Twilight Fan Tour Consolidates Fangirl Lust in One Convenient Location


Never again will Twilight's squealing fan base need to endure Comic-Con and other hostile fanboy sanctuaries for a look at their heroes. Summit Entertainment is spinning off its bread-and-butter franchise as a touring feast of meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, sob-streaked star sightings and all the hype one can muster under one hotel roof.

The studio announced its official Twilight fan conventions -- or Twitour -- late Monday, promising panel discussions, first looks at footage, theme parties, concerts, competitions and other weekend-long fun. Sure, some apologies are due to the fans in Phoenix on whom Kellan Lutz cancelled last weekend, but the $269 "Gold Package" would still get you those coveted Catherine Hardwicke, Michael Welch, Alex Meraz, Chaske Spencer, Edi Gathegi, Gil Birmingham, Christian Serratos and Justin Chon scribbles you've been craving (sorry -- photo ops sold separately!).

But there's always New Jersey at the end of the month, or the franchise's adopted home of Vancouver in September. It's kind of a stunning if brilliant play on the part of Summit, which couldn't find a way to make a hit out of Bandslam or a true action heavyweight out of the brilliant Hurt Locker, but can find just the right partner to help organize celebrity-judged contests and a $99-per-person Vampire's Ball in 16 cities and counting. Whatever works, I suppose. And as far as dating scene for guys, you can't beat the prospective 99-to-1 female-to-male ratio, even if means the temporary embarrassment of having to ask who the hell Kiowa Gordon is. ("Embry Call of the Wolf Pack," duh!) You could do worse.

· Twitour [Creation Entertainment]