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‘Text For You’: Screen Gems Sets Jim Strouse To Direct Rom-Com Redo Of German Box Office Hit, Basil Iwanyk To Produce

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Screen Gems, the genre label under Sony Pictures, has set Jim Strouse (The Incredible Jessica James) to direct feature Text For You, a remake of the successful 2016 German-language rom-com SMS Fur Dich, we understand.

Basil Iwanyk (John Wick) will produce and Erica Lee (A Private War) will executive produce. Production date and cast has yet to be set.

The story follows a young woman who tries to ease the pain over the death of her fiancé by sending him romantic texts. Unbeknownst to her, a single guy across town starts to receive the messages (the number has been reassigned). At first, he thinks it’s spam but then is so moved by the words that he endeavors to find out who is writing them. Eventually, he tracks her down and the two fall in love. But will she understand when he finally reveals how he fell for her in the first place?
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'Grace Is Gone' Filmmaker Jim Strouse Tackling Romantic Drama 'Text for You'

'Grace Is Gone' Filmmaker Jim Strouse Tackling Romantic Drama 'Text for You'
Jim Strouse, the filmmaker behind Netflix movie The Incredible Jessica James, has signed on to direct Text for You, a romantic drama from Screen Gems.

Basil Iwanyk (A Private War, John Wick) will produce while Erica Lee exec produces.

Per Screen Gems, Text centers on a young woman who, after her fiancé dies in an accident, starts to send romantic texts to her lost love’s phone. “Unbeknownst to her, a single guy across town starts to receive the messages (the number has been reassigned). At first, he thinks it’s spam but then is so moved by the words that he ...
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Interview: NY Filmmaker Jim Strouse on Making Uplifting Indie Films

"You really have to drive your own train and you have to keep it running." Yes indeed. Meet Jim Strouse. Also known as James C. Strouse. Jim is a filmmaker originally from Indiana, who now lives in New York City. If you don't recognize his name, hopefully you will recognize his films - Grace Is Gone (in 2007), The Winning Season (in 2009), People Places Things (in 2015), and now this year he has brought us The Incredible Jessica James. Jessica James stars the talented Jessica Williams as Jessica James in an optimistic, engaging story of a struggling playwright in New York. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, like every film Jim has made, and is being released by Netflix - it's available to watch now. I caught up with Jim at the Sundance Film Festival this year for a chat, and I'm happy to finally present our interview in full.
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Full Trailer for 'The Incredible Jessica James' Starring Jessica Williams

"Jessica - I really like you." "Of course you do! Everybody does. I'm friggin dope!" Netflix has debuted the full-length 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. Also starring Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells, Megan Ketch, and Zabryna Guevara. I saw this film at its Sundance premiere and it's wonderful, not only a fantastic performance from Jessica Williams, but an optimistic, light-hearted, enjoyable film to put you in a good mood. Just see it. Swipe Right To Meet.
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‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Trailer: Jessica Williams Dances Her Way Through Netflix’s Rom-Com — Watch

‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Trailer: Jessica Williams Dances Her Way Through Netflix’s Rom-Com — Watch
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.

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

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

Chris O’Dowd, Noël Wells, Lakeith Stanfield, Megan Ketch and Zabryna Guevara co-star in the film, which was directed
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Teaser Trailer for 'The Incredible Jessica James' with Jessica Williams

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,
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First Trailer For ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Introduces A Force Of Nature

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.
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Sundance 2017: 'The Incredible Jessica James' is Light, Optimistic Fun

After working with Jessica Williams in his 2015 film People, Place, Things, writer/director Jim Strouse (of Grace is Gone, The Winning Season) recruited her for a lead role and wrote an entire film around her. The Incredible Jessica James stars Jessica Williams as a struggling playwright living in New York City, dealing with a break up. Strouse makes light, amusing, charming films that have fun stories based on real situations. The Incredible Jessica James is no exception, and might just be Jim's best film to date. It's full of so much life and passion and love and, most importantly, optimism. In these troubling, tumultuous times, where depression and frustration are all too prevalent, a little bit of refreshing optimism goes a long way. The Incredible Jessica James also stars Chris O'Dowd as a guy she's introduced to by a mutual friend as a rebound from her past relationship. The relationship
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Lrm's 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Film Festival Premieres

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
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Interview: John Krasinski Turns Toward Family in ‘The Hollars’

Chicago – Any story involving family interactions is ripe for exploration, and John Krasinski (“The Office”) performs in and takes the director’s chair for the new film, “The Hollars.” This is his second directorial effort, looking at the somewhat dysfunctional title family during a medical crisis involving the mother (Margo Martindale).

John Krasinski is a well known affable guy, mostly for his role as Jim Halpert in the long-running sitcom “The Office.” He was born near Boston, and graduated from Brown University. He’s had a notable film career as well, with supporting roles in “License to Wed” (2007), “Leatherheads” (2008), “Away We Go” (2009), “Something Borrowed” (2011) and “Aloha” (2015). He broke his character mold this year in the Benghazi-inspired “13 Hours,” and now stars in and directs his second feature film, coming after “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” (2009). He also became part of an official Hollywood “It” couple, with his marriage to actress Emily Blunt
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'The Hollars' Review: All-Star Cast Props Up Indie Grief Drama

'The Hollars' Review: All-Star Cast Props Up Indie Grief Drama
John Krasinski, as actor and director, tackles the most clichéd genre in the movie business — the dysfunctional family dramedy. The big difference is he pulls it off with uncommon humor and compassion. The plot from screenwriter Jim Strouse (Grace Is Gone) spins this way: John Hollar (Krasinski), a graphic novelist living in Manhattan with his pregnant, pet-clothing designer girlfriend Becca (Anna Kendrick), gets a disturbing call from home. The emergency involves his mother, Sally (Margo Martindale), who has suffered a seizure while curling her hair. In the hospital, Dr. Fong
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Jemaine Clement Shines In the Effortlessly Lovely People, Places, Things

Editor’s note: Our review of People, Places, Things originally ran during this year’s Sundance, but we’re re-posting it now as the film is currently available in limited theatrical release and on VOD. Director Jim Strouse is excellent at conveying the emotional range of the adult male experience. It’s not something you might hear a lot, especially in the context of it being refreshing, mostly because just about every movie is delivered from the male perspective. But there’s something a little more special, insightful and tender about Strouse’s work. This began with the pain explored in the John Cusack-led Grace is Gone, continued with the failure management of the Sam Rockwell-led The Winning Season and has come to fruition once again in the fatherhood dramedy People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement. Strouse has mastered the art of pairing the right leading man with the perfect emotional story. But
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Jemaine Clement Stars in Jim Strouse's 'People, Places, Things' Trailer

"Don't give each other secret looks!" The Film Arcade has debuted the full trailer for Jim Strouse's People, Places, Things, starring Jemaine Clement as a graphic novel artist/teacher struggling with his life as a single father. Jim Strouse is the very talented filmmaker who brought us Grace is Gone and The Winning Season, two other Sundance gems from a few years back (if you haven't seen either yet, please go watch both of them right away). This new film also stars Regina Hall, Jessica Williams and Stephanie Allynne. I saw this at Sundance and it's really, really good. Nothing groundbreaking, but just a feel good charmer that will leave you with a smile and some optimism. This is a lovely trailer for a movie I hope doesn't get ignored. Here's the first official trailer for Jim Strouse's People, Places, Things, in high def from Apple: Will Henry (Jemaine Clement
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Jermaine Clement is having a bad life in ‘People, Places, Things’ trailer

People Places Things, the new indie dramedy from James C. Strouse (Grace is Gone), tries to answer the eternal question: Why does life suck?

For Will, played by Jermaine Clement in what looks to be a layered comedic turn, it sucks because his wife (Stephanie Allynne) slept with another guy and ultimately breaks up with him, splitting the custody of their two young daughters. One of his students (Jessica Williams) introduces him to her single mother (Regina Hall) and Will slowly puts his life back together. Here’s the full synopsis via Collider:

Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist and professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls’ fifth birthday party, Will’s life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children and longtime girlfriend, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), with their friend Gary (Michael Chernus). One year later, Will is still alone and
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Exclusive Poster for 'People Places Things' Puts the Heart in Fatherhood

Exclusive Poster for 'People Places Things' Puts the Heart in Fatherhood
Read More: Sundance Review: Jemaine Clement, Jessica Williams and More Shine in 'People, Places and Things' Jemaine Clement and two adorable young girls are front and center in the exclusive new poster for "People Places Things." Written and directed by James C. Strouse ("The Winning Season," "Grace is Gone"), the comedy-drama stars Clement as a newly single father trying to find love while also raising his children, working as a teacher and letting his ex-wife go. The film earned positive notices after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus and sisters Aundrea and Gia Gadsby co-star. Film Arcade will release "People Places Things" on August 14. Check out the poster premiere above.Read More: Sundance Comedy 'People, Places, Things' Acquired By The Film Arcade
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Days of Grace | Review

Grace is Gone: Gout’s Aggressive Debut Charts Patterns of Criminality

Don’t let the poetic title fool you, as Everardo Gout’s directorial debut Days of Grace does not document an iota of such virtue. As one character points out, “To live in Mexico is to gamble with your life every day.” Belonging to a growing class of Mexican filmmakers determined to recreate the visceral, dangerous realities of everyday existence, Gout’s work is comparable to names like Gerardo Naranjo and Amat Escalante. Drawing upon three thematically related incidents to filter his exploration of violence, Gout chooses a significant waning period, that of the World Cup. The televised event sees crime rates drop by thirty percent as both sides of the law take a break from the usual rampage. While Gout may not reveal anything surprising, his intention to unnerve and agitate is apparent from the first frame,
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The Film Arcade to Release Jim Strouse's Film 'People, Places, Things'

Some good news for a great film out of the Sundance Film Festival. Director Jim Strouse, who last played Sundance with the films The Winning Season and Grace Is Gone, returned this year with a film called People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement as a graphic artist/illustrator. The charming film was quite enjoyable, I would actually recommend it and I hope people get a chance to see it, a very amusing little romantic comedy. Deadline is reporting that up-and-coming distributor The Film Arcade has picked up People, Places, Things for a Us release, sometime this summer. The indie distributor is also releasing Sundance faves A.C.O.D., Song One, The Voices, They Came Together and Dinosaur 13. So keep an eye out. People, Places, Things stars Jemaine Clement along with Stephanie Allynne, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Derrick Arthur and Celia Au. I saw the film at Sundance and enjoyed it quite a bit,
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Too Graphic: Film Arcade’s Pencils in “People, Places, Things”

Making their second Sundance acquisition after picking up Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected, Deadline reports that The Film Arcade has acquired U.S. rights to People, Places, Things. Starring Jemaine Clement has a likeable man-child who is better at illustrating his feelings by toon, than with words, Jim Strouse‘s third feature will be released sometime this summer. While the U.S Dramatic Comp Sundance title funny-boned filled rom com was both tepidly and warmly received, I’m predicting this will make more box office dough than Grace Is Gone did.

Gist: A funny and complex story about a newly single father trying to take care of 6 year old twin girls, reignite his dating life, navigate his co-parenting relationship with his ex and continue work as a graphic novelist. In the film, a recently divorced father must navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while
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Sundance Comedy 'People, Places, Things' Acquired By The Film Arcade

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After earning rave reviews out of its Sundance premiere last month, Jim Strouse's "People, Places, Things" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by The Film Arcade. Starring Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords") and Regina Hall ("Scary Movie"), "People, Places, Things" is a poignant and relatable comedy about a recently divorced father who must now navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while letting go of the wife who left him. It's the third film directed by Strouse, whose debut "Grace is Gone" earned two Golden Globe nominations and various festival prizes. "We're big fans of Jim's earlier films and he impressed us once again with 'People, Places, Things,' which is a witty and refreshingly honest look at modern day relationships," said The Film Arcade's Andy Bohn. "Jemaine Clement is as funny and charming as ever and we can't wait to share Jim's film.
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Sony boards People, Places, Things

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Sony boards People, Places, Things
Exclusive: Studio picks up all territories outside the Us, except Australia and New Zealand, on Sundance premiere starring Jemaine Clement.

Visit Films and Sony have struck a major deal for the bulk of international rights on recent Sundance premiere People, Places, Things starring Jemaine Clement from Flight Of The Conchords.

The studio picked up all territories outside the Us except Australia and New Zealand, where Madman acquired rights.ICM and Cinetic represent Us rights.

Jim Strouse of Grace Is Gone fame directed the story of a cuckolded Brooklyn-based artist and professor who must come to grips with single fatherhood and dating.

Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Gia Gadsby and Aundrea Gadsby round out the cast on the first film from La-based Beachside Films.

“People Places Things was a joy to make,” said Strouse. “And it’s been incredibly fun and gratifying to share it with audiences at Sundance. I can’t wait to share it with
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