The Sound of Music is Returning to Theaters

© 1965 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved
© 1965 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved

It's been more than 50 years since Julie Andrews enlivened the hills of Austria with The Sound of Music, but audiences have hardly forgotten. As part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series—which has recently brought West Side Story, Big, and The Big Lebowski back to the big screen—The Sound of Music will be returning to more than 600 theaters across the country for a limited engagement in September.

The Sound of Music, based on the 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical of the same name, made a huge impact at the box office upon its release. In addition to being the first film to gross $100 million, it also showed some serious staying power, playing in theaters for well over a year after its original release. The film earned five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise. And in 2001, it was added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry for preservation.

Though it was seemingly universally beloved by audiences and critics alike, there was one individual who was not a fan: Andrews's co-star, Christopher Plummer. Though the musical made the actor a household name, he's been known to refer to it as "The Sound of Mucus," "S&M," or simply "that movie." In 2010, he told The Boston Globe, "I was a bit bored with the character. Although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean it can't appeal to every person in the world. It's not my cup of tea."

With all due respect to Captain von Trapp, we vehemently disagree. As will the thousands of people who are likely to be lined up for these limited screenings. There will be four showings total—two on Sunday, September 9 and another two on Wednesday, September 12 (at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time on both days). The film will be screened in its original widescreen format, and a mid-film intermission will be included.

To find out where the film is playing near you, visit the Fathom Events website, which is presenting the film in association with Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Friends's Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc Once Pitched the Idea of a Phoebe and Joey Romance

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It's hard not to get sucked into all the romantic relationships that Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe had on the hit '90s sitcom Friends. And if you're a devout fan of the show, you probably have some opinions of your own on the various love interests seen throughout the 10 seasons. Or you may even have rooted to see relationships play out that never happened. For those viewers who ever hoped to see Phoebe and Joey get together: you're not alone. That was one romance Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pushed for, too.

During a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2016 (per Insider), Kudrow and LeBlanc, who played Phoebe and Joey, respectively, revealed that they had pitched a secret affair between their characters at one point in the show. When asked why the pair never got together, LeBlanc explained:

"Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time. We’d go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they were like, 'Nah.'"

While the idea sounds like it was shot down pretty quickly, imagine the Central Perk crew finding out that Joey and Phoebe had been having an affair all along. But for now, this reveal from the actors is all just a "moo point" at the end of the day.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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