Stars talk 'New Moon'

If we're judging by the length of the line -- which I'm told started forming two nights ago -- then the panel for the next "Twilight" movie, "New Moon," must be one of the hottest tickets at Comic-Con.

So, in media terms, was the press conference that preceded it this morning, where "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner did their best -- with the help of some publicists -- to keep their focus on their characters' love lives, and off their own.

There was plenty of subtext, though, for anyone interested in the supposed entanglement/disentanglement of Pattinson and Stewart, who had Lautner as a buffer between them for a half-hour.

Asked about their favorite scenes -- the questions at these things seldom get much deeper than that -- Lautner mentioned a breakup scene, after which Pattinson added, "I think my breakup scene was my favorite scene," too. "Hopefullly, it will come off as having a lot more levels than the relationship in 'Twilight.' ... It's a really interesting little moment and completely bypasses all the supernatural elements of the story."

Bypassing those elements seems important to Pattinson, who told a reporter from a Mexican outlet that "we're the worst people to ask" about why so many people, particularly teens, seem to love vampires.

"When I play it, I try to eliminate the vampire element as much as I can, and just use it as a tool to make their relationship a little more fraught," he said.

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