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Live in Chicago? Capone has details on winning one of 60 seats to an advance screening of INCEPTION next week!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. I don't think there's any reason to talk up writer-director Christopher Nolan's latest work INCEPTION, except to say that a lot of people seem to be hoping and praying that it saves our collective brains from a summer of truly subpar-to-pure-shit releases from the majors. Now I've said before, but it's worth repeating that anyone who thinks the summer overall sucks isn't looking hard enough for the good stuff. There are a handful of really great movies playing or about to open in theaters all over the country. Sometimes these movies are only playing on one screen at a multiplex or only at your local arthouse theater (if you're fortunate enough to have one or two). But we're not hear to talk about all things small; we're talking about one very big release next week. I have got about 60 seats for the Chicago premiere of INCEPTION on Monday, July 12 at 7:00pm at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). Here's how to secure a pass good for you and one guest: READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY. IF YOU STRAY FROM THE RULES, YOUR ENTRY GETS DUMPED. Send me an email at with the subject line "MIND CRIMES". In the body of the email, I need your Name, the name of your Guest (yes, I want both names, and this must be the guest you bring with you), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): "When you saw the first trailer for INCEPTION, what did you think the film was about?" I don't want you to give me a description of the plot as you understand it. I want to know what your initial thoughts were when you let your mind and imagination run wild after you saw the first moving images from Nolan's movie. Keep your responses BRIEF--limit your answers to 100 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). The most creative and interesting answers will win, and I will read everyone. Winners will receive an email from me fairly soon. This contest will close as of midnight Wednesday night. No exceptions. This is NOT and exclusive AICN event, and therefore it is overbooked to assure a capacity crowd. Winners need to arrive early, or they run the risk of not getting into the screening. If there's even the slightest chance you'll have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. You'd be amazed how many last-minute emergencies (or other lame excuses) crop up in the 12 hours before every screening. If you have a job that might make you late or unable to attend, or an ill/pregnant relative, or a temperamental significant other, or a scratchy throat, do not enter. If you win and don't show up, you will literally be stealing a seat from someone else. Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you there.
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  • July 6, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • July 6, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • July 6, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • July 6, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by Bronx Cheer

    Very very sweet. Good luck all.

  • July 6, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    I hate you, Chicago

    by BadMrWonka

    you get all the cool stuff. I feel like I've been to 50% of all advance screenings ever in Seattle, and it's still like 5 total.

  • July 6, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

    Better win the oscar!

  • July 6, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Kickn Rad!

    by GroolDemon

    Good luck all!

  • July 7, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by james4543

    That's all

  • July 7, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Why never New York?

    by aicnmscott

    Can anyone explain this to me?

  • July 7, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    I would drive down there

    by RPLocke

    But that's like a six hour drive, but I would totally do it.

  • July 7, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Already seeing this tomorrow

    by JackBauer24

    and the wait is still interminable!

  • July 7, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    by aliciaw

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  • July 7, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by Dr_Satan

    It seems unfair to my sensibilities that some Chicago-ite should be allowed to see the wonderful masterpiece INCEPTION before I. And free from opening their purse strings, no less. I am almost tempted to take a journey to Chicago with my little box of tools and revenge myself upon one of them. My chainsaw has certainly not been used for a long time. Death to the Chicago-ites!

  • July 7, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Can't you wait two more weeks?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Inception will be good but its not going to change your life. If you live in Chicago by all means try and see it early, but waiting a few more days doesn't bother me in the slightest. All this "damn chicago" stuff is fucking retarded.

  • July 7, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    Live in Detroit? FUCK YOU!

    by DiscoGodfather

    Bitter, party of one, your table is now available.

  • July 7, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    You guys don't have this yet?

    by Konigsberg

    It's already playing in our theaters in Canada. Bizarre.

  • July 7, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I second the call for New York screenings...

    by KillDozer

    Do you need help coordinating these things? I'd happily lend a hand.<p>The District 9 advance screening was great.

  • July 7, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for IMAX

    by oisin5199

  • July 7, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by aliciaw

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  • July 7, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by DavidDunn

    How are you seeing it tomorrow? Just curious... I think its time aintitcool let me do the Warrensburg, MO leg of the site. We can start bringing in big shows here. I mean its only logical with a town that is booming with 16,000 people right?

  • July 7, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by JackBauer24

    Won tickets to the Premiere in London

  • July 7, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is a black white single?


    No, come on spammer - inform me. Is it like that race of aliens from Star Trek where they were black on one side and white on the other? Or are they people with Michael Jackson disease?

  • July 7, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Mind Heist...

    by TenderBranson

    Just to get you a little more pumped for the film...

  • July 7, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Yet again, why the fuck do you never have anything in NYC?

    by yoyoMa45

    Isn't it only the largest media market in the world?

  • July 7, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Because NYC is a suburb of Detroit.

    by JuicyFruit

  • July 8, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Re: Detroit

    by DiscoGodfather

    I'm not bitching about no advance screening of "Inception" in Detroit. I'm bitching about no advance screening of ANYTHING EVER in Detroit. Even Entertainment Weekly would rather do advance screenings in Nashville or Charlotte than Detroit. AICN doing exclusive screenings in Chicago or Austin I can kind of understand, because those are home bases for the site. But this isn't an AICN exclusive, and Detroit still gets squat. We're one of the top 5 moviegoing markets in the US and we have one of the top-grossing IMAX theatres in the country. Not to mention the sheer number of movies now filmed or being filmed in the city and state (Gran Torino, Youth in Revolt, Red Dawn, Real Steel, High School, Harold & Kumar 3, Scream 4, the new series Detroit 187 to name just a few.) I'll wait for "Inception" like I wait for everything else, but it'd be nice to see a little something special in Detroit once in a while.

  • July 8, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Events and Screenings

    by Bronx Cheer

    I've been living in Chicago five weeks after living in NYC for six years, and it's clear why Chicago is busy with events and NYC is not. Capone makes things happen here while nobody steps up in the same role for AICN in New York.