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Mel Gibson no longer financing own movies: 'I'm out of that business'

6 July 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mel Gibson has revealed that he will no longer finance his own movies.

Throughout his career, Gibson has directed and produced 2006's Apocalypto and 2004's controversial religious epic The Passion of the Christ.

When asked what he would like to do next after those two films, Gibson told The Hollywood Reporter: "Its tricky, those films you refer to, nobody would have financed them, they more or less worked, but I would never have got anyone else to finance them.

"I'm out of that business of financing my own films because they see you coming and take you for a ride. I'm not a fool. It's difficult for the things I deem worthy to direct, where you can get a really good compelling story out of - nobody else has much faith in it and never did."

The Expendables 3 star also shared details about his and director Jean-François Richet's upcoming movie Blood Father. »

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Mel Gibson on a return to directing

6 July 2014 1:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.

Mel Gibson has been back in front of the camera for upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3 and Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, which recently wrapped in New Mexico.

But after accepting the Crystal Globe for artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the director of Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto is hungry to get back behind the camera.

“I do, of course,” said Gibson, when asked by Screen if he would want to direct again. “It’s difficult because you have to spend a couple of years of your life doing it.

“Whatever it is you’re going to do, you have to make sure it’s going to mean something because it’s too »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Mel Gibson on a return to directing; 'freedom' of TV

6 July 2014 1:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.

Mel Gibson has been back in front of the camera for upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3 and Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, which recently wrapped in New Mexico.

But after accepting the Crystal Globe for artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the director of Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto is hungry to get back behind the camera.

“I do, of course,” said Gibson, when asked by Screen if he would want to direct again. “It’s difficult because you have to spend a couple of years of your life doing it.

“Whatever it is you’re going to do, you have to make sure it’s going to mean something because it’s too »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Mel Gibson Comeback? Gary Oldman Defends Him, Karlovy Vary Fest Awards Crystal Globe

24 June 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mel Gibson hasn't been too much in the news lately--he's a bit of a tarnished commodity--which makes it all the more interesting that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has decided to to award him the Crystal Globe this year. The award, presented to its recipient for an 'outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema,' is the festival's top honor.  Gibson will also present a special screening of "Apocalypto," his controversial --and fabulously shot--2006 follow-up to "The Passion of the Christ," set in the twilight years of the Mayan empire. Of course, Mel Gibson is a two-time Oscar winner: he won best director and best picture awards for "Braveheart," so he's not an unserious filmmaker in any way. But he has acted in just one film a year since 2010--from his performance as a mentally troubled man using a puppet to communicate in Foster's "The Beaver," which was rejected by audiences, »

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Karlovy Vary to honour Mel Gibson

24 June 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.

Mel Gibson is to receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff), which runs July 4-12.

The actor and filmmaker will attend the festival in the Czech Republic to receive the honour and present a screening of his most recent work as a director, the 2006 action-adventure Apocalypto.

The Crystal Globe is the festival’s highest award and has been presented in previous years to John Travolta and Helen Mirren.

Gibson is best known for his roles in Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series as well as for his award-winning turns as director of Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ. He will next be seen in action sequel The Expendables 3.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Everything mentioned from 2004 and 2005 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

20 June 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

VH1′s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3Gs. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!

If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, »

- Hillary Busis

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Park Circus to handle Icon titles

18 June 2014 4:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Icon Film Distribution (Ifd) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the Ifd library for UK theatrical release.

The Ifd library comprises more than 200 titles including Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, John Hillcoat’s The Road, John Carney’s Once, Emilio Estevez’s The Way, and Tom Ford’s A Single Man.

Park Circus specialises in putting classic films back on the big screen and represents more than 20,000 titles from major studios and independent rights owners. This summer, it will handle the international re-release of Some Like It Hot, The Lady From Shanghai, The Deer Hunter and To Catch A Thief.

Ifd, which re-launched last September backed by New Sparta, recently released animated feature Postman Pat: The Movie, which has generated nearly £3m ($5m) at the UK box office after three weeks on release.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Box Office Report: 22 Jump Street Wins Sequel Showdown

15 June 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It was the big sequel showdown of summer 2014: the R-rated comedy 22 Jump Street vs. the family-friendly How to Train Your Dragon 2. While the latter’s predecessor was a much bigger hit and widely expected to open at the top of the box office, it was the Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum team-up that rocketed to the #1 spot. The comedy sequel opened with an estimated $60 million, making it the fifth-largest opening for an R-rated film of all time (behind The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover Part II, The Passion of the Christ and 300). It zoomed past the original’s $36.3 opening from March 2012, as well as raunchy summer hits Ted ($54.4 million) and Neighbors ($49 million).

22 Jump Street‘s victory over How to Train Your Dragon 2 was even more impressive considering the comedy was playing in nearly 1,000 fewer theatres and did not benefit from 3D surcharges. Not only that, but Phil Lord »

- Jordan Adler

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Looking back at the Matrix sequels

29 May 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark looks back at the much-reviled Matrix sequels and asks: what went wrong?

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This article contains spoilers for the Matrix trilogy.

It seem like a long time ago to some of our younger readers, but those who were there will remember that 2003 was branded “the year of the Matrix” by Warner Bros. Four years after the first film knocked everybody's socks off, Andy and Lana Wachowski made two sequels, an animated anthology, a video game and numerous other tie-ins to expand upon a world that was only hinted at in the original.

The Matrix Reloaded became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time when it was released in May and held that record until the following Easter's The Passion Of The Christ. A vitriolic critical reception and bad word of mouth undercut any chance that the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, had in terms of topping its predecessor when »

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Anne Rice's 'Christ the Lord' Moves Forward with Focus Features

16 May 2014 3:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Christ the Lord Out of Egypt, an adaptation of Anne Rice' novel of the same name, has been given the green light to start production by financiers Ocean Blue Entertainment, Cj Entertainment, Echo Lake and Ingenious Media.

Shooting will begin on September 15 in Italy, under the direction of Cyrus Nowrasteh, who was personally selected by author Anne Rice in 2011, after she saw his film The Stoning of Soraya M. The filmmaker wrote the adapted screenplay with his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, which tells the fictional story of a young Jesus Christ, who learns the truth about his real identity and his birth as he travels from Egypt to Nazareth.

Enzo Sisti (The Passion of the Christ) is serving as executive producer, with shooting to take place at Cinecitta Studios in Rome and on location in Matera, Italy. No cast members have been secured for the adaptation at this time. »

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Cannes Check 2014: Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu'

12 May 2014 3:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the Competition's only African entry: Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu." The director: Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritanian/French, 52 years old). Another of this year's five newcomers, Sissako has established himself as one of Africa's premier auteurs, though he's been based in France since the early 1990s -- a background that complements his favored themes of globalization and outsider identity. Born in Mauritania, he moved with his family at an early age to Mali, where he completed his schooling, before studying film at Russia's Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow -- an institution that also boasts Aleksandr Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky among its alumni. »

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Saturday Night Live Scandals: Leslie Jones's Slavery Skit and 5 More Controversial Moments

6 May 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"I mean, look at me - I'm a mandingo!" That seemed to be the tipping point in an appearance on Saturday Night Live's most recent "Weekend Update" by Leslie Jones, a new writer on the show. Her riff, titled "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick," started with her congratulating actress Lupita Nyong'o, People magazine's 2014 choice for World's Most Beautiful, then exploded all over the place as she suggested she'd have more luck landing a man if she were a strong, baby-producing slave in the Old South. The sketch quickly fired up controversy, as media pundits weighed in and public outcry erupted on Twitter and social media. »

- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic

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The Lonely Subtitle: Here's Why U.S. Audiences Are Abandoning Foreign-Language Films

6 May 2014 6:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last month, Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas wrote an article that should be heartwarming for anyone heading to the Cannes Film Festival: "U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever."  Unfortunately, it's not true: U.S. box office for the top five foreign-language films has declined by 61% in the last seven years. To be fair, Foundas's argument ultimately is about subtitles. This allows the inclusion of wide-release, U.S.-originated productions dominated by foreign tongues such as "Inglourious Basterds," "The Passion of the Christ," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Avatar" and "District 9." (It may be worth noting that the last two subtitled alien dialogue.) However, these films aren't germane to international cinema. Works by Quentin Tarantino, Mel Gibson and James Cameron don't open the doors for subtitled Cannes selections such as the Dardenne brothers’ French language “Two Days, One Night” or Andrey Zyagintsev's Russian-language “Leviathan.”  According to »

- Anthony Kaufman

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‘Mom's Night Out’ Review: Unfunny and Anti-Feminist

5 May 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Christian cinema refuses to stand still. Though mainstream audiences may associate the genre with Gospel recreations like Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” and producer Mark Burnett's “Son of God,” the faith-friendly industry continues to diversify. Last year, it produced a (dreadful) quirky rom-com called “A Strange Brand of Happy,” and now it tries its hand at the underserved women's comedy genre with “Mom's Night Out.” Directed by brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin, this ostensible femme-powerment film is strangely unsympathetic, even demeaning, to its target audience. Rather than pandering to moms, this unfunny, unabashedly anti-feminist comedy consistently points out. »

- Inkoo Kang

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TV Event Series ‘Nazareth’ Comes To Fox

26 April 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Us TV network Fox, in partnership with Landscape Entertainment, is developing a new event series based on the early years of Jesus’ life. Nazareth will follow the Messiah’s so-called lost years, starting with a family pilgrimage to Jerusalem at the age of 13 and ending up with his baptism aged 30, which marked the beginning of his public ministry.

So what might be in store for viewers in this coming of age story? Jesus trying out new hair styles? Learning important life lessons? I suspect we probably won’t see him falling in with a bad crowd and experimenting with sex, drugs and rock n’ roll (but you never know – remember Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ anyone?).

Nazareth will be written by David Franzoni (Gladiator), who will also produce the series along with Bob Cooper of Landscape Entertainment. If all goes ahead I imagine the series it’ll be popular. »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Jesus Whisperers Mark Burnett And Roma Downey Board MGM/Paramount’s ‘Ben-Hur’

25 April 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Breaking: After scoring huge ratings with the miniseries The Bible and carving out a second theatrical hit with the same footage in Son Of God, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount PicturesBen-Hur. Deadline has long been telling you about this ambitious new adaptation of the Lew Wallace 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of Christ, with script by Keith Clarke and Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley, and Timur Bekmambetov directing. Related: Sweet Chariot! MGM is Rebooting ‘Ben-Hur’ MGM In Talks With Timur Bekmambetov For ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot Paramount signed on to co-produce and distribute, and after the rocky time the studio had with the Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah convincing the faithful that the Biblical epic didn’t blaspheme the Old Testament tale and having the film banned in Muslim territories, it’s not surprising that they would add Burnett and his wife, the »

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Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever

22 April 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.

On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »

- Scott Foundas

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Aronofsky's "Noah" Proves A Big Global Hit

22 April 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

While some right-wing critics spoke out against it, most film reviewers warmed to Darren Aronofsky's "Noah". So have audiences it would seem.

Paramount and New Regency's costly $125 million biblical epic "Noah" has now sailed past the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office. Even more surprising? More than two-thirds of that total is from overseas where faith-based films often fare poorly.

The biggest Bible-based film before this, "The Passion of the Christ," earned $370 million of its $610 million domestically. Smaller faith-based films like "Son of God" and "Soul Surfer" earned only $3 million each outside North America.

"Noah" is already the fourth highest grossing film of the year and Aronofsky's top-grossing film to date. It has also done particularly well in Russia, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, the U.K. and Australia.

Source: Box-Office Mojo »

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Director rallies for Parer's War

21 April 2014 11:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Director Alister Grierson acknowledges ABC1 has given his film Parer.s War a tough time-slot next Sunday night, programmed against the finale of Downton Abbey on Seven and the Logie Awards on Nine.

So he.s keen to bang the promotional drum for the dramatised saga of WWII cameraman Damien Parer, whose work almost cost him the woman he loved.

.It.s a very romantic movie, a nice change from my movies which usually show people getting blown up,. said Grierson, whose first feature was Kokoda, the story of Australian soldiers stranded in the Papua New Guinea jungle in 1942, which screens on SBS1 on Saturday night.

The director credits the ABC with giving him, producer Andrew Wiseman, screenwriter Alison Nisselle and DoP Mark Wareham a lot of creative freedom on the $4.5 million production, a generous budget for a telemovie. Matt Le Nevez plays Parer with Adelaide Clemens as the woman he loved, »

- Don Groves

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The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

20 April 2014 9:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if they are, they are widely panned). That being said, religious themes exist in more mainstream movies than ever, despite there being no deliberate attempts to dub the films “religious.” Faith, God, whatever you want to call it – it’s influenced the history of nations, of politics, of culture, and of film. And these are the most important films in that wheelhouse. There are only two American films in the top 10, and only one of them is in English.

courtesy of hilobrow.com

10. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

A brutally expansive biopic about the Russian iconographer divided into nine chapters. Andrei Rublev (Anatoly Solonitsyn) is portrayed not as a silent monk, but a motivated artist working against social ruin, »

- Joshua Gaul

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