Free Movie Screening: Cedar Rapids

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Boy this week already feels long and it’s only Tuesday. Yet, here’s something to be excited about: a free movie screening.

This is for the new Ed Helm’s movie Cedar Rapids. I’m not going to do a full out post about it because I’m tired after a long day and a lot of these screenings have already passed, but I wanted to post it for anyone who may be interested. There are quite a few dates over the next couple days.

It’s a Gofobo screening, so go to the site, click your city, and then “Get a Pass.” You’ll have to fill out your info and then print the passes. It’s that simple.

These screenings are seated on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early if you’re interested.

Free Advanced Screening: Showtime’s New Show Shameless

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I’ve got a new screening tonight to share tonight, though it’s not for a movie. This is for Showtime’s newest series Shameless starring William H Macy.

The screenings are being hosted by Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday January 5th. To get passes enter your information and if you’re selected you’ll receive an email with your passes (usually everyone gets an email).

Screenings are available in the following cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington D.C.

These Entertainment Weekly screenings are always overbooked, so make sure to get there early!

If you’re new to advanced movie screenings, check out my tips.

Free Advanced Movie Screening: True Grit

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Here’s a Gofobo screening that actually has passes available! It’s a miracle!

True Grit is a remake of the 1969 film starring John Wayne. This remake is directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. Here’s the plot description via IMDB: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer. The movie comes out in theaters on December 22, 2010.

Gofobo is hosting a screening. Just click on your city to sign up.

Here are the cities available at the time of posting:

  • Houston, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York, NY
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • Toronto, ON

These screenings are always overbooked and seated on a first come, first serve basis. Make sure to arrive early.

If you’re new to advanced movie screenings, check out my tips.

Here’s the trailer for True Grit:


5 Ways To Stay Optimistic & Productive While Unemployed

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The economy is in the dumps, the unemployment rate seems to always be rising, and everything kind of sucks. It sucks even more if you’re unemployed, especially for a long period of time, which is becoming more and more common for people in the United States.

I’ve been unemployed for 7 months since my temporary tax season job ended, and I was unemployed for 6 months before that. Besides the financial worries and stress of a seemingly endless job hunt, involuntary unemployment can be unpleasant and extremely disheartening. A few months ago I read the following in Business Week:

Surveys by Mental Health America and other researchers have found that people affected by the lousy economy have a higher risk for mental illness, especially such conditions as depression and anxiety.

There is very little we as individuals can do to change the economic climate, but there are things we can do–which I try to do myself–to stay optimistic and active, despite being helplessly unemployed. Here are a few suggestions:

Get Out and Take a Walk

You may want to spend all day on the computer or looking through the classifieds for job leads, but it’s not good to become a shut in. Just going outside and taking a walk every day can do wonders for your mood (there’s even studies to prove this). Walk to the library, to the corner store, or just around the block.

This is a simple way to get some fresh air and a change of scenery which doesn’t cost any money. You could even save money by walking somewhere you would normally drive. We don’t have a car since we live in the city, but I save what would be spent on bus fare by walking anywhere I need to go within two miles of my home. It’s good exercise and really helps to clear the mind.

Exercise

Exercising is very important to overall health, and you should be doing it whether or not you’re working. If you’re not working, then you suddenly have a lot of free time and no good excuse not to exercise. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which improve your mood.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to exercise either. As mentioned above, you can walk for 30 minutes or ride a bike. Most public broadcasting and local cable channels have exercise shows on during the day. There’s also lots of free streaming yoga and exercise videos available online. Yoga requires very little equipment, and you can even do it on a rug if you don’t have a sticky mat.

Work on Hobbies

You can’t spend all of your time looking for jobs or you’ll lose your mind. With all of this new free time, it’s the perfect opportunity to take up a new hobby or rediscover old passions. Always wanted to draw or write a novel? How about scrapbooking all of your beloved family pictures? Now is the time to do it.

Some people even turn their hobbies into money making opportunities. My new hobby is entering sweepstakes, which can be lucrative. Many crafty unemployed people have made money selling through Etsy. Hobbies can keep you busy, help you be productive, and also create feelings of self-fulfillment.

Volunteer

When you’re jobless it’s easy to get down on yourself. Volunteering is one of the best ways to make yourself feel better while helping your community and other people. It gets you out of the house–without spending money–and gives you an opportunity to socialize. Volunteer experience is great for building resumes and sometimes leads to job opportunities. In the least you’re helping out and networking with new people.

Hang Out With Friends

It’s easy to become a shut-in when you’re unemployed. I know I sometimes feel like I should constantly be looking for jobs and avoid going out to save money. Just hanging with friends can be a huge mood booster and take your mind off of the stress of the job hunt.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money either. Just have friends over to hang, plan a board game night or have a potluck. Attend a free movie screening or free museum days. Just get out of the house and have some fun.

These are just a few suggestions. What are other ways to stay optimistic and make good use of the extra free time unemployment brings?

Free Advanced Movie Screening: Disney’s Tangled

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I love the holiday season. It means lots and lots of free screenings, which I get to share with all of you. I’m not actually interested in seeing this movie, but I bet a lot of you are, so here we go.

Disney is presenting advanced screenings for it’s newest animated film Tangled. Plot description via IMDB: The long-haired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who was passing by she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him.

The movie features the vocal talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, and Brad Garrett. The release date is scheduled for November 24th.

These screenings are hosted by Myspace Black Curtain. They say you have to “friend” them and then click RSVP, but you may be able to RSVP without doing that. You can reserve tickets for up to 2 people.

Here are the cities and dates available at the time of posting:
11/17 Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, & Atlanta
11/18 Philadelphia, Boston, San Diego, Honolulu, Denver, & Dallas
11/20 New York, Houston, Phoenix, & Detroit
11/21 Seattle
11/22 San Francisco, Miami, & Orlando
11/23 Tampa & Memphis

This screening will be extremely popular, so make sure to arrive early. Two hours in advance or earlier may be your best bet, especially for larger cities. These screenings are always overbooked and patrons are seated on a first come, first serve basis.

If you’re new to advanced movie screenings, check out my tips.

Here’s the trailer:

Also check out the free screenings for The Music Never Stopped.

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