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Hey 'Big Lebowski' Fans, Today is the Day of the Dude So, like, take 'er easy, man. by Liam Mathews You may not know this, but March 6 is the Day of the Dude. The laid-back holiday celebrates the anniversary of the release of the noir-comedy masterpiece The Big Lebowski, which arrived in theaters on March 6, 1998. The holiday was established in 2010 by the Church of the Latter-Day Dude, aka Dudeism, a tongue-in-cheek religion that claims 200,000 adherents and is devoted to Jeff Bridges' character, the Dude. It's silly, but the Dude is actually a very good role model for not taking things too seriously and accepting life as it happens. After all, "the Dude abides." The website Vocativ has an interview with Oliver Benjamin, the founder of Dudeism, who says this about the origins of the faith: It was more like the culmination of a long journey. Perhaps [...] »
- Liam Mathews
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
Alan Partridge (aka Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa): comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about married musicians and the impact a sick child has on their relationship [at Amazon Instant Video] Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie; Disney is finally getting it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
L.A. Confidential: dazzling noir thriller of organized crime, sleazy tabloid journalism, and murder [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Usual Suspects: find out who Keyser Söze is again [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
Thelma Adams previews the 2014 Academy Awards with 14 top contenders that might make a dent. At the top of the list is Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which opens this week with Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. The others on her list are "Can a Song Save Your Life?" (Keira Knightley), "Get On Up" (James Brown biopic), "The Giver" (Jeff Bridges), "Gone Girl" (from David Fincher), "The Homesman" (from Tommy Lee Jones), "Interstellar" (from Christopher Nolan), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "Home" (DreamWorks animation), "Inherent Vice" (from Paul Thomas Anderson), "Into the Woods" (Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep), "Unbroken" (from Angelina Jolie), "Boyhood" (from Richard Linklater), and "Miss Julie" (Jessica Chastain). Yahoo Movies. How will HBO's very popular and acclaimed "True Detective" end its run next Sunday night? Newly minted »
• How the night unfolded
• Gravity pulls all night
• Full list of winners
• 10 things we learned
This year's Academy Awards was a very good year, pretty well a vintage year in fact, with excellent films of very different genres being recognised. For a critic it is gratifying to see them rewarded, though baffling in other ways to watch the spectacle of so many others being ignored. Well, that is what happens in this quasi-Superbowl. As ever, the Oscars revealed themselves to be purely enjoyable only for the observers, the journalists and the big winners with the majority of the actual participants undergoing what I suspect is a terrible ordeal and the majority going away under a cloud of disappointment. »
- Peter Bradshaw
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.
It’d be just as easy to find a list of reasons why this little ground swell awards contender shouldn’t win the Best Picture Oscar; a TV-movie-of-the week plot featuring body-morphing performances from the lead actors. It’s the kind of film that the Golden Baldies would have showered with acclaim during the 1990’s (the lazy comparison being Philadelphia), but in this more cynical age, its appearance in the Best Picture category is seen as nothing more than a token gesture, presumably »
- Matt Rodgers
In decades of tracking the Academy Awards, I honestly can’t recall any category, in any year, when a race was as fiercely, thrillingly white-hot competitive as this year’s Best Actor race. Just think about it: Not one, not two, not three, but four of the nominees each stands a very real chance of winning. Consider each scenario, and you’ll realize it’s true. When Jennifer Lawrence gets up to present the Best Actor award and tears open that envelope, if she ends up saying, “And the Oscar goes to…Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave,” it will not be a shock, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Holmes recently opened up to Extra about working with the 'Mean' singer.
The actress added of Swift: "She is awesome… I love that girl. I just think she is so smart. She's so young, really brilliant and works very, very hard."
Swift recently said that she "learned so much" while working with more experienced stars like Holmes, Bridges and Streep.
The Giver opens on August 15 in the Us. »
The 35-year-old says her "The Giver" co-star is brilliant, reports dailymail.co.uk.
"She is awesome...I love that girl. I just think she is so smart. Sh''s so young, really brilliant and works very, very hard," Holmes told Extra magazine.
The duo spent quality time together in South Africa last year while they were shooting for the sci-fi movie, which tells the story of a seemingly perfect Utopia which is built on a dark secret.
- Abhijeet Sen
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...
Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.
It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.
As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »
Jack Black will be playing a R.L. Stine-like character named Mr. Shivers in Sony's big screen version of Goosebumps, and now we know who will be playing his niece. The Wrap has learned The Odd Life Of Timothy Green and We Are What We Are star Odeya Rush (who also just finished shooting The Giver with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep) has signed on for Goosebumps. In the film Black's Mr. Shivers will be an author "whose scary characters literally leap off the page, »
- Jesse Giroux
After wrapping a key role alongside Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in “The Giver,” 16 year-old Israeli actress Odeya Rush has landed the young female lead in Sony’s “Goosebumps,” TheWrap has learned. Jack Black has closed a deal to star in the feature adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular book series, which is being directed by Rob Letterman, the filmmaker who worked with Black on “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Shark Tale.” Neal H. Moritz (the “Fast & Furious” franchise) will produce with Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment. Also read: Jack Black in Negotiations to Star in ‘Goosebumps’ Movie for Sony, Scholastic Media (Exclusive) Black will play. »
- Jeff Sneider
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
Robert Schwentke, the German director best known for Flightplan with Jodie Foster and the successful action-comedy Red, has been selected to direct Insurgent, the sequel to Summit’s upcoming franchise-starter, Divergent. Shailene Woodley stars as multi-talented Tris Prior in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel, which tells the story of a dystopian future where society is divided into five factions. In Insurgent, based on Roth’s 2012 book, war looms and Tris’ loyalty to Dauntless, the most courageous faction, is tested in ways she never imagined.“We are excited to announce that we have found the perfect director to »
- Jeff Labrecque
Here we have Jennifer Hudson as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the magic mirror, Julianne Moore as Ariel and Michael Phelps as a merman, Queen Latifah as Ursula, Penélope Cruz and Jeff Bridges as Beauty and the Beast, Jessica Chastain as Merida from Brave, Scarlett Johansson as Cindarella, Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Jessica Biel as Pochahontas, and Russell Brand as Captain Hook. There's more at the link below too. Any actors you can think of that would suit Disney characters not present in the above snaps? »
Robert Schwentke has boarded "Insurgent" for Lionsgate, the follow-up to the upcoming "Divergent" starring Shailene Woodley, reports Variety. This comes after "Divergent" director Neil Burger didn't want to direct the sequel. “Insurgent” is written by Veronica Roth, the second in the series of novels which is set in a Chicago. The film starts production in March, 2015 and is being released via Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment. Schwentke directed Summit's "Red" as well as the very-poorly-received Universal sci-fi action comedy "R.I.P.D." starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, desperately wants a bike of her own, and after a bunch of her own money-making schemes fail, she enters her school's Koran memorization contest for the prize money.
Why We're In: Writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour has crafted an excellent movie, but in addition to that, "Wadjda" is the first feature-length film made entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film written and directed by a Saudi woman.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition"
What's It About? Mowgli is a human child who's most literally raised by wolves, but as he grows up it becomes clear to his buddies Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther that it's time for him to go live with other people.
Why We're In: It's a Disney classic with all the trimmings. »
- Jenni Miller
'If I'm wrong, I'm insane. If I'm right, it's worse': in conspiracy films – from Rosemary's Baby to State of Play – solving the crime does not bring peace. Michael Newton investigates a rich cinematic genre
Some believe that JFK was shot by his driver, some that Bobby Kennedy was killed by one of his guards; some believe the world is ruled by a Yale fraternity, some by lizard-aliens in disguise; some believe that Obama is a Communist mole; some that, back in 1966, Paul McCartney died. These notions are, at best, deluded; but as potential pitches for an as yet unmade Hollywood movie, they might just secure the contract. For, in movies, you can believe that the moon shots were faked, or that men are replacing their wives with compliant robots, or that space shuttles are firing earthquake-inducing weapons, or that the world itself is a delusion – and in each case you could be proved right. »
- Michael Newton
This week's Movie Power Rankings begins on a tragic note, as Hollywood and the rest of the world mourn the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the top film actors of his generation. Hoffman turned in notable performances in dozens of films and was a regular fixture in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. He picked up a Best Actor Oscar for his work in 2005's "Capote." He will be greatly missed by moviegoers. Some of his contemporaries responded to the bad news, including "Almost Famous" writer-director Cameron Crowe, plus George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, James Franco, and others. As for the rest of »
- Dave Lewis
'The Big Lipinski'
Filmed in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, Lipinski’s version of the video to Kenny Rogers’ “I Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)” dazzled host Jimmy Fallon. Clad in a bathrobe, white v-neck shirt and sunglasses, Lipinski twirled around the ice while holding onto a White Russian cocktail.
In the music video for the 1998 movie, Bridges as “The Dude” dances about a psychedelic bowling alley, which features long-legged women in bowling pin headdresses. For his final act, he floats between their legs down a bowling lane and earns a strike with his curly-haired head.
Lipinski, who remains the youngest individual medalist to take home the gold at the Winter Games, filmed the performance as part »
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