Via this post on About.com, we learn that advance screenings of "The Greatest Game Ever Played" are taking place this week in DFW and Houston.
"The Greatest Game Ever Played" is the movie version of the book of the same title; it's about Francis Ouimet's stunning upset victory at the 1913 U.S. Open. Yeah, that should pack 'em in.
When I hear about golf movies, my first thought is, "what we'll really see is the worst golf swing ever filmed." Like, for example, Jim Caviezel's swing in "Stroke of Genius," the movie about Bobby Jones. Caviezel should have saved a miracle or two from his previous movie, "The Passion of the Christ."
Shia LaBeouf is playing Francis Ouimet, which is appropriate since most people can't spell either man's name correctly. There's no way to tell if LaBeouf's swing is any good until we see the movie, but based on one still photograph I've seen, I'd say he's already way ahead of Caviezel.
Anyway, here's the poop on the advance screenings this week in Texas:
August 24, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Edwards Greenway Grand Palace
3839 Weslayan St.
August 25, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
To get a free pass, go to this page and print out the .pdf pass. Just keep in mind that having this free pass doesn't guarantee you'll get in; it's first-come, first served and if no seats are left when you arrive, you're out of luck. So get there early.
Also, there's at least one more screening in Texas planned. It will be in San Antonio; there might also be an Austin screening. Check back on the free pass page linked above to find out when new screenings are added.