THE STRANGE WAYS NEW MOON HAS CHANGED TAYLOR LAUTNER More here.It must be terrifying to know that fame, like a giant, all-consuming tidal wave, is about to break over you at any moment. But if Taylor Lautner’s scared, he’s not showing it. In fact, the 17-year-old star of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which opens in theaters at midnight Thursday, seems a little too calm. When talking about his starring role as Jacob Black in the follow-up to last year’s box office breakout “Twilight,” he exudes an effortless boy-next-door charm. His demeanor, though somewhat guarded, is more small-town high school football star than newly minted teen heartthrob.

It’s a little eerie, really.

“When I was reading the books, I felt so bad for Jacob’s character,” Lautner said earlier this year on the Vancouver set of the film.

“I was, like, ‘Wow, he can’t get the girl he wants and he’s being shut down and used.’ But now that I’m actually filming it and living this character, I feel so much worse.”

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HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD GO SEE NEW MOON Are your pitchforks nice and sharp? Torches soaked in kerosene, ready to burn my house down? If not, I’ll wait. Ready? Good, because I’m about to give you five reasons why you should see New Moon, which you may not be aware is the the latest entry in the Twilight Saga.

Catherine Hardwicke is Gone.
Attack the source material and the fans all you want, but the biggest problem with Twilight is that it just was not an interesting film. Plenty of blame for that has been tossed around, but ultimately it lands on the shoulders of the director. Catherine Hardwicke is not an inherently bad filmmaker (Lords of Dogtown is a fine film) but she couldn’t have taken a less enthusiastic approach to a story about the fantastic (note the order of words, as Twilight is not, I feel, a fantastic story). Exhibit A, the baseball scene.

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TAYLOR TELLS US WHAT SCENE FROM BREAKING DAWN HE CAN’T WAIT TO FILM With “New Moon” opening Friday and “Eclipse” due June 2010, it seems about time we cast our gaze forward to “Breaking Dawn.” And no, it’s not too early. Sure, the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s forth (and for now final) vampire romance has yet to be announced, but that didn’t stop us from asking star Taylor Lautner about the “Twilight Saga”‘s larger-than-life finale.

“I’m looking forward to the whole pack splitting up, that could be cool,” the 19-year-old said, revealing which scene he is most excited to film for “Breaking Dawn.” Taylor wasn’t quite so sure, however, who should direct the last installment.

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EARLY UK REVIEWS NOT SO GREAT (:p HATERS!) The Daily Mail calls the eagerly anticipated second instalment in the Twilight franchise “disastrous” and “one long pain in the neck“, and gives it just one star out of five compared with four stars for the first film. The Daily Mirror is kinder, saying the movie “effortlessly sweeps you along in a swirl of intoxicating passion.” It goes on to say the film, which hits US and UK theatres on Friday, works better as a love story than as a supernatural adventure.

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WHY THE TWILIGHT WOLVES AREN’T SO CONVENTIONALLY WOLFY There are numerous reasons to dread your ladyfriend’s request to attend a screening of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” For our money, the biggest sham about this soap-opera-disguised-as-horror flick is the perversion of the cinematic werewolf tradition.

Transforming into a werewolf is a painful, guilt-ridden ritual. For the backup dancers passed off as lycanthropes in the latest “Twilight” yarn, however, becoming a wolf is as easy as slapping on some Bed Head Sculpting Putty and tanning lotion (which they’ve clearly already got covered).

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So, what do you think of todays Twilight Saga news?