Producers of a movie that spoofed "Twilight" claim the monster hit is fair game to parody ... because it showcased questionable conduct regarding domestic violence, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, date rape, and racism.
Here's the backstory ... Lionsgate -- which produced "Twilight" -- fired off a cease and desist letter to the producers of "Twiharder." Lionsgate claims "Twiharder" is a blatant rip-off and wants it shelved forever.
But now "Twiharder" has fired back, claiming it has a legal right to parody some very controversial themes on the OG. Specifically, "Twiharder" producers claim the movie is racist ... depicting Native Americans as bloodthirsty warriors, noble savages and sexual predators.
Producers also claim "Twilight" promotes statutory rape -- the main relationship is between 17-year-old Bella and Edward, "who is nearly 100 years her senior."
As for domestic violence ... it appears they're talking about rough sex between Edward and Bella.
"Twiharder" producers want a judge to declare they are fully in the right.
Fatal Candle Fire SETTLED
For a High Price
9/18/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ashley Greene caused the fire inside of her apartment that killed one of her dogs ... it's now official, and her insurance company has to pony up over $305k to pay for the damage.
The owner of Ashley's unit tells TMZ ... Ashley's insurance company had been stalling for months. An insurance company rep told the owner they were having trouble getting Ashley to sit down for an interview. Apparently that happened, and the company is now convinced the actress was responsible for the blaze.
The owner of the unit is pissed, because she doesn't have the cash to make the repairs ... but she will soon.
As we previously reported -- both of Ashley's dogs were inside the apartment when a lit candle fell over and set the place on fire ... only one got out alive. Ashley, her brother and a friend were also inside. None of them were hurt.
Hot & TOPLESS In NY
9/10/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was only 71 degrees on Staten Island yesterday, but Ashley Greene made it seem a whole lot hotter ... flashing some side boob in a teeny yellow bikini during a movie shoot in NY.
A pink and white beach blanket just barely managed to conceal the goods ... as Ashley filmed a scene for "Staten Island Summer" at the Great Kills Swim Club ... where some of the locals were used as extras.
The movie's about a couple of dudes who take jobs as lifeguards while trying to figure out what to do with their lives.
Why would you ever do anything else?
Finishes Booze Classes
Lesson 1: Don't Whip Out Your Dong in Airports
9/9/2013 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Twilight" actor Bronson Pelletier has officially learned his lesson after drunkenly whipping out his junk and peeing in the middle of LAX -- finally completing his court-ordered alcohol ed classes ... TMZ has learned.
As we reported, Pelletier was sentenced to 44 classes following his public intoxication arrest for the pee incident in December 2012 (aka one of the greatest videos ever).
The classes -- designed to teach him the error of his drunk asshat ways -- were part of a plea deal Pelletier struck with prosecutors in exchange for no jail time.
And now it's all behind him! Except for the video. That will live on forever.
SHOVES Security Guard
8/17/2013 12:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Pattinson violently SHOVED a guy he apparently thought was a snap-happy photog while exiting a club Friday night ... but turns out it was a security guard.
In the chaotic video -- taken outside the Troubador -- a boozed-up looking Robert is seen trying to leave the venue while swarmed by paps. You can tell it's tough to navigate.
As Robert makes his way to his car through the mayhem, he suddenly throws his hand to another guy's face ... forcefully PUSHING him backwards. Suddenly paps are heard asking, "Why'd you hit him?"
Afterwards, the vic -- who is actually part of the bar's security team -- is heard saying "He grabbed me on my face" as he picks his glasses up from the ground.
He also makes it clear Robert thought he was someone else -- a photog.
So is the security guy pissed? Check out his reaction AND the look on Robert's face he drives away. Kinda says it all.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author
8/10/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screw professional courtesy ... "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer says she won't give E.L. James any casting advice for the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie .. because she REFUSES TO READ THE BOOK!!!
Meyer was leaving Hemmingway's in Hollywood with some friends last night when she fired the shot ... and it ain't the first time she's taken aim at the S&M-heavy trilogy.
Earlier this year, Meyer told The Guardian "50 Shades" was "too smutty" for her taste -- explaining, "Erotica is not something I read. I don't even read traditional romance."
It's unclear how E.L. feels about the diss -- but we're guessing she'd probably give Stephenie a pair of those ben wa balls and tell her to go (well, you know) herself.
'You Don't Deserve to Breathe the Same Air I Do'
7/30/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kristen Stewart tore a paparazzo a new a-hole yesterday... dropping f-bombs and screaming, "You don't deserve to breathe the same air I do."
The video's intense ... Kristen is seen hiding behind a gate, waiting for a ride outside some building in Los Angeles, when the photog -- not TMZ -- asks, "Why are you saying f**k off?"
Obviously, Kristen was pissed even before the camera rolled ... but it's unclear what took place BEFORE the paparazzo started recording.
But Kristen, who appears like she's been pushed to a breaking point, unloads, saying, "Because you're a piece of s**t and you don't deserve to breathe the same air I do." That's just the beginning. It's crazy. Check it out.
I'm a HUGE 'Twilight' Fan
... Or Am I?
7/11/2013 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R.L. Stine -- the mad genius behind the "Goosebumps" books -- says he LOVED the first "Twilight" book ... but not enough to pick up the second one. Sooooo ... literary diss??
Here's the backstory ... Stine was out in NYC yesterday when the topic inevitably turned to Stephenie Meyer's vampire books.
Stine says he liked her original book, but admits he never moved on to "New Moon."
You'd think ... if a fellow best-selling author REALLY "liked" the first book of a massive series, he'd move on to the next book. Then again ... maybe he's just really busy.
Either way ... "SAY CHEESE AND DIE" RULED!!
Ashley & Vanessa
Tiny Bikini Time
... In Bali
6/20/2013 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The sun wasn't the only thing that was hot in Bali yesterday -- Ashley Greene and Vanessa Hudgens went two pieces on the Indonesian island.
The actresses sunned themselves in barely-there bikinis while attending the Oakley Pro Bali surf competition. Ashley even took some surf lessons herself.
We'd say more ... but a picture is worth a thousand words.
Watch Me Make
This Tree My Bitch
6/19/2013 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli
Nicest Divorce Ever
6/12/2013 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "90210" star Jennie Garth is officially a single woman ... because her divorce from "Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli has been finalized -- and it's quite possibly the most amicable and novel divorce of all time.
As we reported, Garth and Facinelli pulled the plug on their marriage in 2012 after 11 years together. They have three daughters -- 15-year-old Luca Bella, 10-year-old Lola Ray, and 6-year-old Fiona Eve.
The divorce order was officially signed Tuesday -- but the real story ... Garth and Facinelli still totally trust each other -- especially in the money department.
The two have each declined spousal support. As for the children, they're doing something pretty novel. Jennie and Peter are funding a joint bank account for the care and education of their children. Both parents will deposit money in equal amounts. Each has full access to the accounts.
They have also agreed to share 50/50 custody of their daughters and insist they don't need a formal custody arrangement -- unheard of in Hollywood.
'Go Daddy' Nerd
Sorry I Was a Total Creep
6/7/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Go Daddy honchos were ENRAGED when they saw their nerdy spokesman Jesse Heiman put the moves on a married "Twilight" actress Tuesday night -- and Heiman is begging for forgiveness.
A rep for 35-year-old Heiman -- who famously appeared in Go Daddy's Bar Refaeli-kissing Super Bowl commercial -- tells us, the Internet company was extremely upset after seeing the video TMZ posted Wednesday ... showing Jesse awkwardly attempting to steal a kiss from Nikki Reed outside Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Hollywood.
Jesse tells us, he was ordered to cancel his appearances this week -- as well as to apologize for his uncouth behavior -- and Jesse gladly obliged.
Jesse's future with Go Daddy is unclear.
As for the video that got Jesse in trouble -- you'll have to watch that at your own risk. Seriously. It's painful.
'Twilight' Star Nikki Reed
Fights Off CREEPY Kiss
from 'Go Daddy' Nerd
6/5/2013 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Twilight" star Nikki Reed should probably invest in some mace ... 'cause it might've helped her escape the creepy clutches of the Go Daddy nerd ... who GRABBED AND PULLED HER outside an L.A. club last night in an effort to deliver a very unwanted kiss.
Reed was leaving Bootsy Bellows with her husband Paul McDonald ... when Jesse Heiman -- the guy who famously kissed Bar Refaeli in the Super Bowl ad -- darted out of the club and beelined to Nikki for a goodbye smooch.
Nikki politely tried to resist and break away ... but Heiman grabbed her arm with one hand ... and forcefully pulled her closer to him with the other ... while lunging over to press his lips against her face.
Nikki resisted ... and even vocalized her displeasure to the 35-year-old pitchman -- "You're holding me ... my husband's RIGHT THERE."
Heiman REFUSED to be denied and landed the kiss anyway ... right before Nikki managed to escape his grasp and scurry away.
Ya gotta watch the clip -- it's about as awkward as it gets.