Twilight Time

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eclipse poster movie Twilight TimeJoey, do you like movies about gladiators? How about vampires??? If you said yes to #2, you’re probably psyched about the release of “Eclipse” in a couple weeks. That’s the latest movie in the “Twilight” series. There is SUCH a huge following, a Twilight Convention is coming to town this weekend. Wanna go? Read on…

(Article courtesy of AZRepublic.com‘s Jennifer McLellan)

What: “Twilight” fans can meet stars of the films, including Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Kiowa Gordon, who plays Embry Call of the Wolf Pack and Daniel Cudmore, who plays Felix. There are also panel discussions, contests, a Volturi Vampire Ball and a Friday night karaoke concert hosted by Facinelli.

When: Various times Friday-Sunday June 18-20.

Where: Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Admission: $20-$25, autographs and some events are extra.

Details: 818-409-0960, twilightconvention.com.

Less than two weeks before the release of “Eclipse,” the latest installment in the wildly popular “Twilight” films, the Twilight Convention returns to the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park for the second time.

The three-day gathering gives Valley “twi-hards” the chance to meet some of the film’s stars, weigh in on the “Edward versus Jacob” debate and participate in contests, themed parties and more.

Actors representing both the Wolf Pack and the Vampires are scheduled to appear. Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen, will host a karaoke concert Friday night. Kiowa Gordon, Alex Meraz and Bronson Pelletier, who play members of the Wolf Pack, and Charlie Bewley and Daniel Cudmore, who play Volturi vampires, are scheduled at gatherings throughout the weekend, as well as for autographs and photo ops.

About 1,000 people are expected each day and Mesa stay-at-home mom Anna Clark, 26, is excited to meet them. She’s going with her younger sister and a friend, giving her husband a break from “Twilight”-themed conversations.

“What I love most about ‘Twilight’ is how you get lost in Forks when you’re reading the books,” Clark said. “You feel like you’ve left the world of changing diapers and washing dishes and you’re suddenly running with vampires and werewolves.”

Convention highlights include Saturday night’s Volturi Vampire Ball, where costumed guests can dance and enjoy performances by Phoenix’s Scorpius Dance Theatre, and Sunday’s costume contest where the winner receives a $250 gift certificate for “Twilight” merchandise.

Fans can also test their knowledge with “Twilight” trivia games, check out themed merchandise and meet representatives from Twilight Lexicon, a popular fan site.

Erin Ferries, vice president of licensing for Creation Entertainment, the company that puts on the convention, said these conventions allow fans to immerse themselves in their favorite fantasy.

“It’s really a social gathering where people who share a similar passion for something can all come together,” he said. “For many, it’s as much about meeting talent as meeting like-minded people.”

The resort typically sees reservations dip as temperatures rise in early summer, but director of sales and marketing Frank Ashmore said the convention is creating demand, as this year’s bookings match last year’s.

“We’re really excited to have them back,” he said.

A general-admission weekend pass to daytime events costs $69. Single-day admission is $20 today and $25 on Saturday and Sunday.

The Vampire Ball costs $99. A Gold Package includes entrance to all activities and exclusive autograph time. It costs $299. Autographs and photos are not included, and cost $20-$69. Reservations are required for all events.

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