Sunday, June 1, 2008

BlobFest 2008 - Do you look like Steve McQueen?

Get in touch with your inner Steve

Do you look like Steve McQueen? If you do, it may be worth $500 to you.

To mark 50th anniversary of the iconic sci-fi film “The Blob,” The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, as part of BlobFest 2008, is saluting Steve McQueen, who had his first starring role in the film.

A look-alike contest on June 22 after the Colonial's 2 p.m. screening of “The Great Escape” will find the star for BlobFest '08. The winner, chosen based on having the best combination of physical resemblance and embodiment of McQueen's brand of “cool,” will receive a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to "star" as the legendary actor during BlobFest weekend, July 11, 12 and 13.

Register for the contest by calling the theater at 610-917-1228. The winner must be available for appearances throughout BlobFest weekend.

The Colonial's salute to McQueen will continue throughout the weekend, culminating in a screening of the 2007 documentary “An American Rebel: Steve McQueen” on July 13 at 2 p.m. The film's director, Richard Martin, who was a fellow actor and drinking buddy of McQueen's, will be on hand for questions.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children 13 and younger. A showing of “The Blob” after the documentary is included in the ticket price.

BlobFest is a kitschy, family-friendly celebration of the movie “The Blob,” which was filmed in and around Phoenixville. The 9th annual event begins July 11 with a free party at the theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this wacky night that includes a Tin Foil Hat Competition, Scream Contest, Shorty Awards recognizing the winners of the second annual amateur short film contest, and culminating at 9 p.m. with the crowd favorite, the reenactment of the “running out of the theater” scene from the movie.

The event continues Saturday at noon with a Street Fair, Costume Contest, multiple showings of “The Blob,” plus two other horror classics, special guests including the "real" Blob and its caretaker, Wes Shank.

BlobFest '08 concludes July 13, with the McQueen salute and an opportunity for fans to explore Historic Yellow Springs, which was the home of Valley Forge Films/Good News Productions, the studio which produced “The Blob.”

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