Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson (with a portion of his head seemingly shaved), Taylor Lautner and more cast and crew from ”The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” kicked off Comic-Con proceedings in the massive Hall H to discuss the penultimate movie in the Bella Swan film franchise Or at least, to discuss it as well as they could over the sounds of screaming and general Twi-hard fandemonium.
Here’s a quick breakdown on what happened.
What we knew going in: That “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” is the first chapter of the final segment of the “Twilight” movie franchise, and features — spoiler alerts — a key wedding, the potential birth of a child, imprinting by a certain hunky werewolf and the direction of Academy Award winner Bill Condon. We also knew that when Stewart, Pattinson and the rest of the cast and crew assembled at the Con, much hysterical shrieking would ensue.
What we found out at the panel: That people shriek hysterically during Twilight Comic-Con panels. Actually, we knew that. Most notably, we got to see two scenes from the film: one in which Jacob faced off with former Wolfpack allies and a key portion of the honeymoon scene between Bella and Edward..
Said honeymoon involved plenty of lit candles, a suite that strongly resembles Angela Bassett’s villa from “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” even though it was in Brazil instead of Jamaica, an amusing “preparing to do the deed" montage starring Bella, and then the hint — a mostly chaste hint — that the deed was about happen. (Yes, this prompted some shrieking.) Condon said early in the panel that the second half of “Breaking Dawn Part 1,” the part involving Bella's prgnancy, is essentially a horror movie.
Highlight of the panel: Aside from the clips, the most enjoyable moment may have occurred when a male fan flipped the script by asking Lautner and Pattinson what it's like to work with so many hot women. “I love working with hot women. It’s why I became an actor," Pattinson confessed sarcastically (I think).
Best “Twilight” fan moment:Aside from the aforementioned one, the question from a cherub-cheeked 5-year-old who asked Pattinson: ”Did you like having the baby with Bella?"
Biggest disappointment: Not seeing anything related to the birth scene. Understandably, Summit probably wants to save that footage to keep anticipation high for the November release date.
Fan fervor in Hall H: Certainly high. Probably 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest.
Expected fervor outside Comic-Con: Please. It’s going to be high and the movie will undoubtedly do well. This panel won’t change that one way or the other.
Big question of the panel: What was up with Pattinson’s hair?
Celebritology assessment: The “Twilight” movies can admittedly be cheesy (Lautner removes shirt ... again!), but the horror element of the much-discussed birth scene, especially in the hands of Condon, make “Breaking Dawn” the most intriguing one since the first “Twilight.