The face of the "Twilight" franchise could have, quite literally, looked entirely different a few years ago. After the success of the first "Twilight" film, director Chris Weitz was brought on board for the follow-up "New Moon." With Catherine Hardwicke's departure, there was talk of possible cast replacements, namely swapping out the original Jacob Black... Taylor Lautner!

Of course, today we'll be chatting with the one-and-only star suited to play Jacob when Taylor sits down with us for "MTV First: Taylor Lautner," a special in which the teen heartthrob will not only take questions from us, but the fans as well. The actor will also premiere the trailer for his latest movie, the action vehicle "Abduction."

Since the very beginning of "Twlight" right up until today, we've built some great memories with Taylor: his encounter with Les Grossman, comparing his abs to those of his co-star Robert Pattinson, when he learned about a Twi-hard's crazy tattoo and his itchy Jacob wig. But our all-time favorite Taylor moment came back in 2008 when the then-16-year-old humbly fought to keep his place in the "Twilight" saga.

When the rumors began flying that a then-scrawnier Taylor might get replaced by actor Michael Copon, Taylor kept calm and simply did what he needed to do to stay in the wolf pack.


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2008 was a simpler time for Taylor Lautner. Still known primarily as the kid from "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D," the biggest concern for the then-16-year-old (egads!) wasn't yet relentless paparazzi and hardcore fans, but rather, the itchiness of his "Twilight" wig.

But even now with his increasingly-hectic life, the star is taking time to join us this Wednesday (April 13) for "MTV First: Taylor Lautner" for an interview, in which he'll take questions from fans and premiere the trailer for his upcoming action flick, "Abduction."

We've come to have a lot of our own fond memories of Taylor over these past few years, so in preparation for his special, we've been counting down our top five favorite MTV moments with Taylor. Thurs far we've looked back at his Gross(man) encounter of a Les kind, as well as his his ab-off with co-star Robert Pattinson, and a run-in with an inked-up Twi-hard.

In our #2 moment, we hop in the sorta-way-back machine to the set of the very first "Twilight," where Taylor told us all about the fake hair that helped him transform to teen wolf Jacob Black.


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What ever happened to young fiction fans getting along? According to Twitter trends today, you are either #TeamTwilight, #TeamNarnia or #TeamHarryPotter. But what if we're all three?

In our opinion, each series definitely has their merits. With "Harry Potter" you have a great story about coming of age and having to conquer the unconquerable obstacles in your path, while in "Twilight" you have love in its purest form and in "Narnia" you have a tale of family that sticks together through thick and thin to do the best for the world around them. Can't we just love them all?!

There are plenty of reasons each of them could count as our favorites, and after the jump we detail why we feel that way. Then YOU can duke it out in the comments section and on Twitter!


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All this week we've been counting down our favorite RPattz moments in preparation for "MTV First: Robert Pattinson," a 30-minute chat in which the actor will take questions from our own Josh Horowitz and fans like you, in addition to debuting an exclusive new clip from his latest movie "Water for Elephants."

It's not easy to narrow all of Robert's memorable moments down to just five -- so far we've reminisced about his very first interview with MTV, that awkward/sexy near-kiss with Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards, his first trip to the Academy Awards and his thoughts on "Twilight" brand glitter lube -- but our #1 choice was a no-brainer.

Now, we here at MTV get a lot of interesting responses from celebrities during interviews. Sometimes it's a detailed account about their latest venture, other times it's an out-of-left field anecdote that sets the conversation on a very different course. Then there are the times when Robert Pattinson describes something as "bullsh--."


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When you're as famous and desired as Robert Pattinson, you're bound to run into some truly bizarre requests from time to time. But that doesn't make it any less strange or unsettling when you come into contact with "Twilight" lube.

All week long we've been counting down the days until "MTV First: Robert Pattinson," our special 30-minute interview on MTV and with Rob where he'll premiere a clip from his upcoming movie "Water for Elephants" and field some questions from Josh Horowitz and fans, by bringing you our five favorite RPattz moments.

So far, we've reintroduced you to Rob's very first interview with MTV, his infamous near-kiss with "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart on stage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards and his first appearance on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. But today, we're going into decidedly darker waters by exploring the weird world of glitter lube.


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In case you missed it, Robert Pattinson fans are in for a big treat this Friday (March 18) when the "Twilight" sensation joins us for "MTV First: Robert Pattinson," a live 30-minute event where he'll premiere an exclusive new clip from "Water for Elephants" and answer many of your questions. Not a bad deal, right?

We're very excited about the RPattz event, and to celebrate the occasion, we'll be here all week counting down our five favorite MTV moments with the worldwide super-star, starting with today's look back at Robert's very first interview here on MTV!


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HighlanderSome time has passed since the last "Highlander" remake update. Over a year, in fact – last we'd heard, "Fast Five" director Justin Lin was attached to direct with Neal Moritz producing for Summit Entertainment. "Iron Man" screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were working on the script.

But as the old "Highlander" adage goes, there can be only one… and as of right now, it's neither Marcum nor Holloway who will be writing the screenplay.

Instead of sticking with the "Iron Man" duo, the "Highlander" screenwriting gig is staying in the Summit family. Heat Vision reports that "Twilight" writer Melissa Rosenberg is in negotiations for the remake, with Moritz and Lin both still attached to the project and Peter Davis also on board as a producer.


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FrankensteinWe've done vampires, we've done werewolves and we've done zombies, so apparently what the world needs now is a healthy dose of "Frankenstein" projects. Back in early December we learned that Sony was planning on a contemporary retelling of the classic horror story, and we speculated what other monster tales could use modern reboot. But, looking back, we honestly should have known better. Of course studios aren't going to move on to a new story until we've been inundated with Frankenstein-related projects!

Enter Summit Entertainment's purchase of the upcoming young adult novel "This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein." And if you thought that Sony's version of "Frankenstein" would be going after the "Twilight" crowd, wait until you hear how hard Summit is trying. Following the trend of purchasing YA novels that seem like they'll be popular before they're actually released, Deadline is reporting that "Twilight" producer Karen Rosenfelt is backing the adaptation of the Kenneth Oppel novel.

And guess what: it even has a love triangle! Read More...

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Earlier this week, Paul Giamatti was at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to support his film, "Win Win," a title that also aptly describes another flick the recent Golden Globe-winner has on his horizon: "Cosmopolis."

Why is "Win Win" so fitting a description of Giamatti's participation in "Cosmopolis"? Well, he gets work with director David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson, of course!

After Giamatti, who stood with his "Win Win" costar Bobby Cannavale, admitted he was "not sure" when production on "Cosmopolis" would come together, there was one thing that was certain: he'd get to work with the "dreamiest man alive."


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Kristen StewartWith Amanda Seyfried featured in the upcoming adaptation of "Red Riding Hood," could Kristen Stewart be the next actress to accomplish every young girl's dream and, quite literally, step into a fairytale? That seems to be the talk surrounding the "Twilight" star and Universal's buzzed-about action-adventure, "Snow White and the Huntsman."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 20-year-old's name keeps cropping up at Universal.

In fact, while other actresses have already screen-tested for the latest adaptation of the classic (including, among others, Stewart's "Runaways" co-star Riley Keough, "Sucker Punch" actress Emily Browning, and Felicity Jones, whose "Like Crazy" was a Sundance breakthrough), the studio seems anxious to make it Stewart's first project after "Breaking Dawn" wraps up.

We've had our own thoughts on who should snag the coveted role as Snow White in director Rupert Sanders' modern day take on the Brothers Grimm tale, but a post-"Twilight" Stewart could be more than enough of a draw for Universal to call off the search for any other actresses.

Whether or not Stewart goes from Bella Swan to Snow White, she would certainly be in good company. The project has already had big names like Johnny Depp (for said Huntsman, natch) and Charlize Theron (in talks to play the evil queen Ravenna) thrown into the ring. In fact, THR also reports today that Viggo Mortensen is eyeing a role (likely the Huntsman) in the film.

Do you think Kristen Stewart would make for a good Snow White?

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