Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are joining forces to launch “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection,” following the unprecedented cancellation of the SXSW Conference and Festivals by the City of Austin due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.
“Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” offers filmmakers in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup an invitation to opt in to take part in this online film festival, which will play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. for 10-days. The one-time event will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall and free to all audiences around the country, with or without an Amazon Prime membership, all that is needed is a free Amazon account.
Filmmakers who choose to participate will receive a screening fee for streaming their film over the 10-day period. The launch date is yet to be announced, but SXSW and Prime Video are targeting a late April date. SXSW has shared details on the opportunity with 2020 filmmakers, who can opt in starting today.
Films originally announced to screen at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival included Pete Davidson’s Judd Apatow-directed dramedy King of Staten Island, the Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani rom-com The Lovebirds; writer Kelly Oxford’s directorial debut, Pink Skies Ahead, a coming-of-age tale inspired by one of her personal essays; and Bad Trip, a hidden-camera comedy starring Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish in a tale of two best friends embarking on a cross-country road trip filled with pranks.
The Star Wars, Battle at Echo Base Funko Pop! Deluxe Series is a brand new set of combinable figures exclusive to Amazon. All celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and the ice planet of Hoth. The Pop! Deluxe: Battle at Echo Base series will feature 6 brand new uinque figures, with combinable bases, starting with a 6″ Wampa!
This series will capture iconic characters and moments from the planet Hoth. The figures will feature bases that can be combined to nest together in any order you wish! When all the figures are combined, they will make for one cohesive side by side shelf display!
These figures feature a level of detail not captured by original Star Wars Funko Pops! The next figure will be announced when the previous figure begins shipping.
Each figure will be available for individual purchase, as they are announced. Figures will continue to be announced and made available throughout 2020. Start you Battle at Echo Base series today by securing the first figure, 6″ Wampa, exclusively on Amazon.
Pre-order the Funko Pop! Deluxe Star Wars: Battle at Echo Base Series – 6″ Wampa HERE.
Amazon today announced that the critically-acclaimed sketch comedy series, The Kids in the Hall, will be making a comeback on Prime Video. With the return of all of the original “Kids,” the 8-episode Amazon Original series, which will be a continuation of the original show, will be available to Prime members in Canada and around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.
First premiering in 1989, the original Emmy Award-nominated The Kids in the Hall starred Canadian comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. All of the original “Kids” will be reprising fan-favorite characters (and assuming some new ones) for the series’ next iteration. The original series earned multiple Gemini Awards along with the cast being honored with the Canadian Screen Awards ICON AWARD in 2019. The series will be executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels.
“We’ve been investing in Canada for several years and are excited to add to that momentum by making The Kids in the Hall the first Canadian Amazon Original series,” said James Farrell, Vice President of International Originals for Amazon Studios. “The Kids in the Hall is an iconic show with a deep-rooted fan base. Several of our global hits, including The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryanand The Expanse have been filmed in Canada and we are looking forward to continuing our work with talented producers and crew teams across the country to bring this series to our Prime members around the world.”
“Even after 30 years, The Kids in the Hall has retained its brilliance and originality,” said Executive Producer, Lorne Michaels. “We are happy to be bringing back all of the original ‘Kids’ for the new series.”
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Amazon, continue the yearlong celebration of the 80th anniversary of Batman, with a custom Batman curated shop in Los Angeles. The interactive shopping experience is designed for fans of all ages and features limited-edition merchandise from toys and apparel, to home goods and collectibles, honoring the world’s #1 superhero.
Product Highlights and Experiences Include:
– Play with the new Imaginext Transforming Batmobile R/C from Fisher-Price – Two new Batman Funko Pop! figures – New release toys from Fisher-Price, Mattel, LEGO, and more – Special 80th anniversary photo opportunities for social sharing
The Los Angeles location is as follows:
Westfield Century City 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067 Hours: Mon-Thu: 10 am – 9 pm Fri-Sat: 10 am -10 pm Sun: 11 am – 7 pm Thursday, Aug. 29 – Wednesday, Sept. 25
This Funko Pop! Deluxe recreates the Millenium Falcon in stunning detail, and features Han Solo at the helm of the iconic ship. This item will surely become the center piece of your Funko Pop! Star Wars collection! The figure measures 5.5″ tall, is 10.5″ wide and 13.25″ long and comes in a window box display.
The Funko Pop! Deluxe: Star Wars – Millennium Falcon with Han Solo can only be ordered from Amazon and the cost is $65. It will be released on October 21, 2019.
In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in Cobra Kai.
So if you’ve wanted to watch, but couldn’t sign up for YouTube Premium, now’s your chance!
Amazon’s Dark Tower series adaptation of Stephen King’s book series has cast Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings) and Sam Strike (Nightflyers) in lead roles.
Pääkkönen, who has starred in BlacKkKlansman, Vikings, Heart of a Lion, and the upcoming Da 5 Bloods, will play The Man in Black, also known as Randall Flagg and Marten Broadclock. Strike, whose credits include Timeless, Leatherface, Mindhunter, Nightflyers, and the upcoming The Wisdom Tooth and The Dougherty Gang, will play Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger.
The series was originally planned as a tie-in to the 2017 The Dark Tower film that stared Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Amazon shifted gears and is now planning for the series to be a more faithful adaptation of the book series.
Amazon has released a new behind the scenes featurette entitled “Authenticity” for its upcoming series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, featuring an extensive look at the lengths the production traversed in order to make the show as realistic as possible, right down to the types of phones and computers the characters use.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero played by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place, 13 Hours). The creators of the series, Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Fringe, Prison Break), will continue to serve as co-showrunners. Additionally, Krasinski, who also serves as an executive producer, will be reunited with Wendell Pierce who will reprise his role as James Greer in the eight-episode second season.
In the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Krasinski’s Ryan is an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. The series follows the titular character as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. The one-hour, eight-episode dramatic season also stars Wendell Pierce (The Wire) as James Greer and Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Cathy Mueller.
The first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will be released on August 31, with season two set to premiere in 2019.