Breaking Dawn premiere flashes plenty of leg on the red carpet

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon blank-stare appreciation of the pop-culture world finds a lot of well-dressed people at a well-promoted premier, other things, and a smokin’ mystery music video.

TALK OF THE TOWN: Per E!, “At last night's Breaking Dawn: Part 1 premiere, the vampire flick's leading ladies Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and more looked blood-suckingly fabulous at the most glamorous Twi premiere yet.

From flowing gowns to sparkletastic sequins, the actresses stood out in different styles.

Ashley was the only babe who wore custom-made couture. The actress was red-hot in a Donna Karan red lace gown with pretty chiffon strips cascading down her figure. A deep red lip and glossy waves finished off her drop-dead gorgeous look.

Meanwhile, Christian Serratos graduated from red carpet amateur to full-on fabulous pro in an eye-popping fuchsia Alexander McQueen flowy strapless gown, gold arm cuffs and a curly hairdo. Elegant yet hot!
As for Elizabeth Reaser, Mama Cullen took the plunge in a cleavage-baring, long-sleeve sequin gown, simple sideswept hair and no accessories. "I don't feel like this person in this dress in my normal life," she revealed on the red carpet.

The biggest star of the night Kristen dazzled in an edgy purple J. Mendel gown with sexy slit up-to-there, an elegant updo and smoky eyes. Best part was her gorgeous smile and confident pose.”

SHE JUST PLAYS ONE ON TV: Per the Los Angeles Times, “NBC's newest correspondent fits the profile of a lot of other network news hires — bright, articulate and educated at America's best colleges. She's also unlike other network news hires — having lived for eight years in the White House and done little to veil her suspicion of the media.

So it was with more than a little carping and some outright disdain that professional journalists and other Washington observers greeted Chelsea Clinton's ascension to a prime-time television perch. Judging from online comment boards after NBC announced Clinton's hiring Monday, much of the public will take a more generous, wait-and-see attitude toward a hiring that has plenty of historic precedent.

Clinton joins a couple of other political daughters under the NBC umbrella. In 2009, the network hired Jenna Bush Hager as a reporter for the "Today" show. As with Clinton, producers have steered her toward topics unlikely to provoke charges of political bias. The one-time school teacher has delivered stories about a violin prodigy, a professional football player's charitable works, profiles of national parks and an interview with "Twilight" movie heartthrob Robert Pattinson.

More than a few other political progeny have delivered the news in some fashion. President Truman's daughter, Margaret, hosted a radio show, "Authors in the News." John F. Kennedy Jr. co-founded the political magazine "George." Vice President Walter Mondale's daughter, Eleanor, worked as a television and radio host. Most recently, NBC's cable outlet, MSNBC, hired Meghan McCain — daughter of the U.S. senator and 2008 presidential candidate — to provide political commentary.

True to her long-standing practice, Clinton declined to speak to anyone in the media after NBC's announcement. She strenuously avoided interviews during Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential run, even refusing to speak to a 9-year-old reporter from Scholastic News. The child wanted to know what kind of "First Man" Bill Clinton might be.”

PASS: Per the AP, “The bed where Michael Jackson died is no longer for sale.

Julien's Auctions has removed the queen-sized headboard from its auction of items from 100 N. Carolwood Drive, Jackson's last residence.
Company president Darren Julien said Tuesday the mattress was never for sale, but he removed the carved headboard seen in evidence photos during the trial of Jackson's physician from the sale at the request of Jackson's estate.”

DIG THOSE ROOTS: Per Rolling Stone, “The string quartet has gone through at least a dozen takes by the time Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson arrives at the Soho studio where the Roots are recording final overdubs for their 11th album. Standing still in the center of the room, the drummer-producer listens closely as an engineer cues up the sweeping, mournful chamber-music suite that will close the disc. He keeps a poker face until it's over, then grins and delivers his verdict: "Awesome."

When the Roots were hired as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's house band in 2009, few would have blamed them for taking it easy after 14 years on the road. Instead, the Fallon gig has coincided with an unlikely spike in productivity: Their dark new concept album, undun (due out December 6th), is their third full-length LP in just 18 months. "I don't want to jinx it," Thompson says, relaxing in the studio after the string section clears out. "But I feel like this is our most realized work."

REALITY CHECK: Per TMZ, “Dr. Conrad Murray has been telling people who have visited him in jail ... he no longer has the will to live and he wants to kill himself.

We're told Murray cannot cope with the fact that he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and even though his lawyers told him he needed to be prepared for the possibility of a guilty verdict, it never computed with him.”

STOP THE PRESSES: Per Radar, “Sometimes you can't get a story in print before it's old news, especially when dealing with a flash-in-the-pan marriage like Kim Kardashian's.

The reality star graces the cover of the December issue of Marie Claire magazine, where she proudly flashed her $2 million engagement ring and gushed about husband Kris Humphries.

Unfortunately for the glossy mag - and for Kris - the socialite had already decided she didn't want to be a married woman by the time the issue hits newsstands.”

SAPPY, SAPPY: Per The Wrap, “Now that we’ve had gay teens losing their virginity on “Glee,” the franchise makes a pendulum swing back toward safety with the Perry Como-level musical conservatism of “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 2.”

Christmases don’t get whiter – or, more to the point, any more vanilla – than on the show’s second set of pallid holiday covers. By the time the entire cast joins in on “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” the logical response to holiday-ignorant refugees may be a kind of envy.

Damian McGinty, as Rory, sings “Blue Christmas” with such goopy soullessness that it’s like Elvis never happened. Surely, that one’s on purpose. It’s hard to figure the excuse when the cooler kids also sound like they were rejected from an Andy Williams special for being too white-bread.

The most egregious tune, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” has the audacity to exactly copy Bruce Springsteen’s arrangement of the kiddie classic, with Mark Salling, Cory Monteith and Samuel Larsen collectively disinviting comparisons to Bruce and Clarence.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood