Silicon Valley Alternate Takes

One of the staples of comedy releases on home video is a special feature that contains a reel of alternate jokes and lines from various scenes. They’re called “line-o-ramas” on home video releases for movies from the likes of Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, but we usually don’t get to see this same practice from television shows. That changes today though.

On HBO’s comedy Silicon Valley, series regular T.J. Miller is known for delivering some pretty brutal insults by way of his character Erlich Bachman. The arrogant partial owner of Pied Piper recently dished out a perfect string of age-based insults when meeting his new boss, “Action” Jack Barker, played by friend of the site Stephen Tobolowsky. But what we saw in the final cut was only a small fraction of what Miller threw out there while they were shooting. Thankfully, a slew of alternate takes has been made available online for you to watch right now. Read More »

Silicon Valley Season three teaser

Season two of Silicon Valley did not disappoint. The episode where Pied Piper (minor spoiler alert) live-streamed somebody trapped at the bottom of a ravine? Wonderful. The season two finale ended things on a high note with a surprisingly suspenseful final episode. What’s changed for Pied Piper since season two? Based on the Silicon Valley season three teaser, not much.

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‘The Primary Instinct’ Is Now Available on VOD

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I’m pleased to announce that today, roughly 19 months after I made the first post about The Primary Instinct at /Film, The Primary Instinct is now available across all major VOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox Video, Vudu, and VHX (with special features). For those who haven’t seen it yet, I hope you’ll consider checking it out and leaving a review.

For those who don’t know, The Primary Instinct is a concert film that documents an evening of Stephen’s storytelling at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. It chronicles Stephen’s journey through childhood, fatherhood, and Hollywood. Hit the jump to learn more about the film and watch the trailer.
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The Primary Instinct trailer

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 on Deadwood, Glee, The Goldbergs and more.

As you may know, our own David Chen has been working on a movie chronicling Stephen Tobolowsky’s life as told by the actor himself, and we’ve even followed along the filmmaking process with him. Now The Primary Instinct trailer has arrived to tease Tobolowsky’s intimate talk on life, love and the entertainment industry. Read More »

primary instinct

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 just getting the film made; the other 30% is getting the film seen. That’s why I’m really pleased to announce that FilmBuff — the same distribution company that released great indie films like Exit Through the Gift Shop and The Internet’s Own Boy, will be distributing The Primary Instinct. Hit the jump for more details, plus the full press release.
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primary instinct

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 us when it plays at the Seattle International Film Festival.

But there’s good news for those who live near the Seattle area as well: You can still buy a ticket to see the film in personThe Primary Instinct will play at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Capitol Hill for two showings: Friday at 9:45 PM, and Saturday at noon. Stephen and I will both be there to do a Q&As afterwards.

For those who won’t be able to be there and are still interested in seeing the film: stay tuned! We’ll have more exciting news about the film in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider joining us in person. If you do, be sure to say hi. And for those who have been with us every step of the way on this journey, right from the very beginning: Thank you, so so much.

Primary Instinct poster

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 Screening this Sunday, April 26th, at 7:30 PM. Buy tickets for that show here.

In the meantime, I want to unveil the poster for our film to you guys. Read More »

ToboMaps

Stephen learns from his brother Paul that sometimes sports can be death-defying.

Also, we have a new weekly advice podcast! It’s called Big Problems, and you can listen and subscribe to it at bigproblemspodcast.com.

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 at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow him on Facebook or on Twitter.
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Tobolowsky glee

Nothings happen to everyone. The challenge is to fill them before they fill you. (Above: A rare photo of Stephen encountering a Nothing on a night shoot for “Glee”)

Also, we have a new weekly advice podcast! It’s called Big Problems, and you can listen and subscribe to it at bigproblemspodcast.com.

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 at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow him on Facebook or on Twitter.
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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 68 – Circle of Causation

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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 at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow him on Facebook or on Twitter.
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