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1 posted on 10/29/2005 6:40:09 PM PDT by Pokey78
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I can't imagine what he's up to, but knowing Mel Gibson it will probably be terrific.


2 posted on 10/29/2005 6:42:15 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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remotely related: a friend wrote a book about the Yanomamo tribe. Very eye opening. ("Spirit of the Rainforest," by Mark Ritchie).


3 posted on 10/29/2005 6:42:28 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I must be a little punk, because coffeebreak said so.)
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Well, now we know what happened to them.

Katrina's mother and Andew's father paid them a visit.


4 posted on 10/29/2005 6:42:49 PM PDT by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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it also carried out savage rituals of human sacrifice to appease the gods.
'Hey, this is for kids with strong stomachs,' said Gibson, 49,

Yuk.

Why do movie-goers like being grossed out/scared/disgusted/etc? Blecch.

5 posted on 10/29/2005 6:44:59 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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His most recent film, featuring flayings and floggings and with dialogue in Aramaic and Latin, was a worldwide hit. Now Mel Gibson has announced his next project will be set against the bloodthirsty backdrop of the Mayan empire - this time in an ancient dialect called Yucatec.

Mel might find out the hard way that the violence and obscure dialect weren't what drew millions of people to the Passion.

6 posted on 10/29/2005 6:45:16 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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Zoykes. I've toured many an ancient Mayan city in Mexico. Ever stand next to a bottomless pool that was used for sacrificing children? Yeesh! They'd load them down with gold and jewels, then shove them over the edge to sink and drown...in hope of rain!

I get chills just thinking about it, and it was totally creepy standing next to one.

Yeah. People are going to need extremely strong stomachs for this one!


7 posted on 10/29/2005 6:48:25 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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The article says the film grossed 200 million Brit pounds world-wide but in American dollars the gross was $611,899,420 (box office mojo) which I believe is more than the 200 million pounds stated. Either way it is still the most successful indie film ever especially in regards to the subtitles.


8 posted on 10/29/2005 6:49:19 PM PDT by torchthemummy ("Dems preach to their moonbat choir while the Pubbies sing to the audience. " - TTM)
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What's he gonna call this one, "Passion of the Quezelquoatl"?


9 posted on 10/29/2005 6:50:47 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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I'd go see it. The Mayan civilization is still a mystery to many. They're still finding stuff buried in deep jungle that gives more information about the people.


12 posted on 10/29/2005 6:57:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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My prediction: a blockbuster smash.

1) Escapist
2) Interesting
3) No "message" or propaganda
4) Hidtorical (and accurate)
5) It's Mel! MEL!


22 posted on 10/29/2005 7:16:12 PM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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I don't care what movie he makes, as long as it isn't another in the "Lethal Weapon" series.


23 posted on 10/29/2005 7:17:38 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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"Despite lacking the cartwheel or metal tools, the Maya built pyramids, palaces and courts for a ritual ball game."

Such an innocuous prhase that -- "ritual ball game." It give no inkling of what the true story is...which, of course, is what you would expect from the MSM. Here's a few facts about that "ritual ball game" via Wikipedia...

"The ball game was extremely violent. Players wore heavy padding. Even so, there were often serious injuries, and occasionally death. On some occasions post-game ceremonies featured the sacrifice of the captain and other players on the losing side. The association of the game with sacrifice and death was particularly marked on the Gulf coast. A loser's skull might be used as the core around which a new rubber ball would be made. (Guides at Chichen Itza assert that the prize for the winning team was to be deified by losing their heads, supposedly at the hands of the losing team."

Come to think of it, it sounds a lot like Australian Rules Football...


24 posted on 10/29/2005 7:19:46 PM PDT by The Radical Capitalist
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"The collapse of their civilization, which occurred centuries before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, has long been a mystery. Theories include civil war, invasion, migration, disease, over-farming, over-population and drought ...

... or wiped off the face of the earth by 'aliens'. Woo Hoo! I find the Mayans fascinating. I have been fortunate enough to explore some of the Mayan ruins near Playa Del Carmen and Xel Hah, Mexico twice while on vacation. They were truly a bizarre, scientific, religious and unique culture.

26 posted on 10/29/2005 7:20:33 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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Yes, but as David Edelstein (movie critic Slate Magazine) asked Mel Gibson before:

Is it good for the Jews?


32 posted on 10/29/2005 7:40:50 PM PDT by rcocean (Copyright is theft and loved by Hollywood socialists)
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Despite lacking the cartwheel or metal tools...

How advanced could they be? Any kid can do a cartwheel!

36 posted on 10/29/2005 8:15:40 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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While Mayan civilisation thrived for nearly 2,000 years before its mysterious collapse,

1 It didn't last for 2,000 years
Classic Mayan civilation AD 250 - 900
2 Not really much of a mystery of why it collaped only weather it went fast or slow.


41 posted on 10/29/2005 8:44:38 PM PDT by Valin (Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum)
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I'll wait for the animated version.


44 posted on 10/29/2005 9:49:44 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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45 posted on 10/30/2005 1:55:26 PM PST by NYer (ôSocialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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Let's hope that in a few years Mel can do:

"The End of the Islamics!"


47 posted on 10/30/2005 6:45:23 PM PST by aShepard
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And here we thought Gibson's heart was for the gospel message... yuck! He definitely took a wrong turn at Acapulco.


52 posted on 10/30/2005 11:25:59 PM PST by The Red Zone (Florida, the sun-shame state, and Illinois the chicken injun.)
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