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Capone has the Winners' list for the advance Chicago IMAX screening THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!!!

Capone here, with the list of winners for tickets to see an advance Chicago screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES on Wednesday, July 18 at 9:30pm.

To give those of you who didn't win a sense of your odds, I had about 700 seats request for 50 seats. That might be the most entries I've ever had in a screening contest for Chicago, and I had an absolute blast reading over the entires (some very moving) and looking at the photos you send me of your altars to Batman and his universe. These were really tough choices, and I wish I could have gotten more people in. Alas…

Those who entered and won will receive an email from me shortly with the details on the location of the screening. If you entered this contest and your name is on the list, but you did not receive an email, let me know and I'll get you the details.

SLIGHT CHANGE CONCERNING SEATING: This is not an exclusive AICN event, and we will not have seats saved for winners. However, there should be enough seats for all. That being said, unless you want to end up in the front row (it's IMAX and you really don't), you should get there early.

And because we've had way too many last-minute cancellations at recent screenings, the 24-hour cancellation policy does not apply for this screening. If you enter this contest, win, and cancel or don't show up for ANY REASON, the black list will become your new best friend. These tickets are like gold, and if you win and don't collect, you're an idiot.

Here are the lucky winners…

Hector X. Cruz (+1)
David Fowlie
Michael Gallo (+1)
Randy Ginden (+1)
Sharon Gordon (+1)
Tom Gronkowski
Nick Harris (+1)
Jennifer Hinkson (+1)
Jeffrey Holdvogt (+1)
Kirk Jackson
Mike Kerz (+1)
Mia Kerz (+1)
Scott Koehler (+1)
Kate Kulzick
Don Lehman (+1)
Eloy Lopez (+1)
Steve Macauley (+1)
Sarah Marrs
Joe Matuch (+1)
Mark Miller (+1)
Tom Morrison
Chris Othic (+1)
Gavin Rehfeldt
Patrick Roe (+1)
Lindsey Romain (+1)
Aimee Schaefer (+1)
Matt Streets
Timothy Troy (+1)
David Wilson (+1)
Sandy Wong (+1)

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  • July 17, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    All of you all are some lucky motherf%%@..Congrats!

    by MRJONZ72

    Wish had something like this around my way..Oh well.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    If you have a plus 1

    by bumbleward

    And want someone to hold seats with, say about noon - I'm your guy. Let me know!

  • July 17, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Lucky fuckers.

    by Chris

  • July 17, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Eloy Lopez!!! Eloy owes me $50.00...

    by Mr Soze

    Remember that time I pissed in that cup for you. Because you didn't want to get fired from your bus driving job hauling special needs children around. You promised me $50 or a pair of your sisters panties. Pay up Eloy!!!

  • July 17, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Sandy Wong!!! Sandy hows the Herpes???

    by Mr Soze

    Ill never forget that lovely night behind the dumpster of that Waffle House.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by Batguy

    Congrats to all, though!

  • July 17, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    We were allowed to send Photos?!? Damnit!

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    I didnt see that in the rules. That would have changed everything! grrr....

  • July 17, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    thats no "slight" change...

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Having seats saved is the difference between showing up 2 hrs early and having to show up 6 hrs early

  • You guys got the best shit in town. Sorry to hear they shut down the daycare. :(

  • July 17, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    just noticed the two kerz's. almost certainly related

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Should be limited to one winner per family. they could use the +1 for their spouse

  • I remember when you used to pull your weiner out in Geometry class. Good times...

  • July 17, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Hector X. Cruz!!! When did you get out???

    by Mr Soze

    Like Confucius say..., "No such thing as rape, woman run faster with dress up then man run with pants down."

  • July 17, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    From a neutral person who didn't try entering...

    by HansBubi

    I feel like the "seats won't be saved" issue should be more clearly and fully explained. When I read that, to me that means you have just as good a chance of getting in as some random person who lost the contest. Or, you're hoping a critic or someone else that was invited to go doesn't show up. You basically won a chance in the "waiting" line, similar to the people that show up to Butt-Numb-A-Thon that didn't "win" a seat yet are hoping to still get in through luck. If I'm completely off-base and don't understand the situation, I imagine at least a few of the winners are probably also uncertain of how this "slight" change affects them. Approximately when should they show up? How exactly does this affect their odds of getting in (despite the reassuring words about most likely getting in fine)? In case my tone is being misinterpreted, I only bring these questions up out of concern for the winners. If I were one of them, right now I would be questioning the certainty of my admittance, and I would be thinking about showing up at least an hour or two earlier than planned. I'm not sure if those are warranted or not.

  • July 17, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by zillabeast

  • July 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Sandy Wong. What an unfortunate name.

    by zillabeast

  • July 17, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Havibg been to a few of these AICN Chicago screenings, showing up an hour early generally lands you in the middle of the line. For this Batman screening I would say an hour might get you inside the door. It's gonna be insane. I also didn't enter this contest because I already bought tix to see it at Navy Pier IMAX on Saturday.

  • July 17, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Somebody gonna review this movie on here soon?

    by Steve Lamarre

    The heat's making me impatient, oy vey!

  • July 17, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    How could you not have a +1?

    by Garbageman33

    Hey, I got free tickets to the Batman movie at the IMAX two days before it comes out, anyone want to go with me?

  • July 17, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Sure.... "Tom" Gronkowski......

    by I_Snake_Plissken Belichick.....listen man, I'm too sick to make practice today.......

  • July 17, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by bumbleward

    Forever alone!

  • July 17, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I stand by my fuck you...

    by ames prather

  • July 17, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    Thanks for your input. I have also attended a couple AICN screenings in Chicago over the past few years. I just don't remember Capone ever writing "We will not have seats saved for winners" beforehand. Does he mean that there is a block/number of seats saved for AICN, but if you're running late you become a seat/number that is given away?

  • July 17, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Don Lehman!!! Still farting on your hand and smelling it???

    by Mr Soze

    Ahhhhh... Don Lehman you silly fucker

  • July 17, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    mr soze

    by mumpsey


  • July 17, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Thank you mr soze

    by Ozman X

    That gave me a good laugh.

  • July 17, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Man O' Man, what I wouldnt give to be you guys right now

    by GravyAkira


  • July 18, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    no Swaney?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • July 18, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    I think that's probably a pretty good assessment of what it means. If its not AICN exclusive then they only get so many seats and other outlets get certain amounts and at a certain time it becomes a free-for-all.

  • July 18, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    You've given them everything.

    by knowthyself

    Not everything. Not yet.

  • July 18, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by the artist formerly known as messi

    I can't say how much these movies mean to me. I've watched Begins countless times and the soundtrack has been playing constantly since the movie came out. As for Rises. It is a great movie. Partially makes no sense but . The makes no sense bit. As a Batman fan, some elements don't make sense and just scream that Nolan is done with this and wants to move on. The idea of Batman going into exile is ridiculous, Batman giving up being Batman after 1 year? Ludicrous. "The War goes on", this is a war to him. Maybe get disillusioned 10 years down the track but 1 year? This just seems like Nolan wanted to end it but have no one pick up after. That's annoying and egotistical. He created a franchise that could easily have been like James Bond and gone on. To be honest I would have preferred that Dark Knight ended darker like Long Halloween and Two Face killing Maroni and then giving himself in thus undoing everything they did but Batman saying "the war goes on" showing he'll never give up because he never does. As for this. It is not as good as Begins but better than Dark Knight. Dark Knight was great but it has a weak narrative structure where the pacing was off and too much daylight and all the great Batman elements that were in Begins were gone instead of added upon. Begins however is tight as fuck. It is a BATMAN film in every sense, the tone, the Batman elements, the way it ended with Batman as a superhero instead of just a masked vigilante. The narrative flow and the way it unfolded and it felt so much like Batman. The second act is like a Detective Comics arc, the cinematography, the lighting they used. Great. Rises brings up a lot of Begins, there is a huge amount of Begins references and even flashbacks. As a film in itself, it is great but even less of a Batman film than Dark Knight despite having so many elements like a ton. It's a huge film with some incredible filmmaking and whilst long it doesn't have the weak narrative flow of Dark Knight. However it is heavy on plot. Maybe too heavy. Too much story maybe. I still miss the yellow lighting from Begins which is present at times but is needed more. I am blown away by how much actual comic book there is in this. I mean the plot is No Man's Land, not exactly but pretty much. Knightfall seemed like a given but I thought Nolan would only reference but of it or vaguely allude at most when they even did the breaking of the Bat. That scene you imagined would be in but assumed Nolan wouldn't do it. He does it. Bane is a great villain. He will become Iconic by just how ferocious he is and he is understandable for the majority of the movie. I have to say though that the prologue scene that was inaudible. IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. AND IT SOUNDS RIDICULOUS. It is so obviously ADR and the timbre and Tone of Bane is different and honestly not as good as the prologue released with Mission Impossible. They just had to clean up the audio, not rerecord the fucking thing. When Bane says "No one cared who I was until I put on the Mask" it was great in the prologue but here he says it after his mask is pulled off and the impact isn't there. The sound mixing on this movie was quite bad to be honest, so much dialogue is inaudible and the general sound mixing is weak. As for twists, well the one every comic book fan knew is in there. Bane's origin is surprisingly in the movie, prison and all, with a twist. Bane himself, thanks to movie magic, looks fucking humongous. He towers over people, he fills the screen, physically and with presence. Not one scene where you think he's smaller than Bale. My fav part though was the Ra's Al Ghul bit. Hearing that music again where when I saw Begins for the first time I knew that it would be something special. Just amazing. Also to hear the theme when Bruce walks into the prison yard in Begins when we see Bruce again here, beautiful. They might as well have credited James Newton Howard because so much of his music is in there. However sadly, that epic piece of music in the Nokia trailer is nowhere to be seen. It is a great movie but kind of silly conclusion, just seems a bit "I want to move on already" and takes it's cues from Dark Knight Returns. However the whole JGL aspect at the end was silly. They should have just had Batman saving the day and then standing in front of the graves of his parents and then passing the torch to another actor or just continuing it. Just silliness at the end, there's no reason they couldn't just continue it. It seems like they ran out of ideas or Nolan really wants no one to touch his franchise but will still be selfish and not continue. I love the movie but it is still not Batman Begins, the true Batman movie.

  • July 18, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by the artist formerly known as messi

    Unacceptable. They had an actual motif for Batman and it is hands down the best hero theme ever and they didn't use it in Dark Knight nor Rises. Fail.

  • July 18, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Superman came on the scene between TDK and TDKR

    by krylite

    ..then he left for years looking for survivors of Kyrpton like what was mentioned in Superman Returns, so Bruce Wayne has to come out of retirement in TDKR lol. Not sure how BB is so much the "true" Batman film when they differed from the comics on how he learned his martial skills or how his personal gear is like an overstuffed Mission Impossible spy suit. TDK brought out the full potential of the Joker onscreen.

  • July 18, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by the artist formerly known as messi

    That's irrelevant and if anything the changes made in Begins should have been in the comics from the start. I'm saying true Batman like Batman doing the detective stuff, knowing everything, planning everything, having a plan. Having Ra's Al Ghul, his greatest enemy(not his arch nemesis) train him is so profound and makes the story and origin so tight. That Batman, was trained by the most dangerous man on earth. Whilst TDK brought the potential of the joker even though I don't think they went far enough(eg no bad jokes, or killing randoms at Bruce's party) certain scenes do not make a full film. And the tone was off from Begins.

  • July 19, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Nice racism, Mr. Soze

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    I guess if you had made a gay joke everyone would be up in arms but people show their true colors when it's another minority group.