Jean-Claude Van Johnson teaser

“My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme. I used to be super famous.”

These are the opening lines of the pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson, an upcoming Amazon original series we exclusively told you about early last year. The pilot performed well enough with viewers to warrant a series order, and the first season is officially on the way.

In the series, the action movie star plays a version of himself who takes jobs in crappy direct-to-video movies in far-flung countries as a cover for his real work as a private contractor. As that line of dialogue above indicates, JCVD is certainly willing to poke fun at his own career (see also: the 2008 movie JCVD), and he continues to do exactly that in this comedy series, which is being helmed by Keanu and Key & Peele director Peter Atencio, one of the most versatile up-and-coming filmmakers working today.

Now a new teaser trailer has debuted for Jean-Claude Van Johnson, and it continues to poke fun at itself as JCVD undercuts the primary subject of the teaser. Check it out below.
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Jack Ryan Series Trailer - John Krasinski

Don’t expect The Office star John Krasinski to look at the camera and smirk in his latest series endeavor.

Jack Ryan is a new spy series from Amazon Studios bringing the titular CIA analyst created by author Tom Clancy into his first original series. The character has been played by the likes of Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck on the big screen, but now the role is in the hands of 13 Hours star John Krasinski, looking to expand his acting horizons by thrusting himself into the middle of a dangerous terrorist plot with the potential for global catastrophe. The first trailer debuted at the 2017 New York Comic-Con on Saturday night, but thankfully, it’s available to watch online too.

Watch the Jack Ryan series trailer below and see what you think. Read More »

Man in the High Castle Season 3

The Man in the High Castle, Amazon’s adaptation of a short story by Philip K. Dick, debuted a new clip from season 3 at NYCC today. It reveals the continuing complex mythology of the series, full of multiple worlds. Watch the Man in the High Castle season 3 NYCC clip below.

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Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams Trailer

Philip K. Dick is one of the most influential science fiction writers in the history of the medium. His strange, philosophical writings inspired films like Blade RunnerMinority ReportTotal Recall and more. Now a new Amazon series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, will adapt the writer’s work into a Black Mirror-like anthology featuring a highly impressive cast. A new trailer for the series just premiered at NYCC, and it hints at a creepy, exciting new show full of promise. Watch the Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams NYCC trailer below.

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wonder wheel trailer

Woody Allen‘s love affair with a younger, sprightly streaming service continues with Wonder Wheel, the divisive auteur’s new film under Amazon Studios.

Returning to his Northeastern roots after flitting about in Hollywood, Rome, and Paris with his past few films, Wonder Wheel takes place in 1950s Coney Island — a familiar setting in which Allen grew up. But populating Wonder Wheel are a few unfamiliar faces to the Allen repertoire: Wonder Wheel stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi, and Juno Temple, all first-time collaborators with Allen.

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Amazon Sci-Fi Shows

Netflix may still be leading the way in the volume and overall quality of original streaming content, but Hulu is catching up quickly, especially after their Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale. Meanwhile, Amazon Studios still has a lot of work to do if they’re going to keep up.

While Amazon has found great success with Transparent, the rest of their shows have generally failed to make as big of a splash as the more popular shows from Netflix and Hulu. But Amazon hopes to change that by diving into a handful of genre titles, specifically in the realm of science fiction. Find out about the new Amazon sci-fi shows below. Read More »

jon hamm joins good omens

Jon Hamm may look like an angel and now he finally gets to play one in the Amazon fantasy series, Good Omens.

Jon Hamm joins Good Omens to play the archangel Gabriel in Neil Gaiman‘s miniseries adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett‘s 1990 apocalyptic novel. While Gabriel, who acts as God’s messenger, appeared only briefly in the book, Gaiman is expanding the role for the miniseries now that Hamm has been cast.

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Jack Ryan TV show teaser

Update: A new Jack Ryan teaser has been released by Amazon ahead of the full teaser trailer premiere at New York Comic Con.

Shows about spies have been a near-constant presence on television since the medium’s early days, and while we’ve seen properties like Get Smart and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. make the jump to the big screen in recent years, Amazon is about to reverse that trend by bringing one of cinema’s biggest spies to TV. The company has just released the first brief teaser for Jack Ryan, based on the Tom Clancy-created character that’s appeared in five movies so far, and you can check it out below. But if you’re looking for your first glimpse at The Office star John Krasinski locked and loaded as the title character, you’ll have to wait just a little while longer.
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the shape of water red band trailer

Another Toronto International Film Festival has been resigned to the dust, and it is time for us to look back on it and remember all the great (and not so great) films we witnessed there.

Truth be told, this year’s fest was slightly less exciting than last – the films were good, and some were even fantastic, but overall they did not pack as much of a punch as I’d been hoping. Still, it’s hard to deny the thrill one gets from attending TIFF; day after day, you spend hours upon hours watching films with audiences who are genuinely excited to be there, unlike seeing a film at your local multiplex, where the crowd could care less. If you’re covering TIFF as press, you rise at dawn, make your way down to the Scotiabank Theatre and spend almost the entire day there. It can be exhausting and draining, but it’s also wonderful.

For the sake of completion, I’ve compiled links to all the /Film reviews (written by me and Marshall Shaffer) out of this year’s TIFF, as well as a blurb or two for films that did not receive a full review. Here is every movie we saw at TIFF 2017.

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Wonderstruck trailer 2

Filmmaker Todd Haynes (Carol, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven) has teamed up with Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions for his latest film. Based on author Brian Selznick‘s best-selling children’s novel, Wonderstruck is the story of two kids in two separate time periods going on their own quests for discovery, and early reviews indicate that this could be a major contender for awards as we enter the fall movie season. Take a look at the latest Wonderstruck trailer below.
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