Looks like it’ll take more than teary interviews by pals like Jodie Foster to bring folks to a Mel Gibson movie. Mel’s long-awaited The Beaver finally made it to 22 theater screens this weekend, scoring about as much per-screen as the similarly budgeted Something Borrowed—except that Kate Hudson rom-com is playing at nearly 3,000 screens (and not doing so amazing either). The Beaver is still scheduled to expand its scope next week, but the numbers suggest people aren’t lining up see Mel win back his family after an emotional breakdown with the help of a puppet. After all, it’s not like the puppet kept him from splitting with his long-time wife Robyn and getting violent with ex-girlfriend/babymama Oksana Grigorieva…drama that already delayed the film’s release.
Execs at Summit Entertainment are blaming the subject matter, rather than Mel, for the mediocre numbers (“As it turns out, I think the film is more of an art-house speciality kind of movie than a broader commercial film…I don’t know whether it’s going to transcend that art-house audience”), though it’s debatable whether the film even scored that “art-house audience.” Mel’s next movie, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, about a career criminal who teams up with a young boy in a Mexican prison, has yet to be given a US release date, so who knows if the art-house will even get to see it.
Does this mean we can go see The Beaver and not feel like horrible people? Don’t get us wrong, we’ll still be people with horrible, horrible taste, but seeing as how Oksana Grigorieva dropped her Mel Gibson domestic abuse charge in court today, maybe the slow, grim nightmare of Gibson’s court room drama is finally drawing to a close? And we love movies with puppets in them!
TMZ reported earlier today that Griorieva also asked to have the protective order against Gibson dropped as well, possibly as a sign that she is willing to settle their custody case over daughter Lucia. Regardless of the outcome of their current legal battle, Gibson plead “no contest” to a misdemeanor battery charge back in March. So we’ll hold off on getting tickets to The Beaver for now…at least until they invent a time machine capable of taking us back before this tawdry saga ever took place.
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Mel Gibson hasn’t spoken publicly about his vicious verbal attacks and angry phone calls with his ex Oksana Grigorieva until now. In an interview with Deadline.com, Gibson broke his silence and talked about everything he’s been through in the past year, from his career, to his celebrity friends, to those “edited” tapes that leaked. Here are a few of the choicest quotes from the interview:
On the leaked tapes released by Grigorieva: “Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal? … I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality—period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.”
On how the bad publicity has affected his career: “I don’t care if I don’t act anymore.”
On his most vocal celebrity supporter: “I knew Whoopi before she was Whoopi. And, as she’s great and I always liked her and loved her. I like her even more now because she got it.”
And those supporters who chose not to speak up: “Why would anyone want to speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap? It seems to add fuel to the fire. Very many people are supportive, of course, but you find out who your friends are. I have many friends and they’ve been great.”
On his friend-love for Jodie Foster: “I’d give her a pedicure every day of the week if I could.”
Check out the entire (long!) interview with Gibson, who tried to redeem himself and honestly discuss his difficult personal issues as best he can. Sure, it won’t make you forget that he knocked Grigorieva’s teeth out, but he does seem to show remorse for some of the stuff he’s done.
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Remember that ex-bodyguard of Oksana Grigorieva who accused her of faking Mel Gibson‘s taped rants and practicing “sexual sorcery” on him? Well, hey may not just been lying about the erotic witchcraft. While Kristian Herzog is promoting Storm Surge, a tell-all about his alleged affair with the singer, her lawyers claim he was never actually hired as her bodyguard. “This man is a convicted felon and an impostor…he insinuated himself into her life in order to attempt to destroy her reputation which he continues to do with this ‘book’ filled with outrageous lies,” said her rep, pointing out that Herzog wouldn’t give a deposition to Mel’s lawyers when asked, and that the other stars he claims to have worked for (Jack Nicholson, Jon Voight) merely posed for pictures with him.
Not that we needed this evidence to suggest Herzog’s tale is more than questionable. His description of his “affair” with Grigorieva reads like bad slash fiction. “[She] played my instrument like a cheap instrument, her soft warm inviting mouth and sorceress tongue controlled me…The Bodyguard becomes the Lover, making love to Oksana. If lips were ships, her lips were the S.S. Titanic, dragging men down deep.” “[These] sleazy sexual references, they are too absurd for words,” said Grigorieva’s rep. Maybe Herzog should stick to posting his stories on web forums.
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If Jodie Foster was crying before, she should be bawling right about now. Foster’s good friend Mel Gibson turned himself in at the El Segundo Police Department in Southern California last night. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for the general population, Mel was released in about an hour after posting 10% of the set $20,000 bail. Judge Stephanie Sautner (also of Lindsay Lohan fame) had given the actor a week to turn himself for booking because of his criminal battery case concerning ex-GF Oksana Grigorieva, and he complied with her ruling last night at 9.30 pm.
Mel’s report stated him to be 55 years old and weighing 190 pounds at 5-feet-ten inches. Hopefully, he won’t get mad and take a swing at someone for revealing his weight. This is Hollywood, guys. The angry actor’s been sentenced to complete 16 hours of community service and he’s also on three years probation. Mel also has to attend one year of domestic violence counseling. We still think he got off easy considering he was charged with battery (so he won’t see any jail time). Now all we have to do is wait for the mugshot to emerge. Charlie Sheen has the rest of the cray-cray covered.
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Most people in Hollywood haven’t stood behind delicate flower Mel Gibson (mostly for fear that he’ll whip around and punch them), which makes it even stranger to hear Jodie Foster say she loves Mel Gibson in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is,” Foster says of Gibson, who was charged with misdemeanor battery last week. “He is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he’s not saintly, and he’s got a big mouth, and he’ll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life.” Gross things our nephew would do? Foster must have some pretty intense relatives if she’s comparing Mel to a teenage troublemaker.
Having directed Gibson in the upcoming The Beaver, Foster sees the actor with rose-colored glasses that no one else on the planet has access too. “God, I love that man,” Jodie says, growing misty-eyed. “The performance he gave in this movie, I will always be grateful for. He brought a lifetime of pain to the character that we’ve been talking about for years, that I knew was part of his psyche and who he is. It’s part of him that is beautiful and that I want people to know, too. I can’t ever regret that.” What could be more beautiful and cause someone more pain than being a famous person who assaults his girlfriend and calls Jewish people “oven-dodgers”? Mel’s like a sonnet in human form! As if Jodie doesn’t already seem totally disconnected from reality, she also likens the drama around Gibson…to the media debacle surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan, which was done for Foster’s benefit. Look, Jodie, if we all agree to still see your movie despite Gibson’s prominent role, would you please stop talking like you’ve lost your mind. Oh really? Great! We assumed so.
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Whether Mel Gibson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery on Friday to protect his kids from the embarrassment of a trial or save his film career, it’s pretty clear he’ll go apocalpyto on anyone who tries to drag him back into court. When word got out over the weekend that ex-girlfriend/battery victim Oksana Grigorieva was planing a civil suit against Gibson, TMZ sources made it clear that he would return the gesture in kind, with Mel counter-suing for extortion.
While it’s noteworthy that the state has yet to charge Oksana for allegedly demanding millions to keep violent, racist audio tapes of Mel from the public, Mel was also only charged for the slapping incident he’d previously confessed to—not for Oksana’s more dramatic claims of abuse. With Mel allegedly uninterested in settling out of court, even hoping to remove Oksana’s custody of their daughter Lucia, it looks like that long, drawn-out court case he wanted to avoid could happen after all.
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We’re sorry, Mel Gibson. Charlie Sheen has been taking up so much of our time, we almost forgot about the original celebrity nut bar. Finally, one million years after the fact, Mel Gibson was charged with simple misdemeanor battery, TMZ reports. Earlier this week they found out that Gibson took a plea deal, which knocked the charge down from felony domestic violence in exchange for his plea of no contest. The charge is based on allegations that Gibson slapped Oksana Grigorieva during a heated argument. Hmm, an A-lister acts erratically, hits his domestic partner, and accused of anti-Semitism. It’s like we’re in the middle of watching the sequel to the worst movie in the world!
With the plea bargain in place, Mel will not face jail time. Meanwhile, Oksana will not be charged with felony extortion. Between the case and Mel and Oksana’s on-going custody issues, we just hope Mel doesn’t start acting a fool again. We can really only deal with one celebrity metldown at a time. We mean, even Lohan is taking a backseat to Sheen, and Lindsay’s in court practically every day.
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Our irony sensors are flying into the red. TMZ says that Mel Gibson may plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for hitting ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, not because he thinks he’s the guilty party (Mel wants Oksana charged with extortion), but because he’s “agonizing” over the idea of putting his family through a drawn-out court battle. Call us cynical, but this sounds like a load of bull. We’re to believe that Mel makes antisemitic remarks to everyone from the cops to Winona Ryder, calls female police officers “sugar tits”, and knocks up his mistress behind the back of his wife of over 20 years, but defending his honor in court is just too much humiliation to put his seven (sorry, now eight) children through? Riiiight.
No matter how he justifies it, taking a plea might not be a bad idea—the sooner he gets past his legal battles with Grigorieva, the sooner he can stop embarrassing the producers of his unreleased films like The Beaver and How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Considering the damage he’s already inflicted on his family, we wonder if its Hollywood he’s worried about scandalizing any further.
UPDATE: TMZ says Mel Gibson has indeed struck a plea deal, which will keep him from seeing any jail time. “Mel’s priority throughout all of this has been that the best interests of his young daughter Lucia and the rest of his children be put first in any decisions made,” said his lawyer. “It is with only that in mind that he asked me to approach the District Attorney with a proposal that would bring all of this to an immediate end.” Way to plead innocent and guilty at the same time, guys.
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Somehow we don’t think this has anything to do with Awards Season 2012. Mel Gibson‘s The Beaver has been pushed back yet again, with the long-shelved movie now set to be released in May. Reportedly, the change was to fit director Jodie Foster‘s schedule—she’s shooting the movie adaptation of Tony winner God Of Carnage—but odds were the studio didn’t mind putting this one off at all. Mel, too—the guy still has to settle a custody battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and, oh yeah, finally divorce his wife!
Yes, Mel managed to meet, knock up and violently break up with his mistress without actually finalizing his divorce from long-time wife Robyn Gibson. “I guess he’s too busy with the Oskana Grigorieva case to worry about the divorce from Robyn,” a source told Radar. “They keep getting continued, and they’re not expected to be back in court until at least April, now.” Due to the lack of a pre-nup, Robyn could wind up with a solid half of Mel’s alleged billion dollar fortune. Considering the other stuff he has to work out, Mel might just want to throw over the cash already. Personally, we wouldn’t miss $500 million if we still had another $500 million to play with.