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Live in Chicago? Wanna see (500) DAYS OF SUMMER early? Capone has all the details!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, coming off an incredible high after last night's extremely successful HUMPDAY screening. The film's director, Lynn Shelton, actually sat and watched the film with the wildly enthusiastic crowd, and she could not have been more pleased with the response to her wonderful movie or the questions from you guys after the screening. Big thanks to everyone who came and wrote about it afterwards. But the summer isn't even halfway over and we still have many films to show you before the season is complete. We've been extremely lucky this summer in that we've been able to make nearly every screening a 100 percent AICN reader audience event. I'm not a big fan of the cattle-call process of overbooking a screening and then running the risk of turning people away. One of the films I've been dying to screen this summer ever since I heard about how great it played at both Sundance and SXSW was (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. I finally saw the film myself a few weeks back, and now I'm kind of desperate to show it to AICN readers, but the opportunity to arrange a dedicated screening just wasn't available this time. So what I've managed to do instead is secure 100 seats (50 Admit-Two passes) for a screening of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER on Tuesday, July 7 in Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). The people running the screening are going to set aside all 100 seats for the AICN winners, so nobody will get turned away unless you show up late. Here's how to secure a pass good for you and one guest: Send me an email at with the subject line "THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): What is your favorite film featuring an unconventional love story? Remember we'll only have 50 winners for this contest, so I'm weighing your creativity heavily on this one. Keep your answers BRIEF--limit your answers to 75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). And if you win, it's kind of critical that you actually show up since your presence will be missed. So if there's even the slightest chance you can't make it, don't enter the contest. Winners will receive an email from me later this week. Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you there. -- Capone

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  • June 30, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • June 30, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I LOVE ZOOEY D!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by wackybantha


  • June 30, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I have never heard of this movie!

  • June 30, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Get on that, Wildcat!

    by Ribbons

    Just sayin'

  • June 30, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Come across as some kid Steve Urkeling over Laura

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    But I may watch for Zooey.

  • June 30, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by WildcatWildcat

    Can't! Unfortunately, I am leaving on the day of the screening for a conference.

  • June 30, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    just saw this in chicago

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    was great, i want zooey so fucking bad

  • June 30, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    and I was at Humpday

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    surprised the hell out of me, it was extremely funny

  • June 30, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Screening three weeks ago

    by djw1138

    Did anyone else go to the Chicago screening for this three weeks ago? Roger Ebert was in attendance.

  • June 30, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    At the River East?

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    I had passes, but didn't use 'em.

  • July 1, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Saw this in DC last week. LOVED it.

    by flickchick85

    It strangely reminded me of Annie Hall. In a good way. It may be my favorite rom-com ever...which sounds like faint praise, I know, but there have been good ones, people. This is a GREAT one. Actually, it's more of an anti-rom-com in a way. But it's definitely tied with "Up" as my favorite movie I've seen this year so far.

  • July 1, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    500 Days is our generation's The Graduate

    by gamus

    this was the biggest emotional gauntlet of a film I've ever experienced. funny, sad, sweet, beautiful, angry, traumatic. wow.

  • July 1, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Not needed really

    by Pontificus

    Not to be critical, because I love the screenings and all the films I've been able to go to thanks to Capone, but tonight I went to my second screening of this in the Chicago area and Fox Searchlight is offering free passes on their site for this screening and others, it doesn't seem like something that needs it. Anyway, best of luck to those going, it's a very entertaining film.

  • July 1, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by Pontificus

    I just checked again and it says this one is filled on Fox Searchlight's site, so I guess this is worthy of contest-ness, etc. Landmark is certainly better than River East too.

  • July 1, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Zooey's super cute and all . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but my GOD it blows my mind how so many fanboys seem to ejaculate all over their monitors whenever there's a talkback involving her. I like to think she'd be creeped the fuck out by all of you.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I honestly thought this movie had already come out

    by YackBacker

    That's how forgettable this movie is to me.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Great film

    by willisdown

    I saw it last night here in NYC. It was similar to the film Peter and Vandy I saw screened a few months ago. The story moves back and forth through Deschanel and Levitts relationship, tell bits and pieces of the story out of chronological order. Well done, I recommend it.

  • July 1, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Zooey is beautiful.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • July 1, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Zooey D is in it!

    by wackybantha

    'nuff said.

  • July 2, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Saw this a couple months ago in Orlando.

    by Mosquito March

    Very entertaining flick, but still pretty lightweight. The one thing that has really stuck with me is the soundtrack. Whoever the music supervisor was really put together a great collection of songs, and married them perfectly to the visuals. As for Zooey - she gets on my fucking nerves. She only plays one role, over and over. One of these days, she's going to be too old to play the quirky artsy chick, and then she'll be out of a job.