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Blood drive one way to celebrate opening of 'Twilight' movie

Blood drive one way to celebrate opening of 'Twilight' movie



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It's the night "Twilight" fans have been waiting for. Tonight at midnight their favorite book hits the big screen.

It's a story about a vampire with a twist. Edward, the vampire, is in love with a human, and he's kind of a vegetarian. Megaplex spokesman Jeff Whipple says that quirk sparked the idea for a blood drive at the debut.

"The Red Cross is accepting donations from, I believe, about 8:00 on [at Jordan Commons in Sandy], and they'll try and accommodate as many of our guests as they possibly can," he said.

Bella, the human girl shouldn't be left out, so Whipple says they're also holding a food drive. He says additional blood drives will be added in coming days as the Red Cross is able to do them.

The midnight showings of "Twilight" are sold out. Whipple says they're adding 2:40 a.m. showings as fast as they can, but those are selling out, too.

He fully expects vampire costumes and prom dresses. "I won't be surprised to see any of that tonight. It's going to be fun. We've had people lining up to get their tickets ahead of time, coming in to pick up their tickets," Whipple said.

All five Megaplex theaters are doing something special for the film tonight. In Ogden, Sandy and at the District in South Jordan, Megaplex is rolling out the red carpet for prom-themed fun, to go with the book and movie's prom night scenes. A ticketed event at Spaghetti Mama's at Jordan Commons will recreate the first date for the vampire and the human.

The "Twilight" movie is based on the book of the same name by BYU graduate Stephenie Meyer. The movie is directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson as the "vegetarian" vampire who loves her.

Even Harry Potter fans won't be disappointed; the "Half-blood Prince" trailer is showing with the "Twilight" movie.

E-mail: bbruce@ksl.com

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