Woman finds movie scripts in trash bin

May 12, 2009 (AP) -- A St. Louis beauty salon owner accidentally happened upon one of the hottest Hollywood scripts -- the pages from an upcoming "Twilight" sequel -- in a trash bin.

Casey Ray found two scripts, one for the vampire sequel "New Moon" and one for a movie titled "Memoirs." She decided to return them to the studio making the films. In return, she was invited to attend the movies' premières, her lawyer said.

Ray recently was waiting for her fiancé to finish work when she spotted two scripts in a trash container. She was outside a hotel where actors were staying during a St. Louis shoot for the George Clooney movie "Up in the Air." It's not clear how the scripts wound up in the bin.

The Clooney movie includes actress Anna Kendrick, who is also in the "Twilight" vampire movie. A spokeswoman for Kendrick, Lisa Perkins, said the actress is responsible but wouldn't have left scripts lying around.

When Ray found the scripts, she considered leaking them to a national tabloid but decided against it, said her lawyer, Al Watkins. "My client didn't really want to get paid," he said, but she was interested in hanging on to the scripts as collector's items.

Watkins helped her return them to Los Angeles-based Summit Entertainment LLC, the studio making the movies. He said the studio invited Ray to premières for the two films.

"Summit doesn't comment on any of the deals it does," Summit spokesman Paul Pflug said. But he added, "We thank Ms. Ray for doing the right thing."

The "Twilight" movies are based on the novels of Stephenie Meyer, so many of the plot turns are well-known to readers. But keeping the "New Moon" script out of the public eye preserves which elements of the book will be included in the films, Pflug noted.

Last year's original "Twilight" film grossed over $350 million worldwide.

 

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