Amazon took its first stab at original programming last weekend with 14 new pilots. By the time those shows actually make it to series, customers may also have a new box to watch them on. According to a recent report, the e-tailer is working on a streaming device to compete with Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee, and the like, with plans to introduce it this fall.
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With the openings of Oblivion and The Lords of Salem, the expansion of The Place Beyond the Pines, and the Netflix premiere of Hemlock Grove today — not to mention new episodes of Mad Men and Game of Thrones this Sunday — film and TV lovers are already spoiled for choice when it comes to stuff to watch this weekend. But if none of those suit your fancy, or if you still have some hours left to fill, Amazon also has fourteen comedy and children’s pilots ready for viewing right now on their site.
The highest-profile of the crop by far is Zombieland, but there are also new shows involving The Onion, Kristen Schaal, John Goodman, and many more. And if you like what you see, you can actively help your favorites live on. Amazon will decide which of the pilots get picked up to series based on their popularity with viewers.
Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
After Zombieland hit in 2009, there was much talk of a sequel. Unfortunately, it didn’t move as fast as it could have. As the cast and crew moved on the project fizzled altogether. But then, like the horrifying monsters that give the movie its name, it came back from the dead in a slightly different form.
Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reworked the idea as a TV series, found a distributor in Amazon, and snatched up Tyler Ross, Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic to play the new Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock. Now the pilot is finished, and Amazon wants fans to check it out and help decide whether it gets greenlit to series. Get more details and watch a trailer after the jump.
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Many Zombieland fans know that, before the idea was turned into a successful film, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick conceived Zombieland as a TV show. At the time, that sounded kind of nuts but after the uber success of The Walking Dead (not to mention the hit status of Ruben Fleischer’s film) the show is finally going to take its original form.
Reese and Wernick just finished shooting the pilot for Zombieland the TV show and, above, you have the first look at the new cast: Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic), Tallahassee (Kirk Ward), Wichita (Maiara Walsh), and Columbus (Tyler Ross).
In other good news, Reese and Wernick told us this weekend how fans can assure that the show, which will debut on Amazon, stays alive. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
March 9, 2012. One year ago was the day Andrew Stanton‘s epic Disney adventure John Carter opened in theaters. For some, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. For most it was a non-event as the film grossed only $30 million opening weekend, not even enough to take the top box-office spot. The day marked the beginning of the end for the film that reportedly cost $250 million, as it grossed only $76 million domestically and $282 million worldwide. Disney reportedly lost about $200 million on the movie.
But John Carter has its fans. Many of them are online and one of them is author Michael D. Sellers. He wrote a book called John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, which examines why the film failed and why it took so long to make it to the big screen. This very website is quoted numerous times, which makes sense, because we wrote one or two articles about John Carter leading up to release.
Sounds like a cool book, right? To celebrate the one year anniversary of the film, Amazon is offering the book to Kindle users for free. Read More »
TV Bits: ‘Luck’, ‘Arrested Development’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Zombieland’, ‘Bates Motel’, Alfonso Cuaron, James Gandolfini, Chris Hardwick, Judd Apatow, and More
Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:
- Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
- Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
- HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
- HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
- Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
- Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
- Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
- Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel
Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Poor Wonder Woman. Despite being one of the best known, best loved superheroes of all time, she’s had a tougher time than most with finding her way to the screen. After David E. Kelley tried and failed to bring her to life at NBC, The CW decided last year to take its own crack at the character with a Smallville-esque drama titled Amazon. Allan Heinberg (Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers) was hired to write the series, a casting call was sent out, lead actress rumors began to swirl, and the series looked on track to debut during the 2013-2014 season… until today, when The CW decided to hold off on greenlighting the pilot.
But all hope’s not lost. While the network has wrapped up most of its pilot orders, some sources say Amazon still has a shot at a late pickup for this fall. And if that doesn’t pan out, the network still hasn’t ruled out the possibility of slotting it in for midseason or 2014-2015. Keep reading after the jump.
Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Zombieland movie sequel may be dead for good, but the TV series is just coming back to life. Last week, we got word that the show was casting for new versions of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. While there’s no news yet on who’ll replace Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the small-screen version, we’ve learned that Tucker and Dale vs. Evil helmer Eli Craig is in negotiations to direct. As for where, exactly, we’ll see the series, the latest buzz is that Amazon is eager to distribute. More details after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Which noted comic book artist is working on X-Men: Days of Future Past? Want to contribute to a possible Batman web series? Is a noted actress up for the lead in Amazon? Who is the latest actor campaigning to play Black Panther? Has Mark Millar teased some hits at Kick-Ass 3? What do superheroes look like at their most intimate moments? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »