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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

A report from “Breaking Dawn, Part 1,” and more Oscar news

Things were weirdly subdued at the preview screening of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” last night at Pacific Place: I saw no one in costume, no grown-up women in red contact lenses (which I saw last time, for “Eclipse”), no little children with Edward Cullen haircuts (ditto), and didn’t even hear that much yelling. (For the record, though, the audience was most definitely Team Jacob; to which the movie pandered by having Taylor Lautner remove his shirt approximately 12 seconds after the opening title.) Nonetheless, the place was packed, and people seemed to be enjoying themselves; I did, too, but because I think of all the “Twilight” films as comedies. They’re actually quite funny. Just thinking about “imprinting” makes me giggle, as does remembering a scene in the movie in which Lautner weirdly seems to forget how to walk. Anyway, you have to hand it to Stephenie Meyer for writing Jacob right into that birth scene (why let a romantic triangle end with marriage and pregnancy?), and for dragging this thing out as long as she and the filmmakers have. But surely I can’t be the only one wondering why Bella and Edward and Jacob don’t just form a threesome and be done with it? Then she could be pregnant with twins, a vampire and a werewolf, and the two of them could battle each other inside of her, and . . . no, surely somebody’s written this up as fan fiction already. Anyway, I’m done with “Twilight” until next summer, mercifully.
Meanwhile! Former Seattleite John Mhyre, an Academy Award winner for production design for “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Chicago” (and nominee for “Elizabeth,” “Dreamgirls” and “Nine”), has been chosen as production designer for the Oscars ceremony this year. Mhyre grew up here and worked for several local movie theaters (Cinerama, the old UA 150, Egyptian) before becoming art director for the old Seven Gables theater chain. He left Seattle for Los Angeles in 1984. (I interviewed him, back in 2003; nice guy.) Probably some longtime Seattle movie folk still remember him; good to hear of such recognition of his career.

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