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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

“PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.” Taylor Swift got hacked, but the hackers got NOTHIN’! (Twitter) “I’m a musician, not a politician. I’m supposed to…
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Music, All Shook Down Jeff Bridges — Yes, The Dude — on Lebowski Fest, Hunger In Oakland, and What Music and Acting Have In Common

Jeff Bridges — Yes, The Dude — on Lebowski Fest, Hunger In Oakland, and What Music and Acting Have In Common

With an acting career that has spanned much of his 64 years on the planet, Jeff Bridges has appeared in an incredibly wide variety of films, with roles ranging from The Last Picture Show and Tron to his Academy…
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Film, "A Place at the Table": Hunger in America

"A Place at the Table": Hunger in America

This latest Participant Media agitprop should be easy for us food-utopians to swallow: It's about how messed up it is that the rest of the country can't eat as well as we do. Yes, even as we load our larders…
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Calendar, Night&Day Your Slacker, My Hero

Your Slacker, My Hero

The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented comedy in…
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Film, "True Grit": The Coen brothers' perverse buddy tale

"True Grit": The Coen brothers' perverse buddy tale

Boldly reanimating the comic Western that secured John Wayne his Oscar 41 years ago, the Coen brothers' True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious. Opening with a strategically abbreviated Old Testament proverb ("The wicked flee when none…
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Film, "Tron: Legacy": Jeff Bridges is God and Devil of a stunning, incomprehensible videogame world

"Tron: Legacy": Jeff Bridges is God and Devil of a stunning, incomprehensible videogame world

Jeff Bridges is God and, as image-captured from the original 1982 Tron, he's also the devil in Disney's megamillion-dollar reboot, Tron: Legacy. The notion of a tragically split persona might have been scripted to give the new movie a measure…
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Film, The S.F. Film Society honors Robert Duvall

The S.F. Film Society honors Robert Duvall

Hired to play a country singer in Tender Mercies (1983), Robert Duvall insisted on doing his own singing; otherwise, he asked, "What's the point?" Throughout his long career, Duvall — honored with the Peter J. Owens Award at the San…
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Calendar, Night&Day It’s an Honor Just to Be Aggravated

It’s an Honor Just to Be Aggravated

It seems like only last March that Hollywood was holding its annual celebration of how great it is for the 81st time. Yes, it's that time of year again, and people are making wild speculations. Will The Young Victoria triumph…
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Film, <i>Crazy Heart</i>'s Jeff Bridges shines as a country music has-been

Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges shines as a country music has-been

Enticing Jeff Bridges to voice a washed-up surfer dude in the 2007 children's movie Surf's Up, the filmmakers sent the actor a video of an animated penguin declaiming a few of his lines from The Big Lebowski. They probably didn't…
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Film, Country music, faded stardom, liquor, and age in <i>Crazy Heart</i>

Country music, faded stardom, liquor, and age in Crazy Heart

Yesterday's honky-tonk hero, Bad Blake, arrives at a bowling alley in Clovis, N.M. It's another in a string of low-pay, low-turnout gigs with pickup bands half his age, grinding the greatest hits out of an old Fender Tremolux, including his…
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Film, </i>Got Your Goat</i>: Clooney's latest lacks humor

Got Your Goat: Clooney's latest lacks humor

Historical cataclysm produces conspiratorial thinking: Germany's loss in World War I, the JFK assassination, and 9/11 are all naturally understood as the stuff of unimaginable plots, unspeakable cover-ups, and unseen forces. The guys who made The Men Who Stare at…
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Film, Tumble and Flop

Tumble and Flop

Criticizing an action movie for being empty-headed is like calling out Brokeback Mountain for its lack of car chases. Likewise, when a teen gymnastics movie is derided as formulaic and dumb, one might logically wonder compared to what? Very well:…
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Film, Monkey Business

Monkey Business

For whatever reason, the modernized, comic redo of King Kong released exactly 29 years ago has become less the "pop classic" that Pauline Kael insisted it was at the time than a dimly remembered punch line. It barely registers with…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Embrace the Dude

Embrace the Dude

SAT 9/25 The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented…
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Film, A Gift to Grief

A Gift to Grief

The opening moments of The Door in the Floor are not promising. A little girl stands on a chair in a hallway of photos, pointing at the images and speaking about them. Soon, she is joined by a middle-aged man,…
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Film, The Way They Were

The Way They Were

Sharon Stone doesn't appear on-screen until halfway through this tale of three lives unraveling, but when she does, she makes quite an impression as Rosie, the third player in a horse-racing scam. Adapted from a play by Sam Shepard, Simpatico…
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The Enemy Is Us

Arlington Road Directed by Mark Pellington. Screenplay by Ehren Kruger. Starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, and Hope Davis. Opens Friday at area theaters. Do you feel snug and secure in your cozy suburban life? Are you happy in…
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The Dude's Big Score

The Big Lebowski Directed by Joel Coen. Written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and Steve Buscemi. Opens Friday, March 6, at the Kabuki and the Century Plaza in S.F., the Shattuck in Berkeley,…
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Young Men and the Sea

Most of White Squall, director Ridley Scott's new movie, is splendid in its simplicity; it rehearses an ancient theme -- men against the sea -- but it does so with muscular unpretentiousness. Only during the extended denouement does the movie…
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