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'Breaking Dawn' midnight screening: Blood, sweat, and tears (and, of course, a movie)

Some said they arrived at 5 p.m., a full seven hours before they could hand over their ticket — purchased two weeks ago — to get into last night’s sold-out midnight screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Or the sold-out 12:06 a.m. screening…or the sold-out 12:11 a.m. screening…or the sold-out 12:16 a.m. screening. The United Artists Kaufman Astoria theater in New York City, like so many other theaters around the country, attempted to accommodate Twi-hard demand with a multitude of options slotted well past midnight. (A tip of the hat to any movie theater employee that works on nights like these. It cannot be easy.)

As a newbie to the Twilight midnight showing experience (and oh, is it an experience), I arrived at 10:30 p.m. It was pretty obvious I had zero chance at getting a good seat — the lobby and theater area (pictured) were packed to the brim with (mostly) girls in their late teens and early 20s (though I spotted a few reluctant boyfriends here and there), all out far past reasonable bedtimes and curfews. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The 'Breaking Dawn' stars talk blood, sex, and that vampire baby -- EXCLUSIVE

Twihards have long been anticipating seeing Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) honeymoon on Isle Esme and consummate their marriage amid flying feathers. And as audiences will see when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 arrives in theaters this Friday, the love scene does not disappoint. But, according to the stars of the movie, things could have been even more steamy — if it weren’t for director Bill Condon needing to keep the action PG-13. “There’s a version where it was really intense,” recalls Pattinson in this week’s EW.  “Cinematically, cut all together, it’s awesome,” says Kristen Stewart. “But we didn’t really do that scene. ”

“And when we did,” adds Pattinson, “they kept telling us to stop.”  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Lautner signs up for Gus Van Sant flick: Could indie be the way to go for him?

Taylor Lautner was cemented – quite literally — as a bona fide Hollywood star today. But when people look down at his hand print at Grauman’s, will it say “Taylor Lautner,” but forever read “Jacob From Twilight. You Know, The Kid With The Crazy Abs“?

While his turn in the recent double identity action caper — and box office flop — Abduction might suggest just that, it’s unfair to count Lautner out as a one-trick werewolf pony yet. While Lautner will be heading into familiar territory with the big screen adaptation of the YA novel Incarceron, as we EW reported last night, he’ll enter the next phase of his career by working with indie darling director Gus Van Sant. (Hey, he helped start Matt Damon’s career! And Smith Jerrod’s!)

So can you envision him as a dramatic actor in an indie? READ FULL STORY

'Twilight' stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater -- LIVE VIDEO

For anyone who visits the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, it is a time-honored tradition to place your hands and feet in the cement handprints and footprints left there by Hollywood’s biggest luminaries — from Douglas Fairbanks to Bette Davis, Julie Andrews to Johnny Depp — and exclaim, “Oh my gawd, they’re so small!

To that storied list of stars we can add The Twilight Saga‘s Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, who will celebrate the release of Breaking Dawn — Part 1 today by pressing their hands and feet into wet cement. And you can watch them do it, live, in the video below, starting around 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. (And no, Jacob won’t be leaving any paw prints, so don’t ask.)  READ FULL STORY

'Twilight' trio to have hands and feet immortalized in cement. Whose imprints have you snapped?

Only about 250 stars have been honored with an imprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, a tradition that began with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1927. On Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. PT, Twilight stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner will get their chance to put their hands and feet in cement. If you’re looking for another reason to say the Harry Potter franchise is better than Twilight, you’ll be happy to know Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint had that pleasure in 2007. But what we’re more interested in: Whose imprints did you photograph on your first trip to Los Angeles? Don’t even try to pretend you didn’t take your camera out for someone. I went through old photos recently and was surprised to find snapshots of Gene Kelly’s and Sylvester Stallone’s. Your turn.

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'Twilight' films back in theaters for one-night only

To increase buzz for the Nov. 18 release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I (because you know there really isn’t enough), Summit Entertainment has partnered with NCM Fathom to bring the first three films in the Twilight Saga back into theaters for one-night engagements called Twilight Saga Tuesdays.” You can revisit Twilight on Nov. 1, The Twilight Saga: New Moon on Nov. 8, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on Nov. 15. You’ll find a link to participating theaters here. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time. Also promised: “Exclusive introductions from the cast members, compelling interviews with the stars answering the questions that Twilight Saga aficionados have always wanted answered and amazing clips from the many fan fests over the years.”

My question: Which of these movies would you actually pay to see again in theaters? Poll!  READ FULL STORY

'Abduction': Hilariously bad movie makes for fun moviegoing experience. It's the new 'Swimfan'!

There’s so much about Abduction, the new Taylor Lautner thriller, that’s appalling, fascinating, and unintentionally hilarious. Abduction is a pretty bad movie, but after my showing — set in a theater about half full (I’m being optimistic!) — pretty much everyone left in a good mood. In fact, I’d even recommend the film to most of my friends. It was bad in such a blatant way that it didn’t feel insulting, and it certainly wasn’t boring. After half an hour, I stopped paying close attention the plot, because it made no sense whatsoever and was riddled with holes, but the many jaw-droppingly awkward moments drew delighted ridicule from the audience. For all the wrong reasons, Abduction is sparkling entertainment. I’ll throw up a SPOILER ALERT here, but honestly, it doesn’t matter if I give anything away any major twists — you’ll be surprised by plenty regardless. READ FULL STORY

'Abduction' premiere: Watch Taylor Lautner and cast walk the red carpet! -- VIDEO

Taylor Lautner’s first big post-Jacob movie as an above-the-title star — the I’m-a-suburban-teenager-who-discovers-I’m-a-missing-person thriller Abduction –premiered Thursday tonight at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. And since it was kiiiiinda impractical for all of the Twilight Nation to pile onto Hollywood Blvd. to see Lautner walk the red carpet, we thought a replay of the live-stream event would work instead. Check out Lautner below, along with co-stars Lily Collins, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver, Denzel Whitaker, and director John Singleton joining in on the festivities: READ FULL STORY

What was your favorite MTV Movie Awards moment? Poll!

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Another MTV Movie Awards, another chance for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to pretend they’re not dating.

What was your favorite moment from last night? If you’re going to be coy, you have to be clever, like Pattinson laying his celebratory Best Kiss pucker on Taylor Lautner instead of Stewart. It gets my vote. Poll below!  READ FULL STORY

MTV Movie Awards 2011: Tell us what you think!

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The MTV Movie Awards air tonight, and to keep track of all the popcorn trophy shenanigans MTV is famous for (see: Bruno-Eminem fiasco of 2009), check in here when the show kicks off at 9 p.m. ET for a recap on all the festivities. Reese! Rob Pattinson! Potter! Kids, we have a big night ahead of us. (This post is written in real time; refresh for updates.)

Host Jason Sudeikis opened the show in typical MTV fashion—with a good ol’ movie spoof. This time around, Jason, and Hollywood hotties like Taylor Lautner and Eva Mendes joined forces for their own spin on The Hangover, weaving in clips from The Social Network, 127 Hours and the girl-on-girl scene from Black Swan. Oh, MTV. Some things never change.

For his opening monologue, Sudeikis broke out with riffs on Arnold Schwarzenegger, MTV programming and Twilight. “My heart says Jacob but my wiener says Edward. My balls are indifferent.” Brownie points for mentioning the weird, wacky and utterly disgusting film Human Centipede. “How did Human Centipede not get nominated for Best Kiss?”

A few awards down the line—and one flawless Ryan Gosling later—Jim Carrey took to the stage in a green screen suit to introduce the Foo Fighters, who rocked the crowd, and in particular, Emma Watson and a super glittery Brooklyn Decker, who both clapped and swayed their way through the set. The new arbiters of rock ‘n’ roll?

And then…Bieber alert! The follicilly gifted pop star surprised presenters Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson along with, ya know, thousands of screaming girls, by appearing on stage to accept an award for best jaw-dropping moment. Seriously, would the Biebs miss an opportunity to wear blazers and high-tops?

In the second Twilight moment of the night (the first being Pattinson’s Best Actor win), Pattinson, Xavier Samuel and Bryce Dallas Howard took home the popcorn trophy for Best Fight and managed to beat the gravity-defying brawl scene in Inception. Adding salt to the wound, Pattinson accepted his trophy, saying “I won!” only to follow by telling the expectant Howard, “I ripped your head off, and now you’re pregnant!” Even Kristen Stewart thought that one was awkward.

But this being the MTV generation, those weren’t the only Twilight moments. Pattinson and Stewart of course won for Best Kiss, making all those Twi-Hards, which apparently includes Selena Gomez, positively giddy with delight hoping the camera-shy real-life couple would seal the deal on stage for millions to see. Shocker! They didn’t. Instead, Pattinson ran off stage to give a (faux?) smooch to category loser Taylor Lautner. Not sure how Team Edward and Team Jacob are going to take that one.

As a side note, I’m totally loving these Google Chrome commercials, and the Lady Gaga one playing during the breaks is no exception. How does ad for a search engine manage to make me well up with tears?

Awkward Pattinson moment #2 came so quickly whilst honoring Witherspoon with this year’s Generation Award.” It’s probably best to just erase the whole mess from your memory, but to recap, Pattinson rehashed playing Witherspoon’s son in Vanity Fair—the scene later got cut—and then said he “f—–” her in Water for Elephants. He actually messed up the punchline, which Witherspoon later corrected with much better timing when she took to the stage, and in more Reese-related awesomeness, she stuck it to MTV with some advice for young girls, who think scandal is the route to success. “It’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show.”

To round out Twilight‘s utter (and expected) domination, Stewart picked up a Best Female Performance award, and, to match her beau, gave us an equally awkward acceptance speech, proclaiming to fellow nominee Natalie Portman that the popcorn was hers. I’m sure Nat is just fine with her Oscar, thanks.

And the show’s oddest pairing award goes to the stars of Monte Carlo—Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester—who introduced Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz. I love hearing Gomez talk about a rapper’s “flow.”

Finally, Twilight takes home Best Movie, confirming MTV’s position as the Jersey Shore-pregnant teen-Twilight network. Also, Gary Busey in a bubble!

What did you guys think of the ceremony? Did the winners pan out the way you expected? How about Sudeikis in his first-time hosting gig? And what was with that Fern Gully-themed set?

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