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If you’re reading this website, chances are you don’t go to see most movies to learn something about history. But if a historical event can be the impetus for a great film, then the movie carries with it a resonance that it didn’t have before. Sometimes, that resonance can be very, very boring (see also: period pieces), and sometimes, when applied to action films, it can be pretty damn great. Let’s forget about the former and, in honor of the Blu-rayTM and DVD release of Hatfields & McCoys, focus on the latter as we evaluate seven of the best historical action films of all time.

Glory

If you thought that Matthew Broderick couldn’t spearhead a badass action film, then you haven’t seen 1989’s Glory, a film inspired by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first army unit entirely comprised of African American soldiers.

It’s a moving story in its own right, but it also features a whole mess of action, and, as Hatfields & McCoys demonstrates, the warfare during this era was…messy to say the least. Rather than morphine shots, this era boasted whiskey, leg amputations, and cannonballs taking out whatever was in the their path. Yikes.

Also worth checking out for an up-and-coming Denzel Washington giving a killer performance.

Apocalypto

Careful: Some of these historical action adventure films can be kind of educational, despite their best efforts. Apocalypto is one such film that traces the decline of the Mayan empire in the Mexican Yucatan peninsula.

Following director Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, audiences braced themselves for gore, but not on the level that they got. I don’t know if you consider cutting out still-beating hearts and beheadings “action,” but I do, so these Mayans make the list.

While there is some controversy regarding the film’s depiction, by and large it is based on historical context, which makes the violence all the tougher to stomach.

Munich

Perhaps the best revenge film on this list, Munich follows the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympics in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered and the Mossad extracts revenge by taking out 11 targets. The premise is badass, and made even more so by the fact that it’s very real and very accurate.

The hits take place across the world, and they are carried out by some of the hardest men you’ll ever see depicted in film. Don’t mess with the Israelis. Don’t mess with anyone, actually. It’s crappy behavior. And you’re better than that.

300

It doesn’t get much more historical than the Battle of Thermopylae, when 300 Spartans went head to head with thousands more Persians. It also doesn’t get more action-y, as the entire film is pretty much sensationalized hand-to-hand combat between some hard-ass motherfathers. While this was based on historical events, it’s a copy of a copy, true to graphic novelist Frank Miller’s interpretation of events.

Lots of people die. Unlike some of the other entries on this list, you’re probably not going to learn a single historical fact by watching this film, but learning is pretty overrated.

Ben Hur

They’re not all contemporary films, as this chariot-racing, Charlton Heston-starring film can attest. Ben Hur was an overblown blockbuster before it was cool to make overblown blockbusters. In a time before CGI, the chariot races were shot using actual horses and chariots. Not too shabby.

Of course, Ben Hur is a fictionalization of the plight of many, but by 1959 standards, the adherence to fact throughout the film has it standing as a testament to historical action films well before such a premium was placed on accuracy by critics and the Academy alike.

Hatfields & McCoys (Available on Blu-rayTM and DVD July 31st)

When a feud lasts as long as this one did, a movie won’t suffice, so you have to bring out the big guns: a three-part mini-series that begins following the Civil War, then evolves as the two rural families continually rub each other the wrong way, complete with murders, executions, forbidden love, and MUTTONCHOPS, MUTTONCHOPS, MUTTONCHOPS!!!

The story is most definitely a saga, but one that will keep you engaged as these hillbilly Montagues and Capulets get after it. They set the standard for family feuds.

Sorry, Steve Harvey.

Braveheart

The historical accuracy of Braveheart has been a point of contention (read: Almost all historical scholars call bullshit), but it’s based on a real guy doing some real stuff, namely liberating Scotland from the tyranny of the English monarchy.

They didn’t wear those plaid outfits until the 16th century, but that doesn’t mean the film isn’t based on historical events. Gibson acknowledges that he made the decision to go with less historically accurate interpretations for the sake of good cinema.

But relax, he’s not a historian, he’s a filmmaker. And he made a pretty damn good historical action-drama with Braveheart.

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In Honor Of The Bieber Baby: 9 Paternity Suits Of The Stars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-bieber-baby-9-paternity-suits-of-the-stars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-bieber-baby-9-paternity-suits-of-the-stars/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:12:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234741 Hollywood feels his pain.

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A 20-year-old woman came forward today with claims that Justin Bieber nailed her backstage at one of his concerts and left her with child. Though the singer’s camp (and lack of pubes) deny his involvement in passing her his seed, you can’t help but wonder. Bieber‘s team said in a statement, “While we haven’t yet seen the lawsuit, it’s sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false claims.” Which is pretty much their stock response whenever the kid gets caught being an asshole. So again, you have to wonder.

If history is any indicator, this could go either way. Hollywood stars have always been the subject of paternity suits, whether ludicrous or with merit. No one will really know if Bieber is the dad until he submits for DNA testing. And no using hypnosis to change the results, Justin. That’s cheating.

At any rate, here are nine celebrities that feel Justin Bieber‘s pain.

Mel Gibson

Back before he morphed into a sputtering, hate-fueled mess, there were many who were happy to align themselves with Mel Gibson. In 2006, a 29-year-old woman came forward claiming to be his love-child, saying that years earlier (30 years, I would guess) Mel had picked up her hitchhiking mother and then gave her more than just a lift. Gibson has not submitted for DNA testing.

Eddie Murphy

After dating Spice Girl Mel B., Eddie Murphy was skeptical when she told him that she was pregnant with his child. He commented, “I don’t know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test.” Murphy then refused to take a paternity test until the courts got involved. The results proved he is the father of their little girl. However, he has made no attempts to be in her life. Mel B. later went on to marry Stephen Belafonte, a celebrity mooch who is wanted in New Jersey for killing a duck with a brick.

Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony was accused of fathering a child with a Miami waitress while still married to his first wife. However, test results proved that he is not the dad. Despite this fact, he should probably not go back to that restaurant. Lord only knows what will end up in his food.

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9 Most Menacing Moustachioed Villains From Film And Television http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-most-menacing-moustachioed-villains-from-film-and-television/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-most-menacing-moustachioed-villains-from-film-and-television/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:00:26 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234298 Celebrate Movember by becoming the moustached cartoon villain you’ve always wanted to be.

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In cinema and television, giving your villain a moustache is perhaps the easiest way to ensure people know he’s bad. Seriously, it’s like a monocle denoting wealth. For the man looking to celebrate Movember with a bit of wickedness in his appearance, the moustache can provide the opportunity for being the cartoon villain you’ve always wanted to be. So with the start of Movember upon us, take a look at these nine menacing moustachioed villains for inspiration, and then head over to the Break Movember team and join the fight against prostate and testicular cancer.

The Joker

No, not Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson or even Mark Hamill. We’re talking about Cesar Romero and his well-sculpted, trimmed-down moustache during the deliciously campy 1960 television series Batman. It’s hard to see at times, but it’s definitely there, poking through the white greasepaint. The grooming here is impeccable, befitting a villain who clearly spends more time on his appearance than he does on actually trying to rid the world of Batman… seriously, how many easily escapable traps can the dude come up with?

Sinestro

This one is cheating a bit, because Sinestro won’t be a villain until the next Green Lantern film and based on the performance of the last, that might never happen. Still, fans of the comic book knew where this was going, so there’s no spoiler alert needed. Sinestro is to Green Lantern what Lex Luthor is to Superman. You can tell by the ‘stache. We’re actually hoping they make a sequel if for no other reason than that he fits in better on this list, but whatever. Even in the first movie the guy is a total dick.

Railroad Track Guy

At some poin in time this was a character in a film. Then it just became a trope and sight gag. When I say “moustachioed villain” you pretty much immediately think “guy tying some chick to the railroad tracks.” Apparently this first appeared in an early silent serial called The Perils of Pauline. At the time it was no joke — six people were killed in such a manner between 1874 and 1910. This cliché later inspired Snideley Whiplash on Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties.

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12 Celebrities Who Stood Up For Mel Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/12-celebrities-who-stood-up-for-mel-gibson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/12-celebrities-who-stood-up-for-mel-gibson/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:15:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=232706 They got you, Mel.

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Robert Downey Jr. used his acceptance speech at The Cinematheque Awards to urge Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson. His Air America co-star suffered severe career setbacks after tapes were released in which he was making shockingly violent and racist threats against his baby mama.

Downey explained that Mel had been there for him back when he was in need of rehabilitation and now he wanted to return the favor. But he’s not the only one who has taken the extremely unpopular stance of defending Mel. Although, he is the only one to have worn black face. So, uh, dude… not helping.

Here’s a rundown of 11 other members of Team Mel.

Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke confirmed his level of ain’t-caredness when he spoke out about the controversy surrounding The Mel Gibson Tapes. “Sh*t happens,” said Rourke. “I wouldn’t believe everything you hear … you know … I think he’s a good dude, you know. And ah, screw the bitch!”

Sounds like he thought the matter through.

Elisabeth Hasselback and Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg drew fire by defending Mel Gibson’s racist rant on The View. “I don’t like what he did here, but I know Mel and I know he’s not a racist,” Goldberg said. “He may be a bonehead. I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist, having spent time with him in my house with my kids.”  Her sharing of this viewpoint brought negative feedback from viewers. Goldberg then clarified that although she doesn’t condone his hate speech, she still considers him not to be racist.

She then played the race card by commenting, “Being a black woman, you would think people would give me some leeway [on spotting a racist!]”

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Mel Gibson To Jew It Up With Judah Maccabee Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-to-jew-it-up-with-judah-maccabee-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-to-jew-it-up-with-judah-maccabee-film/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 01:23:38 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227667 In all fairness, Jews have been making movies about Nazis for years...

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I’ve got a story that will make your yarmulke spin. Mel Gibson (yes, that Mel Gibson) is set to produce and possibly direct a film based on the life of famed Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, Deadline is reporting.

Having put some painful personal issues behind him, Gibson is determined to get back to making movies. He has long wanted to make this film about heroic Jews, and it was discussed even when he was under fire after his drunken anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 Malibu arrest. Maccabee’s triumph and struggle against tyranny and oppression where people gave their lives so that others would be free to worship is celebrated by Jews all over the world through Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

I’m sure this is going to cause a lot of outrage in Hollywood, but I, for one, think it’s a great idea. (Cheap joke in 3…2…1…) After all, Jews have been making movies about Nazis for years. It’s only fair to let Mel take a crack at a movie about Jews.

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Eight Other People Who Would Have Made Great Oscar Hosts 15 Years Ago http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/eight-other-people-who-would-have-made-great-oscar-hosts-15-years-ago/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/eight-other-people-who-would-have-made-great-oscar-hosts-15-years-ago/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 23:30:45 +0000 Esteban http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227639 1996 would love these hosts!

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On Tuesday it was officially announced that Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Academy Awards. Obviously he will share co-hosting duties with his sister and uncle, both of whom will be played by Eddie in a fat suit.

This announcement ended six months of speculation that began immediately after last year’s abysmal effort by Anne “What The Hell Is Comedic Timing?” Hathaway and James “Maybe I Should Just Pick One Or Two Hobbies And Stick With Them” Franco.

Of course, most observers figured the Academy would go with someone familiar and safe (and named Billy Crystal) this time around. However, it turns out that the producer of the 2012 telecast, Brett Ratner, was looking for someone a little less “safe” and a little more, I don’t know, starring in a film he directed that is being released this November. So they went with Eddie Murphy even though he is clearly past his comedic prime, having appeared in precisely two good films since the turn of the millennium.

Now, as evidenced by their attempt to be hip and connect with the youngsters last year, the Academy generally tries to choose a host who is at least somewhat commercially relevant. So this decision struck me as a little strange. If Murphy can’t entertain people with his movies, which last about 90 minutes, how the hell is he going to keep 300 million people glued to the tube for four and a half hours this February? Sure, Eddie is a comedy legend, and he would have been a fantastic host back in 1993. But have you seen Meet Dave?

That being said, I don’t particularly enjoy going against the grain. In fact, I love the establishment. If “the man” writes something on the wall, I read it and don’t ask questions. So if this “picking Oscar hosts who were really awesome 15 years ago” thing is the direction the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wishes to go, that’s cool. I even have a few suggestions for other has-been Hollywood types the Academy might want to keep in mind for the future. You’re welcome, guys.

Chevy Chase

In his prime, Chevy Chase was a physical comedy genius and a true master of the dry one-liner. He rose to stardom as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, then parlayed that notoriety into a successful movie career, making classic comedic turns in such films as Caddyshack, Vacation, Fletch, ¡Three Amigos! and, of course, Christmas Vacation. Chevy was so funny in the 70s and 80s that he actually did host the Oscars back then. Twice. And he was great. He opened the 1987 telecast with the classic greeting, “Good evening, Hollywood phonies!”

Sadly, that was one of the last funny things Chevy Chase did for about 20 years. For some reason, Chevy just stopped being funny. Maybe all those comedic pratfalls just took a toll on his body. Or maybe all the drugs he took to numb the pain of those pratfalls took a toll on his brain. But one way or another, Chevy lost it. Luckily, in the last two years he’s been able to regain some of his old form in the NBC sitcom Community, so he might be the perfect guy to follow Eddie Murphy in 2013.

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd was probably never quite as brilliant as contemporaries Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, or Steve Martin, but he had some pretty great moments. The unscrupulous toy company executive on SNL selling his “Bag O’ Glass”? Hilarious. Blues Brothers? Classic. Trading Places with co-star Eddie Murphy? Pretty funny. Ghostbusters? Perfect. But all good things come to an end, and I’ve got one word for you that pretty much sums up the man’s current ability: Crossroads. So yeah, these days old Danny boy would be wise to just focus on hocking his wine and liquor products and leave the comedy to others. Which means he’s just the type of guy the Academy is looking for.

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Mel Gibson Getting Involved In A Gang http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-getting-involved-in-a-gang/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-getting-involved-in-a-gang/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 16:12:21 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212625 It might be time for an intervention.

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Mel Gibson‘s parents must really be worried about him. Between the drinking, the anti-Semitic slurs, that beaver puppet, and this latest news, it might be time for some kind of dramati intervention.

The news in question is that Gibson has joined up with a heist comedy directed by Brad Mirman entitled Sleight of Hand which is also set to star Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Thomas Jane, and Jon Lovitz, all of whom I guess could jump off a bridge and Mel Gibson would too. Here’s the plot synopsis, which will make all of Mel Gibson’s loved ones feel sad:

“[A] crew of small time crooks in Paris, who end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris.”

It’s not clear yet exactly what Gibson’s role in the movie will be, but it will undoubtedly feature the formerly nice young man being up to no good. (Variety)

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Jesus’ 9 Greatest Film Appearances http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/jesus-9-greatest-film-appearances/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/jesus-9-greatest-film-appearances/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:03:29 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208391 The power of Christ compels you to read on.

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It’s Good Friday, the annual remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. I’m not sure what’s so good about getting nailed to a piece of wood and then being left in the hot sun to suffocate under your own weight, but hey, whatever works for God. In honor of the (probably) historic event, and the upcoming Easter holiday, we’ve come up with this list of Jesus’ 9 greatest film appearances. The power of Christ compels you to read on.

Southpark: Bigger, Longer, UncutMatt Stone (1999)

Jesus is depicted as both a baby and an adult in this classic Monty Python film. The Three Wise Men visit the main character, Brian, while on their way to visit the Christ Child, and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is used as the backdrop for one of the funnier scenes in the film. “Blessed are the cheese makers?”

Passion of the Christ – James Caviezel (2004)

Sure, this movie gets a lot of flak just because the guy who made it is considered to be a raging anti-Semite. Even so, it’s a powerful film. And honestly, if someone walks away from this movie with a dislike for Jews, there’s a 99.9999% chance that they were an asshole bigot to begin with.

Jesus Christ Super StarTed Neeley (1973)

A lot of people love Jesus Christ Super Star. I’m not one of them. But I’m not going to trash a Jesus movie on Good Friday, especially not with so many outstanding bets on the NBA playoffs. God and baby Jesus, please let the Bulls beat the spread!

Bad Lieutenant Paul Hipp (1992)

Jesus is only in this film for a few minutes, but it’s definitely the creepiest depiction of the bunch. I mean, I know the Bad Lieutenant is on drugs, but would it kill him to wipe off Jesus’ feet before kissing them. I know he’s God, and all, but blood is disgusting.

Jesus of Nazareth – Robert Powell (1977)

This is a made for TV movie, but I added it to the list anyway. Why? Because actor Robert Powell’s performance as Jesus is one of the best in the history of film and television. Also, because I’m too lazy to go back and find another theatrical film. What can I say? God made me this way.

The Greatest Story Ever Told – Max von Sydow (1965)

George Stevens directed this classic retelling of the life and times of Christ, and Max von Sydow starred as Jesus. It was an epic role for von Sydow, but not as epic as his performance as Brewmeister Smith in the 1983 comedy, Strange Brew.

The Last Temptation of Christ – (1988)

Willem Dafoe plays Jesus in this controversial Martin Scorsese film. Many viewers at the time were outraged by its depiction of Jesus being subjected to human temptation, including lust. Still others were insulted by the blatant product placement, including a shot of Jesus being crucified on top of a TCBY.*

* Warning, I watched this film on acid, so my description might not be 100% accurate.

Ben-Hur – Claude Heater (1959)

Claude Heater’s role in Ben-Hur is one of the most memorable on this list, although you don’t ever see his face. In that sense, he’s a lot like Wilson from “Home Improvement.” And if my plan comes to fruition, both Jesus and the guy who played Wilson will have the whole “crucifixion” thing in common, as well.

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Mel Gibson Breaks His Silence Without Shouting http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-breaks-his-silence-without-shouting/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-breaks-his-silence-without-shouting/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:34:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208297 Mel talks about 'The Beaver', 'The Hangover 2', and why those tapes shouldn't be held against him.

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We’ve all heard the tapes that divided a country and The Hangover 2 cast. Now, with The Beaver set to open in limited release next month, Mel Gibson is ready to use his indoor voice to tell his side of the story. He sat down with Deadline‘s Allison Hope Weiner despite her being their most Jewish correspondent.

ON PEOPLE’S PERCEPTION OF HIM AFTER THE TAPES WERE RELEASED:

GIBSON: I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period [On Opposite Day -- Ed.]. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.  You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It’s one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.

ON FEARS THAT AUDIENCES WON’T SUPPORT HIS PERFORMANCES

GIBSON: I don’t care if I don’t act anymore… It really is true… I’m beyond that, way beyond that. The whole experience has been most unfortunate. And so it’s not without all the downside.

ON BEING FIRED FROM THE HANGOVER 2

GIBSON: You have to let that go. I sat here and talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] about it. I like Todd. How could you not like Todd? He’s smart and he’s gifted and so are the other people in the film. It’s okay. You just have to let that go… It shows you a few things. You just move on and go okay. I’m not greatly offended by it. It seemed like a good idea at the time and it went south.

ON WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BEAVER

GIBSON: But it’s not humorous. When I first read it, it made me laugh until I cried. He was so pathetic, this guy. I understood that aspect of him. Every aspect of it — the drinking, the obsessive compulsive kind of stuff, and that he’s tried everything. Oh yeah. [Laughs] What’s the answer for this stuff? And there is an answer. There has to be an answer. There’s nothing that can afflict humankind that doesn’t have an answer, hasn’t got an anecdote.

AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF ALL, ‘HOW MUCH YA BENCH?’

GIBSON: Yeah, you do stuff like that. [Whispers with a smile.] Nobody wants to see my belly button on my chin. I don’t like it when I see somebody else’s belly button on their chin. It’s the way things go. Hey, I do what I can to sort of just stave off the clock — walk, swim, try and smoke an electric cigarette. I mean it’s all bad for you. Life is bad. We’re all dying. We’re all in the process of oxidizing. Everyone of us is in the process of oxidizing so to sort of interrupt one aspect of that while everything else goes on, it’s a freak show.

True. We are all oxidizing and we don’t want our belly buttons on our chins. Well put. Now I hope somebody taped this interview so that it can be re-edited into hilarious Internet mash-up and dub step videos.

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Liam Neeson Out Of ‘Hangover 2′ And Gets Sympathy E-Card From Mel Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-out-of-hangover-2-and-gets-sympathy-e-card-from-mel-gibson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-out-of-hangover-2-and-gets-sympathy-e-card-from-mel-gibson/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2011 02:06:00 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206323 People you will see in 'The Hangover Part II': Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. People who you will not see: Liam Neeson. Monkeys you will see: that monkey they now have.

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People you will see in The Hangover Part II: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. People who you will not see: Liam Neeson. Monkeys you will see: that monkey they have now.

Neeson’s cameo as a tattoo artist in Bangkok was cut from The Hangover Part II. Director Todd Phillips needed to re-shoot the scene for continuity reasons three weeks ago, but Neeson was in London shooting Clash of the Titans 2: Titan Up. At the last minute, Phillips got Nick Cassavetes to sub-in.

“He came in and crushed it and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film,” said Phillips in a recent interview. “[I'm excited for everyone] to see the film. It turned out great.”

The small part has been recast three times. It was going to be played by Mel Gibson, until the cast was like, “he’s… kind of a horrible racist?” So then they cast Neeson, but the above hullabaloo led to Cassavetes nabbing the role. A lot of fuss over a small cameo – hopefully they had time to focus on, y’know, the rest of the movie.

The Hangover Part II drunkenly stumbles into theaters May 26, though the film may not remember it did that on the 27th. (Variety)

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SXSW Review: The Beaver http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-the-beaver/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-the-beaver/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:19:27 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202140 A strong portrait of coping with depression. With a beaver.

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The Beaver is a strong portrait of coping with depression. It’s got a whimsical tone, which makes the dark moments all the more poignant. Jodie Foster shows as a director that you really can make a movie about anything if you do it right. I mean, a guy with a beaver puppet? Come on!

Walter Black (Mel Gibson) is moping through depression. He tries techniques as extreme as self-flagellation and he sleeps all the time. His son Porter (Anton Yelchin) keeps track of all of Walter’s bad habits so he can avoid the same patterns. Walter’s wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) finally kicks him out of the house because he won’t find a successful treatment.

Walter finds a beaver puppet in his trunk and, talking throug the beaver, thwarts his own suicide attempt. The beaver calls himself The Beaver and talks for him in an Australian accent. The Beaver presents this plan to Meredith, who has the normal human reaction, so The Beaver lies and says it’s a doctor’s idea. So she goes with it.

The depression is palpable. Gibson is really effective portraying Walter’s pain with silent looks. He also makes you believe he believes this beaver is talking, even when you can see his lips move. He’s so sincere and determined, that’s even better than playing it straight faced.

There really is a lot you can do with a beaver too. Walter showers with it and blows it dry. He has sex with Meredith wearing it and cuddles with it around her. The Beaver even gives him business success with a wood carving kit that becomes all the rage in toy stores. There’s no end to awkward situations with a beaver.

There’s a teen story between Porter and Nora (Jennifer Lawrence), the school valedictorian with a traumatic past of her own. The film deals with ou buried issues at all levels.

The film gets dark. The beaver is not cute anymore after a while and Walter’s forced it on his family. I wouldn’t say it’s a realistic portrayal of mental illness, but a metaphor for it with the beaver representing a dangerous coping mechanism in cinematic form.

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Jodie Foster Opens Her ‘Beaver’ Wide On May 6th, Not In March http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jodie-foster-opens-her-beaver-wide-on-may-6th-not-in-march/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jodie-foster-opens-her-beaver-wide-on-may-6th-not-in-march/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 07:18:24 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25479 The crazy Mel Gibson puppet movie has a later release date.

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The crazy Mel Gibson puppet movie has a later release date. The Beaver, directed by and starring Jodie Foster, was supposed to open on March 23rd in limited release, but Summit Entertainment changed their schedule. Instead of burying The Beaver in Spring, they’re gonna launch a limited release in May 6th and open wide on May 2oth. It’ll be Pirates vs. Beavers that weekend, which will hopefully be turned into a terrible game for Nintendo Wii.

The reason for the switch? Summit wants to build on buzz from their SXSW premiere, and Foster is shooting Roman Polanski‘s Gods of Carnage until mid-March. Moving the date will give her more time to promote her Beaver when it’s finally revealed to mass-audiences. Also, she’s gone from working with Mel Gibson to Roman Polanksi? Maybe she’ll star in a movie with Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Tiger Woods next. (Collider)

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Somebody Snuck A Peek At Jodie Foster’s ‘Beaver’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/somebody-snuck-a-peak-at-jodie-fosters-beaver/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/somebody-snuck-a-peak-at-jodie-fosters-beaver/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:50:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23221 We're all excited to see The Beaver. Some of us more than others. Looks like the film may debut before the scheduled SXSW screening. On computers at the very least.

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We’re all excited to see The Beaver. Some of us more than others. Looks like the film may debut before the scheduled SXSW screening. On computers at the very least.

A DVD copy of the film’s final cut recently went missing from Mel Gibson’s mailbox. No leads in the case yet because who could possibly have it out for Mel Gibson? The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is on the case but would appreciate cooperation if you have any info regarding the case. Piracy is a serious issue that can make on break a film’s box office and hurt Hollywood’s hard working crews. So, please if you know anything, help Mel finger this Beaver thief. (TMZ)

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Reboot: Gibson Gettin’ Too Racist For This Sh*t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lethal-weapon-reboot-mel-gibson-gettin-too-racist-for-this-sht/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lethal-weapon-reboot-mel-gibson-gettin-too-racist-for-this-sht/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:59:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=19221 All signs point toward the quintessential buddy cop franchise is getting the oh-so-trendy "reboot" in the near future.

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All signs point toward the quintessential buddy cop franchise getting the oh-so-trendy “reboot” in the near future. It appears that Mel Gibson, the star of the first four episodes, has found his way into some public relations problems recently and Warner Brothers thinks it best not to touch him with a ten-foot pole. As for Danny Glover, no announcement was made, but they’re probably just sick of his face.

No casting or timeline info has been divulged by the studio, only that the project has been reassigned to another exec to be rescued “from development hell.” Sounds promising. We can undoubtedly expect the studio to go younger with the leads in the hopes of hanging their hat on another decades-long franchise. In their coverage, The Hollywood Reporter suggests Jeremy Renner, which is a solid, if uninspired, choice. A female lead could do more to cross demographics, so don’t be surprised if “I’m too menopausal for this shit!” starts adorning t-shirts the nation over. The buddy-cop genre lends itself to so many different classifications of actors that trying to find the perfect two is a fool’s errand. Can anyone definitively say if Vin Diesel and Taye Diggs would be any better or worse than Ashton Kutcher and Jeff Goldblum or Jason Segel and Angelina Jolie? Probably not, but that won’t keep the internet from trying.

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‘Paul’ and Conan Chase ‘Beaver’ to SXSW http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-and-conan-chase-beaver-to-sxsw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-and-conan-chase-beaver-to-sxsw/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:16:48 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16512 A handful of rather high profile films have been added to the lineup of March's South by Southwest film festival, including Greg Mottola's Paul, Jodie Foster's The Beaver, and a new documentary entitled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.

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A handful of rather high profile films have been added to the lineup of March’s South by Southwest film festival, including Greg Mottola‘s Paul, Jodie Foster‘s The Beaver, and a new documentary about the most persevering redhead in late night TV, entitled Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The O’Brien doc and The Beaver will be enjoying their world premieres at the festival, while Greg Mottola’s Paul will have its North American premiere there.

All three films are highly anticipated, but for vastly different reasons. Paul, a road comedy about two men and an alien(!), is the third film starring and written by the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who spin genre comedy into nerd gold. Foster’s The Beaver is the tale of a seriously disturbed man who connects with his loved ones using a beaver hand puppet, and he’s played by notoriously disturbed man Mel Gibson. The O’Brien doc should excite audiences with a behind the scenes look at the struggles of the talk show host you love to root for.

The fest kicks off March 11th and runs through the 19th. Opening starts with Duncan JonesSource Code, a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan. (The Playlist)

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Celebrity New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/celebrity-new-years-resolutions-for-2011/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/celebrity-new-years-resolutions-for-2011/#comments Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:20:37 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13744 How did these Hollywood types get to be so great? I'll tell you how. Unlike me, who wanders through life like a moron, they set goals and they stick to them. And with New Year's Eve only a day away, we thought we'd ask the stars about their resolutions for 2011.

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Another year has come and gone, and yet we’ve accomplished nothing with our pathetic little lives. Then again, how can any mere mortals expect to grow while living in the shadow of Hollywood celebrities. Year after year, their amazing exploits cause me great joy. But at the same time, the fact that I will never know such fame and fortune brings great sadness.

How did these Hollywood types get to be so great? I’ll tell you how. Unlike me, who wanders through life like a moron, they set goals and they stick to them. And with New Year’s Eve only a day away, we thought we’d ask the stars about their resolutions for 2011. Surprisingly, despite our last-minute request and total lack of clout, they all agreed to participate. Enjoy.

Brett Ratner - In 2011, I’m finally going to get around to reading some X-Men comics. My assistant says the characters have some really interesting back stories.

Ben Affleck – This year, I’m expanding my horizons. No more movies set in Boston. I hear Worcester is nice.

Charlie Sheen - My resolution is to make 2011 the year Charlie Sheen goes back to doing comedy.

Mel Gibson – Make less phone calls, get more blow jobs. Also, work on the rose garden.

Jerry Seinfeld - I want to make $75 million dollars without doing much of anything. Oh wait, I did that in 2010. I’m such a lucky asshole.

Natalie Portman – My goal is to give birth to a child, thereby beginning my body’s slow but inevitable fall to Carrie Fisher level frumpy-ness.

Wesley Snipes – This year, I’m getting my taxes done early.

Ryan Reynolds – Hopefully I’ll luck out and meet a girl with a perfect set of tits.

Larry King – I’m finally going to have sex with my boyhood friend, Sandy Koufax, and then die.

Ryan Seacrest - Kill Dick Clark. Kill Oprah. Gain total control over the media. Suppress all gay rumors.

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ALF Does Coke, Drops ‘N-Bomb’ in Awesome Outtake Footage http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/alf-does-coke-drops-n-bomb-in-awesome-outtakes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/alf-does-coke-drops-n-bomb-in-awesome-outtakes/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:00:37 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=13144 In this insane outtake from the popular 80's TV show, the puppet can be seen cursing, simulating coke use, and dropping racial slurs. (NSFW)

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And you thought ALF was just a lovable alien puppet. Turns out he’s actually a drug-crazed bigot.

In this insane outtake from the popular 80′s TV show, the puppet can be seen cursing, simulating coke use, and dropping racial slurs. Will this have the same affect on ALF’s career that it did for Mel Gibson and Michael Richards? Only time will tell.

In all fairness, ALF is actually mimicking a character with Tourettes Syndrome on another 80′s show, “L.A. Law.” He’s not just randomly dropping the “N-Bomb” (Click here to see the character in question). Someone tell Al Sharpton before he goes and takes a dump on ALF’s lawn. (Collider)

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Links Away: ‘The Beaver’ Trailer Remixed http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-the-beaver-trailer-remixed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-the-beaver-trailer-remixed/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:55:51 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=11161 Someone recut the trailer for The Beaver so that it included Mel Gibson's infamous rant quotes. This story seems a lot more interesting now. It was weird when Mel gave the beaver puppet a distinguished British accent. It clearly would be asking people to blow it.

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Someone recut the trailer for the beaver so that it included Mel Gibson’s infamous rant quotes. This story seems a lot more interesting now. It was weird when Mel gav the beaver puppet a distinguished British accent. It clearly would be asking people to blow it. (BuzzFeed)

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Mel Gibson’s All Up In Jodi Foster’s ‘The Beaver’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mel-gibsons-all-up-in-jodi-fosters-the-beaver-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mel-gibsons-all-up-in-jodi-fosters-the-beaver-trailer/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:26:24 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=10974 The film stars Mel Gibson as a depressed toy executive and family man who uses a beaver puppet to work through emotional pain. It also feels like a creepy apology card.

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Summit gingerly dropped the trailer for Jodi Foster’s The Beaver last night. The film stars Mel Gibson as a depressed toy executive and family man who uses a beaver puppet to work through emotional pain. Some people think this movie might not succeed due to Mel Gibson’s recent and more recent despicable actions. I think it might not succeed because it’s about a man who wears a beaver puppet on his hand. Not exactly trending these days.

The trailer also feels like it’s edited as an apology card from Gibson. A poor guy who’s drowning in life tries to redeem himself and mend fences. Perhaps we’ll be so moved by the soiled beaver on his hand we’ll forget that in real life Mel Gibson has pretty much offended everything under the sun. That beaver is powerful stuff. Powerful stuff indeed.

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New Photo of Mel Gibson Wrist Deep in Jodie Foster’s ‘Beaver’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/new-photo-of-mel-gibson-wrist-deep-in-jodie-fosters-beaver/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/new-photo-of-mel-gibson-wrist-deep-in-jodie-fosters-beaver/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 13:00:12 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10842 I'm surprised to see how much Foster is enjoying it. Look at the smile on her face! She just loves how Mel is manipulating that thing, and it shows.

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As advertised, here’s a picture of Mel Gibson with his entire left hand inserted in Jodie Foster‘s creepy looking Beaver. Like most red-blooded males, I’ve imagined this scenario many times, and I guess two things surprised me upon actually seeing it. For starters, althoug the beaver in question is old, it looks to be in relatively good shape, which is impressive. Second, I’m surprised to see how much Foster is enjoying it. Look at the smile on her face! She just loves how Mel is manipulating that thing, and it shows. What’s Mel’s secret? I guess we’ll have to wait until The Beaver is released this Spring to find out.

Yeah, sorry for being childish, but what do you expect from a 13-year-old. No, seriously, this site is run by child slaves. If anyone is reading, please call the Department of Labor or the Los Angeles County DCFS. I miss my mom. (Coming Soon)

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Paul Giamatti Has a ‘Hangover’, Too http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-giamatti-has-a-hangover-too/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-giamatti-has-a-hangover-too/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 22:55:50 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8178 Paul Giamatti has landed a role in The Hangover Part II, Deadline is reporting. The Oscar-nominated actor is set to join the cast of the Todd Phillips' comedy sometime in the next few weeks. Although nothing has been confirmed, many are speculating that Giamatti will take on the tattoo-artist role originally offered to Mel Gibson.

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Paul Giamatti has landed a role in The Hangover Part II, Deadline is reporting. The Oscar-nominated actor is set to join the cast of the Todd Phillips’ comedy sometime in the next few weeks.

Although nothing has been confirmed, many are speculating that Giamatti will take on the tattoo-artist role originally offered to Mel Gibson. Liam Neeson was brought on as a replacement for Gibson, but was then given a different part. Regardless of how it pans out, I have a feeling that this may finally be the film that gets the Oscar monkey off Giamatti’s back, assuming they give an Oscar for “Best Legitimate Actor Appearing in a Scene with Thai Hookers.”

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Mel Gibson Is Wrist Deep In ‘Beaver’ (Poster) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-is-wrist-deep-in-beaver-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-is-wrist-deep-in-beaver-poster/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The headline was pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you can't figure it out, here are some details. ComingSoon has released this teaser poster from Mel Gibson's upcoming film The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster. The poster is funny for two reasons. Reason one: Mel Gibson comes off as pretty insane, like the character in this poster. Reason two: Gibson was driven insane by some crazy Russian beaver, so it's funny to see him holding one. That is all (MovieLine)

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The headline was pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you can’t figure it out, here are some details. ComingSoon has released this teaser poster from Mel Gibson’s upcoming film The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster. The poster is funny for two reasons. Reason one: Mel Gibson comes off as pretty insane, like the character in this poster. Reason two: Gibson was driven insane by some crazy Russian beaver, so it’s funny to see him holding one. That is all (MovieLine)

 

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9 Mel Gibson Cameos We’d Like to See http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-mel-gibson-cameos-wed-like-to-see/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-mel-gibson-cameos-wed-like-to-see/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 As you probably know, Mel Gibson's cameo in The Hangover 2 fell through, and the role was given to Liam Neeson. While that is sad news, there's no reason for Mel to sweat it. There are pleanty of blockbusters in production, any one of which could help jump-start his scandal plagued career. We went ahead and did some research, and narrowed it down to nine upcoming films that Mel should focus on. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows While they have many adult fans, the Harry Potter films are for children. Children don't watch TMZ, so what better way for Mel to slip under the radar than with a cameo in the Deathly Hallows. It's a great plan, unless Mel's private church considers it witchcraft.

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As you probably know, Mel Gibson’s cameo in The Hangover 2 fell through, and the role was given to Liam Neeson. While that is sad news, there’s no reason for Mel to sweat it. There are pleanty of blockbusters in production, any one of which could help jump-start his scandal plagued career. We went ahead and did some research, and narrowed it down to nine upcoming films that Mel should focus on.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
While they have many adult fans, the Harry Potter films are for children. Children don’t watch TMZ, so what better way for Mel to slip under the radar than with a cameo in the Deathly Hallows. It’s a great plan, unless Mel’s private church considers it witchcraft.

The Hobbit
A strange man from the wastelands just wandered into The Shire. This will end poorly.

Tron: Legacy
Call me crazy, but I am not excited about Tron: Legacy. Throw Mel into the mix, and you’ll have my attention.

Mission: Impossible 4
The title is officially Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. So why not use the ghost of William Wallace?

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
This film is the perfect chance for Mel to reinvent himself with a tween audience. The only problem: Jaden Smith.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Since this film takes place during World War II, I bet there’s a role that’s just perfect for Mel.

The Twilight Saga: breaking Dawn
Another film that will allow Mel to break into the tween market, Breaking Dawn also provides Mel with the opportunity for some off-screen high jinks with Robert Pattinson.

The Smurfs
Skin color doesn’t matter to some people. Unfortunately for you blue bastards, Mel is not one of those people.

Rise of the Apes
At the end of the day, if Mel can’t find regular acting work, there are always "motion capture" gigs to fall back on.

 

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Technically he’s Scott the Body Piercer from Father’s Day, but we didn’t need to see it again in The Hangover 2. Did I just blow your mind, or did you actually remember Father’s Day? Thanks to Benji C. for the hookup.

These links are permanent.

What We Learned On the Set of ‘Harry Potter’ (MovieFone)

The Playstation Phone Will Most Likely One Day Exist (Asylum)

Killer Babes (Ranker)

Holy Taco’s Pro-Meth Ads (HolyTaco)

Nerds, Bow Before Your New King (FilmDrunk)

Have a Drink On Her (Maxim)

Creepy Church Baby (BarstoolSports)

A Collection of Awesome Dunking Photos (EgoTV)

The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Quotes of All Time (Pajiba)

Anatomy of How a New Show Loses My Interest (Unreality)

Suddenly Unicycles are Cool Because of This Guy (TotalProSports)

10 Halloween Costumes That Will Get You Some Action (Smosh)

Alex Ovechkin Hooks Up With Two Girls During GQ Interview (BroBible)

Mila Kunis Wears a Little Black Dress (CelebJihad)

And Now He’s Fired: Patrick Cote (CagePotato)

Sesame Street‘ vs. FOX News (PopEater)

Costa Rica Fans Brawl At Soccer Match (TuVez)

Stella Artois 2010 Draught Championships (MadeMan)

 

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Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson In ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-replaces-mel-gibson-in-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-replaces-mel-gibson-in-the-hangover-2/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:23:13 +0000 Reza F. "Okay, Mr. Gibson. If your career will just follow me this way." Liam Neeson continues to build his film resume of doing anything anyone asks him to do. As previously reported, Mel Gibson was lined up to play a tattooist in The Hangover 2. The news caused the cast and crew to revolt, which led to Mel losing the part. That's when Bradley Cooper got on the horn with Liam Neeson and offered him the cameo role. That's good. I guess. It's kind of a lame cameo though. Mike Tyson was clever stunt-casting, and his inclusion worked well with the first movie's plot. Neeson seems like a total left field choice. And he's in everything. Literally. Go through your DVD collection and look really hard during crowd shots. I'm sure he'll pop up 8 times out of 10. (Variety)

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"Okay, Mr. Gibson. If your career will just follow me this way."

Liam Neeson continues to build his film resume of doing anything anyone asks him to do. As previously reported, Mel Gibson was lined up to play a tattooist in The Hangover 2. The news caused the cast and crew to revolt, which led to Mel losing the part. That’s when Bradley Cooper got on the horn with Liam Neeson and offered him the cameo role.

That’s good. I guess. It’s kind of a lame cameo though. Mike Tyson was clever stunt-casting, and his inclusion worked well with the first movie’s plot. Neeson seems like a total left field choice. And he’s in everything. Literally. Go through your DVD collection and look really hard during crowd shots. I’m sure he’ll pop up 8 times out of 10. (Variety)

 

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No ‘Hangover 2′ For You, Mel Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-hangover-2-for-you-mel-gibson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-hangover-2-for-you-mel-gibson/#comments Thu, 21 Oct 2010 23:19:57 +0000 Reza F. Mel Gibson is out of The Hangover 2 before he was even in it. Earlier this week we reported that Gibson was confirmed for a cameo in Todd Phillips's upcoming sequel to his hit The Hangover, but now TMZ is reporting that Gibson got the boot. Phillips had this to say: "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team.  But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew." It's thought that star Zach Galifianakis might be the one who was most opposed to working with Gibson, which is perplexing considering he's neither Jewish nor one of Mel's exes. Regardless, Gibson won't get a chance at a comeback with a role as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, what I hear is the equivalent of saying ten Hail Marys and kicking a terrorist in the balls.

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Mel Gibson is out of The Hangover 2 before he was even in it. Earlier this week we reported that Gibson was confirmed for a cameo in Todd Phillips‘s upcoming sequel to his hit The Hangover, but now TMZ is reporting that Gibson got the boot. Phillips had this to say:

"I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team.  But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew."

It’s thought that star Zach Galifianakis might be the one who was most opposed to working with Gibson, which is perplexing considering he’s neither Jewish nor one of Mel’s exes. Regardless, Gibson won’t get a chance at a comeback with a role as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2, what I hear is the equivalent of saying ten Hail Marys and kicking a terrorist in the balls.

 

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Zach Galifianakis Takes Issue With ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-galifianakis-takes-issue-with-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-galifianakis-takes-issue-with-the-hangover-2/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:02:21 +0000 Reza F. It looks like Zach Galifianakis doesn't want to eat the cooter banana. While appearing recently on the Comedy Death Ray podcast, the notoriously choosey star of G-Force, "Tru Calling," and Out Cold  intimated that he's having some "moral" issues with what Todd Phillips is planning to do on The Hangover 2. “But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” Galifianakis cut host Scott Aukerman off with an abrupt warning sound as the host began to mention the film’s title, but after Aukerman pressed, “I know you’re filming The Hhhhhhhh … ” Galifianakis admitted, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.” People are assuming that Galifianakis is taking issue with the inclusion of a Mel Gibson cameo in the film. Which is kind of silly. Sure, the man is considered vile right now and this is a case of stunt casting in the highest degree, but in all fairness, he was going to be hungover anway. Can you really blame Todd Phillips if he happens to point a camera at it? (Vulture)

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It looks like Zach Galifianakis doesn’t want to eat the cooter banana. While appearing recently on the Comedy Death Ray podcast, the notoriously choosey star of G-Force, "Tru Calling," and Out Cold  intimated that he’s having some "moral" issues with what Todd Phillips is planning to do on The Hangover 2.

“But a movie you’re acting in, you don’t have a lot of control — you just show up and vomit your lines out. I’m not the boss. I’m in a deep protest right now with a movie I’m working on, up in arms about something. But I can’t get the guys to [listen] … I’m not making any leeway.” Galifianakis cut host Scott Aukerman off with an abrupt warning sound as the host began to mention the film’s title, but after Aukerman pressed, “I know you’re filming The Hhhhhhhh … ” Galifianakis admitted, “It has something to do with a movie I’m working on, yeah. I’ll tell you about it later. It’s very frustrating.”

People are assuming that Galifianakis is taking issue with the inclusion of a Mel Gibson cameo in the film. Which is kind of silly. Sure, the man is considered vile right now and this is a case of stunt casting in the highest degree, but in all fairness, he was going to be hungover anway. Can you really blame Todd Phillips if he happens to point a camera at it? (Vulture)

 

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Confirmed: Mel Gibson Lands Role in ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/confirmed-mel-gibson-lands-role-in-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/confirmed-mel-gibson-lands-role-in-the-hangover-2/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:38:22 +0000 Defy Media Mel Gibson runs with a pack. The Mel Gibson comeback express is leaving the station, and the first stop is The Hangover 2. The second stop is some sort of...

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Mel Gibson runs with a pack.

The Mel Gibson comeback express is leaving the station, and the first stop is The Hangover 2. The second stop is some sort of “work camp.”

In an interview with “Extra!,” Jodie Foster confirmed rumors that Gibson, a close friend, will appear in the comedy sequel, adding that Mel “really liked the humor in that first movie.” I never would have guessed that a misogynistic comedy that leans heavily on racial stereotypes and homosexual slurs would appeal to Gibson, but I guess you learn something new every day.

While Gibson will not play himself in the film, not much is known about his role, although there have been rumors about him playing a tattoo artist. Will the part involve Ed Helm’s character and his grandmother’s holocaust ring? Only time will tell. (Deadline)

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Mel Gibson Might Class Up ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-might-class-up-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mel-gibson-might-class-up-the-hangover-2/#comments Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:45:08 +0000 Reza F. Here's a rumor that might be crazy enough to be true. Page Six is reporting that Mel Gibson will have a cameo in The Hangover 2 as a tattoo artist. He'll shoot his scene on the Bangkok set at Warner Bros. before the production moves to Thailand at the end of the month. Can this really be happening? Does director Todd Phillips really want to take this chance? Should Mel Gibson be left around needles when the slightest peak at a skanky extra could set him off? When Todd Phillips used Mike Tyson in The Hangover people took notice, so perhaps he's using the same strategy in the sequel. Afterall, Tyson bit a man's ear off, and Gibson hasn't done that yet as far as the public record is concerned. Maybe doing a cameo in an outlandish comedy is the perfect way to get back in people's good graces. After the world accepts him as a tattoo artist it might finally be ready to watch him tackle Jodie Foster's Beaver. (/Film)

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Here’s a rumor that might be crazy enough to be true. Page Six is reporting that Mel Gibson will have a cameo in The Hangover 2 as a tattoo artist. He’ll shoot his scene on the Bangkok set at Warner Bros. before the production moves to Thailand at the end of the month. Can this really be happening? Does director Todd Phillips really want to take this chance? Should Mel Gibson be left around needles when the slightest peak at a skanky extra could set him off?

When Todd Phillips used Mike Tyson in The Hangover people took notice, so perhaps he’s using the same strategy in the sequel. Afterall, Tyson bit a man’s ear off, and Gibson hasn’t done that yet as far as the public record is concerned. Maybe doing a cameo in an outlandish comedy is the perfect way to get back in people’s good graces. After the world accepts him as a tattoo artist it might finally be ready to watch him tackle Jodie Foster’s Beaver. (/Film)

 

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Jodie Foster Stands By Mel Gibson’s Work In Her ‘Beaver’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jodie-foster-stands-by-mel-gibsons-work-in-her-beaver/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jodie-foster-stands-by-mel-gibsons-work-in-her-beaver/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 She's got his back. No word yet if The Beaver will see a theatrical release, but director Jodie Foster has come to Mel Gibson's defense when asked about the disgraced star's recent scandal and beating in the press. Foster tells More magazine about her brother from another mother. Take it away Jodie: "[Mel is the] easiest, nicest person I've ever worked with [and] the second I met him, I said, 'I will love this man for the rest of my life.'" In all fairness, her other best friends are Darth Vader, that guy who punched Snooki, and that chick who threw those puppies in a river. "When you love a friend, you don't adandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and 'The Beaver' is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment." She then added: "Oksana really should have just blown him in the jacuzzi. He deserves it." (via The Playlist)

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She’s got his back.

No word yet if The Beaver will see a theatrical release, but director Jodie Foster has come to Mel Gibson’s defense when asked about the disgraced star’s recent scandal and beating in the press. Foster tells More magazine about her brother from another mother. Take it away Jodie:

"[Mel is the] easiest, nicest person I’ve ever worked with [and] the second I met him, I said, ‘I will love this man for the rest of my life.’"

In all fairness, her other best friends are Darth Vader, that guy who punched Snooki, and that chick who threw those puppies in a river.

"When you love a friend, you don’t adandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and’The Beaver‘ is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment."

She then added: "Oksana really should have just blown him in the jacuzzi. He deserves it." (via The Playlist)

 

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