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By Ben Krull | July 20, 2010
To: Mel Gibson From: Mr. Houdini Miracle Workers Communications Re: PR strategy Our research shows that you have a lower approval rating than BP CEO Tony Hayward and are tied with Satan (although you poll better than LeBron James does in Cleveland). Given these results, we recommend targeting groups that are usually bypassed in traditional public relations campaigns. We have identified several demographics that would embrace a "new" Mel Gibson. Go global : A focus group of Afghan Taliban members responded positively to the statement, "Mel Gibson is right about the Jews."
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By Ben Krull | July 20, 2010
To: Mel Gibson From: Mr. Houdini Miracle Workers Communications Re: PR strategy Our research shows that you have a lower approval rating than BP CEO Tony Hayward and are tied with Satan (although you poll better than LeBron James does in Cleveland). Given these results, we recommend targeting groups that are usually bypassed in traditional public relations campaigns. We have identified several demographics that would embrace a "new" Mel Gibson. Go global : A focus group of Afghan Taliban members responded positively to the statement, "Mel Gibson is right about the Jews."
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 18, 1991
'Hamlet'Starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close.Directed by Franco Zeffirelli.Released by Warner Bros.Rated PG.** 1/2To be or not to be, that isn't the question; the question is, to be or not to be good, and the answer is, not to be good.Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" with Mel Gibson in the title role is far from a disaster, but it's also far from a triumph. It's a "Hamlet" for our times, perhaps the "Hamlet" we deserve: a "Hamlet-lite," lo-cal in the brain department, but heavy on the tofu and the sprouts.
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Susan Reimer | July 19, 2010
It has been a busy few weeks for those of us in the Glass House Club who keep track of the bad behavior of others. Almost before we finished shaking our heads and tsk-tsking at Al Gore's purported bad massage table behavior, we had Lindsay Lohan's bad nail polish behavior and Mel Gibson's bad telephone behavior. Anyone concerned about the coarsening of the cultural conversation has got to admit that that horse has left the barn. We are now hip-deep in I-can't-believe-anyone-would-actually- do -that.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 20, 1994
New York -- Loose as a goose and banty as a cock, Mel Gibson saunters into a roomful of reporters and with the insouciant grace that is his screen signature, leaps over the rear of a couch to deposit himself on its cushions.But this is no movie and the couch doesn't know he's a movie star. When he hits, there's a slippery moment as the couch tips and seems about to deposit his royal buttness on the floor in a heap.The couch tilts, wobbles . . . and rights itself neatly. Of course it wouldn't dump him!
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2004
A mix of the curious and the faithful, many marked with ashen crosses from Ash Wednesday services, turned out for early screenings of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ yesterday, anxious for what was sure to be a trying, but to many life-affirming, experience. After watching the 12:30 p.m. showing at the Loews Valley Centre in Owings Mills, Lillian Kotula, 69, of Dundalk, was impressed, and moved. "I probably won't be the same for a long time, it left such an impact on me. I think I'll look on everyone with kindness.
FEATURES
By CHRIS KALTENBACH AND MICHAEL SRAGOW and CHRIS KALTENBACH AND MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN REPORTERS | August 1, 2006
Was Mel Gibson an anti-Semite showing his true colors early Friday? Or was he just a drunk saying something offensive, as some observers suggested? Hollywood insiders and religious leaders speculated yesterday on how Gibson's career would be affected by his drunken tirade during a traffic stop, in which he reportedly blamed Jews for "all the wars in the world" and asked the arresting deputy, "Are you a Jew?" "When Mel Gibson gets pulled over by an officer ... and starts ranting about Jews around the world, it begins to look like a very dark character defect," says film historian Pat McGilligan, author of a forthcoming first biography of pioneering black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.
NEWS
By LIZ F. KAY and LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER | August 4, 2006
Rabbis conducting services around the Baltimore area today and tomorrow are choosing to focus on the chaotic and deadly events in the Middle East rather than the uproar over the anti-Semitic remarks Mel Gibson made during a traffic stop. Several rabbis said yesterday that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon seems to parallel the commemoration of Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting that primarily marks the destruction of the Jewish temples in Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and 70 A.D. The holiday began last night and ends at sundown today.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2004
She is smiling too much, a Broadway smile. But it's just rehearsal - it's not the real crucifixion. For now, 16-year-old Jodi Wenger can kid around as two high school classmates hoist her off her feet and onto a 2-by-4 crucifix stand-in. What's important at this stage is not to be spun into the bass drums or get clipped by the Flag Guard. She'll lose the smile for the show, but you don't want to lose a tooth. It's very serious business representing Christ from that movie of last year called The Passion of the Christ.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | June 28, 2000
It's finally happened: Mel Gibson has made a movie that's its own "Simpsons" parody. Anyone who's seen the "Simpsons" episode in which Homer and Mel (voiced by Gibson in the cartoon) turn "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" into a bloody, super-macho gun-fest will see more than a passing resemblance in "The Patriot," a movie that goes over the top not just in hyperbolic violence but in overblown sanctimony and sentimentalism as corny as the Fourth of July. Here Gibson plays an iconic figure almost as potent as Jimmy Stewart's lanky freshman congressman: Benjamin Martin is a widowed father of seven, a legendary French and Indian War hero who has disavowed violence and peacefully cultivates tobacco and builds rocking chairs on his South Carolina farm.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Geoff Boucher and Tribune newspapers | January 29, 2010
M el Gibson took a deep breath, shook his head and stared down at his palms. "I just can't do this. You've got me at a disadvantage." The movie star, his voice a croak, was a mere 19 minutes into an interview, but it was clear there was no way he was going to make it to 20. "I'm coming rapidly to the conclusion that right now, today, my brain cannot function. Honestly? I'm six days off the cigarette. You're looking at someone who's having a pretty bad withdrawal from a 45-year habit."
NEWS
By MICHAEL DRESSER | December 24, 2007
Restaurants have been good to us over the years. They've provided a setting for our magical moments - from first dates to proposals. They've acted as hosts for our anniversaries and rehearsal dinners. And the lamb chops have been tasty, too. In the spirit of this celebratory but perilous season, when highway carnage inevitably spikes, it's time to give back. So I'd like to present the restaurant industry - especially those upper-tier eateries that ply us with fine food and wine - with a gift-wrapped idea.
FEATURES
December 15, 2006
THE QUESTION Mel Gibson's new movie, Apocalypto, was the top box-office movie when it opened last weekend. Will Gibson's anti-Semitic comments made earlier this year make you more likely or less likely to patronize his films? Briefly explain why. WHAT YOU SAY While revealing his true feelings toward Jews in his drunken tirade, Mr. Gibson opened a Pandora's box of hatred toward my people. His luster as an actor and producer is now so tarnished in my estimation that I have nothing but disdain for him. Bernice Millman, Baltimore My family and I used to watch and enjoy Gibson's old Lethal Weapon movies, as well as his other movies, but after we heard and read about his remarks about Jewish people - forget it and him!
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 8, 2006
Abandon hope, all ye who enter Apocalypto. As Mel Gibson tells us in the portentous TV ads, the title means "a new beginning," but the movie returns to the beginnings of movie melodrama. Although it's told in a Mayan dialect, with English subtitles, the movie is just an arthouse film for jocks. Only the surface is exotic: the Mayan empire in its late-decadent phase. Otherwise, it's as if Gibson feels the audience has never seen a film before. The life-or-death jeopardy is so basic, he might as well be filming a good guy trying to stop a train before it hits the damsel tied by the bad guys to the railroad tracks.
FEATURES
By MARY MCNAMARA and MARY MCNAMARA,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 7, 2006
No one saw it coming. Not his agent or his bosses - the shoot he had just wrapped had been long, strange and physically difficult but not out of control. Not the Malibu, Calif., restaurant owner who served him appetizers early that fateful evening, nor the two young women with whom he later posed for pictures. Certainly the friends with whom he spent his last scandal-free afternoon had no idea that Mel Gibson was about to go on a life-changing bender. If they had, they would have done everything to stop it - because while conventional wisdom has it that Mel Gibson has been sober since the early '90s, some close to him acknowledge that he has been on and off the wagon for years.
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS JR | August 6, 2006
Here's how I see it: An excess of alcohol, like an excess of money, does not change a personality so much as magnify it. Booze and wealth make you more of whatever it is you already are, bring to the fore demons ordinarily kept under lock and key by civility, political correctness and plain old common sense. Which brings us to Mel Gibson and his dual apologies for the anti-Semitic rant he launched late last month as he was arrested for drunken driving. As public expressions of remorse go, Mr. Gibson's get high marks for its earnestness.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | July 19, 2010
It has been a busy few weeks for those of us in the Glass House Club who keep track of the bad behavior of others. Almost before we finished shaking our heads and tsk-tsking at Al Gore's purported bad massage table behavior, we had Lindsay Lohan's bad nail polish behavior and Mel Gibson's bad telephone behavior. Anyone concerned about the coarsening of the cultural conversation has got to admit that that horse has left the barn. We are now hip-deep in I-can't-believe-anyone-would-actually- do -that.
FEATURES
By Geoff Boucher and Geoff Boucher,Tribune newspapers | January 29, 2010
Mel Gibson took a deep breath, shook his head and stared down at his palms. "I just can't do this. You've got me at a disadvantage." The movie star, his voice a croak, was a mere 19 minutes into an interview, but it was clear there was no way he was going to make it to 20. "I'm coming rapidly to the conclusion that right now, today, my brain cannot function. Honestly? I'm six days off the cigarette. You're looking at someone who's having a pretty bad withdrawal from a 45-year habit."
NEWS
By LIZ F. KAY and LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER | August 4, 2006
Rabbis conducting services around the Baltimore area today and tomorrow are choosing to focus on the chaotic and deadly events in the Middle East rather than the uproar over the anti-Semitic remarks Mel Gibson made during a traffic stop. Several rabbis said yesterday that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon seems to parallel the commemoration of Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting that primarily marks the destruction of the Jewish temples in Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and 70 A.D. The holiday began last night and ends at sundown today.
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