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.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse picture: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.
Eclipse's The Cullen Men – Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Robert Pattinson as Edward – are discussing something mighty serious in the above photo. Perhaps Victoria's imminent attack? Because he's standing a little away from the others, Pattinson's Edward is the first one to catch our eye (even though he looks a tad blurry – click on the photo to enlarge it).
Peter Facinelli is the second one to have caught my eye in the photo (in any Twilight photo), chiefly because I find his make-up really overdone. Wouldn't someone in Forks and elsewhere have noticed that there's something a little odd about the way the venerable Dr. Carlisle looks?
In the Los Angeles Times, Yvonne Villarreal talked with Lutz, Facinelli, and Rathbone, in addition to fellow Cullen family members Elizabeth Reaser (matriarch Esme Cullen), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), and Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale).
Here are a couple of snippets from the Times piece:
From Elizabeth Reaser: “Esme is still a vampire. She still wants to kill people all day long. It was interesting to get in touch with the vampire side of her in ways that haven't really been explored. Her family is in danger, and that brings out the mama bear in her.”
Kellan Lutz calls the Eclipse stunts “cool,” while Ashley Greene says that “Alice gets a little edgier with each installment…It's a reminder to the audience that even though we restrain ourselves at times, we're still vampires and we're dangerous.”
Also in the Eclipse cast: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard (as Victoria), Xavier Samuel, and Dakota Fanning.
Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released in the United States on June 30.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)