'Charlie's Angels' gets boost from Twitter personality Yashar Ali: free tickets to Beacon, two other theaters

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Journalist and Twitter personality Yashar Ali paid for a Sunday screening of "Charlie's Angels" in Pittsfield, providing free tickets to the public. 

In a series of tweets Saturday, Ali explained that he bought out shows at three different theaters across the country in cities with ties to Elizabeth Banks, who wrote, directed, produced and acted in the movie. Banks was born and raised in Pittsfield.

Ali tweeted that he bought out Sunday's 3:10 p.m. screening at Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema. He also bought out a show at a theater in Philadelphia, where Banks went to college, and a theater in San Francisco, where she got her MFA before moving to Los Angeles. Shows were Sunday afternoon.

"Years ago, when I first met @ElizabethBanks, I was a political staffer who couldn't do anything for her but she was always so kind to me. Over the years, she's always been there for me and I've never forgotten it," Ali tweeted. "You don't have to be a jerk in order to be successful!"

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