May 9, 2011
It appears that Mel Gibson, after making well-publicized sexist and anti-Semitic comments, may be losing his clout with moviegoers. The actor's latest film, "The Beaver," was released in 22 theaters this weekend and flopped. The film grossed $104,000 for a paltry per-theater average of $4,745, according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment. The movie came out after Gibson's stock already had been badly damaged. His reputation, hurt by a drunken anti-Semitic rant in 2006, sank even lower last summer when recordings of telephone conversations surfaced of the actor making abusive remarks to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva . In Hollywood, it's likely that many will claim "The Beaver's" poor performance means Gibson's acting career is over.
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March 22, 2011 |
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office decided not to charge Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend with extortion over the objections of the lead investigator, who concluded that a demand by her attorneys for $20 million in exchange for damaging recordings and photos merited prosecution, according to a document reviewed by The Times. In a letter sent Thursday to the prosecutor who declined to file charges, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff's Department stated his view that the department's six-month investigation turned up evidence of "implied threats" against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.
March 18, 2011 |
There was a moment during the first public screening of her new film, "The Beaver," when Jodie Foster finally felt she could exhale. The drama, starring Mel Gibson as a depressed father who reinvents himself with the help of a furry hand puppet, deals with tough subject matter that is uncomfortably close its star's very public meltdown. After a mostly comic first hour, Gibson's character reveals the depth of his depression and anger by turning his rage against himself. "There's one scene in the movie where it takes this turn and where Mel hits himself, and if people are laughing there, then we're like, 'This is bad. This is not good,' " Foster said in an interview the morning after "The Beaver's" sold-out premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival here this week.
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March 17, 2011 |
Actor-director Mel Gibson avoided the prying cameras of the paparazzi by going to the El Segundo Police Department at night to be fingerprinted and booked in connection with his misdemeanor battery conviction. Gibson arrived at the station about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and was released a half-hour later. A booking record lists Gibson as 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds. His fingerprinting was required after he pleaded no contest Friday to the misdemeanor, related to a struggle last year with his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.
March 12, 2011
Wisconsin unions: In the March 11 LATExtra section, a question and answer box about a bill in the Wisconsin legislature concerning labor rules for government workers said the legislation would limit collective bargaining to base wages, and performance and other supplemental pay. In fact, performance and other supplemental pay, as well as overtime, would not be subject to collective bargaining under the legislation. Derek Fisher: An article in the March 8 Sports section about Lakers guard Derek Fisher and his role as president of the NBA Players Assn.
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March 12, 2011 |
Mel Gibson walked a gantlet of paparazzi and stood before a courtroom packed with reporters and wired with video cameras streaming online coverage Friday to agree formally to a plea deal in a domestic violence case that has dogged him for nearly a year. The actor pleaded no contest to the charge of misdemeanor battery of his former girlfriend in a deal that allowed him to avoid jail time and, as his lawyer noted when news of the agreement broke, an "enormous media circus" sure to accompany a trial.