Amazon original movie ‘Elvis & Nixon’ coming to Prime Video on August 25


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.

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Amazon original series have been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards

This year’s Primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced and Amazon has landed 16 nominations for their original series. Transparent, which took home 5 Emmy wins last year, has received the majority of Amazon’s nominations with 10 total. It is up for best comedy series and show star Jeffrey Tambos has been nominated for lead actor in a comedy. Tambor’s co-stars Judith Light and Gaby Hoffmann are both in the running for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, while Bradley Whitford and Melora Hardin have been nominated for outstanding guest actor and actress in a comedy. Transparent has also received nods for production design, casting, costumes, and outstanding directing for a comedy by Dave Mandel.

The Man in the High Castle has been recognized for special effects, production design, cinematography, and main title design. Mozart in the Jungle is in the running for outstanding sound mixing for a comedy and Catastrophe has been nominated for outstandin writing for a comedy. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will held September 18th, and it’s worth noting that if Amazon wins an Emmy, there’s a good chance they’ll have a one day sale the following week that offers Prime membership for $68, like they did after last year’s win.

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Amazon original series Catastrophe renewed for two more seasons


Amazon’s original series Catastrophe has been renewed for two additional seasons, according to TVLine. The show’s positively reviewed second season premiered in April. The third season will begin production later this year and be released in 2017. Since Catastrophe is a british series, made by UK’s Channel 4, you can expect the new seasons to be available overseas first before making their way to US viewers.

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Amazon original docu-series ‘All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals’ to premiere on July 1


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.

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Amazon greenlights 12 Japanese original shows & 4th season of ‘Transparent’


Amazon has announced that they’ve greenlit season four of Transparent, their critically acclaimed original series which has won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards. The series will continue with its original cast intact. Series creator Jill Soloway will also remain as the showrunner. Season 3 will be released this fall, with season 4 slated for a 2017 release.

Amazon will also be kicking off their original video library in Japan, the latest region to gain Amazon Video and Fire TV devices, with twelve new shows. The lineup includes four dramas, three variety shows, two kids shows, and three documentary series. It’s unclear at this time if the Japanese originals will be available to Prime members in other regions.

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Amazon to debut eight new pilots on June 17


Amazon will be debuting another round of pilot episodes on June 17 to poll customers on whether or not they’ll be green lit for a full season run. Up this round are a pair of one-hour pilots and six kids pilots. The new one hour pilots are The Interestings, which follows a group of artistic teenagers who meet at summer camp in 1974, and The Last Tycoon, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work. Both one-hour pilots will be available in 4K Ultra HD as well as in HDR. The six kids pilots include one live-action show Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, as well as five animated pilots The Curious Kitty and Friends, Jazz Duck, Morris and the Cow, Toasty Tales and Little Big Awesome. Read on for a full description of each show as well as their cast lineup. Read more ›

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Amazon original movie ‘Creative Control’ now available to stream with Prime Video


Amazon’s second original movie, Creative Control, is now available to stream for free for Prime members. The movie premiered in theaters in March and is being made available on Prime video exactly two months later. This short turn around from theatrical release to Prime availability is the same timeframe we saw with Amazon’s first original movie, Chi-Raq.

Amazon has been busy buying up movie rights all year. With over a dozen titles in their catalogue, Prime members can expect to see original movie releases on a regular basis. Amazon’s third original movie, and one of their most anticipated, Elvis & Nixon, was released in theaters last month, so we’ll see if it arrives on Prime as fast as their first two originals. Love & Friendship, premeiring in theaters tomorrow, will be Amazon’s fourth original movie, followed by The Neon Demon with a June theatrical release.

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Amazon adds ‘Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne’ to Prime Video’s exclusive lineup


Amazon has picked up the exclusive rights to stream Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, a period drama from the creator of Downton Abbey, in the US. The cast includes Ian Mcshane and Alison Brie, among many others. “Doctor Thorne’s multilayered storytelling coupled with an outstanding ensemble cast is an exciting addition to our line-up,” said Roy Price, VP, Digital Video and Amazon Studios. “Prime members have loved having access to Downton Abbey, making each season a top streamed show on Prime Video since 2011, and we hope to make Prime Video the home for even more of Julian Fellowes future projects.” The full first season will be available to Prime Members on May 20.

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Amazon Studios reportedly in talks to create original Virtual Reality content


Amazon Studios, which is responsible for much of Amazon’s original content, is reportedly in talks with virtual reality companies about developing original virtual reality content, according to The Wrap. This news comes just a few weeks after a job posting revealed that Amazon is looking to hire a senior manager to lead a VR team tasked to create a “platform and interface for immersive storytelling.” It seems evident that Amazon has its eyes set on VR as the next entertainment frontier to tackle. Details are slim, so it’s unknown if that means they’re merely out to produce VR specific movies and shows, or if they have a new hardware platform in mind.

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Here’s the first trailer for Amazon’s upcoming movie ‘The Neon Demon’

The Neon Demon is one of several movies Amazon aquired the rights to at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now the film’s first trailer is available. The thriller stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, and Jena Malone. It’s set to hit theaters later this year and make it’s way to Amazon Prime Video shortly after.

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