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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Big Lebowski


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The Big Lebowski is one of the Coen Brothers greatest, most quotable movies to date. Here are 7 bits of behind-the-scenes trivia you might not have heard.

7. The Dude Was the Heir to the Rubik’s Cube Fortune

Where the Dude gets his money was never addressed in the final film, but the Coens originally intended for him to be living on a trust fund from his grandfather, the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.


6. Walter Was Based on John Milius

Many of the characters in The Big Lebowski were patterned after real-world people, most interestingly Walter Sobchak. His inspiration was Conan the Barbarian director John Milius.


5. The Bulge in Jesus’s Pants Was Birdseed

John Tuturro’s turn as the menacing pederast Jesus Quintana is one of the movie’s strongest points, and to back up Jesus’s sexuality the actor stuffed a bag of birdseed down the front of his pants.


4. The Briefcase Scene Was Shot Backwards

The Coens couldn’t get the handoff scene where Walter throws the briefcase full of underwear to look right, so they filmed it in reverse, with a crew member throwing it at the car from offscreen.


3. The Dude Is in Every Scene

The Dude appears in every single scene filmed, even if just in the background.


2. The “Gutterballs” Sequence Featured Special Effects

Jeff Bridges couldn’t fit through the spread legs of the dancing girls in the hallucinatory “Gutterballs” sequence, so they filmed him in one shot, the girls in the other and spliced them together.


1. The Dude Is Never Seen Bowling

Even though he’s a member of the team and bowling-related imagery follows him throughout the flick, we never see the Dude pitch a ball.


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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

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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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