HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: $800 Value! Two Free Ultra-VIP Tickets For Ron Howard’s Awards Gala

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CHICAGOThis is an exclusive, $800 value! HollywoodChicago.com is one of the only places where you can get it. In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, one lucky winner (plus one guest) will win a ticket to the ultra-VIP party for Ron Howard’s upcoming awards gala!

Ron Howard at the Chicago International Film Festival
Image credit: Chicago International Film Festival

The winners will join the 46th Chicago International Film Festival on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago as the festival pays tribute to one of this generation’s most popular filmmakers with a selection of film highlights and special guests. The party will culminate in Ron Howard’s acceptance of the festival’s career achievement award.

Ron Howard has had an unmatched career as a director, producer and actor. After iconic early roles on generation-defining television shows “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days,” he earned and maintains a reputation as one of the world’s most admired directors.

He has mastered all film genres including action spectaculars, moving dramas, chilling thrillers and character-driven comedies. His films, which include “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Frost/Nixon,” have left an impact on film history and have changed the way we look at the movies today.

Ron Howard at the Chicago International Film Festival
Image credit: Chicago International Film Festival

Courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, one winner and one guest will gain access to all of the evening’s festivities (an $800 value!)! This includes:

  1. 6:30 p.m.: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, open bar and silent auction.
  2. 7 p.m.: Red-carpet arrivals.
  3. 8 p.m.: Dinner and live auction.
  4. 9:30 p.m.: Ron Howard’s career will be celebrated with a selection of film highlights. Host: A&E Network anchor and award-winning television journalist Bill Kurtis. Career achievement award presentation.
  5. 10:30 p.m.: After party by the Lagoon at the South Portico and an exclusive look at the Museum of Science & Industry’s newest and most-talked-about permanent exhibit (“Science Storms”) to follow.

For your chance to win, simply submit a comment in the form below explaining which Ron Howard film means the most to you and why. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2010. The HollywoodChicago.com winner will be notified on Friday, June 11, 2010.

Ron Howard at the Chicago International Film Festival
Image credit: Chicago International Film Festival

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:

Which Ron Howard film means the most to you and why?

Like all Hookups here, this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup is simple: Just submit your comment below and we will award one winner (plus one guest) randomly via e-mail for our ultra-VIP Ron Howard Hookup. Good luck!

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


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marmas's picture

Favorite Ron Howard Film

It has to be Backdraft. Not only does the film highlight Chicago but it also gave the viewer a whole new respect for Chicago firemen. Ron Howard has been a great role model as an actor, director, producer and family man especially in a day and age in which Hollywood is just such a mess. As a side note, I took my first date to see Cocoon! Thanks Mr. Howard

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Favorite Ron Howard Film

I’m going to have to go with Backdraft. It was one of the first films I saw growing up where I knew it was Chicago. The story of brother firefighters I don’t think could have been told anywhere else or better told than in Chicago. I could easily idenitfy all those places. It made me realize that not all movies were in either NYC or LA.

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favorite film

The Music Man
1)the lovely and talented Shirley Jones
2)little redhaired Ronny Howard singing “Gary, Indiana”
3)76 trombones
4)Robert Preston

and the clincher

5) The Buffalo Bills singing “Lida Rose”

and if that don’t do it

6)Buddy Hackett

dsmasonry's picture

Which Ron Howard film means the most to you and why?

David Smith's picture

Which Ron Howard film means the most to you and why?

Apollo 13 I remember it well as a kid!

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Ron Howard Gala tickets

For me, the Ron Howard film that means the most to me is undoubtedly Backdraft and I really think it was because of the portrayal of the two brothers in that film (Kurt Russell and William Baldwin). The role of the two brothers in that, really mimics my real life relationship with my brothers.

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Willow and Parenthood

I grew up with Willow. It expanded my imagination and created many characters and alot of creativity as i was growing up.

I also like parenthood because it shows that not every family is perfect. It shows real situations that families can go through.

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Parenthood was my first

Parenthood was my first exposure to Ron Howard the director. It takes a special cast and crew to truly grasp what it means to shepherd a family in today’s America, and the franchise is made all the more relevant by today’s iteration on NBC with another group that possesses those same qualities. The film was the precursor to so many of today’s beloved family-oriented dramas (Friday Night Lights stands out) that it is impossible for me to name any other Howard work that has impacted me so much.

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Favorite Ron Howard Film

Apollo 13 because it brought back so many childhood memories. A time when there was so much hope in the world about reaching for the stars. The space program was so amazing and as a kid it was true life sci-fi to think of people going to the moon.

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