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The new FX drama Fargo doesn’t simply borrow themes, setting, and mood from its namesake 1996 film — it lovingly, sometimes quite obviously, pays homage to the entire Coen brothers oeuvre.
Here are the Coen Easter eggs that we picked up on in episode 2, The Rooster Prince:
The ransom note
From the cut-paper lettering to the sheer ridiculousness of the request, the ransom note Stavros Milos, the Supermarket King of Minnesota, receives is quite similar to the one sent to Mr. Lebowski in The Big Lebowski.
The demands from Milos: “I know about the money pay me 43,613 or I tell the world. »
- Amber Ray
As noted in my review of the pilot last week, the second episode of Fargo promised some more references to various Coen brothers movies, namely Raising Arizona and Burn After Reading. The former was in the form of Oliver Platt‘s “Supermarket King” character. He owns a chain of stores called Phoenix Farms and wrote a book called “American Phoenix.” I guess showrunner Noah Hawley didn’t want to go too on the nose by naming him Stavros Phoenix, though. Instead, his last name is Milos. As for the latter homage, there wasn’t much to it other than Glenn Howerton playing a personal trainer. Meanwhile, there were allusions to The Hudsucker Proxy (the man scraping the name off the police chief’s office door) and I’m gonna say A Serious Man, as the scene with Colin Hanks spying on his orthodox neighbor undressing reminded me of a scene from that film. The »
- Christopher Campbell
Written By: Noah Hawley
Director: Adam Bernstein
Synopsis: A chance encounter with a mysterious figure leads Lester Nygaard on a path of destruction.
When I first heard they were making Fargo into a series I was pretty worried. How could anyone turn this classic film into a series? And most importantly, would we want to see it as one?
The casting however really intrigued me, Billy Bob Thornton is always great whatever role he plays but Martin Freeman seemed so out of place. Fresh from The Hobbit and Sherlock it just appeared an odd project for him. From the previews he seemed to be playing a version of Jerry Lundegaard, played by William H. Macy in the 1996 film. And how would he manage that famous accent? It turns out »
- Lucinda Holt
John Turturro is replacing Robert De Niro in the HBO miniseries “Criminal Justice,” which was to have starred the late James Gandolfini. De Niro replaced Gandolfini on the drama after “The Sopranos” veteran's sudden death in Rome last June. The seven-part miniseries was thrown briefly into limbo by Gandolfini's death, and De Niro would have been one of the most celebrated film actors to turn his attention to the small screen. Also read: Robert De Niro Takes on James Gandolfini Role on HBO's ‘Criminal Justice’ Now Turturro, praised for his role in Coen brothers films like “The Big Lebowski,” and “O Brother, »
- Tim Molloy
Actor, writer and director John Turturro has certainly left his mark on Hollywood with earlier parts in numerous Spike Lee films, The Big Lebowski, Quiz Show and many more. The talented star has also written and directed a few of his own films, one of which includes the very amusing and sexy upcoming film, Fading Gigolo.
Turturro stars in his film as the unassuming gigolo along side a fantastic cast, which includes Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. We sat down with the charming actor to chat about the captivating script, which he consulted Allen on, the smokin’ hot female cast and why he chose to write a story about prostitution.
Check out our interview and the film this coming Friday, April 18th.
- Jenny Karakaya
The 15 Greatest Stoner Movies Of All Time Whoa! Excellent! By Caroline Perkins This Sunday is a day when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by forcing uncomfortably-attired children to pose for pictures next to old men dressed up like rabbits, compelling them to search the earth for tiny, stale balls of chocolate and feigning excitement when they find them in plain sight. It is also 4/20, a day when millions of potheads around the world will wake and bake, eat said chocolate, and then go back to sleep for the remainder of the day. From Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke to Fast Times At Ridgemont High, here is a retrospective of some of the greatest stoner films in our fair nation's history. 1. The Big Lebowski The Dude, His Dudeness, Duder, El Duderino, call him what you will. He is the true unemployed, robe-wearing middle aged, half-and-half [...] »
- Caroline Perkins
With Isle of Dogs’ director Tammi Sutton’s latest feature Ripped-Off gearing up for principal photography in Los Angeles, CA this spring, we caught up with the filmmaker to discuss what happens when car thieves steal the wrong vehicle (this being a Sutton film, all sorts of stylized hell will break loose, more than likely). Read on.
Currently casting, Ripped-Off was written by Jeff Sisson, and will be produced by Caprice Conley, with cinematography by Jonas Navickas. The film’s tagline is as follows; “They stole the wrong car... Now heads are gonna’ roll."
“The inception of Ripped-Off honestly started when I was winding down filming my last two features in Europe and England,” stated Sutton (her last feature currently in release, the gritty Andrew Howard and Barbara Nedeljakova-starring crime thriller Isle of Dogs, bowed to DVD via Green Apples on January 28, 2014.)
“When I was there and homesick for Los Angeles, »
- Sean Decker
“The Big Lebowski,” is more than a cult film; it almost feels like an institution. The film gets quoted ad nauseum and there’s even a huge convention for the film, Lebowski Fest. With such a huge following, some fans might wonder what would happen if there was a sequel to the film. Some probably won’t want a sequel or spin-off –you don’t want to ruin a good thing–but if you are hoping and praying for a new “Lebowski” film, your prayers just might have been answered. TMZ recently asked John Tuturro if rumors of a “Lebowski” spin-off starring Tuturro’s character, Jesus “The Jesus” Quintana, could actually be in the works. [ Read More ]
The post John Tuturro Talks to TMZ About Possible Big Lebowski Spin-Off appeared first on Shockya.com. »
As follow-up to the critical darling The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson is bringing us Inherent Vice, a 1970s-set crime drama based on the Thomas Pynchon novel about a drug-fueled detective on a search for his missing ex-girlfriend. His cast includes Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Maya Rudolph. This much-anticipated film isn't scheduled to hit theaters until December, but one insider has tipped what fans should expect from P.T. Anderson's latest. The Film Stage spoke with an audience member from an early screening of the film. Read this unnamed viewer's impressions below: "Mix together The Big Lebowski and Altman.s The Long Goodbye, turn it into a two-and-a-half hour Pt Anderson epic and you.re getting close to the awesome experience of Inherent Vice. Even Joaquin Phoenix.s performance has echoes of 70′s Elliot Gould with a touch of The Dude. »
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is just about to hit in stores, and I’ve got a copy of the Blu-Ray Combo Pack for you. The Ben Stiller vehicle didn’t have quite as much impact on theaters as I expected, but I’m hoping it gets a new lease on life with the home release.
That might be a little surprising (catch our podcast review, and my Answers.com review) considering that I haven’t exactly championed the film whole-heartedly, but I wasn’t exactly opposed to it either. It’s a fun ride, that had a few rough spots, and didn’t exactly play out the way I’d have liked. In the end, I think it’s a lot better than most are probably giving it credit for, and it has a few scenes that really shouldn’t be missed.
Also, to help celebrate the film, »
- Marc Eastman
Here's one more reason to buy your tickets to the 2014 Lebowski Fest. Jeff Bridges & the Abiders will be the headlining act! It was announced on Wednesday that the star of the 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski will take the stage at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on April 25 to honor the Coen Brothers' hit comedy. The actor-musician will perform with his bandmates as the fans come far and wide to "drink white Russians, throw some rocks and party with an array of Dudes, Walters and Maudes," according to the festival's website. Founded in 2002 in Louisville, Ky., the Lebowski fest is a celebration of all things related to the Coen Brothers' hit film. The event typically »
If you run Lebowski Fest . a celebration of all things The Big Lebowski -- the one guest you always want to book, year after year, is Jeff Bridges. He can never appear at too many Lebowski Fests. Attending Lebowski Fest is a rush. Attending one that happens to feature Bridges as a special guest, however, is borderline magical, and the Oscar winner is notching another appearance on this belt later this year. THR reports that Jeff Bridges and his band, The Abiders (get it?), will headline this year.s Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles on April 25. The group will perform a set at the Wiltern Theater, where organizers say they will "drink white Russians, throw some rocks and party with an array of Dudes, Walters and Maudes." Perfect. Bridges is no stranger to the Lebowski Fest, an event that started as a casual gathering of die-hard Big Lebowski fans but »
The Dude lives! Or El Duderino, if you're not in the whole brevity thing. Jeff Bridges & The Abiders have just been added as the musical headliner for the 2014 edition of Lebowski Fest, which hits La's Wiltern Theater on Friday, April 25. The two-day event kicks off with a screening of the Coens' absurd, whacky and wonderful 1998 cult classic "The Big Lebowski," followed by a wild bowling party boasting plenty of white Russians and a nihilist or two. This year's Lebowski Fest, in addition to a live performance from Bridges and his band, will feature performances from the Kyle Gass Band, and special guests Jim Hoosier, Luis Colina and Robin Jones. The first annual Lebowski Fest was held in Louisville in 2002, and has travelled to New York, La, Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, London and Edinburgh. It's a must-attend for fans of the film. (And we're certainly fans: check out our Toh! »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, will appear at this year's Lebowski Fest as the music talent in a group dubbed Jeff Bridges and the Abiders at the annual celebration of all things white Russians and bathrobes. The actor has previously appeared a few times in various incarnations of the event, which was founded in 2002 in tribute to the Coen Brothers' 1998 slacker romp The Big Lebowski. Bridges sang "The Man in Me," the Bob Dylan song from the movie soundtrack, in 2005 and with other members of the cast in 2011. This year's »
Jeff Bridges & the Abiders will be the headline act at the 2014 Lebowski Fest, it was announced Wednesday. The star of the 1998 hit The Big Lebowski will perform at the Wiltern Theater event in Los Angeles on April 25 to honor the Coen Brothers' cult comedy. Story: Ultra Music Announces Review After Festival Security Draws Criticism Bridges, who is known for his musical talents as much as his acting, will play with his band for fans of the film, as they "drink white Russians, throw some rocks and party with an array of Dudes, Walters and Maudes," according to a
- Debbie Emery
AOL has Steve Buscemi eyes. Or rather, the American multi-national mass media corporation has eyes for Steve Buscemi. The actor behind beloved and iconic characters of the silver and small screens (like Reservoir Dogs’ Mr. Pink, The Big Lebowski’s Donny, and Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson) is the centerpiece of the new AOL original series Park Bench. The unscripted program takes place on the streets of Buscemi’s very own New York City and features the accomplished actor having casual conversations with other accomplished actors and discussing “everything from pop culture to current events” as he explores the “special people, places, and spirit of the The Big Apple.” “Having lived and worked in New York my whole life, I’m ready to take advantage of all it has to offer,” said Buscemi in the release. “I just need to lay down for five minutes.” Here’s a preview: The »
- Joshua Cohen
This watery thriller from Insomnia director Erik Skjoldbjærg promises a tale 'based on real-life events' - but don't be expecting even the runway-stretching liberties of Argo, in terms of historical accuracy. Pioneer is a fictitious tale of Norwegian and American deep-sea diving teams collaborating but also competing for the lucrative rights to exploit North Sea oil in the early 1980s, derived fairly abstractly from a number of subsequent real world controversies that were to make the news in the following years.
Descending 500 metres into prototype tin-cans is a family affair for Headhunters' Aksel Hennie and big brother André Eriksen, hampered as they are by arrogant and hyper-competitive American interloper Wes Bentley. When a catastrophic mistake is made in a test-dive, the aftermath of the tragedy haunts Hennie's character, driving him to find out what really went wrong. It's a search which will take him into various nests of corruption at »
People complain all the time that there’s nothing good to watch on Netflix, but the truth is, that’s just because we usually like to complain more than we like to do a little work. In reality, there are tons of good movies to watch on Netflix, you just have to do a little digging to find them. For instance, here are 20 movies, ranging from good to great, that just got added to their streaming service recently. No digging required. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix page so you can add them to your queue. Happy vegging. Pick of the Month: The Long Goodbye (1973) Probably the best compliment a movie can receive is Joel and Ethan Coen citing it as an influence, so seeing as the brothers Coen have gone on record as saying that Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye is a big influence on their The Big Lebowski—which »
- Nathan Adams
“Man, this is so cool!”
That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.
James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.
Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.
“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”
Cromwell recalled »
- Dave McNary
Jared Leto questions if Jennifer Lawrence is putting on an act - HuffPost Celebrity You'll never guess how much Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring cost - People Amber Heard and Johnny Depp show adorable Pda - Et Jessica Simpson has reached her weight-loss goal - Us Weekly The latest Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel baby rumor - Lainey Gossip Listen to Ed Sheeran's cover of "Drunk in Love" - Gossip Girl John Stamos dressed as Uncle Jesse for The Big Lebowski's anniversary - BuzzFeed We can barely recognize this Glee star after her shocking makeover - TooFab Josh Hutcherson wants "tattoos covering every inch" of his body - Wonderwall A judge admitted he leaked news about Charlize Theron's adoption - The Frisky Sharknado 2 is coming sooner than you think - Hollywood Reporter Will you see this crazy, bloody, and sexy sequel? - Rotten Tomatoes »
- Alyse Whitney
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