Star Wars Scalpers Go Online

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MovieFone relaunched its site earlier this week, boasting in a press release on Tuesday that it was "Just in Time for Release of Star Wars: Episode 1." But ready it was not.

The next day -- one week before opening -- advance Phantom Menace tickets went on sale at 3 p.m. EDT. Both the MovieFone Web site and 777-FILM phone system promptly buckled under the crush of fanatics. MovieFone put out another press release Wednesday blaming local phone companies for phone errors that greeted callers with the un-Force-like recording "all circuits are busy." MORE >>