The Big Lebowski Is Coming Back to Theaters

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures

It’s been 20 years since Joel and Ethan Coen first introduced moviegoers to Jeffrey Lebowski—both the millionaire and The Dude (a.k.a. His Dudeness, Duder, or El Duderino … “if you’re not into the whole brevity thing”). To celebrate the box office bomb-turned-cult hit’s anniversary, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures are bringing The Big Lebowski back to theaters for two nights only in August.

“Part noir crime drama, part absurdist comedy and utterly, uniquely Coen, The Big Lebowski is almost impossible to define—except as a modern classic, which in 2014 was named to the esteemed National Film Registry of the Library of Congress,” boasts the press release for the film’s comeback, which will happen as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series.

When The Big Lebowski arrived in theaters in the spring of 1998, Roger Ebert warned his readers that the movie “is a genial, shambling comedy about a human train wreck, and should come with a warning like the one Mark Twain attached to Huckleberry Finn: ‘Persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.’” Though he gave it a solid three-star review, he eventually softened even further on the film—awarding it a perfect four stars in 2010. Audiences, too, took a little while to warm up to the sometimes-psychedelic comedy.

Fans of the film will have four chances to relive all the laughs, bowling, botched kidnappings, White Russians, and soiled rugs when the film makes its 20th anniversary return to more than 600 theaters across the country for two screenings—at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.—on Sunday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 8.

To find out if the film is playing near you, and to purchase tickets (which are on sale now), visit the Fathom Events website.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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