Taylor Lautner had the treat of dining with Milk director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black last night at LA's Bottega Louie. The trio may be working on a future movie project, but first up for Taylor will be September's Abduction. Dustin has been busy, too, as his latest project, J. Edgar, was recently in production. Taylor's upcoming action movie sees him share the screen with Lily Collins, while John Singleton worked behind the cameras. John recently spoke about Taylor Lautner in Abduction, saying the role is quite different than what Twilight fans are used to. John said of Taylor, "[He's] strong and charismatic. I've done some stuff that I'm sure all the young ladies will really love . . . and it's beyond taking his shirt off. It's about him having a different kind of swag than he does as Jacob. In this movie, he's Nathan Harper and he's a kicka*s dude in this movie."
The Real World: San Francisco will always have a special place in my heart — for Puck's antics, for Judd's dorky cuteness, but mostly for Pedro. Fifteen years ago, Pedro Zamora moved into a house with those six strangers and proceeded to show America what living with HIV was like.
Tonight, MTV remembers Zamora with Pedro: The Movie, a 90-minute TV movie based on his life. Somewhat oddly, it's not a documentary, but a drama with actors in the roles of the Real World housemates, Zamora's family, and Sean Sasser, Zamora's partner, whom he married on the show. I wonder if MTV couldn't get the original castmates to reunite for an in-person tribute?
One of the most intriguing things about this project is its writer, Dustin Lance Black, an Oscar winner for a little film called Milk. I'm curious to see how he gives voice to Pedro's story — and if it will seem relevant to a new generation of MTV-watchers who might not remember that San Francisco Real World season. To watch a trailer for the film, just read more
James Franco joined Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black yesterday to pose for photos as they promote Milk in London. Their film doesn't open in the UK until next Friday, but the Brits seem to be loving it already. The movie just picked up multiple BAFTA nominations, including nods for Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. James and his cast mates skipped out on this year's Golden Globes, but with praise pouring in from many other directions, they have reason to be optimistic about next week's Oscar nominations.