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Entertainment & Events

April 27, 2014

Fans celebrate Coen Bros.' film at Lebowski Fest

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LOS ANGELES —

Minor stars from the film signed autographs in the lobby before appearing onstage. Among them was Luis Colina, a film editor who said he was working on the Coen brothers' 1994 film "The Hudsucker Proxy" when they decided to write him into "Lebowski." Colina plays the angry Corvette owner who threatens to "kill" the Dude's car.

Bridges and his band performed a 30-minute set that included songs from "Crazy Heart," the 2009 film for which he won the best actor Oscar. Kyle Gass, the other half of Jack Black's band, Tenacious D, opened the evening by singing tunes from "The Big Lebowski."

But fans were most rapt by the movie they'd all seen before. The night culminated with a screening, during which they shouted out some lines and applauded for others.

For Kim Hudson, who came across the movie by accident during a hung-over morning with her husband, Lebowski Fest is a chance to dress up and have fun with fellow fans. The 57-year-old wore a giant homemade hat that looked like a spread of bowling pins. A graphic artist helped her print the image onto foam board, which she hot-glued to a boy's bicycle helmet.

When asked how many times she's seen the film, she responded, "Drunk or sober?"

Connor Linnerooth traveled from North Dakota to celebrate his 20th birthday at Lebowski Fest. He wore a red bodysuit and carried oversized scissors like the Nihilist character that terrorizes the Dude in his dreams. Linnerooth even spoke in the character's accent during an interview.

"Lebowski, he is a very cool guy," he said. "I love the movie and I'm a big fan of it, and I really wanted to be around other people who are also big fans of the movie."

So what is it about this film that draws such a devoted following?

Mike Sullivan, a four-time festival-goer who says he's memorized the movie, has an idea.

"What you got here," he said, "is a bunch of pot-smoking hippies having a good time."

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