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Life Imitates ‘Lebowski’: Lebowski Fest Founder Arrested in Bowling Alley For Smoking Weed

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When a certain Will Russell decided to make (Louisville, KY cult movie-lovers’) history by becoming the founder of the city’s Lebowski Fest, he must have known that he was signing up to have something like the following story befall him: his festival honoring the bowling-and-bowl-packing Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski, is held at a bowling alley, where real-life bowlers (and, surely, bowl-packers) get to watch onscreen bowlers and bowl-packers. And it was here that he was arrested on Saturday, after having been caught smoking in the bowling alley’s parking lot.
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Watch the New Trailer for Spielberg and the Coen Brothers’ Cold War Thriller, ‘Bridge of Spies’

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Steven Spielberg is reuniting with Tom Hanks — who, through the film, is also, incidentally and very excitingly, reuniting with the Coen Brothers — for his upcoming based-on-true-events Cold War film, Bridge of Spies. The movie’s first U.S. trailer was unveiled last month, but today saw the release of the UK trailer, with new footage. 
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‘Listen Up Philip’ vs. ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’: On the Interior Life of the Asshole Artist

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I couldn’t stop thinking of the Cohen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis while watching Alex Ross Perry’s new movie, Listen Up Philip. Not just because of the superficial similarities: not just because Philip and Llewyn are both grumpy, hirsute male artists who seem intent on disseminating their self-important masculine angst. Not just because both films are loosely based on real people whose names have been altered (Dave Van Ronk for Llewyn, Philip Roth for Philip), or because these altered names both appear in the titles of each film in a way that implicitly condescends to their childish male characters. And lastly, not just because both films are stylized to reflect — with self-reflexive criticism — the ways nostalgia deforms how we perceive art.
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50 Best Films About Writers, Ranked

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Hollywood is famous for its treatment of writers. They are the low man on the totem pole, the person banned from the set, the guy who wrote the Great American novel drinking himself to death in Los Angeles, rewriting dumb scripts. It’s funny, as Hollywood is also obsessed with portraying “writers” on screen. Flavorwire’s definitive, ranked list of the 50 Best Films About Writers of all time features the requisite mix of biopics, book adaptations (what’s up Stephen King and John Irving), foreign films that actually feature female writers, po-mo meta surrealist studies of madness (very frequent), and the works of Woody …Read More

10 Quirky Illustrations of Coen Brothers Characters

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The anonymous artist behind the Coen Cast Tumblr is doing perhaps the best fan art I’ve found dedicated to the Coen Brothers’ oeuvre. Keeping in mind the heavy layer of wackiness that pervades the Coen Brothers’ films (well, perhaps with the exception of No Country for Old Men), the series depicts familiar characters like The Dude, Llewyn Davis, and Maude Gunderson in broad, cartoony strokes. They’re a perfect fit for the Coens’ world. Check out a sampling after the jump.
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Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Disappoints

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When the Coen Brothers took home a bundle of awards for their 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, including the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the 1992 National Book Award winner found himself shot into a whole new realm of fame. By then, McCarthy was already on a professional hot streak: in April of 2007 Oprah had picked his latest novel, The Road, for her Book Club. Literature lovers had already known of McCarthy’s greatness, but now everybody knew, and everybody wanted to read him. You could hardly go anywhere without seeing somebody clutching a copy of the book the Coens had adapted, or the post-apocalyptic novel that Oprah loved so much (and would eventually be turned into a well-received 2009 film).
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