Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010 by David Chen
What does a bad first date, a fist fight with Mel Gibson, and the beginning of all space and time have in common? Well…
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A few new movie posters were released online today, including a new character poster for Kevin Smith‘s horror film Red State, an international one-sheet for Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan, Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas, and the first poster for the Jodie Foster-directed film The Beaver starring Mel Gibson. Hit the jump to check out the new one sheets now.
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Earlier this year, when audio recordings of Mel Gibson‘s rants against his girlfriend were released, one of the first casualties seemed to be Summit’s film The Beaver, which Jodie Foster directed and in which she co-stars with the actor. She defended him and the film, and Summit took the movie to ground to wait out the first swell of controversy.
But the company recently announced that the film would see a wide release in spring 2011, and now there’s a trailer. Watching it, I can’t help but think this is the best possible movie Mel Gibson could be appearing in right now. It seems almost tailor-made for a man in the situation he’s built for himself. Read More »
Barely a month after we got our first glimpse at the poster for Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, word is that the film now has a release window: Spring 2011. That’s fairly soon considering Gibson’s name is still something of a bad word, but once Summit Entertainment – which is releasing the film – decided it wasn’t going to give it an awards push, they moved it into the new year. Though Summit does have two movies coming out in the Spring, Drive Angry 3D and Source Code, the release schedule itself is pretty light until May, making Spring as good a time as any for The Beaver to either flourish or flop.
Also, the trailer will premiere on Entertainment Tonight this Friday. Once it comes online, we’ll get it up here too. Read more about the film and see a new photo after the break. Read More »
Usually when the first poster for a movie is revealed, it means the film is coming soon. That unfortunately might not be the case for director Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson from a script by Kyle Killen. The script was number one on the 2008 Black List and is about a man who finds a beaver puppet in the garbage and decides to communicate only using the beaver. Stars like Steve Carell and Jim Carrey hovered around the project, but when Gibson took over the lead role, the film reached a whole other level. It would be only the second film for the Oscar-winner since spewing anti-Semetic remarks in a drunken tirade. But then, just as that incident was seemingly forgotten and the film was finishing, Gibson found himself in hot water again after leaving his girlfriend violent voicemails with racial slurs. Jump to the present and Gibson is once again untouchable. His Leonardo DiCaprio Viking movie went away as did his cameo in The Hangover Part II. Thankfully, none of that takes away from a poster that’s kind of creepy and funny. Check out the full poster and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the possibility of new Star Wars films, get excited about an Aronofsky-directed Wolverine film, and ponder whether Mel Gibson truly has been subjected to a double standard. Special guest C. Robert Cargill joins us from Ain’t It Cool.
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From time to time, we like to point out articles in other publications and websites which might be of interest to the /Film readers. This weekend the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “Hollywood’s little secret: movie purgatory” which uses the recently released Case 39 (the supernatural horror film starring Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper which was shot in 2006) to talk about the growing Hollywood practice of shelved movies.
“Case 39″ was stuck in a little discussed corner of the industry: movie purgatory, where films with marketable stars — not just Cooper but Matt Damon, John Cusack, Eddie Murphy and Mel Gibson — can linger for months, even years, trapped by marketing disagreements, creative clashes, executive shuffles, money shortfalls or the judgment that they are such surefire flops that it makes no sense to throw good money after bad and distribute them.
In a larger sense, experts say, the trend speaks to the financial house of cards that is the feature film these days. Although they seem to arrive by the bundle at the multiplex every weekend, studio-produced movies now take more time and money to make and market than ever before — and then go before an ever-smaller and more fickle theater-going audience. In the old days of movie distribution — say, the early 2000s — many orphaned movies might have been granted a pass out of purgatory with a direct-to-DVD release. But the cratering of the home video market makes that less economically attractive. A direct-to-DVD release also risks offending the sensitivities of stars and other creative people the studios want to work with again in the future. These shelved movies often have their champions, who might note that at least one modern classic, “Diner,” and one recent Oscar winner, “Slumdog Millionaire,” were temporarily orphaned. But often these champions find themselves speaking into a void.
You can read the full article on LATimes.com.
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This is a pretty brief update, but in the interest of playing along with spoiler-phobes who were irritated that we gave away the planned Mel Gibson cameo in The Hangover 2, I’ll keep the new info after the break. (Mostly, that is. It’s in the URL, so don’t…look…up!) Click on to find out who the ‘new’ Mel Gibson is… Read More »