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Comic-Con: Farewell ‘Twilight,’ hello ‘Host’

Panel spotlights Stephanie Meyers' last vampire chapter, new supernatural tale

The twilight of the “Twilight” saga at Comic-Con fell with all the movies’ big stars, series creator Stephenie Meyer, and a special treat for fans, who were shown the first seven minutes of “Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” the pic series’ final installment.

The film picks up at the moment that protag Bella first experiences her powers as a vampire, a transition that includes Kristen Stewart, with her new crimson eyes, zooming through the woods with vamp husband Edward Cullen as her guide, tackling a mountain lion and snuffing it in a single bite.

Summit-Lionsgate crammed 28 of the “Twilight” films’ cast members onstage, gathering bit players (mostly members of rival vampire covens) behind the seats where Stewart, Rob Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Meyer were parked.

Asked by an audience member whether there would ever be more “Twilight” books, Meyer said she’s “a little bit burned out on vampires. The answer has been the same as it has for awhile. I like this new idea.”

After the panel concluded, Meyer came back out to show a long reel from that new idea: “The Host,” her next film. This creation stars Saoirse Ronan as, get this, a young woman with supernatural powers caught up in a conflict involving her kind, who are distinguishable by their off-color eyes.

The reel played a lot like “Hannah,” a previous Ronan film and dystopian action drama, although this being Meyer, romance plays a significant part.

The Twilight Saga” brought a new breed of fandom to Comic-Con four years ago, when hardcores camped out for days ahead of a Hall H presentation. Wednesday’s event marked the last time they’d be gathered at the Con for the foreseeable future, as “Part 2” brings the existing pic series to a close.

The final panel opened with an acknowledgement of the 53-year-old “Twilight” fan who, while camping in line with friends, was struck by a car and killed on Tuesday as she was crossing the street in front of the San Diego Convention Center.

“It was really with tremendous shock that we heard about the death of fan Giselle,” Comic-Con’s David Glanzer said. “This weekend is a celebration of popular art and culture, so please, take care of yourselves, keep a watch over your friends and have a great time.”

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