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.
Unfortunately, the fun for some in the audience ended here as there was some severe awkwardness with Kristen Stewart’s behavior on stage, not only in her introduction before the video, but how she was presenting herself.
In the Q&A session that followed, all Taylor talked about was his “physical transformation” and how he worked out to look the way he does to please the fans and that he hopes they like the reward of his hard work. Ashely Greene, along with director Chris Weitz were by far the better communicators of the group.
Taylor spoke relatively well, but he wasn’t able to focus on or respond to some questions. As for RPattz and Stewart, they were almost a lost cause with their answers and mannerisms. It all started for Kristen when she walked out on stage after being introduced to very mixed reaction of how she looked. When she spoke she couldn’t finish a sentence before starting two others and her mannerisms and the way she constantly held her head with her hands suggested extreme nervousness or borderline intoxication.
Pattinson tried to be funny with most of his answers, and it worked with his quarky facial expressions and delayed responses for the most part. One question he tried to answer with an analogy that made no sense, followed by laughing at himself for not making sense. For his last few questions, he was lost and kept looking and forwarding them to director Chris Weitz who sat just to his right.
One of the better questions asked was what the cast members looked forward to down the road in the franchise and here are the responses we got:
- Ashley Greene is looking forward to working with director David Slade on the third installment, Eclipse.
- Taylor Lautner is looking forward to “the height of the love triangle” and joining with Edward Cullen to protect Bella.
- Kristen Stewart’s witty response was “I can’t wait to get pregnant” which earned some laughs from the large crowd.
- Robert Pattinson’s response was continuing from Stewart’s joke, and he said “being involved with the Cesarean.”
- Director Chris Weitz praised Summit Entertainment and talked about how good it was to work with them where he has some creative control over the process and how much of an improvement it was from his prior project where the studio re-cut his work and interfered.
Towards the latter half of the Q&A, the host Eric Moro really had to prevent and not allow certain cast members from answering questions for fear of embarrassing themselves. At this point, most of them kept looking confused, delaying, and looking towards the director when a question was asked and Weitz had to answer several of the question on behalf of them.
After the awkwardness that was the Q&A, Chris said he had another clip to show the crowd and this one featured the scene where Alice and Bella are racing in Italy to stop Edward from revealing himself. The entire scene was Bella running through crowds of people dressed in red while we see… you guessed it… Edward (in slow-motion) taking off his shirt about to step into the sun. The scene cut out as she got close.
There you have it, both clips we got to see focused on a man taking off his shirt in front of Bella. If you’re a hardcore Twilighter on Team Edward or Team Jacob, this is probably what you wanted to see.
I felt underwhelmed by this panel and was hoping for some better clips or something for the fans and non-fans. The main focus for Summit was on this film, their prized franchise. And the main focus of this film’s panel was on allowing the stars some face time with the fans so they can ask the cast questions… but that didn’t turn out too well. The talk of the crowd was purely on topless Jacob and Edward shots.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens November 20, 2009.