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.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.