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How Amazon plans to conquer Hollywood


It’s been a game-changing month for Amazon Studios.

The online superstore announced plans last week to start producing original movies—not just a few, either, but 12 titles a year, each with a respectable indie budget ranging from $5 million to $25 million. The move came on the heels of Amazon solidifying its reputation as a major force in the TV industry by convincing Woody Allen to make a TV series and picking up two Golden Globes for its transgender dramedy Transparent—including the first-ever win by a streaming company in the best series category. And at least one of Amazon’s new crop of TV pilots is winning raves (an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi thriller The Man in the High Castle from producer Ridley Scott and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz)

Amazon expects to disrupt Hollywood further by pushing cinema owners for a super-short distribution window since the company wants their films to be available for Prime Instant Video subscribers a mere four to eight weeks after exiting theaters.

Below, Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price talks to EW about his strategy for tackling Hollywood tradition on the film and TV side.


'House of Cards' cast talks (and jokes) about what's ahead for season 3

House of Cards is a series about secrets. It should come as no surprise, then, that its cast is extremely tight-lipped about the show’s upcoming third season.

This SAG Awards weekend, however, a few of the show’s actors revealed the slightest hints of what’s to come.

“I think that, if it’s possible, the end of [this] season is even more surprising than the last,” said Mozhan Marnò, who plays hotshot journalist Ayla Sayyad, at Entertainment Weekly’s SAG party Saturday. READ FULL STORY

David Tennant cast as Marvel villain in Netflix series


Another Time Lord is coming to the Marvel universe. The studio has cast David Tennant as the major villain in its upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The Doctor Who and Gracepoint star will play Zebediah Killgrave (also known as The Purple Man).

The official series description: “After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter, ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23) is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.” READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to lip sync on post-Super Bowl 'Tonight Show'

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart had betterstart watching Emma Stone clips. The comedians, who co-star in the upcoming movie Get Hard, will appear on the post-Super Bowl Tonight Show, and will compete against host Jimmy Fallon in “Lip Sync Battle,” NBC announced.

The show, housed for Super Bowl purposes at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, will also feature Ariana Grande performing with The Roots. READ FULL STORY

Watch the first scene of the next 'Outlander' episode

The return of Outlander is still all too far away, but Starz has taken pity on fans eager for more Scottish warfare and romance by releasing the first scene of the upcoming episodes. The scene, while not revealing much by way of plot, will please Jamie lovers: Executive producer Ronald D. Moore explains in an introduction that the episode is told from Jamie’s perspective rather than Claire’s.  READ FULL STORY

'How to Get Away with Murder': The investigation begins

Sam’s dead missing.

When How to Get Away with Murder returns, the investigation into Sam’s (Tom Verica) disappearance has begun. Everyone who wasn’t present on murder night believes he’s gone on the lam since he was thisclose to being outed as Lila’s killer. Little do the police know that Sam is actually dead.


HBO is auctioning off Richard Harrow's mask and more from 'Boardwalk Empire'

One of Boardwalk Empire‘s saddest images—spoiler alert–was that of the mask of Richard Harrow, the show’s facially disfigured World War I vet and hit man with a heart, lying in the sand following the character’s death at the end of the fourth season. A Boardwalk fan can now have that mask. It is being auctioned off as part of a Screenbid auction beginning today.

Since Terence Winter’s expansive drama about the world of 1920s gangsters both real and imagined came to an end last fall, it is now following in the footsteps of other shows like Breaking Bad and True Blood by offering up its props and costumes to fans for a price.

EW can exclusively reveal that the following items will be included in the auction:


ABC picks up 'biblical saga' from 'Exodus' duo, 4 more drama pilots


ABC has picked up five new drama pilots, including a “biblical saga” from Exodus: Gods & Kings writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage.  READ FULL STORY

'MasterChef' dumps chimp scene after PETA complains


No, Gordon Ramsay wasn’t going to cook a chimp. But PETA was still irked about an upcoming chimpanzee-related episode of Fox’s MasterChef Junior and the show’s production company has decided not to air the episode as originally planned.

Here’s the story: An as-yet-unaired episode of Fox’s successful kids’ cooking competition series featured a segment with a chimpanzee. PETA heard about the episode (a Facebook photo was apparently involved) and sent a complaint to the producers claiming show-business chimps are terribly mistreated in Hollywood. READ FULL STORY

NBC orders ex-sniper drama from 'Blacklist' producers

NBC is taking aim at a high-concept drama from two producers of its espionage hit The Blacklist.

The network has ordered a pilot called Endgame, about a former sniper who now works as a Las Vegas security expert. According to NBC, the character is “drawn into a  mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.” John Rogers (Leverage) is the writer and executive producer with John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist) executive producing.

It’s unclear from the logline how much the character’s sniper past plays into the storyline, but with American Sniper ruling the box office, the subject matter is certainly topical.  READ FULL STORY

'Glee' exclusive clip: Blaine teaches a lesson on smack talk

Glee has brought new faces, relationships and enemies to the sixth and final season, and on tonight’s episode, “The Hurt Locker: Part 1,” a very—uh, fuzzy?—intruder will be making a surprise cameo.

The New Directions are warming up for sectionals through a little friendly competition with Blaine (Darren Criss) and the Warblers and Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Vocal Adrenaline, and Blaine isn’t afraid to throw around some smack-talk (who else wants nice-Blaine back?) But, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) have a lot of work to do if they want the New Directions to be ready for sectionals.

Will this sing-off scare away their new members? Or will the bear that’s invaded Blaine’s apartment do that for him?

Glee airs Friday at 9 p.m. on Fox.

'Westworld' producers hint HBO's drama has great, freaky potential


Here’s what you already know: HBO’s upcoming Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film written and directed by visionary author Michael Crichton. Like the author’s best-known work, Jurassic Park, it’s about a theme park where rather unique attractions (in Westworld‘s case, lifelike androids) break from their assigned roles and kill the guests.

HBO’s series version is from Interstellar and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan (brother of director Christopher) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), along with mega-producer J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. It boasts an impressive cast led by Anthony Hopkins (in his first TV series regular role), James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright.

Now here’s what you may not know: Nolan and Joy are looking to explore some very sweeping, dark and increasingly timely future-shock ideas. But since the project’s producing team includes Abrams and a Nolan, Westworld is naturally one of the most secretive TV series ever made. So in this interview with the writer-producers, we tried our best to get you a few hints about one of 2015’s most intriguing new dramas.  READ FULL STORY

IFC cancels 'The Birthday Boys'

Looks like the Birthday party is over: IFC has decided not to renew sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys, the network confirmed on Friday. READ FULL STORY


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