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Later this week, IFC Midnight is releasing Entrance, a film by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, a tricky little indie that comes with a metric ton of thrills and chills, wrapped up in a very surprising package. Our own Cole Abaius posted its goose bump-inducing trailer last week, and if it’s been haunting your dreams and you happen to live in LA, we’ve got a surprise for you! We’re giving away two tickets to see Entrance at the Downtown Independent theater this Friday, May 18th at 8PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Hallam and Horvath, as moderated by filmmaker Ti West. Having seen the film at last year’s LAFF (and weirdly enough, having seen it at the Downtown), I can vouch for its ability to lure audiences in, lull them gently, before nailing their guts and minds to the back wall of the theater. It’s fun! To win the tickets, which includes 2 tickets to Entrance at the Downtown Independent theater, followed by a Q&A with directors Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath moderated by filmmaker Ti West, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know what your favorite independent theater is in Los Angeles (this isn’t a trick! you don’t have to say the Downtown! but, man, what a great theater!). Filmed on location around Los Angeles, Entrance is both a very LA production and a very indie one, so it’s a pretty perfect confluence of interests. […]

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This contest is now closed. All winners will be receiving an email. Thanks! In filmmaker Lee Kirk‘s directorial debut, The Giant Mechanical Man, a love story unfolds between two directionless thirtysomethings whose unhappy lives are only exacerbated by their professional failures. Jenna Fischer‘s Janice has just taken on yet another dead-end job selling concessions at a local zoo, where Tim (Chris Messina) has also recently had to take a job as a janitor, seeing as how his main job (being that titular “giant mechanical man” as part of a street performance) doesn’t pay the bills. The film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and we’re pleased to present an exclusive clip from the film here on FSR. In this scene, the two cross paths on the job and begin to form a bond. In celebration of The Giant Mechanical Man‘s Tribeca premiere and subsequent theatrical release, we are also giving away five (5) signed posters from the film. To win one (1) signed poster, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know about the worst job you’ve ever had. Please also provide your email address in your comment so that we can email winners. This contest is only open to U.S. residents. The contest will close Sunday, April 29th, at 9:00PM EST. The winners will be chosen at random from those who reply in the comment section, and they will receive a signed poster from The Giant Mechanical Man, as described […]

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Ti West’s The Innkeepers was a hell of horror film – trenchant atmosphere, frightening moments and an antique feeling matched with the modern boredom of minimum wage. Now, we’re giving away a ton of great stuff from the movie. Two (2) winners will receive a special, limited edition (only 400 will ever exist) vinyl-style fold-out Blu-ray copy of the movie signed by writer/director Ti West. Check out the pictures below. One (1) winner will receive the truly gorgeous Dude Designs version of the poster signed by West and stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. Five (5) winners will receive the standard DVD copy of the film. So how do you enter to win? Excellent question:

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Just look at Meryl Streep, looking austere and keeping her upper lip incredibly stiff. Unimaginably stiff. The stiffness alone is enough to make The Iron Lady a formidable movie, and now you can own it on DVD for free. We’re giving away 2 copies, and all you have to do is hop down into the comments section and tell us how you’d fix the government. It’s a contest only open to US residents (sorry about that world), but feel free to fix any country’s government you want. Two (2) winners chosen at random will each win a copy of The Iron Lady on DVD. Now, fix the world:

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Robert Towne won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, but what most don’t realize is that the original script for Chinatown was over 300 pages long. That would have made quite the shooting schedule. Roman Polanski‘s enduring noir classic is headed to Blu-ray soon which means seeing J.J. Gittes getting his nose cut in high definition. Plus, we’re giving a copy away, and the one we have has Robert Towne’s signature on it (thanks to the intrepid team at Dolby Labs who secured it legally). If you’re into that sort of thing. So how do you get your hands on it? Glad I made it seem like you asked.

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Instead of sitting on your couch making sure all the members of your moldy Cheeto collection are still in the shoe box, wouldn’t you rather be seeing The Avengers in London? Exactly. How do you enter to win a ticket for you and a friend? You act fact, because the contest is only open through tomorrow (4/13). And how do you act fast? Glad you asked:

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Xavier Gens proved he loved intensity with Frontier(s) and he set out to show it wasn’t a fluke with the bomb shelter mayhem of The Divide. The movie focuses on a group of blast survivors who are safely trapped in their apartment basement with supplies that threaten to get used up before true help can arrive. It stars Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Iván González, Michael Eklund with Ashton Holmes and Rosanna Arquette. Now, you can own the flick on DVD/Blu-ray. What do you have to do? Well, we’re going to randomly pick 7 winners and toss them into a basement for as long as it takes. The last person standing wins. It’s sort of our version of that contest where you have to keep touching a truck or something in order to win it. Only bloodier. Just kidding. We can’t legally do that (yet), so here’s what to do instead:

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UPDATED: Dear Commenter Jhester24, you have won with your entry “Mission: Impossible — Women.” Please email the editors to claim your prize!  Good day, Mr. FSR Readership. Just in time for the release of Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, we have a pair of stylish boots from Giorgio Brutini as featured in the film. These men’s boots are plain-toed, six inch calf leather and are generally damn sexy. Take a good look at this slick pair below. Your mission, should you wish to win the boots, is to complete the post-colon, secondary title to the next Mission: Impossible film. What we’re looking for is the funniest, cleverest, most laugh-inducingest title continuation. For example… MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – PICKLE JAR. Does that one suck? Absolutely! So come up with a better one and post it in the comment section on this piece. We’ll choose a winner on Monday who will be stylin’ like a bad IMF’er. This post will self-destruct…never. Feel free to peruse more incredible footwear designs from Giorgio Brutini

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Remember the time in college when you were strapped for cash and ended up working as a subconscious prostitute where anyone with a few bucks could have their way with you in your sleep? Yeah, we had that wiped from our memory too. Thankfully, Julia Leigh‘s new film Sleeping Beauty won’t let us forget. Here’s the trailer if you want to refresh yourself and get some context for the big spooning image of Emily Browning and your grandpa to the right. It hit Cannes with a mixed vengeance, and it should be in theaters (limited style), but it’s also available right this second on SundanceNOW. That is, if you like paying for things. Since we don’t, we’re giving away a free online ticket to see the movie through that wonderful website. How do you enter? How do you win? Glad you asked.

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The general rule of sequels is that they become less exciting and original as they continue. Each successive film copies from its predecessor and often ends up a pale copy. Wes Craven’s Scream series is no exception as parts two and three were both far lesser films than the original. Still, they each had bits that worked. Needless to say, when plans for a fourth film were announced a decade after Scream 3 very few people were excited at the prospect. And then Scream 4 ended up being the best Scream since the original. My full review is here, but the bottom line is that the movie is “funny, fresh, and wonderfully bloody, and it finds that delicate balance between horror and comedy that the last entry missed entirely.” Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson (who also wrote the original) have pulled off something special here with the help of a fantastically entertaining cast. (Second best ensemble of the year behind Horrible Bosses!) The lead trio returns, but they’re joined by several recognizable faces who help add personality, comedic timing, and sex appeal (thank you Hayden Panettiere). It’s a lot of fun, and fans of the series who passed on it in theaters should definitely give it a watch on DVD or Blu-ray. Speaking of DVD… Scream 4 hits shelves on Tuesday, October 4th, and we’re giving one away to a lucky winner! Keep reading for your chance to win.

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Shaolin is a new film from director Benny Chan that stars Andy Lau as a vicious warlord whose wicked ways come to an end when he’s double-crossed and he loses his family. He finds redemption with the monks of the Shaolin Temple, but when past deeds and associates return he’s forced to defend his new home and the innocents around him. The good news is I’ve just finished watching the movie, and it’s pretty damn fantastic. The even better news is that Shaolin‘s distributor, Well Go USA, is offering up one hell of an awesome prize pack consisting of SIX Blu-rays and TWO posters for one lucky reader. And this isn’t simply a matter of quantity trumping quality… four of the titles (Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Legend Of the Fist, and The Man From Nowhere) are absolutely stellar action films, and the remaining two (Little Big Soldier and Brothers Five) are fun little flicks. Keep reading to find out how you can be the lucky winner…

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Due to an inventory error, we’re now overstocked with Green Lantern merchandise and twenty-three thousand wacky, inflatable, arm-flailing, tubemen. But our loss is your gain, because we’re hosting a contest to give away a ridiculous amount of very cool Lantern stuff. This may take a bit more effort than our other contests, but the prize is worth it (especially if you’re a fan or the friend of a fan who wants to make them insanely jealous). So how do you enter? Glad you asked!

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I’m not sure anyone would say they’re a fan of 90s horror. I’m not even sure what that would mean. They were a fan of bad horror? Or Scream or maybe I Know What You Did Last Summer? Either way, if you’re feeling nostalgic for movies made in the 90s or maybe just for a time period when Rebecca Gayheart was relevant, then we have the contest for you. Starring the previously mentioned Gayheart alongside Rose McGowan before she melted down, then melted her face and had it poorly repaired, and Dexter’s Julie Benz, Jawbreaker was a fun film about High School bitches and murder. Let me whet your whistle with this PR company provided summary:

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The Green Hornet is coming to homes near you on May 3rd, but you can win your DVD copy today, and it’ll be delivered alongside a couple of action figures. Sadly, the prize pack does not include Kato Vision. So what is in the prize pack and how do you win? I’m glad you asked:

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What if your child was haunted? I know. Pretty shocking. First you find out you have a child, and now you learn that the little whippersnapper is followed around by ill-meaning spirits. The newest horror flick from James Wan, Insidious, hits theaters this Friday (April 1st), and we’ve got the perfect prize to get you in a frightening, edge of your seat mood: Art Supplies. Free. Art. Supplies. Contain your screams, and head inside for more information on how to enter this spooky contest:

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One of the best films of the eighties (and of any decade really) is James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News. It’s a near perfect film about a love triangle that ends the only way it really can, but the three characters are strong enough that any result would have been acceptable. Brooks returned to the screen last year with a new film featuring Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson both vying for Reese Witherspoon’s affection. Jack Nicholson is even on-hand to scowl and over act. How Do You Know is no Broadcast News, but it’s still a fun, lightweight romance that seemed to get lost in theaters. Why exactly audiences decided to skip the movie in theaters is anyone’s guess, but it may have something to do with the title. It’s clearly a question… but Sony Pictures decided they just didn’t need the question mark. As if they could just ignore the rules of grammar and punctuation with no fear of reprisals. How Do You Know hits DVD/Blu-ray on March 22nd, and we’ve got a brand-spanking new DVD to give away. How can you win? Simple… respond in the comments below to this two-part question. First, name a movie that has a question for a title (ex. 2001′s “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?). And second, answer that question (ex. “Anal rape”). See? Easy! Make us laugh the loudest and you’ll win yourself a free DVD!

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Since the most recent character posters for X-Men: First Class were so abominably bad, we decided to sponsor a little contest to see which of our design-minded readers could do better. The bar was low, but everyone went far above and beyond the call of duty, and the result was a squad of really great posters. Some went with Saul Bass inspiration, others played off the comic books, one found inspiration in The Social Network, one changed the director (see above), and still others chose to go their own way entirely. Sadly, no one chose to improve on the floating head in crotch concept. That’ll be a new contest entirely, but without further ado, here’s the winner (who will receive a 1999 lithograph recreation of the first “X-Men” cover done by comic artist/legend Alex Ross) and a gallery of some especially great runners up:

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There’s is no explanation for the atrociously bad X-Men: First Class posters that his the internet with a vengeance yesterday. Why Professor X’s head is popping out of his own blacked-out silhouette’s crotch is beyond comprehension. So we won’t even try. What we will try is a contest where you, dear reader, make a better version of the poster. Up for grabs is a prize that I’m thinking about keeping for myself: a 1999 Lithographic recreation of the first “X-Men” issue cover drawn by the insanely talented Alex Ross (which you can see below). How do you enter? Like this:

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Last Sunday, Inside Job was crowned the best documentary of the year by the Academy. But that’s not the reason to want to own it. The reason to want this insightful bit of filmmaking is so that you can (no matter your political beliefs) get into huge arguments with your family over it. Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, and what better conversation piece is there to lob over the traditional feast of boiled potatoes, cabbage and shame? There is none. Plus, we’re giving away one copy for free and selling one for $2.02 trillion. How do you get your hands on the free copy? Glad you asked:

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Do you like gangster flicks? How about French gangster movies? How about French crime films featuring their lead actor in the nude? (Put your hand down Abaius.) Well if you answered “yes!” to any of those three questions then you’re in luck. Jean-Francois Richet’s Mesrine is a two-part gangster saga (Killer Instinct and Public Enemy #1) based on the true life story of Jacques Mesrine, and it’s a brutal and beautifully shot pair of films. Vincent Cassel brings Mesrine to life with wit, cruelty, and his usual fearlessness. The films had a successful run in limited release, but don’t worry if you missed them in theaters…

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