CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 |
Budget cuts have slowed the investigation into whether actor Mel Gibson was the victim of an extortion plot, and it's unclear whether the probe by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies will be completed by the end of the year. "We are sifting through all the evidence. We are weeks away from completing the investigation," said Steve Whitmore, a Sheriff's Department spokesman. Whitmore said overtime limits imposed on sheriff's staff because of budget cuts have slowed the process.
October 23, 2010 |
If you caught Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper in their new supernatural horror movie "Case 39," you may have observed that the stars look younger than you might have expected. Although "Case 39" was released in the U.S just three weeks ago, Cooper and Zellweger began shooting the film in the fall of 2006 ? so long ago a young senator named Barack Obama was still nearly six months from announcing his run for the presidency and Facebook was just opening to the general public.
October 19, 2010
It worked with Mike Tyson in "The Hangover. " But can director Todd Phillips make a celebrity cameo uncomfortably funny with a much more recently controversial figure? The New York Post reported Monday that Mel Gibson will play a Bangkok tattoo artist in "The Hangover 2. " Two people close to the production confirmed to The Times that Gibson ? who's maintained public silence since recordings apparently capturing his violent rants against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva surfaced last summer ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2010 |
A decision about whether to prosecute Mel Gibson over allegations of domestic violence is unlikely to be made until authorities finish their probe of an alleged extortion plot targeting the actor. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has completed an investigation into whether the actor hit ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and turned over its findings to county prosecutors several weeks ago. Sources have told The Times that prosecutors are reviewing that case but are unlikely to move forward until the Sheriff's Department has finished its investigation into claims that Grigorieva or someone close to her was attempting to extort money from Gibson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2010 |
The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 for drunk driving sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, alleging that it retaliated against him because he resisted requests from superiors to remove the actor's anti-Semitic slurs from an initial arrest report. Deputy James Mee said that in the four years since the incident, he has been passed over for promotions and had his job performance unfairly scrutinized. Because the deputy is Jewish, his attorneys said, he was unfairly suspected of leaking details of Gibson's tirade to the media.
July 18, 2010 |
David Perel's celebrity news and gossip website, RadarOnline.com, was so overrun with Internet traffic Friday morning that it temporarily crashed. "It was the longest 20 minutes of my life. The tech people were telling me not to pull my own Mel Gibson," joked Perel, the site's executive vice president. He was, of course, referring to Gibson's angry language in a series of audio tapes released by Radar, in which the actor loudly berates his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and spews racial slurs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2010 |
An audio recording of Mel Gibson allegedly hurling profanities and making threats to his ex-girlfriend has been generating headlines all week. But there is much debate among legal experts about whether the recording would be allowed in any criminal prosecution of the actor-director. In the recording released this week by the celebrity news website RadarOnline, the "Lethal Weapon" star is purportedly heard admitting to an assault, telling Russian model and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that she "deserved" to be hit. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are conducting a domestic violence investigation into allegations that Gibson harmed Grigorieva during an alleged confrontation in January.
May 21, 2010
Maxfield Parrish's famous 1922 "Daybreak" sold for $5.2 million Thursday at Christie's International in New York. The sellers were actor Mel Gibson and his wife, Robyn, who filed for divorce last year. The buyer was not identified. The price was well below the $7.6 million that Robyn Gibson paid at Christie's in 2006. At the time, the price established an auction record for Parrish. "The Parrish market is very small," said dealer Betty Krulik, standing near the front of the Christie's Rockefeller Center salesroom.
May 9, 2010 |
Legion Sony, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 Angels descend upon the Earth — and not in a "joy to the world" kind of way — in "Legion," an apocalyptic action-horror movie that imagines what might happen if God were to get fed up with mankind. The story is largely confined to a New Mexico diner where a mix of locals and tourists tries to stave off the end of the world, with the help of one rogue angel (played by Paul Bettany). "Legion" has a strong setup — including one classic scene with a demonic old lady, and another featuring a freakishly spindly ice cream man — but the limited location and relentless grimness become a little wearing by the movie's second hour.
February 1, 2010 |
Mel Gibson still has his fans, but after a long and controversial absence from the big screen, his overall appeal seems to have faded. The thriller "Edge of Darkness," which marked Gibson's first lead role since 2002's "Signs," opened to a fine but not fantastic $17.1 million from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. It easily outperformed Walt Disney Studios' romantic comedy "When in Rome," the weekend's other new movie, but "Avatar," with $30 million, held the No. 1 spot for the seventh weekend in a row. Opening-weekend ticket sales for "Edge of Darkness" were the lowest for any movie starring Gibson since 1995's "Braveheart," despite ongoing increases in ticket prices.