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'Water for Elephants': Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and his sisters premiere the movie in New York

April 18, 2011 | 12:27 pm

Robert Pattinson poses with fans at the "Water for Elephants" premiere in New York.

Sure, there were Oscar winners on hand at the "Water for Elephants" premiere Sunday -- but who really cared about them when Robert Pattinson was hitting the red carpet. Along with sisters Lizzie and Victoria at New York's Ziegfeld Theatre, the "Twilight" star marked the arrival of his new movie about a love triangle set amid a 1930s circus.

Victoria and Lizzie Pattinson at the "Water for Elephants" premiere OK, people did actually care about more than just RPattz and his sibs: It was, after all, Reese Witherspoon's first premiere since her late-March marriage to agent Jim Toth.

Plus the movie is based on the historical novel by Sarah Gruen -- the author was also on hand Sunday -- that ruled the bestseller lists in summer 2007 and has been back on top recently with its movie-related re-release in trade paperback.

Other "Elephants" folks hitting the red carpet included Christoph Waltz (like Witherspoon, an Academy Award winner), Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook and costars Donna Scott and Mark Povinelli

Also spotted: Julia Stiles, Gina Gershon, Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy, Kasia Pilewicz of "America's Next Top Model" (if she's really "plus size," put us in a burlap sack and drown us now) and Rupert Murdoch of News Corp., of which "Elephants" distributor Fox 2000 Pictures is a subsidiary. Click the pics for more photos from New York.

The story's love triangle may indeed involve the characters played by Pattinson, Witherspoon and Waltz, but Ministry readers know the truth: Rob actually had a crush on the elephant.  

"Water for Elephants" opens Friday.


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Upper photo: Robert Pattinson takes pictures with fans at the "Water For Elephants" premiere in New York on Sunday. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press

Lower photo: RPattz's sisters Victoria Pattinson, left, and Lizzie Pattinson outside the Ziegfeld Theatre. Credit: Jason Kempin / Getty Images