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A Quick Review Of The Still-In-Progress FANBOYS!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. When I saw Kyle Newman in Hawaii (he was visiting Kristen Bell on the set of FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL), he said there is still more footage to shoot for FANBOYS, but that he did too good a job picking his cast originally, since they’re all busy now, and it’s almost impossible to get them back together to shoot the pick-ups. I’m sure they will, but it’s caused the film to be delayed and delayed and delayed. This guy saw it at a work-in-progress screening, and had this to say about it:

Hi Harry, I've never contributed before as I've never been lucky enough to be in the position where I might have something to contribute! However, I felt compelled to send an email about a little movie I saw this weekend at the Star Wars Celebration Europe convention in London. Just to set the scene, I 'll tell you a little bit about the events surrounding the rough cut screening of Kyle Newman's Fanboys. My brother and I checked out the schedule for Saturdays activities and realised that Rick McCallum was going to be talking to Warwick Davies just prior to the screening of Fanboys, a film which I've been looking forward to ever since seeing the trailer. Around half way through Rick's chat, I received a text message from a friend saying that the queue for Fanboys had already started and that he'd save my brother and I a place (Rick was very cool, by the way- a jobbing screenwriter asked Rick if he could take a look at a spec script he'd written for the upcoming live action Star Wars TV show and rather than dismiss the guy, Rick directed the guy to his legal team- awesome). So, we hooked up with our buddy and sat down for the film. Shortly before the movie was due to screen, we experienced another cool moment. A couple of people started to walk down the right-hand side of the screening room and then my brother nudges me and says 'hey, its Rick!!'. Sure enough, I turn to my left and there is Mr. McCallum who I'm guessing had turned up for the screening. He smiled and gave everyone a wave when he realised a few folks had spotted him- seems like a really cool guy. The coolness didn't stop there! The film was also presented by it's director Kyle Newman, who simply said it was a pet project which snowballed and that he hoped we enjoyed the movie. Stop worrying Kyle- Man, did we enjoy it!! I'm not gonna get deep in to the film and attempt to dissect it, nor am I going to spoil it (some great cameos in there!!), suffice to say that its a fantastic movie. Not only is it frequently and consistently funny, it has a great big heart too. Sure, its a love letter to Star Wars and a celebration of what it means to people, but its also a celebration of life. The story is simple but beautiful, the dialogue and performances are fantastic and I would be surprised if any self-respecting Star Wars fan didn't fall in love with it. Of course, some may ask 'what does it offer those who aren't into Star Wars?' Seems kinda redundant to me. It'd be like asking 'what does any episode of Star Wars offer those who aren't in to it?' Its just pointless considering the film's genesis, but having said that, it does very much have its own thing going on and I believe that even those who aren't into Star Wars would enjoy it as a great coming of age, buddy movie, with 5 really likeable central characters- ultimately, the film really becomes about them. Of course, some of the more subtle references will be lost on general movie goers, but I think there's more than enough to it for it to be able to stand on it own 2 feet- but its gonna be 10 times sweeter for you if you grew up loving Lucas' classic saga!! In short, the movie is a hell of a lot of fun, with great performances, great characters and a big heart and I'd urge anyone to go see it when it is released next January. And a message for Kyle Newman: Yourself, the cast and the crew more than deserved the 2 standing ovations we bestowed upon you- you've made an absolute cracker! Thanks for reading Harry. If you use this, just call me Darth-Withnail!!
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  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Wasnt this supposed to come out 2 years ago?

    by Mike_D

    And now its coming out next January? Do they mean January 2008 or 2009??

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I dislike Star Wars,

    by octobermusings

    I dislike Star Wars, therefore I do not find this news the least bit cool. *wonk-tap-thud-rump-shhhh-eek*

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Obligatorily 'Save Veronica Mars' post

    by CeefaxTheCat

    Cos, ya know...hope survives!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    This should be awesome...

    by Transmetropolitan

    all us SW:OT fanboys need to do now is take over the world... oh wait.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    kyle newman is a fuckhead

    by hank quinlan

    well...he is. and this movie looks lame. i don't care if kristen bell and seth rogan are in it.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    in development since at least 1998

    by OfficiousG

    I actually think I read about it in the Austin American-Statesman in '97. Something about how the guy who wanted to make it had no money and the only asset the production had was a van, but he was hoping to release Fanboys before Phantom Menace came out.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Great film

    by JCUK

    I was at celebration europe and saw this. Loved every minute. Great cameos from people like kevin smith,ray park, a certain trek actor :) Only sad thing is looks like people are knocking it back already before they even seen it. Hank have you seen any of this film?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Saw the cast and clips at Comic-Con . . .

    by Despacio

    and I have to say it all looked pretty damn funny. The director, who came off extremely humble, said that they are still doing some shooting because they finally have the money to make the movie they've wanted too from the start. It's certainly an unusual way to go about shooting a movie but there were a lot of clips and they looked great. A lot of direct references to the original Star Wars. The great thing was that Lucas and crew are fully embracing this film. Also, Kirsten Bell was there and she is as charming, funny, witty, beautiful etc. in person as she is on Veronica Mars.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Kristen Bell in slave outfit!!!

    by Eh Nam1313

    If they would sell the tickets I would buy one at this moment.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The last release date I know of for Fanboys? 1/18/08.

    by Pennsy

    I kid you not. And Kristen Bell deserves a lot better than to be a stinking voiceover on The O.C. East Coast (aka Gossip Girl). <p> *pictures a 500-foot KB all Slusho'd up having her way with Manhattan* :D

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Newman might as well keep directing Fanboys reshoots

    by Doc_McCoy

    ...because his Revenge Of The Nerds debacle was so damaging to his career that he'll never get to direct a Hollywood movie again.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I saw it, it was fucking horrible

    by hatespeech

    It's this years Miss Fucking Horrible

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I don't think this guy really saw it.

    by Bob Cryptonight

    And he didn't even TRY to make it seem like he did. Bad form, dude.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Bob Cryptonight...

    by Mind Vault-1

    ...If you are referring to hatespeech, I don't know. If You are referring to Darth Withnail. He did indeed see the film. How do I know - not that I can prove it, but what the hell, I know the truth - I was with him at Celebration Europe. I was with him when he composed the e mail. I was Withnails intention to NOT spoil the film. He simply does not believe in it. What has really pissed me off is that it has taken this site nearly three weeks since the email was sent to actually get around to posting Withnail's review. Ah fuck it, I know that this film is excellent, and I was one of the lucky 2000 to be told in person we the FIRST IN THE WORLD (at the time at least) to see the film in anywhere near a state that resembled a cohesive cut

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Oh an another thing...

    by Mind Vault-1

    ...anyone thinking of posting some smart Alec remark about oh, defending his fellow geek, it's a little more personal than that - the dude is my brother - in the very literal sense. Yes, he can fight his own battles, but I'm pretty underwhelmed that no-one seems to be interested in this flick. Trust me, you WILL be missing out on a great movie. Other tidbits to prove I was there - Kyle Newman stated that Rick McCallum had shot a scene for the film (not present in this cut) and that he's trying to get Mark Hamill involved too. But..feel free to take the piss. I KNOW I was there, just wish I could really prove it. Ah...the shortcomings of the Internet - where people bash and disbelieve. Ain't it cool? You bet!