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'Twilight' Stars Surprise Kids at Children’s Hospital

1 Mar, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

‘Twilight’ actors Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Peter Facinelli surprised kids at Children's Hospital L.A.

LOS ANGELES — A dozen children gathered around a TV at Children's Hospital Los Angeles March 1, watching a Blu-ray Disc of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, a day before it’s released to the public.

Keaira Lomas-Lee, 13, was answering trivia questions about the “Twilight” franchise before the movie began, smiling wide after getting one of the questions right. Her smile got a lot bigger when “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen) walked through the door.

“What are you guys watching?” he joked, as Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) and Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) followed him through the door.

“Can we just sit down and watch all the extras together? I haven’t seen them yet,” Facinelli said.

“Have you guys seen all the movies?” Reaser asked. Most had.

The stars spent a solid half hour signing DVDs, T-shirts and tote bags, before taking pictures with the kids. Facinelli walked the kids through some of the copious bonuses Summit and Lionsgate included on the DVD and Blu-ray. The four then visited sick children in their rooms.

“I was surprised when they came [in],” Lomas-Lee said, as she looked through the autographed goods she was given. Asked what she planned to do with her signed DVD, she replied: “I’m going to keep mine!”

It was just one of many events Lionsgate is holding to mark the disc release of the final film in the multibillion-dollar franchise, with every major retailer holding midnight release events, with their own exclusives.

Best Buy has an exclusive collectible locket key chain and a special Blu-ray collection of all five “Twilight” films with digital copy and exclusive packaging. Target has a three-DVD special edition of Part 2 and a Part 1 DVD gift set with a flower prop. And Walmart — which is starting its midnight release at 11 p.m. — is offering Parts 1 and 2 in one case on DVD or Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD include a seven-part making-of documentary, an audio commentary by director Bill Condon, a “jump to” feature that allow fans to watch their favorite scenes and more.

About the Author: Chris Tribbey

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