Summit Entertainment’s panel this morning has been the talk of the convention amongst bloggers, Twilight fans and especially Twilight non-fans.
The movie has a very strong fanbase, so much so that there were literally hundreds of Twilighters camped out from the night before to guarantee access and the best seating in Hall H on the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con.
If you like (and I mean really like) Edward and Jacob, this panel was definitely for you.
Summit Entertainment’s originally-scheduled time slot had to be traded with James Cameron’s Avatar because of fear that the Twilight fans would sit in the Hall H seats during every panel leading up to Summit Entertainment’s one, and this would not allow for the fans of that (and perhaps those of a different demographic) to have access to what they came for.
They were right.
The vast majority of those waiting in line hours before they let people into the largest room of the Convention were there to see the cast of New Moon, and that lovely man, Robert Pattinson.
Come time for the Summit Panel, Twilighters had to anxiously sit through sessions of two of the company’s other projects: the animated Astro Boy and the horror flick, Sorority Row. Then came time for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and the cheerful screaming that ensued.
To moderate the panel and host the Summit Entertainment event was IGN movies/DVD editor-in-chief Eric Moro who did a fantastic job of controlling the flow of questions and introducting the people and videos. Most of all, he did a damn good job of saving certain folks for more embarassment then they were already in.
Introduced in order from Moro were director Chris Weitz, Ashley Greene who plays Alice Cullen (and who couldn’t attend last year’s con for Twilight), Kristen Stewart in what seemed like her Runaways outfit, Taylor Lautner who plays the new-and-improved Jacob Black, and the most popular Robert Pattinson who plays the hero of Team Edward.
To give Twilighters their fix for the upcoming New Moon, we were presented with a clip from the movie that featured Jacob teaching Bella how to ride a motorcycle. The clip really didn’t show much other than the inner conflict of Bella and her seeing Edward stuck in her mind. The main event of this video was leading up to Jacob taking off his shirt to do a terrible job of cleaning up some blood from a head injury Bella got after crashing the bike and that moment brought about some of the most cheering from the crowd.