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Happy Friday The 13th! The Truth Behind 10 Freaky Movie Myths

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 13, 2013 3:01 PM
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10 Freaky Movie Myths
Friggatriskaidekaphobes unite! We’re hardly the superstitious types around these parts, but with today being the notoriously unlucky/cursed/bedeviled Friday the 13th, we thought we’d counter-program from all our festival and award season coverage, and take a moment to take a not-very serious look at some of the myths, urban legends and superstitions that have sprung up around Hollywood movies over the years. Should you be terrified to rewatch “Three Men and a Baby” for any reason other than that it’s “Three Men and a Baby”? Did Charlie Chaplin catch a time traveler? Just how many people involved have to die and for how long a period after filming has ended, for a film to be considered “cursed”? These are just some of the questions we’ll be shining a light on today, so grab your lucky rabbit’s foot, throw some salt over your shoulder, cross your fingers and knock on wood as we run down, and largely lay to rest, a few of the more stubborn myths about sinister forces or secret conspiracies or paranormal interventions that have dogged the movie industry for decades.

TV Shows From Steven Soderbergh & M. Night Shyamalan Continue Casting Up & 'Wizard Of Oz' Becomes Medical Drama

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 13, 2013 9:40 AM
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This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September.

Will You Go To See 'The Wizard Of Oz' In 3D? IMAX 3D Release & 4-Disc Blu-ray Set Planned For Fall

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 4, 2013 9:45 AM
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In his recent “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” Sam Raimi performed a tip of the hat to 1939's “The Wizard of Oz” by shooting its prologue in 4:3 black and-white with a shift to widescreen visual splendor afterwards. The director then unleashed an uneven vision of CGI creatures, 3D landscapes, and James Franco upon the screen, but this fall, it appears that the Judy Garland-starring original will receive some aesthetic influence back from Raimi's film.

Warner Bros. Converting Classic 'The Wizard Of Oz' To 3D For Yet Another Home Video Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 9:19 AM
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If there is one thing that the Warner Bros. home video division is great at, it's constantly releasing the same movies over and over and over again (note to Warner Archive -- you are the exception, you guys rule). It seems every few years, "Casablanca" gets put through another anniversary release or restoration with another box set or deluxe edition. Meanwhile, did you know that WB quietly snuck Orson Welles' long-awaited "The Magnificent Ambersons" onto shelves earlier this year in a barebones version with zero extras? Despite promising for years that it would get an extras-laden treatment? Face it, Bogart moves more units that Welles. And while we understand there will always be an audience for consumers who want a classic movie in their collection without having to think about it or even watch it, WB's next move is truly egregious.

Precious Childhood Memories Safe For Now: Robert Zemeckis Won't Direct 'Wizard Of Oz' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2010 11:49 AM
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Yesterday the internet collectively groaned when reports surfaced that Robert Zemeckis, the king of dead-eye CGI, was in talks to direct a remake of "The Wizard Of Oz" for Warner Bros. based on the original script for the 1939 film. Thankfully cooler heads have prevailed and the film is still just a bad idea on a producer's desk. For now.

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