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Focus Feature’s Being Flynn Prize Pack Exclusive Giveaway!

 

 

Optionated is excited to offer our readers a chance to win a great prize pack in honor of the upcoming theater release of the film Being Flynn.

Being Flynn from Focus Features arrives in theaters March 16th, 2012

About Being Flynn

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Studio: Focus Features

Starring: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi and Julianne Moore

Written & Directed By: Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”)

Based on the Memoir By: Nick Flynn

Synopsis:

Can one life story have two authors? 

Being Flynn is the new dramatic feature from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City, the movie explores bonds both unbreakable and fragile between parent and child. 

Nick Flynn (portrayed in the film by Paul Dano of Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood) is a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody (four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore), and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. 

Jonathan Flynn (two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro) has long defined himself as a great writer, “a master storyteller.” After abandoning his wife and child, Jonathan scrapes through life on his own terms, and ends up serving time in prison for cashing forged checks. After prison, he drives a cab for a number of years, but with his drinking and eccentricities now accelerating, he loses his job. Despite the occasional grandiose letter to his son, he has remained absent from Nick’s life. 

Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick and the two come face-to-face. The older man is eloquent and formidable; overwhelmed, Nick nonetheless prepares to integrate his father into his own life. But, as quickly as he materialized, Jonathan flits away again. 

Moving on, Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter, where he learns from Captain (Wes Studi) and Joy (Lili Taylor) how to relate to the guests who arrive night after night. Seeing the homeless – some permanently, some temporarily so – and hearing their stories, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work. He also sustains a romance with a co-worker, Denise (Olivia Thirlby). Then one night, Jonathan arrives, seeking a bed, and Nick’s senses of self and compassion falter. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick will have to decide whom to seek redemption for first. 



Evocatively told, ruefully funny, and moving in its depiction of the ties that bind, Being Flynn tells a story that reveals universal truths.

About The Soundtrack:

The original motion picture soundtrack for BEING FLYNN, features 15 original songs by Badly Drawn Boy, including the tracks “I’ll Keep The Things You Throw Away,” “Asleep At The Wheel,” “Harbor Street Check-in,” and more. Download on iTunes, buy from Amazon.

The soundtrack is available digitally now and physically on March 27th.

Track listing:

  1. I’ll Keep The Things You Throw Away
  2. Asleep At The Wheel
  3. Harbor Street Check-in
  4. If It’s Too Late
  5. Last Day
  6. The Smile Behind Your Face
  7. Priest Rant
  8. Coming To Your Senses
  9. Sell My Blood
  10. The Space Between My Ears
  11. Jonathan Goes To Work
  12. Letter, Mirror
  13. Another Day, Another Night
  14. Letter To The President
  15. Let It Rain

What You Get:

One (1) winner will receive:

  • $25 Movie Theater Gift Card
  • Movie-Tie in Book
  • Soundtrack

How To Enter:

Send an email with your name and shipping information to contest@bsckids.com. Please make the title Being Flynn so we know which contest you are entering. If you follow us on Twitter (@Optionated_) or Facebook you get two chances to win, just make sure you include the name you follow us under in the entry email. We will be announcing winners on March 14th! Good Luck!

You can watch the trailer for Being Flynn Below:

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www.BeingFlynn.com

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YouTube                    

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Twitter

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Prizing values: $55

Prizing provided by Focus Features

Upcoming Adaptations for March 2012

March 2nd

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Rated: PG

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

  • Cast: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle
  • Director: Chris Renaud
  • Genres: Animated, Family

March 9th

John Carter

Rated: PG-13

From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes ‘John Carter’—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). ‘John Carter’ is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

  • Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Salmon fishing in The Yemen

Rated: PG- 13

From the director of Chocolat and the Oscar-winning® screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. When Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh’s (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a “good will” story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison
  • Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Genres: Art House/Foreign, Drama, Romance

March 16

Being Flynn 

Rated: R

Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is a young writer in the midst of trying to define himself. Though he misses his late mother, his father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro) has been out of his life for 18 years. However, when Jonathan is in danger of losing his job and apartment, he reaches out to Nick. Overwhelmed, Nick nonetheless prepares to welcome his father back into his life, but Jonathan quickly disappears again. When Nick later finds the man at a homeless shelter, he has a big decision to make.

  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby
  • Director: Paul Weitz
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama

March 23

The Hunger Games

Rated: PG-13

In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts in an arena where she must weigh survival against humanity.

  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Amandla Stenberg
  • Director: Gary Ross
  • Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama

March 30th

Wrath of the Titans

Rated: PG-13

Sequel to the 2010 remake starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, who was born of a god but raised as a man and sought revenge for the death his family at the hand of Hades (Ralph Fiennes), the vengeful god of the underworld.

  • Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Rosamund Pike
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Genres: Action/Adventure

Mirror Mirror

Rated: PG

One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event, Mirror Mirror. A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.

  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, Nathan Lane, Robert Emms
  • Director: Tarsem Singh
  • Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Goon

Rated: R

Though a misfit among his brainy family members, Massachusetts bouncer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) has a knockout punch that lands him a spot on a minor-league Canadian hockey team.

  • Cast: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, Kim Coates, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber
  • Director: Michael Dowse
  • Genres: Comedy

TV SHOWS:

GCB (formerly titled Good Christian Bitches and then Good Christian Belles) is an American comedy-drama television series created and written by Robert Harling, produced by Darren Star, and starring Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb,Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols and Annie Potts. The series is based on the book Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin.

Debut: March 4th

Network: ABC

The series follows Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), former high-school “Queen Bitch,” a recently widowed mother of two, who returns to her hometown of Highland Park, Texas, an enclave of Dallas. Formerly rich, Amanda lost everything when her husband was exposed as stealing billions of dollars from investors and died in a car crash with his mistress. She meets the former schoolmates she used to mock: Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth), the new “Queen Bitch,”; Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen), who was beautiful in high school and is now heavy and insecure and does the bulk of Carlene’s bidding; glamorous gossip queen Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor), whose husband, Blake (Mark Deklin), is gay; and Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols), a powerful Dallas real-estate agent.

Amanda and her teenage children move in with her 50-something mother Gigi Stopper (Annie Potts), who tries to influence Amanda’s parenting and style choices, and gives her advice about strategic maneuvering among these women. While Amanda has grown considerably since high school and wants to move on with her life, Carlene and the others still resent Amanda. They don’t believe she’s changed and are out to drive her away.