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If you’re a loyal reader of SlashFilm, then you’re likely already very well acquainted with Stephen Tobolowsky. He’s a very gifted character actor who has been in over 200 movies and TV shows, with some of his recognizable roles being Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and Sammy Jankis in Memento, not to mention recurring roles […]
- Ethan Anderton
"That thing that makes a story a story..." FilmBuff has debuted the first teaser trailer for David Chen's documentary The Primary Instinct, about actor/entertainer Stephen Tobolowsky. The documentary follows Tobolowsky across the country while he speaks at events and performs "The Tobolowsky Files", the podcast hosted by Chen and Tobolowsky. It's essentially a concert film made up mostly of footage from his events with an extra edge looking at storytelling, asking the question of "why do we tell stories in the first place?" This actually looks really good! I'm already fascinated by what Tobolowsky talks about in this tease. Here's the first official trailer for David Chen's doc The Primary Instinct, originally from Vanity Fair: Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has acted in over 200 TV shows and films over the past 40 years, possessing one of the most dazzlingly diverse filmographies on the planet. But even more compelling than the »
- Alex Billington
The historical satire, which co-stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters who want to become as rich and famous in 1902 as the Hilton siblings did in the modern age, will get a second-season run on the Viacom-owned cable network.
The network said full episodes from the series’ first season have been seen by more than 9 million viewers, while clips have received 4.6 million views in various digital venues.
“Another Period” is written by, executive produced by and stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, is exec produced and directed by Jeremy Konner and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. Monika Zielinska and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. Red Hour is Stiller’s production company.
- Brian Steinberg
We may be born knowing everything we need to know. The problem is we have a short attention span. The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry, as told by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. You can e-mail Stephen […]
The post The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 71 – If I Know Now What I Knew Then appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
Last year, with the help of some /Film readers, I received Kickstarter funding to direct a concert film with actor Stephen Tobolowsky. The film played at a few film festivals, but the question quickly became: what was going to happen next for The Primary Instinct? I estimate 70% of the process of releasing a movie is […]
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- David Chen
Stephen Tobolowsky‘s confessional concert film, The Primary Instinct, has been licensed worldwide by FilmBuff, and will be available on all major on-demand platforms beginning September 22, 2015. Filmed from a series of performances Tobolowsky gave in front of live audiences of a thousand people, the film weaves together stories of his childhood, his family life as an adult, and the experience of being a character actor. Along the way, Tobolowsky examines the question of… »
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Tobin Bell is part of a cadre of great actors who you see in many projects – television and film – and instantly recognize. Like other exceptional character actors, these people embrace more limited roles and deliver maximum bang for the thespian buck. Great character actors are versatile, have an insane work ethic, and in my opinion are the most important pieces of fabric woven into the Hollywood talent quilt.Bell’s work, like that of John Turturro, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Shannon, Andy Serkis or Stephen Tobolowsky, is quite memorable. Now Gsn has tapped into his awesomeness and enlisted him for […] »
- April Neale
“This is like a film that’s started shooting before the script’s finished,” exclaims one protagonist in “Hollywood Adventures.” He pretty much sums up this scattergun action-comedy helmed by Timothy Kendall, produced by Justin Lin, and made almost entirely with mainland Chinese coin. Following two disaster-courting Chinese tourists and their hardass tour guide on a roller-coaster ride through a series of “this could only happen in a movie” moments in Hollywood, the pic is slickly executed by a mostly American crew, but the action sometimes looks as if it’s been spliced in from outtakes of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. While the result won’t entice overseas viewers, and industry in-jokes may go over the heads of Chinese audiences, the fail-proof casting should help generate respectable if not massive local biz.
Produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures and Seven Stars Entertainment and Media Group, the film reps a further step in Sino-American co-productions, »
- Maggie Lee
Justin Lin, the Taiwan-born director of Fast & Furious instalments 3 through 6, has been hard at work steering his Chinese language debut - the Us-set, star-studded action comedy Hollywood Adventures to the screen. Lin writes and produces the film, which stars Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei and Vicky Zhao Wei, as well as F&F's Sung Kang, and a host of cameos from the likes of Missi Pyle and Stephen Tobolowsky. In the director's chair is Timothy Kendall, whose prominent credits appear to be directing episodes of TV shows like The Book Club and Dick Fowler, Pi. The plot centres around Yu Ming (Huang), who heads to Los Angeles to propose to his girlfriend (Sarah Li). Along the way he inadvertently teams up with another Chinese tourist...
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Radiohead has always had an originality to their music that can arguably never be reproduced. Their name though, was not an original idea. As many Radiohead fans know, Thom Yorke and company named their band after David Byrne.s song "Radio Head" which first appeared in the movie True Stories. But, as it turns out, the song was actually based on a certain actor who plays a wildly annoying insurance salesman in Groundhog Day. None other than Stephen Tobolowsky and his signature character Ned Ryerson. This little tidbit of information, that ended up influencing the name of one of the .90s most influential rock bands was revealed when Tobolowsky appeared on Chris Hardwick.s Nerdist podcast. Tobolowsky is a character actor best known for his portrayal of Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day but he also co-wrote the film True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Hanley. And though he claims »
The origins of band names are often fascinating, and many of them come from movie titles or elements of movies. Some of the best choices, in my opinion, are Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (from The Wild One), Mogwai (from Gremlins), Duran Duran (from Barbarella), Veruca Salt (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), The Misfits (from The Misfits) and The Dismemberment Plan, which comes from a line in Groundhog Day spoken by actor Stephen Tobolowsky as the character Ned Ryerson. I now have a new favorite band name origin, though, and it also involves Tobolowsky, years before his most memorable turn in that Bill Murray movie. It turns out, according to Tobolowsky himself, that Radiohead is pretty much named for his psychic powers. Dangerous Minds relayed the...
- Christopher Campbell
Briefly: Well, folks, the day is finally here. A little bit more than a year after we first shot a concert film at the Moore Theatre with Stephen Tobolowsky, the World Premiere of The Primary Instinct is finally upon us. Tomorrow, all the people who backed us on Kickstarter will get the opportunity to watch the film with […]
- David Chen
Network: Fox, Hulu
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 25, 2012 -- present
Series status: Cancelled but then revived
TV show description:
This sitcom follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, is unlucky in love. She feels that she needs to get her personal life back on track -- before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention.
A skilled Ob/Gyn, Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) is funny, impatient and politically incorrect. She can also quote numerous romantic comedies -- the good and the bad ones -- as long as the girl always gets the guy. Mindy wants to improve herself and is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and »
Title: The Barber Arc Entertainment Director: Basel Owies Writer: Max Enscoe Cast: Scott Glenn, Chris Coy, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kristen Hager, Max Arciniega, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lydia Hearst Running Time: 95 minutes, Rated R (language, violence, sensuality) Special Features: Alternate Ending; 4 Deleted Scenes; 2 Extended Scenes; Trailer In the early 90s, a serial killer targeted 17 women, some whom were fount buried alive. Thomas McCormack, the detective working on the case felt he failed when the suspect Francis Visser (Scott Glenn) got off due to lack of evidence, and killed himself, leaving behind a son. Twenty years later, his son John (Chris Coy) goes looking for Visser whom is now [ Read More ]
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'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe 'The Insider' movie: 1999 exposé of CBS news show barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: "It's old news. ... We'll be ok," says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. "These things have a half-life of 15 minutes." "No, that's fame," replies 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). "Fame has a 15-minute half-life. Infamy lasts a little longer." The infamous "things" referred to by Hewitt and Wallace are the series of scandals that erupted in early 1996, when it was revealed that CBS had refused to air an interview with a tobacco company whistleblower because the network feared the (financial) consequences. What Freedom of the Press? Based on Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article about the events that led up to that embarrassing – and disturbing – incident, The Insider tells the story of scientist Jeffrey Wigand »
- Andre Soares
It’s probably a question that many of you have considered: When should you quit your job and become a full-time filmmaker? What moment do people reach before they decide that this is the right life for them? I recently launched a weekly advice podcast called Big Problems with Stephen Tobolowsky and this question came up via […]
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- David Chen
“Making a Movie” is a series of columns that chronicles our attempt to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky. First things first: The World Premiere of The Primary Instinct will happen in late May. But in the meantime, star Stephen Tobolowsky and I will be at the Independent Film Festival of Boston for a one-off Special […]
- David Chen
I’ve been having great fun recording my podcast Maltin on Movies with Baron Vaughn, but until this week we’ve never had an in-studio guest. We knew that actor and storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky would be a perfect choice; as it turns out, we had such a long and lively discussion that it warranted its own stand-alone episode. If you aren’t already a fan of this talented character actor from his scores of film and television appearances (my favorite remains Ground Hog Day, in which he’s insurance salesman Ned Ryerson), perhaps you’re acquainted with his gifts as a storyteller from his podcast The Tobolowsky Files and his book Dangerous Animals Club. In any case, that bonus episode...
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- Leonard Maltin
Two wildly different movies will be getting stage musical adaptations in the near future, with a Broadway version of the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day being developed, while Disney Parks is making a Tangled musical for their Disney Cruise Lines. The Groundhog Day musical is being developed by composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume designer Rob Howell, the team behind the current Broadway adaptation of the 1996 movie Matilda. They will all collaborate on the play's book with Danny Rubin, who came up with the original Groundhog Day story and co-wrote the screenplay with director Harold Ramis.
Scott Rudin will produce the play with Andre Ptaszysnki's Whistle Pig Productions and Columbia Stage Live. The original movie centered on a weatherman (Bill Murray) who is assigned to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he gets caught in a time loop and is »
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