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  • written by Luciana September 09, 2017

    Amazon Cancels ‘The Last Tycoon’

    The Hollywood Reporter just announced that Amazon cancelled The Last Tycoon after some weeks of speculation about if it would be renewed or not.

    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 pre-production on the scrapped season of Z. The cancellations come as what sources say is larger belt-tightening going on at Amazon as the outlet looks for a large-scale hit.

    The streamer is now beginning to rack up a series of one-and-done shows, with The Last Tycoon joining Z as well as its 1970s Newsweek period drama Good Girls Revolt joining drama Mad Dogs.

    As far we receive it with no surprise, its sad to see the show (as the novel itself) unfinished. It had potential to tell more and, sadly, we won’t see the end of it. :/

    written by Luciana September 03, 2017

    The Last Tycoon: Remaining Screen Captures Added!

    Our gallery was updated with the remaining three episodes of The Last Tycoon. We still have no word if the show will have a second season, so enjoy the season one and if you feel so, send a tweet to @RoyPrice, head of Amazon Studio, telling how much you want to see more of Monroe Stahr.

    Last month while promoting The Last Tycoon in New York, Matt recorded an interview at ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers – which happens to be one of my favourite segments so far.

    Alongside being the amazing self on interviews, he also made us swoon singing Eagle’s song Desperado. Watch it below, and check screen captures in our gallery.

    Screen captures of another “The Last Tycoon” episode has been added to our gallery: “A Brady-American Christmas“, which is also one of my favourites of the season.

    Also, I received an email asking about the real Monroe Stahr and Minna Davis, and I think it would be nice to have the article posted here as well.

    The Last Tycoon is based in the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished manuscript of the same name, which was published posthumously. The legendary author was in the middle of writing the story when he died. Fitzgerald’s final project wasn’t his art deco fever dream either. Instead, The Last Tycoon was modeled after Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer — a.k.a. MGM Studios of roaring lion fame — producer Irving Thalberg, who was a handsome, young, Jewish Tinsel Town boy wonder, just like Bomer’s Monroe. So, if Monroe has his roots in a real-life Hollywood legend, the question begs: is the story of the character’s tragic dead actress wife Minna Davis (Jessica De Gouw) real, too?

    It just so happens the fictional Minna and Thalberg’s actual wife, Norma Shearer, share a lot in common. Both women were born internationally — Minna to an impoverished family in Ireland, Shearer in the well-off suburbs of Canada — and went on to become actresses. Throughout The Last Tycoon, it’s made clear Minna was the biggest star of Thalberg’s Brady-American Pictures, and, apparently, America’s sweetheart. Yet, with Monroe still chasing an elusive Academy Award during season 1, it seems Minna never took home acting’s top honors before her abrupt death. On the other hand, Shearer won Best Actress in 1930 for her pioneering performance in The Divorcee, where her character cheats on her husband with his best friend after learning of his own affair. She achieved this against the likes of screen queen Greta Garbo. Interestingly, Shearer’s competition in the race was also technically herself, as she was also nominated for 1929’s equally racy Their Own Desire, which also featured a ton of cheating, divorce, and romantic upheaval. Just like Minna, Shearer was obviously one of the biggest stars in her husband’s studio, with a rabid, dedicated fan base to prove it.

    However, Shearer did not cut the same tragic figure as her televised counterpart. While Minna died in a bizarre fire in 1934, Shearer went on to live until 1983, when she died of bronchial pneumonia at 80. In fact, during the year Minna dies in The Last Tycoon, Shearer released two movies and received yet another Best Actress Oscar nomination for one of them, The Barretts of Wimpole Street. While the award-winning actress didn’t die in the 1930s, her husband, and The Last Tycoon’s inspiration, did. Irving Thalberg died of pneumonia in September 1936, the same year Tycoon takes place. He had suffered a debilitating heart attack four years prior. At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported Shearer was the one who was “prostrated with grief,” as opposed to the weepy, haunted, and child-free Monroe we see wandering around his home in Tycoon. Following her husband’s death, Shearer, who shared two young children with the late Thalberg, went on to star in a few more movies and remarry. Her second husband was Martin Arrouge, a ski instructor 12 years her junior.

    (Read more at the source)

    Hello, friends! A little bit earlier this time, here’s screen captures of the 5th episode, Eine Kleine Reichmusik. Promotional stills will be posted later.

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