Monday, November 22, 2010

“Twilight actor Bronson Pelletier attacked by drunkards at movie convention - Daily News and Analysis” plus 1 more

“Twilight actor Bronson Pelletier attacked by drunkards at movie convention - Daily News and Analysis” plus 1 more


Twilight actor Bronson Pelletier attacked by drunkards at movie convention - Daily News and Analysis

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 02:21 AM PST

 Bronson Pelletier

Twilight star Bronson Pelletier was attacked by a group of drunken men during a film convention in Birmingham, England.

The 24-year-old Canadian, who plays werewolf tribe member Jared in the film franchise, was left with a broken nose after allegedly being struck, headbutted and put into a headlock.

"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," News.com.au quoted a source as saying.

"The convention was full of teenage girls and geeks desperate to see their Twilight heroes so no one expected this sort of trouble," the source said.

Pelleteir, who has starred in New Moon, Eclipse and is in the Breaking Dawn duo of films, was attacked in the toilets.

An organiser of the event at Birmingham's Hilton Metropole Hotel who tried to intervene was also assaulted.

The four alleged attackers had been attending a wedding reception at the hotel holding the conference and were arrested by police officers. Two men were released and two were bailed in connection with the crime.

A spokesperson for the West Midlands Police Force confirmed that one of the gang was restrained after the deployment of a Taser gun, and all four were eventually arrested on suspicion of assault.

Two were then released without charge, while the other half of the group were granted bail pending further questioning.

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Movie Review: The Next Three Days a Heist Movie Without Enough Heist - Entertainment Online

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 10:53 AM PST

C

Review in a Hurry: When his wife is suddenly arrested and convicted of murder, teacher John Brennan (Russell Crowe) starts planning ways to break her out of jail. So he plans...and plans...and plans some more. Only close to the movie's end does he actually start putting events in motion, and by then you may have given up on a story that rarely gets straight to the point.

MORE: Read our review of Harry Potter and the Deahtly Hallows: Part 1

The Bigger Picture: The main hook of The Next Three Days (remade from the French film Anything For Her, or Pour Elle, which didn't get much play stateside) is the idea of a jailbreak as planned by a regular guy who's a total novice at such things. He's inspired to action by a brief meeting with an ex-jailbird named Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson, boldly and foolishly attempting a Brooklyn accent), and ploughs ahead despite the fact that (a) wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) refuses to profess her innocence; and (b) their son doesn't seem to care about his mom much.

There could have been ample room for satire here, but writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash) wouldn't know a cinematic sense of humor if it rammed his car on the freeway. He does understand irony, somewhat, especially where skin color is involved—unsurprisingly, John's attempts at making criminal contacts involve stereotypes about criminality and race being reversed.

About an hour and a half in, when what had been mostly a low-volume talker finally becomes a heist adventure, Haggis shows a strong sense of direction, getting us tense about events onscreen even if we don't particularly care about the specific protagonists. He can't leave well enough alone, though, refusing to end the film until all hints of vagueness that made the story interesting are indubitably (and boringly) resolved.

Kinda cool that he sets the movie in Pittsburgh, though. Makes for a nice change of onscreen urban scenery.

The 180—a Second Opinion: It's good to see Brian Dennehy as Crowe's tough-nut dad. It's always good to see Dennehy in anything. We know he's been more of a TV guy lately, but more features could use his presence.

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