Amazon has reportedly paid $12 million to acquire the US rights for The Big Stick at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film incited a bidding war between Amazon, Netflix, Fox Searchlight, and Sony Pictures after its premiere this past Friday. As far as I’m aware, this is the most Amazon has paid for a film, beating out last year’s $10 million purchase of Manchester By The Sea, which has since won a Golden Globe and grossed close to $40 million. Read more ›
Here is a quick roundup of news revolving around Amazon original content. It was just announced yesterday that Sneaky Pete, Amazon’s newest original series that debuted a week ago, has been renewed for a second season. Amazon’s next new series debut will be Z: The Beginning of Everything, which debuts in a week on Jan, 27th, and the upcoming new series I Love Dick has received a premiere date of May 12th. Amazon has announced that they have greenlit Good Omens, a six-part hour-long comedy series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s novel about a battle to stop the apocalypse that will debut in 2018. Lastly, yesterday marked the start of the Sundance Film Festival, where Amazon went on a shopping spree last year and picked up numerous movies. They’re already off to a running start this year with the $6 million+ purchase of Long Strange Trip, a 4-hour documentary on The Grateful Dead by director Amir Bar-Lev and producer Martin Scorsese.
Sneaky Pete is the latest Amazon original series to be made available to Prime members. All 10 episodes of the first season can now be streamed in their entirety. If you aren’t a Prime member, you can still watch the first episode for free on Amazon, YouTube, and Facebook. The series revolves around a con man, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who gets out of prison only to find himself hunted by the vicious gangster he once robbed. The series is executive produced by Bryan Cranston, who makes an appearance in the pilot episode. Prime members can also look forward to the premiere of Z: The Beginning of Everything, which is Amazon’s next new original series that is scheduled to be available in a couple of weeks on January 27th.
After winning two Golden Globe awards in 2015 and two in 2016, Amazon has continued their streak for a third year by winning another pair of Golden Globe awards at last night’s 74th annual ceremony. This year marks the first time Amazon won a Golden Globe for one of their original movies, which went to Casey Affleck when he won the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama for his role in Manchester by the Sea. Amazon’s second Golden Globe was won by Billy Bob Thornton for the same achievement, best performance by an actor, but in a television series drama for his role in Goliath.
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, was in attendance at the awards and was even pointed out by host Jimmy Fallon during his opening monologue. Fallon said “Amazon did pretty well tonight. Eleven nominations. Jeff Bezos is here tonight. He actually arrived yesterday, but there was no one around to sign for him.” Last year, Amazon celebrated their Golden Globe wins by discounting Prime membership to $73, because it was the 73rd Golden Globes, the Friday following the award show. There’s a chance they’ll do the same this Friday and make Prime membership available for $74, but it doesn’t seem likely since they did not discount Prime membership in September when they won 6 Emmy awards, even though they discounted Prime membership after previous Emmy wins.
Amazon has made the first episode of their newest original series Sneaky Pete available for free in its entirety without the need of a Prime membership. You can watch the pilot episode on Amazon, YouTube, or Facebook. The first full season of Sneaky Pete will be available through Prime Video this Friday, January 13th. The series revolves around a con man, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who gets out of prison only to find himself hunted by the vicious gangster he once robbed. The series is executive produced by Bryan Cranston, among others, who makes an appearance in the pilot episode.
Amazon’s latest original movie Gleason is now available for Prime members to watch through Amazon Video. This is a documentary about Steve Gleason, a former NFL defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS. Diagnosed with only 2 to 5 years to live, Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son as he lives his life to the fullest. The movie has great reviews with a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, an 8.3 out of 10 rating on IMDB, and a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Amazon’s original movie Cafe Society is now available for Prime members to stream through Amazon Video. This is the Woody Allen movie that Amazon acquired the rights to at the start of the year, along with Allen’s first TV show, Crisis in Six Scenes, which premiered on Prime a few months ago. Cafe Society is a romantic comedy about a Bronx native who moves to Hollywood in the 1930s and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Steve Carell. In a week, Prime members will be able to stream Gleason, another new Amazon original movie.
The second season of The Man in the High Castle is now available to stream through Amazon Prime Video. All 10 episodes are available, in addition to a different short behind-the-scenes video for each episode. Next week should bring the release of Woody Allen’s Amazon original movie Cafe Society on Thursday. The following week will be the release Gleason, another Amazon original movie.
Sneaky Pete, one of Amazon’s new original shows, has set its debut date to be January 13. The pilot first landed back in August of last year to great reviews. The series was greenlit a few months later and now the first 10 episode season is less than a month away. Sneaky Pete revolves around a con man, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who gets out of prison only to find himself hunted by the vicious gangster he once robbed. The series is executive produced Bryan Cranston, among others, who makes an appearance in the pilot episode.
In the meantime, Amazon’s The Man In the High Castle will premiere its highly anticiated second season tomorrow and Cafe Society, the movie Woody Allen made for Amazon, will be available on Prime Video next week on December 22.
Amazon has received 11 Golden Globe nominations this year for their original movies and TV shows. That more than doubles last year’s 5 nominations, thanks most to their big movie Manchester by the Sea, which received 5 nominations on its own. Amazon’s original TV show Transparent received 2 nominations, as did Mozart in the Jungle. One of Amazon’s newest shows Goliath also received a nomination and the Persian language film The Salesman received the final nomination. Read on for the full list of nominations. Read more ›