Amazon 2015 pilots

Since the fall season has traditionally been when networks debut their biggest new series for the year, Amazon Studios has consistently followed suit by revealing a batch of new pilots, and their slate for the 2015-2016 television season has just been unveiled.

The Amazon 2015 pilots include hopeful new shows from the likes of Shane Black (director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Sacha Baron Cohen (writer and star Borat), Tim Blake Nelson (director of Leaves of Grass and O) and starring talents such as Christina Ricci, Tig Notaro, Terry O’Quinn and more. And as usual, it will be Amazon customers who will watch and provide feedback on these shows to help determine which ones get a full series order.

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Diablo Cody Quits Directing

With the indie sensation Juno, screenwriter Diablo Cody was quickly thrust into the spotlight as a success story of a stripper becoming a Hollywood scribe, making her one of the better known writers of movies in the industry. However, she’s yet to really match the success of her first big screen writing endeavor.

Cody attempted to broaden her horizons a bit by getting behind the camera for the first time with the 2013 movie Paradise, starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, but the movie was skewered by critics after getting a DirectTV release. And it seems Cody doesn’t have much faith in her directing skills either as she recently said that she likely won’t ever direct another movie. Read More »

Louie hiatus

Over on FX, the comedy series Louie has been churning out some of the best comedy that television has ever seen, going back and forth between episodic stories and two or three-part episodes. But sadly, fans of the show from comedian Louis C.K. will be waiting a while before they see new episodes.

FX’s CEO John Landgraf just revealed at the Television Critics Association press day that Louie is on extended hiatus again with no indication as to when the show will be back. But the show is most certainly not canceled. Find out more about the Louie hiatus after the jump! Read More »

Barbie in Toy Story 2

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has just announced they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the Barbie toy line on June 2nd 2017. The film was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl WantsRio 2) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JunoJennifer’s BodyYoung Adult)Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Amy Pascal are producing.

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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 »

Ricki and the Flash trailer

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a woman whose career as the frontwoman of a rock band seems to be kind of fading (she’s playing clubs, not massive stadiums), but a trip home in order to support her adult child in a for a moment of crisis forces her to confront the many aftereffects of putting her music career before her family. And because this is Meryl Streep (being directed by Jonathan Demme, no less, from a script by Diablo Cody) she makes the process of wringing tears out of audiences look pretty effortless.

Check out the Ricki and the Flash trailer below, and keep an eye out for Meryl’s amazing American flag back tattoo. What’s the story behind that? Read More »

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Meryl Streep

Three Oscar winners are hoping to team up for a brand new project. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct Ricky and the Flash, a new script by Diablo Cody (Juno) which will star Meryl Streep. No studio is attached but reports are several are salivating at the possibility. Read More »

Paradise (8)

In Paradise, Julianne Hough stars as a young woman who renounces her faith after a plane crash leaves her scarred. She travels to Las Vegas to indulge in all the behaviors that sh has avoided in life, and runs across characters played by Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Nick Offerman. The film is written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), who also makes her directorial debut.

Some of the weirdest news of last week was that Paradise would debut this week (on Thurs, Aug 8) on DirecTV. The plan has been in the works for a while, says the LA Times, to which Cody said, “I don’t know a director who is in on the distribution strategy, or if it’s necessarily ever OKd with the filmmaker. But they believe in my movie, and I’m excited to be trying something a little different. I think VOD is a pretty good place for an indie rom-com right now.”

So Paradise is an unexpected trailblazer for a certain sort of distribution, and you can bet that if it turns out well for the film and DirecTV we’ll see more releases like this in the future. For the time being, you can see the first trailer below. Read More »

Paradise - Diablo Cody (header)

Diablo Cody has written some of the sharpest female-led dramedies of the past several years, and now she’s taken the next step by helming her own.

The Juno scribe makes her feature directing debut this fall with Paradise, a comedy about a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) taking a walk on the wild side. Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Nick Offerman, and Holly Hunter also star. Check out the first pics after the jump.

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