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The Dude most certainly abides. Jeff Bridges participated in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit on Wednesday, July 23, and waxed philosophical on everything from his celebrated The Big Lebowski character to his thoughts on true love to his real feelings about White Russians. The one-hour session provided priceless quotes from the actor, 64, five of which are compiled here. Take a look at gems from his Ama session below! On longtime friend and The Giver costar Meryl Streep: "We've known each other for years. As kids, we used [...] »
When it came to offering deep and hilarious insights into his life and career, the Dude most certainly abided in his recent Reddit Ama. Promoting the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver, Jeff Bridges opened up on a variety of interesting topics – including his favorite scene from The Big Lebowski and that one time he bumped into the Dalai Lama.
These six tidbits only reinforce that Bridges is one of Hollywood's most well-rounded bad-asses – and that's more than just, like, our opinion, man.
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Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing, »
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
This weekend’s release of Sex Tape got Vulture thinking about other fictional sex tapes from movies and TV. Two separate Friends bits involved sex tapes — but where would those rank in terms of marketability alongside the Sawyer/Kate coupling that was captured on security camera? To assess the comparative quality and real-world sales potential of these tapes if the fully fleshed-out versions had ever hit the market, we took the topic to parody-porn impresario Lee Roy Myers, a creator of WoodRocket.com and the mind behind such titles as Game of Bones, SpongeKnob SquareNuts, and The Big Lebowski: A XXX Parody. To come up with the ranking below, listed from best- to worst-selling tapes, Myers judged 12 of our favorite dalliances from TV and movies as if the characters were real people and their shows/movies were reality shows. Read on, and dream on. [As told to Jesse David Fox.]1. Friends: Ross and RachelI think »
- Lee Roy Myers
We’ve just finished getting our heads around how facepalm-inducingly bad much of Michael Bay’s latest Transformers movie is, but like just about any big-budget blockbuster these days, it’s packed chock full of sneaky visual and aural easter eggs that relate to its universe as a whole, as well as sly references to various other projects outside of it.
Now, while Age of Extinction doesn’t exactly boast the finessed line-up of hidden content that, say, X-Men: Days of Future Past did, there’s a surprising level of attention-to-detail paid to slotting in the geeky references and basically giving viewers plenty to look out for amid all of that flying metal.
Fun though these references are to pick out, it’s just a shame that Bay’s screenwriter Ehren Kruger didn’t put anywhere near as much consideration and thought into the actual script as Bay did the added value. »
- Jack Pooley
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was first described to me as “a European Forrest Gump with lots of explosions,” and I was sold! After watching it, I’m pleased to report that this description is dead on. Adapted by director Felix Herngren from Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling book of the same name, The 100 Year Old Man is a loose-limbed, historically sprawling shaggy dog of a movie. Enjoyment is predicated on your acceptance of the ridiculous and, most importantly, of you being able to appreciate the sight of a terrified skinhead being squashed to death by an elephant’s butt.
We open with the titular 100-year-old Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) mourning the death of his beloved cat at the hands of a fox. Clutching a stick of dynamite in his withered hand, he shuffles through the snow and plants it in the ground. Boom. No more fox. »
- David James
On a December morning, in 2012, Steve James walked into a patient's room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and immediately felt remorse. With his lower jaw removed from several surgeries related to a 11-year battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, Roger Ebert, the iconic film critic, was all strung up, looking rather helpless, sound asleep. "I remember looking [at him] and going, Aw shit, I dunno," the filmmaker recalls of the emotional first day of shooting Life Itself, his documentary on Ebert. "I don't know how people are going to feel about this. »
Roger Ebert is inarguably one of the most brilliant film critics in history, so it's only fair that somebody finally made a great movie about him. The documentary Life Itself - directed by Steve James - rolls out to theaters across America this month. It traces his entire life, from his early days writing for the Chicago Sun-Times to the creation of his 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls to his long (and often contentious) relationship with Gene Siskel.
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How can anyone who has seen the Coen Brother's The Big Lebowski forget John Turturro's character Jesus? He is The Dude's arch nemesis on the bowling alley, and he was quite the funny character. The guy is nuts, and John Goodman's high strung Walter Sobchak character described him perfectly in the film when he said:
"He's a sex offender with a record. He did six months in Chino for exposing himself to an 8-year-old. When he moved to Hollywood he had to go door-to-door to tell everyone he was a pederast."
Turns out that Turturro wants to make a spin-off film based around this vulgarly confident, purple tracksuit wearing character! Last year, Ethan Coen said that Turturro pitched him the idea, but it wasn't something they were planning on making. Turturro has become a pretty decent filmmaker himself over the years, so if he wanted to direct it himself, »
- Joey Paur
While no one in their right mind will ever argue that Ghostbusters II is as awesome as the original film, I think we can all agree that the giant Vigo the Carpathian mural on display early in the feature is pretty amazing in a totally campy way. If you’ve ever wanted your very own version of that artistic masterpiece, then today is your lucky day. Etsy artist David Vyskocil has been crafting his own gigantic 4'x7' versions of the print that are guaranteed to be a major component of your living room – if you can convince your significant other to let you hang it. Our advice? Go The Big Lebowski route and mention how it “really ties the room together." Badass Digest recently got in touch with Vyskocil and the creator gave them the skinny on these...
- Mike Bracken
Leading up to the 2014 NFL Kickoff, Lionsgate will release the thrilling sports drama, Draft Day, on Digital HD beginning August 19, on Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View August 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 2. Starring sports movie icon and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (Best Picture and Best Director, Dances with Wolves, 1990; Bull Durham, Field of Dreams), written by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman, and directed by legendary director Ivan Reitman, the film was made in exclusive partnership with the NFL, allowing unprecedented access to the actual 2013 NFL Draft, an event drawing higher ratings than the playoffs for baseball, basketball and hockey.
Featuring an all-star cast including Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club), Denis Leary (The Amazing Spider-Man), Frank Langella (Superman Returns), Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski), Sean Combs (Monster's Ball), Terry Crews (The Expendables franchise), Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (feature »
John Turturro's career as a director has been picking up steam in the last few years with the likes of Romance And Cigarettes, Passione and, most recently, Fading Gigolo, in which he also co-starred with Woody Allen. Shoring up those gigs behind the camera have been higher-profile roles in things like the Transformers films, but he remains perhaps best known for his four collaborations with the Coen Brothers (Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?). It's one of those in particular that continues to fire his imagination, to the extent that he wants to make a spin-off. Turturro has serious plans to revisit The Big Lebowski's preening bowler Jesus Quintana for a project of his own.Quintana, you'll recall, was The Dude's arch nemesis at the alley. The creep could roll, man, but he was also a pervert. As described by John Goodman's less-than-tolerant Walter Sobchak, »
Dios mio, man! I know John Turturro has said he'd love to play Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski again in another movie, but I guess I didn't realize just how interested he is in reprising the character, and how close we might be from it actually happening. Last year when asked about a possible spinoff featuring The Jesus, Ethan Coen said, "John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his (bowler) character Jesus. He even has »
- Jesse Giroux
VOD & Digital Release Date: Aug. 29, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Not many other events in the sporting world generate as much excitement, prediciton and anticipation than NFL draft day, so it’s no surprise that staple sports actor Kevin Costner’s (Bull Durham) in the movie.
Draft Day looks into the high-stakes world of the NFL Draft and shows how the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams can be changed forever on that one single day.
Costner stars as General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. who controls the number one pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella, Muppets Most Wanted) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary, The Amazing Spider-Man), Sonny faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he go with the consensus or trust his instincts and risk losing it all?
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You know him, you love him, you’ve been creeped out by him. Nobody f’s with the Jesus. John Turturro‘s character in The Big Lebowski, Jesus Quintana, is only on screen for a few minutes. He utters only a few precious lines of dialogue. But he’s just as memorable, if not more so, than the lead […]
The post John Turturro Seeking Permission to Revisit ‘Big Lebowski’ Character Jesus Quintana appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in negotiations to join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in Joel and Ethan Coen's new period comedy "Hail, Caesar!" for Universal Pictures and Working Title.
The story follows Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Various colorful characters harkening back to Hollywood's golden age populate the script including a Gene Kelly-type star (Tatum), a powerful gossip columnist (Swinton) and a studio director (Fiennes). The Coens, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing.
Speaking of the Coens, actor John Turturro is reportedly attempting to launch a "The Big Lebowski" spin-off featuring his character Jesus. The project, which could also serve as a directorial effort, would film sometime next year and requires clearance from rights holders including the Coens - "If I can get the permission I need, I'd like to return to that role".
- Garth Franklin
Are the Coen brothers directing a Wes Anderson film? Only kidding, but you'd be forgiven for thinking so with the announcement of today's new cast additions to the filmmaker siblings' upcoming "Hail, Caesar!" According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Coens have tapped Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes for their latest, which also stars George Clooney and Josh Brolin. You can sense from the subject matter and the casting choices that they're leaning in a more broadly comedic direction with this one. They always follow up the more cerebral pieces ("Blood Simple," "Barton Fink," "No Country for Old Men," "Inside Llewyn Davis") with palette cleansers like "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading." This one will harken back to the characters of Hollywood's Golden Age. Tatum's role is described as a Gene Kelly-type star while Fiennes will play Laurence Lorenz, a studio director. Swinton — God, this is perfect »
- Kristopher Tapley
Break out your purple jumpsuit and Gipsy Kings version of "Hotel California": Actor John Turturro said he hopes to reprise his role as Jesus from The Big Lebowski in a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The actor was speaking at a master class at this year's Taormina Film Festival in Sicily when he said he was working on gaining the proper legal clearance to reprise the famous, »
Despite their fame and iconography, no one has yet tried to make a big screen sequel or spinoff to a Coen brothers film. Sure, they've done it on TV: the recent Fargo on FX was the second of two televised attempts to capitalize on that film. But we haven't had to sit through Barton Fink Returns; we've never met A More Serious Man; and we haven't yet caught O Brother, I Found You. But are you ready to mess with Big Lebowski's the Jesus once more? At the Taorima Film Festival, (via FilmDivider), John Turturro revealed his intention is to make a long-rumored follow-up to The Big Lebowski - specifically one centered on his character Jesus Quintana. He told the audience, "If I can get the permission I need, I.d like to return to that role." Apparently, Turturro's intentions are to direct the film himself. Which is a tall »
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