Ticket Contest Time is Here Again

Seeing as I’ve been promising this for more than a week now, let’s get down to it and give something away for the first time in a while.

here's your chance to find out what's under the big top

here's your chance to find out what's under the big top

I’ve got three sets of four tickets to the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars that will be at Camelback on May 18 and 19 that I’m going to give away to three PopRox readers. Could be a nice night out for the family, could be a gift for your nieces and nephews, could be a night to get drunk and heckle the tiger. Whatever floats your boat. The tickets are good for either night, so even if you’re not available one night, you can go on the other one.

Regular PopRox contest rules apply. Since I haven’t given away anything in a while, here’s your refresher:

–Entries are accepted electronically only, so you have to email your entry in to me. Just include your name, town, age and your daytime contact information.

–One entry per person, per e-mail address. If I get two entries from the same e-mail, I’m deleting them both.

–You can also enter by messaging the PopRox accounts on Facebook or DM-ing on Twitter. If you do, it counts twice. The last couple times, 80 percent of the entries have come through e-mail, but easily more than half of the random winners have come through Facebook or Twitter. Do the math.

–Whichever message method you choose is the only way you can enter. If you email your entry in, you cannot Facebook it in too. If I get an email entry and a Facebook entry, I’ll be deleting the Facebook entry. That means instead of getting two entries through Facebook, you’ll only get one entry through email. 

–Deadline to enter is Friday, May 13, at noon. I’ll be drawing the winner then and probably letting you know Monday.

–You have to be able to come by the Pocono Record office to pick the tickets up during 9-5 business hours.

–Please know that you can go if you enter.

I’ve got some confirmation on some other contests we’re going to have this summer (*COUGH* concert tickets *COUGH COUGH*) so stick close to find out when they’re coming. I might even give those upcoming tickets away to the best commenters or people that I know read and comment on a regular basis. Not sure yet.

On to a short batch of links:

$80 million? why not?

$80 million? why not?

It’s box office prediction time! Love this game. Marvel looks like it will be happy with a $60 million opening for Thor, but I think that’s on the low side — especially with the $86 million opening for Fast 5 last weekend. The reviews have been pretty darn good, and the really good reviews seem to be coming from the geek community. I passed up the chance to see it at a midnight show last night because I can barely keep my eyes open past midnight these days without 10 beers and I’m on these weird steroids that are making me sleepy (don’t ask). We’ll probably find out sometime this afternoon what it did at the midnight shows, and if it’s anything north of about $8 million, then it should easily get past $60 million. I’m going with $80 million, which would put it on track for about $180 million domestically. It’s already killing around the world, so you’re probably talking around $375 million worldwide. Give credit where it’s due — Marvel has branded this first weekend of May as Marvel Movie Weekend and no one is challenging them on it. I think Monday we’ll take a look back at how that all happened and what could be the first studio or movie to challenge Marvel.

For some reason, people are interested in a Ghostbusters 3. Maybe they didn’t see Ghostbusters 2, I dunno. Or maybe they haven’t seen the hatchet jobs Hollywood has given birth to when it comes to long-dormant franchises. That hasn’t stopped the net from constantly picking up every rumor, every quick word, every dropped hint and turning it into a story designed to generate hits. But if you are really interested in Ghostbusters 3 and would also like some information on what we know about a possible third installment, this is a pretty good place to look. I’ve always loved the Eddie Murphy as a Ghostbuster debate. Would he have brought the Eddie Murphy factor, or would he have just faded into the background among the comic talent of the other three? I say the movie is just fine as it is, and Murphy made the right decision with Beverly Hills Cop. We’ll never know, and that’s what makes it a fun debate.

need we say more?

need we say more?

Haven’t watched last night’s Community yet, I’m actually still catching up on a full week’s worth of stuff because I was at my nephew’s christening in Virginia Beach from Thursday night to Monday night. But I am pretty happy about the return of Magnitude. Of all the Community background players, he’s one of my favorites, probably behind only the magic that is Starburns, on par with Annie’s Boobs and definitely ahead of Leonard. As much as I like him, I’m not sure he merits this kind of treatment. Does he? I don’t know, if I had a half-hour alone with Dan Harmon to interview him about Community, I’d probably go in about 50 different directions than “So how exactly did you come up with ‘Pop pop’?”

I did watch last week’s Fringe, however, and I can’t tell if I’m excited for tonight’s finale. Last Friday’s episode was nothing short of captivating. After a couple weaker episodes, this one BROUGHT IT like the show hadn’t seen in a couple months, and seemed to be setting up a brilliant finale. And then? (SPOILER ALERT) We find Peter at least 10 years into the future with someone in the middle of a firefight recognizing his 35-year-old body as if he hadn’t aged. It’s almost like the Fringe writers sat around and said, “Let’s see, we’ve done the dimension thing, the alternate personality thing, the future prediction thing, the experimental experiments jazz, the supernatural being thing … we’re missing some kind of sci-fi thing, aren’t we? Oh, crap! Time jumping!!! How could we have forgotten? Make it happen!” You need to completely forget everything you know about physics, reality and basic human principles to enjoy Fringe, and about 90 percent of the time I do. But … I don’t know, it just seems like they’re all over the map on this one and the time traveler thing seems like it’s being shoehorned in to keep the sci-fi dorks happy. Then again, the trailer makes it look pretty darn interesting. And it’s got the seal of approval from the Masked Scheduler, so what else do you need?

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