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‘Breaking Dawn’ Vampire Contacts ‘Kill’ Kristen Stewart

'That is one thing I can't wait to say goodbye to,' she tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"
Photo: Summit Entertainment

The dedicated Kristen Stewart fans out there are likely very well aware that she wears colored contact lenses for her role as Bella Swan in the "Twilight" movies. And in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," Stewart dons the amber lenses her co-stars Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz have been wearing for years as part of their official Cullen vampire clan costuming.

When MTV News caught up with Stewart recently, we asked about that experience and she revealed that, although she's experienced with contacts, her new vampire ones weren't much fun to wear.

"They are worse. The yellow ones sort of limit your vision even more, and so you feel a little bit more closed off," she said. "That is one thing I can't wait to say goodbye to, is the contacts. They just kill you. [They give you] dead face."

Pattinson recently told us he was delighted that his co-star had to suffer with the rest of them. "She's like, 'I wear contact lenses. Why do you always complain about yours?' " Pattinson said. "When she finally wore them and then was complaining about them every second of the day, it was kind of satisfying."

Stewart said the yellow lenses were totally worth the trouble, because she was so excited to play the vampire version of Bella.

"I've been waiting. To see her thrive anytime, it's — she's always so full of something that she knows, and it's like, at this point, you finally go, 'Oh, she was right,' and she can also go, 'OK, great, I'm not crazy, this was supposed to happen.' "

Stewart said Bella's previous feelings that she was different from others are validated in the final film. "The whole vampire thing, I wasn't excited to be white and all that; I was really more excited to finally get her there, because she wants it so bad."

Tonight, join MTV.com live from the "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" red-carpet premiere as we talk to your favorite stars about all things "Twilight"!

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Robert Pattinson Relishes Kristen Stewart’s Contact-Lens Discomfort

Stewart didn't understand why her co-star complained about his 'Twilight' vampire contacts until she had to wear her own.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


Robert Pattinson in "Breaking Dawn"
Photo: Summit Entertainment

Aside from ending what has been roughly five years of hard work and incredibly pale skin, "Breaking Dawn" brought a different type of satisfaction to Robert Pattinson. The end of the "Twilight Saga" meant that his co-star Kristen Stewart would finally understand the pain he's had to endure the entire time they've spent shooting the films.

It's not a great spoiler to say that Stewart's Bella will become a bloodthirsty, red-eyed vampire at some point during the two-part finale, whose first installment opens on November 18. This has been a long time coming for Bella, the fans and, it turns out, Pattinson.

Getting into character meant a change of eye color for Stewart and some vindication for her co-star. In the nicest way possible, Pattinson explained to MTV News' Josh Horowitz that knowing Stewart would have to experience the discomfort of his vampire contact lenses was "a great feeling."

Stewart had her own set of contacts to wear as the human version of Bella to turn her eyes brown, but those apparently did not hurt, unlike the gold contacts that Pattinson had worn since the beginning of the series. "She's like, 'I wear contact lenses. Why do you always complain about yours?' " Pattinson said.

When Stewart finally did change into her vampire eyes, Pattinson got what he had been waiting for. "When she finally wore them and then was complaining about them every second of the day," he admitted, "it was kind of satisfying."

Check out everything we've got on "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

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FBI Contacted Over Threats to Lindsay Lohan

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Capri Anderson’s Lawyer Contacts Sheen’s Attorney

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Chance the Rapper Donating $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

Chance the Rapper announced on Monday that he will donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation "for arts and enrichment programming." The announcement came at a press conference held at Westcott Elementary School in the Grammy-winning rapper's native South Side neighborhood of West Chatham, during which he presented an oversized check to students flanking him on both sides. 

The announcement comes days after the Coloring Book rapper met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss what he believes is a lack of state funding directed towards the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) systems. "The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since has called me over the weekend," Chance told a group of reporters and students gathered on Monday. It's a sentiment he shared minutes after his talk with Rauner on Friday, when he told the Governor, via reporters, to "Do your job!" "Our talks were unsuccessful," Chance continued. "Gov. Rauner still won't commit to giving Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums."

Chance's efforts principally stem from Rauner's veto of a bill that was set to delegate $215 million in funding to CPS, "an important compromise on behalf of the schools and the students across the state," Chance noted. As a result, CPS may have to lay off thousands of staff or, as Chance passionately explained, even cut the school year short by 13 days. "This means over 380,000 kids will not have adult-supervised activities in June and could possibly be put in harm's way," he explained.

The rapper said his $1 million donation was made possible through ticket sales for his upcoming spring tour and a joint effort between concert promoters (including Live Nation, AEG and Ticketmaster) and local venues and promoters across the country. The rapper did not give specifics on how the money would be raised, but noted that the aforementioned companies "were able to band together to use funds from ticket sales to donate to CPS."

On top of the rapper's $1 million, Social Works, a local non-profit organization Chance created last year, will match every $100,000 raised for the CPS with an additional $10,000 to be allocated for specific Chicago public schools. (The charity has set up a website to receive donations for CPS.) In light of the $1 million donation, Chance will give out 10 additional $10,000 donations to select local schools, including Westcott Elementary.

As the Chicago Tribune noted, Rauner submitted two proposals earlier in the day to help fund $215 million for CPS: one that would "[tie] the money to passage of a larger overhaul of the state's pension retirement program," and another that would allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to draw from Chicago's tax increment financing funds. The rapper declined to comment on Rauner's proposals.

Chance urged others to join in his fight to "take care of [Chicago] kids. With the stroke of the pen, the governor has the power to change that," he said. "This isn't about politics. This isn't about posturing. Everybody and they momma knows about what's going on in Chicago,” he said referencing the record-high murder rate. "It's constantly talked about. But we're about to enhance the conversation. As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I'm asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning."

The battle over CPS funding has been raging for more than two years, largely fought between the Republican Rauner and Democratic State Senate President John Cullerton. Illinois has not approved a full budget in two years, but the legislature has enacted several stopgap measures to keep Chicago schools in session.

At his press conference, the Grammy-winning rapper noted he'd been in contact with other Chicago celebrities, including Common, to discuss what can be done to help CPS. Though, as he noted, he's "not a politician. It's not my job to propose any policy." His responsibility, as he sees it, is "to make sure the children have the resources for a quality education.

"Governor Rauner would like for the narrative of this conversation to be that our conversations were to help find a way to subsidize funding for CPS," he added. "That's not what’s going on. I want them to fund CPS."

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Danger Mouse Recruits Beck, Norah Jones for Retro Covers Album

Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) and singer-songwriter Sam Cohen teamed to create the expansive Resistance Radio project, a pseudo-soundtrack to Amazon's dystopian alt-history series, Man in the High Castle. Beck, Norah Jones, the Shins, Sharon Van Etten, Karen O, Angel Olsen, Grandaddy, Kelis, MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Booker all contributed to the all-star project, covering songs from the early 1960s, during which the show is set. The 18-track album is out April 7th via Burton's 30th Century Records label.

Van Etten's opening track, a cover of swooning Skeeter Davis ballad "The End of the World," is available to stream above. The singer harmonizes with herself over the period-flavored waltz, filled with lush strings and reverb-coated slide guitar. Burton gushed over Van Etten's performance in an interview with NPR, saying, "When I heard that vocal of hers on that track is when I knew the potential of this. She could have been a big vocalist in the Sixties easily. If this is the style of music she wants to sing, she can do it."

The LP, officially titled Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album, ties into the show's storyline, which is set 17 years after the Allied Powers lost World War II – with Eastern America ruled by the Greater Nazi Reich and the West by the Japanese Pacific States. Resistance Radio is named after the a pirate radio network featured in Season Two – and while none of the songs feature in the actual series, the project envisions a playlist that could appear on the station.

Burton told NPR he was originally hesitant about compiling the project, but he gained confidence – and creative momentum – after connecting with Cohen. "We had to do the whole thing in a month, which was insane," he said. "This is the way people used to record stuff. You get really great players and you just knock it out. So we went in, and it sounded great."

The producer said he "wanted to steer [the project] toward the darker side" of that era's music, connecting to the show's brooding subject matter. Naturally, the first person he contacted was James Mercer, Shins mastermind and Burton's collaborator in Broken Bells.

"I sent him 'A Taste of Honey,' and he sent it back two days later," he said. "He was in Portland working on Shins stuff and he took time out and did his own interpretation of it. It sounds like James in certain places, but most people I played it for don't know it's James, which happens on a lot of these songs. The way he interpreted just changes his vocals."

On March 6th, Amazon will launch ResistanceRadio.com, featuring music from the soundtrack accompanied by original storytelling. Burton and Cohen will unite March 14th to host a Resistance Radio event at Austin, Texas' Belmont Hotel during SXSW; Cohen, Booker, Kelis, Grandaddy, Kevin Morby and more will perform their own songs alongside material from the soundtrack.

Resistance Radio is available to pre-order.

Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album Track List

1. Sharon Van Etten - "The End of the World"
2. Andrew VanWyngarden - "Nature Boy"
3. Beck - "Can't Help Falling In Love"
4. Benjamin Booker - "Spoonful"
5. Sam Cohen - "The House of the Rising Sun"
6. The Shins - "A Taste of Honey"
7. Angel Olsen - "Who's Sorry Now"
8. Waterstrider - "Speaking of Happiness"
9. Michael Kiwanuka - "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child"
10. Grandaddy - "Love Hurts"
11. Big Search - "Lonely Mound of Clay"
12. Kevin Morby - "I Only Have Eyes For You"
13. Kelis - "Who's Lovin' You"
14. Norah Jones - "Unchained Melody"
15. Curtis Harding - "Lead Me On"
16. Maybird - "All Alone Am I"
17. Karen O - "Living In A Trance"
18. Sam Cohen - "Get Happy"

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