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Netflix has released the teaser trailer for “The Incredible Jessica James,” a romantic comedy that seems to have delighted nearly everyone who saw it at Sundance this year. The film is being touted as a breakout for former “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams, who plays the title character. Watch the teaser below.
Williams can be seen on a boring date as well as at her job in the service industry, but mostly she dances — in stairwells, on rooftops and occasionally even in nightclubs. “I’m pretty, I’m smart, I am Coco Queen,” she announces to a party guest who doesn’t seem all that interested.
Read More: Netflix Acquires ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ — Sundance 2017
- Michael Nordine
With a little over a month to go until The Incredible Jessica James arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a teaser trailer for writer-director Jim Strouse’s upcoming comedy which stars Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield (FX’s “Atlanta”, Straight Outta Compton, Get Out) and Noël Wells (Netflix’s “Master of None”) co-star.
The Incredible Jessica James arrives on Netflix on July 28th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Have You Met the Incredible Jessica James? Netflix has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Incredible Jessica James, the latest film from talented indie filmmaker Jim Strouse (of Grace Is Gone, The Winning Season, People Places Things - all three are great films). This upbeat indie comedy stars Jessica Williams from "The Daily Show" in a major breakout role as Jessica James, an aspiring playwright living in New York City struggling with the dating scene and the career scene. She meets a goofball guy that she slowly starts to fall for, played by Chris O'Dowd (not seen in this teaser). Also starring Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells, Megan Ketch, and Zabryna Guevara. I saw this at Sundance and it's wonderful, providing some much-needed optimism along with an outstanding performance from Williams. Don't miss this one, it's so good. Here's the first teaser trailer for Jim Strouse's The Incredible Jessica James, »
- Alex Billington
Jessica Williams has a great Tinder date strategy in the teaser for The Incredible Jessica James. Don’t “love the whole vibe of this interaction”? Simply shut it down. She also appears to be an expert at curbing the trend of manspreading on the subway. The upcoming Netflix comedy from writer/director Jim Strouse features the former Daily Show correspondent in her first leading role, and follows her character, a playwright, as she falls for a divorced man played by Chris O’Dowd after a break-up. O’Dowd doesn’t show up in this first look, but there’s a lot of wonderful dancing.
The Incredible Jessica James premiered at Sundance and hits Netflix July 28. »
- Esther Zuckerman
There are not shortage of films about navigating the complicated, contemporary world of dating and romance, but few of them are coming with kind of lead turn that “The Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams provides in “The Incredible Jessica James.” She’s the charismatic heart of what looks to be an amusing look at modern love.
Directed by Jim Strouse (“Grace Is Gone,” “People Places Things“), and co-starring Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, and Noël Wells, the film follows a young woman getting over a breakup who falls into an unlikely romance.
Continue reading First Trailer For ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Introduces A Force Of Nature at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This month’s BAMcinemaFest isn’t just for New York cinephiles, as the annual festival routinely rolls out a slate that includes the year’s best indie offerings, giving many of them a major boost before they roll out theatrical runs. This year is no different, as the Brooklyn-based event will play home to a slew of festival favorites, including a hefty dose of Sundance’s buzziest titles and some big-time SXSW winners and everything in between, most of them bound for a release in a theater (hopefully) near you.
As we look ahead to the rest of the year in indie cinema, these 20 titles stand out as some of the best and the brightest still left on the calendar. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of information on each of them to satiate you. »
- Kate Erbland and Eric Kohn
Space on Ryder Farm announced its 2017 inaugural Film Lab filmmakers. The week-long residency, located on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York, will be held from June 13 to June 18.
Among the residents of the non-profit artist program include Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner Janicza Bravo and her collaborator Brett Gelman, independent filmmaker James C. Strouse, writer and producer Julie Miller, and Sundance jury award winner Anu Valia.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Space’s inaugural Film Lab,” said Emily Simoness, the organization’s founder and executive producer. “In our first six years, we have supported hundreds of this generation’s most vibrant playwrights and theatre artists. I am eager to see what filmmakers do with the resources offered at Ryder Farm.”
Founded in 2011, Space on Ryder Farm has become a place for theater artists to craft their work. Now in its seventh season, Space is »
- Rebecca Rubin
Author: Linda Marric
Best known for her work on the Daily Show as a regular correspondent, Jessica Williams somehow came to symbolise all that is great about her generation’s worldview and aspirations. She’s smart, funny, politically engaged and above all, oozes effortless cool and raw talent. So it was no surprised to find out that writer/director Jim Strouse was so taken by her energy, that he decided to base a whole movie on a version of the actress herself. Playing as part of Sundance London, The Incredible Jessica James is a curious little movie which is not only charming and laugh-out-loud funny, but it also tells a deeply touching story about relationship break-ups and how to get over them.
Playwright Jessica (Williams) lives in Bushwick, New York, one of those rundown, yet trendy neighbourhoods where everyone is either an aspiring artist, a hipster or both. Having been »
- Linda Marric
It goes without saying that Flickering Myth is primarily a UK based multimedia website, but Chicago is also quickly becoming our second home so to speak. As a critic writing for this site coming up on three years now, it is truly an honor to be a part of the Chicago Critics Film Festival for the first time alongside its fifth year running. Naturally, we would like as many of our Midwest American readers as possible to come out for the slate of awesome film premieres, retro showings, documentaries, and shorts, some of which feature special guests.
Kicking things off will be raunchy nun comedy The Little Hours complete with Aubrey Plaza and more in attendance, while David Lowery’s (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) artistic look at time and loss in A Ghost Story will close out the festivities. Emanating from the historic Music Box Theatre »
- Robert Kojder
Rooftop Films has announced its lineup for the 2017 Summer Series. This year’s series will feature more than 45 outdoor screenings in more than 10 venues, including films like Michael Showalter’s Sundance hit “The Big Sick” Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch,” (dates still Tbd).
The series kicks off on Friday, May 19 with “This is What We Mean by Short Films,” a collection of some of the most innovative, new short films of the past year. The screening will take place on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The following night, Saturday, May 20, Rooftop will present a sneak preview screening of Zoe Lister-Jones’ 2017 Sundance entry, “Band Aid,” free and outdoors at House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The entire lineup so far is below. Tickets are already for sale.
Friday, May 19
“This is What We Mean by Short Films”
Saturday, May 20
- Graham Winfrey
If one wants to experience the best independent cinema the year has to offer this summer, one of your best bets is the well-curated line-up at Brooklyn’s BAMcinémaFest. They’ve now unveiled this year’s slate for the festival running from June 14-25, including some of of my favorite films of the year thus far (A Ghost Story, Golden Exits, Columbus, Marjorie Prime, and Landline) as well as highly-anticipated others (the SXSW hit Gemini and Stephen Cone‘s Princess Cyd come to mind).
“I’m incredibly proud of the program our team has put together,” says Gina Duncan, Associate Vice President, Cinema. “From the endearing comedy The Big Sick to the micro-budget Princess Cyd and Lemon, the audacious first feature from Janicza Bravo, the line-up truly reflects the breadth of American independent cinema today. Other highlights include the world premiere of Jim McKay’s, En el Séptimo Día an »
- Jordan Raup
Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler's daughter is marrying Rock's son. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.
Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have today announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which takes place between June 1st and June 4th at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, »
- Gary Collinson
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling the festival’s full lineup. Lowery will also headline the events section of the program with an onstage interview.
This fest will present 14 features that saw their world premieres at parent festival Sundance in Park City, Utah, in January. The films were selected by the Sundance Institute programming team in conjunction with Picturehouse. Miguel Arteta’s “Beatriz at Dinner” was previously announced as the opening film for Sundance London, which takes place for a second year at Picturehouse Central in the British capital’s Soho district, from June 1-4.
“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “Our success in the U.K. is a reflection of »
- Robert Mitchell
The full programme for this year’s Sundance London film festival has been announced. Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, taking place 1-4 June at Picturehouse Central.
The festival will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. As previously announced, the festival will open with the International premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, and it will close four days later with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s critically acclaimed A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
Continuing the focus of the four previous London editions on presenting new work by emerging and established independent filmmakers, the 2017 festival will also include a short film programme with 15 shorts, »
- Paul Heath
It may seem prudent to seek out a little peace after headlining the upcoming Jack Ryan TV show, and the now-filming Mary Poppins Returns respectively, and that is exactly what John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have signed on to do – with their commitment to A Quiet Place. The project is being developed at Paramount, with Michael Bay on board as a co-producer, and will see Krasinski write, direct, produce and act, with Blunt as his co-star.
Reportedly scheduled for a late-2017 shoot, the plot details of A Quiet Place are currently shrouded in mystery – but given the body of work already amassed by those involved, we can glean a lot of information from the way in which this movie is coming together. The early draft of the script was written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who have written a number of horror movies together – including Nightlight and Spread. John Krasinski »
- Sarah Myles
John Krasinski is set to write and direct the supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place,” in which he will also star opposite wife Emily Blunt, reports Variety. The Paramount/Platinum Dunes production marks the first time the couple will co-star together in a feature film — the last movie they worked on together was 2011’s “The Muppets,” but they did not share any scenes.
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“The Office” alum previously directed the indie comedy-drama “The Hollars,” released last year, and 2009’s “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” “A Quiet Place” marks the first time he’s directed for a major studio.
The supernatural thriller will be produced by Platinum Dunes’ co-founders Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger, his Sunday Night partner, will serve as executive producers alongside Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who wrote the first draft of the script. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
So far it’s a solid mix of narratives and documentaries.Step
It’s safe to say that the ultimate Sundance dream is to sell a film (second to Ava DuVernay casually walking by you, of course). Filmmakers want to sell their films so that their work can reach more audiences and they can hopefully go on to make bigger and better films. Studios want to buy films so that they can compete in the industry. Patrons especially want sales so that when their friends later ask if they want to see this new indie film that just came out they can casually go, “Is that finally out? It seems like Ages since I saw it at Sundance. Also did I tell you that Ava DuVernay walked by me this year? I did? Okay.”
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is entering closing weekend with a decent number of those dream sales already under its belt. As »
- Siân Melton
Among the first films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to generate real buzz among audiences and the industry is director Jim Strouse’s cheekily titled The Incredible Jessica James. The narrative dramedy revolves around the title character played by Jessica Williams, the American actress-comedian best known for her television work on the third season of Girls and for her four-year run as correspondent for The Daily Show. So, is she (incredible, that is)? Yes. While the film has a strong supporting cast, it’s Williams show to win or lose and the incredibly personable actress takes no prisoners in her portrayal...read more »
- Greg Ptacek
The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.
10. The Big Sick
Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it, »
- Edward Douglas
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