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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Big Lebowski

THE BIG LEBOWSKI, John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, 1998, (c) Gramercy Pictures/courtesy Everett Collectio

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Grab your bowling balls and a White Russian because here are a few facts about The Big Lebowski that really tie the room together.

1. The Dude is based on a real guy.

The Coen Brothers primarily based the Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) on a man named Jeff Dowd, who helped distribute their first film, Blood Simple, in 1984. Like the stoner character in the movie, Dowd was a member of the anti-war group the Seattle Seven and actually called himself “The Dude.”


2. Other bits of the movie were also inspired by real life.

Peter Exline, a screenwriting consultant and film professor at USC and good friend of the Coens, told the pair various stories from his own life that found their way into the movie. For example, he had a rug in his living room that “tied the room together” and he once found a child’s homework in his car after it had been stolen.


3. The Coen Brothers look out for their friends.

John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro’s characters were written specifically for them. Including The Big Lebowski, both Buscemi and Goodman have appeared in six Coen Brothers movies, while Turturro has appeared in four.


4. Julianne Moore’s character is based on a real-life artist.

Maude was modeled after visual and performance artist Carolee Schneemann.


5. Early drafts revealed the Dude’s source of income.

He was supposed to be the heir to the Rubik’s Cube fortune.


6. The Dude has some biblical dialogue.

The famous line “the Dude abides” was taken from the bible verse Ecclesiastes 1:4, which reads, “One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the Earth abides forever.”


7. The Dude plays guitar… in real life.

Actor Jeff Bridges plays guitar in a band called The Abiders, which is named after a reference to the above mentioned “the Dude abides” line from the movie.


8. The movie inspired its own festival.

First held in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2002, the “Lebowski Fest” has since been held in over 30 cities multiple times each year. Festivities include screenings of the movie, costume and trivia contests, all-night bowling, copious amounts of White Russians, and appearances by the film’s actors, including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, and Peter Stormare.

9. The costume department didn’t have to look far for the Dude’s wardrobe.

Bridges provided most of his own clothes (including the Jellie sandals).

Team Coco

Team Coco


10. Donny (Steve Buscemi) might be having an identity crisis.

All of his personalized bowling shirts show different—non-Donny—names.


11. The Dude spawned his own religion.

According to its official website, the core tenet of Dudeism is that “everything is just, like, your opinion, man.” You can also join the ranks of the over 220,000 Dudeist ministers ordained worldwide.


12. The Dude has his own store in New York City.

The Little Lebowski Shop is solely sells memorabilia from the movie.

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Flavorwire


13. The Coens had fun with Jesus’s (John Tuturro) musical cues.

A Spanish-language version of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” by the Gipsy Kings can be heard during the scene where Jesus is introduced. And, as we all know, the Dude hates the Eagles.


14. The bowling alley was real.

The bowling alley scenes were shot at the Hollywood Star Lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Little Lebowski Urban Achievers looking to bowl a few frames are out of luck: The building was demolished in 2003 to make way for a new elementary school. Weirdly enough, the Dude is never seen actually bowling in the entire movie.


15. The bowling shots were tricky to capture.

To get the POV shots of the bowling balls rolling down the lanes, the camera was mounted on a specialized RC car chassis that reached speeds of 20mph and followed actual balls that were bowled on set.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…