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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

It is only a film ya know?

But fair play, Cineworld should have anticipated the extra load.

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The same things happens on ticket websites when a popular event is launched.

Some companies just do not care.

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Some companies just do not care.

Because all those people desperately trying to get tickets RIGHT NOW! are just going to say "you know what? I don't really want to see the new Star Wars movies after all", instead of "oh well... I'll just have to try again tomorrow".

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spoilerific

Just watched the trailer and (on first viewing) it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film - just different actors doing the acting. Is that what you meant by spoilers?

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There's a new character that appears to be pasted from the Raving Rabbids games.

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"Just watched the trailer and (on first viewing) it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film - just different actors doing the acting. Is that what you meant by spoilers?"

It's not much of a spoiler if that's exactly what you expect to happen in a Star Wars film.

It would be a spoiler if C3PO got caught in a cupboard with Henry the Hoover. I would NOT be expecting that!

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No, that's the gerbil out of g-force it's part of the Disney Cinematic Universe now, Kermit the Frog's in episode 9 in a role not dissimilar to Yoda, "here, hi-ho, Kermit the frog I am".

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"it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film"

... so does that mean my prediction that Han Solo returns (as Han Solo the White) after falling from the Bridge of Khazad Dum in the last film is correct?

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it looks as though every scene has appeared in a previous film

And? It has been a "Rehash for Milking" purposes exercise since episode VI. Step one. Blow a death star. Step 2 blow a bigger death star. Step 3 blow a fecking phenomenally big death star. So what is step 4?

Rogue one was a breath of fresh air exactly because it was not a milking exercise and it did not aim to leave (nearly) everybody alive for a next episode. It did not stick to "one major casualty" canon which the rest of Star Wars has to do in order to ensure there is continuation. I am not sure I will watch any of the continuations in the main sequence after that. They will frankly look lame.

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Funny you say that, I was doing some work over lunchtime, looked over and a colleague had the preview full screen with headphones and that's exactly what I thought. "Oh, another light sabre fight! Oh another view of an open battlefield with x-wings and tie fighters. Oh another battle in space. Oh another dramatic close up on faces in dark spaces while they talk about the various aspects of the Jedi religion.".

This from someone who saw the original back in the '70s and the 2 sequels in the '80s. When #7 came out on DVD my wife and daughter bought me the DVD and I've never seen it! It's not that I don't want to, I just can't be bothered to make the time these days. I'll make time for the original trilogy and have done just 2 months ago but I just can't be arsed to make time for 1,2,3,7,8,9 they do nothing for me. 4,5,6 sum up my childhood I suppose. The films for 1,2,3,7,8,9 are for a different generation, they're not for me or mine, they mean very little to me and I cannot make the connection in the same way as I can for 4,5,6.

Even my wife and daughter whom have no interest in the franchise, have never played with the toys, have no SW collectables, have seen 1,2,3 and 7 at the cinema and I haven't!

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Re: I would NOT be expecting that!

NOBODY expects C3PO caught in a cupboard with Henry the Hoover!!!

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Re: spoilerific

There's a new character that appears to be pasted from the Raving Rabbids games.

I watched the trailer because I know I will have forgotten the spoilers by the time I get round to watching it. Which will likely be when I eventually find the DVD in a charity shop.

Though I am intrigued as to WTF that squawking hamster-come-penguin-come-whatever is. "Merchandising opportunity" I guess.

Mine's the one with the hole in the pocket. Above the light sabre on the floor.

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Re: I would NOT be expecting that!

> NOBODY expects C3PO caught in a cupboard with Henry the Hoover!!!

Seriously? Unless I missed the sarcasm...?

Or are you the only person in the entire universe who hasn't twigged that Henry is R2 in drag?

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> Step one. Blow a death star. Step 2 blow a bigger death star. Step 3 blow a fecking phenomenally big death star. So what is step 4?

You started well but without the 'collect underpants' phase it has no meaning!

Perhaps that could be Step 4? Better late than never!

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Thanks for ruining Episode 9 :P

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When #7 came out on DVD my wife and daughter bought me the DVD and I've never seen it!

I suggest watching Rogue 1 - it lives up to the expectations of the original 3 before Lucas has fully vandalized them. Compared to it Episode 7 is "Oops I did it again" (pretty much the same artistic value too).

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"Though I am intrigued as to WTF that squawking hamster-come-penguin-come-whatever is. "Merchandising opportunity" I guess."

Exactly that, yes. It's something cutesy that all the children will want and pester their parents to buy for them at a stupid price because not only Star Wars but Disney Star Wars. And then there will be a new version that waddles along the floor and squawks if someone is in front of it, at a bargain price of even even more than the stupid price of the previous stupidly priced one, and all the kids will want that.

Et bloody cetera.

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Weren't hatchimals last years big toy?

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"I'll make time for the original trilogy"

Why? The special effects were great for the time, but the storyline was pretty mediocre.

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"And then there will be a new version that waddles along the floor and squawks if someone is in front of it, at a bargain price of even even more than the stupid price of the previous stupidly priced one, and all the kids will want that."

Not forgetting the "A.I. Furbee" version, coming Real Soon Nowtm

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No, that's the gerbil out of g-force it's part of the Disney Cinematic Universe now, Kermit the Frog's in episode 9 in a role not dissimilar to Yoda, "here, hi-ho, Kermit the frog I am".

Surely it'd have to be Miss Piggy as Yoda.

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And yet, you can almost guarantee someone has already drawn porn of it.

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Re: "I'll make time for the original trilogy" / Why?

Nostalgia. Pure and simple. I watched the first one when it came out overe here in Feb 1978, on the big screen, at a very impressionable age, and it was simply two hours of WOW. It's nice to re-live that once in a while, and the prequels and sequels and whatnot can't simply pull that off for me.

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Re: I would NOT be expecting that!

I hear C3PO really likes it when Henry Hoover uses the beater bar.

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Re: So what is step 4?

Blow a gasket because the ticket website crashed when trying to buy tickets too effing early.

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Re: I would NOT be expecting that!

Or are you the only person in the entire universe who hasn't twigged that Henry is R2 in drag?

No, that would be Hetty, the one in pink. I've always been curious about her...

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Re: "I'll make time for the original trilogy" / Why?

"It's nice to re-live that once in a while"

That's as good a reason as any :-)

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Re: I would NOT be expecting that!

"No, that would be Hetty, the one in pink. I've always been curious about her..."

Apparently, you're not alone in that. Just ask any A&E nurse!

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Don't tell me, let me guess.

Jar Jar Binks is back?

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Re: "I'll make time for the original trilogy" / Why?

"Nostalgia. Pure and simple. I watched the first one when it came out overe here in Feb 1978, on the big screen, at a very impressionable age" ...and dope was $15 a lid.

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it's up, but doesn't work

the site itself is up - but the booking system is not working properly

looks like they failed to anticipate that some people might be interested in booking tickets.

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

Maybe people should just relax a little and realise they still have two months to book their tickets...

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

"Maybe people should just relax a little and realise they still have two months to book their tickets..."

Precisely, it's not like it's a one off event or something. Why would a cinema spend a packet and wipe out what profit they might have from this film spending money on increasing capacity for their booking system,when all it takes is for people to chill and wait for a bit.

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

+1 to Loyal Commenter. When episode VII came out I went on a whim the week after release, there were no issues booking tickets less than an hour in advance.

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

Or they could just wait until 16 December, or 18, or whenever. It's not like the old days when cinemas were limited by the availability of spools of celluloid being couriered around the country - there's not going to be any shortage of seats.

I wouldn't even put it past an enterprising cinema chain to deliberately throttle the booking system to up the hype!

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

.. for the first day/ week.

After which the film will probably be in cinemas for many months. (roughly until the cinema starts selling less than a third of the seats in their smallest thearter on one showing an evening)

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yes, there are two months before that film comes out

but I wanted to book tickets to see a film today - and the entire booking system is currently not working

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

When the force awakens came out we went to our local cinema to watch it.

We stood in this thing called "a queue" for about 3 minutes.

We purchased 2 tickets.

We were appropriately dry-bummed for some sweets and a drink.

Naturally this wasn't a showing 4.5 seconds after the film was released, but we are grown-ups so that was totally OK.

For "Rogue one" we similarly went to the cinema, but in a fit of utter genius I pre-booked.

the queue at the "get your tickets machine" was longer than that at the tills, and moved far slower as the general public struggled to grasp the questions being asked them by the screen.

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When the force awakens came out I waited till it was by the till at Morrissons for a tenner , which wasnt that much later. I then watched it at home on a 100" projector screen at a time of my choosing , in much comfier surroundings , without 100 kids grinding sweet wrappers and kicking the back of my seat.

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@Prt V Jeltz

"without 100 kids grinding sweet wrappers and kicking the back of my seat."

If you find that 100 kids are kicking the back of your seat, I'm going to guess that you might want to stop screaming at the movie. They probably want you to stop so they can hear the dialogue.

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

That could be it you know - 'cos whenever there isnt a cuddly character on the screen, I'm on my feet yelling "Bring back Ja Ja !"

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

"Jar Jar Binks makes the Ewoks look like fucking Shaft" - Tim Bisley

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

"no issues booking tickets less than an hour in advance."

Is it even worth booking in that case, just turn up and pay on entry. Or don't cinemas do that any more?

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Agreed, there seem to be too many Verruca Salt "I need it NOW" types caught up in the consumerism.

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But it's spoilers isn't it, it isn't like the old days of films anymore where the big plot twist OMG moment gets spoiled just by Homer Simpson walking past the queue,thesedays it will be across all social media/interweb etc etc after the first midnight screening,you'd have to banish yourself to Skellig Michael to miss it till you got to see the film.

That said I don't recall much difficulty booking a ticket for a lunchtime screening of TFA on release day maybe only week or so before. So yeah overreaction but I can understand why it happened

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With Mr Lucas doing the writing, they probably won't want to hear the dialogue.

Exhibit One M'Lud "I'm haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me."

Ford famously told George Lucas, concerning the clunky dialogue in "Star Wars," "George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it."

Harrison Ford later confirmed this: "I told George: 'You can't say that stuff. You can only type it.'"

Mark Hamill, for one, was amazed at the dedication Ford put into each and every line, stating, "He'd written things in the margins, saying the same thing basically, but his way. He had an amazing way of keeping the meaning but doing it in a really unique way for his character."

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

Indeed. I remember back in the day, we used to queue up to see a popular film on the day of release, and occasionally not get in because the queue was bigger than the cinema. That would probably trigger kids nowadays.

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Collecting paper tickets? How quaint! No need to do that at Cineworld (if you can actually get on and book in the first place), they just scan the QR code in your confirmation email or Apple Wallet at the ticket check point.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!

You really think anyone with access to a screen is going to manage to avoid seeing the trailer before release date do you? But yup, looks to be the traditional "Good is good, bad is bad, good bad, bad good, pew pew pew, szhuum, szhummm, Booom !"

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Re: SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Your forgot to put "profit" at the end.

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