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'Twilight' actor Jackson Rathbone and girlfriend expecting a baby

Jackson Rathbone of 'Twilight' is going to be a dad.

"Twilight" actor Jackson Rathbone and his girlfriend have a baby on the way.

The 27-year-old actor and girlfriend Sheila Hafsadi, 24, will be having the baby over the summer and "are thrilled and excited to be expecting their first child," their rep told People. Hafsadi, a burlesque dancer, is said to be five months along, according to Us Weekly.

The Singapore-born actor met Hafsadi while touring with his band 100 Monkeys.

Rathbone shot to stardom for his role as pathokinetic vampire Jasper Hale in the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson juggernaut "Twilight" films. So being a dad won't be his only responsibility this year, with the release of the final film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" in November and roles in upcoming flicks "Zombie Hamlet" and "Cowgirls N' Angels" also on his to-do list.

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Photo: Jackson Rathbone at the L.A. premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Paul Buck / EPA


'Breaking Dawn' birth scene causing seizures in the audience?

Is 'Breaking Dawn' giving moviegoers seizures?

Apparently some of the fainting at screenings of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" isn't over the epic romance between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. Folks are allegedly having epileptic seizures.

A report Friday said a California man and his girlfriend were watching the vampire love story when, during a particularly gory scene, he started convulsing.

"I didn’t really remember what happened after that I think I blacked out. According to her [his lady, Kelly Bauman], I was shaking and mumbling different noises," Brandon Gephart told ABC News.

The scene in question involves Kristen Stewart's Bella giving violent birth to half-human, half-vampire spawn, a situation not only bloody and frenetic in nature but also featuring special effects including sudden bursts of light. This kind of content has been known to trigger "photosensitive epilepsy," which can send a viewer into mini-seizures.

Another man who asked to remain anonymous reported similar symptoms after watching the scene at a theater in Salt Lake City. (Don't worry, dude, your "Twilight" secret is safe with us.)

A request for comment from "Twilight" production company Summit Entertainment wasn't immediately returned Friday. The frequency, intensity, pattern and size of a flashing light source, as well as the viewer's distance from the light, all factor into photosensitive epilepsy, according to the nonprofit Epilepsy Therapy Project.

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Photo: "Breaking Dawn" stars Robert Pattinson, left, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner arrive for the U.K. premiere of the film on Nov. 16. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press



'Breaking Dawn' screenwriter talks Stephenie Meyer's weight loss

Breaking Dawn: Stephenie Meyere has lost weight
"Twilight" book author Stephenie Meyer is adored by fans for the vampire romance phenomenon she penned, but for weeks the Ministry has been admiring her new figure.

In early November, the author showed up at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for a handprint and footprint ceremony starring "Twilight Saga" trio Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner -- and wound up turning a few heads herself with a slimmed-down silhouette. 

So how did she do it?

"Honestly, watching what she eats, and exercise," franchise screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg told us at Monday's "Breaking Dawn" premiere. "Diet and exercise. And she looks fantastic." 

Based on the above photos, we'd have to agree (on the left, Meyer poses with Peter Facinelli at 2010's "Eclipse" premiere; on the right, she hugs Taylor Lautner at Monday night's after-party).

"You know, she had lost some weight when we filmed the wedding scene together," Rosenberg recalled of the on-screen matrimony of Stewart and Pattinson, "but then I saw her at the 'Breaking Dawn' junket and just thought, holy smoke."

Congrats, Stephenie.

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Photo credits: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


'Breaking Dawn -- Part 1': A love fest will greet its arrival

The "Breaking Dawn" wedding can be re-created at Madame Tussauds in London

With the premiere of "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" coming at midnight Thursday, "Twilight" fandom is officially entering its final -- and perhaps its most bizarre -- stages.

To commemorate the series' penultimate installment, Madame Tussauds in London has invited female "Twilight" fans to come to the wax museum Friday dressed as brides and re-create the wedding of Edward and Bella by "marrying" their statue of Robert Pattinson as vampire Edward Cullen.

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If the Twi-hard in question is lucky enough to have a real wedding on tap (to a breathing person, waxy or not) they can travel to the site of Edward and Bella's honeymoon, the Brazilian town of Paraty, which stood in for Brazil's Isle Esme in the film. There, fans have the option of renting out the location where Edward and Bella finally consummated their on-screen relationship for about $7,000 for a two-night stay. Or they can follow in the footsteps of the real-life couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who stayed at the nearby hotel Pousada du Oro during filming. The rates there are a little more reasonable, with a suite going for about $700 per night.

In Flower Mound, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, two Twi-hard moms have laid down their credit cards to rent out an entire auditorium for them and their friends to watch Edward and Bella get married in semi-private. One of the women, Christy Lorbach, told Dallas-Fort Worth station KDAF they did it "because it's our night … once a year, no, once every 18 months. There were 500 some odd days between these two movies.  No, that’s our night."

And back in England, one British fan who spent $6,320 and 46 hours to cover her body in tattoos of Edward, Bella and Jacob managed to take advantage of the next-to-last wave of "Twilight" mania by getting Pattinson to sign her arm at the film's British premiere.

"Robert signed my arm and I am going to get my tattooist to trace its outline so I have it on me permanently," 50-year-old fan Cathy Ward told the Daily Mail. She’s going to spend another $3,000 to finish the tattoos over her arms and chest. She claims her "Twilight" fandom helped her lose enough weight to go down 14 dress sizes.

With the final film in the series coming next year, it's still possible for "Twilight" fandom to cure cancer. Or at least generate one last gasp of extravagant spending.

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Photo: Harriet Burke, left, and Hayley Wales pose for their fake nuptials with a wax Robert Pattinson at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press


'Breaking Dawn': Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed dish on love lives

Kellan Lutz and date Sharni Vinson; Nikki Reed and husband Paul McDonald

At "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" premiere, love was in the air, and not just because adoring fans were hurling themselves toward the franchise's stars: Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz both walked the black carpet Monday night with their significant others in tow.

Reed, who recently wed former "American Idol" star Paul McDonald, elicited coos from tween onlookers as she ran over to her husband and wrapped her arms around him.

"I feel like we'll be like that for a long time," she gushed immediately after the embrace.

Lutz, meanwhile, showed off his new girlfriend, brunette Sharni Vinson, whom he met during a chemistry read for the film "Step Up 3D."

"We're very fun-loving kids," he smiled. "We just enjoy life. I enjoy being with her."

Lutz had lots to be happy about Monday, as "Immortals" -- the swords-and-sandals epic in which he has a supporting role -- claimed the No. 1 spot at the box office over the weekend. The 26-year-old actor said his experience filming the action film, which took three months to shoot, was happily different than working on the seven-month-long final "Twilight Saga" production.

"You kind of lose your mind when you're working so much," he said of the "Breaking Dawn" filming experience. "You're shooting in a depressing climate kind of because it's winter-time. It's always gloomy. You kind of just get homesick. You get lethargic. You aren't on top of your game. And 'Immortals' was in sunny Montreal in the summer, so I was just really happy to get up every day."

Reed doesn't have any other films currently in theaters, but she's eager to begin her post-"Twilight" career.

"It's not like being in these movies affords you the ability to not have to try and make good movies and work really hard," she explained. "When these are all done, I think we're all still going to have to fight just as hard."

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Photos: Kellan Lutz and date Sharni Vinson, left, and Nikki Reed and husband Paul McDonald at "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" premiere in L.A. on Monday. Credits: Getty Images


'Breaking Dawn' stages wedding reception for premiere party

Stephenie Meyer and Taylor Lautner at the Breaking Dawn premiere party

In theme with the anticipated wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," Monday's U.S. premiere threw a massive after-party that re-created the characters' wedding reception -- and their honeymoon.

In a setting that was part tropical island shore, part Washington forest, the film's leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner turned up to greet castmates, filmmakers and fans at the space constructed across from L.A. Live. 

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Director Bill Condon toasted his team under the approving gaze of the series' author, Stephenie Meyer, and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, as well as supporting cast members such as Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone.

Jackson Rathbone and Peter Facinelli smooch Elizabeth Reaser"I'm very happy with the film," Lutz told the Ministry while hosting a table of guys that included actor Ryan Rottman.

"Twilight" always brings famous fans as well, including Rob Lowe, Michael Chiklis and Arnold and Maria Shriver's boy Patrick Schwarzenegger. 

Produced again by Chad Hudson, the party featured a raised platform where the wedding tableau was re-created. More than 1,000 wisterias hung from vines above wooden benches and an epic trellis under which enthusiasts took photos.

Catching up with Rosenberg, who picked at sweet potato fries and sipped bubbly while twirling in her Carolina Herrera gown, she gushed that the designer had walked the red carpet with her.

"That was totally my highlight," Rosenberg said.

While Stewart changed out of her gown and into a white camisole, Lautner stayed suited to chat up industry types before all three leads left to grab a plane for London.

Across from the wedding reception stage was a beach scene with ocean waves projected onto the wall, romantic lounge furniture and even a few chess boards as a nod to Edward and Bella's honeymoon activity (well, one of their activities).  

While Rathbone puzzled folks in a crushed, red velvet suit, "Twilight" vampire parents Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser mingled with Billy Burke and Sarah Clarke from the human set.

Heads turned for Bruno Mars, who is featured on the soundtrack -- but there was one real showstopper: Hudson brought in the actual prop wedding cake from the film set, surrounding it with bejeweled cupcakes and ropes of pearls. 

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Top photo: "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer and Taylor Lautner. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Left photo: Jackson Rathbone, left, and Peter Facinelli smooch Elizabeth Reaser. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


'Breaking Dawn': Stewart, Pattinson, Lautner at a crossroads

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at the "Breaking Dawn" premiere

At "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" premiere Monday night, there were the usual screaming fans, outlandish signs and slew of press outlets. But for the first time at a "Twilight Saga" premiere, stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner weren't preparing to film another installment in the mega-popular franchise.

Since "Breaking Dawn" Parts 1 and 2 wrapped this year, the actors have been free to pursue other film offers. Lautner, for one, just had his first leading-man turn in the action flick "Abduction" — which, unfortunately, did not do near the level of business typical for a "Twilight" film.

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Indeed, the 19-year-old admitted, he finds himself at an interesting crossroads. Asked if he is excited to be moving on to post-"Twilight" projects, he replied: "No and yes."

"It's moreso no, I'm not excited to be done. We have a lot fun making these movies together. We all get along great, and we're like a family by this point, so it's tough," he explained. "But yes at the same time, because we get to go off and do other things as actors, and this has been an incredible platform for us."

Stewart, meanwhile, is filming "Snow White and the Huntsman." Still, on the black carpet, she seemed comfortable jumping back into "Twilight" world, saying she found herself surprisingly at ease playing a mother in the latest film, out Friday.

"I really took to it. My favorite thing to play in this was that feral sort of mother," she explained. "None of it was really as strange as you think it would be.

"I guess it got strange when things were incredibly unreal, like when we had a fake baby. The real babies were amazing to work with, but suddenly you pick up this goopy, hairy doll, and it just doesn't really work.

As for what Pattinson found most surreal about shooting the infamous birth scene in the film, he offered up this, um, lovely gem:

"I mean, it's a little bit difficult to get more surreal than chewing through a placenta."

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Photo: Robert Pattinson, left, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1." Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.


'Breaking Dawn' premiere: live-streaming video from the black carpet

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"Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" premiere camp in L.A.

This post has been corrected, as indicated below.

One big difference between the "Breaking Dawn" premiere campers, and the folks farther northeast downtown at Occupy L.A.? The Twi-hards have a clear set of demands: "Twilight," "Twilight" and more "Twilight" -- and if you would cap that with a little Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner on the red carpet before "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" premieres at the Nokia Theatre, everyone would go home happy.

The "Breaking Dawn" fans, who've been camped in tents gathered under a larger tent at L.A. Live since Wednesday, got some extra entertainment Sunday morning: Supporting cast members, including Cullen family patriarch Peter Facinelli, vampire Jackson Rathbone, werewolf BooBoo Stewart and Denali vixens Casey LaBow and MyAnna Buring showed up for a breakfast-time autograph session and photo fest ahead of Monday's big event.

The "big three" stars will hit the scene Monday evening.

Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer also showed ahead of the red carpet for the first time, handing out 600 pre-autographed copies of "Breaking Dawn" and delighting fans, some of whom thanked her for friendships that had resulted because of her books. 

"They're really kind to each other, which I love, and all very excited," Meyer said in a video interview Sunday, "and looking pretty good for having slept on the street."

The Ministry of Gossip will have the premiere's official live-streaming video from the red carpet starting at 5 p.m. PST -- so either bookmark this post or come back to the Ministry later to see KStew, RPattz, Taylor and more from the red carpet in Los Angeles.

There's a premiere in London's Stratford district Wednesday, and the movie hits U.S. theaters Friday.

[For the record, 6:11 p.m.: As commenters Andrea Lavigne and Candice Davis point out below, this post originally mixed up details on roles played by Jackson Rathbone, Casey LaBow and MyAnna Buring. Should be right now! No excuses, just blushing bright red right -- now back to the live feed and Twitter!/cdz.]

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Photo: Peter Facinelli -- who plays vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen -- meets with fans at a Time Warner autograph and photo brunch at the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" premiere camp on Sunday. Credit: Casey Rodgers / Associated Press


Robert Pattinson pleased after KStew walks a mile in his contacts

Robert Pattinson outside the "Today" show studio

Robert Pattinson seems rather delighted that Kristen Stewart is finally feeling his pain.

The pain would be that of finally having to wear the gold, code-for-vampire contact lenses he's been dealing with throughout "The Twilight Saga," he told MTV News. They're a little more hard-core than the brown contacts she'd donned as Bella Swan -- and thought were no big deal, so what was his problem -- prior to her transformation into an immortal bloodsucker, which happens in the "Breaking Dawn" films.

"When she finally wore them and was complaining about them every second of the day," Pattinson told MTV, "it was kind of satisfying."

Nice boyfriend, eh?

Stewart, of course, showed her cards in the November issue of British GQ, noting that "my boyfriend is English" before backing away a bit with, "I never would have said that if I knew you were going to be interviewing me." Stewart was the mag's cover girl, with a photo spread inside.

"So much of my life is so easily Googled," she said. "I mean, it's like, come on guys, it's so obvious!"

Obvious or not, their relationship is something she's wanted to keep private. "It's just one of those things. I'm selfish. I'm like, 'That's mine!' ... I always say to myself I'm never going to give anything away because there's never any point or benefit for me."

When it comes to those uncomfortable gold contact lenses, however, it looks like what was only "his" is now "ours." Rather, "theirs." Ugh, still no benefit for Kristen!

The world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is Monday, and the movie opens Nov. 18.

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Photo: Robert Pattinson poses with a fan outside the "Today" show studio in New York on Thursday. Credit: Peter Kramer / NBC/Associated Press

 


'Breaking Dawn' stars leave handprints, footprints in Hollywood

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Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner got immortalized in a non-vampire fashion Thursday, as the "Twilight Saga" triumvirate left imprints of their hands and feet outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.

"You're not gonna kill us, right?" emcee Jimmy Kimmel asked the massive crowd of fans assembled on Hollywood Boulevard, introducing the bright young things before KStew, RPatz and Tay-Tay plunged their mitts into cement.

PHOTOS: Fans flock as 'Twilight' stars leave imprints outside Grauman's Chinese

"It's because of the unbelievably enthusiastic fan support that … the stars of this film are unable to come out of their homes," Kimmel said. 

"I think this is really cool to be a part of Hollywood history," author Stephenie Meyer — looking incredibly svelte — said of the three stars.

"I'm excited for them, and I'm also very proud of them," the "Twilight" world's creator said. "Their lives have changed so much over the past few years, and they've done it with so much class."

"This is so crazy for us," Stewart said as the crowd shrieked, "I've been so enamored by this business, Hollywood. … I think this is the coolest thing I've ever done in my life."

In a black-and-nude mini, Stewart turned over the mike to a sunglasses-sporting Pattinson, who thanked fans for their consistency before suggesting everyone come up and put their own hands in the cement.

For you fans, we note a signature KStew move: The actress, who arrived in a chic pair of Brian Atwood pumps, changed into a black-and-white-checked pair of Vans to leave her footprint.

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Photo: Robert Pattinson, left, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at their handprint and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Nov. 3. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times



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