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Posted by LiveFor on March 20, 2010

Another great piece of The Big Lebowski inspired art. This one by Mike Mitchell. Sadly it is sold out.

Thanks to Steve for sending me the link.

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Jeff Bridges talks about Crazy Heart, Drugs, Tron, The Dude and more with Jonathan Ross

Posted by LiveFor on February 13, 2010

There was a great interview on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross last night. It was with The Dude himself Jeff Bridges and they covered an awful lot of things during it.

Jeff chatted about how the set of The Big Lebowski was a drug free zone, but how he had in the past had good and bad times on drugs. Iron Man was a weird shoot as they had no script and so was improvised.

He took the role in Crazy Heart (check out the LFF review) so he could play guitar and gives hints about Tron Legacy – there are no hats, but there are bikes.

Watch the full interview below as they also chat about Starman, True Grit and much more (i’ve included a couple of versions in case one of them gets pulled.

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Jeff Bridges – Is fifth time the charm for the Dude to get an Oscar?

Posted by LiveFor on February 3, 2010

Article by Richard Bodsworth

To many he is simply known as, The Dude. From his roles in The Big Lebowski and Tron it is easy to place him in the ‘cult’ category but Jeff Bridges is also a quality actor. This years Oscar nominations were announced yesterday and for the fifth time in his livelihood Bridges finds himself in prime position to win a golden statuette, an accolade that has eluded him at all previous attempts. Now seems as good a time as any to take a brief look at some of the performances that have solidified his sterling career so far.

Even from his first big role in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 coming-of-age drama, The Last Picture Show, Bridges proved he was an actor to be reckoned with. His performance of Duane Jackson earned him his first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category but eventually lost out to co-star Ben Johnson. A couple of years later in 1974 he was nominated in the same category, this time for Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino’s crime drama Thunderbolt and Lightfoot opposite Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood. However the Academy rightly opted for Robert De Niro’s legendary performance as the young Vito Corleone in the second instalment of The Godfather trilogy, making it two for two against Bridges.

Disney’s Tron followed in 1982, although not considered a blockbuster at the time it has grown to become a cult classic and Bridges is set to reprise his role of video game programmer Kevin Flynn later this year in Tron Legacy. Another nomination and another rejection in 1984 when he was up for Best Actor in 1984 for his performance as an alien who falls to Earth and takes the appearance of a dead man in John Carpenter’s Starman. This time pipped by F. Murray Abraham who featured in the award-hording Amadeus.

A string of performances over the 80’s and 90’s including Peter Weir’s Fearless, Against All Odds and Jagged Edge continued to build his reputation as a great actor. He would also team up with brother Beau Bridges in The Fabulous Baker Boys, in which the siblings play a pair of faltering jazz pianists who bring in a female singer (Michelle Pfeiffer, who would later lose out on an Oscar for her part) in hope of changing their fortunes. Later appearances in well crafted thriller Arlington Road with Tim Robbins and racehorse drama Seabiscuit would also add substantial clout to his resume. Bridges once more missed out on recognition for his skills in Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King after again being beaten by a co-star, this time for a Golden Globe, the award would go to Robin Williams. He would later team up with Gilliam for 2005’s Tideland and also acted as narrator for Lost in La Mancha, the fascinating documentary following Gilliam’s failed attempt to bring the story of Don Quixote to life.

Perhaps his greatest, and certainly the most iconic role of his career was that of Jeffery ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in the Coen brothers 1998 classic The Big Lebowski. The film, which tells the story of an unemployed stoner and bowling lover who simply refers to himself as ‘The Dude’, was not a huge commercial success at the time, but over time the film, and the character have gone on to become an institution. Along with its instantly quotable lines (I could fill the page with, “that rug really tied the room together” etc. but I wont), the “way of The Dude” has even spawned its own religion, Dudeism. Yes that is correct, I was ordained last night, check it out

President Jackson Evans in The Contender, Rod Lurie’s political drama about the corrupt on goings in Washington during the search for a new Vice-President, was his fourth attempt at Oscar gold. Although a decent performance it was certainly not the greatest and Bridges eventually lost out to Benicio Del Toro for his portrayal in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.
Bridges has never been considered a ‘big movie’ type of guy, whether that is his own decision I don’t know, but over the past few years he has moved closer into the mainstream market. He would lend his voice to animation fare Surfs Up before featuring in teen-comedy Stick It and playing the role of magazine editor Clayton Harding in the underwhelming How To Win Friends & Alienate People. He also took on a supporting role in blockbuster Iron Man, playing villain Obadiah Stane and most recently an almost ‘Dude’ like role in the big screen adaptation of Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare At Goats.

So here we are in 2010 and ‘The Dude’ is back in Oscar contention for his turn as washed up country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (check out the LFF review). Having already picked up a Golden Globe among other gongs he certainly has to be considered the front runner. Variety’s called Bridges “The whole show…” while Roger Ebert commented “Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one them.” Sadly and angrily, here in the UK we have to wait until February 19th to see the film! He will have to be cautious however if Mickey Rourke’s robbery last year is anything to go by. After cleaning up at essentially every award ceremony for The Wrestler, the Academy decided against awarding him the Best Actor Oscar. Will this year be the year, or will Jeff Bridges forever be the bridesmaid? We will find out in March.

What is your favourite Jeff Bridges performance (I hope someone says Blown Away) and what do you make of his chances of finally claiming Oscar gold?

Richard Bodsworth

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The Big Lebowski – The Dude Man Version

Posted by LiveFor on December 19, 2009

Pretty much every utterance of Dude and Man in the Coen’s excellent film.

Mike over at DVDSnapshot that was for you!

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2010 Golden Globe Nominations

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2009

The nominations for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards are out and to be honest there is not that much of a surprise. However, they are often give a good idea as to what will show up in the Oscars – (THE RESULTS ARE NOW OUT AND THE WINNERS ARE…)

Nice to see Inglourious Basterds nominated and Avatar has slipped in there despite not being on general release yet.

I personally hope Jeff Bridges gets the award for best actor as the Dude abides.

The awards will be given on Sunday 17th January 2010 on NBC.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds
Up in the Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Biullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabire Sadibe, Precious

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo-Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Animated Feature Film
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess and the Frog

Best Foreign Language Film
Broken Embraces
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Best Director — Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow, the hurt locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Up in the Air
It’s Complicated
District 9

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“I Will See You,” Avatar
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart

What do you think of the nominations? Who should have been nominated but wasn’t? Who would you like to see win?

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The Tao of Dude – Cool Big Lebowski Art

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2009

taoofdudeI love The Big Lebowski so I thought I would share this cool piece of art by Jeremy Couturier.

It’s up for sale over on Etsy, but be sure to check out Jeremy’s web site – lots of other cool pictures there. Well worth a look.

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Jeff Bridges talks about The Men Who Stare At Goats

Posted by LiveFor on November 2, 2009

The-Men-Who-Stare-at-GoatsThe Men Who Stare At Goats is based on an actual group in the US Army who trained to become psychic warriors. It stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

Jeff Bridges plays Bill Django, a military man who returns from Vietnam to embrace the ’60s counterculture headlong. He stays in the Army to train a new squad of men: a group of would-be warrior monks who employ psychic powers to slay, but preferably sway, the enemy – Here’s a clip of Django training some new recruits.

Pat Owens sent me a great interview with The Dude where he talks about the film and his past.

“I’m a product of that age, that era,” says Bridges, who turns 60 next month. “You know, I did a lot of things that folks did back in the ’60s and ’70s.”

For example he knew John Lilly, the philosopher famous for exploring man-dolphin communication and developing the isolation tank.

“I was a buddy of John’s,” says Bridges. “I was one of his subjects in the isolation tank, he studied my responses to it. . . . So when it came time to do The Men Who Stare at Goats, I really looked back into that part of my past.”

One thing I felt when seeing clips of Bridges playing Bill Django was that he seemed to be very Dude like.

“I wasn’t really thinking of the Dude when I was doing this, I was going for a different thing,” he says. “But I can see how people would think that.”

Check out the rest of the interview over at The Philedelphia Enquirer as he goes on to talk about events that made him stick with being an actor.

The Dude abides.

I just can’t wait to see Jeff’s Widelux photos from behind the scenes of the film (check out some he took from the set of Iron Man).

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The Men Who Stare At Goats – This clip shows us what the Dude would be like in the army

Posted by LiveFor on October 22, 2009

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Jeff Bridges is a genius. I cannot wait to see this film.

Source: io9

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Dudeism – The Dude abides

Posted by LiveFor on August 28, 2009

Yes it is an advert, but it’s a good one and it is in support of independent cinema which is always a good thing.

VW continue their support of Independent Cinemas with a new set of idents that will screen in cinemas from 14 August 2009. Ad agency DDB worked with Moxie Pictures and director Seth Gordon (King of Kong) to find three stories that testify the power of film. In this film we see an evangelist of Dudeism – a way of life derived from watching The Big Lebowski.

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The Big Lebowski Last Supper

Posted by LiveFor on June 11, 2009

He truly is The Dude.

Source: Next Round

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