The Wizard of Oz is Returning to Theaters for Its 80th Anniversary

Warner Bros. via Fathom Events
Warner Bros. via Fathom Events

In the summer of 1939, Victor Fleming set the standard for movie magic with the release of The Wizard of Oz. Even today, the big-screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—which follows young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her group of misfit friends, and her little dog, too—regularly tops the list of the greatest movies ever made and was recently named the most influential film of all time. Now, in honor of its 80th anniversary, the iconic film will be making its way back into theaters for a limited, three-day run, beginning this weekend.

The Wizard of Oz, which won two of its six Oscar nominations in 1940, will kick off this year's TCM Big Screen Classics series—a collaboration between Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies that regularly brings beloved films back to the big screen, and has already put My Fair Lady, To Kill a Mockingbird, Steel Magnolias, The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, and The Godfather: Part II on the schedule for 2019.

TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz will offer recorded commentary both before and after the film so that viewers may better appreciate the scale of its filmmaking achievement.

The Wizard of Oz will play on nearly 700 movie screens across the country on three days over the next week: Sunday, January 27; Tuesday, January 29; and Wednesday, January 30. While most Sunday screenings will happen at 2 p.m. local time, some theaters will run an encore later in the day. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the movie will screen at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase now at the Fathom Events website.

For a look at all your favorite films that will be making their way back to a theater near you this year, check out the full TCM Big Screen Classics schedule here.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Netflix

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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