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Taylor Lautner to present at Golden Globes; award show fever officially caught

Today, more presenters at Sunday’s Golden Globes (8 p.m. ET, NBC) were announced — including Taylor Lautner, Amy Poehler, and Josh Brolin. They join a list that already included Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Cher, Chace Crawford, Robert De Niro, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Fox, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Winslet and Avatar‘s Sam Worthington. (If you’re wondering why True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard is also pictured, it’s because he’s confirmed to attend the ceremony, and that is news enough for me.)

Maybe it’s because we just now firmed up our coverage plans — Annie and I will join EW’s fashion maven Meeta Agrawal on our red carpet live-blog so we can focus on the more important issues Ryan and Giuliana discuss, like how long the limo line was — or because imagining what Ricky Gervais is going to do on live TV, in a room full of boozy celebs, for three hours, is what’s going to get me through the week, but I’m officially ready to roll. Are you?

What’s the one moment you’re most looking forward to, aside from Gervais’ opening? I’m gonna go with (fingers crossed!) a Jane Lynch acceptance speech. Runner-up: Seeing what Cher’s wearing.

More Golden Globes coverage:
EW’s Golden Globes HQ
The TV nominees
The movie nominees
Golden Globe nominations: Who got snubbed?

Photo credit: Lautner: Tina Gill/PR Photos; Skarsgard: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Worthington: David Gabber/PR Photos

Taylor Lautner signs on for extreme flying film; Tom Cruise doesn't

Contrary to reports stating otherwise, Tom Cruise will not be costarring in the forthcoming Taylor Lautner action flick Northern Lights. Though the idea of Cruise playing the controlling billionaire father of a young aerobatics pilot (Lautner) does sound pretty great, a rep for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions tells EW that character does not exist and that Cruise is not attached to the project in any way. The official logline: “Set against the backdrop of extreme flying, Northern Lights follows four young pilots as they compete against the world’s best. A story of teamwork, sacrifice, loss, and victory, these young aviators push themselves to physical and emotional limits in the unforgiving world of performance aerobatics.”

The film — which, to be fair, does sound a bit like Top Gun with a need for speed and [insert imaginary word that means flips but rhymes] — will be directed by John Moore (Max Payne, Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines). Production begins this April in Louisiana.

I, for one, am loving this. When I think of hot young pilots, I think of leather jackets, and Lautner, who will be 18 when he gets his wings, happens to look great in those. We also know that Taylor — who was a four-time world champion of extreme martial arts by age 11, and is the reigning Late Night motorccyle racing champ — isn’t afraid to push it. If action movies are what he wants to do, let him. The Twilight Saga will continue to show his softer side; pics like Northern Lights could even out his fan base.

What do you think of Lautner as a young flyboy? (He’ll reportedly earn $7.5 million for the role. The Skydance rep had no comment.) Who would you like to see cast as the other three pilots? I suppose Jesse McCartney has the hair for it…

Photo credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos

Here's the Situation: Abs, abs everywhere

Are six-pack abs having a moment? I mean, they’re always having a moment, but seems they’re having a particular moment right now. The Jersey Shore‘s Situation has built an entire identity (right down to his moniker) around his rippling torso. And now the new issue of Men’s Health features shirtless actor Sean Faris on the cover, talking about getting ripped for his upcoming role as Mystic Grill’s new bartender on The CW’s Vampire Diaries. Considering that Men’s Health‘s last cover featured Taylor Lautner next to the line “Six-Pack Abs,” and considering New Moon made a somewhat ridiculous fetish of its slow-motion shirt-doffing male stars, does this mean we’re entering a new phase of completely unrealistic body ideals for men? Or perhaps, this is just a moment where something that’s around us all the time just feels really in our faces. Tell me readers: How’s your situation?

Photo Credit: Mike: Scott Gries/PictureGroup/MTV

Taylor Lautner to star in 'Cancun': Spring break and drug cartels, eh?

We’re starting to get a hint of what post-Twilight careers might look like for the various costars. Ashley Greene seems headed for damsel-in-distress territory. Kellan Lutz will reportedly be the new hunk of beefcake in Calvin Klein underwear ads. (Fitting I think, since he never actually talks much in the movies. Are we allowed to say that? Too soon?) And according to the news yesterday, Lautner will be starring in a thriller called Cancun, the first movie from his own production company — founded with his father Dan Lautner — partnered with Summit Entertainment. In it, he’ll play a misfit college kid on spring break who has to rescue a girl and her friends using kick-ass martial arts when they are taken hostage by a drug cartel. So it looks like Taylor is planning to be an action star. From 1986. Seriously, isn’t that the plot of Crocodile Dundee II, with a little Commando thrown in? Not that I’m opposed of course — Commando has its charms, and it makes sense that Taylor wants to show off his fighting skills. But spring break and a drug cartel? What do you think?

Photo Credit: Bob Charlotte /PR Photos

Taylor Lautner's 'SNL' promos: Ideas for sketches?

The promos for Taylor Lautner’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig this weekend reference the fact that he plays a werewolf in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and that he’s roughly half the age of much of the cast (he tells Kristen Wiig she reminds him of his mom). I was waiting for a joke about him being clothed for once, but I guess some things are too obvious. Regardless, I’m looking forward to Lautner taking center stage. He’s game (see: his mini-motorcycle race against Jimmy Fallon) and he’s physical (see: the adorable asskicker in 2005). Secretly, I’m hoping Taylor Swift pops up for either a monologue shout-out or some kind of sketch about the two Taylors trying to avoid the paparazzi on their friendly dates. I’m also hoping there’s a sketch about all the crazy projects Lautner and his agents must be getting pitched now. Feel free to use my Gymkata remake idea, folks.

What are your ideas?

'New Moon' costume designer Tish Monaghan on Edward's suit and Jacob's cut-offs

You have to immediately like a costume designer who’ll admit that she’s wearing sweatpants while chatting with you from her Vancouver home. We phoned Tish Monaghan, who took over styling duties for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, to talk about how Edward ended up in a suit, why Jacob’s muscles are bulging through his shirt (when he actually wears one), what department mandated that the wolf pack’s jean shorts be extra tight, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Anyone who’s listened to the Twilight DVD commentary knows that Robert Pattinson wasn’t a fan of Edward’s pea coat.
TISH MONAGHAN: He wasn’t a fan of the pea coat. He wore it in virtually every scene, and I think maybe he just got tired of it. I’m guessing. [Laughs] He just wanted a more mature look. That was part of Edward’s Grade 11 year, and now he’s getting into his graduation year, he’s in a relationship. He had worn hoodies and jeans and sneakers, and Robert, the director [Chris Weitz], and I all wanted to portray him more as a gentleman, more elegant and classic. With our vampire characters, I always went back to the time period in which they were turned to see if there’s any element I could try to simulate in contemporary clothing. He came out of the Edwardian period, around 1910. Of course, most of the gentleman from that time would be wearing suits, coats, hats, etc. We had to pick something that was iconic for the character that would suffice to be used throughout the whole film. At the very beginning of the film, he has one school outfit, and then there’s Bella’s birthday party and disaster strikes. So Edward ends up in that same costume for the remainder of the film. I was thinking of just putting him in a dress shirt and a pair of pants, but Robert wanted to be in a suit. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Lautner and James Franco: Who will be a better 'SNL' host?

When SNL announced yesterday that James Franco and Taylor Lautner would be hosting in December, I had one thought: Man, I would love to see these two wrestle. Just kidding: I thought man, James Franco is going to obliterate poor Taylor Lautner and his biceps of teenwolf lust.

In Lautner’s defense, he’ll be one of the youngest hosts the show has ever had — a few months shy of his 18th birthday puts him among the 10 youngest. I’m worried that we might have a January Jones redux on our hands, though: Lautner is famous for one and only one thing, and given how much the show has struggled this season to give hosts a variety of material, that’s going to make writing for him pretty tough. Might he be charismatic and nimble enough to carry it anyway? Eh…live TV has slayed far mightier foes.

Which brings us to Franco. Franco hosted last year, and he did a pretty solid job — plus he’s a naturally funny guy who has been in many comedies. He’s also shown himself to be a really good sport about making fun of himself, which is often what the best SNL sketches come from.

I think Franco has this locked down, PopWatchers. Maybe the question is will Lautner be a disaster, or can he hold his own?

Photo credit: Lautner: Tina Gill/PR Photos; Franco: Albert L. Or

'New Moon' polls: Switching teams? Bella really the best role model?

Before the release of New Moon, nearly 8,000 PopWatch readers voted in our “Team Edward or Team Jacob” poll, with 62 percent being emphatically Team Edward. As promised, we’re doing a post-premiere poll to find out if Jacob’s onscreen transformation — and the pain Edward put Bella through — has earned the werewolf any points. Vote again after the jump.

A more interesting question has turned out to be whether Bella is really the best role model in the film. We’re flashing a giant SPOILER ALERT here so we can have an open discussion. Let’s be clear: It’s not a question of abstaining from premarital sex, should you still be living in a time when that’s all that being a “good role model” meant. It’s about whether you would want your daughter to be so infatuated with a guy that she loses herself entirely for months when he leaves her. Of course you wouldn’t. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen to young girls and women. (Let’s just hope that Twilight‘s supernatural component, and the fact that Bella couldn’t talk to anyone about Edward since that would mean revealing that he’s a vamp, accounts for the supersized recovery time.) READ FULL STORY

The 'Twilight' at midnight experience: tears, screams, heavy medication

Thursday Evening: We’re going to see the midnight opening of New Moon. The theater is already half full at 10 pm. Lots of teenagers, lots of females. High school-ers are snapping pictures of each other. The girls sitting in front of us are watching the first Twilight on an iPhone. Across the aisle, a teenage blonde girl in sneakers reaches into her purse and starts counting prescription pill bottles: “One. Two. Three. Four. Controlled. Controlled.”  The girl behind her (a brunette in boots) opens her own purse. “I have five,” she says. Teenagers are weird.

The theater is selling T-shirts by the snack stand: Team Edward (Rob Pattinson wearing his constipated James Dean frown) and Team Jacob (Taylor Lautner modeling his cocky roid-rage sneer.) Me: “I’m from Entertainment Weekly. Which shirt is selling more?” Theater employee: “We’re actually not allowed to talk to anybody from the media.” You and everyone who works on Avatar, dude! READ FULL STORY

Do 'New Moon's' werewolves belong on Daytona Beach?

For those of you searching for a safe reason to lambaste Twilight: New Moon without sounding like a grumpy old fogy, Asylum.com has the answer: New Moon‘s werewolves simply aren’t werewolves.  “They’re cheap shape-shifters,” says Asylum’s Nick Ross. “Those men belong on Daytona Beach.”

Yes yes, that’s why I can’t bear to see New Moon: the faux werewolves. Better to be a horror film connoisseur than an aging movie snob. (Check out the video, after the jump.)

Kudos to Ross and Co., though any video that begins with musical cues from Teen Wolf and closes with Tracy Jordan’s Werewolf Bar Mitzvah has a pretty flexible understanding of werewolf mythology, no? READ FULL STORY

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