December 8th, 2003

Flying Ace

"I am no MAN!"

So had to be at the theater at 8:00 in the morning to get things ready to go for the Lord of the Rings press screening. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised at the number of people already there but I was. We flew through getting the stand up and going and actually did a pretty fair trade stocking people up with popcorn and drinks. I guess I could be grossed out considering how unappealing I find popcorn and soda now, but I also have to consider that it's a LONG movie (clocking in at 3:20) and people get the munchies during.
The show was to start at 10:00 and I was a bit worried as to what I was going to have five of my guys doing for two hours when Dick came in with an exciting bit of news. New Line was going to let the employees go in and see the show!
Except...except...some of us had to stay and keep the stand up and going. Sometimes being the supervisor really sucks. I had to be the bad guy and figure out who the one employee plus me had to stay behind. If I had been a regular joe schmoe I could've just gone in and seen the whole thing for free in theater one. BOO!!! Everyone else was really excited and sprinted off just in time to see "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" appear on the screen. Sigh.
Still, I got to poke my head in quite often and the parts I saw ...well, shock and awe, gasp and drool. Eowen kicks serious Nazgul hiney, Frodo and Sam bring you to tears, Viggo finally has a scene where it looks like he's washed his hair, Legolas bringing down an oliphant and Gimli's roaringly hilarious comment about it... man. Just MAN. This movie is going to be a MONSTER. No more spoilers but DANG. I tell you. DANG!
I'm wondering if it will break Spider-Man records for it's opening weekend. It's possible but it's 3:20 running time are going to hinder the amount of cash it can bring in. We'll see.

I have tomorrow off, hooray. Many things to do most of which I'm getting a head start on tonight. Go me!
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