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'Underworld: Awakening': Kate Beckinsale likes it skin-tight

Kate Beckinsale

The "Underworld" franchise hit theaters nearly a decade ago, in 2003, and though its star, Kate Beckinsale, is now 38, she's continued to play an ageless vampire, most recently in "Underworld: Awakening," which premiered Thursday.

As the vampire Selene, she’s still kicking butt in a skin-tight leather costume, which may not seem the easiest task in an action- and stunt-filled movie. "Actually, it’s a costume I really liked," Beckinsale revealed at the film's Grauman's Chinese Theatre premiere.

She also told the Insider recently, "I remember the first movie I did, I was very intimidated by the costume. I trust it now. Actually, it gives you a little bit of help, if anything."

PICTURES: 'Underworld: Awakening' red carpet arrivals

"Underworld: Awakening" features some characters new to the franchise, played by "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" young star India Eisley and Michael Ealy, who with "Awakening" gets to show off his action chops for the first time since the Paul Walker-starring "Takers." Both actors shared positive experiences from working with Beckinsale.

"She's very funny, and she knows how to have fun on set between takes, and I think that's something that's important with something that's obviously dark," Eisley told Ministry of Gossip.

Ealy told reporters, "Working with Kate is as fun as it is to hang out with her. She's so ..." — the actor glanced sideways at his publicist before deciding how to word his answer, which fell just on the other side of publishable — "[very] cool."

“Underworld: Awakening,” the fourth film in the vampires-versus-lycans series, opens in theaters Friday and is expected to sink its teeth deep into this weekend’s box office sales.

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Photo: Kate Beckinsale at the world premiere of "Underworld: Awakening." Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.


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' premiere: live-streaming video from the black carpet

PHOTOS: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" premiere

"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


New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' photos: Edward, Bella get cozier

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson with 'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon

"Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's Edward and Bella are steaming things up in the newest batch of set photos from "The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1."

Beware: Spoilers ahead.

Edward and Bella can be seen once again at their highly anticipated wedding, with the Cullen clan and between the sheets of their marriage bed. Their postmarital tryst brings on deadly consequences for the vampire-human couple and the ones they love in the final films, including Taylor Lautner's spurned Jacob Black.

Photos: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in 'Breaking Dawn'"It's a trip to watch the wedding scenes, especially," Stewart has said. "It was so volatile and emotional -- I was being such a crazy person."

But the pivotal scene that surely drove Twi-hards raging through the pages of Stephenie Meyer's final book was Renesmee's controversial conception, which pushes the newlyweds into parenting a supernatural hybrid. Surely the penultimate installment of the series is laden with emotions, which we're sure fans everywhere will share.

Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon directs the first of a two-part adaptation of Meyer's final book. It hits theaters Nov. 18.

Until then, click the pics for a peek at the newest stills from the "Breaking Dawn" set including some of the, ahem, other things Edward and Bella do on their honeymoon.

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Photo: Director Bill Condon with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on the set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment


Comic-Con: Kristen Stewart on mothering Renesmee in 'Breaking Dawn'

Kristen Stewart

After spending the first three "Twilight Saga" films fighting to be with her vampire beloved, Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan character confronts a new challenge in the two-part "Breaking Dawn" series conclusion: motherhood.

Plenty of ink has already been shed — and please stop reading now if you haven't read any of that ink and want to be surprised — on Swan's controversial conception, pregnancy and delivery of Renesmee with Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen character, but Thursday at Comic-Con 2011, Stewart got specific about bringing it all to the big screen.

"We had Mackenzie Foy, who's an amazing little kid, an incredible kid, smarter than me," Stewart said of the actress playing her on-screen daughter.

Since the little darling is half-human, half-vampire, she ages rather quickly in the film, requiring several actors (and even a robot) to step in along the way.

"To see little Chucky from 'Child's Play' ... " Pattinson joked of an animatronic baby used for a scene in which Bella holds her offspring for the first time.

"It had hair, and it's a newborn baby," Stewart said. "I know that's in the book, and you can imagine how cool that would be."

For the ages between the Chucky stage and a fully realized Foy, some of the wee actors couldn't seem to get it right.

"There was one kid who was supposed to run to Billy Burke [who plays Bella's father, Charlie], but she kept running into a wall," director Bill Condon said. "She was so nervous."

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Photo: A closer look at Kristen Stewart at the "Breaking Dawn" panel at Comic-Con 2011. Credit: Mike Blake / Reuters.



'True Blood' casts a spell on Hollywood at Season 4 premiere

True Blood premiere: Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer

The "True Blood" campaign for Season 4 has hinged on the phrase "waiting sucks" -- but the wait for more Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and the rest of the gang is almost over.

That could be a good thing for Rutina Wesley, who plays the show's oft-distressed Tara. "They put me through a lot," Wesley said Tuesday at the "True Blood" premiere, "but this is what I signed up for and what I studied.

"You wanna duct tape me to a toilet? Let's do it."

True Blood premiere pictures (Semi-spoiler alert: Things are a lot different for Tara this year, across the board.)

The residents of fictional Bon Temps, La., turned out in Hollywood on Tuesday at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome to kick off another season of Alan Ball's adaptation of the Charlene Harris vampire novels.

Married couple Paquin and Moyer walked the carpet together, trailing Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Manganiello and Wesley.

The show's vampire-friendly watering hole, Fangtasia, was re-created just blocks from the theater, attracting cast, admirers and a few members of the HBO family after the screening.

Fan favorite Kristin Bauer van Straten, who received many compliments on her waifish figure and outrageous costumes, shared her secret: "It's the corsets. They usually throw me three or four a year."

Skarsgard, sans girlfriend Kate Bosworth, sipped beer and greeted many an admirer and costar, including Kwanten, Kevin Alejandro, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis and Deborah Ann Woll. Manganiello stuck with  fiancée Audra Marie and wolfed down some meat and potatoes, while costar Sam Trammel got compliments on his recent "Funny or Die" sketch, "Hot Dudes With Kittens." 

Palm-reading witches and plastic fangs peppered the bash, which saw support from other HBO stars, including Perrey Reeves of "Entourage," "Big Love" alums Amanda Seyfried and Douglas Smith, and  Rebecca Creskoff of "Hung." Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

The new season of "True Blood" premieres Sunday on HBO.

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Top photo: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on the "True Blood" Season 4 red carpet. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Bottom photo: "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


'The Vampire Diaries' ' Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder vacation together (with moms)

Are Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder dating? "The Vampire Diaries" stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are warming up to each other in the City of Lights. The two were caught publicly displaying affection this week while vacationing in Paris.

Dobrev, 22, and Somerhalder, 32, went to the Saint Germain des Pres with their mothers and later dined at a local bar together, US Weekly reported. See the photos here.

"Just go up, first day in Paris with no work must go play a bit,its healthy:) Thank you for the warm welcome everyone here,its really amazing," Somerhalder tweeted during the trip.

"The Vampire Diaries" stars were rumored to have been dating for a while, but neither pretty party has 'fessed up to a relationship. Déjà vu RPattz and KStew? Hmm.

The pair partied at Coachella in April and attended the White House Correspondents' dinner earlier this month before hitting the CW upfronts in New York last week.

It's only natural to think that Dobrev would be dating one of her costars. She plays the dual role of Elena/Katherine, which offers up ample screen time for her with Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as love interests on the CW show.

"We expected the rumors. Like, if I wasn't dating Ian, I'd be dating Paul," Dobrev said in April's Teen Vogue. "A lot of people who work together end up dating, so it wouldn't be unusual, but I've never dated anyone I've worked with."

Perhaps that remains to be seen. Just ask Anna Paquin and Steve Moyer.

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Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev at CW upfronts in New York City earlier this month. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


Alexander Skarsgard on 'True Blood' love scenes, competing with father Stellan

Alexander Skarsgard

It's easy to see Alexander Skarsgard as the brooding and mysterious vampire Eric on "True Blood," but in a new interview he tries his hand at full disclosure, touching on his steamy love scenes with his costar's wife, and stirring up some family rivalries.

Skarsgard gets hot and heavy in the upcoming season of the HBO series with Anna Paquin -- who is married to costar Stephen Moyer.

"It's really clear to Steve and to everybody else what the deal is — which is that Anna is like a sister to me ... Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually," he tells GQ.

Acting runs in his Swedish blood -- his dad is thespian Stellan Skarsgard. He's aware of Hollywood's legacy system, but insists he's not trying to eclipse dear old dad.

"I don't think I came to acting to compete with my father. But, you know, he wasn't around as much as normal dads, and seeing his passion … Maybe it was a way to get his attention," he said.

"I mean, if anything, we're trying to take care of him. He's over the hill."

Stellan isn't taking that lying down, from Alexander or his four younger brothers.

"Of course I'm threatened," the patriarch said of his kids. "They're younger, they're better-looking, and they're all trying to kill me."

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Photo: Alexander Skarsgard. Credit: Carter Smith / GQ



'Twilight' alum Cam Gigandet is back in the vampire lane

Cam Gigandet in 'Priest'

Cam Gigandet in GQ Original "Twilight" bad guy Cam Gigandet has the blood bug again, returning this month as a vampire-hunting sheriff in "Priest," a new flick that falls in the fanged genre.

"'Priest' is like 'The Searchers' with vampires," Gigandet said of the action thriller, though admittedly this pretty boy is accustomed to a bit more makeup than his idol and that movie's star, John Wayne.

Blame that in part on his 2-year-old daughter, who is fond of make-believe, according to GQ, which found him playing dress-up with her while modeling bold colors and big arms. Seems she can man out with her dad when necessary.

"I could go out somewhere and talk to a bunch of strangers," he said. "Or I could sit and watch 'Megamind' for the seventh time with my little girl. That usually wins out."

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Photos, from top: Cam Gigandet in "Priest"; and rocking some biceps and bold summer colors for GQ. Credits: Screen Gems; GQ


Robert Pattinson reveals a 'Twilight' cameo by his Ellen underwear

Robert Pattinson doesn't know how to use a washing machine, so when he's running low on underwear, he has Ellen DeGeneres to thank for replenishing his supply.

"I save your ones [Ellen underwear] for special occasions," Pattinson told DeGeneres on Wednesday's show. "I was doing the last 'Twilight' movie and I only had one pair left and they were those ones. We were doing this big fight scene and for some reason, I think the shape of my body, my back is too long or something, my ass is constantly hanging out."

Oh, my. We can't imagine how those scenes didn't make the cut.

"I genuinely think I have a few too many extra vertebrae or something," he added about his rear-rearing dilemma.

"We were doing this big fight and every shot has these Ellen underpants. It came to a point where producers are calling up my agent going, 'I don't know what he is up to, but I don't like it' ... It's like they never questioned Fruit of the Loom before."

So, the all-too-generous DeGeneres gifted Pattinson a basket full of knickers. We bet a few Twi-hards would like to get their paws on those Edward Cullen underthings ASAP.

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