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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements

Length: 108 minutes
Released: November 18, 2011 Nationwide
Score: 3.0
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli
Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer, Karen Rosenfelt
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Drama, SciFi/Fantasy, Romance
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

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Jennifer Miner lived the dream of every smitten "Twilight" fan.

She met Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, the two male leads of the "Twilight" movie saga, at the Los Angeles premiere of "Eclipse," the third installment of the popular vampire film series.

Miner, however, is not the typical middle school-aged fan. She is 34.

"I'm kinda old to be into it," said Miner, an Estero flight attendant who has read all the books and seen every movie. "Sometimes I don't tell people because it's so corny."

Although she's older than many fans, she still considers herself a die-hard "Twi-hard." Her love of the movie and book franchise propelled her to camp out at the Nokia Theatre for four days to catch a glimpse of the film's stars as they proceeded into the showing.

Miner got more than just a look. She wrangled her way behind the fan barricades and positioned herself at the right spot to take pictures with several of the movie's actors.

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"It was amazing," said Miner who stayed in touch with many of the hard-core fanatics she camped next to. "I'm free-spirited and did it on a whim. It was such an incredible experience."

For the Nov. 18 release of "Breaking Dawn Part 1," the second to last film in the movie series, Miner won't be sleeping in a tent or wangling her way up close for a coveted photo. But that's not to say she's any less excited about it.

"We've been waiting for a year and half now," Miner said. "The anticipation is building. I think everyone is still as excited as ever."

The newest film in the tale of teen love, vampires and werewolves depicts the first half of the fourth and final book in the "Twilight" saga. It includes the wedding of Bella Swan and her vampire sweetheart Edward Cullen, her pregnancy and the problems that arise because of it.

Local theaters have started gearing up for the much-anticipated release next week.

Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples is offering "Twilight Tuesdays," a chance to see the previous three movies on a big screen before the newest release. The theater showed the first "Twilight" film Nov. 1, the second Nov. 8 and will follow with the third on Tuesday.

"It was a way to let people catch the others before the new one or for the real die-hards to see the old movies again," said Vince Minutillo, a manager at the theater.

Silverspot Cinema at the Mercato started selling its tickets Oct. 1., and sales have already trumped this year's other long awaited penultimate release, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows — Part 1." Amy Schiffer, marketing manager for the theater, said there have been 301 advance tickets sold for "Breaking Dawn," as of Nov. 3. According to her count, that's more presales than this summer's Potter movie for the same time period before release.

"We were two weeks out and had a 50 percent capacity for the Harry Potter movie," Schiffer said. "We're three weeks out for 'Breaking Dawn' and almost there."

Marco Movies on the island will offer a midnight showing of the film in two theaters. Manager Drake Heroy expects a sellout crowd

Taylor Lautner, young and earnest by day and a werewolf by night in the 'Twilight' film series, stopped for a smile with fan Jennifer Miner of Estero.

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Taylor Lautner, young and earnest by day and a werewolf by night in the "Twilight" film series, stopped for a smile with fan Jennifer Miner of Estero.

"Everyone wants to see it the first few days," Heroy said. "We'll probably reach capacity. Things like this that have a big fan base usually do well."

Victoria Boncompagni, 13, will be at a midnight showing. After the first book released in 2005, she's been a die-hard fan. Her bedroom is a shrine to the series with posters and magazine cut outs of her favorite character, Jacob Black, the heartthrob werewolf.

"I'm team werewolf," Victoria said, referring to the heated debate among fans, which pits Black, a werewolf, against Cullen, a vampire. "They're hotter. The vampires are too pale."

Jillian Goldberg also is on "Team Werewolf," although she has a life-size cut out of Cullen in her room. It's part of her large collection of souvenirs, which includes pins, T-shirts and bags.

"It's really dramatic and really suspenseful," said Jillian, an 11-year-old Marco Charter School student. "I love it."

Miner admits she was lucky to meet Lautner who plays Black and Pattinson who plays Cullen.

"They were both really nice," Miner said. " Taylor Lautner even helped me take the picture because my arm couldn't reach. It was amazing."

Despite Lautner's kindness, Miner said she will always cheer for the vampire:

"I am Team Edward all the way."

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