Big Island Woman Wins Grand Prize on Twitter Contest – Attends Hollywood Premiere of Paranoia

Big Island resident Merle Gornick recently entered into a contest where the winners of the contest would be flown to Hollywood to attend the premiere of the movie Paranoia starring big wigs such as Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard amongst others.

Merle Outside the Director

Merle at the premiere

I asked Merle how she heard about the contest and she stated “I heard about the contest on twitter. I was following @YahooMovies who ran the contest and @RelativityMedia who sponsored the grand prize…”

Stalking Harrison Ford

Stalking Harrison Ford

When asked when did she apply for the contest and what did she have to do win the prize and what her compensation was, she said, “I had to tweet the phrase “Even a pawn can change the game! I want to win a trip to the #Paranoia LA Premiere from @yahoomovies #YGiveaways” to enter the contest….entered on July 24 and was notified on July 26 around 6:20 am that I had won the Grand Prize (airfare on Hawaiian Air and hotel accommodations at The Standard at 8300 West Sunset Blvd for two people!)  I had to give them an answer by 9:00 am or they would draw another winner. Of course i said that we would go. The contest description said that prize was valued at $3000. This is the contest:“.

Merle on the Red Carpet with her husband John

Merle on the Red Carpet with her husband John

She took her husband John with her and “left Hilo on August 7 and returned on August 9. it was a whirlwind trip…” She stated, ” The premiere and after party was at 7:30 pm on August 8 at the Director’s Guild of America and we didn’t get back to the hotel until almost 1:00am.”

Gornick stated “I got to meet for the second time, one of my favorite thriller authors, Joseph Finder.

Merle and Joeseph Finder

Merle and Author Joseph Finder

“Meeting author Finder was a treat as  Joe is a NY Times best-selling author, @JoeFinder on twitter, which is where I initially heard about him. I also got to meet his daughter, Emma for the first time after only hearing about her from Joe.”

Merle with Director Rob

Merle with Director Rob Luketic

I asked her about some of the stars of the movie she may have met and she stated, “I also got to meet the Director of the movie, Robert Luketic aka, @Robluketic for the first time…  We approached and spoke to actors in the movie, Harrison Ford, Christine Marzano and Liam Hemsworth. We saw Miley Cyrus, Calista Flockhart (wife of Harrison Ford), Kevin Kilner, Richard Dryfuss, but didn’t choose to approach them. There were other show biz people there but we didn’t know who all of them were by name.   We think that we saw the actor who played Hercules, Kevin Sorbo, as someone mentioned the same thing.”

Merle and Liam Hemsworth

Merle and Liam Hemsworth

I asked her how she liked Paranoia the movie itself and she said, “Paranoia was awesome. While less detailed than the book, Liam Hemsworth was perfect as Adam Cassidy and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman played Rivals very well and intensely. Watching the movie and knowing that the cast was watching it as well was unbelievable! Everyone clapped in the beginning as the credits appeared! That never happens in the theater! As a huge fan of Joseph Finder’s books, I couldn’t see it getting any better than this! ”

Miley Cyrus in the house

Miley Cyrus in the house

She thought of the bonus that, “We got the best seats in the house in theater one. Row A (first row) Center, seats six and seven which are pretty much right smack dab in the center of the screen!”

You can read more about her adventure on her website “Merle Reads

The movie itself doesn’t officially come out August 16th however, this trailer can give you a good idea about what the movie is about:

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.

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