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Mel Gibson's THE COLONEL is finger-lickin' good

This premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live some time ago, but I've been watching it lately. With the recent launch of KFC's new Double Down sandwich that has a bun made completely of chicken and a patty of bacon and cheese, it seems only appropriate. 

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Mel Gibson's upcoming Viking film may be his last

Mel Gibson is going to direct an epic Viking film starring Leonardo DiCaprio...then he may retire. In an interview with the LA Times, Gibson discussed his dream project.

“It was the first movie I ever thought about making," Gibson said. "I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it’s the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It’s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it’s done I may be finished.”

His friends and colleagues disagree, however, arguing that he is too restless to ever fully retire. I'd agree. I'm not sure why people feel the need to say they're retiring all the time. I suppose I won't figure that out until I hit that age (and am super famous). In any case, Gibson seems very excited about his new Viking film. Bill Monahan, who penned The Departed and the disappointing Edge of Darkness, will script the film. 

"We're going hammer and tongs on the script right now,” Gibson said. “When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that’s what I will be going for in this film. It’s a challenge though. There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don’t want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters."

Interesting. The producer, Graham King, also made note that the upcoming film is not going to be supernatural, like the upcoming Thor movie from Marvel. It's a good article. Thanks to Get The Big Picture for the image and link to the LA Times story.


EDGE OF DARKNESS needs more action, less talk


Mel Gibson is a man made for vengeance. If you wrong him, he will mess you up. We haven’t seen him make good on this since The Patriot (1999) when he won the American revolution because some British guy killed his family. Since that time, the troubled actor has been distracted by Jesus, alcohol, and Jews.Edge of Darkness promises a return to classic Gibson, which is something to celebrate. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it.

I really want to like Edge of Darkness. The trailer reminds me of Taken and the film is directed by Martin Cambell, who is best known for saving the James Bond franchise twice (Casino RoyaleGoldenEye). And like State of Play, one of my favorite films of 2009, Edge of Darkness is based on a critically acclaimed BBC miniseries, which was also directed by Cambell. The signs for a great mystery action thriller are in place. Regrettably, Cambell and the writing team failed to modernize and translate the material to the big screen.

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