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The Goldbergs‘ Stephen Tobolowsky has joined the cast of HBO comedy series Silicon Valley in a recurring role. Tobolowsky will play Jack Barker, an aggressive and formidable Silicon Valley CEO that Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and the guys have to contend with. A veteran character actor with more than 230 film and TV credits, Tobolowsky plays Principal Ball on ABC’s The Goldbergs. On the film side, he is best known for his iconic turn in Groundhog Day as insurance… »
Briefly: I’ll be in Los Angeles tonight for a screening of The Primary Instinct, followed by a live podcast recording of Jeff Goldsmith’s The Q&A. Stephen Tobolowsky will also be in attendance. If you’re in Los Angeles, come down to the Los Angeles Film School and join us. Details on how to RSVP are here. There are […]
The post Tonight: Come See a Screening of ‘The Primary Instinct’ at Los Angeles Film School, with Live Podcast Recording appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
In ABC’s latest attempt to give Last Man Standing a timeslot buddy, Ken Park is portrayed as a horny husband, an overprotective father for all of the wrong reasons, and a doctor who thinks all of his patients are “whiny, complainy bitches.”
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With that last bit in mind, it should come as no surprise that in Friday’s premiere, the titular doc comes to face »
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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
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While the last few decades or so of National Lampoon’s output has been less than stellar, their influence through their humor magazine and films such as the original Vacation and Animal House can still be felt today. For those curious about the formation of the group and their rise to ubiquitous status, a new documentary looks to provide the behind-the-scenes story. »
- TFS Staff
Having appeared in hundreds of movies and TV shows over the decades, Stephen Tobolowsky has one of the most recognizable faces in entertainment. And even if you don't know his name, you've likely laughed because of his characters, cringed at their creepiness or at least pointed to the screen and said, "Hey, it's that guy from that movie."
But while Stephen Tobolowky might be a bit player in other people's stories, he's the marquee name in his own and has been sharing poignant moments of his life to thousands of listeners on The Tobolowky Files, a podcast co-hosted by The Primary Instinct's director David Chen.
Chen's relationship with Tobolowky is fascinating in how it fulfills a promis [Continued ...] »
Full-time Microsoft communications advisor, part-time movie podcaster and sometimes cellist David Chen can now add film director to his list of accomplishments as his first film The Primary Instinct sees release this month from Film Buff.
The concert film chronicles one night of amazing storytelling from character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Memento) whose own podcast The Tobolowky Files is a must-listen for anyone who loves great podcasts, movies or storytelling.
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 [Continued ...] »
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?
When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.
All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »
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
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