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For Amazon Prime subscribers, August brings a wave of popcorn-ready movies to snack on. But you’ll also get a chance to be on the ground floor of buzz-heavy new series. Comrade Detective is a Cold War comedy with a stacked cast of actors including Channing Tatum, Jenny Slate, and Kim Basinger. The beloved Tick series resurfaces on streaming. There are two new animated series for children. Breathe it in, and plan accordingly.
New on Amazon Prime in August 2017: Editor’s Pick
The Last Tycoon
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished final novel, published posthumously in 1941, The Last Tycoon contrasts the glitz of Hollywood’s Golden Age with the stark realities of the era in which those silver-screen dreams were being crafted. Matt Bomer (Chuck, Glee) is Monroe Stahr, a hotshot producer at a growing studio who’s overseeing a movie based on his late wife, a starlet whose tragic death only cemented her legacy as a beloved screen icon. He regularly butts heads with studio boss Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) over the proper balance between art and commerce, something that becomes all the more difficult with the rise of unions and as the growing influence of Nazi Germany threatens to interfere with his passion project.
Stahr and Brady themselves are loosely based on two real-life titans of Hollywood history: Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer. Fitzgerald left The Last Tycoon unfinished when he passed away at age 44, but it was later completed and published based on his notes. Tycoon has been adapted for the screen a couple of times before, but this particular incarnation started as an HBO project back in 2013, before eventually finding a home at Amazon after the cable network ultimately passed on it. Writer Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) has been with the project throughout that process, both writing the script and ultimately directing the Amazon pilot that finally got made. And while HBO might have decided to pass on The Last Tycoon, the finished product definitely shows potential to be worthy of brushing elbows with shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
The Last Tycoon is gorgeously shot, with strong performances and a cracking-good script by Ray (favorite line: “I’m not talented enough to be unprepared—are you?”). —David Wharton
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New movies on Amazon Prime: August 2017
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Benny & Joon
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Box of Moonlight
The Dead Zone
Far from Home
Friends and Lovers
The General’s Daughter
The Mod Squad
New in Town
The Pursuit of D.B Cooper
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Save the Last Dance
Teen Wolf Too
Terry Fator: Live in Concert
Wayne’s World 2
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My Bloody Valentine
Florence Foster Jenkins
New TV shows on Amazon Prime: August 2017
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Tumble Leaf (Amazon original)
The Tick (Amazon original)
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