Well a storm's a'brewin, and geeks from coast to coast are flexing their pasty, atrophied muscles at the big guns of Hollywood in a showdown for the right to have cancer. Sorta.
Apparently Weinstein, or the freshly dubbed "Darth Weinstein" has used his powers of control to have bits of the film "Fanboys" re-shot and spliced up to remove a cancer subplot from a film about some geeks who try and break into Skywalker Ranch to catch an early glimpse of Phantom Menace (which is so unbelieveable. They would have committed mass suicide upon viewing Jar Jar after all that trouble. C'mon, at least make it realistic!). One character being diagnosed with cancer is what sets off the trip, but Weinstein, who wants to market the film to a teenage crowd (because Star Wars fans are all teenagers, not people born in the 70's-80's) thinks that cancer is a total teenage turn-off (that's called alliteration, kids) and cut out a few scenes and re-shot 'em while riding past in his convoy of rightness and flipping the bird to the producers.
Angry, cancer-loving Star Wars fans respond by promising to boycott "Superhero Movie" and in general creating an online ruckus while posting pictures of Weinstein in drag and wearing a Darth Vader helmet. PR people have given out little tidbits of there being two versions of the film released, but no solid promises yet.
So how much power rests with the fans on this one? Is a die-hard group of Sci-fi rebels going to be able to bring down one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and force up a change? 300,000 emails have hit the Weinstein company asking for the cancer-cut, so there's no telling what might happen. Still and all, it's refreshing to see that even if a small, dedicated group hasn't been able to knock out the production giant, at least it's bloodied the nose a bit.
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