HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Chicago Passes to Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’

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CHICAGO – In our latest crime/drama edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “The Town”! “The Town,” which is written and directed by Ben Affleck, is his second film in the director’s seat. Affleck’s directorial debut was “Gone Baby Gone” with Casey Affleck.

“The Town” stars Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite, Slaine, Owen Burke, Dennis McLaughlin, Corena Chase, Brian Scannell and Michael Yebba. The film is based on the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan and is produced by Academy Award winner Graham King of “The Departed”.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “The Town” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for The Town with Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm
The movie poster for “The Town” with Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm.
Image credit: Warner Bros.

Here is the plot description for “The Town”:

There are more than 300 bank robberies in Boston every year. And most of the professionals live in a one-square-mile neighborhood called Charlestown. One of them is Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), but he is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success and a chance to escape following in his father’s criminal footsteps.

Instead, he became the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean. The only family Doug has are his partners in crime and especially Jem (Jeremy Renner) who – despite his dangerous, hair-trigger temper – is the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.

However, everything changed on the gang’s last job when Jem briefly took a hostage: bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). When they discover she lives in Charlestown, Jem gets nervous and wants to check out what she might have seen. Knowing what Jem is capable of, Doug takes charge. He seeks out Claire. She has no idea their encounter is not by chance or that this charming stranger is one of the men who terrorized her only days before.

As his relationship with Claire deepens into a passionate romance, Doug wants out of this life and the town. But with the Feds – led by Agent Frawley (Jon Hamm) – closing in and Jem questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy. Even worse, it may put Claire in the line of fire.

Any choices he once had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves. Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (“Good Will Hunting,” “Gone Baby Gone”) directed and stars in “The Town,” which is a dramatic thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future.

The film also stars Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”), Blake Lively (upcoming “The Green Lantern,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), Titus Welliver (“Gone Baby Gone”), Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite (“In the Name of the Father,” “Inception”) and Academy Award winner Chris Cooper (“Adaptation”).

“The Town” is produced by Academy Award winner Graham King (“The Departed”) and Basil Iwanyk (“Clash of the Titans”) from a screenplay by Peter Craig, Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard. The film is based on the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan. The executive producers are Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, William Fay and David Crockett. Chay Carter served as co-producer.

The movie trailer for “The Town” can be watched now below.

To secure your free tickets now, make sure you’re logged into your HollywoodChicago.com account. If you don’t yet have one, you can quickly register here. Having an account with a valid e-mail address is required. Then, simply add a new comment in the form below. In your comment, include an answer to this question:

If you had to choose, would you betray your friends or lose the man/woman you love?

Like all Hookups here, this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup is simple: Just submit your comment above and we will award 40 people randomly via e-mail for our “The Town” Hookup. Winners need to arrive early as seats are consumed on a first-come, first-served basis. Good luck!

Update at 5:17 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2010: Due to heavy demand for this screening from HollywoodChicago.com readers, we have secured a double allotment from the studio for this screening. We’re now offering 40 admit-two passes instead of 20 admit-twos!

HollywoodChicago.com editor-in-chief and publisher Adam Fendelman


© 2010 Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com LLC

Colleen Mulligan's picture


Real friends would understand, somethings only come around once… so I choose the man.

Anonymous's picture

I would lose the man, as

I would lose the man, as friends are like sisters and will be with you forever.

czarag00's picture

Betray friends.

Betray friends.

Ed Nemmers's picture

I pick...

biffhasselhoff's picture

The Town

The last time I checked I was not spooning with my friends so they would be screwed

tracy's picture

Lose 'em

lose the man/woman I love….can get another…good friends are too good to come by

droush's picture

Betraying friends can be

Betraying friends can be fun, they’ll get over it!

lordstick's picture

i would lose

I Would lose the The Woman I Love

pinkpretty02's picture


I would pick love and expect my friends to respect and understand my decision.

Emily's picture

Betray my friends.

Betray my friends.

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