Not sure what to watch on Amazon tonight? Let's round up some of its best gems.
Don't know what to watch on Amazon tonight? Let's round up some of its best gems.
Not sure what to watch on Amazon tonight? Let's round up some of its best gems.
On Wednesday evening, Quibi's app recommended users watch Last Looks, a short Dakota Fanning-led documentary about fashion-adjacent crimes. Last Looks had another, even more ominous meaning: It will be one of the last shows to premiere on the streaming service. A little more than six months after premiering to fanfare on April 6, Quibi's founders,...
Searching for a great show to watch tonight? Let's round up Amazon's best gems.
Looking for a great show to watch tonight? Let's round up Amazon's best gems.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, winner of the Best Actor in a Musical Olivier award in 2019 for his role in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, has told HuffPost UK he has never felt so seen.Following the eerie silence of deep lockdown in March and April, the Black Lives Matter protests in May signified a drastic change of pace: there was still a pandemic on, but the killing of George Floyd meant empty streets were now full with thousands of furious protestors.“As a Black man I’ve never felt as seen, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt quite as sceptical,” he tells HuffPost UK. “On the one hand I’ve seen so many people talking about Black Lives Matter. On the other hand is it just a social media fad?”By anyone’s standards, 2020’s news cycle has been a giant, pressing weight. But for people of colour, who are statistically more likely to be the targets of police brutality, 2020 earmarks an opportunity for change. “I really, really strongly believe in people’s rights to grow, to learn, to move away from what they didn’t know before,” says Kobna, reflecting on the movement. “It’s really important that people are able to go, ’Oh wait a minute, I’ve never done something before, and now I see it differently and I’m going to do something different.”An activist alongside his acting work, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith starred in Mary Poppins Returns as lawyer Templeton Frye in 2019 and on Marvel’s Dr Strange in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch, whom he had already starred alongside in Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015 (Kobna played Laertes, Benedict was Hamlet).In his latest role, Kobna hopes to respond to the upsetting news cycle by focusing on a more positive aspect of the tumultuous events: the way storytelling can bring us together in times of strife. And the sense of community and family values that have supported many of us through the lockdown.One of the actors involved in the Yahoo STO4IES podcast, Kobna has recorded Polly Tumpkin’s Pumpkin, a story about a young girl called Polly and her father who enter a pumpkin growing contest. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, David Oyelowo and Zoe Saldana have also recorded episodes for the series without taking a fee - as the podcast is raising awareness of the work of The GEANCO Foundation, an organisation raising money and offering support for Covid-19 relief in Nigeria, where doctors have gone on strike over low salaries and hazardous working conditions. View this post on InstagramA post shared by The GEANCO Foundation (@geancofdn) on Jun 18, 2020 at 10:42am PDTThese stories aim to connect wider audiences with the uniquely challenging story of life right now on the African continent.“I’ve got quite a romantic view about art and its ability to connect with people,” says Kobna. “It has this bridging function that no one can deny. If you see something, a work of art, a painting, you listen to something, you enjoy something that was made up: it did not exist before someone invented it and then you connect to an imagined feeling: you and the creator, your imaginations meet in the middle. Humans are the only ones that make stuff up because they’re enjoyable, and that to me is the nature of art.Kobna Holdbrook-Smith“It’s especially wonderful in theatre, there’s this confederacy where the audience and the makers come together and say, ‘okay, so we all agree we’re in Venice in 1600s, right? Right? Okay, then off we go.’ It tickles me pink each time.“I genuinely think it distinguishes humans from other animals, because we’re the only ones that make stuff up,” says Kobna.“Other animals use tools, other animals have social interactions, they have matching sexual practices, there are loads of things about us and other creatures that overlap but we’re the only ones that make stuff up because they’re enjoyable, and that to me is the nature of art.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith I (@kobnaholdbrooksmith) on Mar 6, 2020 at 4:09am PSTActing is also a successful means of representing marginalised groups in society. “With art, you can see people,” says Kobna.“Representation has a really important function. It’s not the ultimate function, and we don’t want to get into the realm of saying, ‘oh well we have to behave in a certain way in order to please the White powerful people,’ but we do have an opportunity in the stories we imagine, to include [representation of people from different backgrounds]...” He uses Game Of Thrones as an example of how the entertainment industry is in a confusing place right now with representation. “I often quip about it,” he says.People think Black people in Game of Thrones is somehow unrealistic. But this programme is full of dragons?Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on the confusing place we're at with diversity in TV and film“People think Black people in Game Of Thrones is somehow unrealistic. But this programme is full of dragons? How are dragons less crow-barred in than Black people, or people of colour?”Industry insiders say there is already some change afoot. Executives are finally involved in more constructive conversations around ways to actively diversify the film and TV industry, say diversity groups like The TV Mindset, which has flourished in the wake of Black Lives Matter.Perhaps soon we can hope that dragons will be the unusual inclusions in TV shows - not minority groups.Kobna finishes by offering a further assessment of how art can help. “The power of art is art is very soft, it requires vulnerability. It also requires complicity,” he says of the the relationship between audiences and actors. “I think there’s something about being able to join in that is genuinely powerful.”READ MORE
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An Amazon Prime subscription comes with quite a few perks, including access to thousands of movies and TV shows available for streaming on Prime Video.While the overall selection of original series on Amazon Prime Video isn’t as extensive as you will find on Netflix, Amazon seems to be going for quality of programming rather than quantity.It centers on a woman in New York City in the late 1950s, who decides to become a stand-up comedian after her husband leaves her.Three 10-episode seasons are available to stream on Amazon Prime now, and a fourth and final season is planned for release in 2020.Originally shown on the SyFy cable channel, the first three seasons of this excellent sci-fi epic are now available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.Based on The Expanse novels by “James S. A. Corey” (actually a pen name for two writers, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), the show takes place hundreds of years in the future, where humanity has colonized the entire solar system.
No one's happier to see these modern-day Midges than Donna Zakowska, lead costume designer for the hit Amazon Prime show about a stylish young 1950s New York housewife who discovers a talent for stand-up comedy and boldly chases her dreams.That's a great compliment when clothing goes beyond just the show or the movie."I spoke with three Emmy-nominated members of the show's creative team -- Zakowska; Jerry DeCarlo, head of the hair department; and makeup head Patricia Regan -- about what it takes to bring 1950s New York and the show's colorful characters to life in such vibrant detail."I study hues and shades of colors of textile, clothing, fashion, wallpaper, furniture, decorative art and flowers ... this all gives me my foundation to collaborate with our costume designer and hair designer and actors."Sometimes, modern hair preferences clash with the realities of the '50s, leading to negotiations between the performers and DeCarlo, who can tick off endless facts about what drove hairstyles in every decade of the 20th century.And it's not just humans who sit in the stylist's chair.
No one's happier to see these modern-day Midges than Donna Zakowska, lead costume designer for the hit Amazon Prime show about a stylish young 1950s New York housewife who discovers a talent for stand-up comedy and boldly chases her dreams.That's a great compliment when clothing goes beyond just the show or the movie."I spoke with three Emmy-nominated members of the show's creative team -- Zakowska; Jerry DeCarlo, head of the hair department; and makeup head Patricia Regan -- about what it takes to bring 1950s New York and the show's colorful characters to life in such vibrant detail."I study hues and shades of colors of textile, clothing, fashion, wallpaper, furniture, decorative art and flowers ... this all gives me my foundation to collaborate with our costume designer and hair designer and actors."Sometimes, modern hair preferences clash with the realities of the '50s, leading to negotiations between the performers and DeCarlo, who can tick off endless facts about what drove hairstyles in every decade of the 20th century.Midge's husband, Joel, isn't going to look realistic in a man bun, after all, and her mother, Rose, can't be sporting bangs with blond streaks.
HBO didn’t win its first Golden Globe award until an hour and 40 minutes into the telecast, but the network managed to upstage the NBC ceremony before that by airing a Globes ad that featured new footage from several of its most eagerly-awaited shows this year, including the new seasons of Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Veep and True Detective.“It’s going to be a very good year,” HBO tweeted as it shared the promo of its upcoming programs.As for the Globes ceremony itself, streaming services dominated the TV categories.Netflix won five awards overall, including best comedy series (The Kominsky Method) best actor in a comedy series (Michael Douglas, for The Kominsky Method), best actor in a drama series (Richard Madden, for Bodyguard) and a pair of Globes on the film side for Roma (best foreign film and best director).Amazon had two Globes wins: Rachel Brosnahan repeated as best actress in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Ben Whishaw was named best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie for A Very English Scandal.Netflix also brought some sass to its Twitter account, joking about fans of the streaming service who were watching the Globes.
Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” dominated the comedy categories at tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards, winning for outstanding comedy series, supporting actress in a comedy series (Alex Borstein), lead actress in a comedy series (Rachel Brosnahan), writing in a drama series (Amy Sherman-Palladino) and directing in a comedy series (Amy Sherman-Palladino).It’s an impressive showing for a freshman show, but long overdue recognition for Sherman-Palladino — who somehow was never nominated for “Gilmore Girls.” As of tonight, she’s the first woman to win the combination of best comedy writing and directing.It’s also amusing to see Amazon do so well at the awards after CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly decreed that the streaming service shift its focus from critically acclaimed shows with a niche audience to big budget blockbusters like its “Lord of the Rings” prequel.(And yes, it’s embarrassing that I co-host a podcast that’s all about streaming shows and movies and yet we’ve never reviewed “Mrs.Maisel” — we will absolutely have to rectify that.)Netflix, meanwhile, came in with the most nominations (beating HBO for the first time), and its shows took home plenty of awards, too.
The Americans capped off its gripping final season by winning three Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards on Saturday night.At the ceremony in Los Angeles, FX’s critically acclaimed drama, which is nominated for four Emmys, was honored as program of the year—the evening’s top award—and for outstanding achievement in drama, while star Keri Russell was awarded for individual achievement in comedy.A pair of breakout freshman series also received 2018 TCA Awards: BBC America’s Killing Eve was named outstanding new program, while Rachel Brosnahan, who stars in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was honored for individual achievement in comedy.The TCA Awards, which honor the top TV shows and actors of the past season, frequently recognize programs and stars overlooked by Emmy voters, including The Good Place, which won for outstanding achievement in comedy but did not receive an Emmy nomination for that category, in one of this year’s most outrageous omissions.Anthony Bourdain, who died tragically in June, was posthumously honored for his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which won outstanding achievement in news and information.This year’s TCA Awards includes a new category: outstanding achievement in sketch/variety shows.
For a while now, major TV networks have increased the visibility of their shows by making select episodes available on YouTube.Free television episodes on YouTube are typically a series pilot or season premiere, but sometimes they can be stand-alone episodes or lower-profile projects posted online to build some buzz.Although many of these free entertainment offerings tend to disappear from YouTube after a while, there are still plenty of quality episodes from major networks and streaming platforms to binge on without spending a dime.Here are some of Digital Trends’ favorite freebies you can find on YouTube.‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ — ‘Pilot’This award-winning series debuted as a 2017 entry in Amazon Studios’ spring pilot season and was rewarded with a two-season order on Amazon Prime Video and a pile of major award nominations shortly thereafter.
The nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards were revealed by hosts Samira Wiley (Handmaid's Tale) and Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) were just revealed before a live audience.Unsurprisingly Westworld earned 3 leading actor nominations and nomination for best Drama series, Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star, Rachel Brosnahan was honored with a nomination of Best Actress in a Drama series and Samira Wiley earned a nomination for her work on The Handmaid's Tale.Additionally, Killing Eve's Sandra Oh became the first Asian woman to earn an Emmy nomination for lead actress drama.The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards will air September 17 at 8:00 p.m.ET (5:00 p.m. PT) on NBC.The ceremony will be hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, the hosts of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.
Both Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright earned nods for lead actor in a drama series.Evan Rachel Wood also got a nomination for lead actress in a drama series.The show is also in the running for outstanding drama series, where it will face off against Game of Thrones (also from HBO), Netflix's Stranger Things, and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, took home the award last year, marking Hulu's first major Emmy win.Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred in the show was also nominated for lead actress in a drama series.Aside from Westworld, Netflix's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a period piece about a housewife-turned-standup-comic in 1958 New York City, received a nomination for Rachel Brosnahan for lead actress in a comedy series, as well as a nomination for outstanding comedy series.
While some of your favorite series might have been canceled in recent days, and others were confirmed to be going off the air following their upcoming final seasons, there are plenty of great shows coming back in full force next year for your entertainment pleasure.We’ve picked out the best stuff coming back next year so you can turn those show-canceled frowns upside down.Set your DVRs, as these series, ranging from comedies to thrillers, will be returning once again with new seasons.With five seasons under its belt, this Marvel Comics series has been renewed for a sixth, which will air during the 2018/19 season.Named one of the 60 Greatest TV Cartoons of all time by TV Guide, the popular cartoon was also nominated for Outstanding Animated Program at the Emmy Awards for seven years in a row, with wins in 2014 and 2017.The single-camera comedy stars an ensemble cast that includes Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chelsea Peretti as an eclectic and quirky team of NYPD detectives in the 99th Precinct.
In June, select subscriber covers of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day will transport readers back to the 1950s.As part of a collaboration with Amazon, the four Hearst titles will have special, peel-off top covers with the logos and fonts the titles used in the 50s, as well as with headlines and teasers in the same style of voice as the era.The partnership is part of Amazon’s “For Your Consideration Emmy” campaign for its show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which details the journey of the show’s title character as a 1950s housewife navigating the world of stand-up comedy.The covers will feature actress Rachel Brosnahan, dressed as her character Midge Maisel from the series with lines from her standup comedy routines in the show splashed across the page.“I think what’s really interesting about the show and the Midge character is that she’s a mom and she has her relationship issues, and, at the same time, she has to start her career and a passion she’s also pursuing,” Jane Francisco, editor in chief of Good Housekeeping and editorial director of the Hearst Women’s Lifestyle Group, said, adding, “It turned out to be pretty easy to find the elements of her character that would resonate with our audience.Amazon paid for the covers, which can be peeled off and serve as a poster for the show, and an ad from the company appears on the back of the peel-offs.
At this year’s Golden Globes Awards , Amazon’s rookie comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home awards for best television series — comedy or musical, as well as best actress in a television series — comedy or musical.To celebrate the wins, Amazon has decided to make the show’s entire first season available to stream this weekend to anyone, whether they have an Amazon Prime subscription or not.The series, created by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is set in 1958, and stars House of Cards breakout and freshly minted Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a housewife who starts a stand-up comedy career after her husband leaves her unexpectedly.The first episode ends with Midge being arrested for shouting obscenities in public following a stand-up routine that involved her going topless.The rest of the season only heightens the hilarity with each episode.From 12:01 a.m. local time Friday, January 12, until 11:59 p.m. local time Monday, January 15, the 1950s-set comedy series will be available to stream to anyone through the Prime Video app.
Aziz Ansari ("Master of None") won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy series.Streaming services won the largest awards tally at the 2018 Golden Globes.It's the first time streaming services have collectively beat out cable and traditional TV networks for the most wins.Amazon and Hulu won two awards each, while Netflix won one.HBO won the most of any individual network, with four awards.Streaming services collectively won the largest awards tally at the 2018 Golden Globes, beating out cable and broadcast TV networks for the first time in the award show's history.