Over the weekend, producer Bryan Singer was questioned at a church event about recent X-Men: First Class casting rumors and Wolverine 2. Also, a new unconfirmed report regarding what role Kevin Bacon might play in the upcoming X-Men prequel hit the web. We cover all this and more, after the jump.

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Not even a day after word came out on the talented-but-unknown Andrew Garfield making minuscule earnings for the Spider-Man reboot, there’s a report of less-talented-but-better-known stars scoring a huge payday. This might not be so frustrating to read if the stars in question didn’t happen to be, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the leads of the Twilight series.

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Elisabeth Röhm has joined the cast of John Singleton‘s Bourne-styled teen action film Abduction. The film stars The Twilight Saga: New Moon star Taylor Lautner as a teenager named Nathan “who has long felt disconnected from his parents, and figures out why. That unleashes a chain of violent events.”

After discovering his own baby picture on a missing persons website, he realizes a deep dark secret — his parents kidnapped him as a child and raised him as their own. This realization unlocks a huge conspiracy, and Nathan and his girlfriend must go on the run. I’ve heard it’s Bourne meets Hitchcock for the Twilight Disturbia crowd.

Ricky Business reports that Röhm will play Lautner character’s biological mother, a role in which Emily Mortimer had previously been cast.

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I know you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting for this news, so rest easy: Summit has confirmed via press release that its adaptation of Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight novel, will be broken into two films so as to maximize profit from the soon to be completed series. Contract negotiations were the reason that it has taken so long between rumor and announcement. Bill Condon directs both films, which could lend them an air of respectability. Just an air, mind you.

All I want to know now is: which of the two films will have the craziest vampire super baby scenes?

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Taylor Lautner‘s action film Abduction, to be directed by John Singleton, just got an extra dose of class. Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast as “a psychiatrist to Lautner’s character, who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.” Also in the supporting cast are Lily Collins and Alfred Molina. [Variety]

After the break, Ashley Judd is back, and HBO’s movie blogger drama gets yet another cast member. Read More »

Les Grossman

Last week, MTV released a new television promo for the upcoming 2010 Movie Awards featuring Tom Cruise not only reprising his role as Joel Goodsen from Risky Business, but also donning the fat suit to reprise his much talked about role as studio executive Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder. Now Grossman has returned for another couple television spots where he advises Twilight series stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Watch the videos now, embedded after the jump.

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I really want to write more about Melancholia, the upcoming film from Lars Von Trier, but we just don’t know very much right now. What we do know today is that John Hurt has joined the cast. Always great to see him in a new film, and it will be nice to see him really in a Trier movie, rather than just hearing him. (Hurt narrated Dogville and Manderlay, and did a fantastic job of it, too.)

Hurt joins Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier and Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard. The “beautiful film about the end of the world” shoots in July. [THR]

After the break, Channing Tatum breaks down, Ellen Page dramatizes a doc and Alfred Molina goes after Taylor Lautner. Read More »

Movie Trailer: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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The full trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse debuted on today Oprah, and if her stamp of approval isn’t enough to get you excited about the third film in the Twilight series, I don’t know what is.

OK, enough sarcasm, but I will say this: perhaps the trailer has deliberately gone extra heavy on a promise of action, but this looks like the Twilight movie with the most running so far. Is that worth anything? Check it out after the break and find out. Read More »

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I’ll be fairly well amused if Kellan Lutz ends up being the real breakout star from Twilight. He’s in a few films now, and even though he lost the lead role in Conan, the fact that he’s not angling for ridiculous paydays (a la Taylor Lautner) makes me think he’ll be around for a minute.

Now he’s set to co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in Deathgames. Former VFX supervisor Jonah Loop is making his directorial debut with the film, which is about “a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire.” Jackson’s life sounds more or less like the existence I dreamed of when I was 16. [THR]

After the break, more on another Twilight star’s new movie, and Ethan Hawke is attached to a mysterious movie. Read More »