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Interview: John Turturro Talks Making 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Big Lebowski' Spinoff, 'Exodus' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2014 12:05 PM
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Fading Gigolo
It wouldn't be a mistake to call John Turturro one of the finest character actors currently working. But he's also an accomplished writer/director with four very different features under his belt, from his debut family drama "Mac" to the period theatre tale "Illuminata" and two music driven efforts, "Romance & Cigarettes" and "Passione." And for his latest turn behind (and in front of) the camera, he shifts gears again with "Fading Gigolo."

Nic Pizzolatto Says 'True Detective' Season 3 Could Be In The Vein Of 'The Big Lebowski,' Has Rodeo Drama In Works At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 2:35 PM
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True Detective The Big Lebowski
The timing could probably be a little bit better. With an Emmy campaign underway and a helluva lot of buzz around the second season, "True Detective" writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto has been hit with charges of plagiarism. You can read the full details here, but essentially some horror fiction pundits allege that the influence the show takes from the work of Thomas Ligotti goes beyond mere homage to outright theft. Nevertheless, Pizzolatto is still one of the hottest names on the TV landscape, and in a new profile in THR he reaches beyond season two to talk about what season three of the hit HBO drama could look like (even as he doesn't see the show going beyond that).

John Turturro Wants To Direct Jesus-Centric 'Big Lebowski' Spinoff Next Year, If The Coens Give Him Permission

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 10:07 AM
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It's not often that a character on screen for only a few moments becomes an instantly quotable, pop culture phenomenon, but over the years, that's exactly what has become of Jesus Quintana in "The Big Lebowski." The pederast bowler ("Eight-year-olds, Dude") played by John Turturro highlights one of the funniest moments in the already side-splitting Coen Brothers film, and for years, the actor has wanted to spinoff the character into his own film.

10 Classic Stoner Movies That Will Get You 'Dazed And Confused'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 24, 2013 1:41 PM
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Stoner Movies feature
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Richard Linklater's seminal "Dazed and Confused," a movie that celebrated that sweet spot in between adolescence and adulthood, the super sounds of the '70s, and of course, marijuana. In "Dazed and Confused," classic rites-of-passage are dutifully dramatized, from ritualized hazing to awkward first encounters with girls, but pot is something else—it's symbolic of taking a stand, of not playing by The Man's rules. It's also something that makes any number of the characters giggle uncontrollably. There's something beautiful, transcendent almost, about the weed-smoking in "Dazed and Confused," especially as the movie concludes with a sunrise toke on the high school football field. It also got us to thinking about ten of the very best, like, stoner movies man!

The Coen Brothers Don't Like Sequels, Put Kibosh On Long Rumored 'The Big Lebowski' Followup

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 24, 2013 12:29 PM
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If you thought there was a chance you might see Jeff Bridges don his iconic bathrobe one more time we’ve got some troubling news for you. Joel and Ethan Coen are attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the duo sat down to answer questions at a press event.

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Coens' Cult Classic 'The Big Lebowski'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 6, 2013 1:06 PM
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Aside from perhaps "The Ladykillers" (and even that film features a great Tom Hanks performance, at least), it's hard to find at least one Coen Brothers movie that doesn't have passionate supporters that declare it the best thing the directing duo ever made. From debut "Blood Simple" to the recent megahit western "True Grit," every Coen picture has its advocate (this writer has an unconditional adoration of their 1994 commercial disaster "The Hudsucker Proxy," for instance). But none of their films are more beloved than "The Big Lebowski."

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