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How Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon’ Brought 1930s Hollywood Glamour Back to Life

How Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon’ Brought 1930s Hollywood Glamour Back to Life

An award-winning costume and production designer team (including ‘Mad Men’s’ Janie Bryant) delivers a visual feast to the streamer’s new series, starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer as a studio head and his boss. – Cathy Whitlock to Pret-a-Reporter

The closest template was always going to be a Downton Abbey,” says writer-director Billy Ray (whose screenplay credits include The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips) of the look of Amazon’s adaptation of The Last Tycoon, out July 28.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished roman a clef of Hollywood’s golden age during the Depression, the series deployed a dream team of Oscar-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein (Amadeus) and Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men). Both drew inspiration from Edward Steichen protege and MGM photographer George Hurrell, known for his black-and-white images of 1930s stars, to dress and give visual context to Matt Bomer’s Irving Thalberg-inspired studio head, Monroe Stahr, who goes head-to-head with boss Pat Brady, played by Kelsey Grammer, at a time where the Depression and Nazis were knocking on the door. “The story we are telling is not just [the gap between] the dream of Hollywood and the reality of Hollywood, but why the dream has such a powerful grasp on everybody in it — why all the characters are shaping this dream with such obsession and focus,” says Ray. Adds executive producer Chris Keyser: “I wanted to tell this story about the cost of the American dream as applied to Hollywood, the cost of lies that movies tell.” Marc Resteghini, senior development executive, drama, at Amazon Studios, concurs: “The Last Tycoon will immerse our customers in this fascinating era of cinematic history, with emotional and artistic struggles and themes that still resonate today.”

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Amazon Tackles Hollywood’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Obsession

Amazon Tackles Hollywood’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Obsession

“The Last Tycoon,” a nine-episode series, is the latest good-looking attempt to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald for the screen. – By Brooks Barnes to NY Times

Meltdowns are not Matt Bomer’s style, not even remotely, but he would have been due one in mid-March.

It was late afternoon, and Mr. Bomer had been at work since 5 a.m. on the set of “The Last Tycoon,” the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel about Old Hollywood. Mr. Bomer, as Monroe Stahr, a gifted young movie executive, had started the day with a difficult monologue about death and moved on to a hot-and-heavy love scene. A confrontational third scene, performed with Kelsey Grammer (as Stahr’s thunderhead boss, Pat Brady), had left Mr. Bomer emotionally raw.

Then I arrived to ask him jagged questions. For more than 90 years, Hollywood has been trying and failing to pull off the perfect Fitzgerald adaptation. Why couldn’t anyone seem to get it right? What would keep this “Last Tycoon,” arriving on Amazon Prime on Friday, July 28, from becoming another sad example?

“Making a great television show is hard enough,” Mr. Bomer said carefully. “To also tackle F. Scott — whoa. But when you have brilliant people guiding you, people like Billy, you trust their vision and go for it.”

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TV Alert: Next Appearances

TV Alert: Next Appearances

We’re just at 10 days away from The Last Tycoon premiere – it will premiere next July 28 on Amazon – and Matt will be making his rounds on TV shows to promote it. So, check your DVD-Rs:

Live with Kelly and Ryan – July 24
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – July 25

This post will be updated, if more appearances are confirmed.

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Amazon Sets Premiere Date for ‘The Last Tycoon’

Amazon Sets Premiere Date for ‘The Last Tycoon’

Amazon’s nine-episode adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon will debut July 28 exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon said today. The company also released its first trailer for the original series starring Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins.

The Last Tycoon follows Hollywood’s Golden Boy Monroe Stahr (Bomer) as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady (Grammer) for the soul of their studio. Says Amazon: “In a world darkened by the Great Depression and the growing international influence of Hitler’s Germany, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passions, violence, and towering ambition of 1930’s Hollywood.”

Customers can watch the pilot episode online at Amazon.com/The-Last-Tycoon before the full season’s remaining eight episodes air on July 28. (Deadline)

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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