Ashley Wilkes’s Mansion From Gone With the Wind Is For Sale

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Though Margaret Mitchell mostly declined to be involved in the film adaptation of her classic novel Gone with the Wind, she did reach out to producer David O. Selznick’s company for one very specific reason: to mail them a newspaper clipping of a certain Georgia mansion, suggesting that they use it for Ashley Wilkes’s family home Twelve Oaks. They took her advice.

Now, almost 80 years after the film's release, the house is on the market, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.

Twelve Oaks newspaper clipping that Margaret Mitchell sent to David O. Selznick
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The current owners spent about $2 million to restore the 10,000-square-foot mansion in 2017, bringing it up to code with new electrical and HVAC modifications, as well as making major renovations to the bathrooms and kitchen. The home now also includes other modern technologies like remote-controlled chimneys (five of them) and fireplaces (an impressive 12), Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations for cars and golf carts, and an intercom system. Based on the photos, they managed to maintain the architectural and decorative spirit of the Antebellum era with dark hardwood floors, chandeliers, period lighting, and more.

Bedroom and study in Twelve Oaks Mansion
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The mansion boasts 12 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, a dining room that seats 40, three laundry rooms, a formal parlor, a four-car carriage house, a pool complete with a gazebo, and over 3 acres of gardens. And it's all only a three-block stroll from the historic town square of Covington, Georgia, a city known as the “Hollywood of the South” because so many movies and television shows have been filmed there (including 2014’s Selma, 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama, and 2000’s Remember the Titans).

Bathroom in Twelve Oaks Mansion
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Judge John Harris built the house in 1836. Following the Civil War, a man named Robert Franklin Wright bought the home for the tidy sum of $1000. It’s a little more expensive now, what with the restoration and inflation; bidding for the property started at $1 million.

If that’s in your price range, you can register with Target Auction to place a bid from now until July 25.

Friends Cast Confirms Reunion Special is Coming to HBO Max

David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
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Could we be any more excited? After months of reports that the cast of Friends might be coming together for a reunion of sorts, it looks like it's officially a done deal.

According to Variety, all of the six original actors—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—have signed on for an unscripted special from HBO Max. While previous reports claimed each star would likely earn between $3 and $4 million for their appearances, it's now believed their paychecks will be "at least" $2.5 million apiece.

And to make everything even more real, the beloved actors behind the iconic series are personally confirming the news. All six stars took to Instagram quickly after the news dropped to share their excitement. "It's happening," they captioned the posts.

In a statement, HBO Max's chief content officer Kevin Reilly had this to say of the news:

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together—we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends—and audiences—gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

The Friends reunion does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting this May.

Coming Soon to a KFC Near You: Fried Chicken and Doughnuts

KFC is bringing doughnuts to the table.
KFC is bringing doughnuts to the table.
Kentucky Fried Chicken

You might have noticed that fast food franchises have upped the stakes considerably when it comes to promotion. In 2019, Taco Bell briefly opened a themed hotel in Palm Springs, California. Meanwhile, Wendy’s has become known for a particularly salty Twitter presence that takes swings at the competition, regularly roasting rivals Burger King and McDonald’s.

KFC recently introduced a collaboration with Crocs for shoes with a fried chicken design. In 2016, they offered a chicken-scented sunscreen. Their newest attempt to garner attention is in the form of a new fried chicken and doughnuts platter. But unlike some novelty foods, this one is rolling out nationwide.

KFC enthusiasts can choose either fried chicken on the bone or their boneless crispy chicken tenders that come with one glazed doughnut. (A big basket meal will give you two doughnuts.) If you want to reach Roman Emperor levels of decadency, you can opt for their fried chicken and doughnut sandwich, which uses two doughnuts to bookend a chicken filet.

All the doughnuts are served warm, a touch usually reserved for Krispy Kreme and other premium doughnut dispensaries. If you feel like grabbing a single doughnut, you can, provided you order one of their other meals.

KFC calls the chicken-and-doughnut combo “the newest fried chicken trend” that’s gaining in popularity, with some independently owned storefronts like Federal Donuts in Philadelphia basing their business on the dish.

KFC tested the doughnuts in 2019 and apparently got enough of an enthusiastic response to make them available across the country for a limited time. You can find the doughnut baskets and sandwich at stores beginning Monday, February 24. If you’re in Los Angeles, a special Colonel’s (Chicken and) Donut Shop will pop up two days earlier on Saturday, February 22.

[h/t Hypebeast]

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