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Eclipse premiere draws thousands of Twi-hards

Eclipse premiere draws thousands of Twi-hards

Thousands of "Twi-hards" jammed Los Angeles this week for a chance to see the premiere of Eclipse, the latest movie adaptation in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. And last night, the dream came true for the lucky ones who got a peek at the stars -- and at the movie. They came from Seattle and Dallas and Scranton, camping in a special tent city erected for the event, according to an AP report.

Amanda Belcher, 27, a mom from Scranton, Pa., who took a week off work at a public affairs agency to camp out for the premiere said the experience was worth it. "It's a great way to bring people together," Belcher said. "It's like intense friendship building."

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The millions of other Twilight fans will have to wait until June 30 for the movie's general release. Here in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center's iMax theater will be among the venues. In the meantime, some cities are offering free showings of Twilight and New Moon, the first two movies in the series, on June 26. You can check here for a list of cities. Nothing in Baltimore, but true Twi-hards willl think nothing of driving to Washington or Philly for the event.

As noted earlier, "Breaking Dawn," the final book in Meyer's series, will be released as two movies -- a decision I disagree with.

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