Latest news: Tempe wins ‘Wolverine’ premiere
If you’re trying to cast your vote for the city to host the world premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the Web site is giving you trouble, just try back later. That’s what a graphic at the Harkins Theatres Web site tells fans, anyway:
Tempe appears to be tied with Davis, Calif., in the final stretch of the contest, which was scheduled to end at 8:59 p.m. Friday.
UPDATE! The contest has not ended, as some sources had reported — and the site is back up and running after a strong push of voting from Arizona and California caused it to crash this morning.
Students on the campus of UC-Davis have been pushing their fellow students hard to vote as students at Arizona State University have been doing the same. Officials at Harkins Theatres, who are hoping their Cine Capri auditorium at Tempe Marketplace theatre will be the site of the premiere, are asking that each and every Sun Devil and Valley resident take action to ensure the event takes place here by going online and voting with ZIP code 85281, regardless of where they live in the Valley.
Bryan Laurel, director of marketing for Harkins Theatres, helpfully explains: “It’s a dogfight right now. We’ve had a strong showing thus far, but we’re in considerable danger of losing the premiere unless we see an influx in voting over the next 24 hours. We are pulling out all the stops to ask everyone in the Valley to focus on one ZIP code, 85281, to ensure the premiere takes place in Tempe instead of in California. I’m hoping all Valley residents, all ASU students help push us over the top by taking sixty seconds to go online and vote, 85281 as a vote for not only Tempe Marketplace, but a vote for the entire Valley.”
Votes are tallied by city so Harkins is encouraging residents to back the only high-ranking Arizona city and ZIP code, which is Tempe.
Laurel continues “If Tempe were to win this premiere, it would certainly be a point of pride for the entire Valley. Arizona could be the center of the entertainment universe and the focus of local, national and international attention for one amazing night. We’re hoping all Arizonans will take part and vote 85281”.
Valley residents are encouraged to visit www.harkinstheatres.com, click the photo of Wolverine and enter 85281 as their ZIP code for their vote to count towards the Cine Capri at Harkins Tempe Marketplace.
Wolverine star Hugh Jackman hit the Internet at the beginning of the month announcing the contest to bring the world premiere and the entire cast to the city with the most online votes. The winning city will be announced on Monday and the premiere will follow one week later.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first chapter in the X-Men saga. The Twentieth Century Fox film opens nationally on May 1.