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win a prize pack from the new film ‘Hollywoodland’ (now closed)

NOW CLOSED. WINNER: Ronald. Click through for his winning entry.

WIN: a prize pack consisting of assorted cool stuff from the new flick Hollywoodland

HOW: supply a funny answer to a question about the movie

THE RULES: If you have not won a prize in one of my contests or giveaways in 2006*, and you have a United States mailing address, you’re eligible to win. If one or both of those rules exclude you but you’re moved by the muse of comedy, feel free to send me a caption anyway — you might get an honorable mention… but let me know you’re entering only for fun. (*Micropatrons who’ve snagged some exclusive micropatron goodies are eligible to win one of these prizes.)

Oh, two more simple rules: 1) Be clever, be original, make me giggle. 2) One entry per person.
The new neo-noir flick Hollywoodland, starring Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, and Ben Affleck, has just opened, and to celebrate, I’ve got a prize pack — consisting of a variety of cool stuff — to give away, courtesy of Focus Features. Here’s the scoop on the movie, from Focus:

Hollywoodland is a uniquely compelling exploration of fame and identity, inspired by one of Hollywood’s most infamous real-life mysteries. The film is the feature directorial debut for Allen Coulter (Emmy and DGA Award nominee for his work on The Sopranos and Sex and the City).

June 16, 1959. The glamour of Tinseltown permanently fades for actor George Reeves, the heroic Man of Steel on TV’s Adventures of Superman, as the actor dies in his Hollywood Hills home. Felled by a single gunshot wound, Reeves (portrayed in Hollywoodland by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck) leaves behind a fiancée – aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney) – and millions of fans who are shocked by his death. But it is his grieving mother, Helen Bessolo (Lois Smith), who will not let the questionable circumstances surrounding his demise go unaddressed. Helen seeks justice, or at least answers. The Los Angeles Police Department closes the case, but Helen hires – for $50 a day – private detective Louis Simo (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody). Simo soon ascertains that the torrid affair Reeves had with Toni Mannix (Academy Award nominee Diane Lane), the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix (Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins), might hold the key to the truth.

But truth and justice are not so easily found in Hollywood. Simo pursues dangerous and elusive leads in both high and low places and, in trying to turn up the heat, risks getting burned. The detective also uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns more personal and he learns more about Reeves himself. Behind the icon was a complex man who gave his life to Hollywood in more ways than one.

Visit the movie’s official site.

Watch a behind-the-scenes featurette — QuickTime (high/low) or Windows Media (high/low) — or a trailer: QuickTime (high/low) or Windows Media (high/low).

To enter to win, send a funny answer to this question about Hollywoodland:

WHO DO YOU THINK KILLED SUPERMAN?

Ronald’s winning answer: “The Communists Killed Superman, ‘The Man of Steel’ because he could penetrate ‘The Iron Curtain’ with both is vision and his strength.

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