Amazon Offering ‘Transparent’ for Free This Weekend

Transparent

Amazon’s Transparent got some much-deserved attention at this year’s Golden Globes, when the HFPA declared it the year’s best comedy and star Jeffrey Tambor comedy’s best actor. But unless you have an Amazon Prime subscription, or a generous friend who does, you probably haven’t had the opportunity to check it out.

Well, this weekend is the perfect time to change that. Amazon will let non-members stream the entire first season for free for just 24 hours. And if you like what you see, it’s also offering a discount on its usual Prime membership. More on how to watch Transparent free after the jump.  Read More »

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

If you were a big fan of NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup circa 2010, has Netflix got just the thing for you. Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman rescued from a doomsday cult. Eager to start fresh after 15 years underground, she heads to New York City.

Also starring are Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess, both of 30 Rock. (He was D’Fawn from Queen of Jordan). Watch the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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After original plans for a wide release got all screwed up, The Interview went on to become Sony’s “#1 online film of all time.” But it still wasn’t enough to make The Interview turn a profit, according to the National Association of Theater Owners, which sounds all too pleased with their assessment.

Regardless, Sony is pressing on with The Interview‘s digital rollout, striking a deal to make the comedy available on Netflix just one month after its theatrical/VOD bow. More on The Interview Netflix debut and The Interview Sony losses after the jump.  Read More »

WTF: Overstock Launching its Own Streaming Service

Overstock streaming service

Overstock.com probably isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to movies. (Though the online store does occasionally have some pretty great blu-ray deals.) But in a move predicted by The Onion two years ago, Overstock, which claims to be one of the biggest online retailers, thinks it can compete with Amazon and other big streaming media players. The site is launching a VOD initiative this year, and even plans to create original content. A few more details on the new Overstock streaming service plan are below. Read More »

Amazon Studios movies

Amazon Studios has quickly distinguished itself through a “pilot season program” that sees the company generating ten to twelve pilots a year, then polling viewers to help decide which ones to push to series. Transparent, from the second pilot season, is the first real breakout success from Amazon, but the studio’s output, pilots aside, is still primarily restricted to those who pay Amazon’s $99/year Prime membership fee. In addition to TV series there are also Amazon Studios movies in the works. But now Amazon is planning to expand, by producing and/or acquiring films which it will release in theaters, then make available to stream on Prime four to eight weeks after the theatrical debut. Read More »

Amazon 2015 pilots

Transparent has been a big deal since its premiere a year ago, because it is good. The series, once fully available on Amazon, has been recognized as one of the best new shows of 2014. That’s the first legit hit for Amazon Studios’ TV output, so now there’s a lot more attention focused on the company’s fourth pilot season. That fourth pilot season just started this week, with seven new “adult” shows and six shows aimed at kids. Get into on the Amazon 2015 pilots below. Read More »

Woody Allen Heads to Amazon for His First-Ever TV Series

Woody Allen

Add Woody Allen to the long, long list of big-name filmmakers heading to the small screen. Allen is set to write and direct his first-ever TV series, which will stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Few details have been revealed at this time, but find out what we do know about the Woody Allen Amazon project after the jump. Read More »

Wet Hot American Summer

At one point in 2001′s Wet Hot American Summer, the counselors of Camp Firewood make an earnest promise to reunite at in exactly one decade. Well, it looks like they’ve missed the mark by a few years, but better late than never, right?

Netflix is officially moving forward with the Wet Hot American Summer TV series first teased last year. Shooting is already underway with much of the original cast, including a few names who are much bigger now than they were then. More on the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix show after the jump.  Read More »

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