Tomorrow’s Your Only Chance To See This Award-Winning Film About 9/11 In Theaters

It’s hard to imagine that after the shock of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. airspace was closed to everything except military aircraft. While domestic flights were forced to land at the nearest airport, what about international flights that were leaving the country or just arriving? They had to land as well. If you were on a flight going over the Northern Atlantic, more than likely your flight was diverted and told to land at Gander Airport.

You know Gander Airport, YQX for those keeping track, in Newfoundland, Canada. It was the perfect place to land a bunch of large planes. The former airport, once an important refueling point for flights across the Atlantic, is now mostly known as a place that planes land if they have in-flight emergencies.

On 9/11, 38 planes landed at Gander and a town of 9,000 had to deal with 6,500 visitors with no notice and no idea of how long they would be there.

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You Wanna Hear Somethin’ Crazy? There’s a Dirty Dancing Festival At The Lake Where They Filmed The Movie

Nostalgia is hot. Movies are hot. And nostalgia about movies is super hot. Actually, it always has been, but a generation ago you couldn’t just log onto a computer and follow the path of, for example, a couple who went to a bunch of locations where they filmed the Harry Potter movies. But nowadays, thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find those kinds of places…

So is it surprising that there’s a Dirty Dancing festival held at the lake where Baby and Johnny’s iconic water scene was filmed? Of course not! Here’s more about it…

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The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Castle Is A (Antici-PATION) Hotel!

It wasn’t Academy Award material, but The Rocky Horror Picture Show, based on the West-End musical The Rocky Horror Show, was released in 1975 and is one of the first cult classic films. Fans still go to midnight screenings, with confetti, toilet paper and water pistols at the ready, nearly 45 years later…

Filmed entirely in England (in just 6 weeks!) in late 1974, the castle exterior, criminologist’s study, Brad’s room, Janet’s room, dining room, Columbia’s room, entrance hall and stairs were all filmed at a castle that, at the time, didn’t have heat or indoor plumbing. Since then, they’ve done a lot of upgrades, and the castle is now functioning as a luxury hotel. Best of all, it’s just about 20 minutes outside of London’s Heathrow Airport!

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Visiting The Places in Salzburg, Austria Where They Filmed “The Sound of Music” (Without a Tour!)

I’ve been a fan of “The Sound of Music” (SOM) movie for pretty much my whole life. My first attempt at improvised harmony was to “Edelweiss” when I was 10 (my dad was SO PROUD!), and I have memories of singing “I Am 16 Going on 17” when I was, like, 3 or 4, and thinking someone that age was SOOOO OLD!☺ Visiting Salzburg, Austria, and the locations where they filmed parts of the movie, has been a bucket list item of mine for YEARS. So when Joe suggested in mid-late 2015 that we go there in mid-late 2016 as part of my “‘Ending with a zero’ birthday year,” I jumped at the chance.

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You Guys! The ‘Steel Magnolias’ House is a B&B! (and the Shelby Room is Amazing!)

Are you a fan of Steel Magnolia? Are you a really big fan? Because if you are, the centerpiece of the film, the Steel Magnolia House, located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, is a bed and breakfast, and they have a room all ready for you!

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