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Star Wars Premier: The Line People 379

proudtobeageek writes "A friend of mine, an attendee of a midnight opening of Star Wars Episode III, took the opportunity to conduct a short documentary/interview of the costumed movie goers. He has his short movie available here on his blog."
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Star Wars Premier: The Line People

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  • by ral315 ( 741081 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:01AM (#12609828)
    It's a trap!
  • comedy (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:01AM (#12609829)
    I prefer the insightful documentary made during Episode II's release by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog [].
  • by FlyByPC ( 841016 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:01AM (#12609830) Homepage
    An article, about a website, about a video a guy made, of people in costumes, waiting to see a movie.

    Ya know it's a slow news day WHEN...
  • you mean... (Score:3, Informative)

    by casio282 ( 468834 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:02AM (#12609835) Homepage


  • I started to d/l this, and then I realized that I don't care.

    I'm already tired of all this starwars crap.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    This movie sounds interesting. Conan O'brien made one a few years back as well. Unfortunately, I can't see this one because I've had a lot of problems in the past with the Quicktime plugin.

    Any chance he can convert to another format? I hate installing quicktime, maybe it has something to do with the way it interacted with some old versions of firefox, but it has a way of invading my system and setting itself as default for everything that I don't want it to.
    • Quicktime alternative (search for it) as well as Real Alternative for those of us who hate that player too.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Don't bother, the video is so not worth your 5 minutes.
    • I use the free Quicktime Alternative that comes with Media Player Classic. It played the video clip fine, but it doesn't play QT 6.5 plugin videos on websites which I find is the only drawback.
  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:04AM (#12609839)
    When can't get enough of them in the movie, just check out the lines to the restrooms. Otherwise, Vader might be your... uncle!
    • by bmeteor ( 167631 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @02:53AM (#12610189)
      My brother works for an anime company as a sales guy. When they do the conventions, they're always stuck in the elevator after hours on their way to dinner with someone dressed in evangelion or whatnot, going to the allnight showing marathon.

      His joking reaction? a gutteral 'Freak!' or 'Ner-urd!'
      (sounded like a fog-horn)

      Last time, his sales partner put his hand to his elbow, with a smile, "not freaks, revenue."

      So now, he says "dude, did you check out that revenue?!" laughing all the way...

      Terrible, I know. but please, rename your post, "Star Wars Revenue"
  • by robpoe ( 578975 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:04AM (#12609842)
    Movie Tickets - $10.00
    Stale Popcorn / Watery Drink - $25.00
    Custom Sith costume - $175
    Lightsaber Replica (that you REALLY REALLY wished it worked) $75

    Getting made fun of on Slashdot because you're a LAMER standing in line IN COSTUME for a movie ..

    • Getting made fun of on Slashdot because you're a LAMER standing in line IN COSTUME for a movie .

      I would think most slashdotters would make fun of the guy OUT of costume.

    • Re:I don't get it.. (Score:3, Interesting)

      by tricorn ( 199664 )

      Movie Tickets (for two): 15.00
      Fresh Popcorn / OK drink (for two, free refills): $8.50
      Getting to watch people in costume whack each other with light sabers, not to mention the Storm Trooper hired for "crowd control": Free
      Not standing in line because we had reserved seating: Priceless!

      Not that standing in line can't be fun. I've done it for every other Star Wars film (except the first), for Batman, and a few others. But I'll take the reserved seating any time.

      I've now seen every Star Wars at the first

      • by Patik ( 584959 )
        it was common practice to arrive at the theater pretty much any time, watch the last part of the movie, then watch the first part and leave when you got to the part you walked in.
        Kind of like jumping into the middle of a Slashdot conversation and inciting flamewars by replying to others' comments, then going back and reading the blurb to find out what the hell you were arguing about.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:05AM (#12609845)
    A friend of mine
    What kind of blockhead friend submits a story that makes the front page of Slashdot with a link to his "friends" home video on his limited quota web host. Nice one.
  • by ScaryMonkey ( 886119 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:08AM (#12609856)
    Man, you know you're truly hopeless when you are being mocked as a pathetic geek... *on Slashdot*
  • by MonoNexo ( 843458 ) * on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:08AM (#12609858)
    Well, now that I know that I can post videos to my Xanga and get it published on Slashdot, I'm going to post my vids of the Gigli premier.
  • Direct download link (Score:5, Informative)

    by ral315 ( 741081 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:08AM (#12609861)
    Hopefully won't be slashdotted... mov []
  • My friends and I were at the 12:05 AM showing. We saw 0 people dressed up for it. Talk about disappointed! What's the point of going to see starwars at 12:05 AM is you don't get to see/make fun of people dressed as imperial stormtroopers?
    • I dressed up as Vader when I went to see LOTR, but sadly I didn't have a LOTR custume to wear to star wars. Of course this silliness is inspired by the original triumph the dog sketch.
    • I had the same problem, but I think it was because I went so far into Kentucky... where dressing up as anything is looked at as "queer"
      • Not much dressing up here in Lancaster CA either, in fact none at all despite there being a short line of campers (maybe 100 or so). Tho there was one guy in full Stormtrooper regalia signing autographs [??!] out front, but he appeared to be a publicity dude, not a patron.

    • Now that you mention it, I really should have gone to the midnight showing of Star Wars dressed as Frank from Rocky Horror.

      It would be even funnier if I acted really surprised that the movie showing was Star Wars... Or if I got a really hot-looking chick to go along with me dressed as Janet. Maybe even bring along all the usual Rocky Horror props (newspaper, toast, squirt guns, rice, etc.)

      Hmm... note to self in case Lucas ever changes his mind and makes films 7-9...
    • by zakezuke ( 229119 )
      What's the point of going to see starwars at 12:05 AM is you don't get to see/make fun of people dressed as imperial stormtroopers?

      Would that not be Republican Storm Troopers? As of Episode II the Republic was still intact.
  • by saskboy ( 600063 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:11AM (#12609877) Homepage Journal
    "P.S.S. to all Slashdot visitors: The Hamster has kindly provided ANOTHER DOWNLOAD LINK. Please don't kill my server... But thanks for the visit!"

    HAHAHAHAH, begging for mercy is not a thing a respectable Jedi Knight would do.

    Slashdotters charge up their Death Star of DoS Doom...
  • Hey, slashdot editors. Consider updating the story with the coralized version of the URL: mov []

    Just a thought. I'm surprised you guys don't just do this automatically by now.
  • A friend and I were standing in line that wrapped around to the back side of a dome-style theater and some jerk forced the line to move up against the wall because he wanted to drive his SUV on through. I know this is California but driving a SUV doesn't give you the right to drive through a Star Wars line! Too bad no one had any working light sabers...
  • The Torrent is here (Score:5, Informative)

    by saskboy ( 600063 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:19AM (#12609907) Homepage Journal
    Just made it v.torrent []

    Enjoy, although it's not very good in my opinion.
  • by sssmashy ( 612587 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:20AM (#12609913)

    Q: What's the difference between a line of costumed Star Wars fans entering the premiere of EpIII and a line of costumed cardinals entering the conclave to pick the new pope?

    A: The Star Wars line has a higher concentration of virgins.

  • Geeeeeks ! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bushboy ( 112290 ) <> on Monday May 23, 2005 @01:52AM (#12610006) Homepage
    Oh my God, that was so lame, it scared me.

    And now I feel really old - I saw the first bloody movie when I was the age of some of those kids there.

    We also queued up outside the cinema, about 5 of us, in Bangor, England.

    Nobody had a movie camera. Nobody was dressed up. It was raining.

    The movie was brilliant.
  • I had a costume; I wore a black suit when I saw S.W.E.III.
  • by null etc. ( 524767 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @02:03AM (#12610035)
    I didn't get to watch the video, because I'm at work, but instead let me respond to an article I read on MSNBC regarding how Star Wars Episode 3 set box office records.

    "Revenge of the Sith" rang in a whopping $50 million on its opening Thursday, a single-day record boosted by eagerly anticipated midnight showings, and its total receipts since then beat the four-day $134.3 million opening of 2003's "The Matrix Reloaded." The George Lucas film has also grossed $144.7 million overseas for a total of $303 million worldwide.

    "The reaction to the movie is absolutely spectacular," said Bruce Snyder, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox.

    Yeah, no shit??
    Theater owners, studios and marketing partners were pleased to see "Star Wars" jump-start the summer movie season.
    Theater owners were also pleased to see their retirement goals reach completion over the course of just 4 days. Popcorn manufacturers were also unable to prevent themselves from getting multiple orgasms by just thinking about it.
    "It's a very strong start to what will hopefully be a very strong summer," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
    In other words, this movie will make up for the flood of absolutely crap films we'll be subjected to during the summer.
    The Adam Sandler-Chris Rock remake of "The Longest Yard" and the animated zoo tale "Madagascar" open in wide release during Memorial Day weekend, traditionally one of the busiest movie viewing times of the year.
    The three-day Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the best time to be subjected to the harbinger crap of the summer.
    But "Star Wars" - which has sold an average of eight tickets per second online at - could remain at the top of the box office despite the competition.
    Suspected to boost Star Wars online sales was the direct link to from popular nerd site,, which has posted 749 stories regarding Star Wars Episode 3 during the past two weeks.
    "I think we have a shot to be No. 1 next week even with two giant pictures coming out," Snyder said.
    "Any by giant, I mean absolutely craptacular!" Snyder was thought to have been overheard saying.
    The third and final installment in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy chronicles the transformation of the heroic Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker into the villainous Darth Vader.
    Although, it's hard to determine when Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker was really a hero, as opposed to being just a really big whiner.
    Studio exit surveys showed the audience - usually dominated by men for sci-fi films - was 58 percent male and 42 percent female, with nearly half the viewers under age 25, Snyder said.
    In other news, this is thought to be the first event in which the number of male geeks had exposure to live women in a ratio of 6 to 4.
    "Revenge of the Sith" is the first "Star Wars" film to earn a PG-13 rating.
    When asked why it wasn't rated PG, Jar Jar Binks stated, "Meesa couldsa made eeiiit PG, if meesa couldsa talked more!"

    • Re:In other news... (Score:3, Interesting)

      by bennomatic ( 691188 )
      Totally hilarious post!

      WRT the movie take, I can't believe how many news stories I've seen about the evils of piracy (omigawd, there's already copies on the net!) followed or preceeded almost immediately by stories about how much money this movie has taken in.

      No matter how much protection is put in place, people who want to see the movie for free will see it for free. People who believe in paying for what they get will continue to pay for what they get. And as long as the quality of a movie is good e

    • The Adam Sandler-Chris Rock remake of "The Longest Yard"

      I'm going to have to skip this one, no matter how much it pains me. I'm saving my money to stand in line for the Carrot Top-Pauly Shore remake of "Cool Hand Luke."

    • by Eminence ( 225397 ) <akbrandt AT gmail DOT com> on Monday May 23, 2005 @03:08AM (#12610223) Homepage
      "Revenge of the Sith" rang in a whopping $50 million on its opening Thursday, a single-day record boosted by eagerly anticipated midnight showings, and its total receipts since then beat the four-day $134.3 million opening of 2003's "The Matrix Reloaded." The George Lucas film has also grossed $144.7 million overseas for a total of $303 million worldwide.

      So, the title should have been "The Revenge of the Movie Industry" or "The Cash Sucking Machine Strikes Back"?

  • oblig. (Score:5, Funny)

    by kertong ( 179136 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @02:12AM (#12610063) Homepage
    now which one of these buttons calls your parents to come pick you up?
  • Come on guys (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lurgen ( 563428 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @02:55AM (#12610195) Journal
    This isn't newsworthy. It's stupid and boring. Since when did /. become "News for Star Wars fanboys"?

    For the record, the story about Star Wars Episode 3 being downloaded a lot? Same category. Dunno if any of the admins have been paying attention, but movies get downloaded once in a while and at least one or two of them have nothing to do with Star Wars.

    I'm all for posting a story about the release of the film. It's a geek film. But half a dozen of the stupid things in a week is just plain rubbish. Slashdot is rapidly working it's way off my list of daily reads simply because I'm sick of reading the same articles over and over again. Seeing the same three articles every week is kinda boring: "Check out this Star Wars [blah]", "Google are about to take over the world", and "Microsoft sucks because Penguins are cute".

  • Retarded (Score:4, Funny)

    by nordicfrost ( 118437 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @02:56AM (#12610197)
    Some of these guys are really, really lame. They kinda remind me of an episode from Sweden: Some Star Wars fans were camping out for a month in advance to see episode 2 and were excited as hell to get the first tickets. When they went inside and the movie started the theatre wasonly slightly more than half-full.

    Furthermore the costumes are lame, lame, lame. When you are a smelly 37-year old nerd, you do not look even remotely like Amidala og Anakin.

    Besides, everyone that matters knows the only thing you really need to bring to a premiere is a towel.
    • Re:Retarded (Score:5, Funny)

      by ahoehn ( 301327 ) <> on Monday May 23, 2005 @12:36PM (#12613096) Homepage
      Besides, everyone that matters knows the only thing you really need to bring to a premiere is a towel.

      I was just taking an english lit class from someone who worked at a bookshop where Douglas Adams came for a signing. While she was helping with the signing, a very ditzy very attractive fan came through line and said, without a hint of sarcasm in her voics, "Mr. Adams, I brought a towel with me for you to sign, has anyone else ever done that?"

      Mr. Adams looked her in the eye, and with a completely straight face, said, "No, you're the first one" than signed the towel.
  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @03:04AM (#12610211)
    Check out User Friendly [] before you mod me down. :P
  • by kuzb ( 724081 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @03:19AM (#12610251)
    Think of it as population control. After being seen like that, you know they're not going to be procreating any time soon, if ever. ;)
  • I don't get it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by houghi ( 78078 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @03:49AM (#12610323)
    When I want to see a movie, I wait at least a few weeks before I can see it, so the theater is almost empty.

    Nothing better then seeing LotR in a big theater when there are only 5 people in it. Nobody is kicking mty chair, nobody is asking stupid questions and nobody comes in late.

    Yes, I go alone to the movies. I want to see the movie, so I do not give a rats ass if I know the person who sits next to me.
    • Re:I don't get it (Score:4, Insightful)

      by garett_spencley ( 193892 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @12:39PM (#12613129) Journal
      That's one of the reasons I don't go to movie theaters anymore.

      Not only is it insanely expensive ($15 / ticket now at the movie palace in my city! I can buy a DVD and own it for unlimited viewings for that) and you have to sit through 1/2 hour of commercials for coke, msn and countless cars plus the movies themselves are commericals now with all the blatant product placement .. but you still have all the idiots and teenagers who talk, kick your chair and leave their cell phones on for the duration of the movie.

      Why on earth anyone actually pays for that kind of experience these days is just beyond me.

      I love movies but I'd rather rent or buy a DVD and kick back at home in my underwear where I can watch the whole movie through and not have to worry about other people killing it for me.
  • Whatever happened... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Trillan ( 597339 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @04:38AM (#12610429) Homepage Journal the guys lining up at the wrong theatre? Did they get a showing?
  • by pandrijeczko ( 588093 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @07:09AM (#12610720)
    From the outset, I should say that I'm not *that* fanatical about anything to want to queue at wierd times for extended periods - whether it's for a new movie, game or concert.

    However, as a Brit, we have problems with violence on our city streets at night due to excessive drinking, we have to heavily police soccer matches to stop rival fans from waging war on each other, we have joyriders stealing cars and endangering themselves and every other user on the road, we have kids believing it's humourous to walk up to someone and just slap them purely to capture the event on a mobile phone camera...

    So while the people queuing in the documentary may be seen as "wierdos" or "geeks", they're probably people that also don't get involved in the type of antisocial activities that I described above.

    It's the "cool" people, in their constant strive for recognition amongst their peers, who usually end up being the antisocial people, not the geeks who queue for Star Wars and play Dungeons & Dragons.

    If anything, geeks demonstrate they're intelligent enough to have enough individuality to just go do their own thing and enjoy it.

    I say good luck to them...

  • Amazing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by HangingChad ( 677530 ) on Monday May 23, 2005 @08:14AM (#12610924) Homepage
    It just dawned on my that many of you weren't even alive when the first movie came out, including a lot of those standing in line. 2nd generation of line people. The only thing I remember clearly about the first movie is the first hyperdrive jump. A whole theater full of people went "wow" all at once. That was one of my personal all time classic movie moments.

    Another one was Carrie Fisher in the slave costume in Return of the Jedi.

    Hard to believe Mark Hamill is in his late 50's with kids of his own. He's done well as an actor.

    Lucas came out pretty well, too, with a personal worth of around 3bn. I could live on that. :)

    • Re:Amazing (Score:3, Funny)

      by GPLDAN ( 732269 )
      Hard to believe Mark Hamill is in his late 50's with kids of his own. He's done well as an actor.

      Man, I love it when the humor is that subtle.
    • Re:Amazing (Score:4, Insightful)

      by alexjohns ( 53323 ) <almuric@gmail.BALDWINcom minus author> on Monday May 23, 2005 @12:51PM (#12613312) Journal
      That was one of my personal all time classic movie moments.

      I still get weirded out by Leia kissing Luke in the first one, now that we know the real relation.

      And my favorite all-time classic movie moment comes from 'Jaws'. The police chief (Roy Scheider) is chumming, while Quint and Hooper are arguing inside the boat. The shark surfaces, and then Scheider's character backs into the room, cigarette dangling from the bottom lip, he says, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

      God, I love that scene. Quintessentially perfect. The cigarette. The delivery. The expression. They should have given him an oscar just for that one scene.

  • (in Atlanta) We had a Female storm trooper. An initial doubletake revealed a, um, Breast Plate with a different profile, and an exposed middrift.

    She pulled it off admirably well. But the whole 'clone trooper' thing muddies the issue somewhat. Perhaps there was a bored lab tech worker.

Would you people stop playing these stupid games?!?!?!!!!