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February 15, 2012 |
The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 for drunk driving has tentatively settled his lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for $50,000, attorneys said. Deputy James Mee alleged that his supervisors retaliated against him because he resisted requests to remove the actor's anti-Semitic slurs from an initial arrest report. "We did not settle for the purpose of making money," said Etan Z. Lorant, one of Mee's attorneys. "It was a task of the heart. " When the case was initially filed, it appeared to have the potential for high drama if it ever made it to trial, with the likes of Gibson and Sheriff Lee Baca taking the witness stand to address accusations of drunken rants, covered-up slurs and special favors.
September 9, 2011 |
Mel Gibson, the Oscar winner who has defended himself against accusations of anti-Semitism, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Judah Maccabee, the warrior whose ancient victory is celebrated by Hanukkah. Gibson's Icon Productions has closed the producing deal with Warner Bros., and Joe Eszterhas will write the screenplay. Gibson's camp said the filmmaker will decide if he's directing after the script is done and that he has not ruled out the possibility that he could act in the film.
May 8, 2011 |
The new film "The Beaver" stars Mel Gibson as a mentally ill man who begins to speak through a battered hand puppet that he retrieves from a dumpster in a moment of despair. Although the controversial star made a point to puppeteer the beaver himself, on the set, puppet wrangler Anney McKilligan Ozar was tasked with grooming the creature's fur and even brushing its prominent teeth. "I had to keep his teeth nice and shiny because things wear down," she said. On an average day on the job, McKilligan Ozar said she needs "everything from 18 different sizes of needles to 18 different sizes of drill bits.
May 6, 2011 |
There are all kinds of problems with "The Beaver. " Ironically, Mel Gibson isn't one of them. So for those inclined to set aside the actor's alcoholic, anti-Semitic rants and his no-contest plea to domestic abuse (and I'm not arguing for that), there is a sensitive performance to be found, with Gibson creating a sad, sobering portrait of depression. Being sold in ads as a whimsical, poignant family drama from director-actor Jodie Foster, the film is more a torrential downpour of pain.
April 25, 2011 |
As she has crisscrossed the country tirelessly promoting her latest directorial effort, "The Beaver," Jodie Foster has been keeping in touch via text with Mel Gibson. When the star of your film is also your close friend and Hollywood's leading persona non grata, the messages can get a tad awkward. "Mel said, 'I will be dragged through gravel for you,'" Foster said in Beverly Hills. "He's been in Costa Rica. I texted him back, 'I don't want you to be dragged through gravel for me. Please do not.'" Left hanging in the air is what, if anything, Foster does want from Gibson at this point.
April 22, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Mel Gibson is finally talking about his troubles. Not screaming. ( Deadline ) Lindsay Lohan is expected back in court Friday in her jewelry-theft case. ( Los Angeles Times ) Gary Busey's 1-year-old son has been hospitalized. ( Los Angeles Times ) "American Idol": Sayonara, Stefano! ( Los Angeles Times ) The Queen is 85. ( Los Angeles Times ) Jim Carrey is joining "The Office" for the season finale.