The Brooklyn Paper has the story:
Bay Ridge sci-fi lovers were ready to take up blasters and charge the Skywalker Ranch after Star Wars creator George Lucas took a light saber to a modest movie marathon night honoring his famed film franchise at a Fifth Avenue bar.
Organizers had planned to screen all six Star Wars movies in succession at the Wicked Monk between 84th and 85th Streets last Sunday during a 13-hour bender which would have also featured a costume contest and drink specials specific to each movie in the saga.
But when George Lucas found out, his company fired off an immediate cease-and-desist order.
The bar puts on a mini-film fest of sorts every month, screening such cult and fan favorites such as A Clockwork Orange, Kill Bill and The Warriors. They don’t cover charge to see the film. They make money off food and drink. It’s not like Wicked Monk (I like that name; can you tell?) had planned this on the spur of the moment, they planned it for months. When is the plug pulled? Just before it starts. I don’t know if they still held the costume contest; hopefully a few of those poor folks can save the getups for next week at SDCC.
C’mon George, let em’ drink, be merry and watch your movies. Throw beers and ‘tata chips at Jar Jar Binks. (Editors Note: Darren is not suggesting Lucasfilm does not have the right, but “for the fans” they might grant them permission for this public showing. This is not endorsing or promoting piracy)
Anyway…here’s something to put a smile on your face, all you Wicked Monks out there. A toast to you.