Enter to Win a Blu-ray of “Locke” starring Tom Hardy [ENDED]

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Locke” starring Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Media Mikes is excited to giveaway one (1) copy to our readers. If you would like to enter for your chance to win one of this prize, please leave us a comment below or send us an email with your favorite Tom Hardy film. This giveaway will remain open until August 29th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to all of our Media Mikes readers worldwide. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

Ivan Locke (Hardy) is a man at the top of his game. A dedicated husband and father and a star employee at a high-powered construction firm, he’s the model of cool professionalism with a talent for managing complex situations. Driving home on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Locke makes a sudden choice to go confront the only situation in his life that can’t be neatly handled. He quickly learns that the cost of becoming a better man is high. Locke is a unique cinematic experience and gripping story of choices, consequences and a man who risks everything he holds dear in order to do the right thing.

Win Passes to Exclusive Screening of “Locke” in Kansas City [ENDED]

MediaMikes.com has teamed with A24 to invite (40) of our readers (and a guest) to the exclusive Kansas City premiere of the new film, “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy.

The screening will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.

All you need to do to win is let us know you’re favorite Tom Hardy performance? Was it Eames in “Inception?” How about Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises?” Let us know your choice below. If we receive less than forty entries, everyone who entered will receive a pass for two. If more than forty people enter, we will randomly choose forty entries. Winners will be notified by email. This contest will end at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 11. Enter now to see the film that our own Mike Gencarelli calls a “very well shot, perfectly acted and all around excellent film.”


Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, Kansas

Website: locke-movie.com
Opening Date: May 16, 2014
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LockeTheMovie
Rating: Rated R for language throughout

Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him

Film Review “Locke”

Starring: Tom Hardy
Directed by: Steven Knight
Distributed by: A24
Running time: 85 minutes

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Prior to attending the screening of “Locke”, I knew absolutely nothing about the film. All I knew was that it starred Tom Hardy, who stole the show in recent films like “The Dark Knight Rises” as Bane, “Inception” and “Warrior”, and that was enough for me. Personally, I couldn’t get enough of him in those films so I was curious to see what this British drama/thriller was all about.

Tom Hardy plays a family man and construction manager named Ivan Locke, who after receiving a phone call, on the eve of the biggest day of his career, sets in series of events in motion will change and affect the rest of his life. Sounds cool right? But first let me tell you that the film is 85 minutes and only takes place inside the car that Tom Hardy is driving. That’s right, the entire movie takes place in one car with no flashbacks or sub-scenes included. Now if you are wondering if that works at all, let me just say that this is easily one of Hardy’s best roles to date.

From the moment he sets foot in his car the story slowly unfolds but not to quick, and leaves you trying to piece the puzzle together. Hardy is so great in this role that I felt that we were actually watching him makes these decisions for real. His voice is also so mesmerizing. Since the film is him taking phone call after phone call while driving, he is still able to take the audience and have they waiting for each word to come out of his mouth. I found myself getting quite nervous and biting my fingernails. So with not much happening on screen, they were still able to get that reaction and to me that means it is very effective.

This film is playing now in limited release and expands wider in theaters on May 16th. So it is going to be facing very stiff competition up against films like “Godzilla” starring Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and “Million Dollar Arm” starring Jon Hamm. Hopefully audiences can find time to give this film a look because it is very well shot, perfectly acted and all around excellent film.

Interview with John P. Locke

John P. Locke is the 1st self-published author to sell a million eBooks on Amazon Kindle. He is among one of the fourteen authors have sold more than a million eBooks on Kindle. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with John about his success and his plans to release his Donovan Creed series into print media.

Mike Gencarelli: First off how does it feel to be one of the fourteen authors have sold more than a million eBooks on Kindle?
John P. Locke: Well the first answer of course is that it feels great. You thought it would…and it does [laughs]. It feels great. Then the next step is what is important for me, I hit that goal and now I am focusing on the next which is to be successful in print media.

MG: When you became the 1st self-published author to sell a million eBooks on Amazon Kindle; have you since been contacted by publishers?
JPL: Oh absolutely. I had an opportunity to have a bidding with some publishers, who were interested in bidding on the next four book in the series. I worked differently and I didn’t want to go with a traditional publisher. For them the first step is to maximize profits and I would most likely have to tone my character down or tame him to make him more widely accepted. If I was under pressure to do that, I am afraid that I would lose the audience that I worked hard to build up so far.

MG: You placing above authors like Stephenie Meyer and George R.R. Martin, tell us what that feel like?
JPL: It is lofty company…it really is, of course. Without having any publishers or dollars behind me, it startled a lot of those people. The funny thing is that until I hit number 1 with my book “Saving Rachel” and “Wish List” at number 2 at the same time, I didn’t really get any attention. The day “Saving Rachel” hit number 1, I got 24 offers over two days from very well-respected literary agents. I just chose the first one Jane Dystel from Dystel & Goderich in New York, since they were the first to ask.

MG: Almost selling two million eBooks in 2011, what can we expect for 2012?
JPL: We are getting ready to launch a big collaboration with Simon & Schuster. I am using them as a distribution arm to get the books into mainstream retailers. They are going to be in Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, grocery stores and pretty much anywhere books are sold in retail markets. The first print run authorized by Simon & Schuster is 750,000 in mass market paperback. As far as I know this is the first time anything like this has ever been done. I am working with a major publisher and the content belongs to me and the distribution belongs to them. I am hoping that the public is going to discover my Donovan Creed character and embrace the series the way they have in the e-books.

MG: What suggestions do you have for inspiring authors out there to achieve the same success?
JPL: I would say to have confidence. In self-publishing, if you believe in yourself and willing to put up your own money, you can compete against the big publishers and even the playing field where you can make deals with these people. I think that this is the start of that. Also I do not do any editing until I am completely finished. Then I go back and edit that way you are fixing something that you had instead of fixing something along the way. So it takes confidence and patience.


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