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12 items from 2017


Netflix Acquires Sundance Closer ‘The Incredible Jessica James’

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Jim Strouse’s modern comedy, The Incredible Jessica James, ahead of its world premiere as the Closing Night film at Sundance. The pic will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch globally this year to Netflix viewers in 190 countries. Written and directed by Strouse, the film stars Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is… »

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Netflix Acquires ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ — Sundance 2017

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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the comedy “The Incredible Jessica James” ahead of its January 27 premiere in the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section. The film will be branded as a Netflix original movie and will premiere later this year on the streaming service.

Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the film stars Jessica Williams (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”) as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who’s recovering from a recent breakup. After a date with a divorcee named Boone (Chris O’Dowd) Williams learns how to navigate the “social media obsessed post-relationship universe.”

“We are honored to get to work with Jim Strouse as we introduce film lovers around the globe to ‘The Incredible Jessica James,’ which marks the arrival of Jessica Williams, a true star in the making,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said in a statement.

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- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance: Netflix Nabs Global Rights to ‘The Incredible Jessica James’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will be the closing night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It continues what has been a busy festival for the streaming giant. Netflix came to Sundance with eight films and has picked up such high-profile projects as “Chasing Coral” and “Fun Mom Night.”

The Incredible Jessica James” stars Jessica Williams as a playwright trying to get over a breakup. On the rebound, she gets into an unlikely relationship with Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”). Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) and Noël Wells (“Master of None”) co-star.  The film was produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside and executive produced by Jessica Williams and Kerri Hundley.

The movie will be branded as a Netflix original film and will stream to over 190 countries.

“We are honored to get to work with Jim Strouse as we introduce film lovers »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance: Netflix Takes Closing Night Film 'The Incredible Jessica James'

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights, for more than $3 million, to Jim Strouse’s comedy The Incredible Jessica James, which will have its world premiere as the closing-night film at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.

The film, which Strouse wrote and directed, stars Jessica Williams (Girls, The Daily Show) as an aspiring New York playwright recovering from a breakup who goes on a date with a recently divorced man (Chris O'Dowd). Lakeith Stanfield and Noel Wells co-star.

The Incredible Jessica James was produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside and executive produced by Williams and Kerri Hundley.

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- Gregg Kilday,Tatiana Siegel

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Jessica Williams’ ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Picked Up by Netflix

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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to writer/director Jim Strouse’s comedy, “The Incredible Jessica James,” ahead of its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is part of the Closing Night section of the festival, and is set to be branded as a Netflix original, launching globally later this year. Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York, struggling to get over a recent breakup. She goes on a date with a recently divorced man named Boone (Chris O’Dowd), with whom she strikes up an unlikely relationship. Also Read: »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sundance 2017: Climate Change and Cussing Nuns Kick of 33rd Film Festival

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As in the past few years, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a sampling of six movies from the different sections, but the movie that probably had the most interest right off the bat was the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Ten years after Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was blowing minds about global warming from its 2006 Sundance premiere to winning the Oscar, he’s back with an update that offers at least some hope for the future of the earth, but tempered with a warning that the United States could end up backtracking under the leadership of a vocal denier of climate change.

The previous movie was essentially Gore’s slide show presentation of graphs and charts showing how the build-up of carbon gases in the atmosphere has created unstable climate and weather, being responsible for the increase in the deadliest typhoons and hurricanes. »

- Edward Douglas

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Sundance: Netflix buys 'The Incredible Jessica James', in talks for Hulk Hogan doc

17 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The streaming giant is understood to have paid a little over $3m for worldwide rights to Jim Strouse’s festival closing night comedy.

Premieres selection The Incredible Jessica James will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch worldwide day-and-date this year.

Jessica Williams stars as an aspiring New York playwright dealing with a break-up who goes on a fateful blind date with a recently divorced man played by Chris O’Dowd.

Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside produced and Williams and Kerri Hundley serve as executive producers. ICM Partners represented the filmmakers in the deal.

At time of writing Netflix was in talks to pick up Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker, And Trials Of A Free Press.

Brian Knappenberger’s U.S. Documentary Competition selection chronicles a First Amendment legal battle that ultimately bankrupted Gawker and revealed Hogan’s controversial backer – Silicon Valley Vc Peter Thiel.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance Review: ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Earns Laughs And Aggravates

21 January 2017 3:58 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Writer-director Jim Strouse has been a Park City mainstay for many years, constantly delivering kind, nuanced pieces of work concerning modest people doing their best to figure themselves out. With The Incredible Jessica James, Strouse casts the uber-talented Jessica Williams as the titular character, an aspiring playwright getting over a bad break-up.

Hooked up on a blind date of sorts with Boone (Chris O’Dowd), the two barrel through an awkward dinner by being brutally honest with one another. The result is a one-night stand that doesn’t appear to have much staying power. Jessica’s still stress-dreaming about her ex Damon (Lakeith Stanfield) and Boone is coming out of a recent divorce.

Williams stood out from the pack on The Daily Show for a brief period of time, delivering biting pieces that were smart and fresh. She followed this with a nice turn in Strouse’s last film People Places Things, »

- Dan Mecca

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‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Review: Jessica Williams Makes a Bid For Movie Stardom — Sundance 2017

20 January 2017 11:39 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Who wouldn’t want to build an entire film around the breakout charms of Jessica Williams? That must have been the thought that crossed filmmaker Jim Strouse’s mind when he cast her in his 2015 Sundance premiere “People Places Things,” in which the former “Daily Show” correspondent stole every single scene she appeared in (no small feat, considering the film afforded Williams her biggest role yet, and she was cast alongside other charmers like Jemaine Clement and Regina Hall). For Strouse’s next feature, he’s — quite smartly — turned his full attention to Williams, who makes a bold bid for movie stardom as the centerpiece of “The Incredible Jessica James.”

The film will likely feel familiar to fans of Strouse’s brand of quirky humor, the kind that doesn’t shy away from using big problems — divorce, infidelity, professional failure — to earn both its laughs and relatability. But it’s »

- Kate Erbland

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Incredible Jessica James’

20 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some people are born to be movie stars, and “The Incredible Jessica James” successfully makes that case for leading lady Jessica Williams. Best known as a former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” the assertive actress commands every frame of a vehicle that feels built to transport her to even bigger and better things to come. It’s the sort of ingratiating crowdpleaser that would’ve sparked a modest bidding war at past Sundance festivals. But even in a less frenzied atmosphere, the film (which serves as this year’s closing night selection, yet screened for press on day one) should be able to land a distributor savvy enough to maximize its commercial appeal.

It almost feels like a throwback to see a breakout star headline a modest relationship comedy for the indie film crowd at a time when many of Williams’ peers are making their mark on the more expansive canvas of television. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

17 January 2017 10:15 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Later this week, Lrm will be attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. While the festival tends to be a mixed bag of indie films, some will be picked up for distribution by studios and turned into mainstream hits, others will flounder and be lucky to get a VOD release. Even so, there’s no denying that Sundance is the real beginning of the year for most movie lovers as we’ll be talking about the movies below for the next 12 months.

Last year alone, Sundance held the premieres for The Birth of a Nation, Manchester by the Sea, Captain Fantastic, Love and Friendship, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sing Street and many more films, some that appeared on The Weekend Warrior’s year-end Top 25. One or two of those might even receive Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week on January 24.

Most of the films I’ve selected »

- Edward Douglas

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Sundance 2017 Jury Members Include Gael García Bernal, Larry Wilmore, Athina Rachel Tsangari and More

11 January 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Each year, the Sundance Film Festival rolls out an enviable lineup of jury members — billed as “experts in film, art, culture and science” — to dole out awards to the feature-length works shown at the festival. In total, 28 prizes (and sometimes more!) will be announced at a ceremony on January 28 (as ever, Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 24). The festival has now announced this year’s various jury members, including actors, filmmakers, producers, writers and other luminaries (and, yes, plenty of Sundance alums pop up amongst their ranks).

Additionally, the festival has also announced that actress, comedian, correspondent and podcast host Jessica Williams will host the annual awards. Jones seems poised to have a very busy Sundance indeed, as she also toplines James Strouse’s premiere “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will close out the festival the night before.

The awards, which recognize standout artistic and story elements, »

- Kate Erbland

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