Is Twilight’s Taylor Lautner the Next Big Action Star?

Twilight: New Moon star Taylor Lautner will reportedly be kicking ass and taking names in the upcoming action movie Cancun. The Twilight saga hottie will rely heavily on his background in martial arts training for the new action flick, which will be produced by Twilight film studio Summit Entertainment.

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Taylor Lautner

Cancun will tell the story of a young man who loses his dream of becoming an elite soldier due to an injury. Instead, Taylor Lautner’s character will head off to college. During a spring break trip in Cancun, his friends are kidnapped by evil drug runners and he’ll have to use his mad martial arts skills to rescue them.

“We wanted to continue working with Taylor and feel he’s got the chops to become a big action star,” production partner Wyck Godfrey said. The movie is expected to start filming by mid 2010.

Sounds a bit cheesy really, but we’re sure the film will probably include a lot of muscular action and probably some shirtless Taylor Lautner all over the place. So, really, little to no actual plot is probably not the important.

Lautner is also starring in the upcoming flick Valentine’s Day, set for release in February. The Twilight star is also reportedly closing in on a deal to play a superhero based on the Max Steel comic book.

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‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ May Spawn Two Films

According to the latest buzz, the final book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, may be broken up into two films. The rumor the last book would be split into two movies has been going around for a while, but it looks like Summit Entertainment may seriously be considering the idea.

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A report by industry mag Variety says Summit Entertainment is contemplating splitting the final Twilight book into dual films and is ready to put the plan into action. However, director Chris Weitz,  screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and author Stephenie Meyer have only been contracted for four films in total.

While Rosenberg and Meyer probably won’t mind receiving another hefty payday, Weitz isn’t all aboard the idea of yet another Twilight film. Weitz told Entertainment Weekly last week he might be interested in doing another Twilight film, but said “I just think I would die” if faced with another New Moon-like PR blitz tour.

To add on another film out of Breaking Dawn, Summit would also have to work out new contracts with the Twilight stars, including Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart. Considering the huge haul New Moon has made in ticket sales so far, that could be quite a pricey negotiation.

Breaking Dawn is such a hefty, complex book, it might not be a bad idea to spit it into two films. The question is whether the Twilight frenzy among fans can be maintained long enough to play out through five movies.

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‘The Blind Side’ Creeps Up on ‘New Moon’ in Weekend Box Office

Twilight: New Moon scored number one at the box office again this weekend, but faced stiff competition from the Sandra Bullock starring feel-good film The Blind Side. New Moon continued its box office domination over the weekend, coming in first with $42.5 million in ticket sales. The real story, however, was the meteoric rise of Warner Bros. The Blind Side.

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The story of a Southern woman who adopts a homeless youth and supports him pursuing his athletic dreams was a major hit at the box office, raking in $40.1 million. Just a few million more and The Blind Side would have pulled off a major coup at the box office.

The end of the world disaster film 2012 rounded out the top three films, with Old Dogs and A Christmas Carol finishing off the top three. The much hyped action flick Ninja Assassin failed to even break the top five, recouping only $13.1 million of the film’s $40 million budget so far.

The question is, can New Moon hold on for yet another week in the number one spot? Should be interesting to see how next week’s list pans out.

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New Moon Star Taylor Lautner Dodges Gay Rumor Questions

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are dating. Kristen Stewart is a lesbian. Taylor Lautner is dating Taylor Swift. Taylor Lautner is gay. And the rumors go on and on and on… There are so many rumors and tabloid gossip stories about the stars of Twilight and New Moon, it’s impossible to know if any of them even hold a spark of truth.

Taylor Lautner in 'New Moon'
Taylor Lautner in 'New Moon'

The dating rumors and questions about the stars’ sexuality seem to get the most attention. Everyone seems to want to know who is dating whom – but Lautner, Pattinson and Stewart aren’t interested in sharing.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart say they aren’t a couple, but constantly seem to delight in provoking rumors they are with public displays of affection. Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift seem to be spending a lot of time together, but neither will confirm anything is going on.

One of the less popular but still persistent rumors out there is that New Moon hottie Taylor Lautner is actually gay. All of the Twilight main stars have been plagued by this rumor at one point or another, but Lautner seems to be the primary target.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor Lautner pretty much managed to never directly answer speculation about his sexual orientation. After refusing to commit to saying he is currently dating anyone, Lautner danced around leading questions from the interviewer that he is “trying to figure out his sexual identity in the world.”

“OK, I see where you’re going,” Lautner said. “Interesting choice.” Trying again to prompt a more direct answer, the interviewer said, “It is a possibility.”

Lautner simply replied, without elaboration, “There’s a lot of rumors out there.”

In other words, shut up and ask real questions that actually have some kind of meaning. Don’t we have enough tabloids out there spreading around crap without turning Rolling Stone into another one?

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‘New Moon’ Ticket Sales Already Breaking Records

Twilight fans are so stoked about the second installment of the vampire film series, they are already setting records for New Moon ticket sales! With only four more days until the premiere, advanced ticket sales for New Moon, starring Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, are already through the roof.

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New Moon currently holds the number one spot on Fandango.com for advanced ticket sales, making it the top-selling pre-release for the company in the last decade. That means New Moon actually beat out the pre-sales of tickets for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Twilight, in case you’re curious, ranks at number five on the top advanced ticket sales list for Fandango.com.

A survey by Fandango of fans shows almost 100% think the action in New Moon looks better than the action in Twilight and 50% of respondents admit to dreaming about vampires. Okay, so that’s a little silly, but kind of amusing.

Around 500 people started lining up in Los Angeles for the New Moon premiere there on Monday in the Westwood Village. Now THAT is some serious dedication to the Twilight cause!

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Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner Kissing for Real?

Are Twilight New Moon star Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift kissing for real? The evidence continues to mount the two are indeed an item! Taylor Swift has already declared she’s absolutely on Team Jacob, but is she merely a fan or has she already nabbed the star player?

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Let’s review the evidence. First, Taylor Swift said her onscreen kiss with Taylor Lautner while filming Valentine’s Day “was life-changing.” Wow, that’s a pretty hefty statement for a movie kiss. Then the two are spotted acting pretty cozy at a Los Angeles Kings hockey game. Next, the two Taylors are seen having dinner not once, but twice during the last week – including a meal with Swift’s mom! And finally, when grilled by Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s show whether Lautner was a “good kisser,” Swift avoids the question with giggles and blushes.

 

Let’s also not forget Swift told CMT Radio’s Cody Alan, when asked if she was dating Lautner, “I don’t know, he’s an amazing guy and we’re really close… and ah… yep.”

Our verdict, the two Taylors are probably engaging in some off-screen tonsil-hockey, but we aren’t taking the relationship seriously. It’s natural in Hollywood for two young, hot celebs to hook up after flirting on film, but such dalliances rarely last for long.

Twilight New Moon Volturi Fight Scene Video

If Summit Entertainment keeps releasing all these preview clips from New Moon, we’ll be able to piece the whole new Twilight film together ourselves before it ever hits theaters! Not that we’re really complaining about that.

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With fans salivating for every New Moon photo or video they can find, Summit keeps ramping up the hype for the new Twilight film by teasing fans with tiny new clips from the upcoming movie. This week, the studio released two new New Moon video clips for fans to drool over.

The first new clip, available for download from iTunes, features new footage of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) facing off with Bella (Kristen Stewart) trying to keep them from tearing each other’s throats out. And as a side note, Taylor Lautner is certainly looking yummy!

 

The second new New Moon video clip gives us some of the best video footage of the Volturi yet. In the clip, Edward gets slammed by Volturi bad boy Felix (Daniel Cudmore) after the Volturi council decides Bella “knows too much.” It’s the most action-packed clip yet and we’re itching for more.

 

New Moon hits theaters on November 20th in the U.S. (Which is not soon enough!)

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