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UPDATED!!! Live in Chicago? Wanna see Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES early? Capone has the details!!!

Published at: June 15, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

UPDATE! Alright folks, the contest is closed. We've already got enough entries to fill a screening three times the size of the very large house that we have. Thanks to all of you who entered. Winners will be announced soon!!!
Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. And today and for the next week, Chicago is the only place I'd want to be. I'll explain why. Ever so often, choosing the alias Capone has its advantages, but never more so than right now. People often ask me how I selected Capone as an alias, and the truth of the matter is I gave it absolutely no thought. One of my pre-AICN writing job gave me cause to travel quite a bit. One of my more exotic trips was to Malaysia, where I was fortunate enough to meet and chat with some of the locals. In talking to some of the people I met on that trip (as well as subsequent trips to Hong Kong and Tokyo), the two things that people always knew about Chicago were the basketball stylings of Michael Jordan (this was the late '80s and early '90s, after all) and the gangsterisms of Al Capone. So when I wrote my first piece for AICN some 11 years ago, "Michael Jordan" just didn't have the same ring as a sign-off name that "Capone" did. I have a healthy fascination with gangsters and gangster films, sure, but really it was this reason I chose the name. So last summer, the PUBLIC ENEMIES production pretty much took over areas in and around Chicago, including a location on Lincoln Avenue where the Biograph Theatre was located. Walking down that street during production was like entering a time warp--classic cars, restored store fronts, vintage costumes, the works. It was a bit of Old Hollywood right here in the Windy City. Needless to say, I love it when Chicago is featured so prominently on the big screen. I also love that PUBLIC ENEMIES was directed by one of Chicago's favorite sons, Michael Mann, who gave me my first look at the city I would later call home in a fantastic caper film called THIEF. He also created one of the greatest television shows ever set in Chicago (at least for the first season), a short-lived bit of awesomeness called "Crime Story," which I watched religiously during college for its season-and-a half-run. Mann is one of the greatest directors of cinematic crime on film (and DV), and it's so great that he returned to the land of his birth to shoot this now-legendary tale. Because of all of this, pretty much every day since I found out they were making PUBLIC ENEMIES, I said to myself and anyone else who would listen: I'm really want to screen this film about John Dillinger for an AICN audience in Chicago. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. We have the exclusive AICN screening of Universal Pictures PUBLIC ENEMIES, taking place Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). Yes, this is on a Friday, and yes, this is nearly two weeks before the film is set to open on July 1. Here's how to secure a pass good for you and one guest; READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY OR YOUR ENTRY WILL GO RIGHT IN THE TRASH! Send me an email at capone@aintitcoolmail.com with the subject line "PUBLIC ENEMIES #1". In the body of the email, I need 1). Your Name; 2). Your Guest's Name (if you are not bringing a guest, please indicate as much); and 3). the Answer to the Following Question (read carefully): "Who is your favorite movie gangster, and why?" Give me the name of said character, the movie they appeared in, and a reason why. I'll be judging these entries on originality, and I'll leave it at that. Keep your answer BRIEF--limit yourself to 75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). Winners will receive an email from me with all of the screening details. As for the winners' guest list, BOTH the winner and the guest must have their names on the guest list, and BOTH must show IDs at the screening check-in table. Simply telling me you'll have a +1 in your entry will not be enough this time. If your guest's name changes between the time you win and the date of the screening, you can let me know and I'll make the swap. But your name must be on the list to get in. No exceptions! Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you there. And if you happen to see a representative from Universal Pictures at the screening, be sure to give them a hug; they made this happen. -- Capone capone@aintitcoolmail.com



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  • June 12, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    it's times like this

    by CherryValance

    that make me wish I lived in Chicago. I'll go ahead and answer the question anyway. Fred Fenster. Self-explanatory. I wouldn't say Michael Corleone even though I totally identify with the guy, but for some reason I don't consider him a gangster. Is that weird?

  • June 12, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Dammit!

    by Exile236

    Of course I'm going to be out of town that weekend!?! *Grumble*

  • June 12, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    not that excited for this...

    by Stifler's Mom

    I was a little surprised by how ugly and digital the trailer looks... period films, the especially Depression era, just seem inherently cinematic... Mann's last few films have all looked very digital, distactingly so.

  • June 12, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    God I hope I get in

    by Kief_Ledger

    I love me some Michael Mann.

  • June 12, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    first!

    by maitlanr

    fuck you dad!

  • June 12, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    ...

    by CGI_Pants

    I want to go to there.

  • June 12, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Not in Chicago...

    by MCVamp

    But I'll answer too. Favorite movie gangster? JABBA THE HUTT. Fat, horny, greedy, vicious...this was a gangster who truly knew he was the scum of the galaxy and reveled in it. And even though he went out a little rough, one muses that even as he died, part of him got off on it a little. (Please no Carradine jokes, assholes.)

  • June 13, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Should we just pencil in Anne Holub?

    by Continentalop

    She has won like six of these things in a row. <p> That is five times more than Swaney.

  • June 13, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    NICE.

    by cinemixtape.com

    I got to be on set for a little of the filming in Milwaukee. Chatted up Mann's bodyguard after he thought I got too close to his trailer. I would be thrilled to drive down from Milwaukee for this screening. Hope I win. The Observe and Report screening was a total blast.

  • June 13, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I already saw this movie (in December)

    by maxbrown

    I was at the very first screening in Portland back in December 2008. <p> I know that what I saw was an early cut of the film, but I can't shake my initial reaction. It was a completely cliche movie and horribly predictable. It reminded me of every period piece of the last 10 years. <p> All I mean to say is that no one should hold out their hopes of it being worthwhile. I heard one comparison from my test-screening saying that it was on the level of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, but that's total bullshit. <p> Not even Depp seems to believe in himself here. <p> You've already seen this movie 100 times. Don't bother.

  • June 13, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Yes

    by HideousSecretion

    Thank God I live in Chicago. This screening sounds really sweet.

  • June 13, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    The commercials look shitty

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Bale never acts, and Depp overacts. I'm sure it will be a mess.

  • June 13, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    I live in NW Indiana plus I work in the Loop, so I better win

    by terry1978

    Got the chance to see them shoot some of the Crown Point escape scene when they were over here, pretty well done.

  • June 13, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Attention Everyone!

    by The Funketeer

    maxbrown would like you to know that he is cooler than the rest of you. That is all.

  • June 14, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    My grandma wants me to win before her hip transplant

    by Whtshark

    Please don't disappoint her =(

  • June 15, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.Paul Blart Mall Cop had the best selling DVD two weeks in a row and made $146,336,178 dollars domestic B.O.

  • June 15, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Now we're gonna get PAUL BLART 2: BLART HARDER

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Coming January 2010

  • June 15, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Smelly Blart

    by HideousSecretion

    I blarted really hard and shat my pants. Would that be shlarted?