Tuesday, April 26, 2011

EXCLUSIVE CONTEST AND TICKET OFFER FOR BROADWAY'S "THE NORMAL HEART”


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You may remember a couple weeks back when I posted an exclusive contest and ticket offer for Crazytown readers for Broadway’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Well, the responses to that were so great that I'm doing it again!

This time around, I'm offering a Crazytown contest and discount opportunity for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Broadway debut of Larry Kramer’s critically acclaimed play, THE NORMAL HEART. Nominated for three Drama League Awards (Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance by Joe Mantello and by John Benjamin Hickey), this extremely limited run is directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe. And it only lasts for 96 performances … so don’t miss out on this amazing chance!

To enter to win two tickets, all you have to do is head on over to Crazytown Blog and answer the  following question in the comments section of the post:

THE NORMAL HEART tackles the very serious theme of AIDS. Describe (in a few sentences) a time when going to the theater has opened your eyes to and/or educated you about a sociopolitical issue.

And don't worry if you don't win! Crazytown Blog also features an exclusive discount ticket offer!

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONTEST WINNER, MICHAEL! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED AND KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR ANOTHER SPECIAL CRAZYTOWN CONTEST COMING IN MAY!

Monday, April 25, 2011

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SCARY MOVIE?

A review of SCREAM 4.
By Alex Nagorski

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No movies defined my adolescent years like the original Scream trilogy. Well, except for maybe Cruel Intentions, but that was for completely different reasons (I dare you to name one person from my generation who doesn’t attribute their sexual awakening to the sight of Ryan Phillippe’s bare ass). Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to literally be Sidney Prescott. Why would I want to be the victim of a series of ruthless killers determined on destroying her life and murdering everyone she’s ever loved?

Easy. 1) She was really pretty, 2) She got to hang out with Monica from Friends, 3) She had all those movies made about her life (good morning, royalty checks!), and 4) I’d spent enough hours gorging on cupcakes and watching Buffy marathons to roundhouse kick the shit out of Ghostface if (s)he ever tried anything with me.

My obsession with these movies even translated into a 7th grade school project. For my English class, we were supposed to write a short story about anything we liked. Very specific instructions, I know. So naturally, I wrote out my concept for Scream 4. My teacher made me stay after class one day and explained that I can’t just write a sequel to a movie and call it a short story. She told me that since none of the characters were from my own mind and I was basing what I wrote off of someone else’s work, I was plagiarizing.

Scream-4-281 In my story, Sidney ultimately snapped and became the killer – ending in a massive brawl involving a blowtorch, a mental hospital, and the heroic alliance of Gale Weathers with (surprise twist!) Sarah Michelle Gellar’s (dead) character from Scream 2. It’s brilliant, I know. My teacher made me resubmit a whole new story so instead I wrote about an innocent bunny who wanted to be an author, but couldn’t get anything published due to the harsh censorship in his neighborhood of the forest. True story.

So now that you understand my background and unnatural affiliation with these movies, you have no choice but to believe me when I say that (despire mediocre reviews and a lackluster opening weekend box office revenue) Scream 4 is the best film in the franchise after the first one. Literally throughout the entire movie, everyone at the packed midnight showing I was at was doing their best Brenda from Scary Movie impression and yelling at the screen the whole time. Finally, a Scream film actually followed through with its title again.

Scream 4 included everything a good Scream movie should have. An epic opening that will linger with you for days after you’ve seen the film, obnoxious self-aware commentary, killer humor, a cast of sexy up-and-comers, tons of movie references, and constant head spinning twists.

To be honest, I was very nervous about Scream 4, especially when I heard that writer Kevin Williamson dropped out and additional script re-writes were being done by the dude behind Scream 3. Originally, this made me think that Scream 4 was about as good of an idea as I Still Know Who Killed Me, Valentine Returns or Another House of Wax.

Scream-4_02 Luckily, however, I was very mistaken. The script was fantastic. Not only did it call for some of the most elaborate deaths and fucked up killer motives of the entire franchise, but the entire commentary on horror reboots and remakes was pure genius. The Scream films have never failed with their impeccable parodies of the genre they constantly redefine.

There’s not much that can be said about the film without giving things away. So let me just leave you with this. The movie will undoubtedly:

1. Make you laugh your ass off
2. Make you jump out of your seat
3. Give you the biggest hard-on of your life thanks to Hayden Panettiere
4. Have you write Courteney Cox a letter begging to quit the lip injections already before her Joan Rivers transformation is complete
5. Infiltrate all your thoughts for the following week

Convinced? Check out Scream 4, in theaters now.

Originally published on Crazytown Blog

Sunday, April 24, 2011

POP ROYALTY BLOODBATH

What happened when Britney Spears met Lady GaGa.