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For the last couple weeks, The Hollywood Gossip has looked back at 2009 by naming the finalists for our prestigious, 3rd Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

In this section, we've been paying tribute to the unique stars that made the past 12 months so memorable for gossip followers across the nation and globe.

Now, following last edition's selection of Miley Cyrus in the #2 spot, we've finally reached the top. Drumroll please...

For 2009, THG's Celebrity of the Year is... the New Moon cast!

Critics might say we're copping out by choosing more than one star for this honor, but come on. Everyone involved with the Twilight Saga deserves recognition for turning a book series into the most popular, buzzed-about film franchise in years.

This doesn't always happen. Remember The Golden Compass? Probably not. Starring Nicole Kidman, it was meant as the first installment in a trilogy based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Material novels. A second movie was never even made.

So, what enabled New Moon to gross over $660 million worldwide? A cast of young, fresh, gorgeous, talented and seemingly grounded individuals. Below, we note each actor's 2009 accomplishments:

Robert Pattinson: Might as well start at the top. The British actor has grown into a global phenomenon. He can't walk away from a film set without being followed by countless paparazzi members, his every interaction with women is chronicled like it's a Presidential summit and he was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2009.

Over the course of a few months, Pattinson covered Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, OK! Weekly, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He's also dating...

Kristen Stewart: She broods, therefore she is. While Stewart had already appeared in a critically-acclaimed movie (Into the Wild) prior to landing the role of Bella Swan, she took on a cult following after her performance in New Moon. Millions of women around the world both love her and hate her for bagging Pattinson, but one thing is clear: they can't take their eyes off her.

Taylor Lautner: He dated Taylor Swift. He rarely wore a shirt. He was actually able to recruit girls away from Team Edward for Team Jacob, based on his bulked-up role in New Moon. Lautner has already signed on for two new movies and appears to have a huge career ahead of him.

Ashley Greene: The actress almost broke the Internet when naked photos of her were leaked online.

Nikki Reed: Probably the least known main star of the franchise. But she's dating Paris Latsis, Paris Hilton's ex, and has been involved in numerous THG Fashion Face-Offs.

Kellan Lutz: Has the best young body in Hollywood and wants to be the next Jason Bourne. Has been involved with 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and... did we mention his body?

There you have it. It's been an incredible year and we're grateful that so many readers joined us for the ride. We can't think of a better way to end 2009 than with a photo montage that honors these Celebrities of the Year. Click around, enjoy and come back in 2010 for so much more...

  • Greene with Gorgeousness
  • The Best Body
  • Nikki Reed Poster
  • At Play, in Water
  • Lip Biter
  • Just So Hot

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The reveal of the official Eclipse poster? Exciting.

The announcement by Adam Lambert that he'd be interested in recording a track for the Eclipse soundtrack? Very cool.

Sexy Rob Pattinson

But the release of the first image from the third film in the Twilight Saga? Swoon, shriek and hyperventillation worthy!

Summit Entertainment, the movie studio responsible for the franchise, has leaked the following photo from Eclipse. On one hand, it's simply a shot of Edward and Bella in a field of flowers.

On the other hand, IT'S A SHOT OF EDWARD AND BELLA IN A FIELD OF FLOWERS! Get excited, fans, and then get to ogling...

Among other newsworthy items related to the movie over the past couple months:

  • Kirsten Prout, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Jack Huston, Jodelle Ferland, and Xavier Samuel have all been cast in key roles.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard will controversially replace Rachel Lefevre as Victoria.

Fans are still buzzing over the second tidbit. Now, they can at least shift their focus back to Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's characters.

On a scale of 1 to this nut job, how excited are you for Eclipse?

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Kristen Stewart does many things well: pout, fall for vampires, make love to Robert Pattinson.

Heck, she's not even a terrible singer.

The actress may wanna avoid accents in the future, however. The following clip is courtesy of some movie titled The Yellow Hankerchief, whose release has been delayed numerous times due to poor reviews and production.

While Stewart's attempt at speaking with a southern accent isn't directly to blame, it doesn't exactly help, either. See, and hear, for yourself:

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We know Kristen Stewart can pout, we know she can play a heroine in trouble and we know she can please Robert Pattinson in the sack.

But sing like a rock star?

The actresses shows off her vocal talents in The Runaways, a Joan Jett-based flick scheduled for a March 19 release. Stewart portrays the iconic rocker, while Dakota Fanning plays a fellow band members.

Check out the official trailer below. Will you go see The Runaways?

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are both moving on.

Not from each other, don't worry Robsten fans!

But each actor has expanded his/her resume beyond the Twilight Saga, as Pattinson is set to star in Remember Me, while Stewart takes on the iconic role of rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways.

The upcoming biopic focuses on the 1970s female rock group by that name, specifically Jett and lead vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning). Both young actresses are pictured on the first promotional poster for the movie. See below:

Stewart, Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and company are far from finished with the Twilight franchise, of course.

Eclipse arrives in theaters on June 30 - and rumors state that Breaking Dawn might be divided up into two movies. Hooray!

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Stop us if you've heard this before: Sources say Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are moving in together.

Of course, some tabloids have stated these two already share a home and are willing to give tours to any magazine that comes calling.

However, there's less truth to that story than there was in Tiger Woods' wedding vows.

“They’re not ready for a huge commitment, but right now the best thing to do seems to find a home with a lot of privacy and security where they can find out how compatible they really are,” a friend told In Touch Weekly of Robsten's plans.

So far, this imaginary search has taken Kristen and Rob to residences in Beachwood Canyon and the Hollywood Hills.

  • Pumped!
  • Lip Biter

Robert Pattinson seems excited, and Kristen Stewart nervous, about the possibility of cohabitation.

Adds the anonymous, totally real pal:

“Even if you are head over heels in love with each other, you never really know if one of you has habits that will drive the other crazy. They want to give it their best shot, and that’s a big deal.”

A very big deal. Our advice to Robert and Kristen: be open, be honest and don't keep any golf clubs around the house. Right, Tiger?

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Sorry, Kristen Stewart.

For once, that sound you hear is not the adoring screams of Twilight Saga fans around the world.

Mya Fashion Choice

Instead, it's the whirring siren of the celebrity fashion police. You're gonna need to pull over and answer for your crimes against reason and good taste.

We know New York City is often considered the center of the fashion universe, but that's no excuse for the dress you wore below to a recent screening of New Moon there. Its two sides are more mismatched than Bella and Emmett Cullen...

How should the fashion police deal with this violation?

 

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New Moon is still raking in cash.

There's over seven months until Eclipse is released.

But, hey, it's never too early to discuss Breaking Dawn, is it?

Sources have confirmed that the final installment in the Twilight Saga will be broken up into two films, similar to the plans for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Said an insider of the movie studio's thinking:

"Knowing Summit, [the announcement] will be soon, with the giant success of New Moon. Why would they not stretch it out and make as much money as possible from this franchise?"

Of course, the question on everyone's mind concerns the flick's stars: Will Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson be available for twice the shooting?

Keeping Distance

Too much of a good thing? Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will star in a Breaking Dawn double feature.

Yes, a source told E! News. Fans have nothing to worry about.

"They are so on board. But the money has to be right. If it is, it'll happen - especially now that [Rob and Kristen] are learning better how to handle the press."

We doubt Rob or Kristen has to be concerned about money ever again. The studio could offer each a billion dollars for Breaking Dawn and still see a return on its investment.

Are you excited for THREE more films in the Twilight Saga? Or do you fear this decision may create Robsten and vampire backlash?

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Off screen, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are close friends.

(Close, naked friends in the case of the first two stars!)

Breaking Dawn Scene

But as part of the Twilight Saga's promotional efforts, these three actors are often pitted against one another. You can't simply be a fan of them all, the movie studio implies; life is all about choices, few more important than the one readers must make below.

Entertainment Weekly has released a trio of collector's edition covers. Can you purchase each one? Of course. But where is the fun-filled debate in that?!?

Instead, we're asking fans to study the following photos and then chime in. Which is your favorite?

Whose team are you on?

 

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Are you ready for your online life to change forever?

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have taken to Twitter, folks, as each posted his/her first Tweet this week.

We Love Robert Pattinson

Rob was the first star to post on Summit Entertainment's official Twilight Twitter account, typing a message of appreciate to fans around the nation:

"Thank you for making NEW MOON #1. It's very exciting to be a part of something embraced by so many people. I hope you are looking forward to ECLIPSE as much as I am."

Psssst: Don't tell OK! Weekly, but I can't wait to go home and Eclipse your New Moon!

Stewart then followed her rumored boyfriend's lead, making consecutive postings that read:

"You all have proven you're the most amazing fans in the world once again."

"Yes, I twittered. Or twitted..tweeted? I dunno, but thank you sooo much anyway..!"

Remember: We may be as attractive as Robert and Kristen, but THG twitters and/or tweets throughout the day, too. Follow us now!

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