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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith: LiningUp

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These guys are lining up at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, which doesn’t open until May 19 – only 41 days to go!

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Why? Besides being raving Star Wars loons (in a good way), they are raising money for charity. As of yesterday they had raised $7,800 for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, which works to brighten the lives of over 100,000 hospitalized children and their families per month.

But there’s one little problem: although all five previous Star Wars films have opened there, George Lucas’s “darker and more emotional” third prequel to the original ’77 classic isn’t going to be shown at the Grauman’s, according to executives from 20th Century Fox and ArcLight, who told Variety that Revenge of the Sith would be showing at the Arclight Cinemas at the Cinerama Dome a few blocks away.

“We’ve heard all this before,” fan Sarah Sprague said, noting there were plenty of rumors in 1999 and 2002 that previous Star Wars movies weren’t opening at the Chinese Theater. “This is still the epicenter for ‘Star Wars’ fans. For the big iconic pictures of the 1970s, people lining up were here. They weren’t at the Cinerama Dome,” Sprague said.

This post from the group’s blog seems a bit less certain, but no less resolute: is staying in the spot where we have great relationships with the theatre, the local businesses, and the Hollywood Division of the LAPD. We are lining up at the theatre where the first Star Wars premiered in 1977, where all of the prequels have played, where George Lucas, R2D2, Harrison Ford, and Darth Vader have their footprints in the world-famous “Forecourt of the Stars”.

    …Twice before we’ve lined up at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre without confirmation that the films would play there. Twice before, we’ve been told it was going to play somewhere else. Hopefully, our luck holds out for a third time. If not, we’ll still have an incredibly fun time relaxing with other Star Wars fans and raising both funds and awareness for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.

So there.

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  • http://StarWarsSucks Star Wars Sucks

    Let me just say that start wars are the worse movies i have ever heard of in my life! there all bad! The shows suck even more!!!! I’de rather rip my hand through my stomach so it hits my stomch acid and it burns my hands off than take that acid and put it all over my eyes so i dont have to watch the worse movies ever; Star Wars! All kids who like star wars are stupid! I hope all the characters die in the movie so they cant make another bad movie and everyone can move on with there lives! I mean come on people, go watch Pulp Fiction, or GoodFellas, NOT star wars!!!!!!!! SEE YA

  • Bennett

    Ahh… A youngster, with attitude. Needs a few English classes.

  • david

    You know, it’s really disingenuous of these people to claim its all about the charity when the only reason they do a sit-a-thon is so that the cops won’t kick them off the street. It’s a PR move plain and simple. In Washington State, the two guys who spent 4 months in line waiting for Star Wars did it because they were fans of the movies with no charity involvement. This group, as you can tell from their website, is not so much in love with Star Wars (some of them have even dissed the movies in some media reports) as it is in love with the process of camping out and lining up for events. On their website, they hosted lines for everything under the sun. And none of those events were about raising money for Starlight/Starbright. So what gives?

    So what are they saying? That having a great relationship with a theater not showing Star Wars means something? How are the local businesses benefiting from the line? I can’t see the 7 to 40 people in line are buying so much food as to affect a business’s bottom line? Also, the Arclight is in Hollywood too. Are they implying that the cops who patrol near the Arclight are meaner than the cops who patrol near the Chinese? It’s the same division you morons.

    The real reason they are being so stubborn in keeping the line on Hollywood Blvd. is due to the fact that for once in their pathetic lives, people are paying attention to them. There are no tourists walking around the Arclight. The Arclight for the most part is set back from the street – so no attention from the media cameras or reporters. The Arclight caters to the fans of cinema, which wouldn’t put up with this silliness without some snide remark.

  • Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    So… Star Wars Sucks, Pulp Fiction was different to Star Wars how exactly? A film with more style that content, that on account of brilliant characters overcomes the fact that there ain’t much going on underneath it all. I odn’t see a lotta difference. Mind you, the dialogue and the hair were better in Pulp. And there were less drugs.

    Anyhow, god bless these folks, these keeps of the faith. Much as i can’t wait for Star Wars III, i did think the trailer, cool imagery aside, was the weakest of the three prequel trailers. Hopefully it’s on account of the film is the best of em.

  • Eric Olsen

    agreed Duke, there isn’t enough committed silliness in the world, more power to them, although I personally can think of better things to do with 6 or 7 weeks. They don’t have jobs, school, um, stuff to do?

  • Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    maybe they save all their holidays up or something. For which i’m sure their partners are overjoyed.

  • Jeff Block

    I guess it’s impossible to direct one’s fanhood energies towards a good thing that helps others, not even a children’s foundation, without still being the subject of bitter disdain.

    Of course these fans are taking it a bit far with their interest in Star Wars. But if I’m going to choose between what I find uglier, fans of Star Wars looking for an excuse to flaunt their fanhood for the betterment of a charity, or snobs on the sidelines looking for someone to make fun of for no other reason, I think it’s clearly the latter.

    For crying out loud, let them enjoy themselves and the charities enjoy the funds, or can’t you?

  • Eric Olsen

    I can, and that’s why I wrote about it

  • Jeff Block

    I should have noted my post was directed more at David.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  • Eric Olsen

    no prob, dude

  • Jeff Block

    You know, the only thing that puzzles me is what exactly IS that… “thing” in the seat to the bottom left of the picture? Looks like an inflatable doll… which I suppose some of them needed for the long hours alone in the dark.


    Well, the formula is right for this sort of thing to go on anyway. We have a historically and culturally significant, blockbuster film series in the hour of it’s final chapter being released… but curiously not being screened at one of the most culturally and historically significant movie theaters, and a mess of adult fans with all they could take of recent relentless, and somewhat excessive, critical backlash against the prequel trilogy to date and stepping up to bat for it’s last-minute redemption in what appears to be a glorious ending. They only wish to be part of the excitement, and if it’s not exciting, make it so with taking issue with it.

    But, the charity involvement is just like your average Star Wars fan. Decent folks they are.

    See you at the show!

  • Eric Olsen

    good question, but that’s the ’02 crew, notorious even by Star Wars LineUp standards!

  • David

    So what are you saying? The ends justify the means? So if Michael Jackson molested kids for charity, then it would be okay- cause its for charity and anything in the name of charity is fine?

  • Aaman

    That is the funniest misplaced comment I have ever seen.