Category: Twilight

Peter Facinelli files for divorce from Jennie Garth

Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth

Peter Facinelli on Wednesday filed for divorce from Jennie Garth, and she in turn filed her response, making official the relationship bombshell they dropped two weeks back.

The paperwork reportedly came over the Los Angeles Superior Court transom 15 days after the couple, who have three children together, announced their plans to separate after 11 years of marriage.

"While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children," Facinelli and Garth said at the time in a joint statement. "We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time."

The reason given for the split was irreconcilable differences, apparently revolving in large part around the toll Facinelli's work schedule took on their marriage. The "Twilight Saga" and "Nurse Jackie" star was commuting to Vancouver, Canada, and New York during the week, returning to California most weekends to the family home in Santa Ynez, Garth told People. The day after announcing their split, the couple publicly denied rumors of infidelity, calling them "hurtful."

When Facinelli asked Garth last fall for a divorce, she was "very resistant," she said.

"I didn't want it to happen," she told the mag. "It took me some time to come to peace with it."

The divorce documents give the couple's separation date as Jan. 1 of this year. They are, according to TMZ, seeking joint physical and legal custody of daughters Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and 5-year-old Fiona. She is requesting her legal name be changed back to Jennie Garth from Jennie Facinelli.


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Photo: Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth in June 2010 at "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" premiere in L.A. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press


Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli to divorce after 11 years

Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth are getting divorced

Peter Facinelli plays vampire Carlisle Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," but sadly his marriage to "90210" actress Jennie Garth isn't similarly immortal.

The star couple announced Tuesday that their 11-year marriage has ended.

"While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children," Facinelli and Garth told Us Weekly. "We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time."

They share three girls: Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and 5-year-old Fiona. The news comes on the heels of Facinelli's Monday appearance on "The Hunger Games" red carpet with his eldest.

Facinelli will enjoy an anonymous summer before promoting the final "Twilight" installment, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2." Garth is committed to a charitable outreach for children's literacy, a book reading with Cheerio's Spoonful of Stories, slated for mid-March. 

While the news may come as a surprise to some, reports as early as last July had the pair on the rocks, living apart and trying to work out their differences. What do you think of Peter and Jennie's split? Tell us in comments. 


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Photo: Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth arrive at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in Los Angeles. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press


Jennifer Lawrence not envious of Kristen Stewart's fame

Jennifer Lawrence isn't feeling Kriste Stewart-level fame

Kristen Stewart became an undeniable franchise queen thanks to the global adoration of "The Twilight Saga," and now young Jennifer Lawrence prepares to handle the same level of attention with "The Hunger Games."

But she's not necessarily digging the fame thing.

"I look at Kristen Stewart now and I think, 'I'd never want to be that famous,' " Lawrence told Glamour UK. "I can't imagine how I'd feel if all of a sudden my life was pandemonium."

She may have to use her imagination, however, because the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' blockbuster novel will release stateside March 23. There's already major groundswell for the flick, which costars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. 

The 21-year-old Kentucky native must be giving some thought to an onset of interest if the film is as big a hit as it promises to be?

"In some ways, it's a hard life, but it's a great professional life," she said. "I'm doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can't stand it when actors complain."

May the publicity odds ever be in your favor, Jennifer. 


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Photo: Jennifer Lawrence in 2011. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

'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

Michelle Trachtenberg was almost Bella Swan, she says

Michelle Trachtenberg almost played Bella Swan. According to Michelle Trachtenberg.

Television actress Michelle Trachtenberg says she was almost in the driver's seat of Bella Swan's "Twilight" pickup truck -- alleging that she was tapped to play Kristen Stewart's star-making role in the vampire franchise.

"I've known [director] Catherine Hardwicke since the movie 'Thirteen,' " she told Us Weekly. "I was actually supposed to star in that ["Thirteen], but I was on 'Buffy' at the time."  

Trachtenberg cites scheduling conflicts as the reason she didn't get to lurk with Robert Pattinson in the first "Twilight Saga" film, helmed by Hardwicke. But don't worry about Michelle: She's fine with sitting out the billion-dollar franchise.

"I already have 'Buffy,'" she said. "I've already done the vampire thing."  

Thank heavens! Not only do we find it graceless when actors cast themselves, it's worse to peck over the almost-were roles. Not only does it detract from the actor who, you know, won the role, but it's seriously unprofessional.

Trachtenberg's hubristic "Twilight" reveal is akin to saying she passed on "Salt" after her satisyfying experience on "Harriet the Spy." 

We're perfectly happy with Kristen's take on Bella, and as for Michelle -- give her and the gang our best over at "Gossip Girl." 


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Photo: Almost-Bella Michelle Trachtenberg appears at a press conference for the since-canceled 2009 NBC drama "Mercy." Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

'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': 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.

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!

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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


'Immortals': Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz dress up, live forever

Henry Cavill at the premiere of 'Immortals'

As the "Immortals" cast and filmmakers arrived for the movie’s premiere Monday at Nokia Theatre, fans filled the sidewalk across from L.A. Live. Stars including the new Superman, Henry Cavill, and "The Twilight Saga" actor Kellan Lutz took plenty of time for autographs and photos with the crowd of Twi-hards and Clark Kent enthusiasts.

"Immortals," directed by Tarsem Singh (who goes by the mononym Tarsem), is a new take on the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Kellan Lutz as Poseidon in 'Immortals'The movie features a lesser-seen version of Greek gods — it's not a bearded, aged bunch of men sitting on a mountain here. Tarsem decided that anyone who could live forever would want to look young forever. So somewhat similarly to "In Time," another recent film about immortality, the Greek myth adaptation gives young actors the task of playing old characters.

Lutz, who plays Poseidon, told the Ministry of Gossip that playing an immortal character comes naturally to him, both in "Immortals" and as Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" series.

"I think it’s just always been my mind-set. I love life, and I live it to the fullest, and I think that’s how any immortal would," he said. "That's how Emmett does — he’s a happy-go-lucky kid and just loves being invincible."

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Lutz also talked about Eiko Ishioka's costumes, which include gold headpieces that illustrate each god's domain. His features seashells on each side of his head.

He said the headpiece wasn't "so much comfortable to wear, but amazing to wear. Eiko did an amazing job ... and she's just wow — I mean, we looked amazing.”

Also opening up about costumes was Cavill, whose upcoming "Man of Steel" has him wearing the iconic Superman suit.

"When you’re an actor, every costume helps because it helps put you in the environment and the world," said Cavill, who plays Theseus. "It helps immerse you there."

"Immortals," which also stars Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Stephen Dorff and Isabel Lucas, opens in theaters this Friday.


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Photos: Henry Cavill, top, at Monday's premiere of "Immortals"; Kellan Lutz, left, as Poseidon in the film. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters, top; Jan Thijs, left.


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