The tents have disappeared, but the 2, 250Twilight Saga fans that thronged downtown Los Angeles for the past four days haven’t gone too far.
In just a few hours, battalions of fans, press, TV crews, celebrities and the cast of Lionsgate-Summit’s $ 2.5 billion franchise will descend on the Nokia Theater for the world premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
The black — not red — carpet has already been rolled out in preparation, but if you can’t be there — fear not. Yahoo! Movies will be live streaming the event from 7.30 pm ET, 4.30 pm PT, 00.30 GMT.
If anyone’s ever heard screaming levels at previous premieres, tonight’s could threaten the sound barrier. It’s going to be mayhem outside the Nokia Theater tonight — extremely well organized — but mayhem nevertheless.
And, of course, tonight all eyes will be on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
It will be the first red (black) carpet for the pair since revelations of Stewart’s tryst with Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders unleashed an orgy of media — and, some fan — recrimination.
Since then the couple have reportedly reunited, and despite last minute gossip pieces in The New York Daily News and The Times all but stating that their relationship is either a sham or on shaky ground, recent comments by Pattinson and Stewart suggest otherwise.
Asked point blank whether his relationship with Stewart was “being used to market theTwilight movies,” Pattinson toldTheWashington Post’s Jen Chaney:
“For one thing, it would be a terrible marketing tool, and it’s not utilized very well at all. People will say anything. I’m still amazed that people even believe anything [that's said about us].”
“I mean, it’s one of the craziest things about the whole situation, where you can see the whole — is paradigm the right word? — of celebrity gossip, celebrity culture type stuff that’s literally entirely made up.”
Likewise, Stewart pushed back in the Los Angeles Times, saying, “People are just going to write the movie version of your life and consume it the way they please.” Adding, “But you knew nothing about my relationship before. You know less now. How could you?”
Moving on, the pageantry of four Breaking Dawn Part 2 premieres — LA, London, Madrid and Berlin — now beckons.
Almost four years to the day since the first Twilight movie was released in 2008, Meyer’s emotive, fantasy series went on to storm the young adult (and upwards) demographic. Catapulting its lead actors — and supporting ones — to uber stardom, no-one imagined such a graphically restrained love story would take such a hold of the public’s consciousness.
But it did, and the thousands that will attend the premiere tonight and the millions viewing it around the world want to celebrate that fact one last time. Unquestionably a true pop culture phenomenon, this is a collective moment to enjoy.
Have at it.
Continue to check back here for our full red carpet coverage tomorrow morning. Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Mackenzie Foy, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz and Michael Sheen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hits theaters this Friday.