It’s become almost de rigueur to slag off the Twilight movies, with the usual tack being to criticise the films for not fitting into the horror/action/thriller tropes that fanboys feel movies about vampires ought to fulfil. Behind that is a rather unpleasant sense that the anger at the franchise stems from fury that someone has dared make a fantasy movie that isn’t designed for the geeks who like to should loudly on the internet. Perhaps worst of all is that these angry young men don’t even seem to appreciate that 90% of the major movies are made for them, so the vitriol they pour at Twilight, simply because it’s popular but not for them, is actually quite ridiculous. [Read more…]
Will Taylor Lautner be a big star outside the Twilight franchise? Abduction was supposed to be the movie that showed us if he could succeed without turning into a wolf, but to be honest it’s still impossible to tell. That’s not because Taylor does anything wrong, but because Abduction is so busy getting from A to B to C that it doesn’t really give its star time to show off more than he’s quite god at fighting and stunts.
The young actor plays Nathan, who’s happily living his suburban teenage life when he and friend Karen (Lily Collins) come across what appears to be a picture of him on a missing person’s website. Suspecting his parents may have abducted him as a child, Nathan’s life really goes haywire when armed men suddenly invade the family home and kill the people he believed were his mum and dad. [Read more…]
During the brief moment when it seemed Taylor Lautner was set to take over the Earth following the success of New Moon, he signed up star in Universal’s big budget take on the Stretch Armstrong toy. However the movie got stuck in a quagmire of script, budget and development problems.
Now it’s been revealed that the movie has moved across to Relativity Media (although it’ll still be released by Universal), and Deadline reports that a source has told them Lautner is out.
It appears Relativity is starting completely fresh and won’t be using any of the work done over at Universal on the project. They’re hoping to get a movie in cinemas on April 11th, 2014. It seems a tad ambitious to set a release date so early, but to ensure they get a good release window they’ve decided to slightly put the cart before the horse.
There’s no news on what direction they’re taking things (the Lautner take was a spy movie), except it’s safe to say the main character will be ridiculously stretchy.
It’s all going down at the Vue Westfield Stratford tonight, where the premiere of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is taking place! Those lovely folk over at Lovefilm are streaming it live, and we’ve got an embed of their feed which you can watch above from 5.30pm! So if you want watch R-Patz and Taylor Lautner walk the red carpet, click above.
There’s been a fair amount of talk about whether Taylor Lautner will have much of a career post Twilight. Few people were that interested in him in Abduction, and while he has a slew of other projects lined up, the jury’s still out on whether Lautner can escape Jacob.
However it appears he’s making a fairly smart move by helping to put together a small indie movie with a lauded director, which could help prove to naysayers he’s actually a decent actor.
THR reports that Taylor is currently in toalks to star in a low-budget flick for Good Will Hunting and Milk helmer Gus Van Sant. Details about the movie are a little sketchy, with not much more known than it’s based on a New Yorker article that Lautner has optioned and will probably shoot early next year. It’s not even known who’s writing the script.
It could be a very smart move on Lautner’s part as he tries to prove he’s not just a one franchise wonder.
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