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The Dare Fund: Finn Wittrock and The Ocean Cleanup

Finn is participating in the charity campaign “The Dare Fund“, created by theater group Lesser America. The Dare Fund is a fun, interactive way to raise money for nonprofit organizations. The celebrity participating (Finn) has to perform a dare, and it’s up to you on what that dare will be. Watch the video below to learn more about the charity Finn is supporting, how to choose which dare he will do, and how to donate to the charity of Finn’s choice!

Links mentioned in video:
The Dare Fund
Lesser America
The Ocean Cleanup

Amazon Studios Acquires Jenny Slate Sundance Hit ‘Landline’

*This article was first published by TheWrap on 01/24/17. Written by Matt Pressberg*

Sundance 2017: Streaming giant has been an active buyer as expected

Amazon Studios has acquired the U.S. rights to “Landline,” a comedy starring Jenny Slate set in the 1990s, TheWrap has learned. The deal was in the mid-seven figure range, and the film will get a traditional theatrical release.

The film follows two sisters, magazine layout artist Dana (Slate) and high school club kid Ali (Abby Quinn, in a breakout performance), who act out in various — and hilarious — ways in pre-cell phone New York. Edie Falco, John Turturro, Finn Wittrock and Jay Duplass also feature in the movie.

“Landline” is helmed by Gillian Robespierre, who also directed Slate in “Obvious Child.” Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm wrote the screenplay, which is based on a story by Tom Bean.

Slate and Robespierre served as executive producers, along with Rachel Shane, Natalya Petrosova, Lee Jea Woo, Chris Lytton and Charlotte Ubben. The film was produced by Elisabeth Holm, Gigi Pritzker and Russell Levine. Route One Entertainment and OddLot Entertianment, a division of Madison Wells Media who received 4 Oscar nominations today for “Hell or High Water,” were the production companies. The film was shot on location in New York City.

UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal, while Nick Meyer at Sierra/Affinity is selling foreign rights.

“Landline” had its world premiere on Jan. 20, screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival, where it opened to mostly positive reviews.

The film is Amazon’s second big deal of the festival, after the streaming giant acquired U.S. rights to “The Big Sick,” based on the real-life courtship between star and writer Kumail Nanjiani and co-writer Emily V. Gordon, for $12 million.

Finn Wittrock on Tackling Othello, Not Singing in La La Land, His ‘Magical’ Glass Menagerie Cast & More

• This interview is featured on broadway.com

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Since holding his own as a newcomer opposite powerhouses like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 2012, Finn Wittrock has enjoyed many well-deserved big moments in Hollywood: an Emmy-nominated turn on American Horror Story: Freak Show (and showy roles on each subsequent season of the FX hit), a part in the SAG Award-nominated ensemble of the indie hit The Big Short and high-profile turns in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the acclaimed HBO film version of The Normal Heart and more. Now, he’s back on the theater scene doing back to back productions of Othello at New York Theater Workshop, which opens December 12 with David Oyelowo as Othello and Daniel Craig as Iago, and the hotly-anticipated The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field and Joe Mantello on Broadway in February. Broadway.com recently caught up with the stage and screen talent to talk about his golden year.

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[NEW Photo] Project Fashion Tails

A new photo from the Project Fashion Tails photoshoot in 2015 with Finn has been posted. There is an exhibition at the Animal Museum in Los Angeles, California now as well. Project Fashion Tails is an initiative starting to educate the public about the plight of homeless animals through the use of high fashion photography. You can learn more about the initiative here.

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“Landline” to premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

On 12/01/16, the Sundance Film Festival announced the first round of films that will be shown at the upcoming festival in 2017. One of the 66 films chosen so far is “Landline” starring Jenny Slate, Finn Wittrock, and Jay Duplass, among others. “Landline” will make it’s world premiere at the festival, in addition to competing in the “US Dramatic Competition”. This is the first film Finn has been in that is heading to the Sundance Film Festival.

Film synopsis –

“Two sisters come of age in ‘90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair—and it turns out he’s not the only cheater in the family. Everyone still smokes inside, no one has a cell phone and the Jacobs finally connect through lying, cheating and hibachi” – Director: Gillian Robespierre, Screenwriters: Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre

Finn’s character’s name in the film is Nate, according to his filmography on IMDB.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival starts on January 19, 2017 and runs through January 29th in Park City, Utah.

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Actor Finn Wittrock comes home to Shakespeare & Company for a staged reading of “Hamlet”

During a flight to Tuscany with his wife Sarah by his side, Finn Wittrock spoke to The Berkshire Eagle via phone about what it was like growing up around theater at Shakespeare & Company. This Saturday, October 8, 2016, Finn will return to The Berkshires, along with brother Dylan, father Peter, and friends he grew up with, in a staged reading of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse. We will cover the event as soon as we are able to.

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