Vampire film's premiere draws rabid fans

HOLLYWOOD — So that’s what it looks like to see fans excited about a movie.

Monday’s “Twilight” premiere at the Village and Bruin theaters was more like a return of Beatlemania or a Backstreet Boys concert circa 1999 than a movie launch, with thousands of screaming teenage girls pressing against police barriers as they jostled to get the stars’ autographs.

“This started as a movie,” said Summit co-chair Rob Friedman. “It’s now a phenomenon.”

At the Hammer after-party, co-chair Patrick Wachsberger said the book and now the movie franchise “are like Bond for teenage girls.”

What made this preem unique was the pressure on industryites from their daughters to get preem tix. Production prexy Erik Feig said, “I can’t tell you how many calls I got from important people in the industry asking for tickets and saying, ‘Dude, this is for my daughter.’ “

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