Portland Watches the Watchmen
About 300 or so lucky bastards in Portland, Oregon last night – yours truly and her husband NOT INCLUDED.
Here’s the scoop: The usual tom-foolery of my morning includes wrangling with a hot iron, finding relatively clean un-ironed clothes to wear, exercising the dog and ferret – AND surfing the net.
Wellll – the Comic Book Movie Rss Feed had this lovely gem to offer yesterday morning: Secret Watchmen Screening Thursday in Portland, Oregon . So, Dan and I quickly made plans to meet at the Lloyd Center Theater after work and try desperately to appear non-chalant in hopes of getting selected.
Turns out – about a bazillion other people read that article as well, and though they didn’t move the location of the screening, by the time we arrived, it was obvious they’d captured most of their “blind audience” elsewhere. It looks like the passes were handed out last Sunday, which is a pretty smart move if you want to avoid a fan-tainted audience. It worked well, and “regular folks” were lined up around the block with free tickets already clutched in their lucky bastard hands.
We were bummed at being turned away. Naturally.
Also confused about the secret screening. Isn’t there is still a legal battle brewing between Fox and Warner Brothers over who owns the rights to the film? Apparently – the release date is still set for March 2009, along with a trial date in January 2009.
Sooo – if the rights are in dispute, it’s still cool for WB to have secret screenings? Interesting. It’s definitely a great way to hype the film. I’m surprised they chose Portland, Oregon. Well, a little surprised. It’s closer to LA than Seattle, but it’s not exactly an un-tainted market. We have two fairly large independent comic book publishers here in town (Dark Horse, Oni Press). AND we are home to Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Mignola – two legendary comic book creators.
Dan and I are fairly bitter about the brutal Watchmen re-buff, but I’m excited for the experience of opening night with fans and nerdiness abounding.
And those jerk-wads (I say it with love) who managed to get their greasy mitts on the tickets, you know – the ones who signed the non-disclosure forms? Well, they are violating their non-disclosure agreements according to this article *SPOILERS*.
It’s hard to say what I would have done in that situation. I guess we’ll never know, now will we? *tears*
Much Love, Mindy C