For months now, "Twilight" Tuesdays have been bringing you your weekly fix of news about Stephenie Meyer's vampire series and Catherine Hardwicke's movie adaptation. This week, we're also bringing news about our own little venture, the MTV Video Music Awards, where stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will be presenting an award.
(That won't be the first time the Edward/Bella/Jacob love triangle will reunite in coming weeks. Read about why the cast is back on the "Twilight" set here.)
Back in May, Pattinson, Stewart and Cam Gigandet graced the MTV Movie Awards preshow before we debuted the first completed scene of the film. But it looks like their profiles have risen quite a bit in the past three months, because when the VMAs air live September 7, the actors will get the prime-time treatment.
"I've watched the VMAs in the past, and the presenters are always, like, these mega-stars like Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner," Lautner, who plays werewolf-to-be Jacob in the movie, told MTV News. "And now, you know, for me to be doing that, I'm really lucky and excited and looking forward to it."
The 16-year-old, whose only other big credit is 2005's "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl," is gradually getting used to the limelight. He said the cast has been going to a lot of magazine shoots recently (including one for Vanity Fair), and they're all ramping up the publicity now that the movie's release date has changed to November 21. And perhaps after facing the screaming hoards at Comic-Con, his "craziest experience" so far, the VMAs will be a piece of cake.
The budding teen star is going to the show as a fan too. "I've watched some of the videos this year, and one of my favorites that's going to be up as a nominee is Chris Brown's 'Forever,' " he said. "It's a really, really cool video, and Chris Brown — he's like an acrobat, like me. I do a lot of flips and tricks, and he does too."
This year's VMAs, hosted by British comic and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" co-star Russell Brand, will feature just-announced live performances from Rihanna, T.I., Pink and Paramore, alongside previously announced performers the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne and Kid Rock. The big show will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. on September 7 from the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.
Lautner said he'll be trying on some spiffy outfits from John Varvatos for the show, but it's going to be tough to squeeze the fittings into his schedule. In addition to his "Twilight" duties, he's also shooting his role in the new NBC series "My Own Worst Enemy," on which he plays Christian Slater's son.
"Christian Slater's character has two lives: He's like the clumsy family man, and then in his other life, he's like this assassin superspy," Lautner explained. "I have the blood of his assassin side. They don't know where it comes from. All of a sudden, I'm this star soccer player, and I'm really good at martial arts."
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