Big Lebowski Cast Reunites at Hell's Kitchen Theater

By Mathew Katz on August 15, 2011 11:22am 

A poster for the Coen Brothers' cult movie
A poster for the Coen Brothers' cult movie "The Big Lebowski."
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MANHATTAN Even in New York, the Dude abides.

The principal cast of the 1998 Coen Brothers-directed cult classic "The Big Lebowski" will reunite in Hell's Kitchen as part of Lebowski Fest, an annual celebration of all things Lebowski.

Fans will kick off the celebrations Monday with an all-night bowling party at Chelsea Piers, featuring costumes, trivia and, of course, White Russians.

Tuesday night's festivities include a sold-out screening of the film at the Hammerstein Ballroom, and a cast reunion featuring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. The celebration is also the launch of the film's blu-ray edition — not to mention Bridges' self-titled album.

"The Big Lebowski" stars Bridges as Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski, an aging Los Angeles slacker who is caught up in a world of sex, crime and embezzlement after being mistaken for a millionaire who shares his name.

Lebowski Fest began in 2002 in Louisville with a few hundred people. It's now a regular event in dozens of cities across the country and typically attracts thousands of Lebowski fans, many dressed in the the Dude's signature bathrobe.

The fest has been celebrated in New York since 2004.

Tickets for Monday's bowling party are still available at the Lebowski Fest website.

Big Lebowski fans dressed as 'the Dude' as part of Lebowski Fest.
Big Lebowski fans dressed as 'the Dude' as part of Lebowski Fest.
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