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MEL GIBSON RANT: THE LATEST TAPE HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mel Gibson’s efforts to overcome the atrocious publicity he received after his anti-Semitic blast at a police officer and his recorded rage against his former girlfriend suffered a new setback after writer Joe Eszterhas released a recording of Gibson exploding at his houseguests at a dinner at his home in Costa Rica. The recording, commented […]

TV REVIEWS: THE GOLDEN GLOBES

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, the TV critics concluded, Sunday night’s Golden Globes telecast amounted to yet another letdown, not so much because of the choice of winners — best drama: The Descendants; best comedy or musical: The Artist — but because of the commonplace performance of host Ricky Gervais. All of the critics had sharpened their […]

FIRST MOVIE OF 2012: A CHEAP HORROR FLICK (Updated)

January 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The first film to open wide in the new year is one that was not screened for critics, a horror movie titled The Devil Inside. (It has to do with exorcisms. “Inside,” get it?) Paramount’s Insurge unit, which reportedly acquired the R-rated film for less than $1 million, has reportedly spent far more than that […]

EDDIE MURPHY WITHDRAWS AS HOST OF OSCARS

November 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

(UPDATE) One day after the decision of Oscars co-producer Brett Ratner to resign in the wake of bitter criticism of his anti-gay slur and other remarks that embarrassed the motion picture academy, Eddie Murphy has followed Ratner out the door. In a statement, Academy President Tom Sherak said, “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing […]

GIBSON THE TALK OF CANNES FOR BEAVER PERFORMANCE

May 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the controversy over Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks following his DUI arrest in 2006 and his recorded threats to kill ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, his performance in The Beaver is receiving arguably more acclaim than any other from journalists attending the Cannes Film Festival. (The film was screened “out of competition,” making Gibson ineligible for an […]

WILL EUROPE SAVE THE BEAVER?

May 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After her movie The Beaver bombed in the U.S. — it has earned only $310,000 after two weekends in limited release — Jodie Foster, who directed it and costarred in it with Mel Gibson is hoping that it will find greater acceptance in Europe. Her hopes were no doubt lifted when cheers erupted following an […]

BEAVER BITES

May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end The Beaver was dammed, unable to break through the negative publicity surrounding its star and a put-offish story line about a psychotic individual who speaks through a hand puppet. The movie opened over the weekend in 22 theaters where it earned an estimated $104,000, or about $4,745 per theater, a categorical flop. […]

THOR LIKELY TO THUNDER AT THE BOX OFFICE

May 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

So, can a 3D superhero flick directed by a man generally associated with movie versions of Shakespeare’s plays attract an audience as big as last week’s for a heist thriller spun off from a street racing franchise? Most forecasters doubt that Thor will be able to do so, but, then again, last week they underestimated […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE BEAVER

May 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“The Beaver is almost successful,” Roger Ebert writes at the beginning of his review in the Chicago Sun-Times, noting that the movie’s premise — a man fighting depression by projecting himself onto a hand pupper — is difficult to accept. “Yet here is another of Mel Gibson’s fine performances, a reminder that he is after […]

GIBSON REGRETS ALL — INCLUDING BECOMING A STAR

April 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mel Gibson has suggested that he regrets ever having pursued fame as a movie star. In an interview with entertainment attorney-turned-showbiz journalist Allison Hope Weiner posted on DeadlineHollywood.com, Gibson says, “When I was younger and it first started to happen, there’s some kind of novelty to it in your twenties. You quickly realize before your […]

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