Popwatch.com Recap of Twilight Premiere

Shrieking masses descend on L.A. for the 'Twilight' premiere

There were hundreds of people lining the Los Angeles streets screaming and chanting. There were homemade signs, punny slogans, and custom T-shirts. Attendees declared whose team they were on. There were moms and daughters, men and women, couples and singles. There were even a few people so overcome by emotion that tears were shed. They stood for hours, some for days, to make sure their opinions were seen and heard despite the harsh, ashy air quality caused by the numerous nearby wildfires.

I’m not talking about last weekend’s anti-Proposition 8 rally. No, this chaotic scene, which featured more black, less rainbows, was for the Nov. 17 premiere of Twilight, the epic love story of a high-school girl (Bella) and her vampire beau (Edward) based on the hit book series by Stephenie Meyer. While the two events had several similarities, I dare say the Twilight folks were slightly more fanatical.

“We drove from the Bay Area yesterday, got in line at midnight last night, slept out here, took the day off work, and stood all day in order to fulfill a dream to take a picture or get an autograph from the stars,” enthused Cyndee Sauceda, 40, who works in a law office. “And if that doesn’t work out, it will all still be worth it if we get to touch Kellan Lutz or Robert Pattinson.”
Pattinson & Co. obliged for the most part — posing for cell photos, doling out hugs, signing books, bodies, clothes, signs, pizza boxes, any surface that didn’t cause a black Sharpie to run. “I’m going to have to ice my autograph hand when I get home,” joked Taylor “Jacob” Lautner. Pattinson, Cam Gigandet, and a few other actors even did a victory lap to slap fan hands after they had completed their initial round of interviews and fan appreciation despite holding up the screening over 45 minutes past its scheduled start time.

“This is crazier and louder than I was prepared for,” said Pattinson, running his fingers through his trademark floppy locks and looking sharp-dressed goth in his fitted black suit. “With every week, the fervor and anticipation seems to grow. This is my life. People know my name and ambush me in public and try to figure out what hotel I’m staying at and ask me to bite them and want to touch my hair. I have accepted it as real now, but it still feels surreal.”

His leading lady, Kristen Stewart (in a chic Balenciaga mini-dress), arrived minutes after him, her wild swept-up-and-piled two-tone hair giving Pattinson a run for his money. They took their obligatory couples shots, still looking slightly uncomfortable together, as if they are in the middle of a marathon intense-off. Stewart's demeanor, per usual, was reserved, but she admitted that she’s fascinated by the fan devotion. “I’ve been to a lot of premieres, and none of them have ever been as big as this. Maybe if I had been alive during the days of the Beatles it would be different, but I have never been moved enough to camp out for someone or something. The fact that people did that for our movie is heavy. I just hope they think it was worth it after they see the movie.”

After witnessing the phenomenon first hand, I’m not sure it even matters if the final product is Oscar-worthy. (In fact, two Oscar winners, Jaime Foxx and Kim Basinger, used their influence to score the hot tickets for their obsessed offspring.) Hours in, I was still having to shout my interview questions at the top of my lungs because the “Team Edward” cries were being matched by the howls of the Jacob-supporting wolf pack. In this economic downturn, people had obviously spent a pretty penny getting there, getting takeout from local restaurants, decorating the windows of their cars, outfitting themselves in branded merch. “I’d hate to have to be the guy who has to clean all this up afterward,” Gigandet said, referring to the discarded water bottles, sunscreen and snack trash.

Most of the cast and crew were trying to live in the moment and not count their chickens, so to speak, though some tentatively admitted that they’d love to see the saga’s other chapters on the big screen. Director Catherine Hardwicke was matter-of-fact when asked about sequel plans. “It is going to depend on the numbers," she said. "The fans have to really come out in force if they want to see a second movie, because that book will be twice as expensive to make than the first because of the werewolves and special effects. Realistically, this one has to make $150 million to make the financiers think it is worthwhile. If this crowd is any indication, I have high hopes, but I’m also not uncrossing my fingers.”

So, PopWatchers, who's ready to finally see this movie? How far would you go to catch a glimpse of Pattinson in the flesh? Or maybe you can't even read this because you're already camped out somewhere for a premiere...?


Lynn said...

Well, I am still debating on how early I should line up...I know that it's not a premiere but for a midnight show I will have to be comfy. And, my vision of Rob cannot be disturbed.

Dani said...

No!!!! No disturbance but I am pretty sure that since you are going to the midnight show...you are going to hear serious screams when Eddie shows up on the big screen.

Ellie said...

Lynn--I'm still wondering that myself. On Friday, I'm picking up my carload at the high school right after I get off work.(4:30 or 5 by the time we get to the theater). The movie's at 7:00...am I too anxious???? I want good seats, don't want to be stuck up front.
Preferably the back row, so no one sees me drool... lol

Lynn said...

Well, we live in the suburbs and ALL the Friday shows plus the midnight shows are sold out. I would advise getting there as early as possible.

We are preparing for Dark Knight fandom---which means about a four to five hour wait.

Oh, Dani dearest! I will be screaming the loudest!

bella's mom said...

I just don't get where people say they always look uneasy together.

cherifire said...

I'm taking my dd (borrowing your abbrev, Lynn) and her friends on Friday at 7--do you think getting there at 5 will be ok? We already bought tickets.

Dani said...

They are speculating I am guessing that they are uneasy together because there is some sort of heat going on. I wish! But I think it is just K Stew being awkward as usual in front of the crowds and cameras and Rob is just adorkable all the time.

k said...

is that the cutest picture ever of those 2?! i'm seriously almost crying! what is wrong with me?!

i'm going to a 710 showing friday night and it's at a no people under 18 theatre so the show isn't even sold out yet. there's another show at 10. if i'm not hosptialized from my heart giving out after seeing rob for 2 hours i'll be at that one too.

i plan on taking lotsa pics & video of me & my girls that night. there will be 7 of us. is it overkill to wear my twilight t-shirt, wear my team edward button and carry my "obsessive cullen disorder" bag?

Tess said...

OK guys. am I the only one who has looked at this and thought.. "wow.. it looks like he's totally trying to look down her dress" (I know he's not, but it's looks that way)

one thing I love about living here, is that when you buy a ticket to a movie, you get to choose your seat! It's not festival seating.. No ONE is allowed to sit in your seat. yum!

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