Here Are The Exciting New Titles on Amazon This March

Amazon is fast becoming our new favorite streaming service. I mean – Transparent and Fleabag? Come on! Tomorrow marks March, and that not only signals the arrival of spring, but the arrival of some incredible movies and TV shows on your laptop, not least of which:

Chicago! Give ’em the old razzle dazzle, why don’t you?

Not to be outdone, Kate Winslet’s The Dressmaker will also be joining us:

Take a look at the full list of new selections below:

TELEVISION

Available on Prime
Annedroids: Season 4 (March 3)
Hand of God: Season 2 (March 10)
Orphan Black: Season 4 (March 16)
You Are Wanted: Season 1 (March 17)
American Girl Special: Season 3 (March 24)

Available for Purchase
The Americans: Season 5 (March 8)
We Bare Bears: Season 3 (March 17)
The Powerpuff Girls: Season 3 (March 18)

MOVIES

Available on Prime
Anthropoid (March 1)
Charlie Bartlett (March 1)
Chicago (March 1)
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (March 1)
The Gambler (March 1)
Hannibal (March 1)
Hoodwinked (March 1)
Nine Lives (March 1)
Vampire in Brooklyn (March 1)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (March 1)
What We Do in the Shadows (March 1)
The Dressmaker (March 2)
Emma (March 2)
Churchill’s Secret (March 11)
W. (March 11)
Everybody Wants Some!! (March 17)
Gimme Danger (March 23)
A Man Called Ove (March 29)

Available for purchase
Patriot’s Day (March 14)

‘Big Bang Theory’ Creator is Remaking ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ for Amazon

You wouldn’t expect the man responsible for “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” to set his sights on a miniseries about Tom Wolfe’s depiction of Manhattan’s social elite – but it’s happening.

That’s right – Chuck Lorre, the man responsible for some of TV’s most bro-y sitcoms, is developing an eight episode Bonfire of the Vanities mini series for Amazon. Don’t worry, there’s some feminine energy thrown in there to keep Ashton Kutcher from taking over the project: Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire, Red Band Society) is writing and co-producing.

Previous attempts to bring Bonfire to the screen haven’t exactly set the bar very high: the last attempt was 1990’s flop by Brian De Palma, starring Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks.

The Best Films to Watch Without Leaving Bed This Week: Stunning Sci-Fi Classics

World on a Wire, Sci-Fi, Film

Every Monday I find myself whispering that old Beckett adage into the morning air: I can’t go on / I’ll go on. As I settle into the week’s work, and no matter how thrilling the day’s prospects, it’s that beginning of the week existential stomach ache that always seemed to start gnawing away at my insides. But breathe, just breathe, the hours will pass themselves and soon it will all be easier and the weekend will come again—one that’s rife with fantastic films playing in theaters all around the city. But in the meantime, look forward to the evening, when a wealth of wonderful films will be at your fingertips.

With so many great movies streaming online, what better way to spend a cold March night than curled up beneath the sheets with some of the best rare and incredible cinema from the comfort of home? But with myriad options streaming, I understand the decision of what to screen in your private bedroom viewing can prove a challenge. So to make your troubles easier, this week we’ve highlighted some of our favorite science fiction movies to watch without leaving bed. From confounding classics like Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire to modern wonders such as Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, get cozy and enjoy.

WORLD ON A WIRE, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Available to watch on Hulu +

SOLARIS, Andrei Tarkovsky

Available to watch on Hulu +

LA JETEE, Chris Marker

Available to watch on Hulu +

VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg

Available to watch on Amazon / iTunes

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, Nicolas Roeg

Available to watch on Amazon / iTunes

UPSTREAM COLOR, Shane Carruth

Available to watch on Netflix / iTunes

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, Panos Cosmatos

Available to watch on Netflix / iTunes

BRAZIL, Terry Gilliam

Available to watch on Amazon

ERASERHEAD, David Lynch

Available to watch on Hulu +

METROPOLIS, Fritz Lang

Available to watch on Netflix / iTunes

THE ELEMENT OF CRIME, Lars von Trier

Available to watch on Hulu +

BLACK MOON, Louis Malle

Available to watch on Hulu +

ALPHAVILLE, Jean-Luc Godard

Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon

#StyleScoop: Amazon Does Drones, Kanye Does Adidas

From Kanye West to drone delivery service, here’s the fashion news you need to know.

Fairchild’s editorial director Peter Kaplan sadly passed away at the age of 59. He will be best remembered for his time as editor in chief of the New York Observer, making it required reading.

After trashing Nike and going on a rant about corporate slavery, Kanye West has signed a $10 million deal with Adidas. Our sincerest good luck wishes to whoever at Adidas will be charged with reigning Kanye in for this partnership.

As if knock offs and faux designer bags weren’t a rampant enough problem, Burberry’s ubiquitous check print may be in jeopardy – in China, Burberry has had to appeal cancellation of its trademark.

Can’t wait for your Skinceuticals/Oribe/books/anything else to arrive? Amazon is amping up delivery with a new 30-minutes-or-less drone delivery service. Yep. It’s the future.

Kate Moss will be honored at the British Fashion Awards for her role as a style icon and her staying power in the industry. Moss turns 40 this year – she was discovered at 14. Oh  – and her Playboy photos are out – the magazine hits stands this Friday.

Kindle Fire Allows More Annoying Multitasking With Added ‘X-Ray For TV’ Features

I don’t know about you, but it takes me roughly four to five hours to watch a two-hour movie in my apartment. It’s not because I live in some wormhole in which time is meaningless or anything; rather, I tend to sit in close proximity to my iPhone or laptop whenever watching TV, so that, at the drop of a hat, I can pause anything any go immediately to the internet to find the answers to queries like, "Who is that actress," "Is this guy actually British," and "Did this get an Oscar nomination for anything, because it shouldn’t have." Now it looks like I’d never have to do that, thanks to Amazon and IMDb.

Owners of the Kindle Fire are surely aware of the X-Ray feature when watching a movie on their device: with one tap, users can look up information on IMDb corresponding to the movie they’re watching. I haven’t used the feature myself—I have an old-fashioned Kindle, the kind that only lets you read books (boring!)—but I imagine you can look up all the goofs and the trivia and the soundtrack listings so much easier than, say, watching a movie on your BIG TV and, ugh, having to reach over and PICK UP A LAPTOP, ugh, and TYPING THINGS, ugggggh, what a nightmare. Now, all of the information you ever need is right there. And the big news today: Amazon and IMDb are expanding the X-Ray features to include TV shows

Honestly, I am conflicted about this. Can you imagine how David Lynch, who famously hates the idea of people watching movies on their phones, would feel about you clicking all over Naomi Watts’s face while watching Mulholland Drive to see if she’s done any other girl-on-girl scenes in film? Of course, I’m a big offender—there have been several instances of "NO PHONES!" being shouted before watching movies with friends in my apartment. Wouldn’t it be nice, maybe, to just sit back, relax, and watch a movie without finding other ways to cram our brains with content, content, content? 

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‘Zombieland’ Comes to the Internet as Amazon’s First Original TV Show

Fans of Zombieland, the 2009 horror-comedy that was not, sadly, a weird sequel to Adventureland, will be excited to know that Amazon, in an effort to be as cool as Netflix, has greenlighted a series version of the film. Of course, this isn’t TV—it’s the internet. You’re not going to find your Jesse Eisenbergs or your Emma Stones or your Woody Harrelsons or your Abigail Breslins or even your Bill Murray cameos on an online retailer’s original programming network. Behold, the cast of Zombieland: The WebTV Show. Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, Tyler Ross, and Izabela Vidovic will star in what Amazon hopes will be their House of Cards. I am dubious; at least House of Cards had Kevin Spacey and a Mara sister. 

[via Indiewire]

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Amazon Wants You To Sell Your E-Books So They Can Take A Cut Of The Profits

If you’re like me, you’ve got piles of eBooks wasting space on your Kindle. 50 Shades Of Grey is not exactly the type of book you read over and over again, you know? Amazon is now making plans to help customers unload their digital content, like eBooks and songs, which they no longer wish to own.

Last month, Amazon obtained a patent to enable digital resale. As the Washington Post explains, the the owner of a piece of digital content sell it from their own data storage, via the cloud, to someone else’s data storage and give Amazon a cut of the profit. The original item would then be deleted from their own data storage. 

But the Post warns that just because the patent has been granted doesn’t mean Amazon will do anything with it; authors, publishers, musicians, and record labels likely won’t be too keen about their wares being resold without them receiving a cut of the profit, too. 

Columnist Lucy Mangan at the UK’s Guardian is sour on the whole idea, grousing:  

… [A] market is created, and authors and publishers are quite possibly cut out of it, in one fell swoop. Thus more money drains out of the book business, content dries up and frustrated readers go mad and start roaming towns, destroying everyone and everything in their paths as they search for the country’s last open library. The walking unread. Zombies aside, the most frightening thing about Amazon’s latest move is that it reminds us that it’s all too late. It is already Amazon’s world and we just live in it. Amazon already pretty much owns the print market.

The situation might not be quite so dour, as Amazon may not necessarily do anything with the patent. But for those of us booklovers (and musiclovers), this news does give us pause about how we make sure the artists we enjoy are adequately compensated for their work.

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Don’t Give Me A Good Review On Amazon

You’ve noticed over the past few weeks and months, no doubt, the stories about Amazon unceremoniously deleting book reviews that it deems irrelevant, fake, biased, or just plain deleteable. Fair enough! Even if they cast too wide a net in their hunt for compromised critiques, the lone two (very positive) reviews of my book by strangers (who did not receive payment or favors, FYI) are safe. Any additional raves would be superfluous, of course.

Did you manipulators really think you could get away with it? It’s hard to imagine someone going to a product page like, say, this one, for the novel Ivyland in paperback, ISBN 978-1-935928-61-4, simply to bestow upon it some glowing praise that it may not have “earned” in the typical sense of the term. That would be duplicitous and sleazy and generate wildly undeserved royalty payments.

To be successful, such boosterism can’t be too transparent: we recommend digressive comments about how you don’t know the author personally and were not swayed by a satirical blog post that implied you should write a fake review for his book. That’s if you choose to generate lavish, glowing, phony admiration for this book, which of course you should not, under any circumstances. Unless you’re Gary Shteyngart.     

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Amazon Just Recommends Crap You Looked At The Other Day But Didn’t Buy

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the usually excellent Netflix Instant recommendation engine, but Amazon’s parallel number seems to be nearly the worst in the game. Even worse, they send you goddamn emails about their picks. Shut up, website! I’ll visit you when I have no other earthly choice, and until then you can be satisfied with the literally billions in revenue generated by the slavish devotees of your de facto monopoly.

  • Recently Amazon’s Literature & Fiction department has bugged me to purchase:
  • A book I subsequently bought used on Alibris, as it was vastly cheaper there.
  • A book I read in high school, a fact which is now embarrassing to me.
  • A book about high school, for high-schoolers.
  • A book I was researching out of pure hatred and have no interest in owning.
  • Everything by Chuck Palahniuk.

The interest in total regression is, in short, chilling. Reminiscent of the way Tumblr’s Spotlight sidebar thing constantly tells you to follow blogs you unfollowed a month or two ago. It’s a little voice going, “Hey, you used to like this, didn’t you? We thought? Is everything okay? Should we come over and talk it out?” Quit living in the past, you simpering algorithms.