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Glenn Beck said Mel Gibson told him that Jewish people spit on him, called him anti-Semitic and made his life hell before the release of his film “The Passion of the Christ.” Beck posted a six-minute video clip on his website this week in which he recounted a conversation he said he had with Gibson. He said Gibson spoke of his religious film being “stolen” by “Jewish people” and that the backlash caused him to lose friends — and that strangers got downright nasty. “‘Glenn, they were stopping me on the streets and spitting on me — people from all walks of life. »
- Rosemary Rossi
Mel Gibson’s new film “Hacksaw Ridge” will hit theaters this November, but Gibson might be forever tied to his 2004 violent religious epic “The Passion of the Christ.” The film provoked much controversy due to its extreme violence and allegations of anti-semitism, and people are still responding to the film, including actor Brad Pitt.
For the New York Times Style Magazine, Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James sat down with actor Brad Pitt and published his musings entitled “Five or Six Things I Didn’t Know About Brad Pitt.” In the interview, Pitt mentions that he’d like to make a film about Pontius Pilate and says that the film “won’t be for the ‘Passion’ crowd.” When James mentions that “The Passion of the Christ” drove him out of the church, Pitt laughs and responds, “I felt like I was just watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film.” (Pitt »
- Vikram Murthi
Simon Brew Sep 9, 2016
A new list reckons it's worked out the films that have most divided audiences since the year 2000...
There are movies that people love, there are movies that people hate. Perhaps the most fun? The ones that seem to divide people down the middle. Obscure Movie Stats has done a bunch of research, and reckons it’s come up with what it calls the most polarising movies of the century thus far. What’s more, three of the films that have made the top ten have been released in the last year too.
In the 30s to 11s are movies such as The Passion Of The Christ, Boyhood, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and – scandalously – Crank: High Voltage. But as for the top ten? Here’s the countdown…
1. The Room (not to be confused with Room, we might add...)
2. Ghostbusters (2016)
4. The Tree Of Life »
As everyone predicted weeks if not months ago, director Timur Bekmambetov's $100 million version of Ben-Hur flopped big time at the box office, making just $54 million worldwide to date (with not much gas left in the tank). So just how bad was it for the project's investors? According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources close to the film peg losses at around $120 million for MGM and Paramount, which co-bankrolled the film (though MGM put up most of the money and will therefore take the biggest hit). Perhaps even more embarrassing? It made less than William Wyler's famed 1959 version of Ben-Hur, which took in over $74 million in North America and about $72 million internationally, for a grand total of over $146 million worldwide (i.e. $92 million more than Bekmambetov's update). And that's not even adjusting for inflation; when you take into account that the average movie ticket cost less than a dollar in »
- Chris Eggertsen
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters in March, it was trounced by the critics, but even the harshest critic may have been kinder than Mel Gibson. The filmmaker brought his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge to the Venice Film Festival, and during the Q&A session, he had some harsh words for superhero movies in general, while particularly singling out Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Judging by his comments, we won't be seeing Mel Gibson in any sort of superhero movie, anytime soon.
Deadline caught up with Mel Gibson after the screening of his film, which received a 10-minute standing ovation. There weren't too many ovations, standing or otherwise, for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which kicked off Warner Bros.' growing Dceu slate. While it brought in $872.6 million at the box office, it received scathing reviews, with Mel Gibson adding more fuel to the critical fire. »
Well, finally. After 13 years of talk, rumor has it Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan will finally be reprising their roles in the third installment of MGM’s “Shanghai Noon” comedy series, “Shanghai Dawn,” but this time, it will be helmed by “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess.
If you aren’t familiar, the “Shanghai” films are a modern, buddy-pic combo plate of Western meets Kung-Fu movie; in the first, Chon Wang (Jackie Chan), an Imperial guard, trails the captors of a Chinese princess to Nevada with the intention to save her, there meeting his cowboy outlaw partner Roy O’Bannon, (Owen Wilson) who helps him do just that. In the second installment, 2003’s “Shanghai Knights,” the duo bring their shenanigans to London to seek revenge for the murder of Chon’s estranged father.
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- Annakeara Stinson
Compiling data from Taste, the folks at Obscure Movie Stats have put together a list of the 30 most polarizing movies of the century so far. Among the expectedly divisive titles (“The Tree of Life,” “Paranormal Activity”) are some surprises: “Boyhood” doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an especially polarizing film, ditto “Punch-Drunk Love.” Full list below.
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30.) “Crank: High Voltage”
29.) “Jupiter Ascending”
28.) “Synecdoche, New York”
26.) “Napoleon Dynamite”
25.) “Punch-Drunk Love”
24.) “The Fountain”
22.) “Nymphomaniac: Volume II”
19.) “Paranormal Activity”
18.) “Under the Skin”
17.) “Team America: World Police”
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15.) “Only God Forgives”
14.) “White Chicks”
13.) “The Passion of the Christ”
11.) “Sucker Punch”
08.) “The Assassin”
07.) “Saw »
- Michael Nordine
A blood-soaked, bone-crunching hymn to religious devotion and faith, “Hacksaw Ridge” doesn’t hum Mel Gibson’s favorite themes; it shouts them. Coming 10 long and eventful years since his last directorial effort, Gibson returns with a film that is on the surface about a real-life World War II hero – Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor – but is really about all the denigrated true believers who held their head high through the carnage and chaos and came out the other side a hero – be they named Wallace, or Jesus, or Mel.
As he’s proven with “Apocalypto” and “Braveheart,” Gibson has an incisive eye for action, knowing what to block, where to shoot, and when to get out of the way. He puts those skills to full use in the outrageous war scenes that make up the second half of “Hacksaw Ridge.” But you’ve »
- Ben Croll
★★★☆☆ No one would mistake Mel Gibson for the embodiement of subtlety. From his blood-soaked Scottish romp Braveheart to his blood-soaked The Passion of the Christ, Gibson has always made his films with sledgehammer blows, a simplistic moral universe and thumping melodramatic beats, usually in slow motion. Anyone worrying that the topic of a conscientious objector who won a Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery might stifle Gibson's baser tendencies can rest easy: Hacksaw Ridge is a gruesome, pounding war film about the courage of a deeply religious man in near-unbelievable circumstances.
Mel Gibson is back in the director’s chair after a decade to remind us, in his own devout way, that war is hell and faith is good. Hacksaw Ridge, his new World War II epic, is not concerned with politics — it is concerned with soldiers, and one soldier in particular: a 7th day Adventist and conscientious objector named Desmond Doss who went to Okinawa as an army medic but refused to carry a rifle. This was much to the chagrin of his commanding officers and his brothers in arms. While derivative and endlessly cheesy, it’s a characteristically visceral return for Gibson, and one that confirms that little has changed in the man’s singular artistic psyche.
Andrew Garfield stars as the sympathetic lead and the director paints it by numbers: his sun-kissed early years in small-town Lynchburg, Virginia; falling in love with a local nurse; signing up to »
- Rory O'Connor
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which premiered today at the 73rd International Venice Film Festival, is a brutally effective, bristlingly idiosyncratic combat saga — the true story of a man of peace caught up in the inferno of World War II. It’s the first movie Gibson has directed since “Apocalypto,” 10 years ago (a film he’d already shot before the scandals that engulfed him), and this November, when it opens with a good chance of becoming a player during awards season, it will likely prove to be the first film in a decade that can mark his re-entry into the heart of the industry. Yet to say that “Hacksaw Ridge” finally leaves the Gibson scandals behind isn’t quite right; it has been made in their shadow. On some not-so-hard-to-read level, the film is conceived and presented as an act of atonement.
It should be obvious by now that the »
- Owen Gleiberman
Bad acting, clunky camerawork and overheating headsets … Vr’s first feature-length 360-degree movie is no miracle – but the medium might be a blessing
The acting? Dire. The direction? Awful. The adaptation? Conservative and pedestrian. In conventional terms, everything about this new retelling of the Jesus story – showing here in Venice in an abbreviated 40-minute cut – is ropey. It is all too clearly influenced by Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: the film has the same executive producer, Enzo Sisti and the same religious adviser, Fr William Fulco. But technologically it’s a different story. It’s the first feature film to be presented in complete wraparound 360-degree virtual reality. And it’s a startling, bizarre, often weirdly hilarious experience. With your bulky headset on – it began to overheat during the crucifixion scene, alarmingly – you have the urge to giggle. Not necessarily mocking. You just feel skittish.
- Peter Bradshaw
Mel Gibson has revealed new details about the possible “Passion of the Christ” sequel.
Gibson said during an interview with pastor Greg Laurie at the SoCal Harvest in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend that he’s interested in a second installment to “The Passion of the Christ,” which would focus solely on Christ’s resurrection.
“We’re talking about that,” he said. “Of course that’s a huge undertaking. It’s not ‘The Passion 2’ — its called ‘The Resurrection.'”
Gibson went on to say, “That’s a very big subject, and it needs to be looked at, because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it. I mean, we can all read what happened, but in order to really experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s gonna take some doing.”
Though the film and Gibson himself received backlash from numerous social justice groups, »
- Arya Roshanian
Donaldson was a rebellious teenager who had already lost his father, a Vietnam War veteran, when his mother disappeared, presumed murdered. A life of anger and self-sabotage beckoned, but he enlisted in the Australian Army and worked to achieve his goal of joining Australia’s elite Special Air Service.
In 2008 while serving in Afghanistan, he saved the life of a wounded Afghan interpreter while under Taliban fire, sprinting 80 meters to haul the injured man back to the safety of a slow-moving U.S. Humvee that was also being hit by enemy fire from all angles. In 2009, he became the first Australian since 1969 to receive the Victoria Cross and was named Young Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council in 2010.
In the book, Donaldson shares the journey »
- Dave McNary
Earlier this summer, screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) revealed he was writing a sequel to The Passion of the Christ for Mel Gibson. The two longtime collaborators are in very, very early stages of working on the film. Wallace stressed the sequel wasn’t guaranteed when he first mentioned it, and Gibson clearly isn’t in a rush to make the movie, titled The Resurrection, […]
- Jack Giroux
Back in June, Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace revealed that he’s reuniting with director Mel Gibson for a sequel to Gibson’s biblical epic The Passion of the Christ entitled The Resurrection. Gibson himself had remained silent on the subject, but during the SoCal Harvest evangelical event this past weekend, the actor and director has shared his first words on the project:
“Of course, that is a huge undertaking,” said Gibson (via The Playlist). “And you know, it’s not The Passion 2. It’s called The Resurrection. Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened. But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task. »
- Gary Collinson
Mel Gibson is currently heading for the Venice Film Festival where he is set to unveil the much-anticipated Hacksaw Ridge, a film we’re really looking forward to seeing. The actor and filmmaker has been speaking with Greg Laurie at the SoCal Harvest (via The Playlist) about the plans for the his follow-up to The Passion of the Christ, The Resurrection.
“Of course, that is a huge undertaking,” Gibson said. “And you know, it’s not the ‘Passion 2.’ It’s called ‘The Resurrection.’ Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened.”
“But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task,” Gibson added. »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Sep 1, 2016
The first movie, that he directed and effectively self-funded, grossed over $600m worldwide back in 2004. The existence of a follow-up was revealed by screenwriter Randall Wallace earlier this year, and now – for the first time – Gibson himself has confirmed the news.
“Of course, that is a huge undertaking, and you know, it’s not the Passion 2. It’s called The Resurrection”, Gibson told the SoCal Harvest evangelical event over the weekend.
“Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it – you know, read what happened. But in order to read it, »
Mel Gibson is looking at having himself a bit of career resurgence after scandal took him out of the limelight several years ago, and it is one of his most notable projects that will be helping to bring him back. It was recently revealed that Passion of the Christ 2 is being worked on. Now, Gibson has himself confirmed the news and revealed that the sequel to the 2004 faith-based, R-rated blockbuster will be titled The Resurrection.
Gibson appeared at the SoCal Harvest event over the weekend for an interview with Pastor Greg Laurie. During the course of the interview, the subject of the sequel, which Mel Gibson has been fairly quiet about up to this point, did come up. Gibson decided to take the opportunity to open up about the movie, revealing the title and discussing some of the challenges in developing it. Here is what he had to say.
"Of course, »
Mel Gibson has confirmed what many have long suspected: “The Passion of the Christ” will indeed have a follow-up, though the actor and filmmaker hesitates to call “The Resurrection” a sequel. Speaking to evangelist Greg Laurie as part of SoCal Harvest, Gibson referred to the long-gestating project as “a huge undertaking” for him and screenwriter Randall Wallace.
“And you know, it’s not the ‘Passion 2,'” he clarified to Laurie. “It’s called ‘The Resurrection.’ Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened.” Gibson will soon premiere his latest directorial effort, the Andrew Garfield–starring “Hacksaw Ridge,” at the Venice Film Festival.
- Michael Nordine
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