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April 25, 2013
Who: Jeff Bridges and the Abiders When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Cost: $45 to $100. Info: (323) 936-6400, theelrey.com.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the popularity of "The Hunger Games" franchise and the anticipation of the release of "Divergent" can attest, dystopic young-adult stories are all the rage these days, on screen and on the page. Now the first trailer has been released for a big-screen adaptation of one of the genre's seminal books, "The Giver. " Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury-winning novel and directed by Phillip Noyce, "The Giver" is set in a future society free from pain, suffering and conflict but also characterized by conformity and an utter lack of feeling.
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March 8, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Times film critic
For some, not even the heartbreaking finesse of Jeff Bridges' broken country singer Bad Blake can eclipse the pièce de résistance of "The Big Lebowski's" the Dude back in '98. Others would point to "Starman" or "The Last Picture Show." For me, it was 1992's "American Heart," another broken man stumbling toward recovery. But nearly everyone agrees that after five nominations, Bridges was long overdue for his Oscar, and "Crazy Heart" was as good a time as any to recognize one of the finest, most versatile and most authentic actors around.
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July 19, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The premise of "R.I.P.D. " is that there is a secret supernatural police force that protects an unknowing humanity from bad souls who want to escape their eternal damnation. So a just-dead Boston cop (Ryan Reynolds), killed by his crooked partner (Kevin Bacon), is paired up with an Old West lawman (Jeff Bridges). Overseen by a mod-era bureau chief (Mary-Louise Parker), the new duo must stop a growing swarm of bad guys from rebuilding an ancient contraption that would reverse the flow of souls to the afterlife, flooding the world with the evil and dead.
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March 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jeff Bridges will pick up his guitar again for Southland performances next month at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, and he'll be joined at both by his band, the Abiders. Bridges will play the El Rey on April 25, then heads to Indio for his Stagecoach performance the following day, wrapping up a tour of five Western states with a dozen stops. He'll be drawing from his 2011 major label album, “Jeff Bridges,” as well as from some of the material he sang for his Oscar-winning role as washed-up country singer Bad Blake in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart.” His tour opens April 1 in Folsom, Calif., but at Folsom Lake College, not Folsom Prison.
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January 8, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       CBS This Morning Kevin Frazier. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Martha Stewart; Cesar Millan; Naomi Judd. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Josh Brolin; Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri; Common and Michael Rainey Jr. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael David Duchovny; Marlon Wayans. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jeff Bridges; author Lisa Lillien.
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January 6, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
Townes Van Zandt, the tortured Texas troubadour who drank himself into an early grave, had a sad, sly song called "No Deal" in which a used-car salesman hands him the keys to a sedan with no engine and then explains: "You don't need no engine to go downhill, and I could plainly see that's the direction you're headed." The lyric drew a hearty laugh from Jeff Bridges, the actor who is getting perhaps the best reviews of his long and illustrious career for "Crazy Heart," which presents him as country singer Bad Blake who, like Van Zandt, is in desperate need of a spiritual handbrake.
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January 24, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Hollywood's Jeff Bridges, a musician before his acting career took off, will return to his roots with a pair of concerts this spring in suburban Las Vegas . Bridges will perform April 19 at Santa Fe Station and the following night at Red Rock Resort . Bridges' musical talents were showcased in 2010's “ Crazy Heart .” The veteran performer took home the lead-actor Oscar for his portrayal of Bad Blake, a down-on-his-luck country...
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the popularity of "The Hunger Games" franchise and the anticipation of the release of "Divergent" can attest, dystopic young-adult stories are all the rage these days, on screen and on the page. Now the first trailer has been released for a big-screen adaptation of one of the genre's seminal books, "The Giver. " Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury-winning novel and directed by Phillip Noyce, "The Giver" is set in a future society free from pain, suffering and conflict but also characterized by conformity and an utter lack of feeling.
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February 21, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
When Jeff Bridges won lead actor honors at the Golden Globes last month, he thanked the usual suspects: his loving wife, his agent, his "Crazy Heart" director, his publicist. And then he said something a bit less predictable: "I want to thank my stand-in, Loyd Catlett. We've done over 50, 60 movies together, man. Thank you, Loyd." "When he said my name, I froze for a moment: 'He just said my name,' " said Catlett, who had been watching the show at his San Diego home. "I didn't expect it. It was some form of recognition and thank-you."
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June 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Guess who's going to be in the upcoming movie version of "The Little Prince"? You're right, it's James Franco. It's obvious because that's his picture up there. But Franco is the obvious guess: At this point, he seems to be involved in practically every literary film that's in the works. He acts, options, writes and directs them -- sometimes all four at once. His adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" recently screened at Cannes. First published in 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" has become a classic of children's literature, although it's not entirely for children.
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May 5, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"There are things you can get away with in this world, and things you can't. " The voice is Matthew McConaughey's, and days after seeing him in "Mud," I can close my eyes and hear him still - a simple line echoing with the mysteries of a man caught in the emotional muck and Mississippi mud of Jeff Nichols' fine new drama. McConaughey's voice is like that, so specifically seasoned by Texas you know it sight unseen. That's the power of a drawl, the way it can wrap entire stories and an ocean of feelings in honeyed tones; the way it can fit a person, a character, like broken-in jeans.
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April 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Country music tends to pay a lot more attention to tradition than many other strains of pop music, and that trait comes through loud and clear every time country loses another veteran. They don't come any bigger than George Jones, and his death on the same day the three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival opened Friday in Indio was felt across the festival, from his classic recordings being played between sets by the weekend's performers to shout-outs to the memory of Possum from various stages to the heightened appreciation for the long-timers who are still with us. TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach You could feel it Sunday during the raucous ovation given to Don Williams, the laid-back singer and songwriter from Texas who had his greatest run of hits in the 1970s.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- With its elaborate network of traditions and signifiers, country music provides great cover for moonlighters eager to escape into a ready-made sideline. Quite a few part-timers are on the bill at Stagecoach this year, including the pop-jazz superstar Norah Jones, Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters) and the actors Jeff Bridges and John C. Reilly. And on Sunday night, the main stage will feature Darius Rucker, who's a full-time country act these days but reached Nashville only after scaling the pop chart with Hootie & the Blowfish.
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April 25, 2013
Who: Jeff Bridges and the Abiders When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Cost: $45 to $100. Info: (323) 936-6400, theelrey.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jeff Bridges took home the lead actor Academy Award for his portrayal of down-and-not-entirely-out country singer Bad Blake in the film "Crazy Heart," but that star turn on the big screen wasn't entirely an act. Bridges has been as passionate about music at least as long as he has been about acting, and he's about to push that passion center stage as he heads out on a short tour with his country-rock band, the Abiders. The band plays this weekend's Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio and headlines its own show Thursday at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
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April 19, 2011 | Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
As an actor, Jeff Bridges followed his Oscar-winning turn as down-but-not-out country singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" with an Oscar-nominated spin as down-but-not-out lawman Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit. " Now comes the news that Bridges will pick up a guitar once more, not for "Crazy Heart II," but for an album slated to be produced by his longtime friend, producer and "Crazy Heart" prime mover T Bone Burnett. Bridges has signed with Blue Note Records and is scheduled to release his major-label debut album late this summer, according to a statement released Tuesday by Blue Note.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- With its elaborate network of traditions and signifiers, country music provides great cover for moonlighters eager to escape into a ready-made sideline. Quite a few part-timers are on the bill at Stagecoach this year, including the pop-jazz superstar Norah Jones, Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters) and the actors Jeff Bridges and John C. Reilly. And on Sunday night, the main stage will feature Darius Rucker, who's a full-time country act these days but reached Nashville only after scaling the pop chart with Hootie & the Blowfish.
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March 21, 2013
The Coen Bros. film, "The Big Lebowski," starring Jeff Bridges, has achieved cult status thanks to hordes of adoring fans who obsess over its every detail and character. That's why something called Lebowski Fest was created. Fans of the film (called "Achievers") spend two days drinking white Russians, watching the film and other film-related live performances, and enjoying an energetic bowling party. Locations, times and prices vary. Fri. and Sat. http://www.lebowskifest.com .
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March 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jeff Bridges will pick up his guitar again for Southland performances next month at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, and he'll be joined at both by his band, the Abiders. Bridges will play the El Rey on April 25, then heads to Indio for his Stagecoach performance the following day, wrapping up a tour of five Western states with a dozen stops. He'll be drawing from his 2011 major label album, “Jeff Bridges,” as well as from some of the material he sang for his Oscar-winning role as washed-up country singer Bad Blake in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart.” His tour opens April 1 in Folsom, Calif., but at Folsom Lake College, not Folsom Prison.
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