Amazon’s third pilot season is open for business, and you can now watch new shows from directors such as Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, and Mark Forster. Stillman’s pilot, The Cosmopolitans, is already getting great buzz; Green’s, Red Oaks, considerably less so. Below, we’ve got info on all five of the new pilots, with behind the scenes videos for each, and a sizzle reel for the whole pilot season. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Amazon has made no secret of the fact that it wants to compete with Netflix, but so far it hasn’t offered much of a challenge on the original programming front. Though the web retailer has debuted several new shows already, none have attracted nearly the attention of a House of Cards or an Orange Is the New Black.
But that could change with Transparent. The “psychosexual comedy” stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father who comes out as a trans woman late in his life, rocking the lives of his family including his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their three adult children (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann).
The dramedy pilot earned some very strong buzz when Amazon debuted it later this year. And if the first Transparent trailer is any indication, it’s likely to get even more once the full first season debuts next fall. Check out the Transparent trailer after the jump.
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The Netflix Daredevil TV series is shooting now, but we still know relatively little about it, and we know almost nothing about the three shows that will follow (featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) much less how they’ll all come together in The Defenders. But now Netflix chief Ted Sarandos has said a few things about his company’s upcoming Marvel slate, and one comment in particular sticks out: that the series “will not be afraid to go darker” than Marvel’s films. Read More »
You would need an encyclopedia to know how many different versions of the original Star Wars Trilogy are out there. From obvious changes made to create the Special Editions, or the addition of “Episode IV” to the first film, to more subtle ones like color correction or audio tweaks, there are dozens of different versions of each film. All fans want, though, are the original negatives, with no “special” additions, but corrections to make them look and sound as good as modern technology will allow.
Unfortunately, that’s probably never going to happen because of rights issues and George Lucas’ wishes. So a group of fans made the Star Wars Despecialized Edition, a painstaking project that’s still in progress. The Despecialized Edition removes all the additions and tweaks slathered onto the films over the years, while simultaneously upgrading the sound and picture to modern standards. The results are pretty incredible and a new featurette shows the jaw-dropping changes and work put into the project. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Powers will be the first-ever TV series from the PlayStation Network, but so far it seems like the company knows what it’s doing. After picking up Susan Heyward as its female lead last month, the comic book adaptation has just added three intriguing new cast members: Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, and Olesya Rulin. Find out whom they’re playing after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Edge of Tomorrow isn’t the worst film this summer, not by a long shot, but it might be the worst title. It’s bland. It’s forgettable. It tells you nothing about the movie. And it’s infinitely less memorable than the original title, All You Need Is Kill.
Apparently, Warner Bros. doesn’t much like the name either. As Edge of Tomorrow prepares for a home video release, the studio is downplaying the real title in favor of its tagline, Live Die Repeat. In fact, that’s actually the film’s title on iTunes. Hit the jump to see what we’re talking about.
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In December 2013, David Chen released a short documentary on /Film titled Scarecrow Video: An Inside Look at the World’s Biggest Independent Video Store (watch that video here). Scarecrow Video in Seattle is the largest independent video store on the planet. The store is not just a collection of movies trapped in old physical media, but many of the films available at Scarcrow are rare and not elsewhere. Scarecrow is revered and admired, counting filmmakers like Bernardo Bertolucci and Quentin Tarantino as previous visitors. And now Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League has teamed up with Scarecrow Video to form a non-profit collective to preserve the world’s largest “home video” collection of film and television with over 120,000 VHS, laserdiscs, VCDs, DVDs and Blu-ray titles. They have launched a kickstarter to help raise the funds to make this future a reality. Learn more, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Get ready for another Bluth family reunion. Arrested Development Season 5 is coming, according to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos — it’s a question of when, not if. As in, when they’re able to wrangle the cast back together. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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