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‘The Beaver’ Trailer Offers New, Strange, Interesting Side Of Gibson

4 December 2010 8:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s been a long year for former movie star Mel Gibson. Well, make it a long half-decade. Between getting drunk, pulled over, spewing anti-semitic slurs, allegedly cursing his girlfriend out with an unbelievable amount of hate and watching his supposed comeback action vehicle Edge of Darkness enter theaters somewhat D.O.A., the actor who gave us franchises like Lethal Weapon and Mad Max and director who gave us Braveheart and Apocalypto is, more or less, a lost cause.

Or is he? With the online trailer premiere of the Jodie Foster-directed, Kyle Killen-written The Beaver, all of the promises made about Gibson’s standout performance appear not to be in vain.

See for yourself [via Apple]:

It looks like a 21st century mash-up of the James Stewart 1950 film Harvey and the 1979 Peter Sellers film Being There. Which is very, very exciting.

What do you think of this trailer? »

- Dan Mecca

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First & Last, After You

15 October 2010 6:29 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

first and last images from a motion picture.

and here's the first and last pieces of dialogue.

first: After you.

last: I prefer you, too.Can you guess the movie?


This is the beloved classic called, you guessed it, [Highlight for the answer] Harvey (1950) starring Jimmy Stewart and his invible friend who he happens to be talking to in both of those lines of dialogue included.

more first and last puzzles?

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Jennifer Lawrence: Mel Gibson Will Win An Oscar For “The Beaver”

7 October 2010 11:37 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Jennifer Lawrence, the young best actress contender for “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, trailer), will also be appearing in Jodie Foster‘s highly-anticipated “The Beaver” (Summit, Tbd, no trailer yet) — in which Mel Gibson is rumored to give one of the best performance of his career — whenever its studio decides to take it out of the can and release it.

I just rediscovered an interview with Lawrence that ran in June’s Angeleno magazine, and that I’d saved for future reference, in which she offers the following high-praise of Gibson’s work in the film:

“It’s about a schizophrenic man who forms another personality through a puppet beaver that takes over his life… I saw him [Gibson] at the table read doing the character with the puppet and my jaw dropped. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s going to get an Oscar for this.’”

Granted, this statement »

- Scott Feinberg

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'Imaginary Enemies' Have Friends at DreamWorks

23 August 2010 1:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

When you're a little kid and you get caught doing something bad, what do you do? You certainly don't apologize; you blame it on your imaginary friend. Seemed like a harmless solution at the time, but now those imaginary friends are pissed and are looking for revenge. According to THR, that's the premise of DreamWorks Animation's new film with the working title Imaginary Enemies.

The concept came about during a Dwa retreat a few years ago and will now be written by the husband and wife duo, Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario. Shrek Forever After director, Mike Mitchell, is lending a hand as well although he's not confirmed to direct. It just so happens that Steven Spielberg, a DreamWorks co-founder, was toying around with a story of his own on the topic and was even set to direct Fox's Harvey, a remake of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie about a man and an imaginary rabbit. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Cast of Spielberg's 'War Horse' is Revealed

17 June 2010 10:59 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There were some early cast reports concerning Steven Spielberg's next film, War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo's novel of the same name, and it would appear the reports were half-right as upcoming Thor villain, Tom Hiddleston, is in talks to join the cast. As for the rest of the names, there are plenty you should recognize though the lead actor is pretty much a complete unknown.

Empire delivers the casting report announcing Jeremy Irvine (pictured) will play the lead role of Albert. The film is set against the backdrop of World War I, and follows the extraordinary friendship between Albert and his horse, Joey. The two are separated but their fates continue to intertwine over the course of Wwi as Joey is sold into the British army and sent off to serve on the battlefields of France. Irvine's acting career involves work the National Youth Theatre and the »

- Brad Brevet

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Steven Spielberg Confirmed To Direct 'War Horse,' But What Would You Like Him To Do?

4 May 2010 12:34 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Reports are circulating that Steven Spielberg has set "War Horse" as his next directing gig. The film is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 young adult novel about an English farm horse who is captured by the Germans on the battlefields of World War I. The horse's path continually intertwines with a young boy from his farm as war rages throughout Europe.

It sounds like a sweet enough tale — just don't get too used to the idea that it's coming anytime soon. While "War Horse" is being touted as Spielberg's next directing gig, the filmmaker is attached to a whole slew of other projects that have yet to come to fruition.

After the jump, we've listed a few of the films currently vying for Spielberg's attention.


Spielberg was set to direct "Harvey," a remake of the classic 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart as a man with an invisible 6-foot-tall rabbit for his best friend. »

- Josh Wigler

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Spielberg Picks the Wwi Project 'War Horse' as His Next Movie

3 May 2010 4:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After years of speculation surrounding Robopocalypse, a George Gershwin biopic with Zach Quinto, and a short affair with a remake of the Jimmy Stewart flick Harvey, Variety reports that the legendary Steven Spielberg has chosen the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel War Horse, which he's been attached to since December, as his next film. The book tells the epic tale of a friendship between a boy and his horse, who become separated but continue to be intertwined as they try to survive the horrors of Wwi. Sounds a bit more low key than his most recent (but still forthcoming) work on The Adventures of Tintin. The last film we saw from Spielberg was the fourth Indiana Jones, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so he's poised to make a return to the top of his game with War Horse. While I would've preferred to see him return to some sort »

- Ethan Anderton

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 8

15 March 2010 2:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As we enter the eighth week of the IMDb250 Project it’s becoming clear that the experience has completely changed our tastes, our appreciation and our knowledge of movies and movie making in general after only 20 films viewed each so far, that is something truly incredible for us personally and a real positive for attempting this project which could easily have become a chore watching so many movies in such a short period.

If you want to check out the previous weeks 1 – 7 click here for a rundown of our previous progress in the project but for now I bring you my next five films for the project of which three I had never seen before, one I haven’t seen since I was very very young and the final one is such a phenomenal a personal favourite movie of mine that I wish I could watch it again for the »

- Gary Phillips

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Summer Training Listings

25 February 2010 8:19 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

CALIFORNIALa Jolla PlayhouseP.O. Box 12039La Jolla, CA 92039(858) 550-1070, fax (858) 550-1075information@ljp.orgwww.lajollaplayhouse.orgChristopher Ashley, artistic directorEquity Lort B contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house and through independent casting directors by invitation only. Send pix and resumes to above address, attn: Casting. See website for more information. Internships availableSeason: June - September. Shows: "Surf Report" (June); "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" (September); "Ruined" (November); "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (July); "Notes From the Underground" (September)Marin Shakespeare CompanyP.O. Box 4053San Rafael, CA 94913(415) 499-4485, fax (415) 499-1492management@marinshakespeare.orgwww.marinshakespeare.orgRobert S. Currier, artistic director; Lesley Currier, managing directorEquity Loa referenced to Lort contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house. Send pix and resumes to Robert Currier. Please see website for specific audition dates and information.Internships and/or apprenticeships available.Season: July - September. Shows: "Travesties" (July 2-Aug. 15); "The Taming of the Shrew" (July 16-Sep. 26); "Antony and Cleopatra" (Aug. 20-Sep. 25)Pcpa Theaterfest800 S. »

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‘Star Trek’s’ Zachary Quinto to play George Gershwin in the key of Spielberg?

4 February 2010 7:15 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Gershwin fans, “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” but according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto has been picked by Dreamworks to play the role of George Gershwin in a musical biopic based on the New York songwriter. Composer of many jazz standards, along with brilliant pieces like “Rhapsody in Blue” and various Broadway musicals, Gershwin died at the age of 38 on July 11, 1937.

The studio has apparently been supplying Quinto with dialogue and accent coaches, to help him prepare for a tentative shooting date that could be as early as April 2010.

A script has been written by Doug Wright (Quills) and Marc Platt and Michael Feinstein are producing.

At the same time, it is said that director Steven Spielberg has been considering his own involvement with the film. As some of you may know, he was originally supposed to direct a remake of the Jimmy Stewart movie Harvey for Dreamworks, »

- Nick Allen

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