Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Bowling shirts and bathrobes packed the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Tuesday night for a cast reunion and screening of The Big Lebowski, in honor of the film’s limited edition Blu-ray release. On hand to discuss the beloved cult classic were musical archivist T-Bone Burnett and stars Jeff Bridges, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, each of whom walked on stage to thunderous applause and much yelling of quotes from the film.
Organized by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in conjunction with Lebowski Fest, the evening kicked off with a spirited Q&A hosted by Entertainment Weekly writer and Lebowski superfan Clark Collis before moving into a full-length screening of the cult classic. And yours truly was there in the middle of it all, guzzling watered-down White Russians and singing along to “The Man in Me” with the best of them. Check out video and higlights from the event after the jump. (Spoilers follow if you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, although if you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, I’m surprised you’re still reading.)
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For many, actors like Christopher Walken and John Turturro could be considered Gods. We remember their performances in films like The Deer Hunter or The Big Lebowski and feel like a higher power came down and blessed them with gifts not worthy of the common man. It seems fitting then that they, along with a slew of other awesome actors, will now actually be playing Gods in Gods Behaving Badly, a film adaptation of the 2007 best-seller by Marie Phillips.
Joining Walken and Turturro as a group of Greek Gods living together in a New York City brownstone are Sharon Stone, Oliver Platt, Edie Falco, Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, Nelsan Ellis, Gideon Glick and Henry Zebrowski. They then cross paths with a mortal couple played by Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Read more about the story after the jump. Read More »
Let’s get one thing straight: John Turturro is a treasure of an actor. (I don’t think that needs clarifying, but still.) While he has a broad and impressive resume both in front of and behind the camera (I don’t care what people say; I kinda love Romance and Cigarettes) it is his work with Joel and Ethan Coen that will likely be his most well-known down the trail into the future.
Speaking to the AV Club in yet another one of the site’s wonderful Random Roles interviews, Mr. Turturro talked about making his own films and working with Spike Lee and the Coens, among other things. In doing so he reiterated the idea of a spin-off from The Big Lebowski and a sequel to Barton Fink. Both are ideas that have been mentioned over the years, and neither is really likely to be made. But they’re still fun to think about. Read More »
I wouldn’t normally recommend watching a Linkin Park music video but… you should check out the video for the band’s single “Iridescent”. The video features a bunch of new footage from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It is almost like a new one and a half minute trailer released in the form of a clip-package music video.
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Paramount Pictures has released eight new photos for Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which first premiered on Yahoo. The new shots feature a mix of human character shots and big robot rendered action. Check the new stills out after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Just on the off chance that you’d overlooked the fact that a sequel to Cars is being released this summer, Disney and Pixar have released another full-length trailer (after a unleashing a legion of clips and TV spots) for Cars 2. The Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube calls this trailer #4, and who am I to argue? There is some new footage here, and the trailer is cut well, but at this point either you’re on board for Cars 2 or you’re not. If by some chance you’re new to the fact that the film exists, hit the break for the new trailer, or check it out if you can’t wait for the film to open on June 24. Read More »
With the approaching release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, images from the film are starting to get out into the wild. It seems like there are certain requirements for any Transformers stills that don’t feature robots: they’ve got to have explosions, Shia LaBeouf running, or characters appearing to cautiously move through a location. And now we’ve got an image to cover each one of those bases for the third film. Check ’em out after the break. And, sorry, no robots. Read More »
Disney has revealed three new characters who will appear in Pixar’s Cars 2: Uncle Topolino, Mama Topolino and Francesco Bernoulli. Hit the jump to see super high resolution images, official character bios, and a 360-degree animated turnaround video.
We have learned a bit of information that Disney has yet to announce — Francesco Bernoulli is set to be voiced by John Turturro.
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Briefly: The saddest or most amusing statement so far this week, depending upon your perspective, came from a substance-affected Tara Reid on the red carpet for a benefit event in Los Angeles. The actress, who played nympho trophy wife (to use the parlance of our time) Bunny Lebowski in The Big Lebowski, said that a sequel would shoot this year. Ha ha, good one Tara! Oh, wait. You’re serious? Gulp.
Austin 360 mentioned it to the Coen Brothers, and Ethan Coen said, “I’m glad she’s working on it…we don’t [have a sequel in the works] but we’ll watch it when it comes out.” Joel Coen chimed in, “Especially if Tara’s in it.” Good to see they’ve got a sense of humor about it. All I request of Tara Reid is that, should this sequel ever happen (it won’t) please make sure John Turturro‘s idea to have his character Jesus Quintana show up as a school bus driver is put into play. (And for the record, Tara Reid’s reps have tried to clarify the story, saying “she heard Jeff Bridges say that he wanted to make Big Lebowski 2 and have all the original cast members in it, so she may have misspoke, thinking that included her based on what Jeff said.”)
Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.
But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt Reeves‘ Let Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films after the break. Read More »