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Want To Buy A Ticket To A May 5 Screening Of SERENITY'''!!

Published at: April 27, 2005, 9:51 a.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

Do Not Read. Click here now and quickly pick the city closest to you.

Done? Good.

It’s only happening once, at 10 p.m., in 10 cities:
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Portland, OR
Sacramento, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA

May 5. One show. One night. 10 cities (mostly in blue states). Otherwise, ya gotta wait till the movie really comes out, on Sept. 30.

“Serenity” writer-director Joss Whedon explains all:

Well.

It gets better.

As thus: The movie is very nearly finished. You've seen many pretty images in the trailer. But I've still got work to do and you've still got months before you can see it.

Unless.

And, no, I'm not talking Australia (but Hi, Australia! anyway), I'm talking here in the more-or-less-United States, a one time multi-city Browncoat sneak event. Thursday, May 5th at 10:00 pm, the movie (Serenity! Pay attention! Jeez.) will be playing at exactly 10 theaters in 10 cities across the country. You (or possibly someone much like you) (or possibly a robot EXACTLY like you, but with better manners and sonic arm-lasers, sent to take your place) will be able to buy a ticket to see Serenity months in advance. Not just the bitty trailer with not enough Kaylee and Book, but the whole film, in its extremely almost completed state.

You probably have some questions. How is this possible? What cities exactly will it be in? What are these changes my body is going through? All valid. It's possible because some clown put a bunch of Universal execs in a theater full of Browncoats and dude, they came out SWEATING, they never seen energy like that. They loved it, and even though they were already wicked supportive of the movie (see: earlier posts re: we're making the movie) they simply weren't ready for you guys. When I whinged on about pushing the date and everyone here was posting about "what do we do till September", they agreed to let me sneak it out.

Maybe they thought it was a fluke. Maybe they wanna see if people really do care about the flick. Or maybe they're just treating us with respect and kindness, though that last option confuses and terrifies me as much as these changes my body is going through (I'm "perspiring" and becoming "interested in girls", which believe me is very unsettling when you're 40.) Does it matter? The plan works for me, and it can work for a select bunch of y'all. Here's what I know:

The cities to be hit are:
Seattle
Austin
Sacramento
Boston
Altanta
Chicago
San Francisco
Las Vegas
Denver
The Portland of Oregon

If you're in or near one of those, you might wanna stop by. There's supposed to be a "Can't Stop the Signal" page on this website (I don't know where it is -- hey, I remembered my damn password, doesn't that buy me any cred?) There should be more info there soon about how to get in, bringing peeps into the fold, I think there's even competetions and stuff. (All I know is I have exactly 20 Brownie points. I answered ONE triv Q and got it wrong. Forget cred. I have no cred.) Now a couple of us might just creep into one of those major metropolitan multiplexes to see if anyone does show up, so remember: swearing in Chinese ONLY.

All right. This will please the fans and satisfy the employers of Joss Whedon, so I must stop as my arm-lasers are getting tired. I politely thank you for your attention.

Should be fun.

-j.





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  • April 27, 2005, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Not really....

    by Volta

  • April 27, 2005, 9:58 a.m. CST

    CURSE THE BARREN WASTELAND OF ART AND IMAGINATION THAT I LIVE IN

    by MemBirdman

    I live in Memphis. Atlanta is 6 hours away. This. Sucks.

  • April 27, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Thank you!

    by bedidi

    All done!

  • 'cause then I'd be all over it.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:03 a.m. CST

    This is fun in an unable to process order kind of way

    by A G

    n/t

  • April 27, 2005, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Austin is already sold out...

    by godric

    just before I tried to buy my ticket. I lose again.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:24 a.m. CST

    GrrArghGAH!

    by eirefaerie

    See, this is why the internet sometimes sucks. Because I already knew about this, and was poised to buy the tickets, and was confirming that my friend could go with me because I didn't want to drive back to Houston at 1 am and fall asleep whilst driving, because I like all of my appendages and major organs, and then! Then it was posted on AICN, and now Austin's totally sold out! I . . . really wish I knew Chinese right about now.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    CRAP!!!

    by KaraZorEl

    Austin is sold out. Dang you people!!!! :-( Ah well. It's several hours from Dallas anyway.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    No NYC?

    by Darth Busey

    I guess NYC is also a wasteland of culture...

  • April 27, 2005, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Looks like Chicago is sold out as well...

    by gurglesnap

    ... which is fine, as it's four hours away from me.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks a lot, jackass

    by BitterMan23

    Now nonfans and scalpers will get wind of it and leave real fans in the dust. douchebag.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:29 a.m. CST

    NO EAST COAST??? WHERE'S THE LOVE JOSS?????

    by so sorry

    I know, I know, Atlanta is east coast. just trying to make a point.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Australia says hello to you too.

    by Shan

    Now back to watching Battlestar Galactica on my portable DVD player during my night shift. Did you know you can get the whole series from cd-wow.com in Region 2,4 and 5? Interesting combination for the discs ...

  • April 27, 2005, 10:34 a.m. CST

    JOSS WHEDON IS BETTER THAN JESUS.

    by Jossisgod

    He shows his love for us in the bestest ways. I'm going to Portland, see you there!!!! JESUS never did any previews of his healings. He just did them on the spot, no fanfare, no hype, I'm surprised anyone even noticed. Joss loves us. I wish he was my dad!

  • April 27, 2005, 10:51 a.m. CST

    No East Coast Cities

    by The Pelti

    No New York, No Philly, No DC or Baltimore. Boston is 6 hours from here, Atlanta is 14 hours away in another country. Chicago is like 9 hours away. So why leave the most densely populated part of the country with no opportunity for this sneak peak. I said it at the end of virtually every Buffy and Angel episode and I'll say it again: DAMN YOU JOSS!

  • April 27, 2005, 11:03 a.m. CST

    This whole thing is either madness or brilliance...

    by SirWadie

    for several reasons. First, how can they possibly do this thing without some jerkwad sneaking in a camcorder and flooding the net with crappy bootlegs that will eventually hurt the overall box office receipts come September? I realize that bootlegs would probably start popping up soon eventually, but this is just inviting it, sad to say. The other thing I'm worried about is that it may be a test by the Universal marketing dept. to see whether they're actually going to give it a proper theatrical release this fall. If the overall support for this thing next week isn't absolutely thunderous, Universal might use it as an excuse to give this movie the direct-to-video shaft, which I think is the worst possible outcome. Let's face it, what we're all hoping for is that this movie is so wonderful and so profitable that it resurrects the TV series, and this screening could either help that along or drive another nail into the coffin. It's a big gamble...(but I still can't wait)

  • April 27, 2005, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Screenings

    by BitterMan23

    They cant hit every city. Its obvi a test screening of some sort, which are usually in ONE theater. Boston has DLP in one screening room, i just hope that serenity is showing in that particular screen...

  • April 27, 2005, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Just got in for Boston!

    by CatVutt

    Whoo Hoo! Thank you AICN! Wouldn't have known otherwise.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Hey Xander...

    by SirWadie

    I was just stating a fear, and a pretty reasonable one at that. Movies with theatrical releases planned get shunted to a DTV release all the time. No reason to get testy or start with the name calling. Jeez, why can't there ever be a polite talkback? Sigh...

  • April 27, 2005, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Look everybody! jossisgod has skipped school again today and is

    by Barry Egan

    My guess for why he ditched school: gym class.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Didn't the cast sign on to make 3 of these movies?

    by Barry Egan

    I think Universal is thinking possible franchsise. They are trying to spread positive word of mouth early and often.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:46 a.m. CST

    It's all funny until someone gets banished to hell.

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Whedon's a clever little (though not so little) chap. But please stop with the religious icon stuff. It's a (tad) bit insulting and really when you act so positively about Whedon, you'll just get people on the fence to hate him. Heck I almost hated him from some of those Jossisgod comments, but then I realized I fucking love "Angel" and I thought "Firefly" was an entertaining couple of episodes. The movie I hope will be the same, but maybe a wee bit deeper. So please, just say that you like Joss and you plan on seeing the film. Playing it up (ahem, for fun) is okay for two minutes. Once it becomes a biblical rant, you start to look like a fool and you're offending far too many people who might get SO angry (it's possible) that they'll never come back. Trust me, I've seen it. Anyway, September can't come soon enough since I live nowhere near any of those bloody cities.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Thanks Joss, Thanks Herc!

    by BradP

    Can't thank you and this site enough for the info. I'm vacationing in Vegas the day of this show. Luckiest break ever. Got tix for me and all my pals who I hope to convert into fans. After watching the trailer last night I thought it was going to be a long wait til September. Not any more! Stoked!

  • April 27, 2005, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Re: wolfatthedoor

    by jimmythesaint

    There have already been two screenings in London - I should know, I was at the first one in February.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Re: wolfatthedoor

    by jimmythesaint

    There have already been two screenings in London - I should know, I was at the first one in February.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Road Trip!

    by Eshu

    None of those theaters are in my State. I am tempted to go on a road trip but it seems kinda crazy to drive all the way for a movie.

  • April 27, 2005, noon CST

    Seattle show sold out

    by Hjermsted

    Damn! Guess I should check my e-mail inbox at 3:30am more often so I don't miss these screening announcements. grumble grumble grumble

  • April 27, 2005, 12:02 p.m. CST

    How many DVD units did Firefly sell? Anybody have that info? J

    by Barry Egan

    And I want Jossisgod to tell the story about how Joss fed the cast and crew with only a few fish and some bread.

  • April 27, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    angry face

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    damn it.....its not even noon yet and it's already all sold out.....

  • April 27, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon has done more for race relations than Martin Luther

    by Jossisgod

    It's true: think about Gunn - a MAIN CHARACTER in his show. And Gunn is loyal, friendly, nice, but with a strong moral outlook and good in a fight. He was one of the remaining Angel Gang at the end of Not Fade Away. Fred, Cordy, Connor, Doyle, and Lorne had all died/got scared. Joss has shown us the power and the fury of the black man. Therefore, he's done more for the African American community than Martin Luther "All talk" King ever did. See also Riley's friend in Season 4. And Shepard Book.

  • April 27, 2005, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Oh for the love of god...

    by SirWadie

    Xander, I will get a life the moment you get a clue. Let me spell it out for you: I was not dissing Serenity. I love it just as much as anyone in here and I'm looking forward to seeing it next week. I was just voicing an opinion. You've heard of those, right? They're what reasonable people who don't live in their parents' basement have as opposed to the all-cap delusional ravings you seem to enjoy. There, I'm done. Xander, you may now have the last word to froth about in whatever manner you see fit. Long live Serenity!

  • April 27, 2005, 12:18 p.m. CST

    extra ticket for SanFran?

    by Calico Pete

    Anyone got one? Shiny! Let me know what I can do to convince you to sell it to me!

  • April 27, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Shit with a side of poop!!!!

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Boston is sold out!!!

  • April 27, 2005, 12:24 p.m. CST

    it might be worth your while to call the theatre

    by reinhold

    I tried placing an order online, and while I was doing so, MovieTickets.com changed the show's status to Sold Out. I called the theatre immediately, and I managed to buy tickets direct from them!

  • April 27, 2005, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Jossisgod would you please shut the fuck up already.

    by jim

    If you are simply being a dick and trying to get a rise out of people then, congratulations, you have succeeded. You are a troll who is no better than the haters who sign on simply to spew their venom. On the other hand, if you are being serious than you are truly one of the most ignorant tools I have ever encountered on this site. Your last post proves that. You come across as a delusional sychophant. You give Whedon fans a bad name. I said it before, celebrities take out restraining orders against fans like you. If Joss Whedon were to read your posts I doubt he would relish your admiration. More likely than not he would say "holy shit, what a fucking psycho!". Cut it out before you get (deservedly) banned.

  • April 27, 2005, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon has done more for world peace than the UN ever did

    by Jossisgod

    Think about it for a second. Joss Whedon's shows bring together fans from all four corners of the world. He makes the mundane seem magnificent. After seeing a show by Our Lord, you can't help but bask in his glory. I wish to feel his salvation all over my face. I crave it. And so do many people across the world. You see, Joss promotes a message of love and peace. The UN has NO CONTROL over it's countries. Kofi Annan is a nobody. He has no tangible power - it's just a honourary position he's been given. The US was allowed to start a war even though the UN said it was wrong - that's the most blatant example showing how powerless and obsolete the UN is. Joss on the other hand loves the internet, which brings his fans together. Buffy forums have created strong friendships never to be broken. The UN allows genocide to go on without doing ANYTHING. Have you SEEN The Congo? It's a bloody mess. If Joss Whedon was the president of the world, we would all be one happy family.

  • April 27, 2005, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Well damn

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Too slow to the party.

  • April 27, 2005, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Robogeek rejoices!

    by robogeek.com

    So happy I live in Austin! (And that I stayed up late last night.) Four golden tickets be mine as of 3:30ish am. Oh, and Jossisgod is _funny_. Some of the rest of you have no sense of humor.

  • April 27, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon has done more the plight of Indians living on the Pa

    by Jossisgod

    And that's a fact. It's so obvious a fact that I won't ever bother explaining it or providing evidence.

  • April 27, 2005, 1:23 p.m. CST

    another place to get tickets?

    by LydiaDeitz

    www.farceforce5.com

  • April 27, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    New York...please?

    by Johnny Smith

    C'mon! California ex-patriates need love, too.

  • April 27, 2005, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I heart robogeek.

    by eirefaerie

    robogeek . . . don't suppose you want to sell me two of those tickets, do you? Please?

  • April 27, 2005, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Curing leprosy.

    by Shan

    Leprosy is actually curable thanks to modern day antibiotics. It's scandalous that there are places in the world where people aren't being treated for it.

  • April 27, 2005, 2:36 p.m. CST

    anti biotics?!!?

    by A G

    CORRECT ! Anti-biotics which are in full control of Joss WHEDON.

  • April 27, 2005, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Well, that's true ...

    by Shan

    Antibiotics are actually the first phase of an alien invasion to conquer the human race, starting by taking us over at the organic molecular level ... I know this because I'm a doctor and we all sold out for the free pens and lunches. Those drug reps, they're not really human you know ...

  • April 27, 2005, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Serenity haters showing ignorance...

    by ripper t. jones

    For those forcasting Serenity's failure, run the fucking numbers. Serenitys budget is what? 30-35 mil? Which I would say judging from the trailer is ALL ON THE SCREEN. It'll make that back in 2 weeks. Not to mention overseas and DVD sales (which will be huge just like the box set) So, all of you forcasting doom for Serenity need to put the XBOX down and learn how the business works before you shoot your know-fucking-nothing mouths off.

  • April 27, 2005, 4:09 p.m. CST

    So the closest city on that list

    by Hamish

    Is still a 20 hour flight. Can Joss please do one at the Embassy in Wellington? Please? It worked for Peter Jackson...

  • April 27, 2005, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I'm no expert.

    by dr_dreadlocks

    But I think Serenity will end up costing maybe 40 million dollars. Cue in maybe 25 million for advertising budget, and print costs, etc. It'll come out costing the studio maybe 70-80 million dollars to produce. Judging by the trailer the film will probably gross a modest 50 million, which isn't that bad at all, frankly. With DVD sales, which I'm sure will be strong, the film should turn a tidy profit, yes. But the main thing is... Universal could theoretically say "Yes, we spent 80 million, and got back 50 million in profits. Maybe a little more. But what if we spent that 80 million on a more public friendly project and made three times that?" Which is how most projects that turn a profit still never see sequels (Chronicles of Riddick) because they can just throw that money into something they feel is more profitable. Now I don't like this strategy, but it is how they think. If the film does AMAZING than I think it'll get a nice hefty two sequel sign on, maybe 80-90 million dollar production budgets, probably filmed back to back, since they'll use the same sets I'm sure. If it does decent, the next two films will probably get a direct to DVD release. Again, I don't totally agree with this, and I'd like the films to do well. But we have to be realistic. For instance, you release National Treasure and people go bananas for "adventure/treasure" films. A few months later you release "Sahara" and it feels like yesterdays news and gets a modest gross. Same thing with Serenity. Star Wars and Hitchhikers will come out and people will get a ga-ga for space. Then Serenity will come out and you'll get the standard public going "Well, I already saw to space movies this year. This looks no different." No matter what the quality, since, let's face it, about sixteen people base whether they want to see a film on a critics review. It's just not looking good for the movie. An earlier, pre-SW release and I think this baby would've caught lightning in a bottle. Now, I think it'll just be one of those "well, I already saw that" kind of vibe. Especially considering HHGTTG and SW could be either on DVD or on their way to DVD by the films release. It's just not pointing too well. Again, I want this film to be the bee's knees and rock the house. But all signs point to a modest hit, with maybe two more modest sequels made with a possibility of a theatrical release. But we'll see, I just want the damn thing to come out so we'll all know what Whedon has in store for his first cinematic endeavor. September 30th, I'm waiting in the wings.

  • April 27, 2005, 4:28 p.m. CST

    doc dred

    by jmc8y

    good points overall, but you are overlooking the browncoats. it's very rare that movies that are still in production have such a rabid and devoted following. universal has hooked them up and they will be spreading the word like no other. i expect word of mouth to be huge on this one.

  • April 27, 2005, 4:45 p.m. CST

    go-se!

    by scaler

    The closest city to me is Chicago (4 hours) and it's already sold out. It's enough to make a shepherd curse.

  • April 27, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST

    ARRGH!

    by Kirka

    Anyone care to sneak me in to the Boston show?

  • April 27, 2005, 4:55 p.m. CST

    To jmc8y

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Thank you for not responding with a "UR TEH STUPIDZ!" I, to be honest, am basically a defacto member. I've sent the trailer out to whoever will accept it. I went as far as testing it on older members of the family to see their unbiased response. They all generally seem to like it, aside from the little text blurbs. But really the browncoats had better do a superb job to get it really steaming forward. The film has to hit a social vein to get the "mega-bank". It's very much possible, but it's going to take work. Plus Joss-baby will have to deliver on a level he never has yet. But hot damn, I hope he does.

  • April 27, 2005, 6:35 p.m. CST

    No L.A.? WTF?

    by major_wiggins

    What's the deal, could they give us Angelinos a whiff of the jossy-goodness? That's just wrong.

  • April 27, 2005, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Errr...

    by Z_B_Brox

    Xander Harris: I'm sorry, I have to ask: What the fuck is wrong with you? First you berrated a perfectly reasonable human being for expressing a concern, then you accused him of hating somethign he's stated from the first he likes, and THEN you called attention to your rants by pointing out that we could go back and see that he was, in fact, being perfectly reasonable. And then you had another couple of inane babblings. What the fuck? No, really, what the fuck? Are you just, like, really overly excitable? Are you messing with us? Don't take this the wrong way, man, but would you just take a look at what you said to that poor guy? You came off like a nutjob. Are you, as they say, for real?

  • April 27, 2005, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Jossisgodisgod

    by chiahead

    OMG... am I the only one who thinks Jossisgod is funny?? Tix for Boston baby. Can't believe I don't have to wait until September. Woo hooo!!!

  • April 27, 2005, 8:15 p.m. CST

    The fact that this is being released by Universal (instead of Fo

    by FrankDrebin

    It means that Whedon held to it the rights instead of Fox. That's why Fox was so quick to axe the show. Networks only support shows they have ownership of or partnership in. It's the Futurama story all over again.

  • April 27, 2005, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Move away from Atlanta to Hollywood, and this is what it gets me

    by DarthCorleone

    Argh. I would have liked to have seen it. That's the price of now being an "insider," I suppose.

  • April 27, 2005, 8:43 p.m. CST

    No East Coast

    by slayerdaddy

    Whedon's just suckin' up to the Red States to make up for campaigning for Kerry...

  • April 27, 2005, 10:14 p.m. CST

    you bastards better not spoil it.

    by JackDonkey

    Us blue state citizens that didn't get a ticket better not hear the whole plot word for word by september, or we'll cry and make fun of you.

  • April 27, 2005, 10:41 p.m. CST

    To, I_Run_Bartertown

    by The Outlander

    I'm guessing you have never actualy watched Firefly, because the Aliance who are kind of like Nazis are the bad guys, not the good guys.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Wait one god damn cotton pickin' minute!

    by dr_dreadlocks

    The Nazi's were the bad guys? Why the hell did I not get the memo? I swear these office pranks are starting to really piss me off.

  • April 27, 2005, 11:53 p.m. CST

    what's a blue state?

    by Hate_Speech

    odd

  • April 28, 2005, 7:02 a.m. CST

    UK SCREENING? LIKE, PRETTY PLEASE?

    by MichaelColeFan

    Come on give us UK folk one too Joss - you gave one to the people with the hats with corks attached after all!

  • April 28, 2005, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Serenity NOW

    by strider_is_hot

    Well, dr_dreadlocks, the trailer for "Serenity" has hit the "mainstream" news, due to the incredible number of people linking to it in the world of blogs. It's mentioned in this MSNBC blog as being one of the most clicked links out there yesterday - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6409077/ - scroll down to "Everywhere I looked today people were linking to the new site for a movie called Serenity." It was also linked to on Metafilter (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/41542) and has 123 comments attached to it, which is more than most posts I've seen on there lately. I think this movie has the possibility to capture a HUGE audience. And they must be pretty darn proud of it to allow these sneaks. If it sucked, they sure as hell wouldn't do it and mess with the word-of-mouth that spreading like wildfire right now...

  • April 28, 2005, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Want To Buy A Ticket To A May 5 Screening Of SERENITY???!!

    by Bart of Darkness

    Frankly, no.

  • April 29, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Need screening tix!

    by Clairey

    HELP! I'm looking for 2x "Serenity" tix for Boston or Chicago on 5/5. I want to take my wife for a birthday surprise.

  • April 29, 2005, 7:12 p.m. CST

    TO THE GUY SCALPING THE TICKETS ON EBAY

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Yer an asshat. Scalping tickets to Dick and Jane 30-something to the 40,000 seat U2 show and the Local Super Sized arena makes to some loser who doesnt wanna really work for a living. Scalping tickets to a movie screening makes you an asshat.