Morning Buzz: ‘Twilight’ Director Turns Down Sequel

Catherine Hardwicke, the female director that helmed the formerly #1 at the box office vampire flick Twilight, will not be directing its sequel, according to E!. Hardwick delivered the biggest opening weekend ever for a female director, but she released a statement that the “timing” was off for her to direct New Moon, the cinematic adaption of the second book in the Twilight series. “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.” Variety reports that Hardwicke wanted more time to work on New Moon and it’s CGI effect but Summit Entertainment (the studio that produced Twilight) wants the film to begin production for a late 2009 release.

Us reports that Big Love actress Ginnifer Goodwin and American Pie and former Katie Holmes fiance Chris Klein have ended their two-year relationship. They first met at Goodwin’s birthday party in 2007 after working on the film Day Zero together.

Paula Abdul is looking to sell her home after an obsessed fan and previous American Idol auditioner named Paula Goodspeed committed suicide outside of it in October, according to Us. Sources say that Abdul is looking to sell the property and move into a gated community. The official word is that Abdul needs more “space.”

Box Office Mojo reports that the Reese Witherspoon/Vince Vaughn holiday comedy Four Christmases was #1 for the second weekend in a row at the box office. The film brought in $18 million, bringing its total gross so far to be $70.8 million

The New York Daily News reports that rocker Scott Weiland (former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots) was inebriated at a rgig at the Filmore-Irving Plaza on Friday night despite an 18 month court-ordered alcohol rehab program. Weiland, who has had numerous run-ins with the law concerning drugs and alcohol in recent years, “was over an hour late to take the stage, and audience members were commenting on how drunk and sloppy he seemed,” says a source. Weiland’s rep denies the claim.