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Jennifer Love Hewitt begs for a ‘Twilight’ role

“The Ghost Whisperer’s” Jennifer Love Hewitt hopes to trade in her small-screen time with the dearly departed for a big-screen shot with the undead. While praising all things “Twilight” in an interview with MTV News, the star confessed she’d do almost anything for a spot in the film franchise.

“I want a part so bad,” Hewitt revealed. “Any part’s fine. I will be the vampire who carries Robert Pattinson’s luggage in the airport. That is the part that I will play if they need it.”

Of course, Hewitt could have trouble pulling off the part of Pattinson’s vamp-porter, given her fan-girl reaction to the mere thought of meeting the man behind Edward Cullen.

“I’d pass out (if I met Robert),” the actress admitted. “I can’t talk about it, ’cause I’d pass out. It’s because he’s Edward. Listen, Edward can fly you through the forest. He’s like Aladdin with vampire teeth — there’s magic-carpet rides. He can sing. He can watch you sleep. He plays music. He sniffs your neck. I mean, please!”

Peter Jackson finds reboots redundant
Film fans who feel like they’ve seen it all before thanks to box office reboots, have an ally in director Peter Jackson. Though Jackson tried his own hand at a Hollywood remake with 2005’s “King Kong,” he now admits the habit’s gotten out of hand.

“I mean, personally I think that’s one of the most depressing things about the film industry generally today,” Jackson recently told the Los Angeles Times. “The writers and directors should be blamed just as much as the studios because really everything seems to be a remake or adapting a 1970s TV show that was never particularly good. Why anyone thinks that it would be a good feature film now, you know, goodness knows why.”

Actually, Jackson thinks he knows the answer, but it has more to do with making a quick buck at the box office than satisfying moviegoers.

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“I guess it’s easy to say it’s security that you know a studio is only prepared to put $150 million or $200 million into something if it’s a known quantity,” the Academy Award winner explained. “But at the same time I’m also aware that audiences are getting fed up with the lack of original ideas and original stories.”

Those weary of the trend should take heart. Just like everything else in Tinseltown, remakes and re-imaginings will one day go out of style.

“Everything in the film business tends to be cyclic and hopefully this all drains itself out in a couple years and we’ll be back into original stories again,” Jackson said.

Dish on the fly He now has nearly 3 million Twitter followers, and no one is more impressed by that fact than Ashton Kutcher himself. “I shut down a Web site everyday because I send too much traffic there from my Twitter feed,” the actor told the audience at last weekend’s other con, Fortune Magazine’s Brainstorm TECH 2009. Kutcher seemed amazed by the power and potential of his tweets, adding, “Do you know how much studios pay to get in touch with an actor’s audience?! I do all that with a touch of a button.” … A tough talking Marilyn Manson took to his MySpace blog and issued a warning to any journalists who dare make “cavalier statements” about him. “I will personally or with my fans’ help, greet them at their home and discover just how much they believe in their freedom of speech,” the shock rocker wrote. “I dare you all to write one more thing that you won’t say to my face. Because I will make you say it. In that manner. That is a threat.” Ahem.

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.

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