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'Pursuit of Happyness' Easily Takes Top Spot at Box Office

December 18th, 2006 8:39am EST
Pursuit of Happyness
Christmas has come early for Will Smith - days after landing his first Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, his new movie The Pursuit Of Happyness has shot to the top of the box office with an impressive $27 million debut weekend.

The film, in which Smith plays real-life homeless hero Chris Gardner, beat fantasy film Eragon to the top spot by almost $4 million.

Family film Charlotte's Web debuted in third place with $12 million, while Mel Gibson's Apocalypto slipped up after taking the top spot in its first weekend a week ago - the epic fell to number six with a second weekend ta...
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Mel Gibson Bored Of Criticism Over Jewish Rant

December 17th, 2006 3:00pm EST
Mel Gibson
Hollywood star Mel Gibson is sick of the fall out after his anti-Semitic rant at a police officer who arrested him for drink driving.

The Apocalypto director has begged the press to stop dragging up the incident, which he has since apologized for.

He tells critics, "Get the hell over it." Last month Gibson told Empire magazine, "I think people are, quite frankly, bored of all the press. OK, it was a misdemeanour, DUI and those things. So after a few months I think people are sick of it. I know I certainly am."

Go to Mel Gibson's Starpulse Page for lots more, including phot...
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

December 14th, 2006 11:15am EST
Babel
Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk to announce the Nominations for “The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on Thursday morning, December 14, 2006 at The Beverly Hilton. Babel leads with 7 nods. Complete list of movie nominations below.

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Babel

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The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

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Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...
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Mexican Filmmaker Accuses Mel Gibson of Plagiarism

December 12th, 2006 9:48am EST
Apocalypto
A Mexican filmmaker has accused Mel Gibson of stealing scenes for new drama Apocalypto from a little-known 1989 movie. Gibson's epic, which is set in the Mayan civilization and told in an obscure Mayan language, opened with $14.2 million to claim top spot in the U.S. box office over the weekend.

However, the movie's success has been marred by claims from director Juan Catlett that Gibson copied key scenes from "Return To Aztlan" for the movie. Catlett alleges Gibson's production manager was given a copy of his movie - about the fall of an ancient Mexican empire - for just 100 pesos.
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'Apocalypto' Debuts At Number One

December 11th, 2006 9:23am EST
Apocalypto
Director Mel Gibson's bloody epic Apocalypto debuted at the top spot at the U.S. box office, despite the star's very public arrest for drunk driving and subsequent anti-Semitic rant last summer. The film, which is set in the Mayan civilization and told in an obscure Mayan language, opened with $14.2 million to claim the top spot.

The movie's debut was modest compared to the $83.8 opening weekend of Gibson's last movie, the 2004 religious blockbuster The Passion Of The Christ, which went on to do $370 million domestically.

Romantic comedy The Holiday debuted at number two with $1...
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Mel Gibson Blasts European Historians

December 10th, 2006 4:00pm EST
Mel Gibson
Actor-turned-director Mel Gibson has blasted European historians for their "selective" portrait of the past.

The star, whose new movie Apocalypto charts the fall of the central American Mayan empire in the ninth century, has criticised historians for ignoring the story of the world before colonization began.

He says, "There's always this conceit among historians, particularly European historians, that history only began when they arrived - which of course is not the case. I thought it would be interesting to tell a story that wasn't from the New World point of view."

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Mel Gibson Believes Civilization Will End

December 8th, 2006 10:09am EST
Mel Gibson
Oscar-winning filmmaker Mel Gibson is warning the world may well soon end - and he fears civilization as a whole is in decline. Gibson believes the fate of modern-day man could echo that of the Mayan people he depicts in new movie Apocalypto.

Speaking to website Movies.com, he says, "The things that happened right before their downfall are occurring in our society right now. People think that modern man is so enlightened, but we're susceptible to the same forces."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Guatemalans Criticize 'Apocalypto's' Portrayal of Mayans

December 7th, 2006 9:53am EST
New Mel Gibson movie Apocalypto has come under fire from indigenous Guatemalans for "stereotyping" the Mayan Empire as "savage" and "brutal." "Apocalypto" is set in the twilight years of the Mayan civilization, which peaked in the eighth century, and although only the movie's trailer has been shown in Guatemala, human rights activists are up in arms.

Lucio Yaxon, who works to help the 50 percent of Guatamalans descending from the Maya, says, "The director is saying the Mayans are savages."

Ignacio Ochoa, director of the Nahual Foundation that promotes Mayan culture, adds, "Gibs...
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Celebrity Quotes

December 4th, 2006 4:04pm EST
Mya Harrison
"I get a lot of letters from jail. They'll be like, `You're the woman of my dreams.' A couple have mentioned marriage, some have life sentences." R&B star Mya Harrison on her strangest fanmail.

"Everybody in show business is Jewish when it comes to Jewish holidays - they're all gone." Morgan Freeman.

"I'm tired. I sleep like a dead person." Marcia Cross admits pregnancy is leaving her with little energy.

"I made them go on a diet; a lot of them had been eating too many tortillas." Mel Gibson got strict with his huge Apocalypto cast to make sure they all looked like trim Mayan...
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Native Americans Give Thumbs Up To Gibson's 'Apocalypto'

December 4th, 2006 9:49am EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has been given a huge boost as he prepares to release his latest movie epic Apocalypto later this month - Native American Indians love the film. The film, which chronicles the end of the ancient Mayan civilization, has been praised by Indian leaders because Gibson successfully chose to cast indigenous actors for the project.

Gibson and his casting team found people from the Yucatan, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Xalapa, Veracruz and other areas to star in his ambitious new film, which is told in the ancient Mayan tongue with subtitles. And after screening the movie to Native America...
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Mel Gibson Held Back on 'Apocalypto' Violence

December 2nd, 2006 3:49pm EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has hit back at critics who claim his new historical epic Apocalypto is too violent, insisting he showed great restraint when it came to the film's ancient Mexican torture scenes. Film fans and critics who have seen early screenings of the film, which chronicles the struggles of the ancient Mayan race, were left wincing during harrowing scenes of sacrifice and torture.

But the actor/director reveals he stopped short of getting too authentic with the scenes - because he feared cinemagoers wouldn't be able to cope with the true violence.

He says, "I was actually merciful ...
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Stress While Making 'Apocalypto' Drove Mel Gibson To Drink

December 1st, 2006 4:29pm EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has blamed the pressure of making his new epic Apocalypto for his return to drinking. The actor/director hit the headlines this summer when he was stopped by police in California after a night of boozing.

And, speaking on Spanish news show “Aqui Y Ahora” Thursday night, Gibson revealed his ambitious new movie led him back to the bottle.

When a host asked if the "stress and driving yourself to a limit of knowing what you could do with this film perhaps led you back to drinking," Gibson replied, "Absolutely, I think there's a lot of pressures."

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'Flags of Our Fathers,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Studio 60' Among Many Nominated for Satellite Awards

December 1st, 2006 4:02pm EST
Dreamgirls
Clint Eastwood's war epic Flags Of Our Fathers, musical Dreamgirls and Babel have emerged as early Oscars favorites after picking up 26 US Satellite Awards nominations between them. The stunning Iwo Jima battle sequences in Eastwood's new film earned the project a string of technical nominations among it's 10-honor haul, while "Dreamgirls" picked up two Original Song nominations and nods for stars Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles.

"Babel," which stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, earned seven award nominations, but only Rinko Kikuchi is named in the acting categories, securing a B...
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Mel Gibson Eager To Move On From His DUI Incident

November 30th, 2006 10:10am EST
Mel Gibson
Disgraced actor Mel Gibson has begged the press to stop dragging up his drunk-driving arrest earlier this year, insisting readers are "bored" of the incident. The star provoked outrage with a racist tirade at a Jewish patrolman who stopped him on the California highway for driving under the influence.

His anti-Semitic outburst alienated large sections of Hollywood and some of his fans, but Gibson maintains he's confident the bad press he's received won't affect reviews of his forthcoming film Apocalypto.

He tells Empire magazine, "That's not a concern of mine. I'm generally not ...
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Abigail Breslin An Early Favorite For A Golden Globe

November 24th, 2006 9:45am EST
Breslin
Child star Abigail Breslin is an early favorite to land a Best Actress Golden Globe award for acclaimed movie Little Miss Sunshine, according to Hollywood insiders.

Sources tell awards website theenvelope.com that Breslin became a hot favourite when Globes organisers at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association agreed Breslin was the standout actress in the hit ensemble film - and, as such, deserved to compete for the Best Actress prize instead of the Best Supporting Actress award.

Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced next month, but awards insider Tom O'Neil, who i...
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Mel Gibson Named Coldest Star In Hollywood

November 19th, 2006 8:00pm EST
Mel Gibson
Actor/director Mel Gibson has been branded Hollywood's 'Coldest Star' following his anti-Semitic remarks in a drink driving arrest earlier this year.

The Braveheart star, who was voted the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1985, has topped a poll naming and shaming the nastiest stars in the film industry - and has been branded the "least powerful, least inspiring, least intriguing (person) in all of Tinseltown."

Independent movie website Film Threat has attacked Gibson in its annual Frigid 50: The Coldest People in Hollywood list for his rant against Jews after being pulle...
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Latin Business Association Gives Mel Gibson Award for 'Apocalypto'

November 3rd, 2006 10:07am EST
Mel Gibson
Actor/director Mel Gibson has been hailed for his "vision and courage" by a Latin American business group for his Mexico-shot new movie. Apocalypto is set in the ancient Mayan empire - now Mexico and Central America - and features an entirely local cast and technical crew.

Gibson said of the starless line-up, "It was tantamount to being at the Super Bowl and getting your quarterback from the audience. But they scored touchdown after touchdown. I don't know why no one has gone down there before."

And his gamble was praised by the Los Angeles-based Latin Business Association yeste...
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Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitic Comments Due To War

October 14th, 2006 9:56am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson insists he is not anti-Semitic and that the discriminatory statements he made when he was arrested were sparked by the ongoing war between Israel and Lebanon. The Oscar-winner was arrested on July 28 for drunk driving and claims the anti-Semitic statements he made at the time were because of the war, which had begun 17 days earlier.

He tells Diane Sawyer on TV show "Good Morning America," "Now, maybe it was just that very day that Lebanon and Israel were at it, you know." After spending several minutes discussing the crisis, Gibson finally said he wanted to face the camera a...
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Mel Gibson Slams War in Iraq

September 25th, 2006 9:49am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson launched a scathing verbal attack on the U.S. war in Iraq during promotion for his new film Apocalypto. Gibson made a surprise appearance at Fantastic Fest in Texas on Friday, an event devoted to science fiction and horror movies, where he screened his work-in-progress on Mayan adventure tale "Apocalypto" before fielding questions from the crowd.

The star drew parallels between the Mayan civilization's collapse and the current political situation in America, warning audience members that the war in Iraq would be the downfall of the United States.

He said, "The precurs...
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Mel Gibson Makes Public Appearance To Promote 'Apocalypto'

September 25th, 2006 8:26am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has come out of hiding to promote his new movie Apocalypto. The movie maker made his first public appearances since his drunk driving arrest in July at screenings of his new film in Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday.

Gibson insisted his appearance at screenings held at the Riverwind Casino in Goldsby and Cameron University in Lawton be kept under wraps, and he refused to speak to press who discovered the star would be there. Local reporters were kept behind partitions as Gibson sat and watched the screenings with Native American groups.

The actor's publicist Jhane Myers...
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Mel Gibson Apologizes To Arresting Officers

September 5th, 2006 8:36am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has finally said sorry to the three police officers he insulted when arrested for drunk driving two months ago. The actor sent a female officer a $500 bouquet with a note expressing "sincere apologies" and has invited her and her male colleague, James Mee, to the premiere of his new movie Apocalypto.

Gibson launched a blistering volley of abuse against the woman when escorted to his cell, calling her "sugartits", and subjected Mee, who is Jewish, to an anti-Semitic tirade when pulled over in his vehicle.

A colleague of the unnamed female officer says, "Mel has sent h...
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Disney Offers Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto' To Other Studios

August 10th, 2006 10:13am EDT
Mel Gibson
Disney will not release Mel Gibson's latest movie in the wake of his drunken anti-Semitic tirade, it has been reported. The studio was to release the actor's new project Apocalypto on December 8, but has now decided to offer it to other distributors, according to Fox news.

Among the potential studios that could pick up the film is Lions Gate, an independent company which has picked many unwanted movies in the past. Most famously it released Michael Moore's controversial 9/11 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 when Miramax was prevented from putting it out because of its agreements with Disney...
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Rob Schneider Slams Mel Gibson in Letter

August 3rd, 2006 3:42pm EDT
Rob Schneider
Rob Schneider is the first actor to publicly announce he will never work with Mel Gibson due to the anti-Semitic remarks he made when he was arrested last Friday. Schneider took out an ad in Hollywood trade paper Variety slamming the star for his behavior in "An Open Letter to the Hollywood Community."

The ad appeared today and said, "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forth to never work with Mel Gibson-actor-director-producer-and anti-Semite." Schneider then went on to say even if he were offered the lead role in "Passion Of The Christ 2" or a "juicy voice-over role i...
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Mel Gibson Gives Back to Mexico

July 14th, 2006 12:27pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is donating money to build houses for poor people in Mexico to thank them for their help and generosity while he was filming his new movie Apocalypto in the region. The Oscar winner is currently wrapping up the film in the jungles of Mexico's Veracruz estate and will make the donation through the Rotary Club and Mexico's family-welfare agency.

The money will be used to construct homes for poor residents of the port city of Veracruz and the city of San Andres Tuxtla, according to a news release issued late Thursday by state officials.

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