Mel Gibson and Danny Glover ‘ready to go’ on Lethal Weapon 5

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are in talks to make a fifth Lethal Weapon film.During a recent interview for The Hollywood Reporter’s Producers Roundtable, producer Dan Lin confirmed that he and director Richard Donner are close to bringing Gibson and Glo…

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are in talks to make a fifth Lethal Weapon film.

During a recent interview for The Hollywood Reporter’s Producers Roundtable, producer Dan Lin confirmed that he and director Richard Donner are close to bringing Gibson and Glover’s characters, Detective Martin Riggs and Detective Roger Murtaugh, back to the big screen, 22 years after the release of the last movie.

“We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story is very personal to him,” he commented. “Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

Donner directed all four films in the franchise, with the first Lethal Weapon released in 1987 and the last instalment of the buddy cop flicks unveiled in 1998.

Gibson previously indicated he’d be up for a return, and during a conversation on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America in 2017, commented: “You know, I went to see Dan the other night. He was doing a theatre production in L.A. of a play he made great (sic) 17 years ago, he reprised it. I went to see him with Donner… so we got to talking, so yeah, maybe.”

However, Donner shared during a chat on the Maitlin on Movies podcast in early 2018 that he doubted the project would move forward due to legal problems with the franchise’s studio, Warner Bros., noting negotiations with bosses had been “counter-productive”.

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James Brolin: ‘My son is set for life thanks to the Avengers’

Movie veteran James Brolin has applauded his actor son Josh’s business savvy because playing villain Thanos in the last two Avengers movies has set him up for life.The Amityville Horror star gave his son some sage advice at the beginning of his acting …

Movie veteran James Brolin has applauded his actor son Josh’s business savvy because playing villain Thanos in the last two Avengers movies has set him up for life.

The Amityville Horror star gave his son some sage advice at the beginning of his acting career, and now it’s really paying off.

“I told him one thing a long time ago… I did tell him one great thing: ‘Don’t be a leading man, ever. Be a character actor and you’ll work forever…’ so look at him; he takes this movie with Thanos and I go, ‘I didn’t mean that!'” he said during an appearance on Access Daily. “It’s the biggest thing. He doesn’t have to work again. He wasn’t paid upfront and he took a piece of the back (end profits) … I’m so proud of him.”

And Josh is making the most of his newly-acquired fortune, taking a year off to be a dad.

The actor and his wife Kathryn Boyd welcomed daughter Westlyn in November 2018.

“He’s a diaper-ing fool,” the 79-year-old joked. “That’s what the last year has been, literally. I don’t think he’s worked much… I just heard that Mel Gibson and he may go to Australia to do a remake of The Wild Bunch.”

But while James thinks his son made a clever career move by appearing in the Avengers films, he has no idea what happens in the final movie.

“I didn’t understand that movie… I understand the cost and the profit, I don’t understand the story,” he sighed.

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Shia LaBeouf told father a Mel Gibson lie to secure biographical film rights

Shia LaBeouf convinced his father to sign over the rights to his life story for new movie Honey Boy by pretending Mel Gibson would be portraying him onscreen.The Transformers star delves into his complicated relationship with his emotionally abusive fa…

Shia LaBeouf convinced his father to sign over the rights to his life story for new movie Honey Boy by pretending Mel Gibson would be portraying him onscreen.

The Transformers star delves into his complicated relationship with his emotionally abusive father, Jeffrey, for the autobiographical film, which he wrote, but the actor admits he had to trick his dad in order to get his backing to make the project.

“I lied to him and told him that Mel Gibson would be playing him,” Shia recently told U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel. “He signed the paperwork, then I got home, I sent him pictures, and I broke it to him. ‘Look, it’s not like that.’ True story.”

Instead of Mel playing Jeffrey, Shia takes on the role himself, portraying a younger version of his father – and his casting didn’t go down too well.

“My dad is a pretty off-colour character. He wasn’t too enthused about me playing him…,” the actor confessed.

Once the movie was completed, Shia set up a special screening for his father, but he has yet to ask Jeffrey for his thoughts on the film.

Instead, the 33-year-old chose to monitor his dad’s reactions via a webcam as Jeffrey watched the movie, and it appears he was really moved by the personal project.

Shia recalled, “I said, ‘Let me just watch you watch it, man,’ and it was really emotional.”

Honey Boy, directed by Alma Har’el, also stars Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Shia at different stages in his life.

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Busy Mel Gibson adds a third film to Cannes Film Festival sales slate

Mel Gibson is set to become the talk of the Cannes Film Festival – for all the right reasons. The Braveheart star now has three films packaged up for sales at the annual movie fortnight in the South of France. Fatman and Force of Nature have previous…

Mel Gibson is set to become the talk of the Cannes Film Festival – for all the right reasons.

The Braveheart star now has three films packaged up for sales at the annual movie fortnight in the South of France.

Fatman and Force of Nature have previously been announced, and now he’s lined up to star in the dark comedy Rothchild, opposite Shia LaBeouf.

Stan & Ollie director Jon S. Baird is on board to direct the film, which revolves around New York’s filthy rich. LaBeouf will play an outcast fighting to get hold of his family’s fortune, while Gibson will play the clan’s patriarch, according to Deadline sources, who report the project was developed in 2014 and shelved as one of that year’s top scripts unable to find a studio.

Producer Keith Kjarval says, “Rothchild is a satirical and thrilling ride, and I am elated to be working with a filmmaker like Jon Baird, who not only has an incredible track record of guiding award-winning performances, but is crafting this film to be an action packed cautionary tale on wealth and power.”

Gibson’s other two roles, up for grabs at Cannes, link him to another dark comedy, in which he’ll portray Santa Claus, and a project with husband and wife team Michael Polish and Kate Bosworth.

Polish will direct the actor and Bosworth in the action film, which is scheduled to begin in Puerto Rico this summer (19).

Mel is slated to play a grumpy, retired police officer fighting off thugs during a hurricane evacuation.

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Mel Gibson to play Santa in hitman movie

Mel Gibson is going in a new direction for his next film – playing Santa Claus in dark comedy Fatman.The Braveheart actor and director has been tapped to lead the cast of the upcoming holiday feature, which is one of the many films up for grabs at th…

Mel Gibson is going in a new direction for his next film – playing Santa Claus in dark comedy Fatman.

The Braveheart actor and director has been tapped to lead the cast of the upcoming holiday feature, which is one of the many films up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Filming is scheduled to begin early next year (20) in Canada, according to Deadline.

The project revolves around a rowdy Santa attempting to survive a hit put on him by a naughty 12-year-old, unhappy with a lump of coal they received instead of a Christmas present. Brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms will direct from their own script.

“I am excited to be working with the incredibly talented Nelms brothers who have written a unique, highly entertaining script. Mel is the perfect choice as Chris Cringle like we’ve never seen him before. I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch this darkly comedic Christmas film come to life,” said producer Nadine de Barros.

Double Oscar winner Gibson is enjoying somewhat of a career resurgence as of late with a handful of films in development, including Every Other Weekend, Black Flies, Waldo, and War Pigs. He is also working on directing the remake of classic western The Wild Bunch, while his The Passion of the Christ sequel, Resurrection, is in pre-production.

He joins a long list of stars who have played versions of Father Christmas, including Tim Allen, Bryan Cranston, Tom Hanks, Richard Attenborough and Leslie Nielsen.

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Mel Gibson not happy with The Professor and the Madman film settlement

Mel Gibson is far from happy with the settlement that ends his legal war with the producers of his film The Professor and the Madman, insisting many of the claims made against him were inaccurate. The case involving Gibson and his director Farhad Safi…

Mel Gibson is far from happy with the settlement that ends his legal war with the producers of his film The Professor and the Madman, insisting many of the claims made against him were inaccurate.

The case involving Gibson and his director Farhad Safinia ended last week (ends05Apr19), but the original Mad Max star is not entirely happy with the outcome.

“As the settlement details are confidential, I will not be commenting but I would like to set the record straight as a number of articles have been released that are factually inaccurate,” the Oscar winner told Deadline on Friday.

“First, neither Farhad Safinia nor I ever walked off of the set, or caused the film to ever go over budget. Second, as partners in Icon Productions, Bruce Davey and I are huge fans of Simon Winchester’s best-selling book, on which the script was based, and worked for 20 years to bring this amazing story to the screen.

“This was a labour of love for the entire creative team, and it is unfortunate for all concerned that this film was never finished as written. I regret that this film will never be seen as it was meant to be. Making it was never about money for Icon, it was about bringing this amazing story to the big screen. Sadly that has not happened in the way it could have. The Voltage version of this film is a bitter disappointment to me.”

A final settlement hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court is scheduled for 15 April (19).

The film, which co-stars Sean Penn, is based on Winchester’s 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words.

The settlement came just weeks after a judge dismissed a copyright-infringement complaint filed by Safinia against producers at Voltage.The writer-director claimed ownership of the copyright of the project after revising a 2001 script.

Gibson originally sued Voltage in July 2017, claiming the financing and distribution company had breached their deal by refusing to allow Safinia to complete the film over a dispute about the location shoot – Gibson and his director wanted to film in Oxford, England instead of Trinity College in Dublin.

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Vince Vaughn helped bring Mel Gibson onboard Dragged Across Concrete

Actor Vince Vaughn helped to convince his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson to sign on for new thriller Dragged Across Concrete. The Wedding Crashers star reveals he had been working on Gibson’s 2016 war drama around the same time as he shot gritty ac…

Actor Vince Vaughn helped to convince his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson to sign on for new thriller Dragged Across Concrete.

The Wedding Crashers star reveals he had been working on Gibson’s 2016 war drama around the same time as he shot gritty action thriller Brawl in Cell Block 99 with filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, and he played a small part in bringing the script for their next project to the Braveheart icon’s attention.

“I had worked with Mel on Hacksaw and had overlapped doing Brawl with Zahler,” Vaughn recalled at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

“He (Zahler) came and talked about this other movie (Dragged Across Concrete), and Mel was the name that he recommended for the character of Ridgeman.”

“They sent it to Mel, and I mentioned it to him,” he continued. “Thankfully Mel really responded to it.”

Collaborating with the pair on the new cop movie was a great experience for Vaughn, because he considers both to be “terrific” filmmakers.

“It was just really nice to share the set with those guys, and having a history with those guys makes the job a little easier,” he added.

Dragged Across Concrete stars Vaughn as a volatile police officer, alongside Gibson as his bitter old partner, who are both suspended after their brutal tactics on the job are caught on camera, causing a media firestorm.

The film premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Monday (03Sep18).

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Producers seeking answers from Mel Gibson over stalled movie

Mel Gibson is facing a new legal headache – the producers of his ill-fated Sean Penn film want to question him about the flop. Production on The Professor and the Madman, about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, came to a screeching halt a…

Mel Gibson is facing a new legal headache – the producers of his ill-fated Sean Penn film want to question him about the flop.

Production on The Professor and the Madman, about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, came to a screeching halt after Gibson and director Farhad Safinia fell out with film bosses at Voltage Productions over financing issues and location disputes.

Gibson and his production partners claimed Voltage bosses reneged on their deal to let Safinia finish shooting the project, and sued the company for breach of contract, according to The Blast, but the judge overseeing the case ruled his legal team provided insufficient evidence to support his claim.

And now Voltage producers are on the attack – they want to sit the Lethal Weapon star down for a deposition, and allege he is trying to avoid the question-and-answer session.

According to documents filed last week (ends10Aug18) and obtained by the news outlet, Voltage bosses claim they were told Gibson would be spending the entire month of August in Australia shooting a film and could not be burdened with flying back to Los Angeles for a deposition.

They have since discovered Gibson flew to California after a vacation in Fiji, but ignored any requests to schedule a deposition.

The company’s lawyers are now concerned they’ll miss the deposition deadline on 30 August, and they are asking the judge to grant them an extension.

In the film, Gibson was cast as Professor James Murray, the compiler of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Penn was to play Dr. William Minor, a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in Berkshire, England, who helped him with over 10,000 words and their meanings.

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Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell to star in thriller War Pigs

Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell are set to star in revenge thriller War Pigs.The Hollywood stars have signed on to headline the World War II feature, which will be directed by Tommy Wirkola, according to Deadline. Gibson will take on the part of The Past…

Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell are set to star in revenge thriller War Pigs.

The Hollywood stars have signed on to headline the World War II feature, which will be directed by Tommy Wirkola, according to Deadline.

Gibson will take on the part of The Pastor, while Farrell will play Drex, in a story about a group of ex-soldiers who go on one last mission to get revenge on a cartel that killed one of their own and stole their drug money.

The screenplay has been penned by Nick Ball and John Niven, with the film to be overseen by Millennium Films’ Joe Gatta and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures along with Matt Berenson.

No other casting details have been announced, however, production is due to kick off in October (18).

Norwegian filmmaker Wirkola is known for his work on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow and Netflix feature What Happened to Monday.

Gibson will make War Pigs before focusing his attention on directing Destroyer, another World War II film. To be set in 1945, the project will serve as his follow-up to his Oscar-nominated 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge and will be based on Hell from the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II’s Greatest Kamikaze Attack, writer John Wukovits’ non-fiction account of how the crew of an American warship survived 22 suicide attacks by Japanese pilots.

The 62-year-old can next be seen in crime drama Dragged Across Concrete and sci-fi thriller Boss Level.

Meanwhile, Farrell, 42, has appeared in a string of big films, including Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He recently wrapped on shooting Steve McQueen’s Widows, also starring Elizabeth Debicki and Liam Neeson, and is completing work on Disney’s live-action Dumbo movie.

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Mel Gibson loses bid to block The Professor and the Madman release

Mel Gibson has lost his bid to block the release of The Professor and the Madman. The actor and filmmaker and his producing partner Bruce Davey have been developing the project for nearly two decades, with the movie based on Simon Winchester’s book, T…

Mel Gibson has lost his bid to block the release of The Professor and the Madman.

The actor and filmmaker and his producing partner Bruce Davey have been developing the project for nearly two decades, with the movie based on Simon Winchester’s book, The Surgeon of Crowthorne.

Portraying the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, the film features Gibson as Professor James Murray, an academic who receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Chester Minor, as played by Sean Penn.

Farhad Safinia wrote the screenplay and directed the film, but Gibson launched a lawsuit against his co-producers at Voltage Pictures last August (17) for “jeopardising” the project, after allegedly failing to honour a production deal and engaging in fraudulent behaviour.

According to reports, Gibson claimed Voltage bosses failed to provide a final budget, did not allow “critical” scenes to be shot in Oxford, England, did not secure a completion bond, and “prevented” Safinia from completing the film “in accordance with the agreed upon screenplay”.

However, Voltage executives claimed a cut Safinia turned in was over the allotted two-hour run-time, and the additional shoots in Oxford would have added more time and cost an extra $2.5 million (£1.9 million).

Gibson was seeking to have Judge Ruth Kwan rule Voltage bosses violated the agreement and to grant him the rights to the film, but on Tuesday (19Jun18), she sided with the producers.

“Plaintiff did not submit admissible evidence showing the existence of an actual controversy with Defendants,” she wrote.

Kwan’s ruling has opened up a path for the film to be released, but it is unclear if it will make it to the big screen.

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