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SEATTLE - Are you ready for Star Wars: Episode Three? Don't get excited just yet, the new movie doesn't open until May.
But for one Seattle fan, it's never too early, or too cold, to start the wait.
Jeff Twieden doesn't care that it's freezing outside. He's camping out in front of the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle, waiting for Episode Three to open. It's only 22 weeks away.
"I've got another sleeping bag coming, so that's sleeping bag number three," he says. "It's better to be too hot than too cold."
In 1999, Twieden made international headlines when he and another fan camped out for months in this same spot to see the first of George Lucas' prequel trilogy.
"A lot of people say 'Get a life,' stuff like that. But I'm having the time of my life out here."
Twieden thinks prequel episodes one and two were a mixed bag, but he can sum up the potential of Episode Three in one word.
"Vader, baby. Vader."
In the film, the villainous Darth Vader makes his first onscreen appearance in over 20 years.
"We all want to see Vader kick some ass," he says.
There's a potential problem in the long wait. Twieden isn't even sure Episode Three will play the Cinerama.
"That's the assumption I'm going on," he says. "If it isn't, I'll be more than happy to move to a different theater. It's really about the wait."
Rain or shine, through sleet or snow, the wait will last another 134 days.
"Star Wars is about independence and freedom," Twieden says. "And that's really what this wait is about. That complete and utter independence."
The force of the law is against 'Star Wars' squatter
By SUSAN PAYNTER
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST
The streets are safe again for law-abiding citizens. "Star Wars" fanatic Jeff Tweiten's mini-encampment has been removed from the sidewalk in front of the Cinerama Theatre.
Tweiten and his tiny blue couch were made to move by Seattle Police just hours after a police spokesman told me Tweiten had not been booted because there had been no complaints. Not one since the 27-year-old began a 139-day squat in anticipation of the May 19 opening of "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."
Suddenly, according to SPD spokesman Sean Whitcomb, an anonymous caller did complain. "So the individual (Tweiten) was provided with a copy of the (no sit/no lay) ordinance, the individual was given a verbal admonition and told that, if he did not move, the individual would be cited the next day," Whitcomb said.