Whit Stillman‘s shot an Amazon Studios pilot for The Cosmopolitans in Paris with Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody. You can watch a behind-the-scenes featurette at Vanity Fair (2’18”) and, for Vulture, William Van Meter‘s spoken with Stillman and a pretty excited Sevigny. As Katie Rife reports at the AV Club, The Cosmopolitans is one of five potential series Amazon will be introducing on August 28 and, “as in the past, the fate of each series will be heavily influenced by viewers.” The other four: Marc Forster’s Hand of God with Ron Perlman, Shaun Cassidy and Otto Bathurst’s Hysteria with Mena Suvari, David Gordon Green’s Red Oaks with Craig Roberts (and produced by Steven Soderbergh) and Jay Chandrasekhar’s Really with Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s One Percent, a ten-episode television drama series, will feature Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris. Ben Travers has details at Indiewire.
Producer Cassian Elwes has announced that Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert, featuring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis, won’t be ready for the Toronto or Telluride film festivals. The Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth has details. Also: Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear in the third season of House of Cards.
“Betty Boop, the 1930s cartoon character that has lived on via thousands of T-shirts and other ephemera, is to be brought into the 21st century by Simon Cowell,” reports Ben Beaumont-Thomas in the Guardian. “The film arm of his company Syco Entertainment is partnering with Animal Logic, the team behind the animation on The Lego Movie, on a film described by Variety as ‘a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.'”
Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill have co-written a one-act play that’ll premiere during New York Fashion Week, reports Eric Eidelstein for Indiewire.
Lyle is “a peculiarly potent and eerie drama concerning a mother named Leah (Gaby Hoffmann) who loses her young son in a freak accident and begins to suspect it wasn’t an accident at all,” writes Stephen Saito, introducing his interview with director Stewart Thorndike and producer Alex Scharfman. Together, they’ve decided “to go outside the system to create and distribute a trio of psychologically frightening female-led flicks, of which Lyle is only the start. To whet the appetite for their second feature Putney, which naturally is set at a hotel possessing inexplicable mysteries for four guests inspired to go on an adventure by a TED Talk, Thorndike and Scharfman have put Lyle online for anyone to watch for the duration of Putney‘s Kickstarter campaign (ending Sept. 18).”