"Good Luck Chuck" Premieres in Knoxville

By: Mike McCarthy Email
By: Mike McCarthy Email

Knoxville (WVLT) - Hollywood brought a stroke of "luck" to Knoxville Tuesday night.
The new romantic comedy "Good Luck Chuck" premiered at Regal Cinema's Pinnacle Theater at Turkey Creek.
All the proceeds will go to an east tennessee charity.
Volunteer T-V's Mike McCarthy was on the red carpet.
Only a limited number of tickets were up to grab...At 75 bucks a pop.
So many fans of film stars Dane Cook and Jessica Alba couldn't get inside for the movie.
But when the stars pulled up, they had luck on their side.
Holding a Dane Cook banner, fans Carly Price and Tara Buttery lined up outside the theater just to get a glimpse of their favorite comedian.
"We're in love with him. He's Amazing," says Carly Price.
So much so his name and comedic catch phrases cover their home-made shirts.
They also Cook's movies and CD's that have given them more self-esteem.
"You think about negative things and you're like Dane Cook made fun of that. It'll be Ok. That's no so bad," says Tara Buttery.
But they say it's wasn't ok that they couldn't afford the 75-dollar a piece ticket price.
All the box office proceeds will benefit Variety---The Children's Charity.
"We do direct programs with literacy and also with purchasing wheelchairs and other mobility equipment that they can't afford," says Dena Pinsker, Variety's Executive Director.
The movie's all about good luck, and tonight it rubbed off. The premier's sold out. That's about 1,000 tickets
And more than a quarter million dollars for charity.
The luck didn't run out there.
Two fans were handed two free tickets from a friend.
"She just came over here and and gave them to us. It came out of nowhere. We're very excited," says Dina Siedschleg.
So are the funny man himself and co-star, Jessica Alba.
"It was kind of a no brainer when you can do something like this, and obviously we want to promote our movie, but you're benefitting especially kids, then everybody wins," says the film's leading man, Dane Cook.
Price and Buttery lucked out with autographs and pictures with the star.
"It's like the best night of our lives," says Price.
And one of the luckiest.
This was the fifth year Regal's hosted a benefit screening for Variety.
This year's event raised around 260-thousand dollars.
That's ten thousand more than last year.
Since Regal founded the local Variety chapter in 2001, it's generated more than one million dollars for East Tennesee children.
"Good Luck Chuck" opens nationwide Friday.


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