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Review: 'Get The Gringo' Is An Enjoyably Excessive Mel Gibson Crime Flick

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 12:58 PM
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On the same day that Mel Gibson’s new movie, the enjoyably junky and excessively violent “Get the Gringo” (formerly “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”), was screened across the country via a bizarre satellite transmission (based out of Austin, Texas), another expletive-laced Gibson rant was unleashed on the internet (this time, instead of his estranged girlfriend, Gibson’s ire was directed at “Showgirls” screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, shockingly not for writing “Showgirls”). It was a perfectly timed example of the duality of Gibson the artist (he not only stars in ‘Gringo’ but also co-wrote and produced) and Gibson the unhinged fucking madman. It’s enough to make you wonder if maybe Gibson hasn’t succeeded despite his obvious insanity, but because of it, especially since “Get the Gringo” is so insanely entertaining.

Robert Rodriguez Gets His Gringo, Mel Gibson Joins 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 9:20 PM
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We presume Robert Rodriguez didn't keep him waiting around for the script (ZING). Just over a week since it was reported that Rodriguez wanted Mel Gibson for a role in "Machete Kills," it looks like he got him.

Mel Gibson Teaches A Mexican Kid To Smoke In New Photos From 'Get The Gringo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 3:56 PM
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Right now is either the best time or the worst time for Mel Gibson to be opening a movie called "Get The Gringo." They say there is no such thing as bad press, and like it or not, the new allegations of rage-and-hate-fueled anti-Semitism being leveled at the actor/director guarantees his straight-to-VOD offering will be getting a lot more attention than it might have otherwise.

Robert Rodriguez Wants Mel Gibson & Michelle Williams For 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 11:18 AM
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The honor for Most Surprising Sequel Announcement Of 2012 was briefly held by "Anchorman 2" until yesterday afternoon when out of nowhere, Robert Rodriguez and company revealed that production on the long developing, forever talked about "Sin City" followup -- now titled "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" -- was going to go in front of cameras with casting to start next week. And that news nearly made us forget about the other sequel Rodriguez is gearing up, "Machete Kills," and once again, he's hoping to land some big names.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Mad Max'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2012 10:59 AM
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Any day now, director George Miller will finally get rolling in Namibia on "Fury Road," the long-awaited continuation of the "Mad Max" series. Starring Tom Hardy in the role that launched Mel Gibson's career, with a cast that also includes Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, the film's been in the works for years, but to be getting underway in the next month or two.

Whose Crazy Has The Most Truth? Joe Eszterhas & Mel Gibson Battle Spills Online With Anti-Semitic Slurs Leading The Charge

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 9:04 AM
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Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that Mel Gibson's Jewish epic about Maccabee, the man who led a Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that conquered Judea in the second century B.C., was put on hold at Warner Bros. because the script by Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Jade") wasn't working. And then things got ugly. The Wrap posted a scathing nine-page letter the screenwriter had privately sent Gibson, and it's an eye-melting read, giving a first-hand account of the actor/director's rage and, more troublingly, his apparent unwavering anti-Semitism. Deadline got in the game with a statement from Gibson that calmly denied the charges. So it's Eszterhas vs. Gibson, and both stories are wildly different, and we'd reckon as these things usually go, the truth stands somewhere in the middle. So let's break it down...

Warner Bros. Puts Mel Gibson's Jewish Epic On Hold, Say Script Is The Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 4:37 PM
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"Hey, let's give Mel Gibson a bunch of money to make a period based, swords-and-sandals epic about a pivotal moment in Jewish history!"....that's not a sentence you'll be hearing at Warner Bros. now or probably anytime soon, as the studio has put the brewing epic movie on hold. Can't say we're shocked.

Mel Gibson Says His "Real And Visceral" Viking Epic 'Berserker' Is Still Alive; New Draft Co-Written With Randall Wallace

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 7, 2012 9:22 AM
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When it was announced that Mel Gibson was teaming with writer Joe Eszterhas for a biblical epic about Jewish historical figure Judah Maccabee, we more or less assumed that it would mean the death of his long-gestating Viking epic, which was originally supposed to team Gibson with William Monahan, Graham King and Leonardo DiCaprio. Monahan even confirmed late last year that he never wrote a word for the project and that, as far as he knew, it never went past the announcement. Well, it looks like throughout all his recent struggles, Gibson never gave up on his Viking dreams.

As Mel Gibson's Latest Film Goes Straight To VOD, Is This A Glimpse Of The Future Of Distribution?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2012 4:46 PM
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Something curious happened this week. It was announced that an action film from someone who has historically been one of Hollywood's biggest stars would be skipping movie theaters. That's not unprecedented, or necessarily surprising, considering that the star in question is disgraced A-lister Mel Gibson , who's been in the doghouse since his well publicized racist, abusive rants leaked two years ago. And doubly unsurprising considering that Gibson's last film, the Jodie Foster-directed drama "The Beaver" never made it over the million dollar mark at the domestic box office.

Mel Gibson Actioner 'Get The Gringo' (Formerly 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation') Goes Straight To VOD May 1st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 2:41 PM
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Sorry Mel, your comeback will have to wait at least another year. Though completed a while ago (it screened for buyers at Cannes last year), the Mel Gibson action vehicle "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" has stayed on the backburner as folks perhaps waited for the troubled actor/writer/director to get back on his feet. Well, that hasn't quite happened and a result, the film is skipping the multiplex and is going to your TV instead.

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