The more things change the more things stay the same. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs lately, as you can tell by previous posts. I went permanent at work (yea for no more probation!), but there has been some drama too. Thank goodness for my blog stats. I know that life goes on when I see people are still fascinated with Luke Grimes.

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A few hours ago I had 46 views on my blog for the day, a pretty good day for me. As of 10 minutes ago it was up to 102. Now it’s 106! All I have to say is, “Thank you, Taylor Lautner! Thank you and your abs of steel!”

Pleased to meat you! I mean MEET you!

I wish I could post the video. I’ll work on it, but for now here’s the link. There are possible spoilers if you haven’t read New Moon and have been living under a rock.

Thanks, Access Hollywood, for this video, but we apparently disagree on the whole 6-pack/8-pack thing. Maybe I hallucinated.

Edit 12Jan09

Defamer adds:

‘Access Hollywood’ Eager To Perv All Over Teenage ‘Twilight’ Star

Meet 16-year-old Taylor Lautner! The Twilight star almost lost his role in the sequel unless he could massively bulk up. Now, the media wants to slobber over those results. Did we mention he’s 16?

Being a child actor is a terrible thing for almost anyone, but we especially feel for Lautner, who Summit very publicly flirted with firing for the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon. Lautner’s Jacob Black is supposed to become an incredibly tall, muscular fellow in between installments, and speculation had it that the teenager might be recast with an actor more physically appropriate. However, Lautner immediately began a workout plan that would put this Dr. Phil teen bodybuilder to shame, and now the media must see his bare flesh for approbation! “You’re ripped,” coos the Access Hollywood interviewer in the video below as Lautner flexes and shows off his abs. “How many inches around is that?” Do not watch this video unless you want to find yourself on several government watch lists and Dateline specials. Can somebody get this poor teenager a McNugget?

On December 7 (Happy Birthday to me!) we got news of Catherine Hardwicke’s departure from New Moon. Now on January 7 we get news of Taylor Lautner’s return to the cast. I wonder if this is the start of a pattern.

From Steph herself:

Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz:

I’m very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he’s doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.

The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.

very best

Chris Weitz

I’d just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. I’m truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he’s going to bring to Jacob’s character this year.

– Steph

Unlike MTV, I understand that there are spoilers in their article. I’m moving this conversation to my Twilight page.