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A dispatch from “Twilight” in San Mateo

The following goes to show that the Insider is liable to appear anywhere.

You see, we were among the legions of fans that caught the highly anticipated opening of “Twilight” at 12:01 a.m. last Friday at San Mateo’s Century 12 theaters.

Our senses were assaulted when we walked into the theater by the high-pitch chatter of a couple hundred love-sick tweens and teenage girls. We sat off to the side and waited for the show to begin. Behind us we heard a girl wail, “He’s hot!”

Presumably she was referring to Robert Pattinson, the actor portraying vampire-protagonist Edward Cullen. In “Twilight,” a vampire romance novel written by Stephenie Meyer and consumed with ferocity by the young-adult set, Cullen falls in love with 17-year-old human Bella Swan.

The lights in the theater dimmed and everybody cheered. They applauded the sneak previews too. After many false starts, the movie began. We braced ourselves for Pattinson’s appearance, knowing the madness that would ensue.

When Pattison sauntered onscreen, squeals of joy erupted. And when he said something cute or looked at Bella with longing, girls sighed, then giggled.

Despite some awkward acting and cheesy special effects, it was an enjoyable piece of moviemaking. Still waiting for our hearing to come back, though.

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2008
Under: Christine Morente | No Comments »

Judith Christensen has her guard up

In September, a campaign committee called “Safe Streets and Quality Neighborhoods in Daly City” was formed to oppose Judith Christensen, who is running for re-election, and supports incumbent Sal Torres and neophyte David Canepa.

So far, the committee, which consists of Daly City firefighters and police officers, has kept mum.

Christensen anticipates that it will release a “hit piece” on her close to the Nov. 4 election to dissuade voters.

“That’s the traditional tactic of that kind of committee,” she said. “They couch their language very carefully so they can’t be sued, but you can say a lot. They can accuse you but they can pose it as a question.”

Christensen doesn’t know what she’ll be accused of, but she is warning voters that something will come. She said the suspense is a little scary.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
Under: 2008 Local Races, Aaron Kinney, Christine Morente, City Council, Daly City, Political Campaigns | 1 Comment »