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Latest 'Twilight' draws an early, ardent crowd

Sahara Mendoza traveled from Sweden to camp out for the
Sahara Mendoza traveled from Sweden to camp out for the "Breaking Dawn Part One" movie premiere. It's the fourth installment in the popular Twilight "vampire romance" series.
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Sahara Mendoza traveled from Sweden to camp out for the
Organizers anticipate about eleven-hundred fans will camp outside the Nokia LA Live Theater this weekend. The fans are awaiting the red carpet premiere of the latest Twilight movie on Monday night.
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Sahara Mendoza traveled from Sweden to camp out for the
Twilight fans show off their wristbands for camping outside the Nokia LA Live Theater. Hundreds have gathered awaiting the "Breaking Dawn Part One" red carpet premiere on Monday night.
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Sahara Mendoza traveled from Sweden to camp out for the
Delrae Jones of Clever, Missouri took a three-day Greyhound bus trip to Los Angeles in hopes of catching a glimpse of the stars of the newest Twilight movie. The film's red carpet premiere is set for Monday.
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Sahara Mendoza traveled from Sweden to camp out for the
Hundreds of campers outside Nokia LA Live Theater await the red carpet movie premiere of "Breaking Dawn Part One" - the fourth installment of the Twilight series.
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Teen vampire movie fans began camping outside the Nokia Theatre at LA Live Thursday awaiting Monday’s premiere of “Breaking Dawn, Part One” – the fourth movie in the “Twilight” series. Almost a thousand people so far have picked up wristbands so they can stand along the red carpet.

Campers pass the time playing games, watching movies and participating in the movie promoters’ contests.

Many fans who’ve pitched tents are women in their teens and twenties. Then there’s Billy Thackerson of Wickett, Texas. He and his wife, Maradith, traveled to the “Twilight camp” for their 22nd wedding anniversary.

“We didn’t take our anniversary trip in October so I come with her in order to spend time with her at the ‘Twilight’ convention,” Billy said.

“He was up for it. He wanted to camp out so here he is. It was nice last night because it was cold outside. He’s like my own personal space heater so it worked out good,” Maradith said.

The publicity team for this event says it’s got surprises in store for campers during the weekend. That may include appearances from “Twilight” cast members.