The move comes as Amazon continues to tighten its financial belt amid a search for a broad hit.
The Hollywood Reporter – Amazon has canceled its F. Scott Fitzgerald period drama The Last Tycoon, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The decision arrives days after the retail giant/streamer made an about-face and canceled another Fitzgerald drama, the previously renewed Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci as the author’s wife, Zelda Fitzgerald.
Amazon had spent roughly $7 million during preproduction on the scrapped season of Z. The cancellations come as what sources say is larger belt-tightening going on at the outlet as it looks for a large-scale hit.
The streamer is now beginning to rack up a series of one-and-done shows, with Last Tycoon, Z and 1970s Newsweek period drama Good Girls Revolt joining drama Mad Dogs.
The pricey Last Tycoon was picked up to series last year and began streaming on July 28. While Amazon, along with Netflix and Hulu, doesn’t release viewership information, the drama debuted to mixed reviews from critics (its score sits at 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 57 percent on Metacritic).
The Last Tycoon starred Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins, and its nine episodes centered on the machinations of the Hollywood studio system in the 1930s. The show was based on the unfinished novel of the same name by the Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise author which centered on the character Monroe Starr, who was modeled after producer Irving Thalberg.
VARIETY – Lily Collins is set to star opposite Nicholas Hoult in Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment’s J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien.”
Collins will play Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s great love, and eventual wife who inspired the elven princess characters in the Lord of the Rings” saga. Finnish director Dome Karukoski will helm the movie.
The film’s script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford focuses on the author as he finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a group of classmates prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920, then wrote the three “Lord of the Rings” novels while working at Pembroke College. Tolkien died in 1973.
Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have been developing the project since 2013. Tolkien’s epic novels served as the basis for the film trilogies “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”
“The Hobbit” was first published in 1937. Tolkien then wrote “The Lord of the Rings” between 1937 and 1949 as what was initially intended to be a sequel, but the story became much larger — and ultimately one of the best-selling novels of all time with more than 150 million copies sold.
Collins is coming off the Sundance pic “To the Bone,” which earned her some of the reviews of her career. Netflix acquired the distribution rights for that film and recently released it this past July. She was also seen in the Netflix movie “Okja” and has a starring role on the Amazon drama series “The Last Tycoon.”
She is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment, and Definition Entertainment.
I’ve added some screen captures of The Last Tycoon to the gallery! I’ll update the list as new episodes are added.
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×02 – Nobody Recasts Like Monroe
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×03 – More Stars Than There Are in Heaven
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×04 – Burying the Boy Genius
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×05 – Eine Kleine Reichmusik
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×06 – A Brady-American Christmas
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×07 – A More Perfect Union
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×08 – An Enemy Among Us
Television Series > The Last Tycoon > Season One > Screen Captures > 1×09 – Oscar, Oscar, Oscar
I’ve added posters, stills, and “Pilot” screen captures of The Last Tycoon to the gallery. The rest of the episodes screen captures will be added very soon!
The Last Tycoon, which is available to stream on Amazon Prime now, presents a heightened version of 1930s Hollywood, but it’s not exactly a fantasy.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished final novel, the series stars Matt Bomer as Monroe Stahr, a brilliant young movie producer who has complicated relationships with his boss, studio head Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer); the boss’ daughter Celia (Lily Collins), who wants to be a producer against her father’s wishes; and Kathleen Moore (Dominique McElligott), an Irish waitress who reminds him of his deceased movie star wife Minna Davis.
In a big picture way, it’s about the Golden Age of Hollywood, when the big studios and the larger-than-life men who ran them controlled show business, for good and for ill. The show captures the era’s glitz and glamour, but also the dark underbelly of what was going on politically and socially as the Great Depression raged and Hitler rose to power and exerted his influence in Hollywood before the start of World War II. Race and gender and class are all in play, as are the never-ending conflicts of labor vs. management and art vs. commerce.
The show’s creative team plays around with fact and fiction, but makes it a point to be grounded in the time period. The main characters are fictitious, but they’re inspired by real people — Stahr is based on producer Irving Thalberg, while Brady is sort of like Columbia Pictures founder Harry Cohn — and they interact with real historical figures like director Fritz Lang (played by Iddo Goldberg), whom Stahr hires to work on his flagship film. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian and Fitzgerald expert A. Scott Berg is a consulting producer on the show, and he helps make sure actual facts get inserted into the show.
“There were so many things that I learned about that seem outrageous but actually happened,” says Lily Collins.
For example, the show includes Georg Gyssling, who was Hitler’s man in Hollywood. He monitored studio activities and censored scripts for the Nazis with studio cooperation. It’s a dark chapter in Hollywood history, and The Last Tycoon doesn’t shy away from it.
But The Last Tycoon is also about the sensuous pleasures of beautiful lighting and luxurious interiors and gorgeous clothing. The costumes were designed by Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant, who previously worked on Deadwood and Mad Men.
“I’m a fashion gal through and through,” says Collins, who says that getting to wear the costumes was a great perk of the job. “I’ve grown up loving design and seeing stylists and costume designers as true artists and Janie Bryant is a genius and this period is so beautiful for women, the shapes and colors and patterns. To get to immerse myself in that way every day was a gift and such a treat. All the fittings with Janie really helped create my character and that was part of the fun every day.”
Grammer, Collins and McElligott were all especially fond of the hats they got to wear. “Celia is a hat girl,” says Collins. “She wears a lot of hats, literally and figuratively.”
“We all wear quite a few hats, I think,” says McElligott. “I had a nice hat when I was a tour guide. I liked that hat. It was quite jaunty.”
“It’s a rich canvas, it looks really good,” says Grammer. He praises the work cinematographer Daniel Moder and production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein did in creating the world of the show. “Maybe it’s a fantasized world a little bit, but it sure looks good,” he says. “It’s sumptuous. It’s fun to go there and play.”
The Last Tycoon‘s entire first season is streaming now on Amazon Prime.
Lily attended the The Last Tycoon premiere at the Harmony Gold Preview House and Theater in Hollywood, California (July 27). Lily also attended the after party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California.
Appearances > Appearances from 2017 > July 27: Premiere of Amazon Studios’ “The Last Tycoon” – After Party
On Dinner With Audrey Hepburn, Earl Grey Tea & Renaissance Fairs
We sat down with the beauty Lily Collins (#eyebrowgoals) – star of Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, which comes out tomorrow – to discuss everything from restaurants, beauty routines, body image and Renaissance fairs. The actress shared her love of tea (she prefers it to coffee), her affinity for gluten-free baking, and her dream dinner party (Audrey Hepburn makes an appearance). We know you’ll be as smitten with this interview – and her authentic nature – as we are; we’d even forgo our coffee-addiction if it means tea time with Collins…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I love oatmeal, so in the morning I would probably have some form of oatmeal with cinnamon and vanilla. I like it kind of sweet, so it tastes like a treat – like a dessert with some fruit. For lunch, I would probably try to keep it lighter, like a salad with grilled fish or a piece of salmon with some quinoa or a grain. I always have a Chai or Earl Grey tea at some point during the day. I don’t drink coffee; I’m a tea girl , that’s my form of caffeine. For dinner, I’m a huge sushi fan. I also love a really good Indian Curry. What I love the most about going out with my friends for dinner, though, is that they’ll surprise me, and we’ll go somewhere new. Sometimes, the surprise meals are the best because you can’t pre-plan your menu. For dessert, I’d go to Salt & Straw; I just went there for the first time, and they have the most amazing vegan coconut Stracciatella. I like places that have options. My ideal day would, honestly, be having someone take me out to experiment with different things.
I’ve added some screen captures of Lily as Ellen in the Netflix film To the Bone (2017). To the Bone is available to stream on Netflix!
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