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Amazon has announced its second slew of pilots set for the “trial-by-viewer” model that will determine if shows get picked up for a full season. The media giant will be releasing five adult dramas and comedies alongside five children’s shows for free on Amazon Instant Video. Among the comedies is “Mozart in the Jungle,” a collaboration between “The Grand Budapest Hotel” actor Jason Schwartzman, writer-director Roman Coppola, and writer-director Alex Timbers. Based on the book by Blair Tindall, the series stars Michael McDowell as a veteran conductor and Gael García Bernal (“The Science of Sleep,” “Y Tu Mamá También”) as the new conductor of the New York Symphony who drives him out. Other comedies on the roster include “The Rebels,” about an ex-cheerleader played by Natalie Zea (“Justified”) who inherits a fictional pro-football team after her husband dies, and “Transparent,” another dysfunctional family series starring “Arrested Development’s” Jeffrey Tambor. »
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has named Us producer and writer James Schamus as president of the international jury, whose members will decide the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition.
In his work with Ang Lee, Schamus has won awards as a screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain). He was also the chief executive of Focus Features - the company he co-founded - before it merged with FilmDistrict.
The strong line-up of filmmakers and actors that make up the rest of the jury including Barbara Broccoli (Us), Trine Dyrholm (Denmark), Mitra Farahani (Iran), Greta Gerwig (Us), Michel Gondry (France), Tony Leung (China) and Christoph Waltz (Austria).
Broccoli is best known for co-producing the James Bond films while Danish actor Dyrholm recently »
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