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New Moon Meet Your New Director
March 6, 2009, 12:46 am
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New Moon has found their new director in the unlikely choice of Chris Weitz, best known for the classic American Pie. What can he bring to the Twilight sequel? Well he’s skilled in directing an action sequence, after his unnoticed work on the flop The Golden Compass.
Chris Weitz is best-known for his work with his brother Paul. The two directed and produced American Pie and then were nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay for About a Boy, which they also co-directed.-EW

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Chris Weitz on Taylor
January 28, 2009, 9:49 pm
Filed under: Jacob Black, New Moon, Taylor Lautner | Tags: , , , ,

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“Director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) picks up where Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke left off on the production that starts shooting March 23. One of his first tasks on the sequel was deciding to keep Lautner, whose gangly Native American high-schooler in the first film transforms into a hulking giant over the course of the book series as he fulfills his tribe’s destiny.

“Taylor is a formidable guy, kind of a great tool in the toolbox,” Weitz says of the nearly 17-year-old actor who has been working out daily and has packed on 29 pounds, most of it muscle. “In the first movie, we did not see or recognize how dangerous a character he could be.”

As for Taylor himself, “he can kill me with his left pinky. But he is too nice to do that. There is something compelling and sexy about him. He captures the spirit of Jacob.”



‘Twilight’ Kristen Stewart on ‘New Moon’ director Chris Weitz, Taylor Lautner’s muscles
January 22, 2009, 10:49 pm
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MTV caught up with Kristen Stewart at Sundance and got her take on “New Moon” director Chris Weitz and on Taylor Lautner staying on — and bulking up — as Jacob Black.

Stewart is one of the few actors from the film who has actually met with Weitz, who directed the absymal “The Golden Compass.” But she sounds very supportive of her new director.

“Chris is — on top of him being a really sweet guy — he is entirely devoted,” she explained to MTV. “And he’s very clearly not doing the movie just because it’s the next big thing. He really likes it a lot.”

She was also concerned about a change of actor playing Jacob and is relieved that Taylor is staying on.

“I’m so glad they didn’t have to find somebody else; we already had him! I didn’t understand all the deliberation on [whether to bring him back]. But now that it’s set, we can all rest.

“He’s really buff!” she exclaimed of Lautner. “He definitely is. It took him a lot of time.”

Kristen’s Bella will be hanging with Jacob for much of “New Moon.” But don’t worry about Edward, er, Robert Pattinson. She says he’s doing fine. Even with that controversial haircut!

“I think he’s OK,” Kristen told MTV about her fanged love interest. “He’s back in London now, which makes it easier for him. It’s funny. It only affects you when you come to something like [Sundance]. And then, other than that, he’s totally the same guy he always was.”

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