Teen love triangle at center of new "Twilight"

Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:39pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" makers hired a horror director to pump up the action, but what they got was a movie filled with love. And "Twi-hard" fans of the hit film franchise will likely be happy.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" premiered Thursday to throngs of screaming young women in Los Angeles with its usual mix of razor-toothed werewolves and bloodthirsty vampires, but the movie's true heroes are the pair of lovers who long for the affection of a teenage girl.

But even as they vie for her in the third film of the smash hit "Twilight" franchise that debuts across the United States on June 30, one-time rivals werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), must ban together to save the object of their desire, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), as she becomes hunted.

As in the two previous "Twilight" movies, studio Summit Entertainment brought in a new director, this time David Slade, who is best known for horror flicks.

While some Twi-hards" showed concern that Slade would turn the film into a dark and bloody tale, influential fans who have seen it say love remains in the air in "Eclipse," which is expected to be among the highest grossing films of 2010.

"Really the love triangle is at its hottest, at its peak in 'Eclipse,'" said Lori Joffs, 36, creator of Twi-hard fan site TwilightLexicon.com.

To readers of author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" books, on which the movie franchise is based, the winner of Bella's heart will come as no surprise. But watching the romance play out -- as Jacob steals a kiss from Bella and Edward enthralls her with visions of marriage -- should make Twi-hards swoon.

In "Eclipse," a band of newly minted vampires hunts Bella. To protect her, Edward's vampire clan and Jacob's werewolf pack unite to fight the invading bloodsuckers.   Continued...

<p>Cast members Robert Pattinson (L), Kristen Stewart (C) and Taylor Lautner pose at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" during the Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>