Charles Portis, the author whose 1968 novel “True Grit” inspired two beloved big-screen Westerns, died Monday at the age of 86.The Arkansas native had struggled with failing health for several years, according to his brother, Jonathan, who confirmed the death to the Arkansas Times.Portis was born in 1933 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Samuel Palmer Portis and Alice Waddell Portis. He served in the Marines during the Korean War before going on to study journalism at the University of Arkansas.He was a newspaper reporter before going on to write fiction, having written for Fayetteville’s Northwest Arkansas Times, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal, the Arkansas Gazette, and Newsweek. He went on to become the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, according to an obituary his family prepared for the Ruebel Funeral Home which was obtained by to the Arkansas Times.Also Read: 'M*A*S*H' Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies After Battle With CancerHis 1968 novel “True Grit” was his biggest success. It inspired a 1969 John Wayne film, and later the 2010 film starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld. It follows the story of a young farm girl who hires a drunken lawman to catch the outlaw who murdered her father. They go on a quest along with a Texas Ranger to track down the villain, and on that adventure, the strength of their “grit” is tested.Portis’ other work includes comic fiction like “Norwood,” “The Dog of the South,” “Masters of Atlantis,” and “Gringos,” as well as a collection of his shorter works called “Escape Velocity.”Read original story Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86 At TheWrap
Jeff Bridges is taking on his first TV role, starring as a retired CIA officer in “The Old Man,” a drama based on Thomas Perry’s novel of the same name, for FX. “The Old Man” is from the team behind Starz’s “Black Sails.” Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine will write the script and executive produce alongside Dan Shotz. Bridges is an executive producer along with Warren Littlefield and David Schiff. Here is the description of the series from FX: Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, “The Old Man” centers on “Dan Chase” (Bridges) who...
A Stella Artois ad bringing together an unlikely pair, Carrie Bradshaw and the Dude, is set to air at the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
The Dude still abides. Jeff Bridges tweeted out a teaser video of himself appearing as his iconic character from “The Big Lebowski,” the 1998 Coen Brothers cult classic on Thursday morning. “Can’t be living in the past man. Stay tuned,” Bridges tweeted. The video shows Bridges, dressed as The Dude (aka Jeffrey Lebowski), turning to the camera looking down while wearing sunglasses and laughing. It then concludes with a tumbleweed going past a red carpet and revealing “2.3.19.” That, of course, is the day of Super Bowl LIII, and it’s unclear at this point whether Bridges is appearing in a Super Bowl ad, or if there are plans for something larger that will be revealed on that day. Representatives for Bridges declined to comment. The video also ends with a trademark for “Universal City Studios,” and representatives for Universal did not immediately respond to comment. Also Read: Jeff Bridges Wants a 'Starman' Reunion: 'Karen Allen and I Have Been Jammin' on Different Ideas' (Exclusive) There has long been speculation about a “Big Lebowski” reunion, reboot or sequel. For the film’s 20th anniversary in October 2018, Bridges appeared with co-stars Steve Buscemi and John Goodman for a lengthy “Today” show interview. John Turturro also revived his character Jesus Quintana, the trash-talking bowler in “The Big Lebowski,” for a planned spinoff film called “Going Places.” During last year’s Super Bowl, Chris Hemsworth faked people out into thinking there might be a new “Crocodile Dundee” movie. So maybe you don’t think there’s a chance at another “Lebowski” movie, but that’s just like, your opinion, man. Watch the video Bridges shared below: Can’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/zL2CLYhGAM — Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 24, 2019 Read original story Jeff Bridges Appears as His ‘Big Lebowski’ Character in Short Teaser (Video) At TheWrap
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 76th Golden Globes on Jan. 6, 2019. Bridges has starred in films like “The Big Lebowski,” “Crazy Heart,” “True Grit,” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys.” “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to bestow the 2019 […]
The real-life inspiration for Jeff Bridges's character, “the Dude,” reveals what it was like to be the inspiration behind the cult classic.
While it’s always a devious treat to hear actors bad-mouth the movies they’ve starred in, it’s tough watching Jeff Bridges come to terms with the failure of The Giver. Bridges, now on the promotional circuit for his new action movie The Seventh Son (out Friday) talked all about his disappointment with the late-summer release in an interview with Ricky Camilleri on HuffPost live, telling the host, he has “plenty” of regrets about The Giver. For instance, he wasn’t keen on the idea of casting a twentysomething actor like Brenton Thwaites as The Giver’s main character, who is 12 in the book.