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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.

‘Twilight’s’ Sheen sports different look

Anytime I see an actor sporting a different look, it’s usually a safe assumption that the change in appearance is for a new role.

Some actors will lose or gain pounds — such as Christian Bale’s weight crash for “The Machinist” — but the majority of the time, it’s a change in hair style. Natalie Portman lost all her hair for “V for Vendetta” while Tom Hanks showed up for months sporting the scraggly beard he needed for “Cast Away.” It wasn’t a good look for him, but it made sense for the movie.

When Michael Sheen arrives to talk about reprising his role of the villainous Aro in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” he’s sporting long hair, a stubble of a beard and a handlebar mustache that he’s curled up on each end with some wax. It’s quite a different look from when I’ve talked to him before about previous “Twilight” movies or even “Alice in Wonderland.”

A fellow critic suggest that he looks like Baron Munchausen. Sheen’s next role is playing Dr. William Masters, half of the sex research team with Virginia E. Johnson, in the TV offering “Masters of Sex.” This look is certainly not to play Masters.

The reason Sheen’s sporting the facial hair is — well, just because he can.

“I really don’t need an excuse,” Sheen says smiling through the dark growth. “This is the thing about being an actor. If you got a slightly rubbish look, or a slightly off look, everyone assumes that it’s for a character.”

That’s not the case and he’s just happy that no one thinks his rumpled look is just him being lazy.

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.