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“Star Wars” fans picket in support of delayed film

By Borys Kit and Gregg Goldstein Sun Mar 30, 9:42 PM ET

File photo shows a man dressed as a character from the movie ‘Star Wars’ waiting for an elevator in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York November 17, 2007. LOS ANGELES (Hollywoood Reporter) – Angry “Star Wars” fans, aggrieved about editing changes to an upcoming Weinstein Co. comedy inspired by the sci-fi franchise, picketed theaters playing the studio’s latest film, with both sides claiming some sort of victory.

Protesters, organized by a fan group calling itself the 501st, showed up in “Star Wars” gear on Friday at AMC Theatres in New York and Los Angeles that were playing “Superhero Movie.”

They want to draw attention to the fate of “Fanboys,” about four diehard “Star Wars” fans who break into George Lucas‘ Skywalker Ranch in order to see “The Phantom Menace” on the eve of its release. The film was originally set for the release last August, but a cancer storyline worried Weinstein, which shot a second version of the film. Fans were outraged.

Weinstein said last week that it will release the two versions on DVD, and a studio source later said that is exploring two theatrical versions. The announcement did nothing to satisfy the fans, who vowed to proceed with their picket of “Superhero Movie.”

But the exact number of fans who donned “Star Wars” gear differs depending on which side is talking. Continue reading