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Live in Chicago? Capone has details on an exclusive AICN screening of FINAL DESTINATION 5, with Tony Todd Q&A!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

I realize that I haven't done any Ain't It Cool screenings in Chicago since getting back from Comic-Con, and that's partly by design. I've simply been too busy prepping interviews (you'll see a few of those hopefully before the day is done) and just generally getting caught up since my return, but looking ahead through the rest of August (and even a little into September), my plotting continues. I've got some great stuff lined up, some with guests, others without; some in which we've got the entire theater, others where I've got 20 seats to a very special event or two; some are screenings of films I can't fucking wait for you to see, a couple are of films I'll be seeing with you for the first time.

Up first is the latest in a franchise that has remained surprisingly strong through its now five-film run: FINAL DESTINATION 5. What makes this particular screening so cool is that we'll have one of the film's and franchise's stars, the legendary Tony Todd, on hand for a post-screening Q&A. Todd returns to the FINAL DESTINATION movies as the mysterious Bludworth, who always seems to have some words of advice and warning for our soon-to-be-dead heroes. For those of you who attended last year's HATHCET II screening with Todd, you know how much fun this man is in front of a crowd. Plus, he's still the man who put Chicago on the horror map thanks to CANDYMAN.

The screening of FINAL DESTINATION 5 (this will be screened in 3D) takes place on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to those who win), and we've got the entire theater to fill. Each winner can bring one guest. Here's how you win tickets:

Send me an email at (please note the new email address) with the subject line "Cheating Death!" (exactly like that). 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): "How do you want to die?" Be specfic and graphic is you want to. Keep your responses BRIEF--limit it to 50 words (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). People with the most interesting and original answers win. Winners will hear from me early next week.

Although this is an exclusive AICN event, it will be slightly overbooked to make sure there is a full house for our guest. So you should arrive early to make sure you get in and get a good seat. If you can't arrive early, don't enter this contest. If there's even the slightest chance you or your guest will have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. 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.

Anyone not showing up without informing me 24 hours ahead of time so I can fill their seats runs the risk of being no longer eligible for future screening contests.

Good luck, everyone! And thanks to New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures for giving us this very fun screening, and bringing Tony Todd back to Chicago.

-- Capone
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  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Not so final

    by Longtime Lurker

    if it's final destination 5 :)

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I mean, when is it REALLY FINAL, as in...

    by Longtime Lurker

    No more....please no more.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Sorry wasn't number four THE FINAL destination??

    by golden tribw

    I enjoyed #1, and #2 kicked off with the best highway crash/massacre I've ever seen, but I couldn't be bothered to watch more than a trailer for anything after that. Even as a Tony Todd fan, I have to ask, how is this franchise still going?

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Tony Todd is quite cool however, did a great X-Files ep back in the day

    by Longtime Lurker

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    #6 will be in 4D smellovision

    by golden tribw

    co-directed by Bret Ratner and Zack Snyder

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    By the way....

    by Longtime Lurker

    I must admit that I never bought the concept on these because I think they are too predictable, but have I judged them too harshly? That is, are there any genuine surprises in any of these movies?

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Tony Todd

    by golden tribw

    He had a bad-ass turn in XENA as Cecrops, an undead pirate captain cursed by the god of the sea. Someone already mentioned the X-files. There's THE ROCK, of course. CANDYMAN, too. And I've seen him elsewhere but can't think of what without looking it up.

  • Believe it or not, Candyman I have not seen :/

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I'd rather..

    by Warren

    Be tied up to a chair while my mouth is forced to eat out Rosie O' Donnell's pussy while my eyes were forced to watch Exit to Eden! You couldn't give me a free ticket to this dumb shit! The first one was good like Saw, but come on how many are you going to make! & when will all the retards out there stop watching them!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Lionel Hutz should sue the producers.

    by v3d

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by Xen11

    Major props to you. Xena is fucking awesome and Cecrops is a role of Tony Todd's that immediately comes to mind. That episode is pretty vivid and sticks in the mind. As for the Final Destination franchise. I agree, #1 was original and great. #2 was very good and very much fun. #3 was pretty good and pretty much solidified the typical nature of the rules, so anything more was pointless, unless it had something new to add to those rules. #3 was pretty good on its own. But along comes #4 and adds absolutely nothing, just even further solidifying the rules like #3, but #4 was pretty weak. After #4, I told myself if they ever dared make more, to never watch them because #4 made me feel like such a fucking idiot for being had like that, despite the fact that THE Final Destination is apparently not the final one. Why do I feel compelled to see #5, when I know it will most likely be utter shit? The trailer did absolutely nothing for me, but I just feel an obligation to watch every entry as all series make me feel ( like the Saw series ). Damn useless sequels with nothing to say.