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Star Wars Fans in Line... at the Wrong Theater

CmdrTaco posted about 9 years ago | from the hate-when-that-happens dept.

Star Wars Prequels 618

Rollie Hawk writes "More than a month before the premiere of Revenge of the Sith, fans are already lining up. Outside Grauman's Chinese Theater, eleven diehard Star Wars fans (i.e. lifelong virgins) are waiting for tickets to go on sale. Unfortunately, it appears that the guys with girlfriends will have the last laugh as the Chinese Theater isn't even premiering the film."

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Triumph (5, Funny)

The I Shing (700142) | about 9 years ago | (#12152947)

I can only imagine what Triumph the Insult Comic Dog would to have to say about this group.

Re:Triumph (4, Interesting)

shotgunefx (239460) | about 9 years ago | (#12153034)

That segment was so damn funny.
"Which one of these buttons calls your parents to pick you up?"

Except for the LOTR kid. That was just kind of sad.

Re:Triumph (3, Interesting)

Golias (176380) | about 9 years ago | (#12153141)

Except for the LOTR kid. That was just kind of sad.

Blackwolf the Dragon Master was hilarious!

Besides, as weirdness goes, that kid's quirks were relatively harmless. It's not like his wizard robes were made out of human skin or something.

Re:Triumph (4, Funny)

TrippTDF (513419) | about 9 years ago | (#12153050)

That reminds me- Remember the wizard that shows up in the clip of Triumph making fun of the Star Wars geeks? I was on the subway coming back from Coney Island one day last year (after the Mermaid Parade) and that guy was on the car with me

All I could do was chuckle to myself while he read proclimations from scrolls.

Re:Triumph (5, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | about 9 years ago | (#12153102)

What kills me about the "nerds" waiting in line for Star Wars prequels is they are such posers.

When Empire came out, people waited in line days in advance because it was the only sure way to get in on opening night.

Today, you can buy your tickets on-line in advance and show up just as the previews are starting. There is no reason to camp out for seats other than pretending to be as "hard core" of a fan as those who slept out for the original movies in '77, '80 and '83.

Hey, you in the Jedi robes! Here's a clue: Real nerds will have already seen the illegal torrent file of the movie before you even get in the theater anyway. There's no geek-cred to be won simply by being the "first" to see the new movie, and all of the prequels are lame anyway. Go home and take a shower.

Nerd (1)

mboverload (657893) | about 9 years ago | (#12153104)

This must be the highest concentration of nerd on earth. 11 grade A StarWars nerds...20 feet...My god, they are going to bend the space-time continum or something!

Triumph better be ready. (1)

British (51765) | about 9 years ago | (#12153187)

Conan BETTER be having a Triumph segment like he did with Ep 1 for ep 3. That was comedy gold. This will be the last time Triumph can do it.

Suckers (5, Funny)

chrispix (624431) | about 9 years ago | (#12152948)

Take that for not having a girl friend!

Re:Suckers (2, Funny)

Suhas (232056) | about 9 years ago | (#12152991)

How can they be "Suckers" if they do not have a girlfriend.

pssst... having a boyfriend, while technically correct, does not count.

Re:Suckers (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153135)

Your joke is too subtle or on the wrong level for the moderators. It could be informative, insightful, interesting, funny, overrated and flamebait all in one posting.

Re:Suckers (1)

Total_Wimp (564548) | about 9 years ago | (#12153011)

I've been suspecting this for years. Fandom itself is more important than the thing you're a fan of.

People think geeks aren't social, but it's absolutely not the case. Why else would standing in line be more important than the thing you're standing in line for?


Re:Suckers (0)

mboverload (657893) | about 9 years ago | (#12153053)

Geeks are social. Nerds are not. That's the main difference.

Re:Suckers (3, Insightful)

compass46 (259596) | about 9 years ago | (#12153159)

Geeks are social. Dorks are not social but good people. Nerds are not social and evil.

Nerds are the Slashdotters who put on their D&D dungeon master rode to feel empowered as they post on Slashdot and call everyone else in the world losers but themselves. I like geeks and dorks, I can't stand nerds.

Re:Suckers (1, Insightful)

SenseiLeNoir (699164) | about 9 years ago | (#12153118)

Although I love watching star wars, I would never be so crazy enough about it to queue 40 days early, just to be one of the first.

I would rather spend some time with my wife, who has been abroad for two weeks on business. When she got back on Monday, we really enjoyed being back with each other.

Even if someone GAVE me a ticket to watch Starwars on a preview, but would clash with the time my wife returns from her trip, i would not give up being with her.

The way I look at it, Starwars is a plain story, a fantasy. She is real.. I know what I would prefer given the choice.

Not virgins... (4, Funny)

Flaming Foobar (597181) | about 9 years ago | (#12152952)

You are confusing Star Wars fans with Slashdot posters. I know quite a few female SW fans. Many of them even have kids.

Re:Not virgins... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152977)

I know quite a few female SW fans.

OK, but are they rabid enough to queue up 46 days early?

As it happens, though, the article implies one of them's a girl.

Re:Not virgins... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152982)

Well, they had to do something while waiting in line.

I keed... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152984)

Those kids better have made the best of their time in the womb, they're not going back. Ever.

Re:Not virgins... (1)

l3v1 (787564) | about 9 years ago | (#12153032)

I know quite a few female SW fans. Many of them even have kids.

Hell, quite a night when you play Luke for your gal while she playing Leia :] Just hope your kids won't be wookiee rookies, 'cause you'll have to slash the mailman :) Well, tastes, tastes :)

Re:Not virgins... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153067)

Hell, quite a night when you play Luke for your gal while she playing Leia :]

Um, you have incest fantasies? Ewww.

Re:Not virgins... (1)

Hinhule (811436) | about 9 years ago | (#12153140)

Let me guess football players taking one for the team have got something to do with this. ;)

Re:Not virgins... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153185)

Dude come on. These people are lining up 1 month in advance. 1 month of their lives wasted just so they can see a movie before 98% of the rest of the population. You really think they have kids?

In other news... (5, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | about 9 years ago | (#12152955)

In other news, 600,000 Catholics are in line at the wrong basillica....

I feel a great disturbance in the force... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153077)

...as if a bunch of dorks cried out in anguish, and were suddenly silent...

Re:In other news... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153116)

that is the funniest thing I have read all day.....

well done - you sir deserve your 5 Funny...

Love and Star Wars lines (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152956)

eleven diehard Star Wars fans (i.e. lifelong virgins)

I'd agree, except they've a spokeswoman called Sarah (who could get it with the rest at the drop of a hat) and there's a precedent for Star Wars lines [penny-arcade.com].

You sure about that... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153051)

She [bates.edu] looks like a cross between Adam Sandler and Will Farrell playing Janet Reno. And... well she plays Field Hockey.... Draw your own conclusions.

Great zhenka, when will this be fixed????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152960)

404 File Not Found
The requested URL (articles/05/04/06/1234220.shtml?tid=101&tid=97) was not found.

If you feel like it, mail the url, and where ya came from to pater@slashdot.org.

haha (5, Funny)

Cruithne (658153) | about 9 years ago | (#12152963)


... so wait, are they still waiting?

Re:haha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152995)

... so wait, are they still waiting?

If you RTFA, they said "Not at this theatre" and then changed their minds for both prequels so far. So maybe it's not such a stupid idea after all.

And they might force it if they get enough publicity anyway.

The funniest bit (5, Funny)

Blapto (839626) | about 9 years ago | (#12152967)

From the article:
"The telling thing is -- for me, at least -- if the film is not playing at the Chinese ... I have zero desire to see it at all," a fan who calls himself Obi Geewhyen posted on the message board at Liningup.net. "I'm in it for the lineup only and don't give a darn about the conclusion of this lackluster, so-called 'Star Wars' series."

Not only does he have a bit of a geeky tag, the reason he's waiting isn't to see the films but, well, to wait.

Re:The funniest bit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153108)


At least someone is getting to meet women on a daily basis ... and he's a doctor. Chicks dig MD's.

Re:The funniest bit (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153138)

Obi Geewhyen?

Either he's a doctor of the female arts and nerd...

Or else he's a nerd +5 with absolutely no hope of ever glimpsing what a Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology sees all day long... ObGyn indeed!

Nice job getting his handle into print though! ;)

Am I a bad person, (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12152971)

if I feel a little better about myself after reading that?

Makes you wonder... (4, Funny)

jeffy210 (214759) | about 9 years ago | (#12152972)

If they don't have internet access, and no one tells them... how long will they sit out there?
And then what type of a fit will they throw when they go to the correct theatre and there's already a line.

It's the experience that's important! (5, Insightful)

Minute Work (749085) | about 9 years ago | (#12152980)

Maybe they are doing this just for the sheer enjoyment of it?

I saw Episodes 1/2 on opening day and waited in line about 6 minutes combined. So it's not like they NEED to camp out to get tickets. Which come to think of it makes the whole idea of them standing in line for tickets anywhere, let alone a theatre that isn't even showing the movie... downright sad.

What I'm looking forward to more than the movie is the comedy bit where Triumph the Insult Comic Dog shows up and tells the line camping nerds how nice they are... FOR HIM TO POOP ON!

okay... (0, Redundant)

Johnny5000 (451029) | about 9 years ago | (#12152985)

would it be better if they were waiting in line at the right theater?

The movie is still probably going to suck, and it's pretty stupid to waste a month of their lives for a movie that will most likely be terrible.

Re:okay... (1)

Marthisdil (606679) | about 9 years ago | (#12153156)

But your comment sucked, and you wasted 10 seconds of your worthless life to post it....so what does that make you? Oh, right, one of those other virginal /. posters

Re:okay... (1)

Kosmatos (179297) | about 9 years ago | (#12153194)

Wouldn't it be great if Lucasfilm surprised everyone in these month-long lineups, by arriving with a truckful of expensive gifts for them?

Kind of like Oprah when she gave a brand new car to each member of her audience one day. (right?)

These folks are obviously helping the momentum of the movies...

Not just the wrong theater... (1, Funny)

Robotech_Master (14247) | about 9 years ago | (#12152992)

They were already waiting in line for the sequel to two rather lackluster movies. I'd almost say that that standing in line at the wrong theater pales by comparison to standing in line for the wrong movie.

Almost, because God help me, I'm looking forward to this one too.

Too true... (1)

kniLnamiJ-neB (754894) | about 9 years ago | (#12152997)

The kerfuffle has inspired some soul-searching among the fans, and they have discovered that standing in a "Star Wars" line is actually more important than seeing a "Star Wars" film.
Given the quality of the last two films, it's hard to imagine anything *LESS* important than seeing a "Star Wars" film...

Hey, wait a minute (3, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | about 9 years ago | (#12153003)

eleven diehard Star Wars fans (i.e. lifelong virgins)

Uh, hello, Kettle? This is Pot, returning your call....

Re:Hey, wait a minute (5, Informative)

dr_dank (472072) | about 9 years ago | (#12153146)

Speaking of call...


This is the number to the payphone outside of Grauman's Chinese Theater.


Re:Hey, wait a minute (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153168)

Could someone explain the while kettle pot joke, I never did get it.

So, the real story is ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153008)

... Star Wars fans line up to avoid watching yet another disappointing episode ... ?

Movie's already released... (4, Insightful)

DogDude (805747) | about 9 years ago | (#12153017)

... in a way. I just played the PS2 game Star Wars: Lego, which lets you play a very accurate game based on episodes 1-3. Episodes 1 & 2 were very accurate, so I'm assuming that Episode 3 was accurate, too. If that was the case, then Obi-Wan follows Annakin to some volcanic planet, where they have a fight, and Annakin ends up losing and falling into lava. Obi-Wan thinks that he's dead. The Emperor finds him, and restores him as Darth Vader. Darth Vader gets pissed as soon as he wakes up with his new body, and smashes all of the machines. There was quite a bit more, too. All in this game that was released some time back. I thought it was one hell of a slip on somebody's part.

Re:Movie's already released... (1)

Zog The Undeniable (632031) | about 9 years ago | (#12153064)

So the game didn't have the lesbian love scene between Natalie Portman and her decoy Keira Knightley? Looks like they held something back for the movie, anyway.

Re:Movie's already released... (2, Informative)

corsair2112 (813278) | about 9 years ago | (#12153157)

Just go to any book store and read the official book adaptation or the graphic novel (comic book) for episode 3. All was revealed some time ago, not that the plot of this movie is any great secret to begin with.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153024)

I remember the first Star Wars (episode whatever) totally blowing my mind. It was awesome. It was one of the few movies that I would actually want to see more than once. It's been down hill ever since for Star Wars movies.

I will be doing the opposite of lining up early. I will be waiting until enough people tell me that this latest movie is worth going to. Otherwise, I won't waste my time and money.

Beyond reason (1)

Alarash (746254) | about 9 years ago | (#12153025)

That's what happens when you put your mind into something beyond reason* . You end up not even seing what you have you eys on.

* : yes, lining up for more than a month is beyond reason, and if you think it's not, you need medical attention.

Star Wars geeks (-1, Redundant)

northcat (827059) | about 9 years ago | (#12153031)

eleven diehard Star Wars fans (i.e. lifelong virgins)...it appears that the guys with girlfriends will have the last laugh...

Slashdot is sounding more and more like high school jocks who pick on "nerds". (BTW, I'm not a Star Wars fan)

Re:Star Wars geeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153047)

Slashdot is sounding more and more like high school jocks who pick on "nerds".

*One guy* wrote that and you tar everyone?

Re:Star Wars geeks (1)

TheWormThatFlies (788009) | about 9 years ago | (#12153169)

eleven diehard Star Wars fans (i.e. lifelong virgins)...it appears that the guys with girlfriends will have the last laugh...

Slashdot is sounding more and more like high school jocks who pick on "nerds". (BTW, I'm not a Star Wars fan)

It's not just Slashdot, and it's not just Star Wars. Sadly, most members of subcultures which are mocked by the mainstream like to find at least one other subculture (or sub-subculture of their own subculture) which is mocked by the mainstream even more, so that they can point at it and loudly say "Hey, check those losers out! Aren't they totally pathetic? That's just sad, eh, guys? Eh?" whenever some cool people might be able to overhear them. It makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside.

For example, LARPers and people who play "deep" indie roleplaying games make fun of other roleplayers (especially D&D players), roleplayers make fun of card gamers, card gamers make fun of Magic players, Magic players undoubtedly make fun of people who favour a particular lame-ass deck, and everyone in the whole world makes fun of furries.

Completely Sensible Behaviour (4, Funny)

R.Caley (126968) | about 9 years ago | (#12153035)

The best place to be when one of Lucas's abortions is released is in a cinema showing something else.

chinese? (0)

nighty5 (615965) | about 9 years ago | (#12153042)

what is the significance of the chinese theatre? We arent all hormone induced movie goers!

Re:chinese? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153191)

It's a big and fairly well decorated theatre in Hollywood. Many premieres are held there. They have a very nice, very big curved screen and one of the worst theatre sound systems that I have ever heard (this was five years ago; perhaps it has improved since then). Amazingly, they have THX certification.

rotflol (3, Funny)

http101 (522275) | about 9 years ago | (#12153046)

"The force is EXTREMELY WEAK with this crowd!"

Are you sure the Chinese theatre wasn't showing Space Balls or something??? I mean, really, this is something QUITE obvious. You'd think these people would at least make sure they're at the right theatre!

{shakes head} Damned Lemmings...

Re:rotflol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153144)

A theatrical re-release of Space Balls I'd wait in line for.

Given how bad I feel the previous episodes were, I may just wait for Ep III to come out on DVD and skip the theatre, as I did for Episode II.

STFU (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153178)

I mean, really, this is something QUITE obvious. You'd think these people would at least make sure they're at the right theatre!

Please RTFA.

The Chinesse theatre has shown all of the previous star wars movies. When the last movie came out there were rumors it wouldn't be playing at the Chinese theatre, but it ended up premeiring there despite those rumors.

AFAIK, the Chinese theatre is a single screen theatre a few blocks away from a huge super-mega-multi-omni-ultraplex. Said plex is trying to work a deal to be the exclusive premeire of the latest lucas craptation, but no deal has been inked as of yet.

The fans in front of the Chinese theatre are standing there, in part, to protest an exclusive deal at the super-mega...-plex. There's something special about the Chinese theatre, I'm sure tradition and what not, and something about the plex-theatre having assigned seating with tickets sold on line, rather than sit where you like, or something. I'm not all knowing, but for christ's sake, RTFA before you post your garbage!

Don't knock virginity (-1, Troll)

geordieboy (515166) | about 9 years ago | (#12153056)

Being a virgin beats having your genitals infected with STDs, being completely pussy whipped by some fucking idiot whore, and destroying your life with obese parasitic pyschotic kids. Masturbation gives you a 10 times better orgasm and you don't feel guilty afterwards. And acne is fun to pop.

Re:Don't knock virginity (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153124)

"Hey, don't knock masturbation. At least it's sex with someone I love." - Woody Allen.

As a lifelong virgin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153057)

...I'd just like to say, these people are far far geekier than I, and we'd throw them out of the lifelong virgin club if we could. Or had one.

Possibly a funnier post in my head.

It's sad... (5, Insightful)

ral315 (741081) | about 9 years ago | (#12153058)

When we're mocking stupid Star Wars fans while we all wait on bated breath for the next story to appear, so we can karma whore.

erm (3, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | about 9 years ago | (#12153069)

Is it me or is this one hell of a frontpage troll? It reads likesome jock found a news story and thought he'd put the boot into us geeks.

If this is the case then please fuck off to somethingawful or whatever the hellhole is you hang out because here we're beyond judging people on how many women they have fucked or gone out with.

Re:erm (3, Insightful)

cliffski (65094) | about 9 years ago | (#12153098)

Amen. Its pretty tragic when people rail against some harmeless kids just because they love star wars. Would these kids be 'cooler' if they were selling cocaine or heroin on the same street instead?
People have a fucked up idea of who to slag off.

First time out of their Mom's basement (1)

DanCentury (110562) | about 9 years ago | (#12153073)

Hey, it was the first time out of their Mom's basement since high school. Give these guys a break.

Line Films (4, Informative)

zoomba (227393) | about 9 years ago | (#12153079)

This will be the first SW Movie since they started the re-releases I won't be in line for. Though that's more due to work than a lack of desire to be out there camped in front of the theater. Though my stays (2 days 1 night) were never as long as these guys out in CA, they were long enough to get the most enjoyment out of the experience.

The line is more fun than the movie, by far. Everyone out there is there because they're dorks, nerds, geeks. They enjoy Star Wars, and a film premier is likely one of the few times they get to gather with other fans and geek out about their hobby. It's always a good time with people sitting around playing cards, eating pizza, drinking soda, playing board games (video games one year when the theater owner rolled out a TV on a cart for us to use) etc. Essentially the line ends up being a day or two long party.

So many here love to mock the line goers, but how many of those people have been to a Linux, gaming or hacker convention? How many have gone to some sort of industry conference? It's the same thing. Lots of geeks gathering in one place to talk about the stuff they enjoy.

The line is more fun than the movies ever are. By the time the opening crawl starts on the screen, I've been awake for 2-3 days and soon I'm nodding off. I don't care though cause I know I'm not missing anything, I already experienced the most fun part.

While I won't be in line this year, I will be thinking of my friends back home who will be.

C'mon, it -has- to be said... (5, Funny)

mccalli (323026) | about 9 years ago | (#12153080)

This not the theatre you're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along...


Their response (4, Informative)

Vamphyri (26309) | about 9 years ago | (#12153090)

The fans in line have heard your pleas and have answered with the following rfom liningup.net [liningup.net] :

Liningup.net 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".

We are raising money for an amazing charity, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, that works to brighten the lives of seriously ill children. We've only been in line for 3 days and we have already topped more than $6200 in donations, with hopefully tens of thousansds more to be raised.

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.

having a girlfriend... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153091)

doesn't lessen that fact that you're a total nerd. have the first two piles of crap not taught you _anything_ ?

Need to get karma... (-1, Offtopic)

ViceVirtue (871883) | about 9 years ago | (#12153093)

[Nice, this will work, I'll start with a quote - that always gets the suckers]

Skinner: Pre-packaged Star Wars characters still in their display box? Are those the limited edition action figures? Why, it's Luke, and Obi-Wan, and my favorite, Chewie! They're all here!...We have a winner!

[okay, now so I don't get an offtopic, i need to make it relevant]

They might be all there, but those fans arent.


Actually, they're doing it for charity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153110)

They have a website somewhere, (lineup.net or something to that effect) and they've got pledges for how long they wait in line and they're giving their proceeds to a foundation for sick children. That's probably worth mentioning.

ps-that should get them laid.

Polish nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12153149)

just speculatin...

People who spend time making fun of these guys (0, Troll)

OnanTheBarbarian (245959) | about 9 years ago | (#12153164)

Oh, yeah, like people who spend lots of time making fun of these guys have girlfriends either.

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