For some reason, I find no greater joy in the world than seeing true fans, die hard emissaries of great cinematic feats, taking up a cause and running it right up the nether-regions of the Hollywood elite. One particular Hollywood mogul who is extremely fun to pick on is Harvey Weinstein, with his haughty swagger and his overblown sense of self-proclaimed greatness. Of course, you may already by aware of the now tense relationship between Weinstein and Star Wars fanboys, so the following is going to come as no surprise.
A new campaign has popped up online calling all Star Wars fans to join in arms to boycott the upcoming Weinstein Company/Dimension release Superhero Movie, which hits theaters this Friday, March 28. The reason behind the proposed boycott is that Harvey Weinstein is the alleged mastermind behind the unfortunate saga that is Fanboys, a movie about a group of Star Wars fans in 1998 who travel to Skywalker Ranch to get a glimpse of Episode I for their friend who is dying of cancer, so that he can experience more Star Wars before he passes on to the great Jedi camp in the sky. As the story goes, Weinstein and company did not like the cancer storyline, as it doesn’t test well among audiences, so they brought in all sorts of people to Kyle Newman’s film, which has been professed as the ultimate love-letter to Star Wars fans, to re-cut and re-shoot it. As you can imagine, this had Star Wars fans up in arms, but we never expected anything like this. To provide more background insight, protest organizers have made the following video:
So as you can imagine, this is going to be a big deal — Star Wars fanboys don’t mess around. The protests will take place in two locations:
NEW YORK PROTEST:
MARCH 28th, 2008 – 7PM EST
AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
LOS ANGELES PROTEST:
MARCH 28th, 2008 – 7PM PST
AMC Century City 15
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
If you would like to get involved, you can join in on the protests or you can head over to committed.to/stopdarthweinstein to see more ways to get your voice out there in support (we are currently doing are part right now).
Also, if you attend one of the protests, be sure to email us your photos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we might just use them here on the site as we provide further coverage of the event!