Dudes - this dude named Ryan sent me this awesome infographic but that nihilistic spam filter on my email account tried to prevent me from sharing it with you all...nothing changes. Check it out, man. Give the guy some feedback. You might even learn a thing or two. The Dude abides.
The Coen Brothers insert many, many references into their films. One of the best parts of watching their work is figuring out what is true and what is made up. Going further with that, I'm also interested in what those people think who are referenced in these Coen scripts. David Brown from Yahoo! Sports recently ran into Sandy Koufax, the baseball legend, and wanted to ask him about his "involvement" with The Big Lebowski...
David Brown: Have you ever seen “The Big Lebowski”? The movie “The Big Lebowski,” the Coen Brothers movie.
Sandy Koufax: ... Yeah, sure.
David Brown: Then obviously you know you’re referenced in the movie.
Sandy Koufax: Yeah, I’m in five or six movies. I’m in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," I'm in … so?
(And it wasn't just a "therefore? ..." kind of "so," either. It also was a "So, you're wasting vital moments of my 77-year-old life talking about some movie I wasn't even in?")
David Brown: Well, I just wondered if you were a fan of the movie, or if you got [appreciated] the reference, or if you thought it was was your “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” moment. Weren't you tickled?
Sandy Koufax: I don’t care. I don’t.
(The Viet Cong surrenders.)
David Brown: All right, very cool. Thank you very much.
Well, I guess we can close the file on that one. I love how Koufax used the term "conscientious objector" in the interview. It would be hilarious if he really did care, and that was his way of slyly getting a quote in there. I've always wonder what Bill Kunstler and Ron Kube think of their involvement with The Dude's arrest and interview with the Chief of Police of Malibu...
A couple days ago my buddy Kirk from New Hampshire sent me a link to the Dr Who/The Big Lebowski mashup hours before I started seeing references all over the web. If you haven't seen any Dr Who episodes, this might be really confusing - but who understand Lebowski the first time through?
I've read some comments from people expecting cut scenes from different Dr Who episodes, which is not what the clip is. All the same, I still think it's pretty awesome.
Interested in participating in a study on Lebowski fans? William Ashton, Ph.D from the Department of Behavioral Sciences at York College, CUNY is looking for participants to respond to an online survey.
Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study
Fandoms and Community
Volunteers are needed for a research study on fandoms and attitudes about the fandom and the community at large. participants will respond to an online survey which will take 15 minutes to complete.
To participate you must:
Be fluent in English
Have lived in the United States for at least 20 years
Consider yourself a fan of the movie, The Big Lebowski
A few years ago I came across a blog of Zen koans, or parables, co-written by Roshi Bernie Glassman and Jeff Bridges. Mr Glassman was bringing the Zen teachings and The Dude was applying those teachings to The Big Lebowski. It was pretty amazing stuff and I'm sure you can imagine my dismay when it disappeared. In 2011 I assisted with migrating that information to Dudeism.com and was excited to learn it was being made into a book.
If you'd like to win yourself a copy, all you have to do is tell us how The Dude applies to your life. Don't worry about writing a mini-novel here. We just need a sentence or few. The contest starts today, January 1, 2013 and ends Friday January 4, 2013 @5pm EST. A big thanks to Blue Rider Press for sponsoring this give-away and Happy New Year, dudes!
EDIT: Oh, and dudes, winners must have a uh, US address to ship the ah, book to uh....I lost my train of thought...
Here at the Lebowskipodcast we sometimes champion good causes, but rarely ask you to actually go out and help someone. A fellow achiever who went by the handle "Wash" lost his battle with brain cancer September 11, 2012. Wash and his wife Tashi are a couple whose story Liz and I have been following for a while. Wash was only 28 when he passed, and he held on for much longer than he was expected to. Unfortunately this wonderful couple resided in the state of Arizona where they make it quite difficult to receive any government assistance for these kinds of situations. Tashi could really use your help right now in any way possible. If you could donate $5, say a prayer or stand up for patient rights - anything would be appreciated. We re-wrote Walter's eulogy to Donny in honor of Wash and hope you appreciate it.
Wash was a brown coat, and a good man. He was. . . He was one of us. He was a man who loved architecture, and science fiction, and as a Whovian he explored the adventures of Dr Who,
from the Daleks...
...to the Cybermen and The Master. He died--he died as so many young men of his generation, before his time. In your wisdom Lord you took him. As you took so many bright flowering young men, at the Battle of Serenity and the Cylon War...
...and both detonations of the Death Star. These young men gave their lives. And so'd Wash. Wash who loved Lego.
And so, Kevin—“Wash”—Pratt-King, in accordance with what we know your dying wishes are, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of...
...your Tardis, which you loved so well.
Allons-y Wash...you are now a Leaf on the Wind.
If you'd like to help out Tashi and Wash or learn more about their story, please check out the links below.
Each month, Hark.com will be holding a new contest where you could win Fandango giftcards for free movie tickets. This month, all you have to do is tell Hark about your favorite movie quote and share the contest with your friends. Yes, that's it. So what are you waiting for?
In case you missed our panel discussion at the 11th Annual Lebowski Fest, we have you covered. Check out Episode 62 and listen to our recording on Lebowski Fest costumes. This episode was definitely a group effort and we really appreciated all the help folks offered. The Executive Strike and Spare allowed us to use their facility, Lebowski Fest helped to advertise, Tom and Ben provided tech support and sound equipment, our wonderful panelists brought some great conversation and lastly our audience - it can be difficult at times talking to ourselves.
Overall the experience was a good one and we hope to do another panel discussion at the 12th Annual Lebowski Fest. Please let us know if you have any ideas or topics you'd like to discuss.
Meet Alisha Wheatley, our sixth panelist. If you haven't seen her around, you obviously haven't been to a Lebowski Fest in Louisville, KY. Alisha is a Louisville native and has been to every Annual Lebowski Fest after she attended the 2nd Annual. This year will make her tenth. Besides making creative costumes and winning trophies, Alisha is a web designer in her spare time, and even wrapped up her Master's degree with a thesis based on The Big Lebowski and Lebowski Fest. This paper was later presented at Aaron Jaffe and Ed Comentale's Lebowski Symposium which was the basis for their book The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies in 2009.
I first remember meeting Alisha while she was dressed as "Hill 364." Ever since then, I've always been interested to see what her costume will be next year. Here are a just a few of Alisha's costumes:
Hill 364 - 8th Annual Lebowski Fest 2009
Bones and Clams - 9th Annual Lebowski Fest 2010
Eine Kable (the cable) - 10th Annual Lebowski Fest 2011
Jon Lancaster is a natural Walter with two trophies under his vest and our 5th panelist. While Jon may seem like any other nice guy you'd meet at a fest, you never know when he may pull a piece out on the lanes. Oh, and try not to bring up Viet Nam around him.
The Sobchak Simulator
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rules
I had the fortunate luck to see The Big Lebowski in its original theatrical run in 1998 whilst living in Michigan, where I attended high school, and then college at Western Michigan University. After a move to the New York City area, I have found myself settled in Chattanooga, TN.
I'm not certain who in my life tipped me off to the fact that my skull and size was nearly identical to Mr. Goodman's, but I'm glad they did. I've been a huge fan of the film for years and years, and had actually costumed as Walter Sobchak when I attended Dragon*Con in Atlanta (THE mecca for fan-based costuming) for a number of years. I always got a great reaction – Lebowski is known far and wide by people of all backgrounds. And truly, that's why I love it so much.
After attending Dragon*Con, I strove to make my costume as screen accurate as possible, adding such touches as custom dog tags, real prescription shooting glasses, and a new vest over the years. Of course, it seems to be the shape of my head that helps tie the room together, as it were, and I just had to work on my facial expression and pose for the actual Lebowski Fest. It's still funny and odd having strangers ask me to threaten them with a pistol.
I attended my first Lebowski Fest with my special lady friend Meghan in 2010 at the 9th Annual LF in Louisville. I entered the costume contest that evening, and did ok, but alas, no trophy. Since that night, we've attended the 10th Annual LF, the NYC LF with the cast reunion (where I took second in the Walter contest), and the 1st Annual LF in Atlanta this past April, where I finally took home my first 1st Place Trophy for Best Walter.
I love Lebowski, and more than that, I love the people that loving Lebowski has put into my life. The fans of this film are such a creative, interesting, and disparate bunch that I'm truly fortunate to have gotten to know them. Meghan and I have made some wonderful friends in a short time, and that can be attributed to LF.
And I guess I'm fortunate that my skull is similar to John Goodman's.