Stars arrive at the 'Twilight: New Moon' premiere in Knoxville

'Twilight: New Moon' stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart inside Regal Pinnacle before the start of the premiere.

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'Twilight: New Moon' stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart inside Regal Pinnacle before the start of the premiere.

'Twilight: New Moon' stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart inside Regal Pinnacle before the start of the premiere.

Photo by Adam Brimer

'Twilight: New Moon' stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart inside Regal Pinnacle before the start of the premiere.

7:50 p.m.: Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart arrived at the Regal Pinnacle movie theater where they greeted fans and posed for photographs as they walked down the red carpet.

7:28 p.m.: Inside source confirms stars are in the building but gotta do media stuff before hitting red carpet. Stay tuned. They'll be here soon!

7:18 p.m.: Crowds still waiting. See online producer Lauren Spuhler's latest twitpic

7 p.m.: Rumor briefly circulates on live feed that stars missed their flight here. Hoax! Still, the waiting continues.

6:40 p.m. Amy McRary says: Crowd swells to 1,000-2,000, and it's beginning to rain. One girl has climbed a small tree and a family of four has climbed onto a light-pole support. Police and security await celebs' arrival by limo. Inside, "Twilight" ticket-holders are playing trivia and munching on chips and salsa. Occasionally, Team Edward and Team Jacob camps have shouting contests; by sound of it, Team Jacob has more fans at the premiere. Jacob seems to captivate teens, while Edward has strong fan base with older crowd.

6:30 p.m.: Cheers erupting. Police striding about. Is it time?!

6:26 p.m.: Grow growing a bit quiet. Anticipation building.

6:22 p.m.: All cameras in media area trained 8-by-8-foot-ish square of red carpet. Waiting. ...

6:12 p.m.: Barricades being adjusted and re-jiggered in anticipation of celebs' red-carpet walk.

6 p.m.: Another dispatch from Amy McRary: At twilight, the general admission attendees enter to see "Twilight." Crowd estimates range from 1,000-2.000 people without tickets just hoping to see the celebs. Around 1,000 will get to see the screening. Folks without tickets stretch around the building, at eight to 10 deep. A large spotlight is beaming into the air.

5:41 p.m.: Attendees sporting a wide range of attire: Jeans and tees, skirts and heels, and suits and even a dude in a tux!

5:35: Online producer Lauren Spuhler reports that general admission ticket-holders are now being admitted.

5:14 p.m.: Source puts crowd estimates at around 500, with more pouring in all the time.

5:11 p.m.: Ongoing chants of "Jacob! Jacob!" and "Taylor! Taylor!" filling lobby, parking lot, all of Turkey Creek?

5:02 p.m.: An inside source says a credible rumor is swirling that Robert Pattinson is at the premiere. No confirmation yet.

4:57 p.m.: Another dispatch from Amy McRary: Source of teens' screams: Every time a TV camera pans crowd, folks scream. Every promotional marquee outside theater displays "Twilight" posters. Shortly before 5 p.m., pianist begins playing. Seven women, friends from Morrilton, Arkansas, ages 29-46, took 10-hour drive in 12-passenger van to be here. The group has no tickets but enjoy "Twilight" dinner parties, trivia nights, more. They happily say they're obsessed with the series, and enjoy the romantic aspects of the books. What do the women's husbands think of obsession? "They think we're crazy," says Megan Voss.

4:53 p.m.: Dulcet piano music a weird juxtaposition to wild screams of fans.

4:48 p.m.: Our live stream is a go! Check it out here

4:33 p.m.: Another sign spotted at premiere: Save a motorcycle, ride a werewolf

4:20 p.m.: Writer Amy McRary reports: Several hundred fans, not all of them teenagers, have lined up along the barricade at Regal Cinemas Pinnacle 18 waiting for a glimpse of a werewolf named Jacob Black. Many wear Twilight T-shirts, holding up signs saying, among other things, "Jacob Black gives a whole new meaning to sexy beast." Some fans also have copies of "New Moon" book, hoping Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will stop and autograph. Crowd also includes parents, small children. Four teenagers from Crossville left school after half a day, even though they don't have tickets for the show. They include Torey Lamontagne, 17, Lauren Brock, 17, Ally Flynn, 16, Courtney Garrett, 16. Ally's mom drove the girls to Pinnacle then headed to the mall. The girls won't get to see the movie tonight, but will see it Friday in Crossville.

4:14 p.m.: Our gal Lauren hits the red carpet with Gretchen from Star 102.1. But, wait, where's the red carpet? Click here to see pic

4:12 p.m.: Lauren finds bacelorette party that traveled from Michigan for the event. See pic here

4:09 p.m.: Online producer Lauren Spuhler finds a nice mom from Harriman who checked her kids out of school for premiere. See pic here

3:51 p.m.: We'll have a live stream from the premiere soon (within about an hour). Click here for stream

3:15 p.m.: Online producer Lauren Spuhler posts twitpic of fans lining up for premiere at 3:15 p.m. Click here to see pic

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Comments » 2

Kid_Epicurus writes:

now's the time to go to the mall. no more emo kids sitting around cause they're at the premiere.

G0D writes:

Really? 2000 people spanning around the building? Did these idiots think they were even gonna get close to see anything? If you weren't a supporter then you might as well forget it. It's like a UT game, the more money you have the better seats you get. I like this better:

6pm- PetSmart just closed early because their parking lot was full of people trying to get in early to get a peek of a stars.

6:15-pm McGregors liquor store is all sold out of Jager.

7pm- Reports indicate the stars had some pinto beans and cornbread for the first time at a local eatery and are in the building crapping their guts out!

Get a life people, there are more important things to do, like get your kids home on a school night.

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