At SXSW, fun stunts for TV shows and movies
At the annual festival, visitors will encounter a number of stunts
March 6, 2017
The annual SXSW festival in Austin is known for a few things, including performances by A-list musical acts and a host of innovative presentations and panel discussions.
The festival, which begins on Friday and wraps up March 19, is also known for its out of home stunts. Each year offers new surprises, such as a “Bates Motel” brownie vending machine or an upside down church.
This year a number of TV shows and movies will be on hand with stunts promoting upcoming premieres. Will they prove as memorable as past years?
Here are a few SXSW stunts to look for at this year’s event.
1. Escape from HBO
The cable network will host HBO: The Escape, a series of three escape rooms based on its shows “Silicon Valley,” “Veep” and “Game of Thrones.” Participants locked in the rooms will use clues to unlock the door to the next room.
Once all three rooms are completed, fans can take photos on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones.” They will also be able to sample a line of “GoT” wines that will be released later this year. And they can shop for merchandise in an HBO shop.
HBO: The Escape will run March 11-13, and visitors need to reserve a spot to take part.
2. ‘Animal Kingdom’ brings the beach
To promote season two of the drama “Animal Kingdom,” TNT is bringing the beach to Austin. The cable network is setting up a pop-up beach on Congress Avenue, which includes a “sneaker bar,” where artists will distribute show-inspired designs on shoes and tank tops.
The installation will also include the “Cody Beach & FlowRider Surf Simulator,” a wave pool where visitors can try their hand at surfing.
In addition, a beer garden will serve “Animal Kingdom”-themed cocktails. Also, artists will paint a live graffiti wall, and the show’s cast will take part in a meet-and-greet event on Match 11.
3. ‘Twin Peaks’ Double R Diner
With the series “Twin Peaks” set to return on Showtime later this year, the cable network is bringing the Pacific Northwest to Texas.
Showtime will set up a pop-up version of the Double R Diner from the show, passing out free coffee, cherry pie and donuts.
The original 1990s series referred frequently to the “damn fine” coffee and pie at the diner.
The shop will set up next to Austin’s Clive Bar, which becomes “The Showtime House” during SXSW.
The shop will be up on March 16 and 17. Those interested in going will need to RSVP. But even then entry is not guaranteed because it’s expected to be so popular.
4. Eat at Los Pollos Hermanos
Pop-up eateries may be all the rage at this year’s SXSW.
In advance of the season three return of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul,” AMC will set up a gastronomic element of the show in Austin.
The network will create a pop-up version of Los Pollos Hermanos. That’s the fast-food chicken chain that appeared on “Bad” and will make its return on “Saul” this season.
At the restaurant, fans can try curly fries from store owner Gus Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito.
The shop will be open March 10-12 at the corner of 5th Street and Colorado. Also on March 12, “Saul” star Bob Odenkirk will take part in a stage conversation moderated by comedian Fred Armisen.
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