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.

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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