Thursday, July 23, 2009

Full New Moon Press Conference At Comic-Con

9:29 a.m. PT Excitement is building for me and 50+ of my closest friends. We're all awaiting the start of Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart's joint Comic-Con press conference for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." We all know that if we don't cover the heck out of this press conference, we won't have any chance to write about "Twilight" at this Comic-Con.

9:32 a.m. Well, no chance other than the Hall H panel -- for which HitFix's Greg Ellwood has been camped for hours -- and the roundtable press conferences -- set to be covered by HitFix's Katie Hasty.

9:35 a.m. Don't worry. We're really going to have "Twilight" coverage aplenty.

9:46 a.m. The press conference has yet to start, but the throng of journalists milling around the microphones hoping to get the exact same pictures of Kristen, Robert and Taylor, is massive and growing antsy.

9:47 a.m. Just a warning that WiFi in this room is not what I'd like it to be. I'm going to try to update regularly, but if I can't, I'll just update the story post-panel...

9:51 a.m. Still no talent on the podium, but my tape recorder is there, meaning I'll probably have three or four minutes of white noise (if I'm lucky) before anything happens.

9:54 a.m. There are ground-rule. "We're here to talk about the 'Twilight Saga: New Moon.'" That means no personal questions.

9:56 a.m. Taylor, Kristen and Robert arrive on stage. Kristen is in full-on Joan Jett mode, rave hair tussled. I'm not sure I've ever seen Rob's hair look this conditioned.

9:57 a.m. "I think last year Comic-Con was the big eye-opener for us," Lautner says, expressing excitement at being back this year.

9:58 a.m. "It would look probably pretty cheesy if it were just my voice, so they've done these hallucinations, semi-visible apparitions," Pattinson says, explaining how he's able to be in the movie when Edward is largely absent from the book.

9:59 a.m. Proteins, good carbs and cut the sugars. That was Taylor Lautner's secret to become the buff Taylor we see before us. That and months and months and months with a personal trainer.

10:00 a.m. "There's more to think about. It's a more mature part. She's older. She has more to deal with. Yeah. That's it." That's how Stewart attempts to express how Bella is different this season.

10:01 a.m. "I'd like to think that I haven't changed that much. Within myself, I don't think I've changed. When I'm walking down the street, I look down a lot more often," Pattinson says, explaining how his life has changed. He adds, "It seems to keep building, the magnitutde of this franchise."

10:02 a.m. Lautner says he's been so busy working and publicizing. "It's crazy. None of us saw it coming. I don't think any of us saw it coming."

10:03 a.m. How has Stewart changed? "I cut my hair off."

10:04 p.m. Lautner's grateful to the fans, "It's awesome that we get to see them all waiting for us again a year later."

10:05 a.m. "I pretty much live an almost identical life apart from being recognized and that's not necessarily the worst thing in the world." He adds, "I never did anything normal anyway. I just get other people to do it now."

10:06 a.m. "Sometimes it gets me nervous because I'm trying to live up to the fans expectations and represent Team Jacob in the right way." - Lautner on Team Jacob.

10:07 a.m. Don't worry. The stars all reassure us that Edward is in the movie plenty. You won't miss him.

10:09 a.m. "I thought they did a pretty good job with the wolf transformation... The werewolves definitely step up the action in this movie. There's double the action in this movie," Lautner promises. He adds, "There's also the beginning of a love triangle."

10:10 a.m. Taylor and Kristen both have fond memories of their "breakup" scene, which was shot in 35 degrees with artificial rain. "That was bad and I wasn't really wearing much," Taylor says.

10:12 a.m. "I think my breakup scene was my favorite scene," Pattinson says of the five-page dialogue sequence that's distanced from the other supernatural aspects in the story. "Hopefully it will come off as having quite a few more levels than the relationship in 'Twilight.'"

10:13 a.m. Why do people love "Twilight" so much? "I think a lot of the characters are very relatable," Taylor says. Stewart praises the first-person narrative. This isn't what the reporter wants. He wants to know why kids love vampires. "The problem is that when I look at it, I never look at it as a vampire story," Pattinson responds, saying he tries to ignore the vampire element as much as he can.

10:15 a.m. Which of the novels resonates best for the cast as readers? Taylor's favorite book is "Eclipse" -- "The action levels continue to build in this series," Lautner notes, also raving at the advancing love triangle. Stewart stands up for "New Moon," explaining "I feel like after 'New Moon' it's pretty smooth sailing for her." And Pattinson also salutes "New Moon." Kristen and Robert both remember the movie they're here to promote!

10:18 a.m. "Everyone looks at Edward as the hero and he's being continually saved by the damsel-in-distress," Pattinson says.

10:19 a.m. A reporter asks what question they never want to answer again. "What's it like kissing Taylor Lautner," Pattinson jokes.

10:19 a.m. "To growl... Actually, I'm asked that more by fans. They ask me to grown for them and I actually don't enjoy doing that," Taylor warns.

10:20 a.m. "You can ask me anything you want," Stewart says. It's true! She just won't answer.

10:22 a.m. Bob Stencil shows up. That's how you know nobody at Summit took the credentialing process all that seriously. He asks if there are sparks between Kirsten and Robert off-camera. He's cut-off and told they were told not to ask those questions.

10:21 a.m. Pattinson says he has no musical contribution to "New Moon."

10:22 a.m. And that's it, sports fans. The Three Elvises have left the

From HitFix

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