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9 Things You Never Knew About The Shawshank Redemption


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4. Morgan Freeman Pitched That Baseball for Nine Hours

When Red and Andy first meet in the prison yard, Morgan Freeman tosses a baseball around while they talk. The scene took nine hours to shoot and, for verisimilitude, Freeman threw that ball the whole time. He came to the set the next day with his arm sprained and in a sling.


3. Director Frank Darabont’s Hands Did Some Acting

Whenever you see just Andy’s hands in the movie – most notably in the early scene during the murder – you’re not seeing Tim Robbins on-screen. Frank Darabont prefers to use his own hands for what are called “insert shots.”


2. The Film Flopped in Theaters

It’s crazy to think of now, but when The Shawshank Redemption first came out it was considered a bomb, only making back $18 million of its $25 million production budget. After it was nominated for 7 Oscars, it turned into a huge hit in the home video market.


1. Frank Darabont Was a “Dollar Baby”

Stephen King has a deal with selected student filmmakers that allows them to make a non-commercial film from one of his short stories for $1. Darabont adapted “The Woman In The Room” in 1983, and by impressing King with that film he was able to do a handshake deal for Shawshank.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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