Columbia Pictures to Pay Off Mortgage for One Deserving Family - Grand Prize Winner Will Receive Mortgage Pay Off -


In keeping with the spirit of their upcoming film Hancock, Columbia Pictures is launching a contest to pay off a family's home mortgage.

Hancock's Helping Hand Mortgage payoff contest was inspired by the film. Hancock is a misunderstood superhero who is encouraged to improve his public image when he meets a good-hearted public relations executive.

Columbia Pictures will pay off the mortgage debt of one deserving family, with a grand prize worth up to $360,000. To enter and find the official contest rules, log on to Entrants will write a 200 word essay explaining why they are deserving of the grand prize. The program begins immediately and runs through July 6.

Hancock, the action-comedy from Columbia Pictures, opens in theatres everywhere July 2, 2008, with special advance screenings beginning nationwide at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 1.

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