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AMC Best Picture Showcase

Haven't had a chance to see Slumdog Millionaire — or any of the best picture nominees for that matter?

Reserve Saturday for a day at the movies, and we do mean day. AMC theaters are showing all five best picture nominees back to back beginning at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $30, $25 for AMC MovieWatchers members (and because you'll need something to sustain you, the admission price includes a large popcorn and free refills all day).

The schedule is Milk, 10:30 a.m.; The Reader, 1:05 p.m.; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 3:45 p.m.; Slumdog Millionaire, 7:15 p.m.; and Frost/Nixon, 9:45 p.m. The pass does allow you to come and go throughout the day.

Participating theaters include Veterans 24, 9302 Anderson Road, Tampa, and Regency 20, 2496 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. Information: (813) 243-4881 or

Oscar Night America

Don't just watch the beautiful people on the red carpet Sunday night, be one of them at Oscar Night America at Tampa Theatre.

You'll take a limo ride around the block and make a grand entrance, strolling along the red carpet complete with screaming fans and paparazzi. And be sure to dress the part: Suggested attire is "Hollywood elegant or black tie."

The event, which is sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is a fundraiser for the theater at 711 Franklin St., Tampa.

VIP tickets ($130, $125 for Tampa Theatre members) include a reception with champagne, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres starting at 6 p.m. VIP ticket holders also receive an official Academy Awards program and a bag of goodies.

A general admission ticket ($30, $25 for Tampa Theatre members) also includes the red carpet experience, but comes with popcorn, soda and coffee. General admission begins at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by a big-screen showing of the awards show live at 8.

For more information, call (813) 274-8286 or go to

Walk the red carpet

The Masque Community Theatre offers a more scaled-down red carpet experience, encouraging guests to wear their "Sunday best."

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 o'clock broadcast. A $10 donation is requested; proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Temple Terrace. Concessions will be sold. The theater is at 8825 56th St., Temple Terrace. Call (813) 983-1710 or go to

Oscar events give you a role 02/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 3:30am]
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