Allen series to Amazon

Woody Allen, director

Woody Allen will write and direct his first television series for Amazon. "I don't know how I got into this," the indie filmmaker quipped. "I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin. The half-hour series will be available to Amazon subscribers with Prime Instant Video in the U.S., Britain and Germany. It received a full-season order, skipping the traditional industry vetting process. "It's an honor to be working with him on his first television series," said Roy Price of Amazon … [Read more...]

HBO cuts cord

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The main event in streaming video looks to be HBO vs. Netflix. The veteran pay cable service confirmed plans to offer a standalone HBO streaming service in 2015. Time Warner's HBO currently offers an online-video service, but viewers must be subscribers via cable or satellite. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO," said Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of HBO. Netflix chieftain Reed Hastings -- who saw his independent company's stock plunge 25 percent the same day … [Read more...]

‘Crouching’ Netflix

Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger film

Fifteen years after "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" dazzled Western audiences with its wuxia moves, the martial arts adventure is getting a sequel -- this time, debuting on Netflix. The subscription service is teaming up for the project with arthouse veterans Bob and Harvey Weinstein. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" will receive limited theatrical distribution, via Imax cinemas, with the martial arts film opening day and date on Netflix next Aug. 28. The director will … [Read more...]

‘Orange’ in for 3

laura prepon in Orange Is the New Black

"Orange Is the New Black" has been booked for a season 3, according to social media posts from key players on the Netflix show. The women-in-prison series returns June 6 for its second season, following up on a critically acclaimed debut season. The renewal -- coming before the second season -- can be seen as a strong but to-be-expected vote of confidence in the show, from Jenji Kohan ("Weeds"). "Orange Is the New Black" over the weekend copped a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding comedy … [Read more...]

Xbox’s original play

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Xbox Originals start debuting in June, but the launch pad looks to be shooting blanks. That Steven Spielberg-linked "Halo" series you heard about? Nowhere in sight. The multimedia game console's first two offerings are live content from the Bonnaroo music festival and a reality show featuring "a global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street stars." Xbox's content chief admitted the start wasn't much. "It's the beginning of a long journey, but we're incredibly excited to … [Read more...]

HBO in Amazon stream

Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos"

HBO hit series such as "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and "The Wire" are on their way to Amazon Prime, in an exclusive online deal. The series are mostly past their prime, but early seasons of "Boardwalk Empire" and "True Blood" are part of the package. Amazon and HBO said "Girls," "The Newsroom" and "Veep" will be available under the multiyear agreement, with availability roughly three years after their debuts on HBO. Content begins flowing May 21. While the deal is billed as … [Read more...]

‘Orange’ back June 6

Taylor Schilling in Orange Is the New Black

"Orange Is the New Black" returns June 6, Netflix has confirmed. The news was unveiled to binge-watchers of "House of Cards," which began its second season Feb. 14 -- the announcement no doubt incentive for "Cards" fans to keep their memberships going until the next burst of "Orange." The adaptation of Piper Kerman's memoir was widely praised by TV critics and brought star Taylor Schilling a Golden Globe nomination. (The prison drama did not air in time for Emmy consideration.) Read the … [Read more...]

‘House of Cards': Feb. 14

Kevin Spacey, Emmy nominee for House of Cards

Here's some love from Netflix: "House of Cards" returns Valentine's Day. The second season of the David Fincher series returns with stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, both nominated for Emmys for their work on the Netflix original. (Neither won.) The series, based on the BBC black comedy of the same name, also garnered an Emmy nom as best drama series and then a half dozen Golden Globe mentions in mid-December. "House of Cards" is widely credited with putting Netflix in the big … [Read more...]

Carter filing Amazon pilot

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Amazon has graduated to hourlong dramas. Chris Carter of "X-Files" fame is creating the pilot "The After," while the Harry Bosch detective books provide inspiration for another. As with previous Amazon pilots, with customers will vote on whether they live on as series on the Amazon Prime service. Pencil it in as a landslide for Carter's new show, about people "who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation." Actors … [Read more...]

Family plot for Netflix

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Netflix and Sony Pictures TV are in the family way. The streaming media provider has exclusive rights to a new original drama from the creators of FX's acclaimed "Damages." It's billed as "a suspenseful family drama" kicking off with 13 episodes. The deal, which is exclusive in Netflix's coverage areas, is the first the streaming media company has made for original content from a Hollywood major. Netflix hits "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards" came from indie … [Read more...]

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