There’s some big buzz surrounding another anticipated premiere out of the Venice Film Festival. This time, it’s Mel Gibson‘s return behind the camera for the first time in 10 years that is garnering plenty of attention.
Hacksaw Ridge is a war drama based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a young Seventh Day Adventist who drew criticism from his fellow soldiers for sticking to his Pacifist beliefs and never picking up a weapon during his time serving in the military during World War II. Miraculously, the soldier single-handedly rescued 75 of his wounded brothers in one night, earning him the Medal of Honor. The story paints the portrait of a man who stood by his own beliefs and credited God with his heroic feats, and Mel Gibson doesn’t shy away from a message of faith in the face of adversity.
The first Hacksaw Ridge reviews have arrived from the festival, where the film received a 10-minute standing ovation. While there’s plenty of praise for an astounding performance by Andrew Garfield and some incredible, harrowing battle footage in the vein of Saving Private Ryan, it sounds like the film has problems in its lack of subtlety. Read More »
Earlier this summer, screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) revealed he was writing a sequel to The Passion of the Christ for Mel Gibson. The two longtime collaborators are in very, very early stages of working on the film. Wallace stressed the sequel wasn’t guaranteed when he first mentioned it, and Gibson clearly isn’t in a rush to make the movie, titled The Resurrection, considering it’s been 12 years since Passion of the Christ came out and based on his comments on the sequel.
Below, read Gibson’s thoughts on The Passion of the Christ sequel.
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Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
War movies are a common sight, and World War II is an especially popular choice of subject matter. But Hacksaw Ridge is one of the few you’ll ever see where a soldier emerges as the hero without firing a single bullet. Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in ten years stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a real-life American soldier who refused to kill or even carry a gun due to his religious beliefs. Instead, he aided the war effort as a medic and saves the lives of dozens of his comrades. In 1945, Doss became the first-ever conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.
Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, and Teresa Palmer also star. Watch the Hacksaw Ridge trailer below. Read More »
If you thought Liam Neeson got upset when some criminals kidnapped Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen and then himself in the Taken franchise, just wait until you see how pissed Mel Gibson gets when some drug cartel thugs come after his daughter.
Blood Father premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, and it’s coming to theaters late this summer, giving Mel Gibson another chance at redemption on the big screen after previous efforts landed without much pomp and circumstance. This almost feels like if Riggs from Lethal Weapon had a daughter, lost Rene Russo and really just let life kick him in the teeth.
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Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Apocalypto. The somewhat dated digital photography aside, that thrilling and brutal chase movie is arguably his best picture as a director (the film’s biggest fan, Robert Duval, likely agrees), but it’s far from his most successful, once you compare it to Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ‘s box-office numbers. Gibson has had great success as a filmmaker. His most recent performances, however, have failed to connect with audiences. As an actor, he’s not the draw he used to be, but will that stop moviegoers from seeing one of his directorial efforts? We’ll find out this November.
Below, check out the poster for his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.
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In 2004, Mel Gibson‘s The Passion of the Christ defied all odds and became the third highest grossing film of its year, edged out only by the likes of Shrek and Spider-Man. An independently produced, ultra-violent, R-rated depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus filmed using dead languages and subtitles had managed to tap into an evangelical audience that often found itself neglected at the local multiplex. It remains one of the strangest and most telling moments in recent movie history.
A lot has changed in the past twelve years. Faith-based movies have emerged as a new genre. Mel Gibson went from being one of the world’s most beloved movie stars and an Oscar-winning director to a seemingly racist crackpot more than willing to fight Sylvester Stallone in an Expendables sequel. The Passion of the Christ might feels like it was made a lifetime ago. And maybe that’s why Gibson is now working on a sequel.
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The Marvel cinematic universe is growing so much that nearly every actor in Hollywood will have appeared in a Marvel Studios movie before all is said and done. For most actors and actresses, a role in a Marvel movie is a good move. But apparently taking a key role in a Marvel movie wasn’t something that Mel Gibson was particularly interested in, because he turned one down.
Mel Gibson made some publicity rounds at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Blood Father, the latest film from Jean-François Richet, and one interview brought the revelation that Mel Gibson turned down Thor. Specifically, Gibson would have played the role of Odin in Thor, the God of Thunder’s moody father who ended up being played by Anthony Hopkins. In addition, Gibson had some thoughts about superhero movies in general and the state of motion pictures. Read More »
This weekend you should be heading out to support the original dark comedy crime caper that is The Nice Guys. It’s the latest film from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, and it’s a refreshing summer flick with plenty of laughs, bullets, blood and 1970s flare. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make for an outstanding duo who deserve their own TV show. But while making the publicity rounds, Shane Black talked about another duo that he had a hand in creating back in 1987 in the action thriller Lethal Weapon.
More specifically, Shane Black revealed what his plan would have been for Lethal Weapon 5, and thankfully, it would not have been about Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) passing the torch to the next generation of cops who would eventually become too old for shit shit.. Find out more about the Lethal Weapon 5 story after the jump. Read More »
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Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in almost a decade, Hacksaw Ridge, comes out later this year. The WWII drama will likely have an awards-friendly release date, but until we find out when exactly we’ll see Gibson’s newest film, at least we already know what he might direct next. The actor is working on an adaptation of Herbert Asbury‘s The Barbary Coast, which is set to star Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson.
Learn more about the Mel Gibson television project below.
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Gather around, children, and let me tell you the tale of a man named Mel Gibson. Some of you may not know this, but once upon a time, Mr. Gibson was one of the biggest and most beloved movie stars in the world, capable of headlining bloody action movies and goofy romantic comedies while making it all look effortless. So young ones, when you hear the older folk speak kindly of this actor and Oscar-winning director, know that our affection for him was cultivated before he started getting arrested for drunk driving, spewing anti-Semitic comments, getting slapped with restraining orders following domestic abuse allegations, and generally burning down his career.
But Gibson’s dark and checkered past may serve him well in Blood Father, where he plays a total screw-up who must pull himself up by his bootstraps to save his daughter from vicious drug dealers. Watching this older, more grizzled, and infinitely more troubled Gibson embark on a private war against his child’s tormenters in this new trailer seems to carry some actual weight.
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