LA Times: 'Eclipse' bites into L.A. Film Festival

LA Times has a write-up on Eclipse's premiere at the L.A. Film Festival, as well as revealing another still from the movie! 

Next month, the Los Angeles Film Festival will likely welcome a new contingent: throngs of screaming girls.

The annual event, which announced its lineup on Tuesday, will feature the world-premiere screening of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the long-awaited third installment in the popular vampire franchise. It's not exactly typical film festival fare, but organizers are hoping it will serve a larger purpose.

"If we program a movie like 'Twilight' that draws audiences that might not otherwise attend film festivals, hopefully we'll expose them to other cinematic experiences that we think are inspiring," said festival director Rebecca Yeldham.

Still, fans eager to see "Eclipse" before it hits theaters in July will have to pay for the privilege. Only those festivalgoers who purchase one of the festival's top-level passes — which range in cost from $500 to $1,000 — will get inside the Nokia Theatre on June 24.

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In stark contrast to the new "Twilight" will be the festival's opening-night movie, the Focus Films dramedy "The Kids Are All Right," about an L.A.-based lesbian couple (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose two teenage kids decide to track down their sperm-donor dad. The festival, which runs June 17 to June 27, will close with Universal's 3-D animated film "Despicable Me."

Similar to past years, the festival will offer a mix of both big-budget studio crowd-pleasers and smaller independent films. The Los Angeles Times-sponsored event will feature more than 200 films, music videos and shorts from 40 countries (including 28 world, North American and U.S. premieres). This year, the event will move from its old stomping grounds in Westwood to downtown L.A., where many screenings will take place at L.A. Live.

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