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Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' Being Prepped For Spring '11 Release, Trailer To Premiere Friday

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 10:07 AM
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New Production Photo & Official Synopsis ReleasedCall it the car crash factor, but despite Mel Gibson's misogynistic, racist, sexist and violent ramblings, the curiosity surrounding his role in Jodie Foster's "The Beaver" is huge. And while the status of the film was unknown in the wake of tapes of his psychotic outbursts, it looks like enough distance has been settled that Summit Entertainment is confident enough to put the film into theatres.

'The Beaver' Gets February 11, 2011 U.K. Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2010 1:48 AM
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The Perfect Valentine's Day Option For Your Abusive Racist Boyfriend Almost as soon as Mel Gibson had tapes leaked of conversations with the mother of his child, in which threats to burn her house down were the least offensive of the many statements directed at her, one question emerged in the movie world: what would happen to the Jodie Foster-helmed "The Beaver?"

Chris Morris, Director Of 'Four Lions' Talks The Truth About Absolute Evil, "The Lion King"

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 5, 2010 6:19 AM
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It's rare when a debut film is anything but amateur, few nail a "Blood Simple" or "400 Blows" at first swing. Even those that are mediocre "show promise," and those that reveal a sign of brashness are "future cult classics." So how is it that British satirist Chris Morris' first film "Four Lions," a comedy following a Jihadist cell, is not only hilarious and ballsy, but works really well? Truth be told, it could be his years of experience in the biz -- starting off as a disc jockey, he worked on many radio shows and later in television, including "The IT crowd" and "The Day Today," which featured a very young Steve Coogan. It wasn't until 2002 that he approached film-making, directing the short "My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117" based off of a comedy monologue he had included in a previous show. It proved he was a force to be reckoned with, as it collected the best short BAFTA and kicked off Warp Records' film joint, who have birthed some great films including Shane Meadows's "Dead Man's Shoes" and his break-out "This is England." After a brief siesta, Morris decided he was unable to shake the cinema bug, and he finally hit back with the charging farce "Four Lions," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to much fervor. Though it certainly feels like his TV background rubbed into the feel of the film, its humor is near impeccable and it offers more depth than your average comedy. We recently sat down with the man behind the very first terrorism-comedy, and after a healthy discussion of Opie and Anthony, Howard Stern, and "Observe and Report," we got down to brass tacks.

Review: Audacious 'Four Lions' Has A Good Comedy Roar, But Never Moves In For The Kill

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 5, 2010 2:35 AM
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Black humor that tracks potentially offensive or controversial subjects such as substance abuse and pedophilia, incest, rape, etc. are the bread and butter of satirist, actor, writer and director Christopher Morris, so it's really no surprise that his feature-film debut, "Four Lions" lampoons suicide bombers and focuses on a group of inept British Islamic terrorists.

First Look: Teaser Poster For 'The Beaver' Starring Mel Gibson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 3, 2010 9:52 AM
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Hey, did you hear? Did you hear? It's American Film Market week and basically you're going to have to hear that all week. What does it mean? Essentially it's an annual film industry trade show event in Santa Monica, California where folks converge to buy and sell distribution rights for completed films or to gain financing for projects in various stages of production.

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