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Mel Gibson Talks Return to Directing, Shia LaBeouf, Vikings at Karlovy Vary (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Mel Gibson talks returning to directing and the price of being a movie star at Karlovy Vary (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2014 1:26 PM
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Day One at Karlovy Vary Film Festival: from Mel Gibson to 'I, Origins'

Opening night at Festival Central, the massive underground theatre at the Hotel Thermal featured a performance of "In the Mood" by the Caban brothers, an intro to the brainy Sundance hit "I, Origins" from writer-director Mike Cahill and stars Michael Pitt and Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and the presentation of the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, after an impressive reel of his movies, to Mel Gibson, who couldn't resist flirting with his award. “It’s just the kind of thing I want, the kind of fantasy I always had: a naked woman holding a ball," the jet-lagged star told the crowd.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2014 10:04 AM
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Mel Gibson Comeback? Gary Oldman Defends Him, Karlovy Vary Fest Awards Crystal Globe

Mel Gibson hasn't been too much in the news lately--he's a bit of a tarnished commodity--which makes it all the more interesting that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has decided to to award him the Crystal Globe this year, and Gary Oldman has stuck up for him in Playboy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 24, 2014 1:43 PM
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Cannes Deals: Wild Bunch Is Mel Gibson's 'Blood Father'

Euro company Wild Bunch has added "Blood Father," starring Mel Gibson, to its Cannes market slate of titles to shop. Per Variety, distributors have "been salivating" at the possibility that the film could land in the market.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 2:14 AM
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Trailers from Hell Looks at Peter Weir's 'The Year of Living Dangerously'

Warner Archive Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing "The Year of Living Dangerously."
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  • March 28, 2014 11:45 AM
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'The Expendables 3' Lays Cash on Aging Acting Stars, Starts Production in Bulgaria

Final casting on Lionsgate and Millennium Films' "The Expendables 3," which started filming August 19 on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, reveals the depth of the Aging Action Star Demographic. There was a time when some of these guys commanded $20 million a picture, and co-starring in a sprawling ensemble like this marks one of their last available big upfront cash paydays. You know that Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford aren't fantasizing about doing this kind of grinding work any more than is Bruce Willis. He famously exited the series, demanding even more than the $3 million he was offered for four days work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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American Cinematheque Ball: Downey Asks Industry to Forgive Gibson His Trespasses

American Cinematheque Ball: Downey Asks Industry to Forgive Gibson His Trespasses
Robert Downey, Jr. and a posse of pals celebrated his American Cinematheque achievement award Friday night at the Beverly Hilton. Downey took advantage of the occasion to plead with the crowd on behalf of his surprise presenter, Mel Gibson (video below), who sat during the show at a table with Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Justin Theroux, Gary Shandling and Jodie Foster, to "forgive my friend his trespasses" as they had forgiven Downey his. "Allow him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame, he has hugged the cactus long enough." The two men, visibly moved, hugged.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2011 12:35 PM
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Oscar Talk at Cannes: Von Trier Scandal, Tree of Life, Palme d'Or Contenders

Oscar Talk at Cannes: Von Trier Scandal, Tree of Life, Palme d'Or Contenders
As promised, Kris Tapley and I break our post-Oscar silence with a special Cannes edition of Oscar Talk with In Contention's London correspondent Guy Lodge. We cover the films in contention for the Palme d'Or, from Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, and censured filmmaker Lars von Trier's Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst, to Pedro Almodovar's divisive The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas. We also debate the Oscar chances of these films as well as Weinstein Co.'s The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin, and We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton. (IndieWIRE interviews von Trier --who says, “I will never do a press conference again.” So does A.P.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2011 3:59 AM
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Cannes Video: Gibson Talks Foster's The Beaver, Acting, Directing, But Not His "three-ring circus"

Cannes Video: Gibson Talks Foster's The Beaver, Acting, Directing, But Not His "three-ring circus"
Mel Gibson walked the red carpet at Cannes, shunned the press conference, but sat down for his only U.S. Cannes interview with a friendly interlocutor, Variety editor Tim Gray (on video below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2011 11:30 AM
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Cannes Pattern: Skip Press Conference, Show for Movie; Gibson Walks Beaver Red Carpet

Cannes Pattern: Skip Press Conference, Show for Movie; Gibson Walks Beaver Red Carpet
One has to hope that Cannes director Thierry Fremaux nips this trend in the bud.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2011 4:20 AM
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