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Amazon’s original movie Elvis & Nixon is now available on Prime Video. This is Amazon’s largest box office movie to date and they’re bringing it to Prime members just 4 months after its theatrical release. Amazon’s other two movies, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, made their way to Prime Video 3 months and 2 months after their big screen premiere, so it seems like the more popular the movie, the longer Amazon leaves it in theaters. Still, a 4 month turn round from theater to streaming is far shorter than the 10 month average it usually takes movies to come to streaming services.
Amazon is bringing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character to TV, according to a report by Deadline. A series commitment with a 10-episode straight-to-series order has been greenlit with John Krasinski taking the lead role. If you’re not familiar with the popular book series, you’ve probably heard of the character from one of four Jack Ryan movies that have been release, starting with The Hunt For Red October in 1993 and ending recently with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in 2014. The show will follow “an up-and-coming CIA analyst as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.”
Amazon has just made ten of their original series pilots available for free through YouTube and Facebook. Many of these episodes have already been available for free to non-Prime members, but this is the first time you can watch them outside of Amazon Video. The available pilots are The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Red Oaks, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, Just Add Magic, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Tumble Leaf, Annedroids, and Wishenpoof. A few of these shows will premiere their new season in the next few months, so now is as good a time as any to watch the first episode, get hooked, binge watch the existing seasons, and be ready for the premieres.
Amazon had a busy day yesterday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills where stars, producers, directors, and executives spent the day talking to press about Amazon’s upcoming original shows. In addition to confirming the title of Woody Allen’s highly-anticipated first TV show to be Crisis in Six Scenes, they revealed their full fall lineup of original shows, along with their premiere dates. September is looking to be a month of comedies for Amazon, with One Mississippi, Fleabag, and the third season of Transparent all premiering in September. October will premiere shows with a more serious tone, like Goliath and Good Girls Revolt, with the second season of The Man In the High Castle premiering near the end of the year on December 16, where Amazon says the mysterious figure known only as “the man in the high castle” will be revealed. Read on for the full list of upcoming shows and premiere dates, as well as new trailers and sneak peak videos that have just been released. Read more ›
Amazon has announced their next lineup of pilots to gauge audience interest in new shows. Three half-hour pilots will debut August 19 in what Amazon is calling their 2016 Comedy Pilot Season. The first pilot is I Love Dick, based on the book of the same name, which is a romantic comedy staring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon. Second is an action comedy called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where Jean-Claude Van Damme will be staring in his first TV role. The martial arts movie icon plays a character not much unlike himself, a global martial arts and film sensation, but the character is also the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. The final pilot is The Tick, a new take on the short lived Fox comedy that has become a bit of a cult classic. Ben Edlund, creator of both the original live action comedy and 1994 animated series, is back as writer and executive producer. The show stars Peter Serafinowicz, as The Tick, and Griffin Newman. Read on if you’d like to know more about each show. Read more ›
The Amazon original movie Elvis & Nixon is set to arrive on Prime Video next month on August 25. The movie premiered in theaters in April, giving it just a 4 month turnaround time from big screen to Prime Video. When Amazon first announced they’d start making original movies last year, they said they’d be bringing their movies to Prime much quicker than the 10 month average it usual takes movies to make their way to subscription services. So far they’ve made good on that promise with their first two movie releases, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, which made their way to Prime members in 3 months and 2 months.
Due to Amazon’s recent buying spree at Sundance, we can probably expect to see a new original movie come to Prime once a month. Love & Friendship premiered in theaters in May, The Neon Demon debuted in June, and Woody Allen’s Café Society just premiered last week. All three should make their way to Prime Video later this year.
Amazon has just signed a deal with Warner Bros. which makes Prime Video the exclusive home for 33 of the studio’s movies, according to a report by Variety. Some movies included in the deal are already on Prime Video, like Mystic River, Ocean’s Eleven, The American President, and The Wedding Singer. This agreement makes those movies exclusives. Other movies like The Matrix trilogy, Lethal Weapon, and Full Metal Jacket will be arriving on Prime Video in the coming months. Read on to see the full list of movies included in this deal with Warner Bros. Read more ›
Amazon and PBS have announced that Amazon Prime Video is now the exclusive “premium subscription streaming” home for PBS KIDS shows. The explicit use of the words “premium subscription streaming” is important because it means PBS KIDS shows will still be available on PBS channels, as well as through PBS KIDS apps. The exclusivity only applies to other “premium” streaming services, meaning you’ll no longer find PBS KIDS shows on services like Netflix and Hulu.
Many of PBS’s child programming was already available through Prime Video, but this new multi-year agreement is going to bring even more shows to the service. Shows like Nature Cat are now available on Prime Video for the first time, with some shows, like Ready Jet Go!, schedualed to arrive in the near future.
Amazon and Dolby have announced that Amazon Video will now support the high dynamic range (HDR) format Dolby Vision. When Amazon became the first streaming service to offer HDR, it adopted the HDR10 standard. Amazon’s HDR support is now expanding to cover both popular formats. Amazon’s original series Bosch, as well as several movies from Sony Picture including Men in Black 3, Salt, Elysium, Fury, and The Smurfs 2 will be the first titles available in the new HDR format. The only TVs to support Amazon Video’s new HDR format are LG’s Super UHD and OLED sets, as well as Vizio’s Reference Series, M-Series, and P-Series TVs.
Amazon’s new set of pilot episodes have gone live and are available to watch for free. This latest pilot season includes two one-hour pilots and six kids pilots. You don’t have to be a Prime member to watch these pilots. The Last Tycoon is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work staring Kelsey Grammer and Matt Bomer. The Interestings follows a group of artistic teenagers who meet at summer camp in 1974 and stars Lauren Ambrose, David Krumholtz, Katie Balen, and Matt Barr. Both shows are already receiving great reviews. Those of you curious about the results of Amazon’s last pilot season, the shows that were greenlit are Good Girls Revolt, Highston, One Mississippi, Patriot, and Z: The Beginning of Everything.
NFL Films and Amazon have teamed up to create All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals, a documentary-series that gives viewers an unprecedented look inside an NFL fracnhise’s complete season. Each season focuses on a different team, with the first season following the Arizona Cardinals’ 2015 season from draft day through the NFC Championship game. All eight episodes of the first season will be available to Prime members on July 1 in the US. All or Nothing will also be the first Amazon series to be made available in Spanish. Oddly, Amazon says the show will be available “from July 1 to August 31.” It’s unclear if the series will no longer be available after August 31, or if Amazon just loses its exclusivity on that date, so mark your calendars if you’re interested in watching this series so you don’t miss it.
Amazon is testing a new service that automatically gives customers a free digital version of Blu-rays and DVDs they purchase from Amazon. Two members of a German Blu-ray forum have reported receieving an email from Amazon informing them of the test program after purchasing Blu-rays and DVDs. Digital versions of the titles they purchased were added to their Amazon Video library and were available to stream immediately. The email from Amazon makes it clear that the service is only being tested and that access to the free digital copies may be revoked in the future. Read more ›