IBJ Night at the Movies: 'The Help'

July 21, 2011
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One of the most anticipated summer films hits screens soon, and I've got a stack of passes for an advance screening.

If you'd like to see "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel (more info at www.thehelpmovie.com), just enter below naming your favorite (up until now) book, TV show, or movie set in the South. I'll pick winners at random and send winning passes by e-mail.

Good luck.

  • There's NO WAY you will pick me if I tell you the truth
    OK my truthful answer is "Dukes of Hazard" Season 1 and 2 only - episode - "Ghost of the General Lee."

    Luckily this is on the Internet and no one will see it! My official "this guy is classier than I thought" entry is: "Glory."

    "Forrest Gump" is great but too easy
  • Cane River
    Another Oprah book pick from years ago.
  • Savannah
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!
  • Cape Fear, the remake
    Creepiest ever scene in a movie - the kiss between icky nut job Robert DeNiro and innocent Juliette Lewis. Plus a very hilarious scene where designer Jessica Lange describes how to make a logo.
  • Forest Gump
    Life is like a box of chocolates...
  • The Client
    Great criminal suspense flick!
  • fav south movie
    The Color Purple
  • Fav movie of the South
    The Color Purple. I watch it at least once a year.
  • Forest Gump
    This is one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies and love it being set in the South.
  • Sophia home now.
    The Color Purple. It falls into fave book and movie. Celieeeee!
  • Fav. Southern Work- Shag
  • True Blood
    Enjoying True Blood enough to want to read the books :)
  • I'm a sucker
    Steel Magnolias was a great one back in the day.
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    Great acting, writing and just great southern heat from Liz and Paul.
  • Dukes of Hazard
    The movie, not the TV show.
  • South
    Cougar Town is hilarious!
  • Favorite Movie set in the South
    Steel Magnolias!
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Gone With the Wind
    the Book. the movie was fine too, but definitely the book.
  • favorite set in south
    This is guilty pleasure, but really enjoy the Sookie STackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
  • Frankly my dear...
    Gone With the Wind.
  • Favorite Book set in the South
    Secret Life of Bees
  • A Great Soundtrack, too...
    Forrest Gump!
  • Fav. Southern Movie
    A Streetcar Named Desire -- you can almost feel the humidity!
  • The Help!
    I read it twice in a row and have been waiting for the movie to come out!
  • Best of the South
    The Known World by Edward P. Jones - a masterpiece
    Classic southern fare--still love it!
  • Movies set in the South
    Steel Magnolias
  • My Cousin Vinney
    Too funny not to watch again and again.
  • In the South
    Movie: Double Jeopardy with Ashley Judd
    • great book!
      The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    • Favorite Book set in the South
      North and South by John Jakes
      A Time to Kill or anything John Grisham!
    • Favorite Book on the South
      Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    • South Y'all
      Gone with the Wind and I loved reading the Help!
    • Steel Magnolias
      Yup, Steel Magnolias. Good stuff!
    • It's got to be....
      To Kill a Mockingbird. A classic that also deals with the racial injustices that occured in the deep south.
    • It's got to be....
      To Kill a Mockingbird. A classic that also deals with the racial injustices that occured in the deep south.
    • The Help
      The Help is definitely my favorite novel set in the south. Each character's personality was presented in such detail, I felt like I knew them.
    • In the south
      Forest Gump
    • Classic
      Love Steel Magnolias...it's a classic Southern chick flick.
    • I'm Torn...
      My two favorite movies set in the south are Skeleton Key (creepy voodoo flick starting Kate Hudson) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (which I realize was only partially set in New Orleans - but it still counts).
    • Gone with the wind
      For sure
    • eudora welty
      All those wonderful Eudora Welty short stories!
    • movie
      A new novel set in the south that is great is Swamplandia!
    • Book & Movie
      To Kill a Mockingbird - both are a classic.
    • Favorite Book
      I read The Help, and I would love to see the movie!
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
      My all time favorite
    • "Mother Westwind"
      From my childhood - reading the "Mother West Wind" series of books while visiting my grandparents in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains....
    • Down in the Delta
      Good story line.
    • Runaway Jury (book)
      Loved the book, very disappointed in the movie. Of course, it could have been set anywhere, but happened to be set in the South.
    • In the Wind
      It's a runaway: Gone With The Wind
    • y'all know I can't pick just one
      I loved The Help, too, not least because I've had both teens and adults rave to me about it. I get what some critics have said about the "white woman as savior" thing, but I still loved it, and would like to see the movie.

      I also have heard raves about Swamplandia, set in Florida, so that it is on my TBR (to be read) pile.

      However, I think my all-time favorite book that is set in the South is Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns, set in Georgia. Ooo, just thinking of it makes me want to re-read it for the umpteenth time.

      By the way, my favorite novel set in the Midwest is ...And Ladies of the Club, by Helen Hooven Santmyer. It is set in a small town in Ohio. It is a million pages long (the 5th Harry Potter is a tweet compared to this book!) and therefore it is a major commitment in terms of reading, but it was so very, very satisfying when I read it as a bestseller when I was in my 20s. I had made the "mistake" of joining the Quality Paperback Book Club and it was one of the random books that I received because I had not sent the "no thanks" card back in time. Happy mistake!

      My favorite movie set in the South is probably "Fried Green Tomatoes."

      By the way, if I win, when will the advance screening be?

      Hope Baugh
      Indy Theatre Habit (on hiatus from blogging but not from seeing shows)
    • Favorite Southern

      "Fried Green Tomatoes" of course.
    • All time fav book
      To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time fav book. Love the Boo Radley character. And to prove I'm a fan of the book please know my cat is named Scout.
    • Dallas
      Loved this TV show and glad to hear it's coming back on. Will JR get shot again and who will do it this time???
    • My Cousin Vinny
      Absolute classic.
    • The Help Tickets
      This is a tough one - I'll go with Fried Green Tomatoes. You know, the secret's in the sauce!
    • Gone With the Wind
    • Friday Night Lights
      High school football in Texas
    • Friday Night Lights
      High school football in Texas
    • The Bad Seed
      Great play from the 50s.
    • I Admit it.....
      I'm copying some other response, but I've been a fan of Scarlett for a loooong time and have lost count of the times I've seen Fried Green Tomatoes (You put a good scald on that chicken!)
    • Favorite Southern movie
      Steel Magnolias.
    • favorite book
      Gone With the Wind!!
    • Fave Movie
      Fried Green Tomatoes hands down!
    • Dallas
      the best!
    • the help
      Forrest Gump!!!
    • book/movie from south
      Loved A Time to Kill - book and movie!
    • Southern Classic:
      Gone With the Wind!
    • my fav
      Set in the south...

      Has to be Forest Gump :-)
    • Gone with the Wind
      My favorite movie and book would have to be Gone with the Wind.
    • Lonesome Dove
      Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall were awesome in the Lonesome Dove saga. We pull out this movie series on some cold winter's afternoon and watch them all; eating and drinking and staying warm and cozy!
    • I just DO NOT kiss frogs.
      Call me crazy, but I loved Tiana.
    • Favorite Book
      To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites! Atticus is an all-time great character.
    • Movie set in the South
      The Notebook.
    • Book & Move
      To Kill a Mockingbird or Gone with the Wind, I can't decide.
    • Free movie tickets
      Favorite movie by far is Gone with the Wind!!
    • Gone with the Wind:the movie
      The book was fantastic, the movie casting perfect. Looking forward to seeing how The Help follows the book.
    • The Help passes!!
      Would have to be Steel Magnolias!!!
    • The Help tickets
      Favorite TV series, Cane, starring Jimmy Smits. Sadly underappreciated.
    • Midnight in the Garden
      Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has some of the most eccentric characters I've ever encountered in a book.
    • Steel Magnolias
      classic actresses in this one were great.
    • Forrest Gump
      One of my all time favorites
    • Favorite book
      "Wise Blood," by Flannery O'Connor. Wickedly funny and mysterious portrayal of the South before World War II. I thought the film version was just okay, but my wife hated it.
    • Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson
      from "Gods and Generals"
      General Lee speaking of the loss of Gen. Jackson - "He's lost his left arm. I've lost my right".
    • southern movie
      The Blind Side
    • winners have been contacted
      Ticket winners have been contacted. Thanks for playing. Watch IBJ.com/arts or subscribe (free) to the IBJ Daily A&E e-blast for more contests.
    • Movie set in South
      North and South
    • favorite story set in the South
      it's gotta be a tie between John Jakes' North and South or Cold Mountain
    • Favorite of the South
      I love the movie Steel Magnolias and Julia Roberts, who is from the south.
    • The Help
      Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

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