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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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Taylor Lautner's new movie is called "Abduction," but if you've ever seen the 19-year-old "Twilight" star without his shirt off, you know they probably just could have called it "Ab-duction." (See what we did there?)

If you're a fan of Taylor and his famous physique, then you'll most certainly want to tune in for "MTV First: Taylor Lautner," a sit-down interview on Wednesday, April 13, with the actor in which he'll answer fan questions and premiere the first trailer for his latest, "Abduction."

We'll be counting down to the big event by looking back at our top five all-time favorite MTV moments with Taylor. Yesterday we reminisced about his run-in with Les Grossman in our #5 moment and today we'll reflect on the "New Moon" red carpet interview in which Taylor compared his famous abs to those of his equally-adored co-star Robert Pattinson.


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Harry Potter vs. Twilight

If you caught our "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" premiere live stream last week then you've already been introduced to the fact that I am a pretty huge "Harry Potter" fan. I've been reading these books since I was 11 years old and seen each film the weekend it's been released since "Sorcerer's Stone" first hit theaters.

That being said, I've also kept up to date on the "Twilight" franchise, though I didn't get into the books until after "Eclipse" was released. I thought "Breaking Dawn" was a pretty big letdown (so sue me, I thought Edward was going to reclaim his "soul" and return to his human form, allowing him and Bella to live happily ever after without her being changed to a vampire), and I haven't been in love with the movies. So while my "Twilight" knowledge ranks up there with the best of them, I wouldn't say I'm the series' biggest fan. Read More...

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The world is full of ninjas, robots, zombies... all manner of fantastical creatures. Still, we all knew that it would eventually come down to this all-star match-up: vampires vs. space aliens.

The 2010 MTV Movie Awards nominations have officially been announced. "The Hangover" actually leads the pack, with six nominations. Big-ticket "Best Movie" contenders "Avatar" and "New Moon" each have five noms and they face off in three categories. Will the top-grossing movie of all time be able to defeat the enduring appeal of the Cullen/Swan/Black love triangle? The odds would seem to favor James Cameron's blue aliens, but MTV's audience does have a great love for the "Twilight." I'd run a poll to see what you readers think but, well... that's what the voting page is for. For more of a rundown on the nominees, check out the full report on

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November 18, 2011.

That's when Twilighters will flock to movie theaters for what could be the last time. Summit has confirmed to MTV the news that "Breaking Dawn," the final chapter in Stepehenie Meyer's "Twilight" series is due for release in November '11. Interestingly, there's still no official word on whether it will be one or two movies. Deadline cites "Summit sources" as saying that it's a two-parter, and that recently revealed director Bill Condon is locked in for both. Read More...

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FROM MTV.COM: While there were midnight parties for the "New Moon" DVD and Blu-ray release taking place across the country Friday night, only those living in the Los Angeles area were treated to the company of both the director and a main star. Director Chris Weitz and actress Nikki Reed traveled to the Wal-Mart in Santa Clarita to celebrate the release.

"I like to go to Wal-Mart to hold press conferences just at odd moments, so this is not my first time," Weitz joked when he spoke with MTV News at the event. "But usually people don't show up with cameras. I'm just talking to an imaginary microphone."

'New Moon' Star Nikki Reed Amazed By Crowd At DVD Release

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This morning's Daily TwitPic has something for everyone. Twilighters can take pleasure in the fact that their favorite franchise gets a pop culture shout. Lovers of comedy can appreciate the look of raw excitement on Aziz Ansari's face at the sight of a "New Moon" werewolf. And let's face it: everyone can enjoy Ansari. The dude is hilarious, even when he's ranting about IMAX injustices.

That pretty much sums up your twitpic for this morning. Ansari can't believe what he's seeing in "New Moon," that "those kids are wolves!" He apparently missed the trailers. And TV spots. And bajillion stills scattered across the Internet. Or maybe he's just playing up his excitement, for the sake of comedy. Yeah, more likely that. Read More...

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Jamie Chung saw this coming a week ago. A 4.4 earthquake hit Los Angeles this morning, and I though she didn't seem to notice on her account, it registered with other faces in Twitter-Wood like Samm Levine, Alison Brie and Tyrese Gibson.

Aziz Ansari probably slept through it, though, as his recent postings indicate he was up late watching the "Twilight" movies. You can check out his reaction to a "New Moon" spoiler below. After the jump, you can also read Fred Durst's manicure advice for Tyra Banks and a tip for Best Buy from Steve Agee. It's in Twitter-Wood for 16th, 2010. Read More...

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FROM MTV.COM: In the eyes of the Academy Awards, "The Hurt Locker" was the Best Picture of 2009. But a loyal army of Twilighters feel differently — and this week, they're making their opinions known at one of Hollywood's most visible annual conventions.

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" has been selected for the ShoWest/Fandango Fan Choice Award, which will be presented Thursday at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. The Fan Choice Award was voted on by nearly 50,000 moviegoers, who were asked on Fandango to select their favorite film of 2009.

Continue reading 'New Moon' To Receive Fan Choice Award At ShoWest

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"New Moon" is scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-ray this Saturday, though fans will be able to pick it up starting on Friday night at midnight (yes, technically Saturday) from many entertainment retailers. Last week we brought you a tiny look at what you'll get on the DVD, and now here's a bigger taste. There are three clips in all, pulled from the behind-the-scenes special features, which you can check out below.


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