The Tobolowsky Files Releases Its First Kindle Single

It’s been about 18 months since we first launched The Tobolowsky Files here at /Film. Since then, our show has been picked up by Seattle Public Radio (94.9 KUOW), received a book deal, and Stephen himself has been written up and featured in places as diverse as Hitfix, The Guardian, The New York Times, and, most recently, the WTF podcast with Marc Maron.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the next phase in getting Stephen’s stories out into the world: the first Stephen Tobolowsky Kindle Single, Cautionary Tales.

What is a Kindle Single, you might ask? And how can you get your hands on Stephen’s new stories, even if you don’t have a Kindle? It’s easy. Hit the jump to hear all the details.
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Good News: /Film was apparently nominated for one of the best entertainment blogs of the year in the eleventh annual weblog awards — the 2011 Bloggies! How cool is that?

Bad News: Tomorrow is the last day of voting.  Nominees were announced on February 1st 2011, but we somehow didn’t find out about this until just now (crazy, huh?).

It’s probably unlikely we’ll win at this point as the other nominees have probably promoted their nominations weeks ago, but if you could, please head over to the Bloggie site and vote /Film for the best Entertainment Blog.

You need to verify your vote with your e-mail address at the bottom of the page, or it won’t be counted.

Thanks for all your help and support!

/Film Welcomes a New Blogger: Angie Han

I’m happy to announce that Angie Han is joining the writing staff at /Film. Angie is a very talented writer whose skills I deeply respect, and I think she’ll bring a fascinating perspective to the work that we do here. She is currently based in Brooklyn and will be helping us out with daily news updates and the occasional editorial/review. In the meantime, you can follow her on Twitter. Please join me in welcoming Angie to /Film!

David O. Russell’s The Fighter was my favorite film of 2010, so I was thrilled to learn that we’ll have a chance to chat with Mr. Russell tomorrow, live at 4 PM EST / 1 PM PST. Want to tune in? Just head over to Slashfilm’s live page. Have a question for David? Feel free to leave it in the comments below or e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. We’ll choose the best ones and try to put them to him during the Q&A tomorrow. [Note: Our conversation will likely center around The Fighter. I've already been told he can't say too much about Uncharted, although I'll definitely be asking him about it.]

The entire conversation will be available for download as a /Filmcast episode next week. To make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to the /Filmcast below, and it’ll automatically download when it’s available:

While Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest isn’t the best documentary I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, it’s far and away the most fun. Directed by actor Michael Rapaport, it tells the rise, fall and rise again, of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time: A Tribe Called Quest. Infused with their music, behind the scenes footage and deeply personal and revealing interviews, Rapaport has crafted both a love letter to Tribe while also telling the simple story of what success does to friendship. Read More »

Fox Searchlight has begun airing a new television spot for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours which features a quote from my Telluride review. Here is what I said:

127 Hours is a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. This is an uplifting story of perseverance with a stronger character arc than the best fictional films released this year. This is not just a story of man vs. nature or survival. Ralston has said that he “did not lose his hand” but instead “gained his life back.” Most importantly, this is THAT story.

Over the years /Film has been quoted on a lot of movie posters, advertisements and dvd boxes, sometimes for films which I liked bu didn’t love (it’s easy to take a sentence out of context or take a positive sentence from a not so glowing review). But I’m really proud that we’ve now been quoted in the marketing for two of my favorite films of the year so far, The Social Network (a tv spot we never posted on the site before) and 127 Hours.  Watch the new tv spot after the jump.

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You may remember a competition that commenced a few months back, pitting /Film against The Totally Rad Show in their annual Summer Movie Game. The purpose of the game was to predict the top ten highest grossing domestic films of the summer—and in order, no less.

The teams?

/Film’s Peter Sciretta, David Chen and Russ Fischer vs. TRS’s Dan Trachtenberg, Alex Albrecht, and Jeff Cannata.

Well gentlemen, the summer is over. The bets were placed—some wise, some considerably less wise—and now, I’ve taken on the mantle of judge, jury and executioner.

Find out who won after the break. Read More »

The Tobolowsky Files Gets a Book Deal

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I have been waiting for almost a year to write the following sentence: Stephen Tobolowsky has just signed a book deal for a non-fiction book based on The Tobolowsky Files, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2012. Needless to say, I am ecstatic that Stephen’s wonderful stories now have the potential to reach an even wider audience.

Less than a year ago when we first launched The Tobolowsky Files, all I knew was that we had something unique, something special. In my heart, I believed that the quality of Stephen’s writing equaled or exceeded those of other gifted writers like David Sedaris. Still, we had no idea how to get on the radio or how to get a book contract, though we hoped and prayed that they would happen. Today, both have come to pass (The Tobolowsky Files now broadcasts on KUOW 94.9 in Seattle, amongst other places). Thanks to all of our loyal listeners and to all who spent valuable time spreading the word about our show for making this possible!

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