It was bound to happen: two British fans are in critical condition after attempting to make lightsabers with fluorescent light tubes and gasoline. The saddest part? At 17 and 20, both are well over the age where THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER.
First up, Mistful’s quick recap of Revenge of the Sith:
ANAKIN: I think you’re so beautiful because I love you.
PADME: No, you think I’m so beautiful because I’m Natalie Portman, and finer than a July day. Ass.
But no parody post is complete without a musical link: The United States of NOOOOOO!!
Revenge of the Sith has now made an estimated $108.5 million in North America, with an estimated gross of $144.7 million overseas.
Our own Susan has an article about being a female fan. Plenty of CJer quotes and references. Witness:
If I told the truth, I reasoned, people would think I was crazy. When I did tell, I’d have to endure a bemused, somewhat patronizing reaction. Eyebrows are raised. Weird glances follow. Since I started this story, my coworkers take joy in making fun of me.
What’s interesting, of course, is that other, equally bizarre hobbies are considered legitimate. As my friend Shelba put it, “I don’t understand why it is OK that people who paint their faces blue, or red, or green polka dots to cheer on a sports team are just enthusiastic, but we’re weird.”
Golfers play all weekend and decorate their house with golf-themed pillows. There are avid genealogists and Civil War buffs, birdwatchers and Phish fans. But say you’re into Star Wars, and people think you are out of touch with reality.
ETA: Susan’s article gets linked at TFN for the masses! Awesome!
ROTS made $35.5 million on Friday, bringing the total to $85.5 million.
And this is without international figures.
Revenge of the Sith makes a record 16.5 million dollars first day sales. It’s the best mid-week opening ever, beating Return of the King. We’ll see what the weekend brings, but I’m guessing that whiny bitch Spider-Man better start watching his back…
ETA: Now it’s $50 million! Holy Sith!
Scans of an adorable hand-written review of Revenge of the Sith.
Droids, droids, everywhere: R2 builders on the cover of Make magazine; Italian bot that recognizes, runs away from lightsabers and humans with lightsabers.
Hilarious Star Wars photoshop contest.
For more hilarity, SF Signal reproduces the Top 10 Star Wars Spoofs list from an old edition of SFX magazine. Mmm… parody.
* Technically may have nothing to do with opening day.