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Jessica Williams to Star in Showtime Series

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Jessica Williams’ star continues to ascend. Last month brought news that the “Daily Show” alumna’s podcast with Phoebe Robinson, “2 Dope Queens,” is being adapted by HBO, and now comes word that Williams is set to star in a new Showtime series. Deadline broke the story.

The comedy series, which the network scored “in a competitive situation,” sees Williams re-teaming with frequent collaborator Jim Strouse, who directed her in features “The Incredible Jessica James” and “People Places Things.” The pair will write and exec produce the as-yet untitled project that follows an aspiring science fiction writer (Williams) who lives in Brooklyn.

Williams made history as the youngest correspondent to ever join “The Daily Show.” She left the late-night series to pursue other projects in 2014. Her other credits include “Girls” and “Just for Kicks.”

“I’m turning down roles that don’t feel like they add to society,” Williams has said. “I don’t want it to feel like I’m doing something that’s really offensive that sets women back or sets black women back. If I feel that it sets women or black women back, it’s offensive to other people, I want no part of it.”

Jessica Williams to Star in Showtime Series was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jessica Williams To Topline Comedy In Works At Showtime, Jim Strouse To Direct

Jessica Williams To Topline Comedy In Works At Showtime, Jim Strouse To Direct
Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed a comedy series project from former The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams and indie filmmaker Jim Strouse, the duo behind The Incredible Jessica James, with Williams set to star. Williams and Strouse will write and executive produce the comedy, which tells the story of an African American aspiring science fiction writer (Williams) who comes of age in Brooklyn. Strause will direct. Showtime is the studio. I…
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The Incredible Jessica James; Life; Neither Heaven Nor Earth and more – review

Netflix’s Sundance hit is powered by the knockout charm of its star, Jessica Williams, while Jake Gyllenhaal heads up a philosophical Alien knockoff

For a brand promoted as the ultimate in couch-cuddling leisure, Netflix’s original films, however thoughtful and rewarding, don’t tend to be wholly entertainment-oriented or go that well with a bucket of homemade popcorn. Up on the streaming service since Friday, The Incredible Jessica James is a breezy exception: a sweet, spry, Sundance-stamped romantic comedy that rewrites no rules of the genre but gets its blithe freshness from the sparky, self-effacing star quality of one Jessica Williams.

A 27-year-old comedian and Daily Show correspondent given ample room to breathe, riff and roar by director Jim Strouse’s script, Williams bounds into the proceedings with unfiltered comic peculiarity as a New York playwright poring over the fragments of her dating life. We’re in the gangly
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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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Jessica Williams: Why She Quit ‘The Daily Show’ and Bet Her Career On ‘The Incredible Jessica James’

Jessica Williams: Why She Quit ‘The Daily Show’ and Bet Her Career On ‘The Incredible Jessica James’
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When long-time “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart announced his intention to leave his popular Comedy Central program in February 2015, Jessica Williams received plenty of buzz as a potential replacement that could lead the show into the next era of smart, amusing reporting. Williams, however, had different ideas.

Just weeks earlier, the budding actress and comedian had been bouncing around the Sundance Film Festival, happily hawking her first big movie role in James Strouse’s “People Places Things.” That happiness was definitely earned, because Williams’ work in the film — as a super-smart art student who plays matchmaker for her recently divorced teacher (Jemaine Clement) and her single mother (Regina Hall) — proved that her comedic chops could translate to an entirely new medium.

Williams, already a star on the rise, suddenly had a brand new career to pursue,
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New to Streaming: ‘The Lovers,’ ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Person to Person,’ ‘Obit,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

City of Tiny Lights (Pete Travis)

Small-time private detective Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) has all the swagger of a hard-boiled snoop: leather jacket on his shoulders and cigarette in his mouth, leaning against London architecture in the darkened night. His office resides above some shops, he makes friendly with local convenience store owner Mrs. Elbaz (Myriam Acharki), and asks new clients where they found him because he’s not advertising in the paper.
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The Incredible Jessica James review – Netflix swipes right at romcom, with tepid results

Daily Show and 2 Dope Queens star Jessica Williams navigates the tricky world of online dating aided by Chris O’Dowd in an amiable if underwhelming comedy

Jessica Williams is the 27-year-old actor and comedian who has guested on HBO’s Girls, been the youngest correspondent on The Daily Show and now co-hosts a hugely admired comedy podcast: 2 Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson. Now comes this Netflix feature showcase for her as both star and executive producer – written and directed by Jim Strouse, who with Jemaine Clement co-created the 2015 comedy People Places Things, in which Williams had a role.

Related: The incredible Jessica Williams: 'Great comedy comes from feeling like you've gotten punched up'

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Movie Review: The Incredible Jessica James is a breezy hangout with your coolest friend

To be fair, it’s difficult not to be outshone by Jessica Williams, whose star has been continually on the rise since her debut on The Daily Show in 2012. It’s interesting, then, that this irrepressible personality would have her first starring film role project be as low-key as The Incredible Jessica James, especially since it seems to have been written just for her. Writer-director Jim Strouse (People Places Things) nails the trendsetting speech patterns and whip-smart witticisms familiar to listeners of Williams’ podcast with fellow comedian Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens, and writes Williams as a confident, charismatic young woman who rocks the hell out of a jumpsuit and who’s incapable of living on anyone’s terms but her own. Compared to her, the rest of the film can’t help but feel slight.

Williams stars, obviously, as Jessica James, a 25-year-old aspiring playwright who lives “deep ...
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Trailer Watch: Jessica Williams Is “Friggin’ Dope” in “The Incredible Jessica James”

The Incredible Jessica James

“I’m 25 and I’m sort of in this weird transitional phase,” explains Jessica (Jessica Williams) in a new trailer for “The Incredible Jessica James.” The aspiring playwright is dealing with a recent breakup and back on the dating scene while her friends are on the path to motherhood. “The ABCs of Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm?” asks a pregnant woman as she accepts Jessica’s present to her unborn baby. “It’s never too soon to start questioning the system,” Jessica says, proudly explaining why she chose the book.

It seems like her new love interest, recently divorced Boone (Chris O’Dowd), is right to observe that Jessica is a “very complicated person.” But according to him, that’s nothing to apologize for. And Jessica realizes she has a lot going for her. “Of course you [like me]. Everybody does. I’m friggin’ dope!” Jessica tells him.

Williams made history as the youngest correspondent to ever join “The Daily Show.” She left the late-night series to pursue other projects. Her other credits include “People Places Things,” “Girls,” and “Just for Kicks.” She has a development deal with Comedy Central and, along with Phoebe Robinson (“White Guy Talk Show”), hosts “2 Dope Queens,” a popular podcast.

The Incredible Jessica James” hits Netflix July 28. The comedy re-teams Williams with “People Places Things” writer-director Jim Strouse. He wrote “The Incredible Jessica James” as a starring vehicle for Williams. “While I was in the edit room for ‘People Places Things,’ I kept telling people that I can’t wait till she stars in her own movie. I just decided to get a jump on it and wrote one for her,” he said when the project was first announced.

You can catch “The Incredible Jessica James” on Netflix beginning July 28.

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Trailer Watch: Jessica Williams Is “Friggin’ Dope” in “The Incredible Jessica James” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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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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Watch Jessica Williams Navigate Dating at 25 in 'Jessica James' Trailer

Watch Jessica Williams Navigate Dating at 25 in 'Jessica James' Trailer
Jessica Williams, the quick-witted Daily Show correspondent, stars opposite Bridesmaids actor Chris Dowd in Netflix's new comedy The Incredible Jessica James. The movie, which premieres July 28th, chronicles the life of aspiring playwright (Williams) as she comes into her own following a nasty breakup. 

In the two-minute trailer, Williams-as-James lists all her positive traits in an act of self-affirmation as she goes on bad date after bad date. "I'm tall and pretty and smart and I'm a cocoa queen," her voice declares over scenes of her snuggling up to a would-be suitor.
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How Rooney Mara Became One of the Most Exciting Actresses Working Today

How Rooney Mara Became One of the Most Exciting Actresses Working Today
It’s the “A Ghost Story” scene critics can’t stop talking about. Still grieving from the loss of her husband, the widow M returns home and consumes an entire vegan chocolate pie in one sitting. David Lowery captures the moment in a nearly four-minute long take, but the stillness of the camera makes it feel like an eternity. It’s up to Rooney Mara to fill the frame with a sense of hopelessness that anyone who’s been through the grieving process can relate to. She does so with the commitment and the sensitive gusto that has defined a majority of her 12 years as an actress.

Read More: Making ‘A Ghost Story’: How David Lowery Exorcised His Demons To Make The Best Film Of Sundance 2017

Mara first began acting as an extra in movies starring her sister, Kate, before landing television supporting roles on shows like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,
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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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Netflix releases trailer for The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams and Chris O’Dowd

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.
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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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Coming Distractions: Jessica Williams shuts down a Tinder date in The Incredible Jessica James teaser

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.
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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.

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20 New Movies That Will Define This Year in Indie Cinema, From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘A Ghost Story’

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20 New Movies That Will Define This Year in Indie Cinema, From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘A Ghost Story’
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.

Read More: Richard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival

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.
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Brett Gelman, Janicza Bravo, Julie Miller Among Space on Ryder Farm’s Inaugural Filmmakers

Brett Gelman, Janicza Bravo, Julie Miller Among Space on Ryder Farm’s Inaugural Filmmakers
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
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