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08.17.2011

Mark it zero, dude. Despite an impressive lineup of talent and an enthusiastic crowd, the BIG LEBOWSKI cast reunion and Q&A last night at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom - with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro all in attendance - was a major disappointment.

What should have been an fascinating night reliving a cult classic with the stars of the film turned into a stilted and awkward affair. The assembled crowd of LEBOWSKI devotees (the so-called Urban Achievers) paid upwards of $75 for tickets and some drove from as far as Ohio to be in attendance but all deserved better than what they got.

The Q&A was marred with audio difficulty from the very start as none of the people on stage, including the moderator, could hear anything. Julianne Moore kept having to repeat things to Jeff Bridges and poor Steve Buscemi was out in left field and smiled politely while wondering what was going on. At point did anyone involved with the production attempt to adjust the audio in the monitors (or if they did, they didn't do a very good job).

There were moments of long, awkward silences as if no one on stage knew what to do. The moderator once asked John Goodman a question twice and Goodman, with a confused look on his face finally just said, "Yeah..." adding "I don't know, I can't hear a word anyone's saying!" Bridges too took some time out to appeal to the crowd, explaining that it was very "surreal" up on stage with absolutely no audio.

To be fair, the cast was working hard and seemed to be having a very good time, even Buscemi, who walked out to a chorus of "Shut the fuck up, Donny!" from the audience. He took it all in stride and when first given the chance to speak, the first thing he said was, "No, YOU shut the fuck up!" Bridges seemed very excited to get things moving, at one point becoming a de facto moderator and throwing out topics to the panel and the audience, while the actual moderator sat back, looking confused (to be fair, I don't know what he was able to hear).

The crowd particularly ate up Turturro who didn't have much to say (after all, The Jesus is a pretty minor character) but even a simple Jesus hand gesture had the crowd in fits. Goodman reluctantly broke into some Walter and delivered a "You're out of your element!" for the crowd (but mostly because the Q&A itself was going so poorly).

Last night was a rare opportunity to get the entire cast of one of the most beloved comedies of the past 10 years back together to reflect on the film, its surprise success and their careers since then. Instead the opportunity was wasted and who knows when we'll get to bring them back again. Someone at the Hammerstein needs to acknowledge the mistakes and, at the very least, apologize to the audience (I'd suggest refunds, but that'll never happen).

If you're interested in watching the whole affair for yourself, the streaming video is still available over at the Digital Dorm and we've included some highlights below.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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3:21AM on 08/18/2011

Why didn't someone just get up and say something?

I don't understand why people just ignore things. I don't care who they are, if I paid $75 & the mics didn't work they better goddamn fix it! Hell if lights are too bright in a movie theater, they will be turned off & that costs less than a 5th. I would bet you that even the celebs would have been fine with it. C'mon now.
I don't understand why people just ignore things. I don't care who they are, if I paid $75 & the mics didn't work they better goddamn fix it! Hell if lights are too bright in a movie theater, they will be turned off & that costs less than a 5th. I would bet you that even the celebs would have been fine with it. C'mon now.
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1:47PM on 08/17/2011
I'm afraid to hit play..
I'm afraid to hit play..
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11:36AM on 08/17/2011
Whoever put that shit together needs to be fucking fired. That was worse than an event being thrown together by the first eliminated contestant of The Apprentice.
Whoever put that shit together needs to be fucking fired. That was worse than an event being thrown together by the first eliminated contestant of The Apprentice.
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11:03AM on 08/17/2011

Leave it to NY

What the fuck are they sitting on??? The organizers clearly spent their budget on chairs and forgot about everything else....
What the fuck are they sitting on??? The organizers clearly spent their budget on chairs and forgot about everything else....
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10:09AM on 08/17/2011

How did they fuck it up?

They had a hour and a half pre-show before the stars even hit the stage. What should have been an epic reunion was completely ruined.
And $75 a ticket? Fuck that. The only way you'd get that much from me is if you handed me a copy of the Blu-Ray on my way out or in for the event.
They had a hour and a half pre-show before the stars even hit the stage. What should have been an epic reunion was completely ruined.
And $75 a ticket? Fuck that. The only way you'd get that much from me is if you handed me a copy of the Blu-Ray on my way out or in for the event.
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9:51AM on 08/17/2011
I hate to say it..but yea..it was awful. The interviewer was awful...the crowd was AWFUL. I'm sooooo glad I decided not to get tickets to this once I saw the price. I would've been pissed if I was there and had to listen to assholes yelling out quotes all night.
I hate to say it..but yea..it was awful. The interviewer was awful...the crowd was AWFUL. I'm sooooo glad I decided not to get tickets to this once I saw the price. I would've been pissed if I was there and had to listen to assholes yelling out quotes all night.
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9:42AM on 08/17/2011
I guess no one involved in organizing this had heard of stage monitors. Eeek.
I guess no one involved in organizing this had heard of stage monitors. Eeek.
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9:24AM on 08/17/2011
Thats a shame to get a reunion together like this and in todays world of high - tech have it all fucked up.
Thats a shame to get a reunion together like this and in todays world of high - tech have it all fucked up.
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