Comrade Detective trailer

Amazon has unveiled the first trailer for its new series Comrade Detective, and while I think a lot of you are really going to dig this show, it might be a little too niche for mainstream audiences.

It’s being presented as a long-lost, hard-boiled Romanian cop show from the 1980s that’s recently been found and restored by Channing Tatum, who executive produces the show and has dubbed over the lead actor’s voice with his own. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Mahershala Ali, and tons of other great actors all contribute voiceovers, too. Check out the explosive first trailer below.
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Comrade Detective cast

Amazon and A24 may have just genetically engineered a television show that perfectly aligns with my sensibilities. Comrade Detective, which debuts later this summer, is being made to look like a Romanian cop show from the 1980s, with Romanian actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici playing the lead roles. But here’s the part that will make people raise their eyebrows: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are providing dubbed voiceovers for those characters, and they’ll be joined by a crazy-talented group of actors that will be doing some dubbing of their own. Read the full list of names in the Comrade Detective cast below.
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Hanna gun

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • That Hanna TV series is definitely happening
  • Our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story
  • Jon Stewart’s HBO series goes up in smoke
  • Comedy Central’s The President Show earns more episodes
  • And more!

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Amazon to Offer Standalone Prime Video Service

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime has always been one of the weirder — and arguably better — deals in the crowded field of streaming video. While all services offer countless hours of shows and movies, as well as some splashy originals to distinguish themselves from the competition, only Amazon Prime comes bundled with free two-day shipping. Prime catalog fail to offer the movie you want? Never fear, just order the Blu-ray — and while you’re at it, why not toss some office supplies and workout gear into your cart as well?

But maybe, for whatever reason, you’re not interested in getting your stuff quickly. Or perhaps you’ve thought about signing up, only to balk at the yearlong commitment involved. In that case, Amazon’s got great news for you. The streaming service is rolling out a standalone Amazon Prime Video subscription, without Prime shipping. And at $8.99 per month, it costs a dollar less than Netflix’s most popular plan.  Read More »

Mr Robot on Amazon

The USA Network hasn’t exactly been the go-to destination for the best programming on television, but their shows seem to find a decent enough audience on cable to stay alive. However, one particular show this past summer became a surprise hit for USA, and it’ll be heading to Amazon next year.

Amazon has just struck an exclusive deal for the streaming rights to Mr. Robot, the hacker thriller starring Rami Malek (The Pacific) as a paranoid vigilante hacker named Elliot who is recruited by an underground hacker (Christian Slater) to take down the mega-conglomerate he is paid to protect at his day job as an info-security engineer. Read More »

Amazon Prime Video offline playback

Netflix is undoubtedly the most successful and popular streaming service available today. Not only does it have a big library of movies and TV shows for people to binge on, but Netflix has moved into original programming in a big way, and much of the result has been pretty damn good. But the only problem with Netflix is their content must be streamed in order to enjoy it.

Today, Amazon Prime has taken a step to one-up Netflix by doing something the latter streaming service said they would never do. Amazon Prime Video offline playback will now be available to users so they can download their favorite show or movie before they hop on a plane or hit the road. Read More »

Tig Notaro Amazon

Right now Netflix is streaming the documentary Tig, focusing on the life story of comedienne Tig Notaro, a stand-up comic who skyrocketed to instant fame after a set about her being diagnosed with cancer went viral, despite the fact that there was no video available for anyone to watch.

Now Tig Notaro is getting her own semi-autobiographical series on Amazon, and it has some pretty exciting executive producers on board. Find out more about the Tig Notaro Amazon series below! Read More »

Woody Allen Amazon

Amazon is pulling in talent left and right. Spike Lee, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, and perhaps one stranger signee than any other: Woody Allen. When he signed the deal to make a TV series for Amazon, Allen joked “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to begin.” Or we thought that was a joke, an expression of the anxiety that is one of his hallmarks.

Maybe that wasn’t just a gag. In a new interview, Allen says he knows nothing about TV, that “I’ve never seen anything online at all — nothing,” and that he doesn’t even know what a streaming service is. Amazon was relentless in pursuing him, finally grinding Allen down to the point where he said yes. But “I have regretted every second since I said OK,” he explains. Read More »

Amazon Jim Jarmusch

Amazon has made deals with two filmmakers whose work helped define rebellion against studio control and the American independent film movement. And today, Deadline wins the no-prize for burying the lede. In a wide-ranging piece about the film market landscape, specifically oriented around Cannes deals, the site mentions that Amazon has signed deals with Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam, bringing the two filmmakers to the same label that already boasted Spike Lee and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Read More »

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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 »