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Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” gets 2011 releas date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “The Beaver” is coming! “The Beaver” is coming!

Ever since Jodie Foster revealed the trailer for her suddenly controversial drama “The Beaver,” which stars Mel Gibson as a mentally bruised husband-father who learns to communicate by talking through a beaver hand puppet he finds in the trash, this film has hovered near the top of my “Must See” list for 2011.

Unlike some, I’m able to separate Gibson the “actor” from Gibson the “Self-Destructive Public Figure.” In fact, I think he’s only interesting as an actor BECAUSE he’s such explosive personality. And “The Beaver” looks like it will play right into all of the quirks Gibson can bring to a character.

But in light of Gibson’s publicized troubles, it was rumored that Foster’s “Beaver” might forgo a theatrical run and go right to DVD. Today, however, Summit has announced that it will give the film a limited release on March 23 before expanding on April 8.

That’s great news. Now I’m hoping the film can live up to, and overcome, its early negative hype.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • December 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Looking forward to this movie very much. Glad to see Mel back in front of the cameras!

  • December 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    God, Gibson looks about 70 years old in these previews. Whatever poison is inside him has made him age very rapidly. His looks are gone.

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