Ashley Wilkes’s Mansion From Gone With the Wind Is For Sale

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Though Margaret Mitchell mostly declined to be involved in the film adaptation of her classic novel Gone with the Wind, she did reach out to producer David O. Selznick’s company for one very specific reason: to mail them a newspaper clipping of a certain Georgia mansion, suggesting that they use it for Ashley Wilkes’s family home Twelve Oaks. They took her advice.

Now, almost 80 years after the film's release, the house is on the market, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.

Twelve Oaks newspaper clipping that Margaret Mitchell sent to David O. Selznick
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The current owners spent about $2 million to restore the 10,000-square-foot mansion in 2017, bringing it up to code with new electrical and HVAC modifications, as well as making major renovations to the bathrooms and kitchen. The home now also includes other modern technologies like remote-controlled chimneys (five of them) and fireplaces (an impressive 12), Tesla and Copper Creek charging stations for cars and golf carts, and an intercom system. Based on the photos, they managed to maintain the architectural and decorative spirit of the Antebellum era with dark hardwood floors, chandeliers, period lighting, and more.

Bedroom and study in Twelve Oaks Mansion
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The mansion boasts 12 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, a dining room that seats 40, three laundry rooms, a formal parlor, a four-car carriage house, a pool complete with a gazebo, and over 3 acres of gardens. And it's all only a three-block stroll from the historic town square of Covington, Georgia, a city known as the “Hollywood of the South” because so many movies and television shows have been filmed there (including 2014’s Selma, 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama, and 2000’s Remember the Titans).

Bathroom in Twelve Oaks Mansion
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Judge John Harris built the house in 1836. Following the Civil War, a man named Robert Franklin Wright bought the home for the tidy sum of $1000. It’s a little more expensive now, what with the restoration and inflation; bidding for the property started at $1 million.

If that’s in your price range, you can register with Target Auction to place a bid from now until July 25.

Stranger Things Writers Reveal 5 Movies That Connect to Season 4 in "Some Way or Another"

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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It was finally confirmed last month that Netflix's Stranger Things would be returning for a fourth season. While highly anticipated, the announcement didn’t give fans much to go on, however.

With fans clamoring for more, GamesRadar reports that the show's writers took to Twitter to satisfy our hunger for clues. On the Stranger Writers account, they announced that they'd be launching "Video Store Fridays," in which they'll reveal five new movies each week that "relate in some way or another to season four."

The writers then posted the first five films, as seen above, and they are as random as you’d expect them to be.

As GamesRadar points out, The Fisher King (1991) and Ordinary People (1980) deal with characters navigating big-city life after dealing with traumatic events, which could speak to the Byers and Eleven living in a new place after losing Hopper. The Peanut Butter Solution is a fantasy horror that involves the abuse of children, much like elements of Stranger Things, particularly Eleven’s early treatment. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is definitely reminiscent of the fantasy-meets-the-'80s vibe that's a hallmark of the series.

Lastly, You’ve Got Mail, the classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, seems like the most peculiar title on the list. In the film, the two characters fall in love by chatting online, which could possibly be a nod to Hopper still being alive and sending messages to Joyce through lights from the Upside Down, much like Will did in the first season. Too much of a stretch?

I guess fans will have to keep their eyes glued to Twitter to see if any more of these hints start to make more sense!

Kit Harington Reveals Which Harry Potter Character He'd Want to Play in a Prequel

Kit Harington is clearly drawn to dark, brooding characters.

Winter is Coming reports that Harington, who is best known for his role as Jon Snow in the hard-hitting HBO series Game of Thrones, spoke on a panel at ACE Comic Con this past weekend. Though he was there to discuss his upcoming role as Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film The Eternals, his involvement in—and love for—other franchises came up during the conversation.

The moderator of the panel surprised the audience by bringing up Harington’s love for the Harry Potter series, and, of course, asked him which Hogwarts house he aligns with. The 32-year-old actor responded, “I am a Gryffindor. I’ve thought very deeply about it.” Though Harington himself identifies with the lion-hearted, he does believe that Jon Snow would be a Hufflepuff because of his undying loyalty.

Harington was then asked which character he would want to play in a hypothetical Harry Potter prequel movie about the Marauders—a group of Gryffindors that included James Potter (Harry’s dad), Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, who attended Hogwarts a generation before Harry and his friends. And who were often at odds with Slytherin Severus Snape.

Harington's response was immediate, and enthusiastic:

Severus Snape is the most tragic, wonderful, brilliant [character] ... He’s a character you hate, and then end up loving. He’s just phenomenal. I don’t think I’m right for him, so I’ll play Sirius. But, whoever gets to play Snape, that’s a great character.”

[h/t Winter Is Coming]

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