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Wednesday, April 06, 2005


I need to take a quick time-out from DeLay, Curveball, the Pope, Schiavo, Jacko, Iraq, Afgahnistan (4 US soldiers killed today), Halliburton, Ken Lay, gas ($2.57 here in Los Hollywood), John Bolton, Condi, Rummy, Wolfie, et al., 'coz me can't take it anymore.

That...and the fat hobbit is being mean to me.

That's why I'm happy to report that the nerds, currently standing in line outside Mann's Chinese for the opening of Star Wars on May 19th, are STANDING IN FRONT OF THE WRONG THEATER.

From Variety:

Inside Move: Fanatics laying it on the line - 'Star Wars' fans stew in queue

If a movie isn't playing at a theater, will its fans still line up outside? For "Star Wars" fans, the answer is a befuddling yes. Saturday, 46 days before "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" opens on May 19, the trilogy's enthusiasts began their vigil outside Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Problem is 20th Century Fox doesn't plan to open the film at the Chinese, opting instead for the ARCLIGHT a few blocks east.
Hmm. Not really.

The Vine is a few blocks east, the Testing Center is a few blocks east (wink wink, nudge nudge), but not the ArcLight.
"Star Wars" or no, the diehards are resolute about keeping their line on Hollywood Boulevard. "We've heard all this before," said Sarah Sprague, one of the designated spokesmen for the group. In 1999 and 2002, there were plenty of rumors (ultimately false) that the previous two pics weren't going to open at the Chinese.

This year the rumors seem to be true. Fox and the ArcLight haven't finalized their "Star Wars" deal, but execs on both sides say they expect "Revenge of the Sith" to play the ArcLight and not the Chinese.
Something tells me that we might see the first $15 movie ticket if "Sith" opens at the Arclight.


I'm kinda down with the nerds on this one. Better stuff around of Mann's - Hooter's, Baja Fresh, and so many cool homeless people. Plus, you get the endless parade of movie-characters (Spongebob, Princess Fiona, the three different Spidermen, yada yada) who work the crowds for dollar bills. (It costs a buck to take your picture with Batman.) God I love those people. I don't like the bad Homer Simpson (dude, stay home, please - your outfit blows), but I do like the new Legolas from "Lord of the Rings." Great costume - I'm pretty sure that Legolas is a 21 yr old girl.

Yeah, camping out at the ArcLight puts you next to Amoeba Records - but it also puts you close to the SPOTLIGHT, and that's not good. The Spotlight (arguably a portal to Hell) is a bar frequented by transvestite, boy meat, and men who've been, uh, compromised in prison. Madness 24/7.

The nerds in front of the Chinese are raising money for a group called "Starlight Starbright."

More later...


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