Screaming Teens Stoke Twilight Mania

Posted on November 17, 2008

The Twilight madness continues. Every teen in the Westwood area of Los Angeles was hounding her parents for tickets to the Twilight premiere. They eventually allowed 2,000 screaming teens to see the flick. No, really. They were actually screaming.

Last night, the way to show you were a big shot in Hollywood was to get tickets for your daughter and all her friends to the "Twilight" premiere. The preem had what one exec called "the nag factor": many, many teenage girls telling their parents they had to attend or they would die. To accommodate demand, Summit Entertainment filled both the Village and Bruin theaters with 2,000 attendees. "It reminds me of the 'Batman' premiere in 1989," said Summit co-chair Rob Friedman, who was an exec at Warners at the time. "I haven't felt this energy in Westwood since then."
There has been a lot of screaming associated with Twilight, most of it directed at the film's star Robert Pattinson. Pattinson himself seems a bit bemused by all the attention, but has gamely been giving lots of interviews and showing up at premieres with a phalanx of bodyguards. After all, there's nothing more frightening that a horde of hormonal pre-teens screaming your name.

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