"When you can live forever, what do you live for?"
That’s a tough question, but I do know what fans of the"Twilight" novels are living for right now: The dream of seeing their beloved, breathless (but not bloodless) romantic tale on the big screen. Catherine Hardwicke’s film is due in December and already she’s feeling the heat from fans of the novel who worry about its afterlife in Hollywood. There was, for instance, the great debate about chest hair that was spotted on Edward, the vampire.
At Comic-Con International, the cast and filmmakers of "Twilight" will both calm nerves and goose excitement for their project. Here’s some things to watch for in San Diego:
The Panel: The "Twilight" panel is the third and final film in the 90-minute panel presentation by Summit Entertainment that begins at 1:15 on Thursday (July 24) in Hall H, the 6,500-seat main hall at the convention. Seats are first-come, first-serve. Here’s the description of the "Twilight" panel from Summit:
TWILIGHT – Director Catherine Hardwicke (THIRTEEN, LORDS OF DOGTOWN), book series author Stephenie Meyer and the cast including Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), Cam Gigandet (James), Rachelle Lafevre (Victoria), Edi Gathegi (Laurent), Taylor Lautner (Jacob) will answer questions about bringing these characters to life on the big screen as well as showing exclusive footage from the film.
Photo op and autographs: At the Summit Entertainment booth (#4413), you can get your photo taken with life-size (or undead-size) standees Edward, Bella, James, Laurent or Victoria and have it instantly e-mailed to friends. There’s also some prizes and contests and such. In the Comic-Con autograph room, "lucky winners will have the opportunity to participate in a limited autograph session with the panelists from ‘Twilight,’ " according to Summit publicists. So go to the booth as soon as you can.
Trading cards: Inkworks is releasing a set of "Twilight" trading cards in November, and packs will be sprinkled with autographed cards and Pieceworks costume cards, which has a chunk of wardrobe worn during the making of the film. There will be four different Comic-Con exclusive promo cards at Summit Entertainment booth (#4413). For more information about the set, collectors can visit the Inkworks booth (#2629) or website (www.inkworks.com).
– Geoff Boucher
Photo: Summit Entertainment