'Twilight' fans camping outside Nokia Theatre ready for premiere

Hundreds of ardent "Twilight" fans who have camped outside the Nokia Theatre the past few days for the premiere of "Eclipse" are nearing pay dirt today.

Up to 9,000 people have been issued wristbands for a chance to see the film and at least 550 have been ensured a spot along the red carpet when stars Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart and Taylor Lautner arrive for the premiere of the third installment in the series. The debut in the 7,000-seat-plus theater is set for 7:30 p.m.

The throng of "Twilight" aficionados populating the makeshift campground has a national and international flavor, with attendees hailing from as far away as North Dakota and New Zealand.

"This gathering is the kind of promotion that money can't buy," a veteran marketing executive told the Hollywood Reporter. "With all the cameras and commentary, it could turn the picture into a must-see event across the country, at least for the younger set."

No significant incidents or problems had been reported among the campers as of this morning, Sgt. Alonzo Flores of the Los Angeles police Central Station said.

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