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A Day Long Dreamt of... The Release of FANBOYS... in Austin, Seattle, Houston, San Francisco, NY, LA, Philly & Chicago!

Published at: Feb. 6, 2009, 3:12 a.m. CST by headgeek




Hey folks, Harry here... I kinda can't believe the day has come. I remember when Ernie Cline first came over to my house to hand me the script to FANBOYS - we weren't really friends at the time. He was a customer, he'd bought 2 BARBARELLA 1-sheets for his wife from me at City Wide Garage Sale, where I was still selling collectibles to pay the bills. It was the extremely early days of the site. Before there were ads. When the site was only ever on a single page. Articles were short and more often than not - it was just a link, two or three sentences written by me and a goofy Photoshopped image making fun of the project in question in a loving manner. Ernie was going to shoot the film on video with a group of locals. It was his, "I'm going to shoot my CLERKS" desperate grab for film... and frankly... to just get off his ass and actually make something from his imagination that he could show friends & god willing an audience. That was the year the Alamo Drafthouse opened here in Austin. I didn't really know Tim League back then. I hadn't met most of my friends, and my future wife was 12. To say it was a long time ago... doesn't really cover it. Today in the following markets on 44 Screens... FANBOYS opens theatrically. The odds are against the film. That's not many screens, it doesn't have a big national push. Seth Rogen isn't doing the TODAY SHOW to sell it, he won't be on CONAN or LENO or LETTERMEN or THE VIEW or any of the other shows. This is a quiet roll-out. We could bitch that it isn't on enough screens... or we could remember that almost 32 years ago, the original STAR WARS opened on May 25th, 1977 on only 32 screens. For this film to play in most of your cities, a miracle of turn out would have to occur. I'm not expecting that to happen. Nobody is expecting that to happen. But it could happen. It sold out every show that the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE RITZ booked this Friday... So they began adding showing on their second screen there. They're expected to go quickly. Ernie Cline, the screenwriter will be on hand to introduce every screening. This is a work of extreme passion and perseverance on his part. I just got in from Berlin tonight, and will call him tomorrow to see if he'd like company. But the point of this article is to say this. This is a film that has been at war for so long. So many fans have wanted to see it, written emails on its behalf and tracked its progress over the last 10 years on this site and many others. I've seen multiple versions of this movie, my scene and ultimately I really like the final film. It is fun. At times it is more, at others you can feel unnatural hands touching its Underoos. But in the end... it exists, it made it, and your support - all of our support did that. I will always wish that Ernie's original draft had been shot. It's the film I love most. It is that script's sequences that work best, and it is for that reason that Ernie and Kyle Newman the director are doing their best to let as many of you know as possible. All they ever wanted to do was to make a film that reminds us of what we dreamt of a long time ago. That wanted to hold up a mirror to the friendships and the loyalty and love that those of us that embraced that original universe felt. I'm just so happy that this day has come. Enjoy it if you can. Call your Star Wars buddies, wear your shirt, jacket, hoodie, armor, whatever you got. You're a Star Wars Fanboy or Fangirl. These guys made a movie for ya. It hits these theaters today... (this list isn't complete - check your area, but this is what I found:)

NEW YORK 1. AMC Lincoln Square - 11:45am 2:20 5:00 7:45 10:20 2. AMC Empire - 10:05am 12:20 2:50 5:20 7:50 10:10 12:30am 3. Regal Union Square - 11:45am 2:15 4:55 7:30 9:50 12:10am 4. Regal Farmingdale 5. Regal New Roc City - 12:45 3:25 6:10 8:25 10:55 12:45am 6. AMC Loews 34th Street 14 - 10:10am 12:10 2:30 4:50 7:20 9:50 12:10am 7. AMC Loews Raceway 10 - 11:15am 1:45 4:15 6:25 8:45 11:00 LOS ANGELES 1.Mann Chinese - 12:40 3:00 5:20 7:40 10:00 12:10am 2.Regal Long Beach 26 3. AMC Century City 15 - 9:30am 12:05 2:35 5:05 7:25 9:50 12:15am 4. Pacific Culver Stadium 12 - 12:30 2:40 4:55 7:15 9:25 5. AMC Loews Broadway 4 - 12:45 3:00 5:20 7:45 10:10 6. AMC Burbank 16 - 10:50am 1:05 3:30 5:50 8:15 10:50 7. Pacific Beach Cities Stadium 16 - 12:30 3:00 5:20 7:40 10:10 8. AMC Promenade 16 - 10:45am 1:00 3:20 5:40 8:10 10:35 9. Pacific Winnetka - 12:55 3:20 5:40 8:00 10:20 Philadelphia 1. Landmark Ritz at Bourse 2. AMC Neshaminy 3. AMC Cherry Hill CHICAGO 1. AMC Pipers Alley 2. AMC River East 3. AMC Barrington 30 SAN FRANCISCO 1. AMC Metre on 16 2. Century 20 Downtown Redwood City 3. Century 20 Daly City 4. Century Northgate 15 Cinemas HOUSTON 1. AMC Studio 30 - 12:00 2:10 4:15 6:40 9:00 11:20 2. AMC Gulf Pointe 30 - 10:25am 12:45 2:55 5:00 7:20 9:40 11:55 3. CITY Angelika Film Center - 12:00 2:00 4:00 6:00 8:00 10:00 SEATTLE 1. AMC Pacific Place 2. Centurion Lincoln Square Bellevue 3. Regal Alderwood 4. Regal Parkway Plaza 12 Tukwila AUSTIN 1. Alamo Ritz

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  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    okay...

    by wbrownley

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    I hope this does well...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    so we can get it in Portland next.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    idk...

    by wbrownley

    i think "fanboys" (haven't seen the film, but i'm speculating) would have sort of an ironic value to it in this post prequel age. I mean, when this thing was written, that was at the height of the hype of the Phantom Menace right? Nobody thought, hey Star Wars can actually suck, it was impossible to think. It just feels weird, going back to when we thought this was going to blow our minds only to be disappointed. That being said, I still hope the movie is funny.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I'm seeing it here in Seattle!

    by BadMrWonka

    at Pacific Place (for the record, Big Guy, those other crapfest theaters are outside Seattle, and I doubt there's gonna be a high turnout in fucking Tukwila)<p>but I've got like 10 friends together to see it, so I'm doing my part.<p>go see this movie, people!!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Why was the film burried?

    by heavenlykid

    Seems like everyone that's seen it flips over it. It's an easy to sell premise, I.E. Everyone loves star wars and everyone loves making fun of Episode 1.Yet releasing it has been a bigger struggle than Trick R Treat (Well, okay, not quiet as big as Fanboys is now coming out and Trick R Treat is still waiting for Obama to close the prison it's stuck in). So...what's the beef? Was it a really off test screening?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, every filmmaker appriciates your pitch here but...

    by Kirbymanly

    The truth be told... it's not a very good film. The jokes are beyond the threshold of old (both dated and seen before) and the direction/camera-work feels like a guy who kinda-had-a-budget but not the passion or know-how to use it. In short, it would've been more interesting if he had shot it on video and then used it to gain work. In short, it's more than obivous that it is a fine labour of love-- the guy obivously LOVES Star Wars-- but it falls short of providing time-spanning laughs or providing identification with a standard Star Wars fan.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Kirbymanly

    by heavenlykid

    Nothing personal, but any paragraph that contains 'in short' twice probably isn't very short.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Kirbymanly

    by HEADGEEK

    Oddly enough - FANBOYS originally wasn't MEANT to be a laugh a minute. It had a few laughs, but was meant to be more about these four friends rallying around one of their own. When the Weinsteins saw the Apatow films, they decided they needed to do that sort of thing. The final film is a combination of all the versions. Better than the worst... and actually the best of all the versions. The version that was never shot was Ernie's 1st draft which was and always will be the version I loved. It was sincere, humorous and felt real. Hollywood moved it further and further away from that. At this point I'm supporting the eventual product with the caveat that the film does have its problems, but it's still a lot of fun and has it's bouts of heart and sincerity... But it succeeds much better than many of the Harvey Scissorhands flicks

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Yay Seattle

    by RedwingsHoolihan

    'Bout damn time something cool landed in these cinemas

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Which version is this?

    by cookiepuss

    Is one of the friends still sick or is the whitewashed version

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    No one cares

    by DigitalDong

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Harry...

    by Kirbymanly

    I never said it should've been a laugh a minute. In fact, one of the elements that I loved, and wished was explored more, was the potential for real tragedy in the sense that the person with cancer felt unfulfilled in the end. The elements are all there in geek-reality but it never happens. It had the potenital to be one of the best dark comedies in years. Is my version better? For me... yeah. For others? Time will tell. All I can say is... the film is extremely dated in its humor-- bordering on "_____" Movie levels. (This part is for HeavenlyKid) All I can say is...nerd humor and feelings have been handled MUCH better and to greater degrees than this film. But, like I said, the heart is there and I wish the filmmaker the best in getting what he wants his voice to be as on either film/video.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST

    sweet...AMC Neshaminy

    by Robstar

    The local theater has been getting a lot of limited releases lately. I feel so cultured.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Ugggghhhhh.

    by TheCap

    Oh God. By all means, let's PERPETUATE the unsavory myths about "fanbois". Why don't you all just organize a day where all the get-a-lifers out there dance naked in the streets for a while, singing the theme music from the original "Star Trek".<br><br>I'd guess that would be far less an embarassment than this sad excuse for a movie. That is all.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    It's playing on Long Island...

    by damagedinc

    I have to wait tip Sunday or during the week, but I've got 10+ bucks to throw down in support. Where were you in '99? When the hope of a decent new Star Wars movie was the most important thing in the world? I remember reading in '95-'96 that Obi Wan was going to be played by Kenneth Branagh and there was no mention of a 3 movies about l'il whiny Anakin Jr.For a couple years I was expecting a full blown 3 film space opera with an adult Anakin fighting in an unrelenting Clone Wars that was as gritty as Empire. That's the trilogy I'll always hope for instead of Jake Lloyd shouting "yipppee" in a glorified children's show. Even if it doesn't up being that great, I look forward to reliving that stupidly sad end to my senior year of high school. Episode 1 will always be the benchmark of the cinematic missfire.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST

    A table without legs

    by ThePilgrim

    is just a slab of matter sitting on the dinning room floor. What's that mean, fuck if I know. This film is a table is without legs and My Family, Friends, and I ain't going to sit there on the fucking floor eating the shit being served on this incomplete legless table. Why even call it a table anyways. It's just one layer above the floor....

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Ebert trashed this movie and the fanboy culture

    by feckdrinkarse

    Not a fan of his but he is spot on with this one.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    I'd Rather Watch Kevin Smith

    by ThePilgrim

    Pissing lines through a Seth Rogen Log, dropped ontop of one of Elizabeth Banks Bloody Maxipads. <P> Put that quote on the poster!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    I think many of us here have our own prequel trilogy

    by most excellent ninja

    all better than the real thing.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Ebert did rip it a new one.

    by eggart

    Pretty funny.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    This would have been lame news . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . 8 years ago.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    whatever happened to "5-25-77"

    by Jared

    was it released?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    SON OF A BITCH, HARRY

    by kungfuhustler84

    I do not give a shit about all your dumb-ass name drops.<p>Can you please make your DVDs picks and peeks already?<p>I'm sorry if I'm edgy but I fucking love reading that. I am addicting and I'm going in withdrawals.<p>Please make that DVD column soon. Just a fan askin for a favor.<p>I just gotta hear your opinion on the new Afro Samurai.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    FWIW, a few more Philly area theaters running Fanboys...

    by Shepard Wong

    Regal Warrington Crossing 22 and Regal Marketplace @ Oaks Stadium 24

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    i wanna see it please bring it to the UK ernie!

    by pjvader

    before a screener or something pops up on the web then kills its theatrical clout plenty of people here willing to watch it in old blighty!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Holy Cow Folks

    by kungfuhustler84

    Kirbymanly totally burned Harry up there in the talkback.<p>I really don't care about this movie now.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    "Better than the worst...

    by kungfuhustler84

    and actually the best of all the versions."<p>...<p>What the fuck Harry? You are an awful writer.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    wbrownley hit it right on the head up there.

    by kungfuhustler84

    This movie took WAY too fucking long to come out. That time is over. People are officially a little jaded on being excited for Star Wars. That Clone Wars movie was the hammer on the coffin. What a sold out piece of crap.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Okay a light speed joke?

    by kungfuhustler84

    I gotta admit, that trailer is so dated, I am already kind of in love with this movie. I feel like it's this focused microscope on this minute sub culture of internet geeks and movie lovers. All the cameos and gags are especially for us.<p>If it was in front of me, I would definitely watch this.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Sadly- it's much ado about squat

    by Rubiks Doob

    After all these years this is a token release of let's face it- a shitty, limp unfunny comedy about nerds trying to break into Lucasfilm to watch, wait for it... The Phantom Menace. This is an old, stale joke of a movie about the saddest crap in the face of 'fanboys' ever. Unless this movie ends with George Lucas in front of a firing squad it arrives with all the relevancy of an inert, decade late fart. Good college try though Harry, Harvey will be pleased...

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Yikes

    by kungfuhustler84

    that dude they cast as Harry looks absolutely nothing like him. Why couldn't the real Harry have been in it to kick that guy's ass?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    That animation in the upper left is hilarious

    by kungfuhustler84

    Harry, please keep exercising and getting back into shape so you can dance in pants like Pee Wee Herman's. That would be an event.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    No writing skills

    by rassmguy

    Seriously, guys, proofread your articles before posting them, or have someone do it for you. The writing on this site is just horrible, and Harry has no idea how to punctuate, as this article makes painfully clear. It's incredibly unprofessional.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    This is bigger than the lost Metropolis footage they found!

    by tonagan

    Not really.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Fanboys on demand for Comcast

    by TheBostonStrangler

    I noticed that there's a whole bunch of Fanboys content available on demand for Comcast Subscribers. Got to movies and events and there's a section with clips and interviews devoted to the movie!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by kungfuhustler84

    you guys just need to work your shit out and get an editor, just to check over your articles. This kind of thing can easily be fixed with the proper staff.<p>I personally volunteer myself for a small wage. I personally will insure that at least a tiny portion of your articles will not be riddled with mistakes.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    nerds trying to break into Lucasfilm to watch The Phantom Menace

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    This is a joke right?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    oh man this is too ugly

    by kungfuhustler84

    call Mr. Fix It

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    AMC PALISADES CENTER 21 in WEST NYACK NY

    by Germster

    Is also playing the film. I'm going tomorrow morning.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK: a question

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    for you, or perhaps for you to pass on to Ernie:<br><br>Your comments made me (and I'm sure many others here) very curious to read this original unshot first draft version of his flick. Any chance he would make that version available on the internet for us fans to read?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    You know what's lamer than this movie?

    by Nice Marmot

    You fucks bitching about grammar and punctuation. Honestly, who gives a fucking shit????

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    We already know how this one ends...

    by Boo-urns

    They see the Phantom Menace...it's extremely disappointing... they box up all their toys... and spend the next 10 years writing bitter/angry comments on movie news websites.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    All the vernacular bull shit is bothering me

    by kungfuhustler84

    What happened to people being able to appreciate some professionalism. He writes like he's just stoned all the time.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I can't believe it.

    by jamestewart007

    Its actually here! I've waited so long to see it! But I know it won't come here. When is it out on Blu?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    The only movie I'll be seeing is the one where somebody

    by Stengah

    Takes a shit on the film reels for Fanboys.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Why no Georgia?

    by martinh65

    I guess it's because most of the decision makers down here are backwoods yokels who can't even run a peanut farm properly. I wanna see this movie!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    29 % on rottentomatoes

    by standundermyumbrella

    enough said

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Hopefully they will release a non-cancer version too

    by nam0krut

    I mean come on people! Would Caddyshack have been funny if Carl Spackler was dying of aids?? or American Pie if Stiffler had Tuberculosis??

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    This movie wasn't released

    by ArcadianDS

    it was given early parole because it has cancer.<p> THATS RIGHT I SAID CANCER.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I want to see it, but not enough to drive 4 hours round trip.

    by cinemixtape.com

    The problem is that people hate Star Wars now. This could have done well in 2001. Maybe even 2004. But George Lucas has screwed over the fan base one too many times, and this Indiana Jones thing from last year certainly didn't help. I don't actually know one person who has seen Clone Wars. Not one. I'll Netflix this, however. Looks like fun.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Sorry, that last post came across as "no shit!"

    by cinemixtape.com

    I have no idea what I'm talking about. I was getting at something else and then I totally forgot what it was.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Kid Idioteque

    by 0007

    I've seen Clone Wars, all of it so far. And if you haven't you've been missing out. It's the best show out there right now.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Arizona

    by lowman

    It has an Arizona sticker right on that stupid helmet but it's not playing in Arizona! What the hell? I would totally go see this!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Clone Wars actually isn't bad

    by Tin Snoman

    It has issues, but ultimately it's definitely better than Episode I or II. But cutting 3 tv episodes together like they did and then throwing it into theaters like no one would notice is just retarded. Great idea, George.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    What? No opening in Gloucester, VA?

    by morGoth

    Heh...imagine that! Hmmm, looks like I'll have to wait for the video release. No probs...I can wait a long time.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    will be replaced next week by Tyler Perry's latest!!!

    by Jugdish

    And it deserves to be pushed away...I heard its fuckign garbage.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Tin Snowman

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    They weren't hoping "no one would notice" - they outright TOLD fans they took the first few episodes and put them together to show in theaters. I loved Clone Wars, and am baffled by people bashing it. It's what the prequels SHOULD have been, and like you said, its at least better than eps 1 and 2

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    This Better Be good

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Ill be at the 3:00 show at manns chinese theater...Finally the face of ChocolateJesusMan will be revealed

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    What about "'77"?

    by Dasinfogod

    I'm happy that FANBOYS is finally getting a release (one theater listed is near me, so I'll make a point of seeing it), but there is a related flick that has interested me far more and has almost just as long a production history...<p>Whatever became of Patrick Read Johnson's "'77" (a.k.a. "5.25.77")? Pat was really nice and sent me the script ages ago and it's a hoot. It really speaks to my generation of geek, but not sure who the audience for it would be now (the PS3 generation won't care and the Atari2600 generation has moved on with lives and families) - maybe that's what has dogged the project deep down...<p>PRJ are you out there on the thread??? What's the scoop?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    ATT: Nice Marmot

    by rassmguy

    What's wrong with actually expecting people who pass themselves off as journalists to, oh, I don't know, be journalistic? There's nothing credible about a site that couldn't care enough to hire someone who actually knows how to write, so that they can make sure the articles aren't as poorly written and punctuated as this one is. AICN's stories are always so littered with grammatical and punctuational errors, and Harry's articles, in particular, are a mess. It's a matter of pride--if this site had any, they'd take the time to clean things up.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    If The Movie Is As Bad As The Harry Knowles Clip

    by Broseph

    Then i don't care to see it.I remember seeing the trailer for it on the clerks 2 dvd and thinking it looked funny as hell.but that clip was awful.I'll probably just wait for the dvd since it's not playing here in arizona

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    To my fellow movie lovers

    by Broseph

    I got free passes for the new friday the 13th movie on monday.the site was gofobo.com.it's being promoted thru my local radio show here in tucson,az.but i guess they're looking to start offering free screening around the country.shit anything to save buck in this fucking economy

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Kirbymanly

    by heavenlykid

    Sorry if I came off a little snarky last night. Had a couple beers before talkbacking.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Heavenlykid...

    by Kirbymanly

    No worries, pal. Actually you gave me a pretty good laugh at my own expense.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Harry, I'd be interested to know your thoughts..

    by Lemming

    on whether the South Park writers should have had a pop at adding the jokes to the final script? I can't think of anyone better at 'nerd humour' than them, actually.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Congratulations Heavenlykid and Kirbymanly on...

    by jasher78

    ...being the most civilized talkbackers ever. Usually it is "you're a f^%&ing moron" - "your grammar is terrible", etc. But an actual civil exchange and apology... I'm serious. Congrats you too. No sarcasm. It actually made me tear up... well a little sarcasm. :-)

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    The time for this movie has long since past

    by YackBacker

    Seriously, who cares about this material?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    No Minneapolis???

    by AdrianVeidt

    I find that really hard to swallow... <sigh>

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    '77 UPDATE

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    It head a test screening at a film festival in October, and a post from PRJ on the imdb board on December 8 said this: <br><br>"We're doing one last editorial pass based on notes we made at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Like to shake 5 minutes out of the running time. Then it's 14 weeks of VFX, scoring, and digital intermediate creation and we're finally really done. Thanks for asking!"<br><br>So it looks like it should be finished by spring, so hopefully a release in the second half of this year.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    OOPS

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    that shoud read "It HAD a test screening....". When will this archaic site get an "edit post" function? Seriously!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Heavenlykid

    by AdrianVeidt

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who falls under the "hey, i've been drinking - seems like a good time to visit AICN" category.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Don't forget San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay.

    by Lenny Nero

    It's at the AMC Bay Street, and tickets are selling well. East Bay represent!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The fact that EP 1 sucks huge nuts...

    by JimCurry

    Negates any interest I have in this. Plus, the reviews are mostly not good.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Shifty...

    by Dasinfogod

    Really looking forward to the PRJ flick. I stood in line for 3 hours that first week of release at San Francisco's late-lamented Coronet Theater towards the end of May (as best as I can recall, it was the 30th or the 31st) back in '77, and it blew my wee 13 year year old mind away.<p>Oh, and for you North Bay Area Folks, I see from this article that FANBOYS will be at the Northgate Theater - a bit of a dump multiplex - but locals may remember that the original Northgate Theater (the nifty old one with the gigantor curved Cinemascope screen) was home to the first Marin County run of Star Wars back in '77.<p>Man, I'm feelin' old.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Hmmm ...

    by DennisMM

    The photo accompanying Ebert's review - of the leads in a theater, apparently watching Ep I - does not include the character Linus. Spoiler, I think!

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Coming soon, Fanboys 2

    by DigitalDong

    A movie about a bunch of movie nerds who run a website and have been hyping a movie for nearly a decade. But when one friend is dying of extreme obesity they launch a campaign to get this movie in the theatres before he dies.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    "Holy WhoCares, Fatman!"

    by finky089

    i mean, this has been around so long it seems like it already came and was forgotten about.

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    i am a huge SW fan and i dont want to see this...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... why is that?

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert said it best

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    "... people that camp out on sidewalks to be the first in line to see a movie are more into camping on sidewalks than they are into movies..." - this is movies is for sidewalk campers, not SW fans

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    damn typos... "this movie is for sidewalk campers"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 6, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    WAY PAST ITS EXPIRATION DATE?

    by Mullah Omar

    I kind of doubt this film got any better over the course of its long development hell. How many films get held up and tinkered with for this long and emerge as something worth watching?

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Some films should stay lost.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Eberts review was great though. It's like her personally came to AICN and kicked every butt-numb-a-thoner in the fucking nuts. Some fanboy must have pissed in his cereal lately.

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I thought SW was fun, as a kid

    by Dingbatty

    of the late '70s early '80s, but then I read Zelazny's stuff as a teen, and then realized how inadequate Star Wars is. Never got why it's considered the end all be all of geekdom, when there are far superior stories.

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST

    A Day Long Dreamt of will be 12-17-2009 !!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    When A V A T A R will FUCK OUR EYEBALLS!!!

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Harry is so FUCKING DELUSIONAL!

    by standundermyumbrella

    Just because its sold out at his local theater he thinks it will be no.1 at the box office!There won't be a Fanboys 2, HARRY!

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    DIGITAL DONG

    by standundermyumbrella

    WAY TO GO!

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST

    MORIARTY didnt like it and i will take his word over Harry's any

    by standundermyumbrella

    I've written about this one a few times over at Ain't It Cool, and I really don't have much else to add at this point. My review was based on sitting through three fairly different cuts of the film in quick succession one week. And after each cut, I thought the same thing: it just doesn't work. I respect the hard work and the passion that it took to wrestle it onscreen a full decade after they started trying, and I like both Ernie Kline (the screenwriter) and Kyle Newman (the director). They both seem like smart, funny guys who had the best of plans for what this movie could be. I just don't think it's on the screen in the end, and I can't really recommend this one, even for the hardest of hardcore "Star Wars" nerds.

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I do remeber the hot summer of 99 and thinking

    by Broseph

    WTF is wrong these people?Wtf in their right mind sleeps on a sidewalk to see a movie.

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    the dvd will be out in may

    by VonThunderballs

    so the rest of us that were screwed out of this movie can go buy a copy.

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    IMDB

    by PantherMatt

    Hey Harry, why does IMDB have Ethan Suplee listed as playing "Harry Knowles" What's up with that?

  • Feb. 7, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    PantherMatt

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    ummm.. because he DOES. havent you seen the clip?

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Angelsanddaemons.com Fanboy collection

    by YourDaemon

    Ultimate collection for the die-hard fanboys out there - Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) has signed a collection of star wars colectibles for a charity auction. This includes a signed Vader helmet made in the original mold! Come on all you fanboys - you know you want to check this out. Please take a look, and spread the word... it is for a great cause http://www.angelsanddaemons.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9YjlPN4h3Y

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    kungfuhustler84

    by CaptainBass

    What a fucking joke! While this site may need an editor it sure as hell isn't going to be you! - "I personally will insure that at least a tiny portion of your articles will not be riddled with mistakes" - the word is ENSURE you smug prick! AICN is a fucking geek news site, not a bloody medical journal. It's written by geeks for geeks and if the grammar and punctuation aren't always perfect who gives a rats ass? Are you paying for it? No! So shut the fuck up you absolute tit!

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    As much as the prequels hurt,

    by jimmay

    It was Clone Wars that absolutely ruined being a Star Wars fanboy. I've stuck with it through thick and thin, but after seeing that cheaply animated monstrosity, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the future of Star Wars. From now on it's just the original trilogy and Episode III for me, the rest is dead to me.

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog2

    by PantherMatt

    ...honestly, no. Don't tell anyone...

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    by PantherMatt

    ah, now i've seen it. he sure does.

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    jimmay i agree 100%

    by Broseph

    i like return of the sith and the original trilogy.i hated phantom menace and was bored to fucking tears by attack of the clones

  • Feb. 8, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Where's the Grammy thread?

    by Orionsangels

    I wanted to say how self indulgent Radiohead have become.

  • Feb. 9, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    I wanted to enjoy this movie but didn't

    by Average J.

    Saw this today. I really wanted to have a fun time. But I really didn't. I considered asking for my money back about half way through, but I knew I was at the point of no return. This was a terrible film. I've enjoyed this kind of geek film in the past (example "Free Enterprise, etc.), but even the cancer angle was so insincerely done. Actually, if Weinstein removed it, I don't think I would have missed it. It was only a shallow excuse to drive the plot. No emotion at all. I really felt that I was watching a bunch of amateurs making a movie. And let's finally face it, Star Wars is over with. I love the original trilogy, but that's done and gone. I mean, these kids weren't even born when the the first one came out. This would have probably been a much better film if it were a bunch of thirty somethings. But as I get older, I just find that this kind of devotion for a movie is just a bit sad. Especially for a film like Star Wars where this kind of thing has been done to death. Really, it's just time to stop it now. Bottom line, other than the fact that the Veronica Mars chick is super hot, this film should not have been released theatrically. It's a DVD rental at best. Trust me folks, if this didn't come out in your city, then you're lucky. You saved yourself 10 bucks. Seriously, it's a bad film. I'm officially Star Wars over!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I too, recall more than 10 years ago...

    by Damned if I can login

    ...seeing an image of Liam Neeson in a lightsaber duel. Now this, said I, is the *shit*. These days I typically drop the word 'the'...[p]Sorry, it made me laugh (a little) so I had to say it.[p]But seriously Harry, droppin' names always invites contempt. Just my $.02 y'know....

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    aw frag...forgot how to

    by Damned if I can login

    make<p>paragraphs<p>in<p>this<p>talkback

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST

    is tghis release the proper cut

    by FamousEccles

    with the cancer storyline?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    okay I checked the talkback - question answered

    by FamousEccles

    will it be released internationally

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    10 more cities Fanboys will be released in February 20...

    by Pennsy

    Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Atlanta, Denver, New Haven, Orlando, Phoenix, Columbus and Raleigh. Here's the official word from the MySpace Fanboys movie page: http://tinyurl.com/c8drg8