The Big Lebowski

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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Michael Fassbender Will Play The Dude in ‘The Big Lebowski’ Live-Read, Allegedly Quotes the Film Daily

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Michael Fassbender can, it seems, play anything: he’s made a convincing sex addict, hunger striker, rocker-with-paper-maché-head, German mutant and Rochester. But can he do The Dude? Such is the question you’ll surely be asking on hearing the news that Fassbender will, indeed, be playing The Big Lebowski‘s central character. Fortunately (and perhaps surprisingly) this is not news of a remake, but rather of another of Jason Reitman’s Live-Reads (he’s actually done the Coen Brothers classic before, more conventionally — almost too conventionally — starring Seth Rogen as The Dude). 
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The Stoner Canon: Essential Weed Movies, Books, Music, and TV Shows

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Pot-smoking and pop-culture consumption go hand in hand: do the former, and you run the risk of only wanting to partake in the latter. So it makes some sense that pop culture has taken ample advantage of pot. At its funniest, it’s given us the stoner comedy of Richard Linklater, the Coen Brothers, Amy Heckerling, and Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. At its trippiest and most philosophical, it yielded some of the greatest art of (and set in) the ’60s and ’70s, from The Beatles to Dylan, Fear and Loathing to Inherent Vice. Then there are the more lively party-stoner creations, represented here by hip-hop touchstones The Chronic, Missy Elliott, and The Beastie Boys. Farther afield, we get the inadvertent stoner favorite, a diverse subset that ranges widely, from Adventure Time to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Each of these categories is well represented in Flavorwire’s Stoner Canon, which we’re proud to present in celebration of …Read More

Working With Tarantino and Getting Whacked by David Chase: 10 Things We Learned From Steve Buscemi’s Reddit AMA

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As anyone who’s followed his career and his history of philanthropic work knows, Steve Buscemi is a stand-up guy. Yesterday, the star of Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, and Ghost World hopped on Reddit, where he’s a bit of a novice (“I don’t feel very comfortable doing these things,” he admitted), to promote the Indiegogo campaign for a documentary he’s producing called Check It, about an LGBT gang in Washington, DC. Over the course of his Ask Me Anything, he talked about Lebowski, Ghost World, Tarantino, and his stint on The Sopranos, among other topics; here are some of the highlights.
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Wickedly Inventive Happy Meal Tie-Ins for Cult Movies

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The movie tie-in McDonald’s Happy Meal is one of our most venerable cultural barometers, a big “get” for family movies hoping to market directly to their most vocal consumers. Starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1979 (the same year the Happy Meal rolled out), Disney hits, superhero smashes, and other family favorites have used the cardboard panels of the Happy Meal and the toy inside to hawk their cinematic wares. But what if Happy Meals were used to market slightly more adult fare? This is the question asked by Pinterest artist Newt Clements, who’s made an extensive collection of imaginary Happy Meals that we really, really wish existed.
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10 Unforgettable Pop Culture Bikinis

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The Vatican declared it sinful. It was even banned by the Hollywood’s Hays Code for a time. Fashion magazines said it was tasteless. When the first “itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie” bikini first appeared 68 years ago, the two-piece swimsuit made waves across the world. “People were craving the simple pleasures of the sea and the sun,” French newspaper Le Figaro wrote about the daring new fashion trend. “For women, wearing a bikini signaled a kind of second liberation. There was really nothing sexual about this. It was instead a celebration of freedom and a return to the joys in life.” Hollywood stars like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Marilyn Monroe turned American heads with their two-piece pinup photos, while celebrities like Sophia Loren and Anita Ekberg made the bikini a mainstay on European shores. Here are ten other cultural icons who helped popularize the bikini. In some cases, their flesh-baring swimsuits contributed to important discussions about race, sexuality, and gender.
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Illustrations of Pop Culture’s Best Buds, From Doc and Marty to Walt and Jesse

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The concept of the bromance is a long-standing trend in popular media, even if the term wasn’t really tossed around until the mid-aughts, thanks to Judd Apatow’s sensitive, aged frat-boy oeuvre. Now, illustrator Dave Collinson is celebrating the trend by paying tribute to pop culture’s best buds, from the Blues Brothers to Walt and Jesse. His collection, spotted via Digital Spy, is conspicuously lacking in any female friendships (what, no Thelma and Louise?), which makes it a bit bro-ish, but Collinson is continuously adding to it on his Tumblr, so maybe we’ll see some ladies represented eventually. In the meantime, check out his illustrations after the jump. 
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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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