Win Tickets to a Paul Dano Q&A!

Two of my favorite words to write: Contest time!

coming to the PCT in two weeks, with star paul dano providing a q&a. and oh yeah, i get to moderate it.

This comes with an announcement of sorts. Paul Dano, best known as a star of Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood, will be in the area to screen his new movie Being Flynn at the Pocono Community Theater in East Stroudsburg on April 27. The screening also will include a Q&A with Dano after the 7:30 screening, and yours truly will be the moderator, as per the request of the theater. (Honored. Humbled. Blushing. All of the above.)

Tickets for the movie and Q&A portion are $15, and will go to help the theater’s capital campaign for 2012. And trust me, this campaign is needed. More on that soon. But they need money. Lots of it. Badly.

One lucky person won’t have to pay — I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

If you want ’em, come and get ’em. Normal PopRox contest rules apply, along with the entry methods:

–Entries are accepted electronically only, so you’ll have to email your entry in to me, Facebook message me or DM me on Twitter. Just include your name, town, age and your daytime contact information. Deadline to enter is noon April 25. Feel free to share the Facebook link with your friends, the more entries I get, the better.

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

–If you enter by messaging the PopRox Facebook page  or DM-ing on Twitter, it counts twice. Almost all of the contest winners over the last two years have randomly come from Facebook entries, fyi.

–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. 

–Please know that you can go if you enter. You’ll be able to pick the tickets up at the theater before the show. 

And that’s it. That’s how you can get your tickets.

pocono proud

For those that don’t know, Dano has pretty thick Monroe County roots. His dad, Paul Sr., lives in the Wooddale area and is a really nice guy from the times I’ve talked to him. He’s related to the Mesko family, owners of Mesko Glass, on his mom’s side. He’s a frequent visitor to the area, you might have seen him around and not even known it. When the New York Times Magazine did a photo spread with him a couple years ago during the There Will Be Blood Oscar tour, he shot some of the pictures in East Stroudsburg.

Some quick links:

Of all the festival lineups I’ve seen this summer, I think Lollapalooza might be my favorite. I count about 20 acts I’d like to see, a dozen I’d really like to see, and about five I’d really, really like to see. How many festivals are the Black Keys this summer? All of them? Wait, I’m looking it up. 16. The answer is 16. Most of them are in Europe, but still, that’s a pretty healthy amount of festivals. And one of them isn’t even Bonnaroo, which apparently was happy enough to have The Beach Boys. The one band I wouldn’t wanna see on there is Black Sabbath. Isn’t that kinda like inviting your grandfather to a keg party at your frat house? He might enjoy himself for a while, but wouldn’t he feel remarkably out of place after, like, a half-hour? Yes, yes he would. I’m 37 and I couldn’t care less about Black Sabbath. Kids who are 21 probably couldn’t even spell it.

So far so good with everything that’s come out on Amazing Spider-Man. Revealing the origin story over a couple movies is a little risky, fans want to get that kind of stuff out of the way in the first movie then move on to the good stuff. But if it’s in dribs and drabs over a couple movies, what’s the harm? 15 minutes a sequel devoted to backstory isn’t a huge deal. I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Peter’s parents too, so I’m cool if that’s where Marc Webb wants the basis for the origin stuff to come from.

keep it up, big guy

Is there any limit to Axl Rose’s awesomeness? The guy is just an explosion of insanity. I don’t like Anchorman, and I probably won’t like Anchorman 2, but when you read something as incoherently lovely as Axl’s letter rejecting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s BS induction honor (how dare they!), the only think that came to my mind was, “Stay classy, Axl.” Indeed.

You know my Arrested Development movie policy by now. When I’m in the theater on opening night waiting for it to start with 12 other people, then I’ll be super serial excited. Until then, I’ll just read all these positive news items, say, “That’s cool” and move on without getting a hint of hope up. I highly suggest you all adopt the same policy.

Ruh roh. When one admittedly nutty guy talks about reshoots a month before one of the biggest movies of the year is about to open, you kinda blow it off. When another says the same thing, well, then you better start listening. If I was Joss Whedon, I’d deny the poop out of this too. It looks really, really bad.

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