'Twilight' filming sparks protests by Rio locals

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Tuesday 09 November 2010 01:00
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Filming of the final installment of the "Twilight" vampires-and-werewolves movies in Rio de Janeiro has sparked protests by locals fed up with the inconvenience, media reported Monday.

Some residents in the central Lapa district where scenes from "Twilight 4: Breaking Dawn" are being filmed set fire to a crew's portable toilet Sunday and demonstrated over not being able to easily access their homes.

Tough security measures were thrown up around the production after an incident in August, when cast and crew from the movie found themselves in a deadly shoot-out between criminals and police in the hotel where they were staying.

Filming of the finale of "Twilight," starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, was estimated to inject around a million dollars into Rio's economy.

The movie is to be released in two parts, the first at the end of next year and the the second at the end of 2012.

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