Twilight premiere photos and trailer

The young stars attended the much anticipated premiere of the film Twilight, based on the first book in popular young adult vampire series by Stephenie Meyer. Advance buzz for the film, which features relatively unknown actors Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart, has been enormous, especially among teens. The film, about a young girl who falls in love with a vampire, is put out by small film studio Summit Entertainment and is expected to be a box office smash. There are three additional books in the series by Meyer and if Twilight is a hit we can expect to see a phenomenon to rival Harry Potter.

The film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“13″ and “Lords of Dogtown”), arrives Friday on 5,500 screens with the industry already abuzz with reports about spectacular advance ticket sales. During the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing from studio marketing chiefs, who all seem in awe of the word-of-mouth groundswell for the film.

When the film’s young stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, showed up at Comic-Con last July, they were greeted by Beatlemania-style screams. Last week, 10,000 kids showed up at a Dallas mall to mob them. They’ve been on the cover of Entertainment Weekly and several teen tabloids as well as all over MTV.

But what’s amazing is that one of Hollywood’s biggest studios had the project for years and simply let it go. “Twilight” was originally at Paramount’s MTV Films, which spent nearly two years trying to develop the picture before the studio put the project in turnaround. A second studio, Fox Atomic, also passed on the project before it came Summit’s way.

It wasn’t as if “Twilight’s” teen appeal was exactly a secret. The second novel in Meyer’s series, “New Moon,” debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s books when it was released in 2006. It hit No. 1 the following week and remained in the top position for 11 straight weeks. The fourth installment, “Breaking Dawn,” sold 1.3 million copies in its first day of release. The entire series has now sold 8.5 million copies in the U.S., more than 17 million copies worldwide.

[From The LA Times]

Considered a Romeo and Juliet tale with vampires, you can see Twilight’s appeal among the younger set. At least 250 people camped out overnight to make sure to secure their spot for last night’s premiere.

Expect the stars to earn millions and get a lot more media attention. Pattison, 22, previously played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Stewart, 18, starred In the Land of Women and Into the Wild.

Here’s a trailer for Twilight, which is out Friday in the US.

Thanks to WENN for these photos from the premiere last night in LA.

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  1. sandy says:

    I’m looking forward to it
    Is it similar to the movie Lost Boys?

  2. Syko says:

    I read this series of books, and loved them, I really hope the movie doesn’t fukc it up, as movies so often do.

    I really question the casting – this guy just does not look like Edward Cullen to me.

    I’ll probably skip the movie and just re-read the book. :-)

  3. Lastdaylight says:

    Doubt anyone would have fit as Edward Cullen, because no one actually can be as perfect, as he’s made out in the book.
    In my opinon the movie actually has potential to be better than the book, since the book had some annoying stylistic flaws. Let’s hope for the best. ;D

  4. what is ever. says:

    I’m so glad you mentioned his Harry Potter credit, it’s been driving me crazy trying to figure where else I had seen him. He was much hotter as Cedric, I think it might be how they’ve got his hair greasily swooping…no good. :?

  5. Kay says:

    I agree with Syko, but, even though this movie looks “terribad” as my friend puts it… I have to go see it. And I’ll go see it with my friend and probably stare at his crazy big hair and point out all the things they left out or added to make the movie… um… less unappealing? :roll:

  6. vdantev says:

    ‘Interview With the Vampire’ for the Hannah Montana generation. YAWN.

  7. Hollz says:

    Neither of them look right >.<
    I think Stuart Townsend and Marguerite Moreau (Lestat and Jesse from Queen of the Damned) would have been better -and HOTTER- for the roles, even if they are a bit to old. :(

    I enjoyed the books but they weren’t AMAZING or anything(i don’t get why people compare them to Harry Potter <3)

  8. fancyfree says:

    Every time I see these pictures, I get upset. I had some a beautiful image of Edward in my head, and then they spoil it with this guy. It would have been better to create him digitally, than to do this wickedness :cry:

  9. Codzilla says:

    He’s gross, especially in the header pic.

  10. silentA says:

    He IS gross – apparently he said in an interview that he hadn’t washed his hair for 6 weeks.

    He isn’t who I would have picked for Edward Cullen – at all. However, I do think the movie will be BETTER than the books. I hope they make Bella a more likeable character.

    Also – her dress is fabulous. FABULOUS.

  11. Perla says:

    You’d think that they’d smile a little. Sure, been the focus of a pandemic of teenage obsession doesn’t sound fun, but think about it:

    - They could demand much more money for the probable sequels than they got for this movie.

    - This movie will get their name higher up on the lists of actors to call when big/interesting roles are being cast.

    -The gargantuan paycheck from the Twilight movie/s could fund happy, Buscemi-esque adventures in low-budget indie land.

    NB: yes, it’s 4am here. And, yes, I’m flitting in out of this site while traipsing the internet, trying to get sleepy! :( 8O

  12. I choose me says:

    LOL! That’s exactly what I’m going to do Kay. :D

  13. Syko says:

    I sort of had Ryan Philippe in mind for Edward. Oh well.

  14. Hollz says:

    ohh….he’d be good as Edward, Syko, I didn’t even think of him *drool*

  15. Kristin says:

    They both look creepy.

    I’m not going to see the movie or read the books because I read that the author donated to the Yes on 8 Campaign.

  16. drm says:

    His hair is really BAD (where is a good bottle of Timotei when you need it eh?) and they both look bored and pretentious…

    Yawn I’ll give this one a miss

  17. G. says:

    I thought the books were horrible, and I think the movie isn’t even worth going to, even to make fun of. The Vampire Chronicle were so much better, and it annoys me that my generation thinks this is good. :roll:

  18. Rachel says:

    he was JOKING, hello.. British humour anyone?

  19. NEM says:

    I loved the books and I’m sure I will feel the same about the movies. And I agree with everyone about the casting that they definitely could have made better decisions in who they cast.

  20. Natasha says:

    Read (and adore) the books, but I’m skipping the movie. Thanks, but no thanks.

  21. whatevs says:

    I read all 4 of the books a few months ago, one after another, thanks to my little sister. By the end of the third I was ready to kill Bella myself. I just did not get what was so great about that girl. They did a horrible job with casting, in my opinion. They really effed it up with Jacob and every single one of the Cullen’s.

    Syko, Ryan Phillippe would’ve been a great choice! I could never really picture anyone famous while I was reading the books, though. The closest I got was maybe a younger Portia De Rossi as Rosalie. I guess since everyone was supposed to be so gorgeous in the book there was no way any real person could live up to that.

  22. Amy says:

    Well I will admit his hair does not look so good here… however if you look up pictures of him, he looks hotter (esp. when his hair was shorter!)

  23. Christina X says:

    Bela Lugosi’s rolling in his grave.

    I’m really annoyed the modern hijackings of vampire tales. With every trendy vampire film made, the definition of “vampire” alters itself a little bit more.

    Edward Cullen is a vegetarian vampire who glitters? WHAT?! I guess you can change the definition of vampire to fit whatever you want it to. I’m a unicorn. I’m not a horse, and I don’t have a horn growing in the middle of my forehead, but unicorn can mean whatever you want it to be! Right?

    The formulaic, shallow plot. “Like, hi, I’m Bella Swan. I’m a pretty white kid with problems who meets a ‘hot vampire’ who must fight against his own kind to be with me. Neither one of us have a personality.” How many times are writers going to recycle the same storyline, over and over?


  24. vdantev says:

    Vampires who walk around in the daylight ARE NOT VAMPIRES.

  25. Jeane says:

    Okay, can someone PLEASE explain to me what is so great about these books???

    I read the first two because I took them with me on vacation thinking I would really like them… I did not, to say the least. And I generally love crappy vampire/romance novels, but this must be THE WORST BOOK I have EVER read.

    Besides being really, really, ridiculously goodlooking, what exactly is so great about Edward?? He doesn’t really have a personality, but then again neither does Bella. She thinks he’s gorgeous and he wants to bite her, other than that, there really isn’t much of a relationship there. How is this a great love story?? Their love is based on nothing!!

    Oh God and in the second book (I had to, I was on holiday and had finished all my other books) when he leaves her and it’s 500 pages of her WHINING. I just wanted to smack her. Jesus Christ, get a GRIP. I never rolled my eyes so much as that day and a half it took me to finish these crappy books.

    Frankly, it worries me that so many young girls see themselves in Bella. She has no thoughts of her own, everything she does is about Edward, Jacob or her father. She is weak and dependent and incredibly unemancipated. (thanks a lot, Stephanie Meyer, for returning us to the middle ages)

    I would looove for a Twilight fan to calmly and rationally explain to me what is so great about these books.

    Please help me understand.

  26. Aspen says:

    You know…this guy’s face looks similar enough to my mental image of Edward that I wasn’t at all upset by his casting.

    But look at him! His shoe is untied, his outfit is a wreck, his hair is dirty…he looks like hell!


    Give me something to work with here, People.

    Total fantasy buzzkill.

  27. Kylie says:

    I’ve just finished the first book and it was BORING. Nothing really happens in it until the last 8th of the book. I was really dissapointed. The author just tired to copy Anne Rice’s beautiful novels without much sussess.
    I dont think I will bother with the movie.

  28. Cheryle says:

    I am a 47 year old mother of 3 and my oldest daughter gave me the first book to read saying she had enjoyed it! I could NOT put the book down. I read it in two days! I LOVE the story line, the characters and the writing is wonderful! I immediately went out and bought the other 3 books and finished them within one week! I think Stephanie is a fantastic writer. She brings you into the story with her great descriptive writing and I love the characters with all their flaws! She has given us all a brand new way to think on vampires AND the stories each emphasize, to me, the importance of family, of that special someone in your life, about the choices we make and the impact they can have on those around us! I defy anyone to call this a “teen novel” or a teenager series! I am almost 50, a working professional earning a very good living, consider myself intelligent and I HAVE seen the movie twice already! I think the casting is perfect and I cannot wait for the next movie! I wish there were more books in the series as well! I would buy them all! Keep up the good work everyone!

  29. Euridice says:

    oh my gosh i love twilightis the best movie i ever saw… i love the movie!!! especially the character of robert pattinson as edward…in the movie he looks so gorgoeus…