Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by David Chen
Over two years ago, I made the following pitch to actor Stephen Tobolowsky: “Your stories are so good. I bet there are tons more stories where those came from. And I feel like if we don’t do something to preserve them, they’ll be lost forever. So, let me know if you want to do something to preserve them.” The subsequent project that resulted, “The Tobolowsky Files,” changed both of our lives. In addition to becoming a successful podcast, it has since led to sold out live shows, been picked up on several public radio stations, and spawned a book from Simon & Schuster.
Now Public Radio International, which distributes hit radio shows such as This American Life, has entered into an agreement with Stephen and I to produce and distribute a brand new radio show based on “The Tobolowsky Files.” The new show will feature many of Stephen’s great stories, but in a new, professional format that will make them more accessible than ever. I can’t say what the future will hold for our show, but our hope is that “The Tobolowsky Files” will be coming soon to a public radio station near you.
More details, plus the full press release, after the jump.
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As most of our readers are likely aware, last night a violent man turned the opening of The Dark Knight Rises into a shocking tragedy. For reasons that are currently unclear, he opened fire on a group of moviegoers who’d gathered to watch a midnight screening in Aurora, CO, killing many and wounding more.
There is nothing we at /Film can add to the conversation today. The core facts are widely known, and understanding of the situation is evolving as authorities perform their duties. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We ask that our readers keep those suffering from this horrific event in their thoughts as well.
Please visit the Associated Press for full details on the incident.
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by David Chen
Just a friendly reminder that Stephen Tobolowsky and I will be in New York and Boston next week to perform a set of stories from the Tobolowsky Files! For those of you who came out to our shows in Cambridge and Seattle, this will be a different set of stories than you saw last time.
On Febraury 27th at 7:00 PM, we’ll be at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, presenting an event in conjunction with the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Buy tickets for that show by clicking here (click on the showtime on the left-hand side).
On February 28th at 7:30 PM, we’ll be at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Buy tickets for that show by clicking here.
Hope to see some of you there!
Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by David Chen
Just a quick reminder that for three nights beginning tomorrow night, on November 11th, 12th, and 13th, the Brattle Theatre will be hosting the Tobolowsky Files live with actor Stephen Tobolowsky! If you’re anywhere in the New England area, I invite you to come check out this unique evening of storytelling and Q&A.
You can get more info about the show and buy tickets in advance using this link (use the promo code tobo to get a few bucks off your order) or just buy them at the box office on the day of the show. If you decide to come, try to bring a friend, and feel free to say hi. Hope to see some of you there!
Hey Guys and Gals,
/Film has grown dramatically over the past few years, and so have the amount of people who comment on the site. To give you an idea of just how many, we’ve had around 20,000 new comments in the last month alone. A nice group of regulars can be found in most of the comment threads on the site. But as the community has grown, so has the amount of trolls and irrelevant entries. It has become a growing problem, and the time has come to take action.
I have decided to lock off the comment section to only registered users. By this I mean you will no longer be able to comment on /Film unless you are logged in with Facebook, Disqus, Twitter or Google accounts. We will no longer allow anonymous commenting. If you have any of the mentioned social media accounts, it is extremely easy to log in and leave a comment.
I have always been a big believer of an open system, allowing anyone and everyone to leave a comment. When you close any system, and put up a gate, you automatically shut out almost 50% of the possible users. While half of our comments come from anonymous users, our analysis has shown that most of these comments add very little value to the discussion (and if they do, it’s largely negative). As it turns out, people who don’t want to take the few seconds to register an account, or log in with one of their preexisting social media accounts, usually don’t put much effort on their comment submissions anyway.
David Chen has been pushing me for a while to change over to Facebook comments, which would force all commenters to shed anonymity. The idea is that users are better behaved when their real name and Facebook profile is attached. I was largely against this option as we’ve had a large amount of industry insiders comment on the site, and they would not be able to do so without the protection of their privacy. I understand this need, and that is why we’re allowing comment login with a few other social media accounts. So alongside Facebook, you’ll also be able to comment with your preexisting Disqus, Twitter and Google accounts. This will allow those of you who would be unable to post under their real names to still do so. Plus, 60% of our existing logged-in commenters already have Disqus accounts, so we dont want to abandon those users. At the same time, we’re going to keep a closer watch on the comments and use the ban hammer when required.
We know that in the coming days and weeks you will see less comments per /Film article — this is unavoidable. We’re more concerned about the quality of the comments than the quantity. And hopefully through this added measure, we’ll be able to grow as a community. Please, join us!
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/Film will be invading San Diego for the 2011 Comic-Con International. /Film team members Peter Sciretta, Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, Angie Han and Germain Lussier will be covering the entire con, Wednesday through Sunday (unfortunately, David Chen and Adam Quigley couldn’t make it this year).
If you’re not going to be at the Con, /Film will be the place to be for extensive coverage of all things movies and television from Comic Con. We will have panel coverage, interviews, sneak preview screening reviews and so much more. There will be plenty of coverage on the site, but you should also be following us on Twitter (individual accounts linked above).
If you’re in San Diego and happen to see any of us, please come over and say hello.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEET-UP: Ever wanted to meet your favorite /Film writers and podcasters in person? We’ll be holding the third annual /Film Comic-Con Meetup on Wednesday night at 10 PM after preview night at the Marriott Marina Hotel Lobby Bar, which is located in the North Tower. The Marriott Marina is the hotel located next to the convention center on the right. Please join us for a casual drink tomorrow night, and some pre-Comic Con chatter! We’d love to meet you all.
Our friends from FirstShowing and Screenrant will also be joining us as well, and you never know who else might also show up.
Attack the Block is almost upon us. The awesome sci-fi, action homage directed by Joe Cornish and produced by Edgar Wright will begin attacking U.S. theaters on July 29. Just before that, however, is the San Diego Comic-Con, and you better believe that the Blockheads will be out in full force.
Screen Gems is hosting one final fan screening of this amazingly entertaining movie and it’s the best one yet. It will take place at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at Comic-Con and feature a post-film Q&A with director Joe Cornish, producer Edgar Wright and star John Boyega. /Film readers can get exclusive tickets to the screening using the info below.
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We’re less than two weeks away from the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, and convention organizers have finally released the schedule for the first day of programing. You can find the full schedule on comic-con.org, or after the jump I’ve listed the film and television highlights, which includes the Masters of the Web panel which I’ve been invited to be a panelist on (In full disclosure, I’ve been asked to be on this panel for a few years now, but I’ve only just recently gotten over my fear of speaking in front of large audiences). It should be a fun panel, and I hear they will be giving away some really cool prizes as well.
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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) gave a presentation at TED in March titled “The Greatest TED Talk Ever Sold”. The talk was tied into his upcoming film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
When I reviewed the movie at Sundance, I called the film “the most meta movie ever created.” The film pretends to be a film about the growing world of product placement in television shows and movies, with the twist being that the doc would be completely financed by product placement. But in actuality, the movie is about Spurlock’s journey to pitch the concept to various brands, make it happen, co-brand, market and even sell the movie on late night talk shows (in pre-taped segments which will air the week of release).
So it comes as no surprise that Spurlock’s TED Talk serves as a vehicle to help Spurlock to help promote his upcoming film, but present his journey to the TED audience. I must warn you, if you’re excited to see the film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, this TED Talk features a ton of selected clips from throughout the film. So if you’re already decided, you might want to skip it. If not, you might want to check it out. In the last three minutes of the talk, Spurlock reveals the reaction to his film since Sundance.
It’s also worth noting that /Film actually makes a very quick cameo in this part of the presentation (you can see my cartoon avatar on the upper left hand section of the big screen (screengrab after the jump). You can watch the TED Talk online right now, embedded after the jump.
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