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10 Things About The Shawshank Redemption You Never Knew

10 Things About The Shawshank Redemption You Never Knew
The Shawshank Redemption. It's one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made, forever linked to the already impressive filmographies of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Here we look at 10 things you never knew about The Shawshank Redemption.

It's not a biopic.

Ok, of course this is something you already knew about The Shawshank Redemption but as the movie was gearing up for production, this was actually very unclear. Frank Darabont had to shorten the movie's name from King's original title, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, after agents kept pitching actresses for the lead.

Stephen King licensed the story for a dollar.

Since 1976, the prolific author has offered the Dollar Baby deal. The Master of Horror will let aspiring filmmakers adapt his short stories for a single U.S. dollar. Contrary to how some have interpreted this, King still retains the rights to the stories. It's more of a license for noncommercial use.
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Poster and trailer for vampire horror Living Among Us

Vision Films and Red Compass Media are set to release the supernatural vampire horror Living Among Us this February, and you can take a look at the poster, trailer and synopsis right here…

Vampires have just made themselves public, and a documentary crew have been invited by their sectional leader to spend time with a family of vampires to see how they live. When they discover their secrets, how much danger will they put themselves in to get the footage they need?

Living Among Us is set for release in the U.S. on Friday, February 2nd 2018 and features a cast that includes the late John Heard (Home Alone), alongside Ésme Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), James Russo (Django Unchained), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You), Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Hunter Gomez (National Treasure), and Jessica Morris (The Wrong Man).

The
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Terence Marsh, Two-Time Oscar-Winning Art Director, Dies at 86

Terence Marsh, Two-Time Oscar-Winning Art Director, Dies at 86
Terence Marsh, the prolific art director and production designer who received Academy Awards for his work on David Lean's Doctor Zhivago and Carol Reed's Oliver!, has died. He was 86.

The London native died Tuesday at his Pacific Palisades home after a four-year battle with cancer, his wife, former talent agent Sandra Marsh, announced.

Marsh's meticulous design skills are prominent in Sydney Pollack's Absence of Malice (1981), Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct (1992), Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (1977) and the Frank Darabont dramas The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999), for which he designed the electric chair.

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Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86

Terence Marsh, Oscar-Winning Art Director of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ Dies at 86
Terence Marsh, the Academy Award-winning art director and production designer behind “Doctor Zhivago,” “Oliver!,” and “The Shawshank Redemption” died in his Pacific Palisades, Calif. home on Jan. 9 after battling cancer for four years. He was 86.

Marsh shared two Oscar wins for his work as art director on David Lean’s sprawling epic “Dr. Zhivago” and on Charles Dickens period piece “Oliver!,” directed by Carol Reed. He also received Academy Award nominations as production designer for “Mary, Queen of Scots” and “Scrooge.”

He was nominated for three BAFTA Awards for “The Hunt for Red October,” “A Bridge Too Far” and “Scrooge.” Throughout his career, he collaborated with acclaimed directors such as Sydney Pollack and John Huston. Among the other films he worked on as production designer and art director were “The Green Mile,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Absence of Malice” and “A Touch of Class.”

Marsh produced, wrote, and acted in some of his films. He designed
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Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86

Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86
Terence Marsh, the two-time Oscar-winning production designer and art director whose credits included The Shawshank Redemption and Doctor Zhivago, has died at the age of 86 following a battle with cancer.

Across a more than 50-year career, the UK-born Marsh worked on a host of award-winning films with directors including David Lean, Sydney Pollack, John Huston, Carol Reed, Fred Zinnemann and Frank Darabont.

He won two Oscars for his work as an art director on David Lean’s romantic epic Doctor Zhivago and Carol Reed’s 1968 musical Oliver!, and was nominated for three Baftas.

Marsh began his career as a draughtsman at Pinewood Studios, where he honed his talents in production design. In 1960, he was hired to work as assistant art director on Lawrence Of Arabia.

After re-locating to Los Angeles in 1975, his credits included A Bridge Too Far, Spaceballs, The Hunt For
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13 days until Oscar nominations... Can Roger Deakins win with a 14th nod?

by Nathaniel R

the great Roger Deakins on set

Is 13 an unlucky number? Not particular with Oscar, no, but Roger Deakins is surely anxious to move beyond it. The 68 year old cinematographer is still hugely in demand and a regular Oscar competitor but he's currently sitting at 13 nominations and Still has no statues to show for it. Will #14 prove lucky should he be nominated for Blade Runner 2049 this year (as is widely expected)? His nominated film list is just one beautiful astonishment after another: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Reader, True Grit, Skyfall, Prisoners, Unbroken, Sicario. His filmography also includes films like Thunderheart, The Secret Garden, Barton Fink, and Sid & Nancy. Will he win on March 4th or will someone else steal his
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HBO Sets Premiere Date for “Here and Now”

HBO has set the premiere date for one of its highly-anticipated upcoming series from the creator of its previous hit shows. The brand new drama Here and Now will begin its ten-episode first season on Sunday, February 11 at 9pm. From Oscar and Emmy winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood), and starring Oscar and Golden Globe winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption) and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Holly Hunter (The Piano, The Big Sick), the show is a provocative and darkly comic meditation on the disparate forces polarising present-day American culture, as experienced by

HBO Sets Premiere Date for “Here and Now
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger on Blu-ray

Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (2005, Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain) and Primetime Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (2016, Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama, “Orphan Black”) star in Stronger, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand today (December 19) from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the best films of the year” (National Review) and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Stronger is a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Also starring Oscar® nominee Miranda Richardson (1994, Best Actress, Tom & Viv) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), the film chronicles the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, the man who became a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded city.

Now you can own Stronger on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave
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Here Are All The New Releases Coming to Netflix in January 2018

Netflix is starting out 2018 with a ton of new film and TV series releases! We are only about halfway through December, but if you're curious to know what is waiting for you on the streaming service in the new year, we have a full list the new releases and their release dates. There's a lot of great stuff coming including a bunch of Batman Films, the Lethal Weapon movies, The Godfather trilogy, Caddyshack, Apollo 13, King Kong, The Shawshank Redemption, Training Day, and even all of the Bring it On films! You can check out the fill list below!

Week of 1/1/18

10,000 B.C. -- 1/1/18

30 Days of Night -- 1/1/18

Age Of Shadows -- 1/1/18

AlphaGo -- 1/1/18

America's Sweethearts -- 1/1/18

Apollo 13 -- 1/1/18

Batman -- 1/1/18

Batman & Robin -- 1/1/18

Batman Begins -- 1/1/18

Batman Forever -- 1/1/18

Batman Returns -- 1/1/18

Breakfast at Tiffany's -- 1/1/18

Bring It On -- 1/1/18

Bring It On Again -- 1/1/18

Bring It On: All or Nothing
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Stronger Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 19th

Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (2005, Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain) and Primetime Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (2016, Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama, “Orphan Black”) star in Stronger, arriving on Digital December 5 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 19 from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the best films of the year” (National Review) and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Stronger is a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Also starring Oscar® nominee Miranda Richardson (1994, Best Actress, Tom & Viv) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), the film chronicles the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, the man who became a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded city.

Inspired by the true story, Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who was at the 2013 marathon when
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Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake Coming to Netflix in the Us on January 5th

  • DailyDead
Horror fans have been looking forward to seeing Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake since the film was teased in trailers back in 2015, but bankruptcy issues at Relativity Media delayed and ultimately brought the movie's release to a halt. Since that time, Flanagan directed two well-received films for Netflix, and the streaming service has now revealed that they will bring Before I Wake out of film purgatory and into the warm glow of the TV screen.

Netflix revealed the exciting Before I Wake news in their full announcement of titles being added to their streaming lineup in January of 2018. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, and Kate Bosworth, Before I Wake will be available to watch on the streaming service beginning Friday, January 5th, marking its first official release in the Us (it was previously released internationally, including in the UK by Netflix).

Other titles being added to Netflix (in the Us) include 30 Days of Night,
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‘The Godfather’ Trilogy Makes Netflix an Offer It Can’t Refuse Next Month; ‘Marie Antoinette’ and ‘Midnight in Paris,’ Too

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Say this for 2018: It can’t be any worse than 2017, right? (Spoiler: It totally can.) At least Netflix’s first batch of offerings inspires cautious optimism in the new year, with everything from the entire “Godfather” trilogy, “Marie Antoinette,” five different “Batman” films and five different “Bring It On” movies (did you even know they’d made that many?), “Midnight in Paris,” the complete “Lethal Weapon” collection, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” and “The Truman Show” coming to the streaming service in January.

Read More:Netflix Reveals the Most Binge-Watched Shows of 2017: ‘American Vandal,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ and More

As for Netflix Originals, there are several: “Before I Wake” and “Rotten” are both available to stream as of January 5, “Somebody Feed Phil” and “The Polka King” premiere a week later, “The Open House” arrives on the 19th, and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” and “Dirty Money” both debut on the 26th.
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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in January 2018

If you’re hoping to start off the New Year by loading up your Netflix list, you won’t be disappointed. The streaming service has announced what’s being added, and there’s no shortage of films and TV shows to fill up your time, or just browse endlessly before eventually settling on the most comforting title available. New titles for January include Apollo 13, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Begins, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bring It On, the Lethal Weapon series, Love Actually, Marie Antoinette, National Treasure, The Godfather trilogy, The Italian Job, The Shawshank Redemption, The Truman Show, Willy …
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Stephen King adaptations, and straying from source material

Riyad Emeran Dec 11, 2017

Should filmmakers stick religiously to the source material? In the case of Stephen King adaptations, it can work very well both ways...

I watched The Shining recently, a film I haven’t seen for at least 15 years, maybe more. The first time I watched The Shining I was far too young for what was an X certificate movie at the time – VHS had opened the door to a whole host of viewing options for young teens – and I remember being disappointed at the lack of 'horror' on show. But when I revisited The Shining with more mature eyes, I realised that horror wasn’t just about violence and gore, and the truly disturbing nature of the film and its underlying story became clear.

Watching it again, now, I’m surprised at how powerful it still is. Yes, Shelly Duvall’s performance is still as comically insipid as it has always been,
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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel,
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Morgan Freeman’s Biggest Revelation: He Could Shape His Own Destiny

Morgan Freeman’s Biggest Revelation: He Could Shape His Own Destiny
Revelations Entertainment has explored a wide variety of topics since Morgan Freeman and computer-programmer-turned-producer Lori McCreary founded the production company two decades ago: The projects have been both global and universal, tackling South African politics (the 2009 feature “Invictus”) and women in power (CBS’ “Madam Secretary”) in addition to fundamental issues such as love, belief, rebellion and peace (the National Geographic docu-series “The Story of Us”).

But the impetus to form the company came from a deeply personal place in Freeman.

Like many men of his generation, Freeman grew up playing cowboy and watching Westerns. But, as an African-American, he didn’t see many people who looked like him riding high in the saddle on the big screen, literally or figuratively. There were a few who were given respectable but not necessarily fully developed roles, including “Spartacus” gladiator Woody Strode and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” co-star Rex Ingram, but most high-profile black actors appearing in mainstream films, such as
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5 Great Film Endings In Cinema History

In my last editorial, I discussed some of cinema’s best movie introductions, stating the importance of why a movie should rope you in and keep you firmly fixed in your seat. But film endings are equally important! I cannot count how many times I have sat through what I like to call “throw away” endings, ones in which come across lazy just to tie up the feature because the filmmakers seemingly ran out of ideas after showing their best ones already. But it makes one feel good when a lot of thought has been put into a script, especially when it translates well on screen. And a big part of that is giving the audience a big pay in which they will walk away from the movie and remember it for.

Below are five film endings that I think are just a small portion of ones in which really deliver.
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Awesome Geek Culture Christmas Cards Feature It, Star Wars, Game Of Thrones, Aliens, and More!

Artist Pj McQuaid has released an awesome new series of geeky Christmas card art! We've been featuring his stuff over the years and every year he comes up with some great card designs that the fans seem to enjoy. This time around we have Christmas Cards for It, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Aliens, The Shawshank Redemption, Tom Hanks, Cast Away, Twin Peaks and more. To check out some of his previously released Christmas Card art, click here. If you want to order some to send out to your family and friends, head on over the McQuaid's Etsy page!
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'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons

'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons
Director Frank Darabont knows Stephen King, or at least that was the idea sold by the marketing of 2007’s The Mist. Known for directing two of the best King adaptations, 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile, the thought of Darabont doing another King feature implied awards and critical acclaim would follow. But when The Mist debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, audiences were perplexed. The film’s Twilight Zone-esque take on a mysterious event that turns a small town into chaos was dark and contained one of the bleakest (and most divisive) endings on record.

In short, audiences...
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Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Played 4 Different Characters in the Film

There is no question that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is a very talented guy and writer, so it comes as so surprise that the New Zealand-born filmmaker stepped in and played Korg, one of the movie’s funniest supporting characters. But it seems that wasn't enough of a challenge for Waititi because he ended up playing four characters in the movie.

During an interview with the Empire Magazine podcast, Waititi revealed that he played three additional characters in the movie. He provided his voice and did the performance-capture for Korg who’s trying to organize a revolution on Sakaar and ends up fighting with Thor and his "Revengers" during the movie’s climax. Waititi also provided the performance-capture work for the fire demon Surtur, although that character’s voice was eventually provided by actor Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption). But Waititi also played a much smaller role. As he
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