Tabloid Tidbits

Fans Invited To Pick Own Best Picture

The U.S. online movie ticket broker Fandango is inviting fans to pick their favorite film of 2008 from among the year’s 10 top-grossing movies.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to present the Oscar for best picture of 2008 Sunday but Fandango reported that, in a recent poll on its Web site, 81 percent of moviegoers said the academy’s picks are out of touch with mainstream film choices. None of 2008’s top 10 box office hits ranks among the academy’s five best picture nominees.

This year, Fandango is asking fans to vote online through Feb. 27 for the film they think truly deserves the honor as the best movie of the previous year.

Fandango’s first Fan Choice Award will be presented April 2 at ShoWest, the world’s largest theatrical convention, Fandango said.

The 10 nominees for the ShoWest/Fandango Fan Choice Award are: “The Dark Knight,”

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who,” “Hancock,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Iron Man,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Twilight” and “Wall-E.”


Robert Pattinson: I’ve Lost a Huge Chunk Of My Life

Robert Pattinson has lost a “huge chunk” of his life since becoming famous.

The British actor, 22, became a household name playing vampire Edward Cullen in the recent Twilight movie; a role he’ll reprise alongside costars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart in sequel New Moon later this year.

He can soon be starring as Spanish painter Salvador Dali in the upcoming indie drama Little Ashes.

But despite being one of Hollywood’s most most in-demand young actors, Pattinson feels his fledgling star status is causing him to miss out on some of his favorite pastimes.

He says, “I used to love playing live at open mics at bars. You could go nuts and be completely free.

“It would be a cathartic experience for me.

“I’ve lost a huge chunk of my life.”


Taylor Lautner Excited About New Moon

With production for New Moon beginning next month, there is no one more excited about the Twilight sequel than 16 year old Taylor Lautner.

Lautner’s character, Jacob Black, had a supporting role in Twilight, but in New Moon, Black steps in as a leading man. In order to prepare for his upcoming role as a masculine and powerful werewolf, Taylor Lautner hit the gym and built 26 pounds of muscle to fill the shoes of Jacob Black – and he’s looking forward to showing off his new physique.

He told Twist, “The quote I love the most is Jacob’s quote, ‘Does my being half-naked bother you?'”

He continued, “That quote cracks me up! Because you know, that’s when he’s shirtless, not wearing a top – we’ll have to wait to see what he looks like.”

Showing off his newly buff body isn’t something that Lautner is used to. He confessed, “It’ll be interesting and weird!”

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson reprise their respective roles as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in New Moon, and Pattinson is humbled by the opportunity to act in the vampire saga. Pattinson said, “I’m just happy to be a part of this series.”

New Moon is the second in the Twilight series, based on novels written by Stephenie Mayer. The film is set for a November 20, 2009 US release date.

Twilight is still running in some theaters and will be released on DVD on March 21, 2009. The movie is available for Preorder Now!


Pattinson vs. Stewart Box Office Battle Over Before it Starts

Looks like the much-anticipated Box Office showdown between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart has been called off.

According to a source close to Pattinson’s Little Ashes, the movie’s release has been pushed from March 27 to May 8. The March date was significant as it marked the opening of Stewart’s movie Adventureland.

The new May release means the two stars—who famously played lovers in Twilight—will no longer go head-to-head on their respective opening weekend.

“It was going to be fun, the little competition with the two films,” says the Ashes source. “But this gives everyone time to really give Ashes the attention it needs.”

The timing issue came with the success of Departures, an Oscar-nominated film being released by Regent Releasing, the same company handling Little Ashes.

“They want to give Departures the attention and budget it deserves,” says the source. “And then move onto Ashes.”

Pattinson plays the artist Salvador Dali in Ashes.


Best Head of Hair?

Regular awards shows? Bo-ring! (Case in point: JoBros shut out of a Grammy and no Twilight love at the Oscars. Thanks, lame adult award deciders!)

When it comes to what’s cool, only teens (especially 4TNZ!) know what’s up!

That’s why it’s time to introduce the 4TNZeez Awards: The LOLz of the year that YOU vote on!

Here’s the first category:

Best Hair We Want to Touch (Male)


Robert Pattinson (Greasy or not, still totally hot!)

Joe Jonas (From faux hawk to flat iron, always looking good!)

Nick Jonas (Is it possible to make those curls into a pasta and eat them? Yum!)

Zac Efron (They should just call his ‘do “The Froninator”)

Cody Linley (Windswept and gel-tastic!)


Robert Pattinson: The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Being Robert Pattinson these days isn’t as easy as you might guess. His newfound mega-celebrity is causing its share of problems.

Robert is afraid of his mail. The Brit actor doesn’t want to go through his fan mail and find something shocking.

“I go through fan mail myself,” Pattinson told ShowbizSpy, “but I think I might get them censored, because I’m always expecting to get the one thing that says, ‘I know where you live and I’m going to kill you!’

“I’m always expecting that to come, but it never seems to arrive. I never get any negative mail, so someone must be censoring them.”

Pattinson will need to get used to large crowds because he’s expected to appear in front of more of them in coming days. Case in point will be an appearance by Rob at the Oscars. So far he hasn’t confirmed the rumor, but a stint by Rpattz as an Academy Awards presenter makes a lot of sense. Last year the show’s ratings sucked, and Robert is a crowd draw anywhere he goes in the world right now.

Rob says he’s even afraid of crowds, too.

“I’m just scared of crowds,” he said. “I just think people require things of me whenever there’s a screaming crowd, and I always think I won’t be able to provide what they want, so that’s why I look scared all the time.”

The independent drama Little Ashes starring Rob as a young Salvador Dali is scheduled for a March release, so his next appearance at the Oscars might just be as an award winner. If early reviews of his role in Little Ashes are accurate, he does an outstanding job in his portrayal of Dali. After his role as Edward Cullen in Twilight, a chance to show real range in his acting appealed to him.

The huge success of Twilight and his role as Edward has already caused him to “lost a huge chunk of my life,” as he recently lamented.

Now he knows his life won’t be nearly as quiet as it used to be. He won’t be able to do the things he once enjoyed before becoming a mega-star.

“I used to love playing live at open mics at bars. You could go nuts and be completely free. It would be a cathartic experience for me.” Pattinson said.

For Robert Pattinson, these are the best of times and the worst of times as his meteoric rise comes complete with an equal portion of sacrifice.



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