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Sep 19

Pilot Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Cosmopolitans’

He developed a cult following in the 90s with films like Metropolitan and Barcelona, earning the banner of “cinema’s novelist of manners,” according to The New Yorker. Sixteen years later, Whit Stillman picks up where he left off with the pilot of The Cosmopolitans, the story of a group of expatriates in Paris, mending their broken hearts by setting out to create new lives in the City of Love. 

In this behind-the-scenes video from the Paris set, Stillman and cast members including Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody talk about what drew them to story and where they see it going.   

For just one more week, you can watch the pilot of The Cosmopolitans and weigh in on whether you’d like to see the full series. 

Sep 16

‘Alpha House’ Returns Soon – Catch Up On Season One

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Before the senators of Alpha House return for their mid-season elections next month, brush up on where the four roommates left off last year — see why TV Guide’s Matt Roush called the show a “bawdy, brazen comedy” by a “master of satire” (that would be Doonesbury and Alpha House creator Garry Trudeau).

One of the top shows on Amazon Prime last year, you can now watch the entire first season with the just-released DVD. It’s a can’t-miss for fans of John Goodman, Trudeau and Amy Sedaris — or anyone who likes their politics purposely funny. 

And stay tuned for the show’s second season – returning next month on Amazon Prime Instant Video – just in time for actual mid-season campaign finales.

Fresh from the Party: ‘Transparent’ Premiere Pics

After earning TIME magazine’s endorsement for “best new fall TV show,” the Los Angeles premiere party for Transparent was a hot ticket. Joining series’ stars Amy Landecker, Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light and Jay Duplass (above) at the historic Theatre at the Ace Hotel were Hollywood luminaries including Larry David (below), Amanda Peet, Mena Suvari, Bradley Whitford, Jennifer Grey and Dana Delaney. 

Transparent creator Jill Soloway roused the crowd by talking about the “movement and the moment” that the series has inspired. 

See what all the buzz is about when the full season of Transparent debuts next Friday, September 26th only on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  (Photos: Getty Images)

Sep 11

Pilot Spotlight: Inside ‘Hysteria’

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A group of teens in a small Texas town suffer from unexplained seizures, which begin to spread to the wider population.  A neurologist (played by Mena Suvari) returns home to investigate the medical mystery, only to suspect that the affliction is being spread through social media.  

If it sounds far-fetched, even Mashable warns that the pilot “will make you incredibly paranoid.”  

In this behind-the-scenes video, show creator Shaun Cassidy (Invasion) and Suvari explain what inspired them to make Hysteria, a drama that “combines the contagion thriller with the Internet paranoia thriller,” according to the New York Times.

Will it make you step away from Facebook?  See for yourself by watching the pilot.

Sep 02

Pilot Spotlight: The Making of ‘Red Oaks’

image The only thing better than a dream summer job could be making a pilot about a dream summer job – especially if it takes place at a Jersey country club in the 80s.  

If you’re nostalgic for the comedies of yesteryear, you might like the Steven Soderbergh-produced pilot for Red Oaks. As the New York Times describes it, “It’s as if the spirits of John Hughes, Harold Ramis and the young Richard Linklater had all gotten together to consult.” 

Get a look behind-the-scenes of this coming-of-age comedy and see how director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) went about “rebelling against the expectations of TV” and capturing characters “at the eccentric, awkward points in their lives.”

Then don’t forget to watch, rate and review the Red Oaks pilot here.

And stay tuned to Hollywonk as we offer up an inside look at each of the Amazon Original pilots over the next three weeks.