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

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

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'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"

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'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'

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'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"

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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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<p>David Morrissey of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

David Morrissey of "The Walking Dead"

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Interview: 'Walking Dead' star David Morrissey discusses The Governor

'State of Play' star joins the cast on Sunday night
[If you know nothing about the character David Morrissey will be playing on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and *want* to know nothing about the character, this interview can be considered very spoiler-y and you probably wanna read it after watching Sunday (October 28) night's episode. The reality, though, is that while the interview goes into some depth on the motivations and psychology of Morrissey's character, it spoils absolutely nothing about what he actually DOES within "The Walking Dead."]
 
In his acclaimed career, David Morrissey is no stranger to playing characters of a political persuasion, whether it's Stephen Collins from "State of Play" or Gordon Brown in "The Deal."
 
Morrissey, who probably would prefer you not think of him as the male lead in "Basic Instinct 2," makes his first appearance on Sunday (October 28) on AMC's "The Walking Dead," playing a character named The Governor, but fans of Robert Kirkman's comic series know that The Governor is not a traditional politician, per se. The Governor is the leader of the Woodbury community and... let's just say that there are some potentially unsavory sides to the character, not that we're necessarily going to see that side immediately on the TV show.
 
I sat down with the "Viva Blackpool" and "Meadowlands" (or "Cape Wrath," if you prefer its superior British title) star three weeks ago to talk about The Governor, who wasn't in either of the first two episodes sent to critics. 
 
Like so many actors playing ostensible villains, Morrissey clearly doesn't interpret The Governor as being a bad guy, or at least not a one-dimensional adversary. In the interview, Morrissey gives his read on The Governor, including several unlikely inspirations for the character. He also discusses his developing Southern accent and his off-screen friendship with "Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln.
 
As I already warned you above, there are spoilers in this interview, but they're character spoilers more than plot spoilers. You can also check out my interviews with Danai Gurira, producers Gale Anne Hurd & Greg Nicotero, and with producers Robert Kirkman & Glenn Mazzara.
 
Click through for the full Q&A...
 
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<p>Katie Hanson of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Katie Hanson of "Survivor"

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Interview: Katie Hanson talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

Former Miss Delaware discusses the wisdom of trading rice for sandwiches
It's been a season of momentum swings on "Survivor: Philippines."
 
For the season's first month, the narrative was all about the decimated Matsing tribe, setting up four consecutive increasingly disheartened exit interviews with Russell Swan and his teammates.
 
Then, things changed. [It helped that the Matsing tribe was dissolved when it reached two players.]
 
Suddenly, the Kalabaw tribe has contracted Matsing's bad luck, losing two castaways last week and returning to Tribal Council on Wednesday's episode. After telling Jeff Probst that any vote would probably be a blindside, the Jonathan Penner/Jeff Kent alliance sent Katie Hanson packing.
 
The 22-year-old former Miss Delaware's departure capped a busy episode. In addition to losing an Immunity Challenge seemingly tailor-made for former baseball star Jeff Kent, Kalabaw also elected to trade its remaining supply of rice to the Tandang tribe in exchange for a picnic reward in a competition neither side seemed destined to win.
 
In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Katie discusses the sandwich-for-rice swap, the swift demise of her all-female alliance and whether Jeff Kent's secret-keeping cost her tribe Immunity.
 
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HitFix: On Wednesday night's episode, you seemed relatively blindsided at the Tribal Council. Watching the episode on TV, what did you learn about what was going on at camp than maybe you didn't previously know?
 
Katie Hanson: It's so funny. I had an inkling it was me by the way I was walking into camp, asked nothing about anything Penner just comes out, "It's Denise!" And it was obviously not Denise. It clearly was not going to be Denise. It was just like, "OK. You just made things really uncomfortable and it's almost obvious that it's me." And when I asked Jeff, "What was that about?" He acted really funny, for Jeff. That was not a normal reaction for Jeff, so it gave me a pretty clear idea that it was me. But it's like, you know, this is my only shot at "Survivor," so I've gotta try to scramble and make some things like... "Hello! It's makes sense. This is our time to get rid of him. What are you guys thinking?" You know?
 
 
HitFix: And why do you think that you were unable to make that magic happen?
 
Katie: I think that they established, which everyone had seen in previous episodes, that they've got this bond, that they've got this Guy Unity going on and I think that the whole idea that Penner has an Idol and that could potentially be useful in saving one of the guys through the Merge. So whether Penner chooses to use it for himself, which I'm sure he'll do, but if not, there's still that possibility that it could save one of the other guys and keep their alliance strong. And here I am. I really don't offer them much, but at the same time, it's like: If you take me through the Merge, I will be loyal to you and I'm not a physical threat, so I'm not going to prevent you from winning Individual Immunity. I am not gonna be your biggest threat here and Penner knows how to play this game and he'll play it well and he will play you. I'm sure that later on they will regret the decision of keeping him.
 

HitFix: One minute you guys got Denise and there was the possibility of a four-woman majority alliance and then Dana went out and Dawson was voted out and there you were at the bottom of the totem pole. You went from power to the bottom so fast. How did that roller coaster feel from your side?
 
Katie: Oh my God, it was devastating! First off, I was so close with Dana throughout this whole experience. We just bonded on so many levels and she was definitely a mommy figure and she just took care of pretty much all of us with the fire and the chickens and the meals. Dana just had it going on, but at the same time, Dana exhausted herself. It's just a shame, because I know she was a strong player and she was my No. 1 ally, so to see her go, it was like, "Oh my God! This is not going to be fun anymore living on this Island," because she made fun for me. And then also, I am now sticking out like sore thumb as person to potentially get voted out and with her, it was like that extra little bit of power that the girls' alliance had, so having her leave was definitely a pivotal point in the show and it ultimately ended in me going home, so it kinda stinks.
 
 
HitFix: You mentioned "fun" and often when alliances have all of the power, they can make things miserable for the people who are inevitably getting voted out. Was there any unpleasantness in camp life from that shift of power?
 
Katie: I think that overall, the guys were really great. Like we said last night, everyone got along so well that no matter who you are, you're getting blindsided. They definitely didn't make it uncomfortable, but it was pretty clear. I mean, everyone knew that Penner had the Idol, so that was a given and then it was so clear towards the end of my time there that the guys spent a lot of time with each other, so they must be bonding and you can't really take what Jeff tells you as 100 percent, because he's hanging out with Penner too much. I enjoyed living with these people, but I couldn't be a fool. You have to read between the lines and see what's really going on and I was definitely at the end of the rope here and it kinda stinks.
 
 
HitFix: The Mud Ball Reward Challenge ended up with a unique conclusion. You had a unique vantage point from the outside the whole time. Why did it seem to be so hard for anything to actually happen in that challenge?

Katie: I think that the people who were playing in that challenge were pretty evenly matched and it was a stalemate. The ball was going nowhere and everyone equally wanted to win this and at that point, it was just like, "Alright. We're exhausted. We've been out here for over an hour and literally we're getting nowhere." So it's like, "How long do you want to keep sitting and laying in the mud or do you want to discuss some things and get this over with." Yeah, I don't know. I was happy I didn't have to get all muddy and I still got sandwiches, so it worked out for me.
 

HitFix: Was it really just Skupin out there sitting on Jonathan Penner's head for an hour? Because that's what it looked like on TV.
 
Katie: No! They were definitely all rolling around. For a short period of time that was the case, but there would be certain slight movements that people got to readjust. I don't know. It was definitely uncomfortable for everyone who was playing in that challenge and I think that I can speak for them in saying that they were all pretty excited when it came to an end, especially Kalabaw, because we got the reward.
 
 
HitFix: You said that you're glad you didn't have to get muddy, but there was no part of you that wished you were able to get out there and actually compete in that particular challenge?
 
Katie: I think that I actually would have done really well in that challenge. The only problem is that I've never actually walked around in mud before and, of course, walking through these challenges, your foot is being consumed by this mud and you can hurt yourself! You can slip the wrong way and twist your ankle. So that's part's scary, but I think that I'm definitely an abled human being and I think that I would have done well in this challenge. But, like I said, if I don't have to get muddy, then that's even better.
 
 
HitFix: Is there a different to how that rice-for-Reward swap sounds when you're out there and you've been starving for 12 days, versus how it feels in your head now several months later?
 
Katie: Oh my God! I was like, "Give them the rice!" Trust me, we were 100 percent saving our rice, so they got a fair share of the deal. They definitely weren't screwed out of the deal. so that's for sure. But yeah, in the moment those sandwiches were great and, "Oh my God, we haven't have food like this in so long!" But in retrospective it's like, "OK, so that was probably dumb, because you don't know when the Merge is coming and it's pretty evident that now you can't catch fish after what Penner came back with and this can get pretty, pretty bad for you." I think a lot of people don't realize when you haven't been eating and your body has pretty much gone into starvation mode and when you finally feed it and gorge the way we did at that Reward, you get back and it literally goes right through you. It's like, "OK. That really did nothing for me, because now it's all gone and now I'm hungry again and now my rice is gone." So for the time being? Oh, it was a great idea! Was it the smartest? No. We totally acted on impulse.
 
 
HitFix: It looked as if you guys had a pretty major sugar crash when you got back. How much do you attribute losing the following Immunity Challenge to that crash? Or was it just one of those things where the other team just beat you?
 
Katie: Even growing up, I've always been afraid of the damn ball, so for me, I knew I was not gonna be good in this challenge. My parents signed me up for t-ball as a kid and I was in the outfield playing with my mitt and not paying attention. Yeah, I've always been terrible with catching, so I knew I wasn't gonna help them at all in that. But know, now, that Jeff is a pro ballplayer, I'm shocked he didn't get 'em every time. Knowing that, I wish we knew that he was a pro ballplayer, because Denise could have tried to throw to him the entire time, instead of trying to throw 'em to Carter. It literally made no sense! But anyway, back to your question... I think that, yeah, not having food... Tandang could energize themselves off of our rice and we were leaving that morning with whatever else was left from the Reward. And, lemme tell you, like I already told you, not much was left. It goes right through you out there. So we were kinda malnourished.
 
 
HitFix: I see how knowing Jeff Kent's real identity would have helped on this particular challenge, but if you had known Jeff's identity from the beginning -- longtime professional athlete, fairly well-to-do, etc. etc. -- would it have made a difference in your interactions with him, do you think?
 
 
Katie: I don't know. I think that I would have almost, probably, held him on a pedestal. Like, "Oh my God! He's a celebrity! I'm living with a celebrity!" I think it would have been that kind of effect. Also, with Lisa, I had no idea she was a celebrity and she probably also has money. You know? So it's like, OK, well, regardless of peoples' situations, we're all out here trying to play the same game. So yeah, once he gets in front of a Jury, he's almost a good one to have there, because no one's gonna want to give him the million dollars. You kidding me? You? You're loaded? Why do you need more? So he's almost a good one to have in front of a Jury, knowing that he's pro ballplayer. So I don't think that would have been a reason for me to send him home. In fact, it would be a reason for me to keep him there, because he's a pro athlete. He can make you win these challenges effortlessly.
 
 
HitFix: The season's other contestant with a pageant background, Angie, felt like that was held against her and it was hard for her to get away from. Did you feel like you had any similar issues? Or did no one know?
 
Katie: I never told anyone about being Miss Delaware and that kinda thing. I mean, what good could that possibly get you out there? Their assumption is, "What does a pageant girl know about living outdoors? A pageant girl knows how to put on makeup and look beautiful on the stage. What is that going to do for us out here in 'Survivor'? Absolutely nothing." So, for me, there was no rush to tell anybody. If they found out, fine, but why would I tell anyone that? No. Absolutely not.
 

 

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Philippines' - 'Down and Dirty'

A muddy challenge leads to a very interesting pact between Tribes
Pre-credit sequence. Team Penner returns to camp. Suddenly, Katie has gone from a position of power atop an all-female alliance to "the bottom of the totem pole." "Compared to these big strong men, I'm looking like the weakest link," Katie says, vowing to work her magic. That magic begins with Katie telling Denise about the possibility of Penner having an Idol. She's turning her powers against Penner in the hopes of getting one step closer to the Merge.
 
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