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Jodie Foster's The Beaver To Debut at SXSW, Open Wide April 8

Jodie Foster's The Beaver To Debut at SXSW, Open Wide April 8
Smart move. Summit Entertainment has decided to world premiere Jodie Foster's controversial Mel Gibson drama The Beaver at SXSW (March 11-19), which decided to let the film speak for itself. Said festival director Janet Pierson: "It's an actress/filmmaker carefully and beautifully tackling a heartbreaking subject in her finest work yet." The film starring Gibson as a man who talks to a sock puppet will be a centerpiece premiere on March 16. SXSW is a fest attended by film fans of every stripe who could send good buzz into the blogosphere and help to move the movie beyond Gibson's toxic tabloid history. Foster will attend; no word on Gibson as yet. Summit releases the film limited on March 23, expanding on April 8.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2011 8:30 AM
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Beaver Director Foster is Loyal to Gibson, but Forget Oscars

Beaver Director Foster is Loyal to Gibson, but Forget Oscars
Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson have been close friends for sixteen years, since they met on the set of Maverick. Foster stands up for him each time he gets himself into terrible trouble--and worries about his drinking--and this time is no exception. She gave a long-lead interview to More Magazine, which was originally timed to come out in conjunction with the release of her new movie The Beaver, in which Gibson stars as a man who talks to a sock puppet. Word is, he's very good in the picture, which was in the mix for a Toronto berth worthy of a serious adult drama with awards potential. Foster described her star to More as the "easiest, nicest person I've ever worked with...The second I met him, I said, 'I will love this man for the rest of my life.' "
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2010 9:43 AM
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Gibson Crashes Car in Malibu, Unharmed

This news story about Mel Gibson crashing his Maserati into a Malibu cliffside Sunday night makes sure to say that alcohol wasn't involved. Gibson was unhurt. The car was smashed. I'm sorry, but driving alone into a hillside is not a good sign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 5:25 AM
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Ari Emanuel vs. Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson is not having a good month. His ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, fighting him in court, taped him saying nasty racist things and went public with them. He's being investigated for domestic abuse. His beloved agent of 32 years, Ed Limato, passed away last weekend after a long illness. And with him no longer providing protection, his agency WME summarily dumped him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2010 12:30 PM
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Lionsgate Fights Hostile Takeover, Apatow Loves Pee Wee, Mel Gibson in Trouble

Lionsgate is avoiding a hostile takeover with a re-implementation of a poison pill tactic. That's the tactic of selling shares to current shareholders at a price substantially reduced from market value, usually aimed against one shareholder, in this case billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Basically Lionsgate is offering cheaper shares to everyone but him, in an attempt to make a possible takeover too expensive, explains the LAT. Icahn currently holds 37.9% of the company's stake. Lionsgate swallowed the pill once before against Icahn, but the move was invalidated by Canadian authorities. Icahn is also attempting to replace the board of directors.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 2, 2010 5:11 AM
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Rating Likely Candidates for Cannes

Rating Likely Candidates for Cannes
Of the 40 films on indieWIRE's Cannes wish list--a clever way of reporting what might be going without knowing for sure what will be announced on April 15--I hear that Oliver Stone's Wall Street Never Sleeps and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger are going, while Cannes negotiations for The Tree of Life are proceeding smoothly re: Brad Pitt and Sean Penn walking the red carpet and doing a press conference without the retiring director, which is a big concession for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2010 5:41 AM
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Jodie Foster Talks Indie Spirits

Jodie Foster Talks Indie Spirits
Jodie Foster has said this before: she's more comfortable in mainstream Hollywood movies as an actress. Some folks got her her talking at the Indie Spirits, where she presented the best actress award. She reveals a bit about directing her latest indie movie starring Mel Gibson, The Beaver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2010 10:14 AM
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Trailer Watch: HBO's Temple Grandin Stars Claire Danes

At the jam-packed Paramount pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont, I was talking with Jodie Foster, who is editing her Summit drama The Beaver, starring old pal Mel Gibson--"you've never seen him like this before," she promised. She also insisted that she will never change the title, which refers to a Beaver hand puppet who tells the Gibson character what to do.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 8:07 AM
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