David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as the all-too-human Bella Swan, Taylor Lautner as the werewolf Jacob Black, plus various vampires and werewolves, had its preview screening during a taping of Oprah Winfrey's television show featuring the three aforementioned stars plus Dakota Fanning.
As to be expected, some audience members right away began tweeting about their impressions of the film. The buzz coming from those Twilight fans has been quite positive — few should be surprised by that bit of news — with some placing Eclipse ahead of both Catharine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008) and Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).
Also, according to some reports Oprah began nosily asking Pattinson and Stewart questions about their off-screen relationship (if any). Neither one wanted to tell Oprah "Yes" or "No" — or "It's none of your business." Especially not the third option. After all, she's Oprah. She can crown kings, make volcanoes stop spewing ash, and lure my mother-in-law into buying a pair of pants that don't fit just because she saw them on Winfrey's show. Well, Pattinson, witty as always, joked that Kristen Stewart was pregnant. Stewart's response: "If I'm pregnant, then Rob's going to have the baby."
Oprah must have been licking her lips wishing that were true, so she could have the surrogate father and his baby on some future show. Now, watch Pattinson's joke become "news" on some online and/or supermarket tabloid or other. Or on Twitter and Facebook. In fact, the mad buzz has already begun.
The Oprah show featuring Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner, and Fanning will be aired on May 13. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released in the United States on June 30.
Eclipse's "official" world premiere will apparently be held in Hollywood on June 24, while an "unofficial" screening will take place that same evening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in downtown LA.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse picture: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.