(Above: Thesps Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart greet “Twilight” fans outside the Nokia Theater at Thursday’s “Eclipse” premiere)

LIVE BLOG: Summit’s premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Variety’s Dave McNary attends the world premiere of Summit’s third installment in the popular teen vampire series. 

12:05 a.m. That’s it for me. Goodnight Twi-hards.

12:03 a.m. The whole bar in the middle is an ice sculpture. I remain easily impressed by things like that. 

11:59 p.m. Slade says that “Eclipse” succeeds for  a simple reason: “it’s an unapologetic love story. That’s very not part of the zeitgeist but that’s why people respond.”

11:57 p.m. Director David Slade said he’s found himself elevated by the appreciation of the fans. “It’s amazing to think of people who waited four nights out here for this,” he adds. “They’re so nice.”

11:49 p.m. The party included a big yellow moon, naturally.

(Above: Summit co-topper Robert Friedman, author Stephanie Meyer and director David Slade.) 

11:44 p.m. Friedman said the decision to split the fourth film into two parts didn’t come until a few weeks ago. “We were under a lot of pressure but Patrick and I wanted to be sure that the story worked that way — so we went over it extensively with Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter on all the films) to make certain.”

11:43 p.m. Summit co-chief Patrick Wachsberger said, “I think I may stay up all night.”

11:41 p.m. Summit co-topper Rob Friedman admits, “They screamed at all the right places. I loved that. I’ve seen it eight times now but this is the first time I’ve seen it with a crowd.”

(Above: A view of the ice sculpture bar at the “Eclipse” after-party) 

(Above: Taylor Lautner and Nikki Reed attend the “Eclipse” after-party at L.A. Live) 

11:40 p.m. The after-party is a Winter Wonderland with white couches and nature scapes with fake snow. 

11:09 p.m. I’ve now been in the phone retrieval line for half an hour but it hasn’t been all bad. The discussions around me are a reminder of how deeply the fans care about these stories and characters.

11:08 p.m. The girl behind me has copy of “Eclipse” book that looks to be signed by virtually every cast member. “To Natalie,” several of the inscriptions read. Several people around her are impressed. “I idol you!” one exclaimed.

11:07 p.m. This and the second “Twilight” are the only premieres where I’ve had to give up my cell phone. Gimme a break Summit. This line will take the better part of an hour to get through. 

11:04 p.m. For me, the oddest moment was seeing Anna Kendrick, who I thought was excellent in “Up in the Air,” return to her smaller part and deliver a graduation speech.

11:03 p.m. About the film? My impression is that it goes down really easily. I am not a critic, never have been but the screams of satisfaction at this premiere seemed to be longer and louder than at the last one in Westwood. “Eclipse” should be able to do the same kind of business as the first two pics.

11:01 p.m. One thought and one thought alone is going through people’s minds as they wait to collect their cell phones: “I should have left two minutes before the credit roll.”

10:59 p.m. Movie’s done. There’s an absolutely massive line to get cell phones back inside Nokia.

8:31 p.m. Here we go!

8:28 p.m. No one, least of all me, is acting even mildly perturbed over the waiting.

8:25 p.m. Rob just came in and provoked more serious screaming. The crowd is 75 percent female.

Summit_ent  8:18 p.m. I still think we won’t see opening credits til 8:30 at the earliest.

8:17 p.m. They just lowered the lights for the first time, prompting a new round of screaming. Then the lights came back on.

8:15 p.m. They have two big screens inside the Nokia showing the outside scenes and they’re playing the soundtrack. Shmoozing galore. 

8:12 p.m. Kristen Stewart still signing autographs outside.

8:09 p.m. Let me say how appreciative I am for the free popcorn and soda. The popcorn is served in souvenier cups with Edward, Bella and Jacob on them. 

 (Above: “Eclipse” stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner pose for photogs.)

8:07 p.m. A very cheerful Rob Pattinson is still signing autographs outside. He looks like he’s having a wonderful time.

7:47 p.m. I doubt this movie will get started anytime soon. Last year saw the same delay.

7:26 p.m. Got my Coke and popcorn. Dinner of champions!

7:21 p.m. Earthquake. Robert Pattinson just arrived as we get shooed into the theater.

7:17 p.m. “Let me hear you make some noise!” the MC blares. “Twilight fanatics make some noise!”

Lautner  7:13 p.m. Screening guests are blocked from watching the red carpet and officious security guards keep hassling me to stop standing out here. 

7:11 p.m. Kristen Stewart out front. “She has no sense of humor at all,” one guest notes.

7:09 p.m. Loudest screaming in 11 years at Variety. 

7:04 p.m. The din of screaming off Staples Center’s walls as we head toward the red carpet.

6:59 p.m. Awaiting my tickets. It’s amazing how varied dress styles are. Some in suits and cocktail dresses, others in T-shirts and sandals. “I brought flats,” a woman said. “You were smart,” four others replied.

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