TWILIGHT SAGA NEWS FOR JUNE 24TH:ECLIPSE PREMIERE, ROBERT PATTINSON, & MORE

Watch “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” Premiere Coverage Live

If you are not among the fortunate fans who will be in attendance for tonight’s red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, you can watch the live, streaming coverage online beginning at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT.  Click here to watch.

Robert Pattinson Related to Dracula?

from The Associated Press:

Robert Pattinson isn’t the only famous vampire in his family.

Genealogists say the 24-year-old “Twilight” star is related to Vlad the Impaler, widely cited as the inspiration for the main character in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

Researchers at Ancestry.com discovered that Pattinson and the Transylvanian leader (real name: Vlad III Dracula) are connected through their relationship to the British royal family. Prince William and Prince Harry are Pattinson’s distant cousins; Vlad the Impaler was their distant uncle.

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Twilight Stars Surprise Fans

from ABC7, Los Angeles:

Four of the stars of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” decided to surprise their fans. Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Julia Jones and Jackson Rathbone appeared outside L.A. Live at the screeching delight of hundreds of fans.

For more than an hour, they handed out all sorts of goodies connected to the movie’s marketing, and they also mingled with the fans of the movie franchise that left many of them astounded.

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LA Times Cheat Sheet For “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

The folks over at the LA Times have put together a cheat sheet for fans and newbies to outline who’s who, the actors’ favorite scenes, and what they think that their characters will be up to 100 years from now.

Kristen Stewart on her favorite scene:

“There were two scenes that just were very important to me and they happen one after the other,” Stewart says. “It’s when Jacob and Bella kiss and then she goes and talks to Edward about it. It was just so different from anything that I’ve played in this series so far. The movie is so very much about ultimate devotion, so to stray from that was just weird and cool and sort of makes the relationship between Edward and Bella a little bit more real because now she’s seen another side and she can actually consider something else for five seconds of her life.”

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Love at First Bite – A Cookbook Inspired By the Twilight Series

from The Vancouver Sun:

Let’s get one thing straight. Stephenie Meyer, bestselling author of the Twilight vampire romance novels, is not related to Gina Meyers, author of a new cookbook about all things edible in Twilight. One has a name that ends with an s. The other? No s.

Although it’s all rather confusing, Meyers admits she’s a huge fan of Meyer’s books.

That admiration — combined with the realization that, oh, thousands share her love for the books — spurred her into creating a new cookbook, Love at First Bite.

The cookbook features recipes inspired by characters, events and meals in the Twilight books: Werewolf Chow; I Dare You to Eat Pizza, Edward; First Love Chocolate Mousse; Edward’s Cornflake Chicken; Harry’s Famous Fish Fry.

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Kellan Lutz Injured By Machete During Stunt

from ContactMusic.com:

Kellan Lutz was left in agony on the set of his new movie after he was cut up by a machete during a stunt.

The Twilight star filmed a series of daring scenes for Deathgames, previously known as The Killing Game, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, and the actor was adamant he wanted to take part in the action himself.

Lutz was injured after he was struck by a large blade in a fight scene, leaving him with a nasty scar across his chest.

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Twihards Long for the Strong, Controlling, and Dysfunctional

from The Independent:

On June 23, Rob Weiner, a popular culture librarian at Texas Tech University, explained to Relaxnews that the fascination with vampires stems from “human nature to desire something bad for you.”

“In some ways vampires, like warmongers, are the ultimate evil (although there are some vampires who do have noble ideals). They can control anyone at will.  Perhaps the draw to vampires is the thrill to be controlled, the challenge to get the soulless to love, ability to escape to another world or, as Weiner states, the appeal is “to fall in love with someone strong, controlling, and frankly dysfunctional.”

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Entertainment Weekly Interviews Twilight Stars

In a recent teaser from an Entertainment Weekly interview, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson talk about her infamous rape comment.  The full interview, which also includes Taylor Lautner, will be in the magazine which hits stands on Friday, June 25.

You got a lot of criticism recently for comparing the intrusiveness of the paparazzi to rape. The comment got blown out of proportion very quickly, and you apologized.

STEWART: I’m so sensitive about stuff like that. That is the one subject that means a lot to me. I made one movie directly concerning it [2004's Speak], and I made another one where my character has a horrible history of rape [2010's Welcome to the Rileys]. I talked to a lot of people about it. I used the wrong word. I should have said “violated.” But I’m young and emotional. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I just feel like people got so excited once they saw that it was me. It was like, “Sweet! Let’s get her!” And then for the people to exploit it under the guise of being morally upstanding is disgusting — and it embarrassed me because I was a part of it.

Did you see it all unfold and then think, I have to issue an apology?

STEWART: No, I was in Korea when it all got bad. My publicist called me and said RAINN had issued this terrible statement.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Who’s Rain?

STEWART: You know, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

PATTINSON: None of those associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first — who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites. That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy. And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs.

STEWART: See, if I said that? Crucifixion. You can say so much more than me. It’s insane.

PATTINSON: That’s not true at all. When did I say anything [controversial]?

STEWART: You’re really good, but you could say, “I just took a s***on the Queen’s face,” and people would be like, “Oh, I love him! I love him!”

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Will you be watching tonight’s red carpet coverage?  By chance, are any of you attending the premiere?  If so, we’d love for you to write about your experience!

I think that it’s pretty funny that someone has worked to link Robert Pattinson’s lineage to Dracula.

I love how much the stars of the films appreciate the fans and how they went to visit the happy Twilight campers waiting for the premiere.  I’m always taken by surprise when I see Billy Burke not looking like Charlie.  In real life, he looks like the anti-Charlie.

Has anyone purchased the Twilight cookbook yet?  It’s on my list of things to get.  I wonder if there’s a recipe for grizzly bear or mountain lion in there.  LOL!

Do you agree with the Texas Tech librarian’s assessment of the fascination with vampires?  What are your thoughts?

What do you think of today’s Twilight news?  Join us in the forum and share your thoughts.  We’d love to hear from you!