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'Eclipse' star to visit Thornton Place on Saturday

July 1st, 2010 by master

Can you hear the squeals of joy already? Thornton Place has announced on its Twitter feed that a cast member from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” will be making an appearance at 7 p.m. Saturday.

No details yet on who that cast member will be, but I’m betting that all of the neighborhood’s teen girls (and their moms and older sisters) are crossing their fingers for either Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner, left) or Edward (Robert Pattinson, right). Better yet, both.

But regardless of who the cast member turns out to be, you can expect a crowd.

Last weekend, “Twilight” actresses Nikki Reed (Rosalie, one of the Cullen sisters) and Elizabeth Reaser (Esme, the Cullen mother) made an appearance at opening night of Fremont Outdoor Movies, which showed the second film in the series, “New Moon,” along with an “Eclipse” featurette. And our news partner Fremont Universe said fans lined the block, waiting for hours to attend the free movie.

“Eclipse” opened Wednesday, with a number of midnight showings early that morning at Regal Cinemas Thornton Place. But the cinema expects the mayhem to continue throughout the weekend, and also is hoping its patrons will want to give a little blood after seeing it on the screen. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Puget Sound Blood Center will be at the theater for a “Twilight”-themed blood drive.

That gives you just enough time to donate some blood, watch the movie, then get a glimpse of ‘Twilight” fame.

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'Twilight' mayhem begins tonight at Thornton Place

June 29th, 2010 by master

Unless you have a teenage girl, you may not be aware that the vampire-teen romace “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” premieres tomorrow across the nation, getting a jump-start at many theaters with midnight showings tonight including at Regal Cinemas Thornton Place.

If the big screen isn’t big enough for you to see all of the cut-throat supernatural action surrounded by a dreary backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, it’s also showing at the IMAX at both 12:01 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., although it appears the earlier showing may already be sold out.

Unfortunately for those attending the midnight showing who aren’t teenagers, there will not be a prescreening party like there was before “Sex and the City” last month. Not really the Cosmo-sipping crowd, I suppose.

But Thornton Place is planning another event along the “Twilight” theme, you know, something you can really sink your teeth into. Have you guessed it yet? They’re holding a blood drive with the help of Puget Sound Blood Center, which will have a van outside the theater from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Maybe seeing a little fake blood will help get you in the mood to give a little … . Just show up to donate, or make a reservation here.

If you thought that was enough for one weekend, also opening is a film that might skew a little younger and more toward the opposite gender, but also spans generations: “The Last Airbender,” a live-action feature film that’s based on a Nickelodeon animated TV series.

Noah Ringer plays Aang in “The Last Airbender.” Photo credit: Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount

And with a Thursday release, Regal Cinemas Thornton Place also is planning midnight showings of the 3D version on Wednesday night.

I’d warn you to stay away from the theater this weekend, but for too many of us the allure of an exciting opening weekend like this is just too hard to resist. And hey, if you’re seeing anything besides “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” or “The Last Airbender,” you just might have the whole theater to yourself.

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