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Weekend Pick: 2014 Lebowski Fest NYC

This Friday August 22nd, turn on your Dudeism and head over to Lucky Strike Lanes at 8pm for an event filled with all the bowling and trivia you can stomach (along with those White Russians). And on Saturday, August 23rd is the Lebowski Fest Movie Party, complete with a screening of the film and music from the band Cover Me Badd, a punk group playing Lebowski-esque songs at Gramercy Theatre.

Lebowski Fest is an annual festival that started in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2002 in celebration for the 1998 Coen Brothers cult film: The Big Lebowski. The fest is usually held over two nights in various major cities including Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, New York, and even London. The 48-hour event is usually filled with booze, bowling, costumes, bands, and a screening of the film.

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BAM: 24-Hour Movie Marathon

Over the past several years, arts programs have suffered tremendously in schools nationwide. Art and music teachers have been laid off, arts education programs have been done away with and even field trips have been eliminated due to budget cuts.

While the concept of art leaving schools is a bleak one, there are still wonderful arts-forward programs that are alive and well and fighting to keep arts available, and accessible. One is right here in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (better known as BAM) education programs offer creative enjoyment to over 30, 000 students, teachers, and families each year. BAM is the largest cultural center in Brooklyn and is known for its progressive and avant-garde offerings. They are hosting their 24- Hour Movie Marathon For Arts Education, starting at 8pm on Friday, September 5th. Proceeds from the marathon will support BAM Education’s in- and after-school programs in art, poetry, film, dance, theater, and much more.

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Robin Williams' Most Unforgettable Roles

Monday, the world lost a great man who impacted many with his brilliance, humor, and intellect. The beloved actor and comedian, Robin Williams, was found dead in his California home at age 63 of a suspected suicide.

Though he might be gone, his legacy will forever live on. Williams made us laugh and cry, but most importantly, he taught us about life and love.

Here is a list of his most memorable roles:

Mork & Mindy - Williams' rise to fame was in this sitcom which aired from 1978 to 1982. Starring as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a egg-shaped spaceship to observe human activity, Williams won America's heart with his humor. The show earned him his first Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy series

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Dakota Johnson's Parents Will Not Watch 'Fifty Shades'

Melanie Griffith and her ex-husband, Don Johnson, are banned from seeing the highly anticipated film adaption of E.L. Jame's novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. Their daughter, Dakota Johnson, who stars in the upcoming film, is not allowing her famous parents to watch her in the kinky, S&M, romance novel.

Speaking to Indiewire, Griffith 56, said she's not going to be seeing the film when it comes out. "[Dakota] was like, 'You guys cannot come. There's no way,'" she said. "So we're not going."

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Fifth 'Terminator' Gets a Name

He's back!

After starring in the first 3 Terminator films, eleven years later, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back! Although he didn't play in the 4th film, Terminator Salvation, Schwarzenegger will be starring in the fifth Terminator installment.

On Wednesday, the actor revealed the name for the upcoming movie on Instagram. In the post, Schwarznegger is sitting in the directors chair with the name on it: Terminator Genisys. The film is set to hit theaters Summer 2015.

"Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding," he wrote in the caption. "From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup - we couldn't have done it without you. I can't wait to see out finished project and I know we'll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. On July 1, 2015, I'll be back."

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'Frozen' Director to Write 'A Wrinkle in Time' Film Adaption

After the huge success of 2013's Frozen, the film's writer and co-director, Jennifer Lee is starting a new project - A Wrinkle in Time.

According to Variety, Lee will write the script for Disney based off of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 book. The story follows Meg Murry, her brother and her friend traveling through time to find her missing scientist father. L'Engle's book was one of Lee's favorite childhood book,

Back in 2010, Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia) wrote the screenplay based on the book. However, Disney decided it wasn't what they were looking for and decided to go in another direction.

As of now, there is no director for the upcoming project.

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Watch: 'Into the Woods' Trailer

Disney has released the first official trailer for highly anticipated musical, Into the Woods.

Based on the Broadway musical, Into the Woods puts a modern twist on Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Plots from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and much more are intertwined and tied together through the story of a baker and his wife’s wish to start a family.

In the trailer, Little Red Riding Hood is walking into the woods, Rapunzel lets down her for her Prince, Cinderella turns from housecleaner to a beautiful princess in a ball gown, and Prince Charming is swoon worthy.

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Watch: Batkid Begins Documentary

He first kicked cancers butt and then the bad guys' butts!

Remember Miles Scott? The five-year-old leukemia survivor who won America's heart when he became Batman for a day and helped stop crime? Well now the young boy has his own documentary, Batkid Begins.

The teary trailer, which was released at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, gives a behind the scenes look at Batkid's rise to superhero fame.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation made it possible, recruiting volunteers to help transform San Francisco into Gotham city. During his special day, Batkid got to save the city from villains, saved a damsel in distress, rode in a "Batmobile," and was given a key to the city from the mayor. Over 16,000 people RSVP'd to help make his wish come true and over 20,000 people showed up to cheer the young boy on.

The documentary comes out in select theaters on November 15th. Check out the touching and tearful trailer below:

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The Hobbit: 'The Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer

Bilbo and the gang are back!

At the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, the trailer for third and final installment of Peter Jackson's, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, was released. Get prepared to follow Bilbo and the Dwarves into Middle Earth one last time. The 2 minute trailer includes the armies preparing for war and several fighting scenes.

Martin Freeman who plays Bilbo, says, ""One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened here - the good, the bad, those who survived and those that did not."

Smaug, the fire-breathing dragon, is also back destroying the homes of the dwarves. Can Bilbo and the gang defeat the dragon and reclaim their home?

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The First Trailer For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Has Arrived


The beginning of the end has started for fans of The Hunger Games, as the first teaser has been released for Part 1 of Mockingjay, the third and final installment of the series. The hype building clip sets the stage for the highly anticipated film, and fans get their first visual taste of what the film has in store.

Check out the clip below, and catch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in theaters November 21, 2014.