published Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Facebook winners announced for 'Water for Elephants' screening

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    Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in "Water for Elephants," which opens Friday. Photo by The Associated Press

Five Times Free Press Facebook fans have randomly been chosen to win tickets to tomorrow's VIP red-carpet premiere of "Water for Elephants."

The major motion picture was partially shot in the Chattanooga area and stars actors Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

To be entered, several hundred fans wrote the name of their favorite film on the newspaper's Facebook page.

The five winners (and their favorite films) are:

• Sonya Stiefel ("Labyrinth")

• Mary Ellis Carpenter ("Gone With the Wind")

• Alicia Breedlove Millis ("Steel Magnolias")

• Katie Arms Blankenship ("Pretty Woman")

• Deana Manning Crocker ("Tombstone")

Local fans overwhelmingly said their favorite film is "Gone With the Wind," followed by modern romantic drama "The Notebook."

Of note, this year's Best Picture winner, "The King's Speech," and the classic film "Citizen Kane" (widely proclaimed as the best film of all time) only received one vote each from local fans.

Here's the full list of top films among locals:

  1. Gone With the Wind
  2. The Notebook
  3. Twilight
  4. The Sound of Music
  5. Forest Gump
  6. Steel Magnolias
  7. Dirty Dancing
  8. Green Mile
  9. Lord of the Rings
  10. Pretty Woman
  11. The Shawshank Redemption
  12. Pride and Prejudice
  13. Mary Poppins
  14. Titanic
  15. Harry Potter
  16. The Wizard of Oz
  17. Elf
  18. The Blind Side
  19. The Princess Bride
  20. Back to the Future
  21. Casablanca
  22. Fried Green Tomatoes
  23. Grease
  24. You've Got Mail
  25. Sleepless in Seattle

The screening is planned for 7:20 p.m. Friday at the Majestic 12 downtown. The Times Free Press will have live coverage of the premiere online at starting by 6 p.m.

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is an online breaking news producer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He also anchors the daily newscast. He joined the Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served as managing editor of the student news ...

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