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Amazon Developing New Jack Ryan TV Series | ScreenRant

Months after it was announced that Lee Child was bringing his Jack Reacher character to television, the series is officially in development at Amazon, with Scorpion creator Nick Santora on board as executive producer and showrunner. The news that the title character of Child’s series of novels would no longer be played by Tom Cruise in feature films was delivered last year, with the author stating he had regained the rights to his work and would be shopping it around to various networks and streaming services, in an effort to deliver an ongoing series with an actor who more closely resembled the character as he was depicted on page. 

It’s an interesting step for the author to take, as although both films, Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, were only modest hits (they roughly grossed a combined $400 million worldwide), they benefitted greatly from the name of their star, as well as the presence of Mission: Impossible writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. Nevertheless, Child has been adamant that the character of Reacher should be someone well over six feet tall and, as described in the books, has “hands the size of dinner plates.” Though the casting search is presumably on, it would seem the Jack Reacher series will have the full weight of Amazon Prime Video, as well as Skydance and Paramount Television, behind it. 

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As reported by Variety, the series will make for a one-two punch of testosterone-driven action fare, featuring dudes named Jack, as Reacher will be well positioned alongside the recently rebooted Jack Ryan series, starring John Krasinski. That series is also produced by Paramount and Skydance, making the acquisition of Reacher something of a no-brainer and a solid addition to the streamer’s growing lineup of action-oriented original programming. 

The question now becomes what sort of series Jack Reacher will be under the stewardship of Santora and Child, who also comes on board the project as an executive producer. Because Child was so invested in recasting the character to fit his description in the books, it stands to reason that he’ll be angling for the series itself to hew closer to the kind of storytelling seen in the novels as well. How that will differentiate the series from the Tom Cruise films remains to be seen, but an obvious angle might be for the show to push the envelope further than the PG-13 rated movies with regard to its content.

As for now, the process of finding the new Jack Reacher will likely take precedence for Santora and Child, as the new series will likely be marketed at least partially on the chosen actor’s physical resemblance to the wandering hero. Until then, it looks like it’ll be a good time to speculate as to who best can walk in Reacher’s shoes. 

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Jack Reacher does not yet have a premiere date on Amazon Prime Video. 

Source: Variety


2019-07-15 02:07:29

Kevin Yeoman

Twitch Streamers Protest Amazon Prime Day By Going Offline

Amazon workers around the world are striking July 15 and 16 – the dates of the company’s Prime Day promotion – to protest poor working conditions, and some Twitch streamers are logging off in solidarity. Twitch is owned by Amazon, along with companies such as Audible, Comixology, IMDb, and Whole Foods, and protestors are calling on people to boycott all of them during the sales event.

The protests were sparked by the allegedly unfair working conditions at Amazon’s warehouses, which have been widely reported. Workers have complained that they’re made to work long hours in hot, sometimes dangerous conditions without breaks for low pay. One undercover journalist reported that workers sometimes urinated in bottles at their work stations because they weren’t able to take bathroom breaks. Workers in Minnesota, where one of the largest U.S. strikes is being held, have argued that Muslim workers are given unfair workloads while fasting during Ramadan and say that Prime Day’s expanded one-day shipping options this year put more pressure on already overworked employees. In addition to working conditions, employees are protesting Amazon’s ties with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. A 2018 report found that Amazon technology powers some of the key technology behind ICE, including facial recognition software.

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None of that is directly tied to Twitch, but streamers joining the boycott say that using any of Amazon’s services in spite of the strike is tantamount to crossing a picket line. The boycott is primarily being organized through Twitter, using the hashtags #AmazonStrike, #PrimeDayStrike, and #NoTwitchScabs. Streamers large and small are joining in, both canceling their regular streams for Monday and Tuesday and urging others to do the same. Waypoint’s Patrick Klepek and Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta are among the more well-known streamers publicly supporting the boycott, which also calls on users not to watch any streams for the next two days.

Of course, only a small part of Twitch’s streaming population is participating in the boycott. Twitch is hosting a special stream called Twitch Sells Out to promote Prime Day with dozens of streamers taking part, not to mention the thousands of other users who don’t know about the strike at all or are choosing not to support it. In a Reddit thread about the boycott, some users raised questions about streamers whose livelihoods could be affected by taking two days off, while others mocked or criticized the idea, saying that it won’t matter to Amazon in the long run.

As streamer ThePedanticRomantic points out, though, the boycott isn’t meant to bring down Amazon, but to show workers that people are listening to their grievances and organize like-minded people. Jeff Bezos may not care if some streamers take the day off, but the protestors likely will.

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Source: Patrick Klepek/Twitter, Gary Whitta/Twitter, Reddit

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2019-07-15 01:07:23

Bryan Lawver

Paper Girls Comic Gets TV Adaptation At Amazon | ScreenRant

The graphic novel Paper Girls will be adapted for television by Amazon. Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, the comic book series debuted in October 2015 and has since released 29 issues. Vaughan is the mind behind others series such as Runaways, Y: The Last Man, Saga, Pride of Baghdad, and Ex Machina.

Published by Image Comics and set in 1988, Paper Girls follows the experience of four Ohio teenagers named Erin, MacKenzie, Karina, and Tiffany. While delivering newspapers, they’re immersed into a supernatural conflict involving different groups of time travelers. Suddenly, the Paper Girls finds themselves confronted with their future selves, all the while becoming part of “The Battle of the Ages” against “Old-Timers.” Character-wise, Erin is the archetypal New Girl, and MacKenzie is the Tomboy. Meanwhile, Karina aka KJ is the Smart Girl, and Tiffany is The Gamer. Of course, the narrative complexities reveal far more about the characters’ personalities and how they view the world, along with the past and future. In the comic book series, Matt Wilson serves as the colorist and won an Eisner Award for his work. Overall, the Paper Girls franchise is divided into five-issue arcs. 

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Per Deadline, Amazon has emerged victorious in a bid for the Paper Girls adaptation. Stephany Folsom, who worked on Toy Story 4 and Thor: Ragnarok, will write the television series and will also co-produce with Vaughan and Plan B. In recent years, Folsom has written for Star Wars Resistance, and she’s also the scribe behind the upcoming biographical drama This Is Jane. In addition, Folsom is a consulting producer for Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series. As noted by Deadline, Paper Girls marks Vaughan’s first project with Legendary Entertainment, this coming after he reached a multi-year production deal. 

From 2007 to 2009, Vaughan wrote seven episodes of the iconic ABC series Lost. He subsequently served as the showrunner and executive producer for CBS’ Under the Dome, based on Stephen King’s 2009 science fiction novel of the same name. In 2017, Vaughan won Eisner Awards for Best Series (Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand on Guard) and Best Continuing Series (Saga with Fiona Staples). In 2018, Vaughan received Hugo Award nominations for Best Graphic Story (Saga, Paper Girls).

While many people are capitalizing on ‘80s nostalgia, it’s clear that moviegoers and streamers are fascinated with the concept, evidenced by the massive success of Stranger Things and other projects. But Vaughan’s success comes from his storytelling abilities, and how he constructs extensive characters. For Amazon’s Paper Things, the aforementioned Folsom will undoubtedly construct a fascinating adaption, but we’ll have to see who gets cast in the main roles, and whether the performers can truly bring the story to life for franchise fans.

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Source: Deadline


2019-07-13 10:07:09

Q.V. Hough

Amazon’s The Boys Eying Aya Cash For Stormfront In Likely Season 2

The team behind Amazon’s upcoming series The Boys are already looking toward season 2 and reportedly considering Aya Cash for a major villainous role. Created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the titular group made their comic book debut in 2006. Set in a world where superheroes exist and have mostly become corrupted by the culture of celebrity surrounding them, Billy Butcher and his group take it upon themselves to hold them to account – by any means necessary.

Following the success of Preacher – which was also created by Ennis – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg sought to bring to life the equally violent and quirky universe. Finding a home on Amazon, Rogen and Goldberg produced the series, with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke serving as the showrunner. Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok) was soon cast as Billy Butcher, who recruits Hughie (Jack Quaid) to the team after the latter suffers a personal tragedy at the hands of a superhero. The series will also star Elisabeth Shue, Antony Starr, and Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones). Urban’s fellow Star Trek alum, Simon Pegg, will also appear as Hughie’s father; and that particular casting is especially meta, due to Pegg’s likeness being used for Hughie in the comics. Season 1 of the R-rated series will see The Boys attempting to bring down the world’s most revered superhero group: The Seven.

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Despite the fact that the episodes have yet to air, leaving fans in the dark as to the overall success of that mission, Kripke and Co are already looking towards season 2. Equally unknown is whether Amazon will opt to renew the series; though, given the general buzz surrounding the show, a second outing does seem likely. Whatever the case, Deadline has reported that the groundwork is already being laid. Cash is in talks to play the comic book villain, Stormfront.

The actress is best known for playing Gretchen Cutler on the acclaimed comedy series You’re the Worst. She also appeared in the Netflix series Easy and the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon opposite Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. The character of Stormfront, who serves as the super-powered leader of a group called Payback, is visually inspired by such comic book heroes as Thor and Shazam, and the character’s public persona is that of a reincarnated Viking. In reality, however, he was a super soldier created by Nazis and, as such, holds some deeply unsavory views.

There is no word yet on how much from the character’s backstory will be adapted from the page to the screen. The mere fact Cash will potentially play the part shows that the team behind the show clearly have their own ideas for the villain. Given that Stormfront is also the name of an online white supremacist group, there could potentially be some real-world resonance. As such, having a female at the helm of such a collective will be a unique take. Then again, those kinds of connotations could be something Rogen and Co are looking to avoid with their divergent take on the character. Whatever the case, Cash has earned recognition via her recent roles and proven adept at the kind of dark comedy that the Amazon show will feature.

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The Boys season 1 will premiere July 26 on Amazon.

Source: Deadline


2019-07-12 05:07:30

John Atkinson

The 25 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Right Now

In the world of streaming subscription services, there’s what’s become known as the “big three.” Netflix is still the biggest kahuna in the game, but Hulu and Amazon Prime are hot on its heels. Each service offers its own large selection of movies, with thousands of titles of various calibers included. Currently, Amazon Prime actually boasts the largest movie library of the three, but it could be argued that quantity isn’t nearly as important as quality.

25 of the very best movie titles offered on Amazon Prime can be found below, featuring a mix of blockbuster hits, award-winning critical darlings, hilarious comedies, bone-chilling horror movies, and more. The list below attempts to include something for everyone, and thankfully, Amazon Prime’s selection houses quite the robust grouping of worthwhile streaming choices.

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Before the list begins proper, there are some important notes to be made. First the movies below are available to stream on Amazon Prime at the time of this writing. As movies expire, the list will be updated, and new great options will be added. Also, the 25 films below, while numbered for convenience, are not ranked. So the movie marked number one is not meant to necessarily be seen as superior to the movie at number 25.

Last updated: April 13, 2019

25 Beetlejuice

Tim Burton has produced and/or directed many films that could be considered cult hits, but right up there near the top is 1988’s Beetlejuice, now available on Amazon Prime. Michael Keaton stars as the titular ghost, a rather disgusting fellow that’s summoned at one’s own risk. However, that’s exactly what recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) decide to do, once the mostly obnoxious Deetz family moves in to their home. Winona Ryder also stars as the Deetz’ goth daughter Lydia, who befriends the Maitlands.

24 Hereditary

Most horror films are full of obvious supernatural threats, whether they be vampires, ghosts, demons. or even the occasional sadistic leprechaun. Sometimes though, a horror effort comes along to reinforce that at the end of the day, the fear of losing a loved one is one that audiences can’t escape, even after the latest scary movie stops playing. One recent example of that type is 2018’s critically lauded (89% on Rotten Tomatoes) Hereditary, directed by Ari Aster, and starring Toni Collette as Annie, an emotionally scarred mom who finds her life spinning more and more out of control following the death of her own mother. Hereditary has become a bit divisive in horror circles, but it’s worth watching on Amazon Prime and judging for oneself.

23 Interview with the Vampire

Over a decade before Twilight dominated the box office, Anne Rice’s smoldering undead were sparking fantasies in moviegoers. 1994’s Interview with the Vampire adapts Rice’s 1976 novel of the same name, from her Vampire Chronicles series. Tom Cruise stars as charismatic but selfish bloodsucker Lestat, alongside Brad Pitt’s Louis, who’s turned by Lestat in 1791. The duo’s life together is the primary focus of the film, including Lestat’s eventual turning of 10-year-old Claudia (Kirsten Dunst). Rice’s vampire tale is a devilishly inviting Amazon Prime pick.

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22 The Game

One of the earlier films to emerge from the endlessly creative mind of director David Fincher, 1997’s The Game might not be Fincher’s most awarded or money-making effort, but it’s still a terrific little thriller in its own right. Michael Douglas stars as Nicholas Van Orton, a successful investment banker that’s still haunted by his father’s suicide. Nicholas’ life gets dangerously interesting when his brother Conrad (Sean Penn) offers him an invitation to play the titular game. Nicholas agrees, but quickly wishes he hadn’t, as things get crazy in short order. There’s never been a better time for Amazon Prime users to discover this gem.

21 Eighth Grade

The feature writing and directing debut of comedian Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade wowed many in 2018 with its very relatable, and often very frank depiction of what it’s like to be transitioning into one’s teenage years. Most movies and TV shows tend to depict childhood and young adulthood as this time full of nothing but fun and carefree idealism, but in reality, many people spend their youths battling social awkwardness, dealing with anxiety, and struggling to fit in. Fronted by a great lead performance from Elsie Fisher, and bolstered by one of the best speeches ever given from a parent to their child onscreen, Eighth Grade isn’t always easy to sit through, but it’s consistently rewarding. Another impressive offering from Amazon Prime.

20 Some Like It Hot

Those looking to watch a classic comedy on Amazon Prime need look no further than 1951’s Some Like It Hot, directed by Hollywood icon Billy Wilder, helmer of other golden age hits like Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star as two Chicago musicians forced to assume female identities to get out of town after witnessing a gangland murder. Both quickly notice the singer of their new all-female band, played by Marilyn Monroe near the height of her stardom. Some Like It Hot includes some moments that are problematic by today’s standards, but those willing to view it through a historical lens will still find plenty to enjoy.

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19 Wayne’s World

Based on a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, 1992’s Wayne’s World was never going to be an Oscar-winner, and it certainly wasn’t designed to be a critical darling. Yet, critics did love it, as did audiences, leading to a huge gross of nearly $200 million worldwide on a budget of $20 million. To those who came of age in the 1990s, Wayne’s World remains a cultural touchstone, and appreciation of the film is by no means limited to just that generation. The scene of Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) headbanging to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is absolutely iconic. The not as good but still quite funny sequel, Wayne’s World 2, is also available on Amazon Prime.

18 The Shawshank Redemption

Based on Stephen King’s novella, director Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption is considered by some to be the greatest film of all time. While that’s probably an overblown sentiment, the 91% Rotten Tomatoes score-holding prison drama is definitely quite amazing, anchored by the great lead performances of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. For Amazon Prime members who haven’t seen it, it’s time to get busy streamin’ and possibly get busy cryin’.

17 My Girl

Movies can evoke a wide range of emotional reactions from audiences. One such possible reaction is sadness, and for those who grew up in the 1990s, few movies provided a more soul-crushing moment than 1991’s My Girl. Despite mixed reviews from critics, director Howard Zieff’s coming-of-age dramedy is now fondly remembered by many, and is worth catching up with on Amazon Prime. Be ready though to witness the infamously heartbreaking death of lead Vada (Anna Chlumsky)’s best friend Thomas J. (Macaulay Culkin), fresh off his Home Alone stardom. My Girl’s upbeat marketing campaign certainly didn’t prepare viewers for that kick straight to the gut.

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16 12 Angry Men

Hollywood loves itself a good courtroom drama, and the movie that solidified just how worthwhile they could be was 1957’s 12 Angry Men, ready to stream anytime on Amazon Prime. Directed by Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men’s story is simple, yet compelling. A group of jurors, forced to deliberate together for hours in the same room, must come to a unanimous verdict about the guilt or innocence of an 18-year-old accused of murder. Such classic film heavyweights as Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, and Lee J. Cobb star.

15 Blade

While Marvel Studios’ Black Panther might be the first superhero film starring an African-American lead to become a massive blockbuster hit, one shouldn’t discount the impact made by Wesley Snipes’ Blade in 1998, which definitely paved the way for a black cinematic superhero like T’Challa. Director Stephen Norrington’s film wasn’t exactly a box office smash (although it did perform quite respectably), but Snipes fit the Blade role so well that many fans still wish he’d play it in the MCU. Blade II – a sequel some believe tops the original – is on Amazon Prime also.

14 The Machinist

While Oscar-winner Christian Bale has become well-known for his ability to transform himself physically for roles in acclaimed films like The Fighter and Vice, one of Bale’s earliest transformations occurred for a film that didn’t even receive a wide theatrical release. However, that doesn’t mean 2004’s The Machinist isn’t worth watching on Amazon Prime. Directed by Brad Anderson, The Machinist stars Bale as Trevor Reznik, a man whose chronic insomnia issues have caused him to become horrifyingly emaciated. After Trevor causes an accident at work and loses his job, his mental state spirals downward fast. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Ironside also star.

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13 Ginger Snaps

The werewolf is one of horror’s oldest monsters, dating back to the Universal classic The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jr. One of the most creative spins on the werewolf story is 2000’s Ginger Snaps, a Canadian indie from director John Fawcett that’s gone on to cultivate a large cult fanbase. Goth sisters Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are obsessed with death, that is until death comes knocking via an attack by a werewolf on Ginger. Before long, Ginger becomes a murderous beast, and it’s ultimately up to Brigitte to try and stop her reign of terror. This coming-of-age horror tale is well worth howling at on Amazon Prime.

12 Angel Heart

For those who love a good neo-noir mystery – and don’t mind it being infused with some psychological horror – 1987’s Angel Heart could be a great choice to give a spin on Amazon Prime. Director Alan Parker’s film stars Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a private detective in 1955 tasked by the mysterious Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) with tracking down a man called Johnny Favorite. The search leads to New Orleans, and as things progress, Harry’s world spirals downward. Lisa Bonet also stars, in a role that famously got her kicked off The Cosby Show.

11 The Stepfather

While the two sequels – also available on Amazon Prime – quickly degenerated into the realm of campy slashers, 1987’s The Stepfather is a movie best not overlooked by those who enjoy a good mix of suspense and horror. Directed by Joseph Ruben, The Stepfather sports a healthy 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, and no doubt a lot of that is due to Terry O’Quinn’s (long before Lost made him a household name) terrific lead performance as “Jerry Blake,” a man obsessed with achieving the idealized American family life seen on shows like Leave It to Beaver. When Jerry’s various attempts inevitably fail, nobody in his path is safe.

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10 Platoon

While director Oliver Stone is most closely associated nowadays with his penchant for conspiracy theories and being outspoken politically, that doesn’t mean his films aren’t still by and large brilliant, and worth checking out on Amazon Prime. One of the best is 1986’s Platoon, which is based on Stone’s own experiences serving in the Vietnam War. The cast is loaded with talent, including Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David, Forest Whitaker, and even Johnny Depp in an early role. War truly is hell, and Platoon presents that reality more vividly than the vast majority of movies.

9 The Addams Family

With a new animated Addams Family movie on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to revisit director Barry Sonnenfeld’s live-action film adaptation from 1991. The titular family was perfectly cast, especially the late Raul Julia as patriarch Gomez and Anjelica Huston as his equally macabre love Morticia. A young Christina Ricci also shines as death-obsessed daughter Wednesday, while Christopher Lloyd completes the family as Uncle Fester. Well, eventually. Sonnenfeld’s quite funny 1993 sequel Addams Family Values is also available on Amazon Prime.

8 Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins, 2016’s coming-of-age drama Moonlight will – for better or worse – probably always be known as the movie that won Best Picture only after the award had been mistakenly given to La La Land. That aside, Moonlight deserved the awards love, and is definitely in the top tier of Amazon Prime’s movie selection. The film follows three stages in the life of Chiron Harris (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes), a young black man trying to both make his way in the world and come to terms with his sexuality, despite dealing with homophobia and his drug-addicted mother. Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, and Andre Holland also star.

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7 The Disaster Artist

Every consummate film fan knows that sometimes a movie can be so bad that it’s entertaining. An incredibly inept production can still be a work of art that came from good intentions and a passion for the project, and sometimes that shines through the screen, even if the movie in question objectively stinks. One such film is 2003’s The Room, directed by and starring the notoriously eccentric Tommy Wiseau. Tommy is quite a character, so much so that 2017’s acclaimed The Disaster Artist turned his story into a genuinely good film, and a great Amazon Prime pick. James Franco stars as Wiseau, and appropriately, directed The Disaster Artist as well.

6 Child’s Play

In theory, a killer doll should be an easy villain to defeat. After all, it’s tiny, and made of plastic. The wrinkle 1988’s Child’s Play adds into the mix is that Chucky has been possessed by the spirit of a dead serial killer via voodoo, and is thus supernaturally indestructible. Director Tom Holland’s (no, not that one) film earned praise from both critics and audiences, and would go on to spawn a still ongoing franchise starring Chucky, voiced by Brad Dourif. A remake is coming soon, but the original remains a terror tale worth watching on Amazon Prime.

5 Chinatown

While Chinatown comes with the baggage of being directed by disgraced filmmaker Roman Polanski, any true film buff shouldn’t be discouraged from watching it on Amazon Prime, despite that black cloud. Widely considered one of the greatest American films in history, Chinatown is a 1974 neo-noir mystery starring Jack Nicholson as hard-boiled detective Jake “J.J.” Gittes, a man who at first believes he’s simply been hired by a wife to follow her husband. What unfolds from there is a web of backstabbing and deceit, leaving Jake unsure who to trust. Faye Dunaway and John Huston also star.

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4 Bone Tomahawk

Horror crosses over with many other genres, the most common being sci-fi and comedy. Less common is the horror/western mashup, but one of the best example of that combo is 2015’s Bone Tomahawk, directed by S. Craig Zahler. Sporting an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, Bone Tomahawk never got a wide release in theaters, making its streaming run on Amazon Prime the first opportunity many will have had to see it. Like, From Dusk Till Dawn, Bone Tomahawk makes a sharp left turn into horror country, and exactly how it does so is best left unspoiled. The terrific cast includes names like Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins.

3 Mad Max

While 2015’s Tom Hardy-fronted Mad Max: Fury Road is now pretty clearly regarded as the height of director George Miller’s franchise, Max Rockatansky’s story began back in 1979 in the original Mad Max film, played by Mel Gibson. Set in a dystopian future Australia, this Mad Max isn’t quite the lonely wanderer he would become, still employed as a cop and still surrounded by his family. Unfortunately, Max’s life would only get worse as the film and franchise went on, but his debut is essential viewing for sci-fi/action fans that have Amazon Prime.

2 It’s a Wonderful Life

There are certain movies that just about everybody associates with Christmas. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Home Alone. The Santa Clause. For the less jolly out there, Silent Night, Deadly Night. Arguably the most iconic Christmas movie in history though is director Frank Capra’s 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Quite possibly the most uplifting film about suicide ever made, It’s a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose attempted death is foiled by his guardian angel. George is then shown just how much worse the lives of those around him would be if he was never born, a premise that’s since been ripped off endlessly. Christmas might be many months away, but it’s always a wonderful time to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Amazon Prime.

1 Star Trek

What’s left to say about Star Trek, one of the most famous sci-fi franchises in entertainment history. Created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966, Star Trek has been exploring where no man has gone before for over half a century, and shows no signs of stopping. After a long line of movies featuring first the original TV crew and then the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation, director J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek movie series in 2009, focusing on a younger version of the crew led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto). Many of the other Star Trek shows and movies are also available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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2019-04-13 12:04:03

Michael Kennedy

Hanna TV Show Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon

Amazon renews the Hanna TV show for season 2. Based on Joe Wright’s 2011 action adventure film starring Saoirse Ronan, Hanna’s entire first eight episodes released on March 29. The series explores the relationship between a father and daughter in a remote part of Poland, and why they attract the attention of the CIA. 

Created and written by British filmmaker David Farr, Hanna stars English actress Esme Creed-Miles as the titular main character. In the other main roles, Joel Kinnaman stars as Hanna’s father Erik, and Mireille Enos portrays CIA agent Marissa Wiegler. Hanna reunites Kinnaman and Enos, who previously starred together on the AMC series The Killing. In May 2017, Amazon first ordered Hanna to series, and the first teaser premiered last January. Three weeks later, Amazon released a new promo during the Super Bowl, and Hanna’s series premiere was released after the football event. Alongside the main cast, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Andy Nyman has a recurring role as a CIA agent, while rising Polish actress Joanna Kulig portrays Hanna’s mother.

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Per The Wrap, Amazon has officially ordered Hanna season 2. Given the series premiered just two weeks ago, the decision to move forward suggests that Amazon subscribers are not only tuning in, but that the entire series is resonating as well. In general, streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon typically take three to six weeks before ordering new seasons after full-season releases. For Hanna, Amazon enlisted Sarah Adina Smith to direct the first two episodes, while Taboo director Anders Engström was brought on to helm the final penultimate production, along with the season finale. Given Hannah’s bold visual aesthetic and unique premise, along with the cast chemistry, Amazon executives clearly see multi-season potential, with Amazon Studios’ co-head of television, Albert Cheng, stating “Hanna has had a tremendous response, and we’re thrilled with not only how it has performed for us on the service, but with the action-packed world David Farr has created for the series and the stellar cast.” Check out Amazon’s official confirmation of Hanna season 2 below.

While Hanna’s 19-year-old lead, Creed-Miles, may be relatively unknown, she’s undoubtedly familiar with the film industry. Her father is actor Charlie Creed-Miles, and her mother is The Walking Dead’s Samantha Morton, a two-time Oscar nominee. Meanwhile, the careers of both Kinnaman and Enos have steadily increased in recent years, as the former portrays Rick Flag in the DCEU (Suicide Squad), and the latter consistently lands lead roles in both film and television. From 2011 to 2014, Kinnaman and Enos starred in all 44 episodes of The Killing, thus creating a unique character dynamic for Hanna.

Aside from Amazon’s last drama series Homecoming starring Julia Roberts, the studio’s other recent original dramas haven’t necessarily fared that well. But with Nicolas Winding Refn’s crime series Too Old to Die Young set to premiere this June, Amazon will maintain some buzz during the spring, especially as more viewers not only discover Hanna, but also watch the series from beginning to end. 

More: Amazon’s Hanna Season 1 Ending Explained

Source: The Wrap


2019-04-12 09:04:01

Q.V. Hough

What to Expect from Amazon’s Good Omens

Good Omens will soon arrive on Amazon Prime, but what can people expect from the upcoming adaptation? The six-part TV series is co-produced by BBC Studios and tells the story of a demon and angel who discover they’d rather live on Earth than deal with the fiery apocalypse.

Created by Neil Gaiman, Amazon’s Good Omens TV show is based on his 1990 book, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. For the Amazon series, Michael Sheen plays an angel named Aziraphale, and David Tennant stars as Crowley, an earth-dwelling demon. Together, Aziraphale and Crowley represent heaven and hell, respectively. In supporting roles, Jon Hamm stars as as the Archangel Gabriel, Frances McDormand is the voice of God, and Benedict Cumberbatch serves as the voice of Satan.

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Gaiman wrote the original Good Omens book with Terry Pratchett, and their comedic narrative focuses on Satan’s son as well as the ultimate battle between good and evil. Since Good Omen’s source material was released nearly 30 years ago, fans can expect some changes for the Amazon series – but first they’ll have to wait until it releases this spring.

WHEN DOES GOOD OMENS RELEASE ON AMAZON?

Good Omens is scheduled to releases on Amazon Prime on May 31 – this coming nearly two-and-a-half-years after the series was first green-lit. Given the scope of Good Omens‘ story, it makes sense that Gaiman and company would take their time. Good Omens‘ May 31 release date has significance because that’s the deadline to qualify for Emmy Awards consideration. If Good Omens were to release one episode per week, then the series premiere most likely would’ve been moved ahead, in order to meet a loophole requirement for “hanging episodes.â€� This applies to shows that air the bulk of their season episodes before June 1. Since the entirety of Good Omens season 1 will release on May 31, all episodes will be eligible for Emmy consideration.

WHAT WILL GOOD OMENS’ STORY BE?

The basic premise of Amazon Prime’s Good Omens TV show is the same as the book; however, the race and gender of various characters have been changed, and Hamm’s Gabriel is entirely new. Gaiman wisely altered the original story for 2019 audiences, allowing for more diversity and narrative flexibility. The primary focus will still be on Crowley and Aziraphale; Good Omens will feature new plot points to emphasize Crowley and Aziraphale’s long-term relationship. Specifically, episode 3 will show how the characters evolve over time, using famous historical events as the narrative backdrop. As a whole, Good Omens will detail why Crowley and Aziraphale became so attached to Earth and how their perspectives change from century to century.

COULD GOOD OMENS SEASON 2 HAPPEN?

According to Gaiman, Good Omens isn’t intended to have a second season, much like Netflix’s Maniac. Before Pratchett passed away, he wrote a note detailing that he wanted to see a TV adaptation, and Gaiman’s production of Good Omens season 1 fulfills a promise made to his late friend. It’s true that Starz managed to flesh out Gaiman’s 450-page novel American Gods for a scheduled three seasons of television. Unfortunately for Good Omens fans, it doesn’t seem likely that Amazon will take the same approach. Then again, maybe Gaiman will decide that Crowley and Aziraphale have more work to do, but only time will tell.

More: Good Omens TV Show: Biggest Changes From The Book



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Amazon’s Dark Tower TV Show Reportedly Starts Filming In April

The Gunslinger will ride again in Amazon’s adaptation of The Dark Tower as the TV show will reportedly begin filming in April. Based on an epic series of novels by Stephen King, The Dark Tower follows Roland Deschain in a fantasy world as he tries to reach the mythical tower. Along the way, he faces off with his mortal enemy The Man In Black and various other supernatural threats. Considered to be King’s magnum opus, the story is told across seven novels and fleshed out further in multiple tie-in novels.

An adaptation for The Dark Tower was in the works for many years, with Ron Howard initially working on a cross-platform saga that would have seen the adventure told on both the big and small screens. The project ultimately didn’t come to pass, with Howard stepping back to serve merely as a producer on a solo film outing. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (2009’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), the eventual film adaptation starred Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis. Serving as both an adaptation of the books, as well as a sequel, The Dark Tower featured elements from each installment of the literary saga. Despite praise for Elba’s performance, the overall film was poorly received, and soon after, King announced that the in-development series – which was intended as a spin-off to the film – would now be a complete franchise reboot.

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According to That Hashtag Show, Amazon Studios is apparently gearing up to begin production fairly soon. Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) and Akiva Goldsman (Titans) are already onboard the ambitious project, which will reportedly begin filming throughout Croatia in April this year. Production on the series – which will cover 13 one-hour episodes – is said to continue until late-June. There is no word yet on who will fill the iconic roles, but details for the show indicate that it will follow Roland in his formative years, as he and his friends seek vengeance upon Marten Broadcloak (aka The Man in Black) following the latter’s affair with Roland’s mother. As such, Amazon is looking for actors and actresses between the ages of 16 and 18 to fill the roles.

What’s more is that King himself is attached to the project. It’s unclear whether he will serve as a writer or merely assist on a producer-level, but his mere involvement will assuredly calm the nerves of many fans following the reception garnered by the movie. The author previously revealed why he thinks the film failed and so could help steer things in the right direction on the second go around. The Dark Tower will be one of two huge fantasy adaptation underway, with Wheel of Time also in development at Amazon.

The works of King have been experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, with numerous adaptations either already produced or in various stages of development. As well as IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary, the rights to many properties have recently been acquired by various studios and networks. A sequel to The Shining recently wrapped production and the crime-thriller Mr. Mercedes was renewed for a third season. It’s certainly a good time to be a Stephen King – and Dark Tower – fan.

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Informer Review: Amazon’s UK Series Offers A Smart, Captivating Crime Thriller

Complexity in crime dramas too often devolves into dreary complication, making for a narrative where the sheer amount of stuff happening is meant to make up for the two-dimensional characters at its core. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Amazon’s UK import Informer, a crime thriller that, despite not being a six-episode adaptation of the hit ‘90s song of the same name from Canadian rapper Snow, delivers a smart, captivating series that’s worthy of a binge-watch. 

The series is the latest in a string of solid UK crime dramas making their way to the US via one streaming service or another. Informer is in the same category as the Agatha Christie adaptations on Prime Video, the upcoming The ABC Murders and last year’s Ordeal By Innocence, as well as Netflix’s Bodyguard and Collateral. And while this drama is mostly akin to the likes of Collateral, particularly its politically-tinged procedural narrative, it also bears some thematic resemblance to HBO’s Emmy-winning miniseries The Night Of, in terms of its depiction of how institutions like the law can so easily take advantage of people who find themselves on the margins of society because of the color of their skin. 

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The series follows Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan), a British-Pakistani man who winds up in legal trouble after being picked up for drug possession when he brings a young woman suffering an overdose to the emergency room. Writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani don’t attempt to moralize Raza’s dalliance with party drugs, and nor do they attempt to obfuscate the reasons why good deeds don’t go unpunished. The premiere episode, ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ avoids holding the audience’s hand, allowing viewers to figure out for themselves whether or not a cop would have frisked Raza in the hospital had he been white.

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What follows is a morally complex story about the lengths those charged with keeping their country safe from terrorism will go to get the job done, and how often those efforts conflict with a person’s civil rights. As such, Informer takes an interesting approach to its story, dealing with several narrative threads at once as Raza is recruited (i.e., coerced) to become an informant by Gabe Waters (Paddy Considine), a former undercover cop who is now working for the Counter Terrorism Unit in London, and Holly Morten (Bel Powley), an ambitious newcomer to the squad who soon discovers aspects of her partner’s dark past may not be wholly forgotten. 

The series is deliberate without being slow, taking its time to weave its entertaining procedural elements in with some worthwhile and fascinating explorations of its main characters inner lives. Throw in a flash forward that involves Gabe’s wife, Emily (Jessica Raine), as a potential victim of a mass shooting (that’s largely hinted to be connected to Gabe’s endeavors with one or more of his confidential informants) and you’ve got an engrossing thriller that doesn’t play down to its genre trappings. 

It’s hard to say who’s the star of the show, as Informer is well-acted from top to bottom, with each character wholly owning the scenes they’re in. Rizwan is striking in his debut, playing Raza with a welcome sense of ease, even as character begins to feel the walls closing in around him. Powley portrays Holly with an interesting sort of detachment, which is a little confounding at first, but helps make for a memorable dinner with Gabe and Emily. 

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Considine unsurprisingly plays well against whomever his scene partner is, but particularly when he’s offering a brusque but knowing bit of advice to Holly. At times he seems like a time bomb waiting to go off, and others he’s strangely empathetic, especially to his CI’s, whom he informs Holly are never “you’re friend,” only to later tell her their role necessitates them becoming their informant’s only friend. Those kinds of exchanges add to the show’s rich and layered world, one that also includes a terrific performance from Roger Jean Nsengiyumva as Dadir Hassan, the drug-dealing brother of one of Gabe’s informants who turns up murdered because he might have information on a potential terrorist plot in London. Raza strikes up a friendship with Dadir while spending the night in jail, and it’s that relationship that engenders him to the audience, while also endangering him as soon as he becomes an asset for Gabe. 

What Informer does well is to know when to go all-in on its central plot and when to put it on the back burner. Hour-long episodes move back and forth between traditional cop stuff — following CCTV cameras, interrogating suspects, and the occasional bit of undercover work — but it also finds time to just sit back and watch as Gabe and Emily’s marriage threatens to fall apart, largely because neither can let go of the past, no matter how badly they want to put it behind them. That Gabe may be hiding a dark secret — his chest and back are still emblazoned with fascist tattoos from his time undercover — would normally be a sign the show has bitten off more than it can chew, but Informer demonstrates a commitment to both plot and character so early on that this potentially serious wrinkle in who the audience thinks Gabe is becomes an absorbing point of interest. 

At just six hours long, Informer can be a slightly long binge-watch or something you’ll want to dole out over a few days. It will likely work better as the latter, as each episode is fairly dense and has no problem approaching 60-minute mark. But even at that length, the episodes never feel overlong or tedious. Instead, the series just continues to ratchet up the tension on both sides of the law, to make for a truly smart, captivating thriller. 

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Informer streams on Amazon Prime Video starting Friday, January 11, 2019.



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