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Moviegoers Can Catch Free Screenings of Hidden Figures This Weekend

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Since premiering at the end of last year, Hidden Figures has made a major impact on Hollywood. The movie earned three Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. And after surpassing La La Land at the box office on February 6, it became the high-grossing Best Picture nominee of the year.

If you’ve yet to see the film despite all the buzz it has received, AMC Theaters and 21st Century Fox are teaming up to offer you an opportunity to see it for free: On Saturday, February 18, moviegoers in select markets across the country will be treated to complimentary screenings of Hidden Figures, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The movie, which tells the story of three black, female NASA mathematicians who helped to send John Glenn into space in 1962, will be shown for free in celebration of Black History Month. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan. Spencer received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance.

The limited promotion is coming to theaters in 14 cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Groups and individuals can reserve tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at AMC's website. If you don’t see a location near you on the list below, you can request additional screenings for your school, community group, or nonprofit organization here.

  • AMC Southbay Galleria 16, Rodondo Beach, CA (LA)
  • AMC Aventura 24, Aventura, FL (Miami)
  • AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Atlanta)
  • AMC Ford City 14 (Chicago)
  • AMC Westbank Palace 16 (New Orleans)
  • AMC White Marsh 16 (Baltimore)
  • AMC MJ Capital Center 12 (D.C.)
  • AMC Southfield 20 (Detroit)
  • AMC Esquire 7 (St. Louis)
  • AMC Cherry Hill 24 (Philadelphia market)
  • AMC Bay Plaza 13 (NYC)
  • AMC Mesquite 20 (Dallas-Ft. Worth)
  • AMC Bay Street 16 (Oakland)
  • AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (Charlotte)

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson
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On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson, who was born on this day in 1936, noted the event in his "Red Book" journal, in characteristic short-form style: "Dinner with Douglas Adams – 1st met." Over the next few years the men discussed how they might work together—they shared interests in technology, entertainment, and education, and ended up collaborating on several projects (including a Labyrinth video game). They also came up with the idea for a "Muppet Institute of Technology" project, a computer literacy TV special that was never produced. Henson historians described the project as follows:

Adams had been working with the Henson team that year on the Muppet Institute of Technology project. Collaborating with Digital Productions (the computer animation people), Chris Cerf, Jon Stone, Joe Bailey, Mark Salzman and Douglas Adams, Jim’s goal was to raise awareness about the potential for personal computer use and dispel fears about their complexity. In a one-hour television special, the familiar Muppets would (according to the pitch material), “spark the public’s interest in computing,” in an entertaining fashion, highlighting all sorts of hardware and software being used in special effects, digital animation, and robotics. Viewers would get a tour of the fictional institute – a series of computer-generated rooms manipulated by the dean, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and stumble on various characters taking advantage of computers’ capabilities. Fozzie, for example, would be hard at work in the “Department of Artificial Stupidity,” proving that computers are only as funny as the bears that program them. Hinting at what would come in The Jim Henson Hour, viewers, “…might even see Jim Henson himself using an input device called a ‘Waldo’ to manipulate a digitally-controlled puppet.”

While the show was never produced, the development process gave Jim and Douglas Adams a chance to get to know each other and explore a shared passion. It seems fitting that when production started on the 2005 film of Adams’s classic Hitchhiker’s Guide, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop would create animatronic creatures like the slovenly Vogons, the Babel Fish, and Marvin the robot, perhaps a relative of the robot designed by Michael Frith for the MIT project.

You can read a bit on the project more from Muppet Wiki, largely based on the same article.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in October
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Netflix subscribers are already counting down the days until the premiere of the new season of Stranger Things. But, as always, in order to make room for the near-90 new titles making their way to the streaming site, some of your favorite titles—including all of 30 Rock, The Wonder Years, and Malcolm in the Middle—must go. Here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in October ... binge ‘em while you can!

October 1

30 Rock (Seasons 1-7)

A Love in Times of Selfies

Across the Universe

Barton Fink


Big Daddy


Cradle 2 the Grave

Crafting a Nation

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Daddy’s Little Girls

Dark Was the Night

David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (Season 1)

Day of the Kamikaze

Death Beach

Dowry Law

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief

Friday Night Lights (Seasons 1-5)

Happy Feet

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison




Love Actually

Malcolm in the Middle (Seasons 1-7)

Max Dugan Returns


Million Dollar Baby

Mortal Combat

Mr. 3000

Mulholland Dr.

My Father the Hero

My Name Is Earl (Seasons 1-4)

One Tree Hill (Seasons 1-9)


Picture This

Prison Break (Seasons 1-4)

The Bernie Mac Show (Seasons 1-5)

The Shining

The Wonder Years (Seasons 1-6)


October 19

The Cleveland Show (Seasons 1-4)

October 21

Bones (Seasons 5-11)

October 27

Lie to Me (Seasons 2-3)

Louie (Seasons 1-5)

Hot Transylvania 2

October 29

Family Guy (Seasons 9-14)


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