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The smell of crazy in the morning
It's early; why don't we go ahead and get what happened at the SDCC Twilight panel out of the way, so we can deal with the rest of the Comic-Con awesomeness later? Short version: People are INSANE. And apparently raised by wolves.

Let's recap from yesterday, shall we? ‘Twilight’ Fans Stretch One (1) Mile Deep At Comic-Con, jump Hugh Jackman; Kicked Out of Comic-Con by Twilight Fans? This is Crazy!, in which a pushy Twilighter demands (and gets) FirstShowing.net's seats at the Fox panel.

The reason we're here this morning: SDCC 08: Summit Entertainment’s 'Twilight': "One young lady just stepped up to the mic and asked Robert Pattinson, 'How does it feel to be one of the hottest guys in [couldn’t hear over the screams], because I want YOU, baby, woo hoo!' As Pattinson struggled to answer, I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off watching my friend David Chen of /Film sitting beside me holding his head. That question was so awesome."

‘Twilight’ Fans Geek Out ‘OME’-Style At Comic-Con (I can't tell if "6500 Twilighters" is an exaggeration or not. If they were lined up a mile deep... maybe not); 'Twilight' Cast, Crew Reveal Extended Scene, Confirm Robert Pattinson's 'Lullaby' At Comic-Con:
A huge line of fans yielded questions such as: "I want to know what it's like to portray super-hot vampires," "How does it feel to know that the fate of your character has already been decided?" and "I just needed a reason to come up and talk to you, Robert."


"Is it boxers, briefs or nothing?" one particularly sassy fan asked Pattinson as the cast stayed quiet. "Kristen, do you know?"

Another fan asked: "Why did you put so many hot guys in the movie?"

"Because that's how I write them," Stephenie responded.

One of the best moments, however, may have been when a Twilighter screamed: "I love you, Robert!" and he coolly responded, "Good."

AICN: "The panel for TWILIGHT was louder than any rock concert I've ever been to.... Screaming. That's all I really remember. Every time the face of one of the male actors on the panel was flashed up on screen, there was screaming. So much screaming, in fact, that I think it freaked everyone out on stage. It didn't help that during the Q&A (all of the audience questions came from, you guessed it, ladies) a couple girls took the opportunity to let Pattinson know how hot he was. Some people after the panel said Pattinson looked baked, but to me he looked deeply embarrassed by all of the attention and lust being shot his way by the entire audience."

‘Twilight’ creates fan frenzy at Comic-Con ("‘It’s like ‘Harry Potter’ plus romance plus good-looking people,’ says one fan." O snap, Daniel Radcliffe): "Pattinson, 22, said he was overwhelmed by the attention the role has brought him. 'It’s kind of terrifying in a lot of ways,' he said in an interview. 'I still can’t really come to terms with it... As soon as one person started to recognize me, literally now I’m just freaking out the whole time.' "

At vysed's: Tons of links, pics and video (" 'I just want to know how it is to play a super-hot vampire?' asked one young woman, during noise-punctuated question-and-answer session. 'I don’t know if I am playing,' Mr. Pattinson said." Way to fan the flames, there. More audio interviews here).

And my favorite link, a video in which Pattinson seems somewhat shaken: "It's terrifying. It's like the sound you hear at the gates of hell."

While we're here, great moments in inappropriate fan behavior off the top of my head (share your favorite stories in the comments! Wasn't there one about James Marsters and a lollipop?):

>> I'm sorry you prudes are freaked by that nice box of sex toys we gave Michael Rosenbaum;

>> The LOTR Fan from Hell ("I have seen fans sleep outside pro’s hotel rooms, grab them by the crotch, proposition them, kiss them without invitation, go from door to door looking for their rooms, flash them, you name it, but I have never seen a toothless, middle-aged mother who gets fraudulent disability pay that she uses to fly around the country and stalk celebrities while using her young daughter as a lure, inducing her to weep on cue to get the desired response");

>> Gerard Butler fans are a little too forthcoming about the many uses of chocolate sauce;

>> Just this week, David Cook got hit with a double dose of crazy ("I'm looking for my last victim. Have you seen this man? With a picture of David Cook");

>> And then there was the "Twins Against Twincest" incident, where the Weasley twin actors were handed a sign and... well.

What I'm saying is... hire more security, Twilight cast. Or maybe this cat.


You're gonna need him.

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LMAO @ Robert's hair!


I feel so bad for him though. He needs an army of bodyguards.

"‘It’s like ‘Harry Potter’ plus romance plus good-looking people,’

I'm not the HP fan I used to be, but I call BULL SHIT on that.

I think "minus the intricate plot and fantasy world-building" needs to be part of the equation in there. I mean, not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just more like... it's not really like "Harry Potter" at all. Except that some of the characters in both are under the age of 20, and some of them also go to school.

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Could Robert BE any more hilariously awesome? I don't think so.

You say that, but he will find a way. He'll have to, if he's going to live through this. I don't want the fan crazy to get worse, exactly, but I hope he continues being awesome in the face of it, to the point where he just starts telling fangirls (politely, Britishfully) that they scare the hell out of him and they need to get lives. Honestly, between the hair and the stoner laugh and the stunned looks of terror and the propensity to just come out and say things, he's becoming one of my favorite celebrities.

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Oh my God oh my God. I wish I could mail him some more weed to make him feel better. But I think he's been mailed enough things for one lifetime. That poor, poor boy.

I know, seriously. I want to be like, "I want to hug him and bake him cookies and hide him from the crazy somewhere!," but... is that really any less intrusive than the girls ask about his underwear? It's not like he really wants to go home with either kind of fangirl, you know? These are the questions I ask myself when I get my sympathy squee on too hard.

Oh RP, never change. The constant Twilight snark is making my life.

ontd_twatlight managed to give him the "Team Twatlight" t-shirt without being too creepy.

RP: Twatlight, what's that?
Twats: GOOGLE IT! *dash off*

omg did they really? Hoshit.

Wow. That's...wow. Not that I expected anything different, because it's exactly what I would have expected if I'd thought to expect anything. But...wow.

That said, young Mr. Pattinson seems to be on track to ride out the crazy intact. And it will be ride-outable. This is not a sustainable level of crazy, and as long as he and everyone else involved knows that, they should be okay until the locusts move on to the next flavor of the month.

I really hope he went home that night, or to his hotel room or wherever, and called up Daniel Radcliffe and asked him how the hell he's put up with it for so long. Because Radcakes might be the only person who has any idea what he's going through right now.

And my favorite link, a video in which Pattinson seems somewhat shaken: "It's terrifying. It's like the sound you hear at the gates of hell."

Poor bébé. The movie's not even out yet. O_o

The premiere is going to be terrifying, let me tell you what.

Wow - that is some scary scary stuff. I wonder if those actors regret getting involved now. I bet they had no idea. Frankly, neither did I!

I literally had no idea these books even existed until I saw something in the news about how the first book to hit #1 after Deathly Hallows gave up its death grip on the slot last year was the third Twilight book. And how it was a phenomenon of its own, and I was like, "Huh, really? Never heard of it." Somewhere in there a movie was announced, I keep up with movie news (obviously), I heard that Cedric Diggory was going to be in it (as it were), I kept an eye on it. And then suddenly it was like this insane fandom sprang fully formed from the head of I don't even know what. I mean, I'm sure it was simmering along there on various message boards the whole time, but... good God. Even SDCC veterans are like, damn.

OH I TOTALLY MEANT TO SHOW YOU THIS. Just from, uh, a costume geek angle. There's a couple of prom dresses described at the end of the first book, and they're kind of... well. Huh. So a while back, someone dug up a post on Stephenie Meyer's official site where she said that she actually based the dresses on runway fashions she saw.

(From what I saw from the movie--it was blurry--I think Bella's wearing, like, a much simpler dress and a shrug or sweater or something. So no actual High Fashion in the movie.)

It's totally not fair: I'd never even heard of Twilight until you started talking about it, and now I am filled with the guilty desire to go out and find this book and read it. Except I can't figure out how to do this while retaining my anonymity and good name, except for lurking near a high school and bopping some chick over the head and stealing her book, and that's probably not a good life decision.

Amazon.com, baby. I think the new book is only $12 (pre-order, of course).

Uh, unless you didn't want to pay for it. That puts a crimp in the anonymity thing.

These people creep me out, especially the excessively loud, obnoxious ones who look older than my mother (like the Firstshowing seat thief). Get a life, ladies. Or a cat.

I cannot tell you how skeeved I was when I realized that the fan who asked him about his underwear was a Twilight Mom and not a teenage girl.

I now label them fangits instead of fangirls.
This is all just ludicrous.

I don't really know how to feel about RPattz's acting skills but his hair is THE BEST HAIR IN ALL OF CREATION.

I know! I love the "gates of hell" video, where it looks like it's actively keeping a lookout for more fangirls, like a very alert dog or something. "No! No! Don't push me back down! I have to watch your back!"

Thank you for this! And I was actually present and a first-hand witness of fan asshattery towards James Marsters.

I was at one of Marsters' shows in LA, at a small club. He was incredibly sweet, coming out afterwards to take pictures and sign things and generally chat and be awesome with his fans.

The crowd was pretty tight, but people were being cool about it, waiting their turns, and so on. And then suddenly he yelled "HEY!"

Someone had grabbed his ass. Not just grabbed, but seriously pinched, he said.

He asked everyone to be quiet, then pointed at the girl who did it. "She grabbed me," he said, and he sounded pissed. "I'm a person, not just a thing that you can grab whenever you like. Go to the back of the line." The girl, looking shifty, sort of chuckled uncomfortably and just stood there, like, "hey, good joke." He kept staring at her. "No, really, get to the back. Everyone let her out."

He kicked her to the back of the line.

Apparently that was the last time he came out and just hung out with the crowd after a show. I don't blame him a bit.

OH WOW. I kind of wish more actors would regulate like that. Maybe fans would rein their crazy in if people would make it more clear that it's unacceptable, rather than just being polite and pretending to laugh it off.

I have worked as security at a couple of conventions, and it' really embaressing. At one point it was my job to follow Gates McFadden into the bathroom to make sure NO ONE ELSE DID! Seriously - even some of my fellow Ops people were pushing it.

That makes me so sad, because I completely believe you that it was necessary.

Christ. This Twilight bullshit is like When Virgins Attack.

See, but there's a huge contingent of "Twilight Moms" involved as well...


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