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First off, Brad Sham wanted me to wish you all a "G'mar Chatima Tova"; sorry I forgot this morning in my haste to make it to temple on time. But if you couldn't make it to services this morning, there's always the new Coen Brothers movie coming soon to a theater near you: A Serious Man, which makes Yentl look like A Christmas Carol. If nothing else, it's a Coen Brothers movie that comes with its own built-in cult followng: At a recent preview at the Angelika in Mockingbird Station, three women sitting behind me started singing along with the movie's cantor as he chanted the prayer recited before the Torah reading. It's a very Jewish Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Ah, but speaking of the Coens and cults, here's a reminder to clear your schedule for Friday's Very Special Screening of director Eddie Chung's documentary The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans, which takes place at 8 p.m. at the Lakewood Theater. Dallas, of course, is one of the few major cities in the U.S. without a Lebowski Fest, where Chung spent several years bowling, drinking white Russians and hanging out with fans of The Big Lebowski. "Dallas was picked because, for some reason, there are a bunch of Lebowski lovers there, and, for whatever reason, the Lebowski Fest has not made it to Dallas yet," says Jean Sievers, who's doing PR for the movie -- and who's also Jeff Bridges's publicist. (The Dude's actually in the movie, as you can see in the trailer after the jump.) Austin's as close as the fest gets -- October 9 and 10, matter of fact -- but Sievers says, yes, there will be the chance to play dress-up. And, yes, Chung will be there to help judge the costume contest. And white Russians will be served. All they need is you to really help tie the event together.

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