Folks protest against the removal of subplot

Harvey Weinstein’s efforts to placate fans of “Fanboys” failed to prevent a protest in Los Angeles during the opening night of Dimension’s spoof “Superhero Movie.”

TWC announced last week that it would release “Fanboys,” centered on “Star Wars” fans who break into Skywalker Ranch, on DVD in two versions — including one with a cancer subplot sought by fans who had threatened a boycott of TWC films via the StopDarthWeinstein.com website.

That announcement triggered an angry reaction over release of the altered version, without the subplot. “If you release your mutilated anti-fan version of ‘Fanboys’ in any form, you can look forward to a lifetime boycott of your studio by every ‘Star Wars’ fan on the planet,” the site said.

The Los Angeles protest drew very few supporters. Those who did show were decked out in “Star Wars” regalia. The website noted gleefully that “Superhero,” which debuted with $9.5 million, had underperformed expectations, but the Weinstein Co. said the protest had very little, if any, impact on the film’s box office.

The “Fanboys” cast includes Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen and Dan Fogler.

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