The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Entertainment & Events

April 27, 2014

Fans celebrate Coen Bros.' film at Lebowski Fest

LOS ANGELES — There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself.

Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Lebowski Fest, but Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 campy crime comedy "The Big Lebowski" was still the night's biggest star.

Fans of the Raymond Chandler-flavored film filled the Wiltern Theater in midtown Los Angeles to capacity for the annual celebration of the cult classic, which has been staged around the country since 2002. The two-day festival continues Saturday with a costumed bowling party.

"It's the people here that are so awesome," said Steve Lewis, a veteran of seven Lebowski Fests. "It's a community."

The 37-year-old made his own Army dog tags to meticulously recreate one of John Goodman's costumes from the film. Lewis traveled to festivals in New York and Louisville with his friend J.D. Lloyd, who searched eBay to find the exact sweater Bridges wears in the film. ("That's a real Pendleton," Lewis said. "That was expensive.") Lloyd has been to 11 Lebowski Fests and estimates he's seen the film more than 100 times.

Matt Goforth, a bartender working the event in costume, said he'd been looking forward to the shift for six months.

"First of all, I knew it was going to be a good crowd. Second of all, it's a fantastic movie. Thirdly, Jeff Bridges' band is amazing," Goforth said. "It's fun. I've had my picture taken maybe 35 times. It's just a great atmosphere."

The Wiltern Theater was decorated with inflatable bowling pins and the drink menu featured white Russians — renamed Wiltern Caucasians, perhaps in political protest — "made with Ralphs half-and -half." The film opens with the Dude writing a check for 69 cents to buy half-and-half from a Ralphs supermarket to make his favorite cocktail.

Text Only
Entertainment & Events
  • GPS race Teams race to complete challenges THOMSON, Ill. — A challenge in August will pit teams against each other to complete a series of challenges.The event will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Thomson. Armed with GPS units, teams

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Comic Con festival begins SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and othe

    July 24, 2014

  • CBS says Colbert keeping CBS' 'Late Show' in NYC

    Stephen Colbert will not only be following in David Letterman's footsteps, he'll be doing it on the same stage.

    July 23, 2014

  • Court: Hoffman didn't want 'trust fund' kids

    Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant's suggestion that he set aside money for his three children because he didn't want them to be "trust fund" kids.

    July 23, 2014

  • Another author boosted by 'Colbert Bump'

    The "Colbert Bump" is becoming contagious.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-22-14 Emily Evans 7 seek pageant crown CLINTON — The time has come for Miss Clinton County Brandy Herrington to pass her crown on to the next lucky contestant and this year the competition is thick.When the event commences on Saturday at the DeWitt Central Performing Arts Center, seven yo

    July 22, 2014 7 Photos

  • kyle.jpg Voices lifted for Habitat (with VIDEOS)

    CLINTON — Members of the community came out in droves Sunday afternoon to attend a Concert for a Cause, a first-time event benefiting Habitat of Humanity of Clinton County.More than 70 voices joined together in the Vernon Cook Theater for the CHS Alu

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • Fonda, Kardashian voice Fox animated episodes BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jane Fonda, Sarah Silverman and Nick Offerman are among the guest voices on “The Simpsons” this fall, while Kim Kardashian lends her voice in the final episode of “American Dad.”Fox said Sunday that Kardashian plays an al

    July 21, 2014

  • Garner Film, TV legend dies NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his poin

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Showboat 'Wonderful Town' performance to begin CLINTON — The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will showcase its fourth production of the summer this week.The Leonard Bernstein musical "Wonderful Town" will begin its run on the Showboat stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A reception will follow the perform

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Facebook
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.