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South Florida - It's Time To Go On AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY To An Advance Screening Of THE HOBBIT Next Week!!

The Kidd here...

I have no idea what Harry has planned for this year's BNAT, and that includes THE HOBBIT. Is he going to show it? Could he possibly not show it? You're asking the wrong guy, as the boss keeps all his secrets for his annual film celebration/birthday party pretty close to the vest. For those of you with tickets, I'm sure he's got plenty of coolness planned for you over the weekend. However, for those of you not going this year, if you happen to be in, near, around or willing to make the trip to South Florida, I can absolutely guarantee you that I will be showing you THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY at an advance screening this Monday night, December 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the AMC Sunset Place 24 in South Miami. 

Want to go? First come, first served... so get on it, because once I get enough entries to wipe out all our tickets, I'm shutting this bad boy down. 

Send in your name in the body of an email to with the following subject line exactly (in all CAPS):


Once all our tickets are gone, winners will be emailed and posted up on the site. 

If you're not sure if you're going to be able to make early enough to get in, it's quite simple - don't enter. If you don't think you can get out of work early enough, or if you have class, homework, chores, scheduled surgery, an unreliable car, prior engagements or previous commitments that may prevent you from attending this screening, don't try to win only to let these seats go to waste. We've been having far too many no-shows lately, so if you decide you're not going to go in the event you do win tickets, don't worry about playing again in the future. You're going on my Black List forever and ever. 

Thanks to Warner Bros. for setting this up with us, and good luck to you. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Dec. 4, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    48FPS = Vomit Induction

    by jemagee

    All you weak stomach motion sickness folks - don't go see the 48FPS uniless you wanna get sick

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Fingers crossed!

    by Jesse

    I'd love to see the Hobbit!

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Early Reviews are 'Ehhhh' . .

    by Sluggolicious

    The Variety review pretty much sums up my thoughts on Jackson's LOTR trilogy. Maybe, with some time to let the whole concept settle in, critics are beginning to realize these movies are ridiculously over-blown and actually kind of silly.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    got my tickets for 48FPS IMAX!

    by Simpsonian

    jemagee must be a weak-ass bitch

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Excited about this, Loved the book

    by Supermans

    Loved the book, I hope this movie does it justice :) From the sounds of it, having it be three movies and in 48fps will be amazing. I even loved the play performed by my high school when I was a kid.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by jemagee

    I wasn't just 'speculating' on the vomit induction of the new hobbit - there are reports from early screenings of people getting something similar to motion sickness - it might just be getting used to 48fps when other things are in 24fps (you know - like the previews) I hate Tolkiens writing - it bores me to tears - the movie trilogy bored me to tears - peter jackson has a lot in common with gore verbinski in terms of bloated idiocty and the need for a good editor

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    SIX CLIPS and a review

    by HornOrSilk There you go. You are welcome.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by Harry Varela

    So how many tix does a winner get?

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    simpsonian, I don't think IMAX can handle that many frames for a 169 minute movie.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    The Dark Knight Rises was approaching the limit at 165 minutes. Now if you double the frames.... Yeah, this won't work in true IMAX, it's physically impossible.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Word on the street about 48fps

    by XoanonTORN

    The reviews are in and 48fps is getting a big thumbs down from reviewers and fans alike. I'm hearing the distraction from the frame rate is too much to handle, and cannot be overcome even for a 2+ hour movie. Additionally the added 'reality' of the frame rate is doing a disservice to the costumes, props and makeup...they look cheap by comparison to LOTR. I dismiss the talk of too much humor in the film (the Hobbit should be lighter than LOTR). But I am fully expecting a shitcanning for 48fps. Keep that frame rate for documentaries and nature films, it is doing harm to the mainstream motion picture industry. I fear PJ (and I do love the man) and his 48fps cheerleaders are in the wrong on this one, this will NOT go mainstream, and may even hurt the film series in the long run. Prediction: Hobbit 2 and 3 never get the 48fps treatment.

  • From Underworld to The Hobbit it's been pretty obvious that 2012 has been a let down, the movies were'nt bad they were just 'meh' How i was stoked in 2011 for John Carter/The Avengers/Spider Man/ Prometheus/The Dark Knight Rises - the trailers were epic - we should know by now not to trust them! The Avengers made loads of money - but lets be honest, it was all a bit silly for anyone over 10 yrs old. Batman was as rarely seen as a Bengal Tiger in The Dark Knight Rises (just a hint to whoever re boots the franchise; i do like a bit of Batman in a Batman movie...) and please disregard that awful ending... Prometheus was a beautiful technical wonder to look at in 3D, but Ridley's return needed a taut tense story not the overblown quasi chariots of the gods bilge..... John Carter......Just amazes me that somethings find there way from storyboard to screen - see Green Lantern for other examples on how not to make big budget fantasy - mis cast lead and 20 years too late. And now reviews of the Hobbit are realising my fears of this new set of movies, looks like the studio has played it safe & just copied all we've already seen in the LotR trilogy, the trailers have not excited me much cause it all looks too similar...... Oh how different it could have been in the hands of Del Toro....Hopefully Pacific Rim will be a hit & Big G will get to make that Halo movie i'm waiting for! Trust James Bond to emerge victorious above a sea of spandex and Digital faces! Skyfall was the best surprise of the year, considering it followed the dull QoS my hopes weren't high. 2013 will be more spandex and Hobbits.... I hope Pacific Rim and Elysium do well just for something different & i hope in 2014 Godzilla stomps on all who stand in his path! :O The Hobbit will make billions like Avengers and TDKR but wads of cash don't make great movies - see Twilight/HP/Transformers/Avatar for other examples of such crap.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    WB is ripping those clips down as we speak.

  • I can respect an opinion and it doesn't effect me either way but I'm just curious.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by David Duchovny

    That is all.

  • Or is there like a separate screening for minorities? Think about it.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Compelling Reading

    by jemagee

    in my geek formative years Susan Cooper Lloyd Alexander (not just the pyradian chronicles, but the westmarks) as well David Eddings Zahns Star Wars trilogy Weis/Hickmans Darksword Phantom Tollbooth was a big one It felt like Tolkien would take 2 pages to describe a god damn tree I was never a 'hard core' fantasy geek anyway - more of a sci fi geek - (though not much asimov in there) with Stephenson, Gibson, and the like. When I finished the seeres at kell in my freshman year of college (1990) I think i finished with the sword and sorcery books as a whole....I mean I love richard K morgan but i'm not reading his barbarian stuff either

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by jemagee

    Peter Jackson didn't create the hobbit universe - people need to stop seeing racism everywhere For fucks sake - what the hell was idris elba and that east asian actor doing in a movie about NORSE GODS Oh - right - DIVERSITY - can't offend people - have to rewrite history

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    @Jemagee, the Thor movie wasn't exactly a movie about "norse gods"

    by hank henshaw

    The movie is based on the characters from a comic book very loosely inspired by the Norse mythology. You could even ask why is Thor blonde and not the redhead he very much is supposed to be? Obviously Heimdall and Hogun were changed to have some diversity in the cast, but if you want, you can rationalize it saying that the ancient vikings interpreted every Asgardian to be white because that's what they could relate to. I agree with you that having an african Hobbit or an asian Gandalf would be kind of weird tho.

  • Only ten days to go!

  • If the Hobbit trilogy is as good as the LotR trilogy I will be very pleased indeed.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    cotton, there are separate screenings.

    by frank

    Thanks for asking.

  • Finally had time to read all the post-embargo reviews of THE HOBBIT I could find, and the overwhelming consensus is that 48FPS (and higher, obviously) went over with all professional reviewers like a lead balloon. The movie itself wasn't hotly embraced either, and I do wonder if *HFR* was a factor. One thing that professional reviewers (film junkies) don't contest is an IMPROVEMENT OR ADVANCEMENT IN THE MEDIUM. Higher frame rate projection is obviously NOT THAT for live-action *cinematic* fare. Way back when I was saying this would suck (beyond nature, sports, CG animation, porn, etc.), the most common thing I heard was something to the effect of, *I trust Peter Jackson and James Cameron (AND NOT YOU)*. I have a feeling everyone who financed the expensive High Frame Rate pipeline likely thought the same way. One thing to remember is that Peter Jackson and James Cameron are not professional photographers on the side. Their films have a clear & sharp professional look, and *clear & sharp* seems to be what they see in High Frame Rate imaging. I actually think this accelerated, high definition imaging *will* work for Cameron, since the AVATAR sequels will be mostly, if not all, virtual worlds. But obviously you have to keep this high definition imaging shit OFF THE STAGE, unless you want your work to look like a live stage event. As predicted, the vistas of natural landscapes and wide action sequences in THE HOBBIT were more tolerable. I think we're entering a technical era where so much is possible with the digital imaging, that professionals with artistic taste, and those who push out eye candy for its own sake, will define a new genre in itself. It used to be called **The Blockbuster**. I think now it should be called **The Framebuster**.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Definitely seeing it at 24 FPS first, though.

    by frank

    I’ll give 48 a try later on though. I am curious about high frame rate. Just don’t want to be distracted during the initial viewing.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Into Darkness teaser trailer goes online Thursday.

    by Gary Makin

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Going to an academy screening on Saturday...

    by SK229

    One of the few perks of being in the editor's guild. Wish we could get screeners, but I'll take it. Next year, I want to take off the whole month of December and bask in the glory of seeing everything for free under perfect viewing conditions.

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Review up on Empire's website

    by DonLogan

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Why so far South?

    by akirakid

    Ya know, Billy, South Florida is more than Miami. How about scheduling one of these screenings for West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale? Those of us that live in the Treasure Coast would love to come to these events but a three hour drive is just too far. Lauderdale is two hours to the South and only an hour from Miami. Palm Beach is an hour South and two from Miami. There are other venues to hold these screenings in. Maybe if you made it more convenient to MORE of South Florida then you wouldn't have so many no shows! You might as well schedule these screenings for Key West and just make it difficult for EVERYONE.

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Agree with snm1266

    by Mel Garga

    It's similar to building the Marlins ballpark in the middle of Little Havana. There's an inaccurate assumption that Miami is the cultural epicenter of South Florida. It's just not true. People down there only care about clubbing and Art Basel. The vast majority of Marlins fans live in Broward and Palm Beach. I made the same complaint when there was a 'Get Him to the Gringo' screening way the hell out in Southwest Ranches. Don't you know that I'm the only one who matters here? Thanks for the effort though, seriously.

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Total Film gives it 5 stars.

    by Gary Makin

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    @snm1266 @mel garga

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    In these instances, not up to me where the screening gets set. But, when I do have input, that far south gets selected, because that far south is where we get our best turnouts. The further north, the less.

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    @snm1266 @mel garga

    by The Infamous Billy The Kidd

    Only got tepid response on HITCHCOCK, which was farther north. Gotta support the smaller stuff if you want the big ones, too.

  • Dec. 5, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Heard reports of people

    by David Duchovny

    getting headaches and puking in the 48fps screenings. Don't they test this shit on prisoners first?

  • Dec. 6, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST

    @ pretentious: Yep, reading that today, as well.

    by justmyluck

    Human persistence of vision being 1/25th of a second is why 24FPS was selected as the *golden ratio* of cinema frame rates. The film records the natural blur we see with our eyes at that rate, allowing the retinas to relax in the dark theater. There is sometimes strobe as a result, but most cinematographers know how to modulate camera moves to minimize that effect. The tests Trumbull did with SHOWSCAN resulted in viewers being *stimulated* as frame rates increased, though those were short subjects due to the use of, and limitations of, film running at 60fps. Obviously a feature-length sitting is way too much *stimulation* for some, and perhaps many. The opening week will be interesting to say the least. I was blathering/predicting this here a year ago while being mobbed with *I trust Peter Jackson* fanboys -- calling ME a fanboy. Sigh.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Hitchcock was further NORTH?!?!

    by akirakid

    It was still in MIAMI!! Dozens of miles to the North doesn't count, Billy.