillman’s show is The Cosmopolitans, which “follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris who are searching for love and friendship in a foreign city.” It […]
The post Amazon Greenlights Whit Stillman Pilot ‘The Cosmopolitans’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Amazon Studios today announced it has greenlit two new pilots—the half hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stillman, and one hour drama Hand of God from Executive Producers Marc Forster, Ben Watkins, Ron Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King—for its third pilot season debuting later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Additional pilots joining The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God in the third pilot season will be announced in the coming weeks. More on the pilots:
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco), The Cosmopolitans follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. The »
Amazon Studios hasn’t backed out from its commitment to creating original series’ for their Instant Video streaming service. Despite Netflix running away as the #1 streaming network, Amazon has announced that a third round of pilots are set to premiere later this year. They’re also going to keep their unique, quasi fan-sourced, approach alive. See, on Amazon, when they launch a pilot they allow the viewers a window of time to offer direct feedback about whether or not they’d like to see the series get a full season order.
They’ve found some success with recent shows like Alpha House and Betas, while notable flops like their series adaptation of Zombieland famously tanked during the network’s ambitious first attempt at creating something original.
Amazon Studios that the network’s third round of pilots will include the following two shows:
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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