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Gibson and DiCaprio Do Vikings

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 13, 2010 at 12:07AM

Mel Gibson the movie star returned to Hollywood with the routine thriller Edge of Darkness, which grossed a disappointing $42 million domestic. Next up, Gibson takes a riskier acting turn in Jodie Foster's indie The Beaver, about a man who talks to a hand puppet.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Mel Gibson the movie star returned to Hollywood with the routine thriller Edge of Darkness, which grossed a disappointing $42 million domestic. Next up, Gibson takes a riskier acting turn in Jodie Foster's indie The Beaver, about a man who talks to a hand puppet.

So it's no wonder that he wants to return to the driver's seat by putting his own money and smarts behind an ambitious new co-venture with DiCaprio, producer Graham King and The Departed writer Bill Monahan. Gibson spills the beans about his long-dreamed Vikings project to LAT's must-read blogger Geoff Boucher, who lately has been scoring scoops that might have gone to the trades in the past.

This article is related to: Headliners, In Production, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mel Gibson


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.