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Leaked “Breaking Dawn” Photos – Intricate April’s Fool?

I think we may have met one of the most fascinating chapters in the Twilight saga yet, leaked photos from the third installment of the tween mega hit “Breaking Dawn” have been released all over the world wide web.

I have to admit, when I saw the story break, I thought this could be one of two things, either a highly elaborate April’s fool joke or a stint of genius marketing. Turns out it was neither; the internet has been a-buzz all through the weekend with images showing details of important scenes in the film currently in production, including intimate moments between Edward and Bella, played by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. An image from the birth scene was also leaked culminating with Summit Entertainment releasing a statement late Friday and appealing to fans in a letter via Facebook to remove any photos and not re post

“Dear Twilight Saga fans,

As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress have leaked on the internet. We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage.
The film and these images are not yet ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012.
Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don’t view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you.
Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment”

Like us, Hollywood News is also asking if it is possible that the leak was staged to bring in even more interest to the films.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the film and I don’t think many are likely to be deterred by seeing scenes or photos (ready or not) prior, however one theory suggests that not all the fans were happy about the PG-13 rating applied to the film including Robert Pattinson who apparently thought it is more deserving of an R vs. the PG-13. Some fans would agree with him. Did someone at Summit perhaps organize the leak to generate new interest in the franchise? Clearly the statement and appeals from summit would make us think otherwise. In any case, it’s naive to think that once any highly prized material gets out onto the internet that it’s ever possible to retrieve it.

For some twi-hards, this has probably heightened the anticipation and been a treat and for those of us somewhere above the age of twenty-five, it’s definitely peaked our interest. So joke, clever marketing or porous firewall, “Breaking Dawn” is definitely on our minds again. For now, an endorsed photo from the film.


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