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Gay couples welcome to join film promoters' wedding contest

Gay couples welcome to join film promoters' wedding contest

The company promoting the film version of a long-running off-Broadway audience-participation play is inviting same-sex couples to participate in a contest to win a free wedding ceremony and reception. The movie, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on May 3, and the winning couple will be formally joined at an all-expenses paid ceremony that night, to be followed by a catered reception. Roger Paradiso, the film's writer-director-executive producer, said, "We've had so much fun making this film, and in keeping with the spirit of the production and the improvisational nature of the film, we wanted to do something unique. We came up with the idea to have a real wedding ceremony before the screening of the film followed by a real wedding reception after the film, which is completely in line with the style of Tony n' Tina's Wedding, and I think the right couple will have a lot of fun!" A spokesperson for Carmichael Productions, which is promoting the film's premiere, confirmed that same-sex couples were welcome to apply to win the grand prize. Those interested in applying to win the free wedding giveaway should visit the Web site at for the Official Contest Rules and instructions on how to enter the contest. Providing free food and services for the wedding and reception giveaway are Fred Marcus Photography, Phyllis Roth of By Invitation Only Designs, Florisan LLC, Sylvia Weinstock Cakes Ltd., Ice Sculpture Designs, Cocktail Comedy, Dodger Costumes, and others. Tony n' Tina's Wedding, which was shot on location in New York City last June, stars Mila Kunis (That '70s Show) and New Kids on the Block graduate Joey McIntyre. The film is loosely based on the off-Broadway play, which invited audience members to be the actual guests at the wedding. In the film version, the story is told through the eyes of the wedding videographer.

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