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‘Twilight’ fans line up for finale

Hundreds of “Twilight” fans started lining up as early as 5 a.m. in front of theaters across the city to get the best seats to see tonight’s early showings of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2.” The film is the finale of the film franchise based on the Stephenie Meyer books.

Many of those fans are spending the day watching a marathon of the four previous movies being shown leading up to the new film.

“We wanted to get a good seat for tonight’s film and it’s easier to sit in theater than wait out here in line,” says Fresno’s Yajajra Solorzano who showed up at 5 a.m. at the Regal Manchester Stadium 16.

More than 30 of tonight’s late-night screenings — starting at 10 p.m. — are sold out but a few seats still remain. The theaters also have the option of adding more screens than in the past because the first showings are at 10 p.m. Additional midnight screenings remain a possibility.

The “Twilight” finale is on track to a huge box office opening weekend. Fandango, the online site for ticket purchases, reported that “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” represented 92% of Thursday’s ticket sales, with thousands of showtimes sold out across the country.

“It’s the most anticipated movie going event of the season,” said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango, “and our surveys indicate that the action in ‘Part 2’ may be driving new moviegoers to see the grand finale.”

There were 44 sold out midnight showings of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” in Fresno just over a year ago.

[UPDATE] You can win tickets to ‘Twilight’ screening

The winners of the reserved seats to see “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” randomly selected from all of the comments, are Brittany, PTolentino, Melissa, Shell and Trisha R. They get a pair of seats to the advance screening Wednesday.

Thanks to all who participated. Keep an eye on the Beehive as there will be more movie-related giveaways.

ORIGINAL POST: The end of “Twilight” is here. “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,”the final movie in the film franchise, opens in theaters Nov. 16.

Loyal readers of the Beehive know we try to make the wait less painful. It’s short notice but, we have five (5) pairs of tickets to see an advance screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

You won’t have to wait in a long line or show up days in advance. If you win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is show up that evening and head to a reserved seat.

Here’s what you have to do. Send me a comment of which “Twilight” character — other than Edward, Bella or Jacob — you would like to see in a spinoff movie series. A random drawing of those comments will determine the five (5) winners.

Comments must be posted by 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. That doesn’t give you much time, so get to work. You will be notified by 5 p.m. Nov. 13 if you are a winner.

Good luck.

The rules and regulations are below.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Robert Pattinson gets special meal

Last week, I was sitting in the hospitality suite at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles that was being used for the press day for the upcoming “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2.” I was waiting for my interview with Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the film series. The room was filled with publicists all trying to coordinate the long list of talent and the media.

Because the actors often spend an entire day doing interviews, one of the jobs of the publicists is to make sure the talent gets what they want for lunch. That’s usually nothing more than having each actor fill out a form based on the hotel’s menu.

On this day, there was a little bit of a panic over who was going to leave the hotel to get Pattinson’s lunch.

Pattinson’s always been a easy-going interview and there haven’t been a lot of stories about him being a prima donna. That’s why it seemed so weird that someone was going to have to leave the hotel to get his special meal. What was it? Hummingbird eggs served on a slice of toast made from wheat that only grows in George Clooney’s backyard?

Then I heard one publicist says, “I need someone to make a run to In-N-Out.”

That’s what all the fuss was about. Pattinson’s become one of the biggest film stars working today and his idea of a special lunch is a hamburger from the fast food restaurant.

Maybe it’s the Brit in him that likes the burger. British chef Gordon Ramsay is also a fan of In-N-Out.

Kristen Stewart nervously talks to the press

TSBD-000068R.JPG Kristen Stewart is what I call a nervous interview. I’m not quite certain why, but the star of the “Twilight” movies always looks like she’s waiting ton get a blindfold before she steps in front of the firing squad when she talks to the press.

She’s constantly starting sentences and then changing thoughts in the middle. And she brushes the hair off her ear so much it’s a wonder she does have a bald spot.

Some actors are just like that. They are more comfortable when they can slip into a character and deliver lines others have written.

Stewart’s just a nervous interview. Take a simple question like comparing her role as Bella to playing Snow White in the feature film being released next year. This is exactly how she answered.

“Yeah, I mean I guess – I guess the only actual comparison that I – I guess, yeah, yeah, I guess a million could be drawn – but, the one thing that sticks out in my mind is that they really both are, in different ways, matriarchs, very strong, strong matriarchs – um – that need to find that position. And you see the whole process. But, it’s so different,” Stewart says. “And, they both being icons – um – it’s funny, Snow White was really never – I didn’t grow up on fairy tales. I mean, I know everyone says, ‘the reason this thing is so cool is because we’ve all grown up with this story and it’s a retelling.’ I was like ‘no, not really. I didn’t’ – um – and I also didn’t grow up with the ‘Twilight’ thing.

“So, for me, these things are being like sort of put on these characters right as I’m – right as I think, ‘wow this is important’ – everyone goes ‘that’s important!’ And it’s like, ‘OK, cool.’ And so, I’ve gotten really lucky on that level. I didn’t, I didn’t know going into either of these things necessarily. I mean, I know Snow White, obviously more so than ‘Twilight,’ was expected to be, you know, more important to people probably because they know it. But, yeah, I know.”

She might know, but I am not sure what she said. It just made me nervous.

UPDATE: Win tickets to see ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′


The 25 winners of seats to see the advance screening of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″ have been randomly selected. If you did not get a response from me saying you were a winner, then I am sorry your name was not selected.

Ideas for wedding gifts for Bella and Edward ranged from CDs to matching coffins.

Winners include: Kelsey, Isabella, Jacqueline, Minerva, Estie, Racheal, Kanani, Salgado, Denise, Regina, David, Val M, Britty, Kayla, Mae, Ruby, Dolores, Brian, Angie D, Wilson, Ashley, Edith, Hulamom, Ricky and Shell.

Keep watching for future Beehive advance screenings.

ORIGINAL POST: The end of “Twilight” is getting near. “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” the first of two movies based on the final book, opens in theaters Nov. 18.

Loyal readers of the Beehive know we try to make the wait shorter. We have 25 pairs of tickets to see an advance screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Regal Manchester Theaters.

You won’t have to wait in a long line or show up days in advance. If you win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is show up that evening and head to a reserved seat.

Here’s what you have to do. Send me a comment of what wedding gift you would give Bella and Edward. Please, no garlic underwear jokes. A random drawing of those comments will determine the 25 winners.

Deadline to enter is midnight Monday, Nov. 14. You will be notified on Nov. 15 if you are a winner. Good luck. The rules and regulations are below.

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