Want to be the first on your block to see Universal Pictures’ new blockbuster, “Tower Heist?” The movie doesn’t open until Friday, November 4th, but the studio is hosting an advance screening on Tuesday, November 1st, at 7:00 PM, at the Regal Cinemas Colonie Center Stadium 13 Theatre on Wolf Road.
The action comedy is directed by Brett Ratner, veteran director of the “Rush Hour” movies, “Red Dragon” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. The supporting cast includes Alan Alda, Casey Affleck (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Gone Baby Gone”), Matthew Broderick, Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Law & Order”), Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña (“World Trade Center,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “30 Minutes or Less”) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”).
According to the official plot synopsis:
Queens native Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.
With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Eddie Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible…to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.
While this can’t help but make you think of the Bernie Madoff scandal, the genesis for the movie actually goes back a good six years, when of the principal cast members pitched an idea about a group of disgruntled employees in a building like the Trump Tower who seize their chance and plan a robbery. Everything that could go wrong would. The filmmakers actually had no idea that during the years the movie was developed current events would make it cutting edge topical.
The first 20 readers to correctly provide the name of the “Tower Heist” cast member who first proposed the idea for the movie to producer Brian Grazer and director Ratner will win an “Admit 2” pass to the screening. And we’re not trying to make this difficult. We published an article just yesterday, entitled “‘Tower Heist’ accidentally topical action comedy,” that has the answer. Click on the link and you’ll find it.
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address and a phone number. The winners will be notified by reply email. Then all you and one guest have to do is check in with the Universal Pictures representative at the screening. Your name will be on an official RSVP list. Bring ID. Please plan on arriving at least thirty (30) minutes before the screening is scheduled to start.
Got it? Email the name of the “Tower Heist” cast member who first proposed the idea for the movie to producer Brian Grazer and director Ratner to email@example.com. Include your name, address and phone number. The first 20 correct responses will win an “Admit 2” pass to the advance screening.
The screening, once again, will be at the Regal Cinemas Colonie Center Stadium 13 on Tuesday, November 1st, at 7:00 PM. See you there.