‘The Grand Tour’ Host James May To Front Japanese Travelogue For Amazon Studios

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The Grand Tour star James May is heading to Japan for a travelogue for Amazon. The British TV star is fronting Our Man In… Japan with James May for the SVOD service.
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‘Late Night’ Trailer: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson Strike Comedy Gold In Upcoming Amazon Feature

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Mere seconds pass before several people are fired in this first trailer for Amazon Studios’ Late Night, with Emma Thompson as a monstrous boss and talk-show host doing the head-chopping. The assistant-firing Murphy Brown at her most ruthless was …

Mindy Kaling Takes Over Emma Thompson’s All-Male Writers’ Room in ‘Late Night’ Trailer (Video)

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Mindy Kaling is a “splash of color” on an otherwise gray slate in the first trailer for “Late Night,” the Sundance hit that stars Emma Thompson as a legendary late night talk show host.

The only problem is, in what’s meant to be her final year on the air, Thompson finds her entire writing staff is white and male, so she makes a point to clean house and takes on Kaling as her first female writer. It’s up to Kaling to help Thompson transform her show before the network feels she’s grown stale. She “needs” Kaling.

“You love me … I mean not in those words,” Kaling says. “No, I didn’t say it in any of those words,” Thompson barks back.

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“Late Night” was written by Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra, who has already been tapped to direct a romance called “Covers” for Universal after a long career in TV.

Amy Ryan, John Lithgow, Reid Scott and Ike Barinholtz also star in the comedy, which Amazon felt so strongly in, they nabbed it out of Sundance for $13 million.

Now they’re hoping it will be a summer hit, releasing it in theaters on June 7.

Watch the first trailer for “Late Night” above.

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The Jonas Brothers Partner With Amazon Studios For New Documentary

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Jonas Brothers Documentary Ordered by Amazon

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Ready to get sucker-punched by some more Jonas Brothers news? Great, because you might want to be sitting down for this one: Amazon Studios, the Jonas Brothers, Philymack and Federal Films, a division of Republic Records, are partnering on an upcoming documentary about Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, a.k.a the Jonas Brothers.

The film will premiere exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories, the streamer announced Monday. More details about the documentary, including a premiere date, will be announced later.

“Our fans are the best in the world and have shared in our journey as the Jonas Brothers and us as individuals,” the Jonas Brothers said in a statement. “In releasing this documentary we wanted to make sure we partnered with an innovative platform, like Amazon, that could reach our fans around the world.”

“Amazon Prime Video is proud to be the exclusive home for a very personal, behind the scenes look at the Jonas Brothers as they reunite for this exciting tour,” Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Experiencing the brothers back together again is the news that everyone hoped for and we can’t wait to share this intimate and compelling documentary special with all of our customers.”

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The brothers rocked the world last week when they reunited for the surprise drop of “Sucker,” their first original release in nearly six years and under their new partnership with Republic Records. Not to mention that music video.

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‘Tales From The Loop’: Rebecca Hall To Star In Amazon Series Based On Simon Stålenhag Art

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Julia Roberts In Talks To Star In Amazon Series ‘Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win’; Jon Robin Baitz Adapts Jo Piazza Novel

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’ Lands June Release Date

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“Late Night,” the Sundance comedy written by and starring Mindy Kaling, will open in theaters on June 7, Kaling announced in a Twitter video on Thursday.

Amazon Studios is releasing the film directed by Nisha Ganatra that also stars Emma Thompson.

“Last season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will be done by then, so you have no reason not to see it,” Kaling said in the announcement video, which you can watch below:

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You heard it here first. @LateNightMovie in theaters June 7th ???? pic.twitter.com/2LTToPsU0W

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 28, 2019

Amazon acquired the film for $13 million following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “Late Night” stars Thompson as a legendary late-night TV host who is accused of being a “woman who hates women,” so she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and — presto! — Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room.

John Lithgow, Amy Ryan, Paul Walter Hauser, Reid Scott and Ike Barinholtz also co-star in the film.

Kaling also produced with Howard Klein, Ben Browning and Jillian Apfelbaum. Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Micah Green and Daniel Steinman are the executive producers. 30WEST financed the film with FilmNation. FilmNation produced with Imperative Entertainment.

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“Late Night” will open opposite Fox’s X-Men movie “Dark Phoenix” and Universal’s animated “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”

The film’s director, Nisha Ganatra, has already landed her next project, directing a romance set in the musical world of Los Angeles at Universal called “Covers.”

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Woody Allen to Shoot a New Film in Spain With Funding From ‘Midnight in Paris’ Team

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Jennifer Salke On Amazon’s Film Future, Sundance Deals & The Late Night Selfie That Won Her ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’

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Amazon Taps Antoinette Nwandu To Adapt ‘Wash Clean The Bones’ Based On Short Story By Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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Amazon Studios Boss Says Russo Brothers’ Franchise Will Connect Through Spies – And Their Double Lives

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As the directors of both “Avengers: Infinity War” and the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” Joe and Anthony Russo definitely aren’t strangers to weaving together multiple storylines within a gigantic fictional universe. And based on their next small-screen project — a “groundbreaking global event multi-series” at Amazon Studios — it sounds like that’s exactly what they intend to keep doing.

TheWrap spoke with Amazon Studios boss Jen Salke during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday, hours after she revealed to reporters that the first TV series in the Russo Brothers’ upcoming franchise will be an “action-packed spy series, with a compelling emotional center.”

Because it’s a little confusing how this “international tentpole” series, will be intertwined with “multiple, connected local language series” — the first two coming from India and Italy — we had to ask Salke to break this all down. Basically, the spies are at the center of the main series, and their double lives will be the focus of the other shows.

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Read our interview with Salke below for a much more detailed explanation.

TheWrap: So the first series in the Russo Brothers’ franchise is a spy series, but there are more to come and they are all connected — how?

Salke: So I’ll give you an example, I’m making this up. So say there’s an Indian show you watch, a show you love in India, and it’s about an Indian doctor and she’s married to a guy and they have three children, and you realize that she’s being followed, and then you find out she’s actually living a double life. So you start following that thread of that story, but that character actually exists in the big show. So you’re taking people — without giving away too much of the concept — you’re taking people’s lives, their real lives that they’re living every day, and then this other life that they have as these spies. And so you’re going to be seeing that they live sort of in two spaces. But each thing can stand on its own, but they’ll feed into each other.

How many series are planned overall?

Right now there’s the big series and there’s India and Italy. And there will be two more at least. We’re just identifying the territories.

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And production begins this year?

Yes. And it’s like the whole organization of the show will live under the umbrella of the show, but the local teams, there will be like an executive producer/director, maybe, who gets hired, whose job will be to interface with those local teams and making sure they’re following at least the bible of the storyline and all. So there will be a master storyboard on how that’s all coming together.

When can we expect a title?

You know what, I’m going to challenge them with that this week. It was only yesterday that they called me and said, ‘We are ready, we are directing this.’ So we’re gonna come up with a name and we’ll get it to you quickly.

Would it be a name for the franchise overall and then subtitles for the other shows?

There will be some connection to the other shows, yes.

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‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Explains Why They’re Ending Series With a Musical Movie

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As “Transparent” fans learned last fall, the Amazon Prime Video series will end its upcoming fifth and final season not with a bang, but with a musical. On Wednesday, creator Jill Soloway — who prefers to be referenced with gender-neutral pronouns — broke down their decision to wrap the comedy on a high (and probably some low) notes.

When asked by a reporter during the Television Critics Association press tour why the creative team ultimately chose to end “Transparent” with a musical and how it will address the exit of former series regular Jeffrey Tambor (who played Maura), Soloway said it’s “all one big answer.”

“Which is, you know, right as my parent came out, the very first instinct I had before I wrote ‘Transparent’ was that my sister Faith and I were going to make a documentary musical,” Soloway said, before turning to Amazon Studios Head, Jen Salke — who was leading the panel — to add, “I never told you that.”

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“My sister Faith is an amazing musician and has been writing musicals for years, and as a family we were always doing musicals,” Soloway continued. “So that was kind of the first impulse was to use song. And then ‘Transparent’ came about and it was such a beautiful experience and in many ways, some people have said that ‘Transparent’ has always been a show that wanted to be a musical ’cause there’s these musical numbers and always these scenes about Maura, who wanted the kids to come see her sing, and Shelly singing on a boat.”

“And when everything went down last year and we lost Jeffrey Tambor, and we went through so much as a family, that felt like this very emotional — there are no words, there is no way to really kind of just go back to a plain old Season 5 and try to just repair by coming back,” they added.

The upcoming fifth season, which has no premiere date yet but is expected this fall, will be the first since Tambor was fired by the studio last February.

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In November 2017, Tambor was accused of harassing two trans women on the “Transparent” set, including co-star Trace Lysette and the actor’s personal assistant Van Jones. A third woman unrelated to the production, makeup artist Tamara Delbridge, later came forward with her own accusation.

As TheWrap previously reported, Soloway had considered using Tambor in the season in a flashback-only role as his pre-transition character Mort Pfefferman, but that idea was nixed.

Soloway says that Salke’s hire as the new head of the studios last year helped to make the musical a reality.

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“Getting to know Jen and Jen saying, ‘What would be your dream?’ She said, ‘I wanted something big.’ And I said, ‘What do you think about a musical movie?’ And she was like, ‘Great!’” Soloway said. “And we kind of dared ourselves to follow through and come through and take all of Faith’s songs that she had been writing. Faith was already starting to put songs together for a possible ‘Transparent’ musical five years down the road on Broadway. So we took the songs, we took the storyline and just finished shooting on Friday.”

Soloway added: “And I’m in such a good mood because we were able to do something I feel like is going to astonish and reward fans, and was a way to take music and transform the family to be able to come together and have that kind of like feeling of, in some ways, transition. That the show isn’t necessarily ending, it’s transitioning into a musical.”

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