'Star Wars' saga marathon to unspool in London
Those “Star Wars” uberfans who have been camped out for weeks outside Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood for the May 19 bow of “Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” may want to get out of line and on a plane.Beginning at 7 a.m. May 16, all six episodes of the “Star Wars” saga will be screened at London’s UCI Empire, Leicester Square, culminating with the first U.K. public screening of “Sith.” The 14-hour marathon will mark the first time all six have been screened in succession. The “public premiere” will run an hour behind the official U.K. preem taking place across the street at the Odeon Leicester Square. George Lucas and cast members Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid will fly into London from Cannes, where “Sith” premieres out of competition the day before, to attend the U.K. preem. Lucas and pic’s stars are confirmed to delight the marathon diehards with an appearance. The £50 ($95) “galactic passport” went on sale April 25. Predictably, the 1,000 tickets sold out in five minutes and are trading for more than $1,000 on eBay. “The phones are still ringing off the hook,” says UCI booker Stuart Boreman. Fans can still catch individually ticketed perfs of the other five pics at Leicester Square’s Vue and Odeon West End cinemas.
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