Twilight star Bronson Pelletier has put his public intoxication conviction behind him by completing a course of court-ordered alcohol education classes. The actor was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in December (12) after on-site police received a call about an unruly passenger, and video taken at the scene appeared to show him urinating by the gate as he waited for a flight.
He pleaded no contest to a charge of public intoxication and was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to attend 44 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in exchange for a punishment without jail time.
Pelletier has now completed his duty to the court and finished his alcohol awareness course, according to TMZ.com.
The Blade star was allegedly caught on camera relieving himself in a hedge outside the city's Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during a night out on Thursday (24Jan13).
The photo appears to show Dorff smiling for the cameras while he makes a public pit stop.
He is the latest star to be apparently caught short - actress Jaime Pressly and Twilight star Bronson Pelletier have both landed in hot water for allegedly urinating in public places.
The Canadian actor has confirmed he was removed from a plane, but denies reports he was caught relieving himself by the gate as he waited for another flight, which led to his arrest.
The 25-year-old claims another passenger on the same flight plied him with drinks prior to boarding, and then caused trouble for him once on the aircraft, telling TMZ.com, "That (public urination) definitely did not happen... I'm not a big drinker myself to be honest... The same guy that (sic) bought me drinks was the guy who got me taken off the plane... that's it. No peeing. Peeing did not happen."
Pelletier has now been charged with one count of being drunk in public, a misdemeanour, according to the website.
He faces a maximum of six months in jail if convicted and he will be arraigned on 7 January (13).
Pelletier is also due in court on 17 January (13) to answer to drug possession charges relating to another arrest earlier this month (Dec12) when police reportedly found illegal substances on his person at the Gym Bar in West Hollywood.
He has pleaded not guilty to two charges related to that incident.
The Canadian star was allegedly removed from a plane at the terminal after airport police received a call about an unruly passenger, and he was ordered to wait for another flight later in the day as he was too intoxicated to fly.
Officers were subsequently called back to the scene after Pelletier was reportedly discovered relieving himself by the gate, prompting them to take him into custody for public intoxication.
The 25 year old admits he was escorted off the flight, but claims the media has it all wrong about the rest of the story. He alleges another passenger on the same flight plied him with drinks prior to boarding, and then caused trouble for him once on the aircraft.
He tells TMZ.com, "That (public urination) definitely did not happen... I'm not a big drinker myself to be honest...
"The same guy that (sic) bought me drinks was the guy who got me taken off the plane... that's it. No peeing. Peeing did not happen."
Pelletier is also fighting rumours he landed in trouble with the law for drug possession earlier this month (Dec12), when police are said to have found illegal substances on his person at Gym Bar in West Hollywood.
He pleaded not guilty to two charges related to that incident last week (11Dec12) and is due back before a judge on 17 January (13), but Pelletier is protesting his innocence, saying, "That situation... did not happen."
The 25 year old, who has appeared in the vampire franchise since 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was allegedly removed from a plane at the terminal on Monday (17Dec12) after airport police received a call about an unruly passenger.
Cops ruled he was too intoxicated to fly and ordered him to wait for another flight, but officers are later said to have discovered Pelletier relieving himself by the gate.
He was taken into custody and booked for a misdemeanour count of public intoxication, before being released, reports TMZ.com.
The 25 year old was removed from a plane at the terminal after airport police received a call about an unruly passenger.
He then reportedly urinated in public and was taken into custody and booked for a misdemeanour count of public intoxication, before being released, reports TMZ.com.
Now editors at the site claim it was Pelletier's second arrest in a month - police reportedly found drugs on his possession at Gym Bar in West Hollywood on 8 December (12) after they were called to deal with a disturbance.
He pleaded not guilty to two charges of possession last week (11Dec12). He is slated to return to court on 17 January (13), according to TMZ.
It's easy to hate on the Twilight movies. They're the epitome of indulgent fan-servicing filmmaking alienating anyone on the outside of their cultish fanbase. With consistent navel-gazing screenplays by series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (adapted from the equally shallow source material from author Stephanie Meyers) there's little reason to think future installments could ever transcend their predecessors.
But whereas Twilight New Moon and Eclipse contently burrowed themselves under the forlorn faces and over-dramatic moping of stars Kristen Stewart Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls Kinsey Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh) unearths a saving grace in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: pure insanity from which blossoms color comedy and scares. The movie is one giant wink to the camera—and it serves the melodrama of Twilight tremendously.
The first half of the not-quite-epic Twilight conclusion kicks off with the wedding of Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) a long-awaited event Condon manages to spin into an authentically nerve-wracking and touching sequence. Finally a Twilight movie with an obvious purpose—Bella and Edward have been waiting since Movie One to consummate their relationship (waiting until marriage) but lingering at the end of every daydream every loving gaze every sweet nothing is the gut-wrenching fact that Bella will give up her humanity. Breaking Dawn - Part 1 confronts this dead on with an overtness absent from the previous movies.
While the script is still committed to visualizing Bella Edward and Jacob's uncinematic inner monologues Condon peppers every scene with the zest of ridiculousness saving Breaking Dawn from ever dragging. Edward cracking a bed in half during his first sexual experience is just the beginning—the movie features everything from demon-fearing Brazilian housekeepers to body horror straight out of a Cronenberg film to corny CSI-esque shots of vampire venom jetting through bloodstreams. In one scene Jacob (Lautner) morphs into canine form to telepathically declare (in Lautner's brooding "tough guy" voice) that he is the true Alpha Male of the pack. The moment's hammy and trite but Condon shoots it with all the over-the-top machismo exuding from the wolfpack. Subtle no. Fun yes.
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is far and away the best of the Twilight series. Sexy silly scary and stupid the movie's tonal balancing act amounts to an Evil Dead for tween romantics. There's gravity to the events we're witnessing on screen (Pattinson and Stewart even have a tense argument that results in an explosion of their previously-presumed non-existent emotions) but a self-reflexive lens keeps the normally-idiotic confessions of love and hushed prophetic warnings of the Cullen family in check. The operatic tale crescendos with buckets of blood and "tragedy" straight out of a high school Shakespeare production—completely in tune with the outlandish plot and a satisfying cliffhanger for Part 2. The movie is weighed down by the baggage that comes with a Twilight movie but the formula is shaken up just enough to inject the undead franchise with a little life.
The actor, who plays werewolf Jared in the franchise, was confronted in the restroom of Birmingham's Hilton Metropole Hotel while attending the Eternal Twilight 4 event earlier this month (Nov10).
The 24 year old was allegedly held in a headlock, but managed to free himself using fight skills he's learned.
His manager Darren Boidman tells GossipCop.com, "(Pelletier was) signing autographs and taking pictures at an after-hours Twilight convention party (when men) who were at a wedding at the same venue thought it would be funny to put my client in a neck lock and threaten him. To their surprise, Bronson Pelletier, who has a 'street' background elbowed and fought his way loose in true wolf pack spirit. When he came back with some other 'wolves' to even the odds, these drunk a**holes were long gone."
Boidman has also dismissed reports the actor's nose was broken in the altercation, adding, "(He) is fine and was not hospitalised as some other reports have stated."
The actor, who plays werewolf Jared in the franchise, was left with a broken nose after he was confronted in the restroom of the Hilton Metropole Hotel while attending the Eternal Twilight 4 event.
Chaos broke out as the 24 year old was hit over the skull, headbutted and held in a headlock before he managed to free himself.
Four alleged attackers, who were guests at a wedding reception in the hotel, were then chased by police officers and one was restrained after cops used a Taser gun.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police confirms four men were arrested on suspicion of assault. Two were released and two were granted bail pending further questioning, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph.
A source tells the publication, "Bronson was really angry and upset... These guys were very nasty. They were so drunk they probably didn't even realise they were picking on a Hollywood actor.
"The convention was full of teenage girls and geeks desperate to see their Twilight heroes so no one expected this sort of trouble."
Twilight’s contentious “Edward vs. Jacob” debate was finally settled at the close of 2009‘s New Moon the second episode of Stephenie Meyers’ supernatural teen harlequin saga when plaintive emo hottie Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) definitively rejected the advances of Taylor Lautner’s musclebound man-wolf in favor of Robert Pattinson’s brooding vampire.
Or so we thought. Twilight’s fateful love triangle is revived in earnest by Eclipse part three of the series and this time the implications are serious -- relatively speaking of course. Taking over the helm from New Moon director Chris Weitz is David Slade (30 Days of Night Hard Candy) who adds a hefty dose of action to Twilight’s trademark mix of soaring romance and manic melodrama making Eclipse the first film in the saga in which -- get this -- something actually happens.
Indeed action is a primary theme of Eclipse. Like most high school seniors Bella wants some; her pasty paramour Edward Cullen however remains stubbornly chaste and not just because the briefest exposure to his unbridled vampire lust would almost certainly kill his all-too-human sweetheart. You see chivalrous Edward hails “from a different era ” one in which the institution of marriage meant everything and a man took care to mount a proper courtship before marrying a girl nearly a century his junior. (He’s 109 years old.) He asks her to marry him; she agrees but only if he’ll turn her into a vampire first; he hesitates pondering the unalterable consequences; the matter is tabled and heavy petting resumes. (This exchange is repeated ad nauseam throughout the remainder of the film.)
The constant fawning and unwavering devotion from impossibly beautiful Edward aren’t enough to sate Bella’s thirst -- she needs validation like a vampire needs blood -- and so she uses the flimsiest of pretexts to re-insert herself into the life of Jacob Black the sensitive werewolf she previously shunned who dutifully plies her with his own declarations of undying love. (Jacob to his credit has developed enough game since we last saw him to qualify as a serious contender for Bella’s affections and is no longer the devoted doormat we saw in New Moon. He’s still a tool though.) Game on.
But Edward and Jacob aren’t the only ones with designs on Bella. (Seriously are there no other hot emo chicks in the greater Pacific Northwest?) A ginger-haired menace (Bryce Dallas Howard) has emerged one that will require Edward’s vampire clan and Jacob’s wolfpack tribe longtime enemies forever on the verge of a climactic battle (in which Bella will serve as the jeans-and-hoodie-clad Helen of Troy no doubt) to put aside their differences and unite against a common enemy. In order to ensure Bella’s safety Edward and Jacob must form an uneasy tag-team (no not that kind of tag team much as it would likely better serve to resolve matters) to keep Bella safe from harm.
With its amped-up action sharpened wit and darker horror flick-inspired atmospherics Eclipse boasts the broadest appeal of all the Twilight films thus far. But that doesn’t mean it’s good. Director Slade’s grasp of plot development borders on amateurish in this film; Eclipse often feels less like a movie than a weighty discourse on the pros and cons of vampiredom laid out in lengthy exhaustingly repetitive chunks of exposition and awkward campy flashbacks as just about every character in the film including Edward attempts to dissuade Bella from joining the ranks of the bloodsuckers.
But alas no force no matter how utterly rational its arguments will keep Bella from her destiny. Which obviously is Edward. Or is it? Eclipse goes to great pains to invent ways to perpetuate the film’s romantic rivalry inserting scenes like the one in which Bella on the verge of freezing to death in a tent high up in the mountains is saved when Jacob arrives to heroically spoon her body temperature back to its proper level. (Eclipse is being hyped as the first “guy-friendly” Twilight flick but no film which includes a climactic spooning scene can rightly claim such a distinction.) Edward meanwhile with his poor vampire circulation is powerless to help.
Who will win in the end? Will it be abs over eyes? Obviously it will take two more movies (at least!) to solve this kind of wrenching dilemma.