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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]