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New Poster For Mel Gibson's 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 8, 2011 10:45 AM
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It seems that America and/or Hollywood isn't quite ready to forgive Mel Gibson just yet. His attempted comeback films -- the dreadful "Edge Of Darkness" and the middling "The Beaver" -- weren't the vehicles they were supposed to be, and his offscreen behaviour has continued to dog the actor. And while he was rumored for a couple of new projects this year -- the international heist thriller "Sleight" as well as a Jewish historical epic -- they both seem to be stalled and/or have courted controversy. So given the uneasy relationship the industry continues to have with the actor/writer/director it's no suprise he still has one movie sitting on the shelf, waiting to be released.

"How I Spent My Summer" is a project Gibson shot in Mexico in late 2009. Helmed by longtime second unit and assistant director Adrian Grunberg ("Apocalypto," "The Limits Of Control," "Traffic," "Jarhead") and co-starring Peter Stormare, Gibson plays a career criminal who finds himself locked up a Mexican prison, and learns to survive thanks to the help of a 9 year-old boy. That's nabbed from IMDB and it seems there is a plot detail missing in there. At any rate, a post for the film has popped up quite randomly (via RecentMoviePosters), promising a 2012 summer release date, but don't hold your breath. Update: The Film Stage have uncovered an image from the movie which is up top.

As far as we know, while the picture has sold in numerous international territories, no U.S. distributor has picked up the film (and not for lack of trying, it was screened to buyers at Cannes in the spring and likely other fests/markets as well). As long as Gibson is a pariah, 'Summer' will likely stay out of reach of the multiplex or turn up on DVD at some point. Which is a shame, since, considering all of his potential comeback movies, this one sounds the most promising. But who knows, maybe the tide will shift at some point and it will get its due stateside.

The full poster is below, but before that, check out Gibson's latest acting role you may have missed. He teamed up with Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling and put together a video for Robert Downey Jr.'s American Cinematheque tribute earlier this year. It's pretty good.

The Brain Storm with Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx & Garry Shandling from Mel Gibson

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6 Comments

  • CRANBERRY | April 24, 2012 9:14 AMReply

    HE IS AN ANGEL AND THE BEST IN MOVIE DIRECTING, ACTING, PRODUCING, AND FIRST CLASS RANTS WHO GOES VIRAL WITHIN 10 SECONDS.
    HE COINED THE BEST NEW WAVE SENTENCES EVER, PEOPLE FREEWILLINGLY MADE T SHIRTS, CAPS, AND EVEN COFFEE CUPS WITH THEM AND USED THEM AS FAR OUT THINGS AS SXT VALENTINE CARDS.
    WHO CAN FORGET "FC THE FCKING JACUZZY" , "YOU SHOULD JUST SMILE AND BLOW ME" AND NOW "WHO WANTS TO EAT? WHO THE FC WANTS TO EAT??!" "'GO HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT? HURRAAYY!!" AND KIDS SING IN CHOR "HURRAYY! THATS THE BEST BDAY AUDIO CARD EVER MADE!
    ALSO GREATEST THANKSGIVING CARD EVER!
    MEL GIBSON IS MORE POPULAR THAN EVER!

    MEDIAS AND TABLOIDS DONT LIKE HIM TGHUS THEY SUCK HIS BALLS DAY LONG AND NIGTH LONG TO GET SOEMTHING OUT OF THIS GOLDEN BOY ALL THE TIME!

    BUT WE THE POPEL? WE JUST LOVE MEL GIBSON AND WE WANT MORE FORM HIM.

    WHO GIVES A FLYING FC ABOUT A RUSSIAN GOLDIGGER FROM SHIT LAND UKRAINE WHO CALL BERSELF BABAYAGA (WIHCH)??
    WE KNOW MEL GIBSON ISNT THE FATHER OF LUCIA SO SHE SHOULD JUST BOW OVER AND DO WHAT SHE IS BEST AT, BESIDE SUKING MONEY, AND MAKING FAULSE CHARGES AND PRODUCING FAULSE CRIMINAL EVIDENCES AND TAMPERED RECORDING EVIDENCES, AND LYING UNDER OATH.

    YOU DONT AGREE WITH WAHT MEL SAID? THEN GO MARRY THE RUSSIAN WITCH AND GIVE US A CALL IN 6 WEEKS.
    TO HEAR HOW CLOSE YOUVE BECOME TO MEL GIBSON'S APOCALIPTIC BREAKDOWN RAGE.
    SHE DOES THAT TO PEOPLE ASK DALTON.
    HE WAS ALSO BALCKMAIL WITH FAKE DV CHARGES BY OKSA.
    IN 1996 AND 1998 AND SHE CAME AGAIN AT HIM WITH IT IN 2008 BEGGING MEL GIBSON TO PAY FOR HER LAWYER TO HELP HER AGASINT DALÆTON WHO ABUSED HER..
    MEL WHO HAD JSUT MET HER IN NOVEMEBR 2008, OBLIGED, MAYBE GOT A FEW BJ FOR IT, AND A YWEAR LATGER SHE WAS DOING HIM THE DV BALCKMAIL. CUTE HUH?

  • Ann | December 8, 2011 8:28 PMReply

    Mel's movies are always entertaining if sometimes over-the-top with violence. He is a very good actor and I look forward to more of his work. And I like the poster above. So, distributors, pick-up the movie already...!

  • HIH | December 8, 2011 4:50 PMReply

    Forgive and forget, his absence is our loss.

  • padre | December 8, 2011 1:32 PMReply

    He was one of the most charismatic stars ever. He just sizzles and pops off the screen, and audiences fell helplessly in love with him. But even if he hadn't gotten mired in the biggest of PR disasters, he'd still be ANCIENT. His replacement should have been breaking out 5 years ago!! Given decades of lead time, Hollywood still hasn't found or groomed any replacement and that ENRAGES me!!! DAMN YOU HOLLYWOOD!! YOU HAVE FAILED MY GENERATION!!! You have robbed everyone under 40 and over Junior High from having any new superstars!!! It was your responsibility to keep the dream factory running and you have failed Hollywood!! If you had a collective face for me to punch, I'd pummel it repeatedly!!!

  • Tom | December 8, 2011 12:05 PMReply

    For goodness sake, can we all forgive and forget? Mel is a talented actor and director and his work deserves to be removed from his personal life. Do I think of child molestation every time I watch a Roman Polanski movie? No. C'mon guys, Mel's gotta eat!

  • cory | December 8, 2011 10:57 AMReply

    I thought the poster was a joke to go with the Funny Or Die video. Whoops, it's a real movie.

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