501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

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    501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    http://www6.comcast.net/entertainmen...NT-FANBOYS-DC/



    In response to the re-edit of FanBoys, to remove the cancer subplot, certain members of the 501st protested and are boycotting Weinstein films. The production company, under pressure from hordes of Star Wars fans, say they will now release it on DVD in both the original and non cancer cuts. They are also looking into screening the original cut in theaters.

    The 501st members involved say they won't budge until the "version without heart" is done away with. They are not acting under the order of the 501st as a whole but the boycott seems to be spearheaded by some individual members.


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    Last edited by Cailieg; Mar 25, 2008 at 5:45 PM.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Just to clarify, according to the legion "big wigs" ( PR officer etc) the 501st is behind NO protest or boycott.

    Whilst some members of the 501st and other groups have spoken out against the Weinsteins (diabolical) treatment of this film , the 501st itself has distanced itself from any and all actions against them( thje Weinsteins). To this effect they even requested links to the 501st be removed from the protest organisers websites/Myspace pages.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    yeah, the fact that so many people have been quick to slap a 501 on the thing is a bit scary. like carbonitekid said, there isn't any sort of "official" legion stance that i've heard of.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    I will clarify that it is not all the 501st in my op, thank you for the clarification from the inside. I don't yet have a complete canon costume so have not joined my garrison yet.


    Alexis
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    Edit- op post modified, again thanks!

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    it's all a confusing mess.

    i think it's probably safe to say that a LOT of legion members think the changes are dumb, but hey... i'm just a grunt!

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    What is this mess on about?

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    carbonitekid said: View Post
    Just to clarify, according to the legion "big wigs" ( PR officer etc) the 501st is behind NO protest or boycott.

    Whilst some members of the 501st and other groups have spoken out against the Weinsteins (diabolical) treatment of this film , the 501st itself has distanced itself from any and all actions against them( thje Weinsteins). To this effect they even requested links to the 501st be removed from the protest organisers websites/Myspace pages.
    lol. I dont think anyone outside of the star wars community really would be bothered either way about their stance, but theres no harm in clarifying.

    Personally I don't really care which version hits theatres since. even before the announcement, we all knew that we'd get to see both cuts on dvd. I mean... what company would not put deleted scenes on their discs?

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    CMAnavy said: View Post
    What is this mess on about?
    I think the original screenplay had a group of friends making a trip to CA to try to get their hands on a copy of Episode One before its release, because one of them had cancer and wouldn't live till the premiere.

    The production company decided this was too "depressing" and changed this key plot point. So that upset a lot of fans.

    I think they should have stuck to the original story, myself.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Although I haven't seen the film, I'd think removing the "cancer" element makes the fans into jerks or just plain greedy.

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    Foxbatkllr said: View Post
    Although I haven't seen the film, I'd think removing the "cancer" element makes the fans into jerks or just plain greedy.
    I think it only seems like that now, because we all know about the whole cancer thing... I mean personally, when I saw the trailer for the first time I thought it would be awesome. There was no mention of cancer or anything else... it just looked like a fun little flick. Not saying which version will be better... but come on... it's a movie just have fun

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    most 501st members knew about the cancer plot the whole time, and a lot of members actually helped and were extras in the movie to help move along a GREAT movie

    its not the same movie anymore to a lot of us. now its being dumbed / watered down to a movie that makes us look like van wilder/roadtrip morons. It lost heart.

    While not endorsed by any group a lot of members of both RL and 501st and some fanforce members also have kinda decided, for personal reasons, to boycott the theatrical release of the film unless its released in its original form.

    The DVD move by the studio means nothing, as they already planned to do so. Its not good enough to me , personally. I wont pay to see something that the studio butchered. I feel for the filmmakers as they are kinda stuck

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    When Danny and I went to see the screener in Burbank we weren't expecting to see any epic moving deep film. We were expecting a fun laugh out loud flick. Granted somethings were a bit Lampoon'ie about it. But there was some funny cameos and bits. Danny and I gave the movie afterwards raving reviews in the survey we had to fill out. In fact probably the whole lot of us did cause the whole theater was blaring with laughter the entire time.
    The fact of the matter is if you have a studio produce your film this is what is going to happen. They are going to make it into something that will make profit. And by fans boycotting this film they are just giving the film free PR. People who have no interest in seeing it is going to see it and see what the frak it is all about. In fact Weinstein is probably loving all this.
    Next time someone wants to make a heartfelt Star Wars geeky film they are going to have to make an independent one and have it shown at Sundance. Cause it's obvious the studio doesn't want to just make this movie for the fans. They want to make it so people bring their non Star Wars friends back to see it.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    yeah, it wasnt exactly the idea to get it well known there was a boycott, though some people decided to go running their mouths lol

    so yeah, now it will probably make a lot more money because of it :/

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Well sorry if I "let the proverbial cat out of the bag" but I think Comcast beat me to it.


    I was just posting news I found related to Star Wars......


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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Cailieg said: View Post
    Well sorry if I "let the proverbial cat out of the bag" but I think Comcast beat me to it.


    I was just posting news I found related to Star Wars......
    Cailieg I don't think Wolfie was referring to you when she posted that some people decided to go running their mouths Pretty sure she was talking about press like the Hollywood Reporter/media and such.
    It's all good Cailieg

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Okie dokie, because if it was referring to me I would have to wonder how in the hell I was supposed to know when I read an article to keep it silent.

    Alexis
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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Yeah no worries. We don't shoot messengers around here.
    At least I hope not.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Personally - I know people that worked on it (my best friend is in the trailer several times) and don't really care if they changed the plot, I wasn't going to see it before. Yeah it sucks but meh... now I have a desire to see it because I always try to go to boycotted movies.

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    Re: 501st Sticks it to Weinstein, 2 versions of FanBoys to be released!

    Here is the OFFICIAL 501st stance on the movie as posted on it's website:

    Official 501st Stance on Fanboys

    by tuskentrooper on Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:01 pm

    The 501st Legion is not involved as an organization in any protests, boycotts, or movements related to the film Fanboys, nor do we have an opinion or position on the film (which has not yet been released). A few of our more than 4,000 members in 47 countries participated in the project, and accordingly may have their personal opinions about the current issues surrounding the project. But their participation in this film was not coordinated through or sanctioned by the Legion. Our organization is an all-volunteer costuming club that focuses on official Star Wars promotions and charity work. Mounting protests is counter to the Legion's mission and would detract from the time and energy that we currently devote to more meaningful causes. If you would like to learn more about the 501st and what we do, please feel free to contact us

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