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  • You'll Never Work In This Town... Again?

    12/18/2006 11:52:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 2,847+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | December 18, 2006 | Erik Rush
    Recently someone asked me what sort of people "qualified" as "white trash" given what passes for conventional wisdom in America. My response included such things as lower-income, undereducated whites with a preference for colloquial speech and occasionally, a proclivity toward racking up misdemeanor offenses. A healthy dose of low self-esteem generally helps, too. Indeed, as may seem obvious, it's much more about attitude and mindset than ethnic or genotypic qualities. In as much as the above gives rise to subcultural niches, I don't have any problem admitting that I occasionally use the "n-word." That we've come to a point where...
  • Just Saw Apocalypto...Need Help With 3 Things (Spoiler Questions)

    12/12/2006 7:02:41 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 22 replies · 877+ views
    12-12-06 | my favorite headache
    Just saw Mel Gibson's Apocalypto an hour ago and I have two or three historical questions pertaining to the film that I am still not clear on. 1. Who was it that is approaching the shoreline at the end of the film? They appear to be Vikings of some sort...was this the start of a colony there? 2. Why did the 2 evil warriors stop at the shore and walk towards them and not kill him? Were they stunned by the ships and the fact that the men looked that different and were white? 3. Was any of this based...
  • Brutally Honest (Apocalypto)

    12/15/2006 7:04:47 AM PST · by Valin · 71 replies · 3,612+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/15/06 | Sonny Bunch
    Brutally Honest The multicultural set doesn't like Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" because of its depiction of Mayan brutality. MEL GIBSON'S Apocalypto is one of the few films that can rightly be described as a journey. The viewer is snatched from the confines (and comforts) of a Hollywood movie and thrown deep into the jungles of Central America. The film itself is a visual masterpiece; shot entirely in a Mayan dialect, Gibson flexes his visual muscles to show rather than tell. Billed as a historical drama, Apocalypto is actually part revenge flick and part chase flick. After being brutally taken from his...
  • Mel Gibson's Apocalyptic Stupidity

    12/13/2006 4:59:55 AM PST · by UltraConservative · 137 replies · 4,165+ views
    Human Events.com ^ | December 13, 2006 | Ben Shapiro
    According to Mel Gibson, his new movie, "Apocalypto," is a metaphor for the death of American civilization. "The precursors to a civilization that's going under are the same, time and time again," Gibson explained at a film festival in Texas. "What's human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?" Gibson's comparison between Mayan and American civilization is deeply offensive. To elucidate just how offensive the comparison is, I must review the film's portrayal of Mayan society. (Warning: There are spoilers. If you are intent on seeing this movie, read no further.) "Apocalypto" portrays two societies within...
  • Mel's Latest: Brilliant Film, Inane Interpretation

    12/11/2006 11:05:40 PM PST · by beaversmom · 67 replies · 2,399+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 7, 2006 | Michael Medved
    Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” is an audacious, unforgettable triumph and, undoubtedly, one of the richest, most electrifying cinematic experiences of the year. In that context it’s unfortunate that the filmmaker has coupled his brilliance as a writer-director with a display of unalloyed idiocy as a commentator on his own work. The stupidity began in September when he spoke to an audience in Austin, Texas after an early screening of his still unfinished film. At the time, he succeeded in getting advance attention for his work by drawing parallels between the fantastically brutal and dysfunctional Mayan civilization he portrays on screen and...
  • 'Apocalypto' does disservice to its subjects

    12/11/2006 5:04:28 PM PST · by veronica · 94 replies · 2,236+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | December 11, 2006 | Zachary X. Hruby
    "Apocalypto," Mel Gibson's new thriller about the ancient Maya civilization, is exactly that: thrilling. But this entertainment comes at a price. The Maya at the time of Spanish contact are depicted as idyllic hunters and gatherers, or as genocidal murderers, and neither of these scenarios is accurate. The film represents a step backward in our understanding of the complex cultures that existed in the New World before the Spanish invasion, and it is part of a disturbing trend re-emerging in the film industry, portraying non-Western natives as evil savages. "King Kong" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" show...
  • SNL -- Apocalypto Recut

    12/11/2006 3:20:27 PM PST · by Screamname · 45 replies · 2,620+ views
    youtube.com ^ | 12/11/2006 | SNL
    Sorry, but this is too funny. And after Gibsons bashing of Bush he deserves it.
  • Gibson Delivers Another Box Office Win (APOCALYPTO)

    12/11/2006 3:06:39 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 63 replies · 1,838+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/2006 | DAVID GERMAIN
    Gibson Delivers Another Box Office Win Dec 10 10:36 PM US/Eastern By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES Mel Gibson's bloody epic "Apocalypto" debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie, proving the filmmaker still can deliver a winner despite his drunken-driving arrest and anti-Semitic rant last summer. "Apocalypto," a Disney release set in the Mayan civilization and told in an obscure Mayan language, opened with $14.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It was a modest haul compared to the $83.8 million opening weekend of Gibson's last movie, the 2004 religious blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," which went...
  • From Jungle Book to Apocalypto

    12/10/2006 9:41:43 AM PST · by kinghorse · 36 replies · 1,171+ views
    Vanity ^ | 12/10/06 | kh
    First off let me state I haven't yet seen Apocalypto, but knowing what I know of Mr. Gibson's sensibilities, I expect it to be a rather rude departure from political correctness regarding non-western culture. And, being a cultured western male, I applaud this. The insinuations are prime to survival and subject for honest debate in the current situation in the ME and more specifically Iraq and Lebanon. I thought about all of this while listening to Cookie and Zachie and the inestimable Mr. George Will debate the ways and means of surrender in Iraq on This Week with George Stephanopoulos....
  • 'Apocalypto' earns $14M, resurrects Mel

    12/10/2006 12:10:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 577+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/06 | David German - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Mel Gibson's bloody epic "Apocalypto" debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie, proving the filmmaker still can deliver a winner despite his drunken-driving arrest and anti-Semitic rant last summer. "Apocalypto," a Disney release set in the Mayan civilization and told in an obscure Mayan language, opened with $14.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It was a modest haul compared to the $83.8 million opening weekend of Gibson's last movie, the 2004 religious blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," which went on to do $370 million domestically. But "Apocalypto" overcame the baggage of Gibson's personal troubles as...
  • Mel Wins Friday: #1 'Apocalypto' Bigger Opening Weekend Than 'Braveheart'

    12/09/2006 3:38:57 AM PST · by Mel Gibson · 193 replies · 4,119+ views
    Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | December 8, 2006 | Nikki Finke
    Call it a Hollywood shocker: Mel's Apocalypto will have a bigger weekend opening than his Braveheart. Despite scandal, an R-rating, subtitles because of an ancient dialect, no stars, and direct competition from movieland AAA-listers Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, Gibson's Mayan epic won Friday's matinees and evenings, I'm told. At first, box office gurus were warning me that the weekend victor among three very competitive films all opening against each other would be too close to call. cameron_jude.jpgBut now I've learned it looks certain that Apocalypto will win the weekend -- bearing out my reporting back on December 1st when...
  • Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" - It's No Bloody Good

    12/08/2006 9:26:29 AM PST · by TaraP · 30 replies · 1,517+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Dec 8th, 2006 | Christian Hamaker
    Release Date: December 8, 2006 Ever since Mel Gibson directed the amazingly successful “The Passion of the Christ,” he has been dogged by questions of whether that film is anti-Semitic in its portrait of Jewish complicity in the death of Christ. He also has been accused of reveling in cinematic violence – an action-movie star who chooses violent roles in front of the camera and violent stories to film as a director. Gibson’s recent outburst after being arrested for drunken driving revealed an ugly streak that emboldened those who believe him to be an anti-Semite. Now, with “Apocalypto,” the filmmaker...
  • Mel Gibson Finds Eternal GORY in 'Apocalypto' Movie

    12/08/2006 4:56:23 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 132 replies · 4,016+ views
    Mel Gibson is sicker than we thought. As his new film "Apocalypto" makes clear, he's not just a drinker and a raving anti-Semite, but a man with a grotesque appetite for human suffering and an enormous talent for exploiting it. There was great violence in "Braveheart," too, but it was cloaked in historical context. And the stripping of Jesus' flesh in "The Passion of the Christ" had the cover of Scripture. But "Apocalypto" exists solely as an action-adventure and a deft cinematic demonstration of man's capacity for cruelty. This is the true passion of Mel. If you can take unflinching...
  • SACRIFICE [Professors say Gibson's Apocalypto is biased against Mayan bloodletting]

    12/05/2006 11:45:28 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 144 replies · 7,663+ views
    Newsweek ^ | December 5, 2006 | Newsweek
    Let's get right to the point, shall we? About halfway through Mel Gibson's movie "Apocalypto," which opens this week, viewers are treated to a stomach-turning scene of human sacrifice, set in a Mayan city around 1500. It's not revealing too much to say that the movie's hero is captured by a gang of marauders, bound, marched through the jungle, painted blue, and forced to the top of a pyramid where heads roll. In a smaller version of the outrage and skepticism that preceded the opening of "The Passion of the Christ"—is it historically accurate? is it anti-Semitic?—scholars who study the...
  • 'Apocalypto': Bloody lessons

    12/08/2006 1:21:21 PM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies · 3,051+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Dec. 8, 2006 | GEOFF PEVERE
    Starring Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Baez. Written by Mel Gibson and Farhad Safinia. Directed by Mel Gibson. Mel Gibson's new movie is a dubiously cautionary historical spectacle that gushes along on torrents of blood. A speculative fable on the fall of Mayan civilization with its eye allegedly cocked toward present geopolitical troubles, Apocalypto will strike some as a comment on the imminent collapse of global society as we know it, and others as a sign that it's already a done deal — surely, this is exactly the kind of gory amusement that jazzed the...
  • First, the Jews; Now Gibson Angers the Maya

    12/07/2006 7:11:02 PM PST · by paudio · 106 replies · 3,199+ views
    IMDB.com ^ | 7 December 2006
    Some descendants of the Maya tribes depicted in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto have denounced the movie as racist and not representative of their ancient culture. In an interview with Reuters, Ignacio Ochoa, director of the Nahual Foundation, said, "Gibson replays, in glorious big budget Technicolor, an offensive and racist notion that Maya people were brutal to one another long before the arrival of Europeans and thus they deserved, in fact, needed, rescue." Lucio Yaxon, described by Reuters as a 23-year-old Mayan human rights activist, added, "Basically, the director is saying the Mayans are savages." Today's (Thursday) Los Angeles Times noted that...
  • Rush Limbaugh Live Thread Thursday December 7th

    12/07/2006 8:49:54 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 433 replies · 5,611+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 12-07-2006
    http://billroggio.com/archives/2006/12/the_military_and_the.php The Military and The Media The divide grows FALLUJAH, IRAQ: I've completed the first leg of the journey to Iraq, after having moved through Dubai, Kuwait and Baghdad. I am now at Camp Fallujah. While in Fallujah, I'll embed with a Marine Police Transition Team (PTT) and also meet with the Civil Affairs Group. The next stop will be Ramadi. The trip - from my front door to Fallujah - took 3 ½ days, accounting for the 8 hour time shift between the East Coast and Iraq. This is remarkable considering Iraq is a war zone. I spent all...
  • 'Apocalypto' Is More 'Mad Max' Than Mayan

    12/01/2006 3:38:06 AM PST · by AmericaUnited · 229 replies · 5,100+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 01, 2006 | Roger Friedman
    'Apocalypto' Is More 'Mad Max' Than Mayan With the subtlety of several thousand flying mallets and arrows, here comes Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," a two hour plus torture-fest so violent that women and children will be headed to the doors faster than you can say "duck" when the film opens on Dec. 8th. Indeed, 'Apocalypto' is the most violent movie Disney has ever released, with so much blood spurting out of orifices that even Martin Scorsese would blush. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to see heads and hearts removed without anesthesia, then this is the movie for...
  • "Law & Order" draws inspiration from Mel Gibson

    09/26/2006 8:40:06 PM PDT · by jdm · 10 replies · 694+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 27, 2006
    While Mel Gibson secretly roams the United States testing reaction to his latest movie, "Apocalypto," one of television's longest running shows has decided to incorporate his recent legal troubles into an episode. Staying true to its "ripped from the headlines" style, "Law & Order," says it will air an episode on November 3 starring comedian Chevy Chase as a celebrity who is pulled over for drunk driving and then delivers an anti-Semitic rant at the arresting officers. But "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf said that while a viewer could draw comparisons to Gibson's anti-Semitic comments after being arrested for...
  • Mel Gibson's standing ovation ( APOCALYPTO, His latest movie )

    09/25/2006 11:17:05 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 73 replies · 2,809+ views
    LIFE STYLE EXTRA ^ | 09/25/2006
    Mel Gibson's standing ovation Monday, 25th September 2006, 12:23 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - Mel Gibson received a standing ovation at a preview for his new movie, 'Apocalypto'. The actor-director - who has kkept a low profile since making anti-Semitic comments and being charged with drink-driving - made a surprise appearance at a screening of the Mayan adventure film at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on Friday (22.09.06). Addressing the crowd, Mel drew parallels between the movie's subject matter and today's world saying: "The precursors to a civilization that's going under are the same, time and time again. "What's...
  • Gibson takes 'Apocalypto' to Oklahoma

    09/23/2006 7:10:53 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 111 replies · 2,644+ views
    The Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | Sat Sep 23, 2006 | Anon
    Actor and director Mel Gibson visited two Oklahoma towns this week to attend screenings of his new movie, "Apocalypto." Gibson did not make a public appearance during screenings held at the Riverwind Casino in Goldsby and Cameron University in Lawton. At the entrance of the casino — where the film was shown Friday to a mostly American Indian audience — reporters were kept behind partitions. He arrived at Cameron on Thursday morning wearing a mask and wig so he wouldn't be noticed, university spokeswoman Amber McNeil said. Jhane Myers, an Oklahoma City-based publicist who escorted Gibson, issued a statement saying...
  • Disney confirms distribution of Gibson film

    08/12/2006 1:19:42 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 33 replies · 810+ views
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co. will distribute "Apocalypto," a Mayan-language film by actor-director Mel Gibson, as planned on December 8, a Walt Disney Studios spokeswoman said on Friday. That confirmation refutes recent media and Internet reports that family-oriented Disney wanted to sell distribution rights to the film to another studio to distance itself from the controversy over anti-Semitic remarks Gibson made when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last month in Malibu, California. "It's not true," Disney spokeswoman Heidi Trotta said of the reports. Disney had no role in producing the film, a thriller with...
  • Mel Gigson

    05/13/2006 7:04:22 PM PDT · by Dale 1 · 67 replies · 2,076+ views
    Gibson inspired by 'fear-mongering' By WENN Gibson inspired by 'fear-mongering' Bush Click to enlarge photo Film star and director Mel Gibson has launched a scathing attack on US President George W Bush, comparing his leadership to the barbaric rulers of the Mayan civilisation in his new film Apocalypto. The epic, due for release later this year, captures the decline of the Maya kingdom and the slaughter of thousands of inhabitants as human sacrifices in a bid to save the nation from collapsing. Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the...
  • Mel Gibson Slams Bush in Interview about New Film 'Apocalypto'

    03/20/2006 10:12:58 AM PST · by Coastal · 202 replies · 6,990+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 03-20-06 | CK Rairden
    Mel Gibson's newest film will be titled Apocalypto and is billed as an action/adventure film set 600 years ago, prior to the 16th-century Spanish conquest of Mexico and Central America. IMDb gives a short description that details it as "where a man goes on a perilous journey to save his idyllic world." And some of those that praised Gibson's epic "The Passion of the Christ" may take pause in how he describes this film by slamming the president.
  • Apocalypto Now

    03/19/2006 1:42:40 PM PST · by flixxx · 12 replies · 400+ views
    time ^ | 3 19 06 | tim padgett
    "I need to see the blood!" shouts Mel Gibson. "Your character is going to die soon!" He picks up a bullhorn: "Attention! We are all dying here! We are all dying!" The Oscar-winning director is standing in a rock quarry near Veracruz, Mexico, shooting a hellish scene for Apocalypto, his action epic about the ancient Maya. Hundreds of local extras—many of whom have never seen a movie, let alone acted in one—are pounding fake limestone to build a temple used for human sacrifices. Gibson wants one of the extras, covered in white lime dust, to visibly cough up a glob...
  • Gibson to speak ancient tongue at Oscars (preview of ancient language in "Apocalypto")

    03/04/2006 7:12:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,627+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/06 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mel Gibson will give audiences a preview of the ancient language spoken in his upcoming movie, "Apocalypto." During a brief appearance on the Academy Awards on Sunday, Gibson will speak Maya, the only language in the film. His last movie, "The Passion of the Christ," was performed in Latin and Aramaic. "I wanted to shake up the stale action-adventure genre," Gibson told Time for a story on the magazine's Web site. "So I think we almost had to come up with something utterly different like this." "Apocalypto" is set in pre-Columbian Mexico and is being shot...
  • That trailer for the new Mel Gibson film has something interesting...

    If you go through it frame by frame this shot can be seen. What the hay?
  • Suddenly, Next Summer (NYT: Mel Gibson's instincts haven't failed him yet)

    12/24/2005 3:01:05 PM PST · by presidio9 · 63 replies · 2,816+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 22, 2005 | CARYN JAMES
    Before "Braveheart," who would have thought blue-faced warriors would be crowd-pleasers? But as a director, Mel Gibson has had an unfailing instinct for knowing what moviegoers want before they know it themselves. And while he may have set off one of the largest cultural debates in years with "The Passion of the Christ," in Hollywood terms the yammering hardly matters. His little self-financed movie made so much money that he's free to do whatever he wants next. The teaser trailer for "Apocalypto," which Touchstone plans to release next summer, offers the first glimpse of what that is. The latest unpredictable...
  • The Teaser for Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" (Passion Follow-up)

    12/21/2005 9:43:05 AM PST · by pcottraux · 16 replies · 1,141+ views
    comingsoon.net ^ | December 21
    http://www.apple.com/trailers/touchstone/apocalypto/ The Teaser for Mel Gibson's Apocalypto Source: Touchstone Pictures December 21, 2005 Your first look at director Mel Gibson's Apocalypto is now online at Apple, where you can view the teaser trailer in High Definition QuickTime here and in regular QuickTime formats here. Co-written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia, Apocalypto is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing...
  • MEL GIBSON LAUNCHES TRAILER FOR NEW MOVIE 'APOCALYPTO'...

    12/21/2005 2:45:14 PM PST · by Pimpmygop · 3 replies · 776+ views
    Movie Trailer site.
  • Coming Soon! THE DA VINCI CODE, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR-Womanising Politician, ON NATIVE SOIL(9/11)....

    08/03/2005 12:57:03 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies · 993+ views
    08-03-05 | fight_truth_decay
    As soon as Tom Hanks wraps up shooting on his role in The Da Vinci Code, he will play "as real-life (and rather controversial) Texas congressman Charlie Wilson in CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). It's based on the true story of a womanising politician who ran one of the largest-ever CIA operations. "Hanks will play a congressman whose penchant for booze and women earned him the nickname Good Time Charlie. He watched his political career almost go down the drain in the early 1980s when he was caught in a hot tub tryst with two...
  • Gibson's Mayan Movie Has Insiders Scratching Heads (Update)

    07/26/2005 2:44:24 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 115 replies · 5,154+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 07/26/05 16:50:49 | NewsMax.com
    Mel Gibson had Hollywood insiders scratching their heads when he announced that his film "The Passion of the Christ" would have dialogue only in Latin and Aramaic. Now comes word that the next movie Gibson will direct, "Apocalypto," will be filmed in an obscure Mayan dialect. The movie will star a neophyte cast indigenous to the region of Mexico where Gibson will shoot the film, according to the trade paper Variety, which says it will "presumably" have the "same kind of subtitles Gibson reluctantly added to 'The Passion of the Christ.'" Earlier reports claimed the movie would be set 3,000...
  • Mel tongue-ties studios;'Apocalypto' to be filmed in obscure Mayan dialect (MEL GIBSON ALERT)

    07/25/2005 5:20:32 PM PDT · by Liz · 82 replies · 5,356+ views
    VARIETY ^ | July 25, 2005, | MICHAEL FLEMING
    Gibson When production chiefs from selected studios trooped to Icon Prods. headquarters after an invite to read the film Mel Gibson planned for summer 2006, they were surprised at the very first page of the script. "The dialogue you are about to read will not be spoken in English." Gibson, who last made the most successful Aramaic-language film ever, is at it again. "Apocalypto" hardly fits the traditional definition of a summer film. Set 500 years ago, pic will be filmed in an obscure Mayan dialect, presumably with the same kind of subtitles Gibson reluctantly added to "The Passion...
  • Gibson's "Apocalypto" Is Nigh

    07/24/2005 8:06:53 AM PDT · by unlearner · 4 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Friday July 22 7:49 PM ET | All E! Online Movie News
    In The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson revived the Aramaic language. For his next movie, he'll give new life to an ancient Greek term. Apocalypto is the title of Gibson's next self-financed epic, Daily Variety reported Friday. Shooting is scheduled to begin in October, and a summer 2006 release is planned. The film is described as an action picture, set 3,000 years in the past. Details otherwise are sketchy, and that's the way Gibson apparently wants it. According to Variety, the star requested studio execs read the script at his offices, less any pages get leaked. ADVERTISEMENT As Gibson...