Friday, June 22, 2007

Limited Edition Rolling Roadshow Tour Posters on Sale!

We've started to receive the signature hand-printed posters for the rolling roadshow tour. Keep checking back to the site for more updates, but for now, you can see art posters for Fandango, Burt-athon, Smokey and the Bandit, Stand By Me and North By Northwest. We sold out of the posters by the end of the tour last year, so if you want one of these unique movie collectibles, act now or you may miss out! Check out the whole line for sale on the Mondo Tees website.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Truman Sparks live in person at Fandango!

I can only speak for myself, but my absolute favorite character in Fandango is Truman Sparks (Marvin McIntyre), proprietor of the Pecos Parachute School. Marvin is also the only actor who appeared in both Proof (Kevin Reynold's short film that paved the way to getting Fandango made) and Fandango.

A late addition to the line-up, Marvin has confirmed to attend the event and will be available to answer questions after the screening and hang out and revel with us in the post-Fandango bliss.

More on the Rolling Roadshow Tour
Info on the Fandango screening on July 18

Monday, June 18, 2007

Meet the prospective Fandango wedding couples

Hello fellow Groovers,

We've been casting a wide net for the lucky couple to be married on the San Elizario Square as part of the Ultimate Fandango celebration. Honestly, we weren't sure if we'd get a single interested party, but it seems that there are quite a few of us Fandango fans in the woodwork. We'll be making the announcement later this week, but I wanted to share with you all a few of the comments from the prospective couples. What we are going to do is legally and officially (with Justice of the Peace paperwork and everything) marry one couple, and anyone else who decideds to come in formal attire can stand one teir back and unofficially marry or renew your vows. I might even get in on that action myself.

Below are a few of the prosective Fandango couples:

#1: My name is Jessica Peters. I first saw Fandango at the age of 7. It changed my life and is my favorite movie ever. I would love to be married on the square. I am already married but would be ecstatic to renew my vows before Dorman. I walked down the aisle to Pat Metheney's "It's For You", no lie. My dad and I took a road trip to find the McLean Massacre historical marker when I was six months pregnant. I will be six months pregnant again at the time of the showing. (You can see a picture of us and read both of our recollections at Fandango is in my blood. This is my calling. I'd love to be a part of the scavenger hunt too.

#2: My fiancee and I were so excited to hear about your Fandango show and wedding. He loves that movie so much that we are planning on doing the dance from the movie to "Its For You" by Pat Methany as our wedding dance. It would be so meaningful to us to get to recreate the wedding scene for you. Please consider us if you haven't already found your couple. We live in Austin and go to the Alamo all the time! Dorman was my favorite character in the movie, so having him perform the ceremony would be special too. Thanks for considering us. We'd be so thrilled.

#3: My fiance and I were planning on a wedding next Feb., but as fans of Fandango, we were going to try to use the Pat Methaney music for our first dance, a Fandango. That's when we stumbled on your site and project, while looking for the music. We conferred a little about it, and unanimously agreed: If you'll have us for it, we'd LOVE to get married in a Fandango-style wedding. It would be SO NEAT....(From the film...get it?) Seriously, we are throwing our hat in the ring. Let us know!

#4: First off, kudos to your choice of road shows! Fandango is my favorite movie. The first time I kissed my girlfriend was after a showing of Fandango at my house. (it was sort of a barometer with my buddies; if she doesn't like Fandango, I don't think I could stay with her) My girlfriend and I have been together for 3.5 years. We both live in Austin, but I'm from Odessa and know the area where Fandango was shot. I told all of my friends that when I got married, I wanted a "Groovers" fandango where we drive down to West Texas and go to all of the spots that were in the movie. Kevin Costner is the only one I know that could make a filthy powder blue tux with ruffles look cool. But I would try to pull it off. Please enter me and my girlfriend in the contest.

#5: Are you still looking for a couple to marry during the Rolling Roadshow Fandango event??? Fandango is one of my favorite movies and my fiance and I were planning on getting married in September back home in Texas (we're currently living in San Diego). To have a wedding experience like the one described on the website would be an experience of a lifetime for us. Plus I really love the idea of having a wedding that's just the two of us (without our families present) . That other one in September can be for our families.

#6: My husband and I are quite the adventurists. If you can't find a non-married couple to participate, or would just like a very fun and adventurous couple to be remarried, we would be up for the fun!!! Let me know what you would need and if we could fill your role.

Good luck to all of our possible brides and grooms. We will announce the winner of the search on Friday, June 22 by 5:00 PM. Regardless, we hope to see you all at the square for a little slice of Fandango heaven.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

IFOCE World Blueberry Pie Eating Contest part of RRS Tour!

The International Federation of Competitive Eating this week announced that sign-ups are now open for the World Blueberry Pie Eating Competition on July 28, 2007 in Brownsville, Oregon.

The eating competition is part of an all-day celebration of the film Stand By Me which was filmed in Brownsville in 1986. International superstar eaters already tentatively confirmed to attend are: Crazy Legs Conti, Erik the Red Denmark, and Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, who is going after every pie title in the Federation. We expect more eaters to be announced soon. For more information about the eating contest or to register as a contestant, check out the IFOCE website.

For those not familiar with it, the IFOCE and their associated Major League Eating events are serious business. The International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc. supervises and regulates eating contests in their various forms throughout the world. The IFOCE helps to ensure that the sport remains safe, while also seeking to achieve objectives consistent with the public interest -- namely, creating an environment in which fans may enjoy the display of competitive eating skill.

Information on the Rolling Roadshow Tour screening of Stand By Me
Brownsville, Oregon site with more information on the activities surrounding the event

The fresh-baked pies in the World Blueberry Pie Eating Contest are prepared with assistance by the Oregon Blueberry Comission

Check out the other 10 screenings in the 2007 Rolling Roadshow Tour

The limited-edition, hand-silkscreened poster above featuring mythical Blueberry Pie eating chapion Lardass Hogan is available for sale through Mondo Tees.

Bandit car - grand prize in the Smokey Scavenger Hunt!

At long last, we are announcing details on the Smokey and the Bandit Scavenger Hunt.

We are not going to fill anyone in on the details of what you need to do or collect, that will all be divulged at 8:00 AM on August 15 when the hunt begins. The important announcement today is that we are giving away a 1970s-era, black, full-size Pontiac Firebird with the gold firebird decal on the hood. It's not in mint shape, but it does run well, has a decent body, an original engine and you are almost guaranteed to have luck with the ladies if you drive this around sporting a moustache and a red cowboy shirt. There will be other prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

It's $25/team to enter the scavenger hunt, and the event is limited to 20 teams. A team is limited to one vehicle. You can have as many people on your team as you like, provided you can all fit in one vehicle. Tickets for the scavenger hunt are now available online on the Rolling Roadshow Website (scroll to the bottom of the Smokey and the Bandit page.

If you are interested in participating in the scavenger hunt and possibly winning the Pontiac Firebird, sign up before the screening. The morning after Burt-a-thon in Atlanta, we will meet back at 8:00 AM sharp at the Starlight Drive-In. You will be given an envelope of instructions, and we'll see you in Texarkana at the finish line.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Details on the Fandango Scavenger Hunt

Two weeks ago, my wife and I flew to El Paso and proceeded to drive the entire "Fandango Trail," starting in San Elizario and weaving through Big Bend, Dom Rock, Marfa, Marathon, Toyah, Valentine, Pecos and Alpine and then back to Austin. The purpose of the trip was to plot out the details of "the ultimate Fandango," the Fandango-themed scavenger hunt associated with the Rolling Roadshow tour screening of the film on July 18.

After much deliberation, a few beers and a thorough review of our scouting notes, we have decided on a strategy for this inaugural scavenger hunt of the 2007 tour. On July 13 at 5 PM, we are going to post a downloadable PDF on the Fandango page of the Rolling Roadshow website. This will contain the complete rules, task/item list and instructions for the scavenger hunt. Since this particular hunt will take you through a vast amount of Texas, we have decided to make it an open-ended start. You can begin the scavenger hunt anytime after July 13 at 5:00 PM. Check-in for the scavenger hunt will begin at 5:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM at the San Elizario Gazebo (the site of the screening) on July 18. We will announce the winners after the screening and the wedding. Among other things, the winning team will win an actual bottle of Dom Perignon with which they should toast the privilege of youth, middle or old age, whatever the case may be; autographed Fandango goodies and more TBA. The real prize, however, is available to all teams, to spend the day or days before the most intense screening of Fandango in history, paying homage to all of the shooting locations of the film.

Also, since we will be drawing fans from Austin, the El Paso area and even the entire world, there is no fixed starting position for the scavenger hunt. We will post a recommended skydiving facility near both El Paso and Austin, depending on your preference. Those wanting to more closely mirror the actual cinematic Fandango, however, will likely want to start from Austin, but be forewarned, the movie locations are all clustered much more closely to the El Paso part of our grand state.

For those who wish to start in Austin (as God intended) for the Fandango Scavenger Hunt, you can meet the Rolling Roadshow crew at 9:00 AM at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. We'll open up a bottle of Champagne to get you started and then hit the road together.

The Fandango scavenger hunt is limited to 20 teams. You can sign up a team for a nominal $5 at here. You will need to bring with you a digital camera with either a memory stick, smart media, compact flash, SD or XD card (or a different card and a USB card reader). Most of the scavenger hunt will be photo based, but you should bring along about $25 for expenses along the way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us, otherwise, we will see you soon in San Elizario for "the Ultimate Fandango!"