Local Office Space Fan Now Gets Shot at Movie-Watching World Record
Spend a minute this morning with Grapevine's Jeff Jones, who, in February 2007, won $250,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? by answering the question, "In Office Space, Peter’s co-worker Michael admits that his high-tech, get-rich scheme is taken from what movie?" Man, that was adorable. Meredith Viera seemed to think so.
Well, Jones' name appears in a media release we got yesterday announcing yet another competition in which movies play a part: the so-called Netflix Movie Watching World Championship: The Quest for the Popcorn Bowl, which kicks off October 2 in NYC. This one seems easy enough -- if you like to watch movie after movie after movie and you can stay awake for more than 120 hours and 23 minutes, the previous movie-watching marathon world record set by Ashish Sharma of India. But it does sound very David Blaine, from the looks of the press release:
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time with competitors assuming their positions in the Netflix Movie Watching Arena, a plexi-glass living room in the center of New York’s Times Square. Gawkers and passersby will have ample opportunity to cheer on or watch in wonderment as each competitor creatively and, towards the finale, desperately attempts to stave off sleep.
And here's the list of other competitors, all vying for a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records:
• Mr. Sharma, who watched movies for 120 hours and 23 minutes in June in Mathura, India, and is traveling to New York for the event.
• Former three-time movie marathon record holder Claudia Wavra of Germany who will attempt to reclaim the title she lost to Mr. Sharma in June.
• Suresh Joachim, a Canadian of Sri Lankan descent, who holds 32 Guinness World Records. Mr. Joachim is an endurance champion whose records include television viewing (69 hours, 48 minutes), dancing (100 hours), radio dj-ing (120 hours), and ironing (55 hours, 5 minutes), among other disciplines.
• Cheryl Jones of Portland, Ore. who was a part of the team of Netflix members who broke the Guinness World Record for continuous movie watching in 2003.
• Dallas movie buff Jeff Jones who won $250,000 on the movie edition of the popular game show series Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2007.
• New York-based competitive eating champion, Crazy Legs Conti, who also happens to be a cinephile with a penchant for ‘80s films, will join the ranks of endurance enthusiasts for a shot at the title.
And, yes, contestants have to look at the screen at all times, with only 10-minute breaks between movies -- the titles of which haven't been released, though, really, doesn't this have to be a player? --Robert Wilonsky
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