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‘The Last Tycoon’ Drama Picked Up To Series By Amazon

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Via Deadline – With a well-known title and formidable lead cast, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon pilot has been a strong contender for a series pickup. Now the project, toplined by Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt, has been ordered to series by the streaming service, I have learned. It comes from Sony TV’s TriStar Television. I hear Amazon’s other drama pilot from the batch, The Interestings, is not going forward.

Written and directed by Billy Ray based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises. Dewitt plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady, who may be involved with Stahr.

Why The Last Tycoon Is the Best Vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Unfinished Work

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Esquire has published a great interview with Matt, to promote The Last Tycoon. They’re also – in a huge agreement with the fanbase – talking about how Bomer is made for this role – “Though he’s still getting caught up on his old Hollywood history, Bomer is as debonair and tortured as the role requires“. Yeah, we all agree!

Check some excerpts of the great interview below:

So how did you get involved with The Last Tycoon, and what drew you to it?
Billy called me out of the blue in December. He brought the project up to me, and his vision for it. Like all of us, I was very familiar with Fitzgerald’s work, but it had been a while since I had read The Last Tycoon or seen the Kazan film. It sounded like the world he wanted to create, while a period piece, was very topical and interesting. I read the script, I thought it was fantastic, we sat down together, and that was that.

Now you’ve played your fair share of rogues. You got famous playing a con man. Is it more fun to be a bit evil, or more pure good?
You know, I try not to think of it as black and white, because all human beings have a shadow. We all have a great deal of admirable qualities, and we all have some that could probably be improved upon. My favorite characters, when I read them, are people with some aspects of both—that feels more human and [like] the people I’ve encountered and my own experiences of life. I like it when they have a little bit of each.

Now you filmed the pilot, and Amazon is waiting around to see what the reaction is, and then it will decide whether to order it to series or not, right?
Yeah. That’s the plan.

How are you feeling? Is this a nerve-wracking way to work? Because all you can do is get the word out and hope people see it and like it.
You know, I try not to worry about it too much. Thankfully, I have a very full life. I’m married with kids, so I have a lot of things to focus on, other projects either in post-production or pre-production, so you just do the best you can. I love that Amazon has this diplomatic process where people’s voices can be heard, and they can weigh in. I think it’s a great way to use the interconnectedness we have with the Internet. At the same time, pilots are essentially rough drafts. It’s a bit like bringing all your friends into an ultrasound and saying, “Isn’t my baby beautiful?” You can make out the rough outlines and the edges and get a good sense of what the baby is going to look like, but you won’t know until you get a chance to flesh it out. I just hope people will visit the world and enjoy what they see. For me personally, I look at it and go, “Oh that’s great, that’s cool, that did not work, I can work on that,” and you soldier forward should you be given the opportunity.

Are you resisting the urge to check in with your agent or whomever every day and go, “Okay, what are the numbers now? How about now?”
You know, I think for the first couple of days I did, and then I realized that’s just not a healthy endeavor. There’s an old saying: “There’s no sure formula for success, but the only certain formula for failure is to try to please everybody.” I think if you over-concern yourself with what people’s opinions are, I don’t think it’s really healthy for anybody. And certainly as an artist, you don’t want those voices in your head when you’re trying to make a choice for a character. You want to be operating from where you are in that space with the work you’ve done.

I don’t know if this is true or not, but there’s a long-running rumor that if you work with George Clooney and get to know him even a little, he will send you a box of what he considers the 100 best movies of all time, and he expects you to watch them all.
I can imagine no more enjoyable assignment from a director. I would love that. As a matter of fact, if George Clooney ever reads this, I want those 100 movies regardless of whether or not we work together.

Read the full interview at Esquire website.

Sony “Social Soiree” Featuring Amazon Pilot “The Last Tycoon”

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Yesterday Sony Pictures presented a social soiree to introduce the new Amazon Pilots “The Interestings” and “The Last Tycoon”. Matt attended it alongside co-stars Lily Collins and Rosemarie DeWitt, and director Billy Ray.

The Last Tycoon is currently being streamed for free on Amazon Pilot Season and viewers will decide which show will get a full season. So watch, rate and review if you can!

Over 80 HQ images has been added in our gallery. Check it:

“Traveler” Pilot HD Screen Captures

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Back in 2007 Matt starred in “Traveler”, a short-lived series aired on ABC. He played Jay Burchell and alongside Tyler Fog (Logan Marshall-Green), is suspect to be domestic terrorists. We already have the full series screen capped in our gallery in SD, but thanks to our visitor Olena we’re able to replace them now for HD ones.

The first episode is now added, alongside the clips for the respective episode.

Matt talks “The Last Tycoon” with Men’s Fitness

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In another interview published today, Matt sat with Men’s Fitness to talk on what attracted him to the role, his appreciation of 1930s, and his secret to staying calm, cool, and collected under pressure in any of life’s tricky situations.

What were your thoughts when you first accepted this role? How excited were you?

I was really flattered that they reached out to me. I’m a huge Fitzgerald fan as almost everyone, I think. It’s intimidating to interpret his prose and to bring it onto the screen and interpret an iconic character of his. But thankfully I had Billy Ray who is just a brilliant writer and director. I’ve been a fan of his since a movie called Shattered Glass that he did I think in early 2000s, I’m not sure, for whatever reason he thought I was the right guy for the role, and it was a real honor to get to be his avatar and collaborate with him on this and help try to bring his vision to life. It’s a story that he’d been living with for a really long time, and I think he very wisely took this great structure we have now where you can take a novel and make it a 10-part series as opposed to one 2-hour open and closed film and where they open up the world and the relationships and the characters that I thought had a lot of room to grow, so I was really excited to work on it.

What do you think life would look like for you if you actually lived in the 1930s?

Well it depends. I mean it’s an incredible, it’s one of my favorite things about getting to be a part of this piece. I love any period piece but the 1930s, especially 1936 when this takes place, was an incredibly rich place around the world. You had the Spanish Civil War going on, Hitler was rising to power in Europe, you’re at the height of the Great Depression and here you are in Hollywood where business is booming, So, you know, it depends, I could be, you know, suffering through a Hooverville in the height of the Great Depression or I could be a young studio executive and business is booming. I think there is in American landscape at the time, if you’re talking about our country in particular, it was you know, really, really bipolar in terms of what your experience could be as a human being, and I think that’s something they really tried to pick up and express and show in the piece.

Check the full interview at Men’s Fitness website.