The Shawshank Redemption Is Returning to Theaters in September

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
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Few movies have a legacy that can compare to director Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption. Released in September 1994, the movie barely snuck into the box office top 10 the week it was released nationwide—then earned just a bit over $28 million against a budget of $25 million in the U.S. Not exactly an impressive haul, especially considering that the movie was actually nominated for its fair share of Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

But in a risky move, Warner Bros. decided to ship more than 300,000 copies of The Shawshank Redemption to VHS rental stores when the time came, which was well over the amount a movie like that would normally command. As a result, it wound up finding an audience as the most-rented title of 1995 and became one of the decade's most notable films as a result, despite not seeing success in theaters.

Even today, a quater-century after its release, The Shawshank Redemption is still at the top of IMDb’s user list of the 250 most popular films of all time, looking down on cinematic institutions like The Godfather (1972), Star Wars (1977), and The Dark Knight (2008).

Thanks to Fathom Events's TCM Big Screen Classics series, The Shawshank Redemption is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a return to select theaters on September 22, 24, and 25. Each Fathom screening of the movie also includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. To find out if there’s a screening in your area and score some tickets before they're gone, you can head to the Fathom Events website.

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas


Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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