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16 Of The Coolest Swords From Pop Culture

5/19/2014 2:32pm EDT
The Last Samurai
Swords - what's there to say about them? Nobody uses them anymore, which is a real shame. Swords remind us of an age when men were men, and they focused on really manly things, like chivalry, honor and killing a man with a single blow. Alas, those days are gone, and swords have retired from the battlefield.

But they do live on in one place - our hearts and minds. There's something innately satisfying about the simplicity and elegance of a sword, and the ritual of one-on-one combat, of people testing their mettle mano y mano. To that end, they live on in our culture, and by extension in our...

Mel Gibson Hit With Another Lawsuit From Stepmother

7/23/2012 2:13pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Actor Mel Gibson has been hit with a new lawsuit from his own stepmother.

The Braveheart star's father, Hutton, filed for divorce from wife Teddy Joye Hicks Gibson and kicked her out of their marital home in June, and now the 78 year old has accused the actor of causing the break-up.

According to documents filed in Los Angeles, Teddy is seeking up to $65,000 in damages to cover her legal bills and a court order forcing Mel to allow her entrance into the house, according to

This is the latest in a string of legal woes for the family - Teddy filed a restraining order against th...

Joe Eszterhas Takes Mel Gibson Feud To The 'Today' Show

4/13/2012 2:27pm EDT
Joe Eszterhas
Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas cut all personal ties with "violent" actor Mel Gibson after his fearful son began sleeping with a knife under his pillow during a joint family trip.

Eszterhas sparked a war of words with the actor/director earlier this week over claims Gibson made a series of anti-Semitic and unsavory remarks during a vacation in Costa Rica - allegations the movie star was quick to deny - and, on Friday, the Flashdance and Basic Instinct screenwriter broke his silence with an appearance on breakfast show Today - and confessed his bitter fight with the Braveheart star began after...

Mel Gibson Responds To Joe Eszterhas' Anti-Semitic Accusations

4/12/2012 8:22am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has written an open letter to screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to insist the only reason he scrapped their movie collaboration was because the script wasn't up to standard.

The Braveheart legend teamed up with the Basic Instinct writer to work on an epic drama about Judah Maccabee, a Jew who led a revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Their working relationship turned nasty in February after Eszterhas sent in the first draft of his script to Gibson, and was later told by Warner Bros. bosses that they would not be going ahead with the project - prompting him to lash out at the star in ...

Jewish Organization Outraged By Mel Gibson's New Biopic

9/9/2011 2:22pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Officials at a Jewish rights group have petitioned studio bosses behind Mel Gibson's new biblical drama to remove the star from the project - because he doesn't have "respect and sensitivity for other people's religious views."

Gibson recently signed on to produce a film about celebrated Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, who defeated the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C. and inspired the Hanukkah celebration.

However, leaders of the Anti-Defamation League are seething at the prospect of Gibson making the movie - because just five years ago he was embroiled in a major scandal af...

Mel Gibson To Finish His Community Service In Guatemala

6/8/2011 2:44pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Embattled actor Mel Gibson has jetted to Guatemala to complete his required community service hours.

In March, the actor struck a plea deal with Los Angeles prosecutors in a bid to stay out of jail after he was accused of attacking ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a heated argument last year.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gibson was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undergo 52 weeks of counseling, pay almost $600 in fines and serve 16 hours of community service.

Gibson, who landed in the Central American country on Wednesday, plans on finishing his volunteer ...

Oksana Grigorieva Drops Violence Claim In Custody Battle

5/4/2011 3:44pm EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend has dropped her allegations of domestic violence against the actor in a bid to settle their bitter custody battle once and for all.

The Braveheart star split from Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his daughter Lucia, early last year and she went on to accuse him of beating her in a violent domestic dispute.

The Russian singer has been fighting to alter their custody arrangements based on the battery claim ever since and the case returned to a Los Angeles court on Wednesday .

However, a lawyer for Gibson was left stunned when Grigorieva's lawyer Dan Horowitz a...

Mel Gibson Opens Up About His Battle With Depression

4/22/2011 2:38pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson found working on his new movie The Beaver to be a cathartic experience as he was able to pour his battle with depression into the role.

The Hollywood actor plays a man struggling with dark moods who uses a glove puppet as an outlet for his feelings, and Gibson was able to empathize with his character because he has struggled with the condition himself. And the Braveheart star is convinced learning to understand the disorder helped him battle his own demons.

He tells, "Depression is like that. It's somewhere one can be caught. You can get stuck there. Initially, i...

Mel Gibson Thanks Whoopi Goldberg For Her Support

4/22/2011 7:52am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has publicly thanked his friend Whoopi Goldberg for defending him when tape recordings of his arguments with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva were leaked online, insisting he "loves" her for the support.

The Braveheart star hit headlines last year when he split from Grigorieva and she subsequently accused him of attacking her during a heated argument last January, while tapes of their bitter arguments later emerged online.

Following the release of the tapes, Goldberg stood by Gibson, insisting the public would be shocked if they heard some of her angry phone calls, too, saying...

Mel Gibson Heading To Guatemala For Charity Mission

3/7/2011 9:32pm EST
Mel Gibson
Embattled Hollywood star Mel Gibson is leaving his personal woes behind and flying to Guatemala for a charity trip on Tuesday.

Los Angeles prosecutors are expected to file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against the Braveheart star this week, stemming from allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, following their bitter split in 2010.

But Gibson is refusing to let his troubled personal life get in the way of his philanthropy and is traveling to Central America to boost a campaign to save the country's rainforest, reports

The actor has been locked in a bitte...

Male Celebrities That Have Jumped The Shark

3/3/2011 1:00pm EST
Charlie Sheen Alec Baldiwn Tiger Woods Mel Gibson Jesse James
To "Jump the Shark" is to reach your peak before going immediately downhill. These are the male celebrities that have made devastating decisions and Jumped the Shark.

Charlie Sheen: Who knows what exactly happened to make Sheen snap? Perhaps he was simply bored with the monotony of making Two and a Half Men every year, despite the huge sums of money he was earning? Whatever the case, he has certainly changed things up. At least it was on his own terms!

Tiger Woods: Worst. Thanksgiving. Ever. Woods' life became tabloid fodder after his wife allegedly tried to brain him with a nine iron. ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: July

1/2/2011 9:00am EST
Mel Gibson
Love was in the air in July as a host of celebrities walked down the aisle - Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem tied the knot in the Bahamas, while Emily Blunt became Mrs. John Krasinski after marrying The Office star in romantic Como, Italy.

A pregnant Alicia Keys said 'I do' to Swizz Beatz, while Orlando Bloom and Australian model Miranda Kerr became husband and wife in a secret ceremony. Wedding bells also rang in Georgia as country sweetheart Carrie Underwood married her hockey hunk, Mike Fisher.

But there was also plenty of heartache in Hollywood - Kelly Osbourne called of...

Mel Gibson Called Jewish Winona Ryder An 'Oven Dodger'

12/16/2010 8:23am EST
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder has opened up about a "horrible" encounter with Mel Gibson at a Hollywood party 15 years ago, insisting she saw the troubled actor's dark side but "no one believed" her.

The Braveheart star has hit headlines throughout the year after his ex-girlfriend alleged he was violent towards her and a number of the former couple's explosive arguments leaked online, with Gibson's rants coming under particular scrutiny.

The now-infamous tapes surfaced three years after he was accused of unleashing his temper during a 2006 DUI arrest and hurling anti-Semitic abuse at a Jewish traffic cop...

Mel Gibson: 'I Slapped Oksana One Time With An Open Hand'

11/15/2010 8:18am EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has allegedly admitted slapping ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva - but insists he was trying to stop her behaving "erratically" around their baby daughter, according to court papers.

The Braveheart star is currently locked in a bitter custody battle with Grigorieva, who claims he hit her and knocked out her teeth during an alleged altercation in January. The claims sparked a domestic violence investigation and the Russian singer told police she was holding baby Lucia at the time of the incident.

Newly obtained court papers, dated June 23rd and obtained by, reportedly s...

Mel Gibson Files Countersuit Against Construction Firm

11/11/2010 2:09pm EST
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has stepped up his ongoing legal dispute with a building company, accusing the firm of billing him for "hundreds of thousands of dollars" of "unnecessary" work.

The Braveheart star and his estranged wife Robyn were sued by executives at Ramage Construction in September after allegedly failing to pay around $12,000 for work completed in 2000 on homes on Gibson's Malibu, California estate.

The building chiefs demanded the former couple pay up and threatened to place the properties in foreclosure. Gibson has hit back at the claims by filing his own legal papers, claiming the com...

Mel Gibson To Star In 'The Hangover 2'?

10/18/2010 8:05am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is reportedly set to bounce back from his recent personal problems with a high-profile cameo role in The Hangover sequel.

The Braveheart star has endured a tough year which saw him split from his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his young daughter Lucia, and the nasty break-up played out in public. Grigorieva fanned the flames of the former couple's custody battle by accusing Gibson of beating her in a violent altercation in January, while tape recordings of their bitter arguments hit headlines across the world.

Gibson now looks set to make light of his troubles wi...

Oksana Grigorieva's Lawyer Brands Mel Gibson 'A Deadbeat Dad'

10/15/2010 8:03pm EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
A lawyer for Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has branded the troubled actor a "deadbeat dad," accusing him of falling behind on child support payments.

The Braveheart star is locked in a bitter custody battle with Russian singer Grigorieva over the care of their baby daughter Lucia, following their split earlier this year. Grigorieva headed to a Los Angeles court on Friday, when her lawyer Lisa Bloom requested a judge order Gibson to hand over $250,000 to cover his ex's legal fees.

Reports suggest the actor is querying the amount and the judge set a hearing for November 10t...

Oksana Grigorieva's Lawyer: 'This Is Not About Money'

9/22/2010 2:16pm EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
A lawyer representing Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has appeared on TV to publicly deny allegations the singer made money from selling damaging tape recordings of her arguments with the actor.

The couple, parents to baby daughter Lucia, split in April and the break-up turned nasty, with Grigorieva accusing the actor of beating her during a violent altercation in January. Tapes of the Braveheart star purportedly hurling abuse at his lover later surfaced on the web and the recordings hit headlines across the world.

Gibson's lawyers accused Grigorieva of violating a restrain...

Mel Gibson: 'What's It Like Sniffing Other People's Laundry?'

9/14/2010 2:40pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Embattled Mel Gibson had an odd encounter with the paparazzi in Los Angeles on Monday, as he attempted to film a snapper in the back of a car on his camera phone.

A smiling Gibson stepped out of his Mercedes after spotting a paparazzo on his tail, and walked back up the street to confront the photographer filming all the way. But he wasn't expecting the barrage of pertinent questions, which was hurled at him as the two men filmed each other. In the footage, which debuted on Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday, the actor/director asked the snapper to wind his window down so he could get a goo...

Oksana Grigorieva Asks Mel Gibson To 'Increase Child Support'

8/19/2010 12:45pm EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva spent a full day in court on Wednesday in a bid to have the actor's child support payments increased, according to reports.

The former couple split earlier this year and they have endured a messy public war of words in recent weeks as they attempt to thrash out custody arrangements for their nine-month-old daughter Lucia. The feud has seen Grigorieva accuse the shamed star of assault, while audio footage of telephone calls in which the actor can allegedly be heard hurling abuse and vile threats at his partner have leaked online.

Grigorieva a...

Mel Gibson Ex: 'It's All Lies, I'll See You In Court'

7/24/2010 10:30am EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend has broken her silence about her ongoing legal battle with the Braveheart star to defiantly threaten the actor/director with a court showdown.

Gibson and singer Oksana Grigorieva split earlier this year and have been waging a bitter feud over the custody of their baby daughter Lucia ever since.

In recent weeks, the legal spat turned really nasty when audio of Gibson hurling insults at his ex as she accused him of attacking her and knocking out a tooth was leaked to the media.

The movie star countered by claiming his ex had tried to extort him over the taped pho...

Oksana Grigorieva's Rep Slams Extortion Claims

7/22/2010 8:32am EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
A representative for Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has furiously denied allegations the singer attempted to extort $10 million from her famous lover to keep recordings of his telephone rants private.

The former couple, who split earlier this year, has become embroiled in a bitter battle over recent weeks as they attempt to thrash out custody arrangements for their young daughter, Lucia. The public falling out has seen Grigorieva accuse the Braveheart star of hitting her during heated arguments, and she released audio footage of telephone calls in which the actor can alleged...

Police Investigating Extortion Claims Against Oksana Grigorieva

7/21/2010 3:30pm EDT
Oksana Grigorieva
Oksana Grigorieva is facing her own police investigation into allegations she attempted to extort $10 million from her ex-boyfriend Mel Gibson to keep recordings of his vile telephone rants private.

Secret audio tapes allegedly featuring an enraged Gibson hurling expletives and abuse at the Russian singer emerged days after Grigorieva accused her ex of hitting her during heated arguments before they split earlier this year. Los Angeles police have since launched a domestic violence investigation into her claims as the former couple fight over custody of their baby girl, Lucia.

The Brave...

Mel Gibson's Malibu Home Up For Sale

7/20/2010 11:00am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is selling off the California home he once shared with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

The Braveheart star has hit headlines in recent weeks amid a string of lurid allegations about his turbulent romance with the Russian singer, mother of his young daughter Lucia, which ended in April.

Tape recordings have been released which purportedly feature Gibson hurling abuse and vile threats at his former lover during phone calls. A picture of the singer with two front teeth broken also surfaced on Friday amid allegations the actor struck his partner during a heated bust-up in Ja...

Mel Gibson's Rep Slams Australia Move Reports

7/19/2010 7:59am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson's representative has dismissed reports the actor is planning to move back to Australia following his recent controversies with his ex-girlfriend.

The Braveheart star's reputation has been badly damaged following the release of several tape recordings which purportedly feature Gibson hurling abuse and vile threats at Oksana Grigorieva during phone calls.

Britain's The Mail On Sunday reported Gibson, who grew up in Australia after moving there with his family at the age of 12, has been planning to leave the U.S. and relocate back Down Under with his estranged wife, Robyn, who h...

Whoopi Goldberg: 'You Cowardly Piece Of Dog Mess!'

7/14/2010 2:32pm EDT
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg has gone on the attack after she was criticized for defending Mel Gibson as a racist, chastising her detractors for expressing their complaints in angry calls to her office secretary.

The Ghost star sparked controversy on her show "The View" on Monday when she insisted Gibson was no racist, despite allegedly using the offensive 'N' word in an expletive-laden, recorded argument with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Representatives for Gibson have yet to confirm the authenticity of the tape, but Goldberg stepped up to defend the Braveheart actor's crude language, insisti...

Another Violent, Threatening Mel Gibson Tape Emerges

7/12/2010 9:32pm EDT
Mel Gibson
A second audio tape allegedly featuring an enraged Mel Gibson has been leaked online - and this time the actor reportedly threatens to kill ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and put her remains "in a rose garden" on his Malibu, California estate.

The "Braveheart" star's reputation has taken a serious hit in recent weeks amid claims Gibson was violent towards the mother of his eight-month-old daughter, Lucia, during their relationship.

The allegations have placed him at the center of a Los Angeles police investigation as the former couple fight over custody of the baby girl.

But Gibson's le...

Whoopi Goldberg: 'Mel Gibson Is Not A Racist'

7/12/2010 2:36pm EDT
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg has defended Mel Gibson against allegations he's a racist after he was allegedly heard using offensive language in an expletive-laden, recorded argument with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

Audio of the fight, which leaked on on Friday, featured a voice believed to be Gibson's berating a woman, said to be the Russian singer, about the way she dresses. The male can be heard saying, "You're an embarrassment to me. You look like a f**king pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n**gers, it will be your fault." Representatives for Gibson have yet to...

Robert De Niro Reaches Out To Mel Gibson

7/12/2010 8:15am EDT
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro has reached out to Mel Gibson - insisting he hopes the Braveheart star "gets through" his "unfortunate" personal problems.

The actor is being investigated by Los Angeles police amid allegations he was violent towards ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a reported incident in January. It came after Gibson was accused of using offensive racial language in an expletive-laden, recorded argument with his ex. The former couple is also battling it out over visitation rights to their baby daughter, Lucia, following their split.

The 54 year old has also reportedly been dropped ...

Police Investigating Mel Gibson For Domestic Violence

7/8/2010 3:45pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is at the center of a Los Angeles police investigation into allegations he was violent towards ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a reported incident in January.

The Braveheart star parted ways with Grigorieva earlier this year and the split has turned into a messy legal battle. The former couple is embroiled in a spat over visitation rights to their baby daughter, Lucia. The Russian singer reportedly obtained a restraining order against Gibson last month, prohibiting the movie star from having any contact with his ex, amid claims he punched her and knocked out a tooth duri...