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Emile Hirsch is Hamlet, Rejoins Catherine Hardwicke

Emile Hirsch is set to star in a new modern-day adaptation of Hamlet

The 24-year-old actor will be re-teaming with his Lords of Dogtown director Catherine Hardwicke, who most recently helmed the smash hit Twilight.

Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen credit Emile with coming up with the idea for the modernized version of the Shakespeare classic.

Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) will adapt the story for its new setting in contemporary America.

Catherine Hardwicke: If I Stay...

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke plans to reunite with Summit Entertainment and direct an adaptation of the young-adult novel If I Stay.

The book, by Gayle Forman (“Sisters in Sanity”), hits shelves April 2. According to Variety, the story centers on 17-year-old gifted classical musician Mia and her indie rockstar boyfriend who’s forced to choose between life and death when she’s in a car accident with her family.

The Twilight DVD came out on Friday, with cast members making surprise midnight madness appearances.

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Catherine Hardwicke Fired!!!

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has been fired and won’t be returning to helm the sequel, reports Deadline Hollywood.

Sources reveal the acclaimed Thirteen director, “was difficult and irrational during the making of Twilight.” The franchise, which has already accrued $160+ million, headlined Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

The film studio, Summit Entertainment, has started preparing the sequel New Moon and to contain costs, they are considering making third book Eclipse back to back.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the firing of Hardwicke? Will you still see New Moon?

UPDATE: The movie studio has released the following statement: “Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the next installment in the newly minted Twilight film franchise. Summit’s targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, NEW MOON, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke’s required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen. Thus as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director for New Moon.

“I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon,” said Hardwicke. “Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel– it is a great story.”

Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the Twilight franchise and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Production. “We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of only adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch.”

Robert Pattinson Adores Apple

Robert Pattinson greets fans and takes questions while promoting Twilight at the Apple Store in Soho on Monday in New York City.

During the question and answer session, fans kept asking him to take off his hat to see his hair. Pattinson teased the crowd, which drew a big applause from the audience.

Catherine Hardwicke, who directed Twilight, sat beside Pattinson and also answered a few questions.

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