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.

Breaking Bad Movie's Title, Release Date, and Plot Details Revealed

Frank Ockenfels, AMC
Frank Ockenfels, AMC

While Better Call Saul has been a wonderful way to stave off Breaking Bad withdrawals, fans have been waiting months to get more details on the Breaking Bad movie that was announced earlier this year. And it has finally arrived. Netflix has just announced that the movie, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, will drop on October 11, 2019.

According to the official synopsis, the film will "reunite" fans with Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman following the events of the series' highly acclaimed finale:

"In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad."

According to Variety, "It is unclear whether Bryan Cranston, who played main character Walter White in the series, will appear in the film. Cranston has previously confirmed that the film was happening but would not say whether or not he would be involved."

While Cranston's involvement may be unknown, based on the newly released trailer, it's clear that Charles Baker will be reprising his role as Skinny Pete. (We can only hope that this means Badger will be along for the ride, too.)

Though Breaking Bad aired on AMC, partnering with Netflix makes sense for the film, as the streaming network owns the rights to the series (which remains a popular binge-watch). And Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix with being a key reason for the show’s ultimate ratings success.

While accepting the show’s first Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 (it won again the following year), Gilligan took a moment to acknowledge the integral role Netflix played in helping Breaking Bad find its audience.

“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” Gilligan said. “Not only are we standing up here, I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need

Amazon
Amazon

Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured
Amazon

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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