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Is the redemption of Mel Gibson complete? After a personal meltdown and PR nightmare that revealed the persona he kept hidden from public view, Gibson has mostly been sidelined in Hollywood. He found work in a bunch of B-movie flicks ("Get The Gringo," "Machete Kills," "The Expendables 3," the forthcoming "Blood Father"), but the actor, who had been making a serious filmmaking stamp with efforts behind the camera like "Braveheart" and "Apocalypto," found a handful of projects stalled out. But it looks like he's back in business. THR reports that Gibson is gearing up to direct "Hacksaw Ridge," with Andrew Garfield in talks for the lead role. The World War II picture has been in the works for over a decade, and tells the story of Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector to earn a Congressional Medal Of Honor. The Private First Class of the 307th Infantry Division saved 75 men at the Battle Of Okinawa, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Expendables 3 is debuting this weekend in 40 territories including Russia, the UK, Mexico and Australia — and features a powerhouse ensemble that includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz.
Together, the cast outweighs the sum of its parts, but the parts are actually quite interesting when looked at in terms of international box-office drawing power, especially in mega markets like China, Korea, Russia, Brazil, and parts of Western Europe. Below, I’ve broken out numbers for some of the individual stars across those markets with a nifty slideshow that covers their last three major titles outside the franchise in these key territories.* The first Expendables film did about $274M worldwide, with $171M from overseas. In an unusual turn of events for a sequel, the franchise’s second film saw its earnings drop in the U. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Click here to get caught up with Part One: Walking in the footsteps of The Expendables! The next stop on our Expendables tour was a visit with stunt coordinator J.J. Perry, who has worked as a stunt coordinator and/or fight choreographer on such films as Haywire, Get The Gringo, Bullet To The Head, Django Unchained, Machete Kills, and Divergent, amongst countless others. Perry is not only a veteran paratrooper, but also a master of various styles of martial arts, making him a guy you can »
- Paul Shirey
Liam Neeson might be the leading light in older bloke action films right now, but Mel Gibson made a career out of running around with guns long before he crossed the age of 58. He’s clearly looking to break off a piece of the Taken pie with a new thriller called Blood Father.Mesrine director Jean-Francois Richet is overseeing this one, which features a script by Peter Craig, who co-wrote The Town. Blood Father would see Gibson as an ex-con who must rebuild bridges with his wayward 16-year-old daughter when drug dealers mark her for death. And, we assume, he’ll have to wade in guns blazing.Gibson could certainly use a boost as he attempts to reignite a career that has become stalled in controversy and sub-par output. Get The Gringo didn’t do him many favours, and while he was a loopy villain in Machete Kills, the sequel hardly made a blip. »
Mel Gibson has become attached to Blood Father.
The Hollywood star is in talks to star in the action thriller, reports Deadline.
Blood Father, directed by Jean-Francois Richet and written by Peter Craig, is described as a Taken-style movie about an ex-con who reunites with his estranged, wayward 16-year old daughter, and who must protect her from drug dealers attempting to kill her.
The project will start production in May in New Mexico.
Richet previously helmed the 2008 movie Mesrine about the French gangster Jacques Mesrine.
Is there any hope for Mel Gibson? It was almost four years ago that a string of obscene voicemail messages obliterated the actor’s career and then salted the very earth it sprung from. But Gibson hasn’t given up. He’s actually done the opposite, making a new movie every year since 2010 – Edge of Darkness, The Beaver, Get the Gringo and Machete Kills, with The Expendables 3 due out this year. Add another onto that list, because Gibson has just signed onto something called Blood Father. According to Deadline, the film has just put all its major pieces in place: Gibson will star, Jean-Francoise Richet (of Mesrine and 2005′s Assault on Precinct 13 remake) will direct and Peter Craig (The Town) will write the screenplay, based on his own novel. The story sounds just like every other “grizzled old man kills people for some reason” action movie these days: a teenage girl witnesses a murder and »
- Adam Bellotto
I wouldn’t exactly say that Mel Gibson is staging a comeback, but he’s definitely starting to get his groove back a bit. He was enjoyable in Machete Kills, even if the film itself wasn’t all that great, and I thought that Get The Gringo was definitely underrated. Again, he’s not the A-lister that he once was, far from it in fact, but he has started to put the pieces of his career back together after a very public meltdown.
Today, Deadline reports that the actor has signed on to lead Blood Father, an action thriller penned by The Town scribe Peter Craig. Said to be in the vein of Taken, the film will follows an ex-con (Gibson) who has to protect his estranged daughter from some nasty drug dealers. Behind the camera will be Jean-François Richet, who previously helmed the excellent Mesrine.
While the plot sounds as generic as they come, »
- Matt Joseph
The Mel Gibson comeback train has been on a slow, sputtering roll as the actor/director still hasn't quite recovered from a spectacular meltdown and a bitter divorce that thoroughly soiled the persona of the former A-list talent. His last couple of roles were in an action movie no one saw, "Get The Gringo," and a sequel no one wanted, "Machete Kills." Now he's got another gritty movie lined up that should play right into his grizzled demeanor. Deadline reports that Gibson will take the lead in "Blood Father," which is, admittedly, a pretty badass name for a movie. And perhaps it shouldn't be a total surprise that this is described as a "Taken"-esque thriller, with a script by Peter Craig ("The Town") that follows an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16 year-old daughter to save her life when drug dealers want to kill her. You can practically hear the growling already. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In his first leading role since “Get the Gringo,” Mel Gibson is in talks to star in “Blood Father,” an action-thriller in the vein of “Taken,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Peter Craig wrote the script, which is based on his first novel. Craig is best known for writing Ben Affleck's crime movie “The Town.” He has also worked on the screenplays for “Top Gun 2” and “Bad Boys 3.” Also read: From Robert DeNiro to Mel Gibson, How Robert Rodriguez Gets Those Wild Castings Story follows a strung-out teen named Lydia who witnesses her boyfriend commit a brutal murder. »
- Jeff Sneider
Despite run ins with the law and the court of public opinion, Mel Gibson still remains one of the coolest actor/directors out there. While some people cannot separate their personal opinion from a cinematic one, it is hard to not look at movies like Lethal Weapon, Payback, Mad Max, Conspiracy Theory, and Braveheart and not hope to see that kind of Mel back on the big screen. Despite an entertaining turn in Get The Gringo and a villainous turn in Machete Kills, Gibson has remained outside of »
- Alex Maidy
10 items from 2014
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