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The Skinny: web series finally gets its due with Sundance premiere

Jessie Kanhweiler’s series of shorts finds the humour in a young feminist film-maker struggling with bulimia

Jessie Kahnweiler’s Sundance debut is a film about a female artist trying to break through into the mainstream while struggling with a drug addict ex-boyfriend, an overbearing mother, and a years-long struggle with bulimia. Sounds like your typical indie movie drama, right? Well, too bad this isn’t a movie, it’s a web series made for Refinery 29, a lifestyle site aimed at millennial women. Oh, and it’s not a drama at all, it’s a comedy.

The Skinny, a series of six episodes around 10-minutes long released to the public concurrent to its festival debut, follows a wannabe feminist YouTube star also named Jessie as she tries to strike it big in the cut-throat world of social media influencers. Just to make life even harder, her boyfriend Cole (Spencer Hill
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The Skinny: web series finally gets its due with Sundance premiere

Jessie Kanhweiler’s series of shorts finds the humour in a young feminist film-maker struggling with bulimia

Jessie Kahnweiler’s Sundance debut is a film about a female artist trying to break through into the mainstream while struggling with a drug addict ex-boyfriend, an overbearing mother, and a years-long struggle with bulimia. Sounds like your typical indie movie drama, right? Well, too bad this isn’t a movie, it’s a web series made for Refinery 29, a lifestyle site aimed at millennial women. Oh, and it’s not a drama at all, it’s a comedy.

The Skinny, a series of six episodes around 10-minutes long released to the public concurrent to its festival debut, follows a wannabe feminist YouTube star also named Jessie as she tries to strike it big in the cut-throat world of social media influencers. Just to make life even harder, her boyfriend Cole (Spencer Hill
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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Premiere and Spotlight Movie Lineup and Special Events

Sundance 2016 is fast approaching. Last week we posted the movie lineup of Midnight and Competition film selections. We now have the complete lineup for the premieres in both the feature film and documentary categories. We also have their selections for the Spotlight and Kid films. I've also included a list of special events.

There are a lot of great films on this list that I'm excited about seeing because of the incredible talent involved. Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella star in Captain Fantastic; Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams star in Certain Women; Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover star in Complete Unknown; Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez star in The Fundamentals of Caring; John Krasinski directed a film called The Hollars which he stars in with Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, and Charlie Day; Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has made a new
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

  • ScreenDaily
Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee

Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee
With a lineup that includes such Sundance alums as Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichardt, Taika Waititi, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Maggie Greenwald, Joshua Marston, John Carney, Anne Fontaine, Asif Kapadia, Matt Ross and Jim Strouse, it’s shaping up to be a veritable Park City homecoming week in the festival’s 2016 Premieres slate, which was unveiled today along with the Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections.

Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth announced that the closing-night film would be the Premieres entry “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a comedy about a caregiver and an 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy; the film, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, is directed by Rob Burnett. Cooper also noted a beefed-up Special Events roster that includes a look at the origins of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa
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‘Mom’ Actress Sadie Calvano to Star in Refinery29 Series ‘The Skinny’ (Exclusive)

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‘Mom’ Actress Sadie Calvano to Star in Refinery29 Series ‘The Skinny’ (Exclusive)
Mom” star Sadie Calvano has been cast in “The Skinny,” the upcoming Refinery29 series created by Jessie Kahnweiler in collaboration with Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, and Rebecca Odes of WifeyTV, TheWrap has learned. The show centers around a wannabe YouTube comedy star named Jessie (Kahnweiler) as she struggles to live, love and get over her bulimia. Calvano’s character, Sadie, is a successful internet star and up-and-coming digital content queen who helps launch Jessie’s digital career. Calvano and Kahnweiler will star alongside Megan Ferguson, Paul Dooley, Ryan Pinkston, Spencer Hill and Illeana Douglas. The series is set to launch on Refinery29 in.
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Bear Grylls NBC survival series full trailer -- Exclusive

Call it Men & Women vs. Wild.

NBC is set to announce the contestant teams for its upcoming reality competition Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls. The Electus-produced adventure-reality competition has survivalist Grylls (of Discovery’s Man vs. Wild fame) challenging 10 two-person teams on a New Zealand adventure. Above is the cast photo, below is the first full trailer and contestant descriptions.

Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls premieres Monday, July 8 at 9 p.m.:

NBC’s official contestant bios:

Ryan Gwin & Madeline Mitchell

Ryan Gwin, 24

Hometown: Mobile, Ala.

Resides: Mobile, Ala.

Twitter: @RyanMGwin

Gwin’s father taught him to hunt
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Scott F. Butler To Adapt ‘Tell No One’ Author Harlan Coben’s ‘Hold Tight’

Coming off the success of their Liam Neeson-vs.-nature thriller The Grey, Inferno Entertainment has their sights on developing yet another adrenaline pumper. The company is optioning author Harlan Coben’s 2008 bestseller Hold Tight, and if the excellent French adaptation of his suspense=filled novel Tell No One is any indication, the deal should prove interesting. [Variety]

For a screenwriter, Inferno has tapped TV writer Scott F. Butler to adapt the story, which follows a family as they discover the deadly secrets surrounding their seemingly peaceful suburb. Coben will act as an executive producer on the project along with Christian Halsey Solomon. Steve Lee Jones of Bee Holder Productions will also produce, along with Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Campbell McInnes of Inferno.

This is the second book this year that Inferno will bring to the big screen – they’re also producing an adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer
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Is Circle of Eight Better than Ho-Hum Horror?

Circle of Eight, from Paramont Pictures, will release on DVD as of February 2nd and despite being targeted for "young teens" the promotional material does have a hook (Horror). Circle of Eight was previously a web series on Myspace, but now the DVD will be on Netflix queues and DVD store shelves shortly. Also described by the movie review website Horror.com as "decent enough to watch all the way through, once, if you have to" and "[but] why bother?" With this stellar review you know that you will be getting the cream of the crop in Circle of Eight, but if that is not enough central character Jessica can be heard screaming her lungs out in 5.1 Dolby Digital. As well, several featurettes included in the DVD will entice some to purchase and Circle of Eight will be provided in Widescreen. All the visually traumatizing details are inside.

The synopsis for
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