'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart discusses beating up Taylor Lautner in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart discusses beating up Taylor Lautner in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

K-Stew also talks Vampire Bella and working with Mackenzie Foy
On Friday (November 2) afternoon in Beverly Hills, I sat down with seven of the stars of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," as well as director Bill Condon, to discuss the final installment of the blockbuster vampire franchise.
 
The interviews will be posted over the next two weeks leading up to the November 16 premiere, kicking off with Kristen Stewart, whose Bella has finally become the series' newest bloodsucker.
 
In the conversation, Stewart discusses her joy at getting to whale on co-star Taylor Lautner, the development of the initially animalistic Vampire Bella and her relationship with young Mackenzie Foy, one of the new cast's new additions playing Renesmee.
 
As an actress who got started in the business at a very early age, I found Stewart's response to Foy particularly interesting. 
 
Check back tomorrow for my interview with Robert Pattinson and then chats with Lautner, Condon, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed & Elizabeth Reaser and Jackson Rathbone & Kellan Lutz. 
 
And check out the full interview above.
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<p>Emblem 3 of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Emblem 3 of "The X Factor"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Results - Down to the Top 12

The judges execute four unworthy acts. Or at least eliminate them.

Settle in, folks!

It's time for two hours of "The X Factor," in which the judges will stall and twiddle their fingers for many, many minutes before getting around to eliminating one act per category.

Click through for all of the live-blogging excitement [because live-blogging a full day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences obviously wasn't enough fast-typing from me for one day].

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<p>Kristen Stewart of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Kristen Stewart of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

Credit: Summit

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Kristen Stewart - Live-Blog

What was it like playing Bella Swan for the last time? HitFix live-blogs

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already include Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine), Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson.

Last on the dais...

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<p>Robert Pattinson of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Robert Pattinson of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

Credit: Summit

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Robert Pattinson - Live-Blog

HitFix live-blogs the junket press conference with Edward Cullen himself

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already include Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine), Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey and Taylor Lautner

Up next on the dais...

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<p>Taylor Lautner of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Taylor Lautner of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

Credit: Summit

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Taylor Lautner - Live-Blog

The big screen's Jacob talks imprinting and more

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already included Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine), Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey and The Cullens (also not live-blogged because, again, I'm only one man).

Up next on the dais...

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<p>&quot;Twilight&quot; author Stephenie Meyer</p>

"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg - Live-Blog

Producer Wyck Godfrey is also on this panel

BEVERLY HILLS - Our day of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences has already included Bill Condon, Michael Sheen (no live-blog, because I'm a man, not a machine)

Up next on the dais...

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<p>Bill Condon on the set of &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'</p>

Bill Condon on the set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

Credit: Summit

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Press Conference with Bill Condon - Live-Blog

What was it like for the director of the last two parts of the franchise?

BEVERLY HILLS - I'd really thought/hoped/assumed I was done with my "Twilight" press conference live blogs after this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, but I was wrong. Over the next three hours, I should -- PRAY FOR MY WIFI -- be live-blogging "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, director Bill Condon and writers Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg. I'm probably going to skip live-blogging the press conferences with Michael Sheen (who I'll be talking to tomorrow) and The Cullens. Sorry. I'm only one man. 

Up first...

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<p>A scene from Wednesday's &quot;Survivor: Philippines&quot;</p>

A scene from Wednesday's "Survivor: Philippines"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Not the Only Actor On This Island'

Would secrets and lies be revealed after a Merge?
Pre-credit sequence. Team Jeff Kent returns to Kalabaw camp. "Denise, we have to give you a break from this Tribal nonsense," Penner tells the Matsing exile, who has been at every Tribal Council this season and has begun to suspect she may be cursed. Jeff Kent's figuring Penner is going to help him out eventually, which is why he went against Katie at the last vote. "Thanks guys, for not voting with her," says Penner, who was surprised that anybody had voted against him. Penner had briefly forgotten that people in "Survivor" lie, but now he's got his eyes and ears open. "I'd be ridiculously stupid not to," he says.
 
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<p>Betcha you're missing Steve Jones right now</p>

Betcha you're missing Steve Jones right now

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Performances - The Top 16

Plus, Mario Lopez and Khloe Odom Kardashian make their hosting debuts

It's been six weeks and 12 episodes worth of Auditions and Boot Camp and Judges' Houses and all of the various preliminary steps, but "The X Factor" is finally ready to bring on the live performances.

Wednesday (October 31) night's episode features performances from the Top 16, which inexplicably isn't being treated as the "finals." No, we're going to have Wednesday's performances and then eliminations on Thursday and *that* group of contestants -- 12 individuals/groups -- will be the Finalists. Why does "12" scream "Finalists" and "16" says "Random Intermediate Grouping"? I have no idea. You'd have to take it up with FOX or Simon Cowell.

In any case, click through for my usual "X Factor" recap, including performance reviews, plus any brilliant additions courtesy of new hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom...

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<p>Abbie and Ryan of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Abbie and Ryan of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Chill Out, Freak'

It's a hot one in Bangladesh with bamboo drama aplenty
It's true in life as on "The Amazing Race" - No matter how down you are, no matter how bad a day or week or month you're having, you should never quit and never give up, because you never know when your personal struggles and failures will come in a Non-Elimination Leg of Life.
 
[Most of the days and weeks and months of my life are Non-Elimination Legs, I must admit. But I'm not really competing for a million dollars in life, so eliminating me would just be petty.]
 
That's just me trying to extrapolate some sort of deep meaning from Sunday's "Amazing Race" episode, because otherwise the lesson is something like, "Just because an option is worded very poorly and complexly doesn't mean that it won't end up being much, much, much easier than the more simply worded option." Brevity of expression does not equate to ease in either life or "The Amazing Race."
 
More after the break...
 
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