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The champion predictor of the 2010 Outguess Ebert contest is Linda Fields of Hobart, Indiana. Of the 7,236 entries, 21 readers got all ten categories right. She's a server at Gino's steakhouse in Merrillville, IN, and will be taking her husband, Sam, on her free trip to Los Angeles. They're been married for 20 years; he's a retired railroad worker.
Of the ten perfect scores, three also had the tie-breaker correct (what film will win the most Oscars?). We held a drawing, and Linda and Sam won the Grand Prize:
A two-night trip to the Premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" movie (the "Premiere") at a date and location to be determined exclusively by the prize providers, including round-trip airfare for two, two nights' hotel stay, two tickets to the Premiere, and Blu-ray discs of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." Approximate retail value of the grand prize is $3,500, and it is sponsored by Walt Disney Pictures and the Hollywood Boulevard theater in Woodridge and the Hollywood Palms in Naperville -- both special destinations jammed with movie memorabilia,
The others win the First Prize:
An autographed copy of Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010, and a DVD prize pack, containing ten titles featuring 2010 Oscar Nominees and Winners. (Some titles will arrive separately after their DVD release date.) The approximate retail value is $230
Congratulations! That means they all predicted the screenplay categories correctly, and they were my weak point.
The ten First Prize winners are:
Girta Jacobs, Chicago; Eileen Olson, Buffalo Grove, IL; Kathy Gallo, Plainfield, IL; Nadia Chaudhury, Brighton, ME; Kay Michaels, Durham, NC; Quinn Huddleston, Nixa, MO; Alan Abrams, Mesquite, NV; Edward Walsh, Madison, WI; Matthew Buckwalter, Hampton, VA; and Chris Lee, Highland, UT.
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