<i>Friday Night Lights</i> Premiere

<P>Inside Texas is proud to announce a special premiere screening of Universal Studios' <I>Friday Night Lights</I> on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek in Austin. The movie will be released nationwide on Oct. 8, but Inside Texas and Universal have partnered on this special event with <B>free</B> <B>admission</B> to InsideTexas.com TheInsiders Club members!</P>

Thanks to our Members, Inside Texas continues to expand our unique coverage of Longhorn sports and we are very pleased to be able to offer this Friday Night Lights promotion as a "Thank you" and an exclusive benefit to each of our members for their continuing support! (And there is more to come in the future!)

Sign up now for your spot on the guest list by by clicking here and adding your RSVP.

We'll see you at the premiere! Thanks!

Clendon Ross and Michael Pearle, Co-publishers, and the rest of the IT team

Details: Admission to the event is free to Inside Texas members and their guests who secure a spot on the guest list! Limit four admissions per member. Simply sign up by clicking here and adding your RSVP or send an email to insidetx@realtime.net ASAP. Hurry. The guest list for this event is limited. Note: heck the message boards for more announcements about the event, including details on a "tailgate" party in conjunction with the premiere.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek (13729 Research Blvd.; about five miles north of the Arboretum on 183)

Friday Night Lights website

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Friday Night Lights, based on the best-selling book by H.G. Bissinger, chronicles Odessa Permian's 1988 season, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship. The movie depicts the mounting pressure and daily grind of coach Gary Gaines' winning team and the potential destinies of its individual players while painting a vivid portrait of Odessa (and places like it all across Texas) where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night lights. Friday Night Lights illuminates the hopes and dreams of Odessa’s townsfolk, who ardently fill Ratliff Stadium’s 20,000 seats every Friday night. For the young men of the team, every moment, every play is a chance to transcend their small town and the fleeting fulfillment of a gridiron stardom whose pinnacle may be reached by the time they turn 18.

The film is produced by Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer, directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Very Bad Things) and adapted from Bissinger’s book by David Aaron Cohen (The Devil’s Own) and Berg. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Permian coach Gary Gaines.

The movie also features former Longhorn defender Lee Jackson. Jackson was one of 960 athletes who applied for one of 40 spots on the film's football squad. Director Peter Berg auditioned Jackson on three different occasions before choosing the former Texas star to act in his very first movie.

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