Sunday, 31 August 2003 (updated 2 September 2003)

How You Can Help...

Rutles fans, you can help convince Warner Brothers to release Rutles 2 in theaters!

Several online petitions have been started [sign them here and here].

However, personal letters to Warner Brothers will be more effective. Send a kind letter to:

Eric Frankel
Warner Bros. Domestic Cable
4000 Warner Drive
Bldg. 160, Room 9014
Burbank, CA 91522

Written requests are best, especially funny or pleasant ones!

A huge enthusiastic crowd turned up at the Arclight on Sunset on August 16 to see the world premiere of The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, as part of the first annual Don't Knock the Rock Film Festival. [see Daily Llama: Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch to Have World Premiere in Los Angeles]

This 60-minute version had never been shown before. According to Eric Idle who introduced the film, the only person who had seen it prior to that Saturday night was George Harrison, who reportedly watched it "with a beatific smile" not long before he passed away.

This version of the film was edited from hours of material, so that only the best of the best is in the film. Author and Cleese-assistant Kim 'Howard' Johnson was present at the event. “It really moves along, and is VERY funny stuff,” Howard reported.

Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch premiered August 16 at the Don't Knock the Rock Festival where Eric (seen above with Kevin Nealon and Jim Piddock) answered questions. Photo credit: Tara Veneruso

After the screening, Eric participated in a Q & A session moderated by Saturday Night Live veteran Kevin Nealon. Jim Piddock (of Best in Show), who appears in the film, was also on hand for the audience questions.

Eric shared behind-the-scenes stories and answered audience questions, and also revealed that he will be going on tour himself this fall, with The Greedy Bastard Tour. [see Daily Llama: Hold the Back Page! Idle to Tour Again]

The only bit of bad news was that Can't Buy Me Lunch has gone back into the vault at Warner Brothers, and there are currently no plans to release it to theatres, television or on DVD, which seems inexplicable to anyone who has seen the film.

Maybe a kind letter to Warners will do the trick...