There’s a third Fyre Fest documentary, and this one’s got Ken Bone

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Following Netflix and Hulu’s dueling documentaries about the ill-fated Fyre Festival, there is a now a third chronicle of Ja Rule and Billy McFarland’s most epic of fuck-ups. And, buddy, this one’s got 100% more Ken Bone in it. Fyr3: The Third (Mostly …

What to Watch on Super Bowl Sunday Instead of Football

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Super Bowl LIII is this Sunday and will surely take up much of the weekend for football fans, but everyone else can thank the Peak TV gods that there’s never been a better time in history to not care about sports.

Hate the Patriots and deflated by Tom Brady? Fire up Netflix. Don’t know what the L.A. Rams even are? Hulu is always there. Think Maroon 5 is a boring choice for the halftime show? Go watch Beyonce on YouTube again. Hate chips shaped like scoops? Skip the party, catch the “Twilight” marathon on cable and eat whatever you want.

Those boycotting the NFL or those who just think sports is boring but also don’t want to go outside have never had more alternative viewing options. Here are 14 personalized recommendations for other things to watch on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Animal Planet

Puppy Bowl XV (Animal Planet, 3 p.m.)
For those who like sports but dislike humans. (Animal Planet will also present the second annual Dog Bowl, featuring more “mature” canines, earlier in the day.)

Hallmark Channel

Kitten Bowl VI (Hallmark, 2 p.m.)
For those who prefer cats.

Russian Doll (Netflix)
For those who like Natasha Lyonne and surprises.

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Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix)
For those who like Jake Gyllenhaal and surprises.

The Walking Dead (AMC Premiere)
For those with cable but can’t wait a week.


You (Netflix)
For those who miss “Gossip Girl” but wish it was creepy.

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Tidying up With Marie Kondo (Netflix)
For those whose lives are a mess.

Rent (Hulu)
For those who want to know weren’t around to watch (semi-)live and want to know what all the hubbub was about. (Hulu also offers the much-maligned 2005 movie version to stream.)

Game of Thrones (HBO)
For those who need to get started on their rewatch before the final season gets started on April 19.

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BBC America

Killing Eve (Hulu)
For those who missed out on one of 2018’s most-buzzed about new shows.

Fyre and Fyre Fraud (Netflix and Hulu)
For those who like schadenfreude and making fun of Millenials.

Summit Entertainment

Twilight marathon (FXX, 7 a.m.)
For those who like Kristen Stewart and brooding teens.

Warner Bros

Harry Potter marathon (Syfy, 10 a.m.)
For those who don’t like “Twilight.”

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Hollywood Heads to Sundance: 5 Things to Expect, From a Hot Doc Market to Post-Harvey Vetting

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It’s that time of year again, folks — we’re going to Sundance! Buyers, sellers, filmmakers and film fanatics are heading to Park City, Utah, this week to get a head start on 2019’s hottest independent films.

Like every year since Netflix became public enemy No. 1, the main question is what role the streaming services will have at this year’s festival. How active will the streaming giant be? Who will buy what? How much money will be spent? And after last year’s slow sales market, will we see a healthier landscape overall?

After the big year documentaries had in 2018, many sales agents and buyers predict that docs are here to stay. After all, this year’s festival will feature the Harvey Weinstein doc “Untouchable,” a Michael Jackson exposé “Leaving Neverland,” “Love, Antosha” and many more.

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Here are five things to look out for before the 2019 festival begins.

1. Sales Market Will Bounce Back

Sundance acquisitions were muted during last year’s festival, but many sales agents foresee a healthy market for the 2019 festival. After all, before Sundance has even started, seven titles have sold, including “The Nightingale” to IFC Films and “The Souvenir” to A24.

“Overall, it feels like a healthy marketplace this year — the sky is always falling in Sundance land,” one film executive said. “There is a large range of buyers and variety of movies at Sundance, so there is going to be some action.”

“It’s going to be a busy market festival for us, but it’s looking good,” Amy Beecroft, head of Verve Ventures, told TheWrap.

“This year there is a good balance of both high-end titles for sale and films that already have distribution,” Christine D’Souza Gelb, partner at Endeavor Content, said. “One of the most exciting parts of the festival is the buzz that builds around Sundance filmmakers who buyers identify early in the process.”

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While agents and sellers are ready to put down their checkbooks for movies they love, don’t expect big-money sales or late-night bidding wars. Last year, Neon and AGBO production company bought “Assassination Nation” for a whopping $10 million — then saw it sputter at the box office with just $2 million domestically. In 2017, Amazon bought “The Big Sick” for $12 million — and grew it into a $42.9 million art-house hit and awards darling.

And three years ago, Fox Searchlight bought Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” for $17.5 million, which is believed to be the highest sum ever paid for a film at the festival. (The film topped out at $15.9 million domestically.)

“Buyers are savvy and generally are paying what they think is necessary to make a deal happen while also fitting their individual business model,” said one insider. “I don’t expect there will be more than one or two legitimate bidding wars but I do expect it will be an active market given the number of players in the space looking for content.”

“People are less inclined to throw as much money at films and if the heat is right and there are competitive offers, I think you’d get to the right place,” Beecroft said.

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2. Streamers Are Coming to Buy

Ever since Netflix’s huge buying year four years ago, the question on everyone’s minds has been how prominent Netflix, Amazon and other streamers like HBO, Hulu, Apple, and now Disney+ will be on the acquisitions scene. Many top sales agents believe that Netflix and Amazon’s focus has shifted more toward producing their own conent — but that doesn’t mean they won’t go after a title they love.

Most sellers anticipate that HBO might make a mark at this year’s festival given its success with Laura Dern’s “The Tale” last year and the push by new corporate owner AT&T for the cable network to expand its content. And all eyes are on Hulu, Apple, and even Disney+ who will be arriving with content pipelines to fill and money to spend.

“All of these companies are hungry and are going to come really prepared,” Verve Ventures head Amy Beecroft said.

“I wouldn’t rule anyone out,” another insider added. “It’s not just one buyer buying everything anymore. I want companies like Searchlight, NEON, A24 and Bleecker and all of the others to buy things — I want to see that kind of diversity.”

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3. The Year of Documentaries

Docs are still in vogue. Last year, a number of high-profile documentaries found outsize critical and box office success, including “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” “RBG,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Minding the Gap.” Even less prominent documentaries have had their day in the sun, influencing the cultural conversation — most recently, competing Fyre Festival documentaries from Netflix and Hulu.

“You can’t overstate the incredible year of docs we just had — it certainly doesn’t feel like a fad anymore,” a top Sundance buyer told TheWrap. “Digital platforms have clearly grown the audience for cinematic documentary, more and more people are now seeking them out.”

And as if last year’s success wasn’t enough, another seller said, “This is honestly beginning to feel like the year of the documentary.”

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A number of high-profile documentaries at this year’s festival have already found distribution, such as the Michael Jackson doc “Leaving Neverland” (HBO), “Ask Dr. Ruth” (Magnolia) and “The Great Hack” (Netflix). But there are still quite a few that distributors are likely to clamor over, including the Harvey Weinstein doc “Untouchable” and “Knock Down the House,” documenting the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Bronx bartender to U.S. Congresswoman.

Documentaries are relatively cheap for distributors and even more attractive now that audiences have proven there is a theatrical market for them. But one prominent buyer told TheWrap was skeptical about the genre’s long-term the future.

“There are going to be isolated incidents where they’ll work and win awards, but it will be interesting to see if documentaries can become more than they are now,” the buyer said. “Traditionally, if you look back on business for the last 100 years, they’ve always been more challenging generally to monetize.”

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4. The State of the Indies?

The past year was a rough one for independent studios, with stalwarts like The Weinstein Company and Open Road filing for bankruptcy and others, like CBS Films, drifting from the theatrical marketplace altogether.  STX shelved a planned Hong Kong IPO; Annapurna dropped a couple of pricey film projects and parted ways with film division head Chelsea Bernard; and Lionsgate has been on the block for the better part of a year.

Still, many sales agents at this year’s Sundance festival aren’t worried about the potential impact of all this corporate upheaval on acquisitions.

“Most of the U.S. distribution companies we launched with are now gone and new players have entered the fold,” one major buyer told TheWrap. “The business model for what we do as a film distributor is a risky one and hard to predict.”

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“I like to be optimistic in terms of the state of the market,” said Rena Ronson, partner and co-head of UTA Independent Film Group. “For every company that is no longer around, another will emerge — and business will continue to shift between production and acquisition, and traditional release and streaming. Our main job is to support the independent community in every way possible on a global basis. Yes, there will be consolidation, but we have to stay ahead of it all and adjust as needed.”

There are certainly headwinds in the industry, but indie buyers and sellers are confident that the main players at Sundance are healthy and will still be active.

“It’s terrible that we’re losing distributors but it doesn’t affect the kind of acquisitions that typically take place at festivals,” another indie film seller told TheWrap. “Those studios, except for Lionsgate, are not big acquisition buyers. It’s just not the films they generally acquire.”

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5. More Vetting Post-Harvey

Last year, multiple insiders told TheWrap that buyers would vet filmmakers and stars before they agreed to buy their movies in the wake of #MeToo and post-Harvey — not to mention the revelations about Nate Parker’s past that undermined Fox Searchlight’s rollout of “The Birth of a Nation” in 2016. Two insiders told TheWrap that more vetting is a priority these days, although one shouldn’t be “too cautious.”

“With Harvey gone and everything having changed, people have become more cagey,” one insider said. “After the #MeToo stuff, things take more vetting.”

“Of course we think about it,” another buyer said. “But I wouldn’t say we’re overly sensitive because you can’t be too overly cautious. It’s very individualistic on the film. It depends on the filmmakers and the financiers. Some want to get the deals done quickly, while others want to make sure they checked all the boxes. We do a lot of our homework before going into the festival.”

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Unpaid Fyre Festival Cook Wins Back Life Savings From Crowdfunding Campaign

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A woman who lost her life savings in the Fyre Festival fiasco in 2017 has won back $139,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.

After appearing in the new Netflix documentary “Fyre,” Bahamian cook and resort owner Maryann Rolle launched a campaign on GoFundMe in hopes she could recoup some of the losses she said she sustained because she was not paid for her work on the festival.

Rolle and her husband Elvis launched the campaign on Jan. 14 ahead of the Netflix’s documentary release on Jan. 18. And within three days — as of the time of this writing — Rolle’s campaign has earned just over $139,000, surpassing her set goal of $123,000.

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Rolle posted a photo to Facebook of her and Elvis holding a handwritten sign reading “Thank-You Go Fund Me,” along with the caption, “Thank you ALL.”

Rolle, who runs the Exuma Point Resort, wrote on her GoFundMe page that in April 2017, she “pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day,” delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point, where the main events of the festival were scheduled to take place. But as she further describes in the documentary, Rolle drained $50,000 of her life savings to cover her expenses — including paying event employees — and but was then not paid by Billy McFarland or the rest of the Fyre Festival management team for her work.

“It has been an unforgettable experience catering to the organizers of Fyre Festival,” Rolle wrote on GoFundMe. “I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest. My only resource today is to appeal for help.”

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Rapper Ja Rule, who co-founded the Fyre Festival, also apologized to Rolle after seeing the documentary and hearing her story.

“My heart goes out to this lovely lady… MaryAnne Rolle we’ve never met but I’m devastated that something that was meant to be amazing, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl,” Rule said on Instagram. “SORRY to anyone who has been negatively effected by the festival.”

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Hulu is fighting “Fyre” with Fyre. Hulu has one-upped Netflix, dropping their own competing documentary about the Fyre Festival just four days before Netflix had announced they would release their own.

Now available for streaming now on Hulu, “Fyre Fraud” contains an exclusive interview with the convicted creator of Fyre Fest, Billy McFarland. But streaming on Friday will be “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” which comes from the director of “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” Chris Smith.

Both documentaries describe the failed 2017 music festival organized by McFarland and rapper Ja Rule that turned into an internet sensation and a subsequent criminal case. The festival on a remote, private island was hyped by social media influencers and celebrities as a lavish, exclusive event, but attendees who had spent thousands of dollars found themselves virtually stranded in woefully inadequate conditions.

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Hulu had previously announced “Fyre Fraud” as a planned series, featuring a tell-all interview with McFarland, who plead guilty to wire fraud in Feb. 2018 and to two counts of fraud in March 2018.

“Billy McFarland offers us a window into the mind of a con artist, the insidious charm of the fraudster and how they can capture our imaginations, our investment, and our votes in the age of Trump,” directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason said in a statement. “McFarland’s staggering ambition metastasized in a petri dish of late-stage capitalism, corporate greed, and predatory branding, all weaponized by our fear of missing out. Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.”

Smith on the other hand spoke with other organizers and produced it with VICE Studios as well as Library Films, Jerry Media and Matte Projects.

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Watch the trailer for both projects below. “Fyre Fraud” is streaming now on Hulu, and “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” will be on Netflix on Friday, Jan. 18.

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