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'Apocalypto' now for Mel

Gibson will not star in "Apocalypto" and may not use a star for the film, which is set in an ancient civilization some 3,000 years ago. The title is a Greek term which means "an unveiling" or "new beginning." Consistent with such Gibson films as "Braveheart" and "Passion," the script depicts abundant action and violence. Gibson has already begun pre-production; he is setting locations and has already begun casting.

Variety, July 22

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Ha! After all of those rumors about St. Francis, the Acts of the Apostles, etc.... Mel goes for a big burly action movie epic set in ancient times. Brilliant. How long before we see Christian chat room players mulling over whether or not he's wandered from the faith...?

Edited by Jeffrey Overstreet

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How long before we see Christian chat room players mulling over whether or not he's wandered from the faith...?

And others reading religious significance into every detail...?

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I am not surprised. Mel is a violent-film-maker. I am not sure he would have the eye for St. Francis - except maybe to show the violence of the crusades that became the catalyst for Francis' turning to being an "instrument of His peace."

Denny

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Hey, look, Slate links to my blog post on this bit of news.

It's nice to see all the money raised by all those churches who bought out entire theatres going to good use, isn't it? wink.gif

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It gets better!

- - -

Mel tongue-ties studios

'Apocalypto' to be filmed in obscure Mayan dialect

Variety, July 24

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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The trailer.

That's what I love about Mel. He can be such a goofball.

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The trailer.

That's what I love about Mel. He can be such a goofball.

Some of those images reminded me of Malick.

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I heard the trailer premiered at (it pains me to say it) Harry Knowle's "Butt-Numb-Athon". Mel Gibson is the only guy in Hollywood who can market his products to both right-wing Christian audiences and a presumably foul-smelling room packed with anime-loving geeks who haven't showered for eons. What a contrast, when you think about it.

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Click here if you want to spoil the teaser's subliminal surprise. :twisted.gif

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Here's an article from Time magazine (found through JO's blog) on Apocalypto and Gibson. The "liberal vs. conservative" angle gets played up a bit much for my taste, but it's still an interesting article. Edited by GreetingsEarthling

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I think this film definitely has a lot of potential. We really need a new, big epic (hopefully it wont be overdone with useful crap like king kong <_< ). I dont really like the whole Mayan language idea...at all. Still, The Passion was good and put lots of faith in Gibson as a director.

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FWIW, the release date has been given a major push. The film will now be out on December 8 instead of next month...hmm. Will Mel be able to garner those end-of-year nominations, given his outlaw status among the Hollywood elite?

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Yeah, the release has apparently moved from April to August to December. (One of my editors assigned this film to me back when it was supposed to come out in April; I don't recall ever hearing about a June release date.) I hear the weather is holding things up on the set (and I hear the sets are MASSIVE).

I don't think Mel Gibson cares too much about the awards. He's ALREADY an Oscar-winning director, after all.

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IPB Image

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Shouldn't that be "No one can outrun HIS destiny"?

Other grammatical alternatives:

"No one can outrun destiny."

"You can't outrun your destiny."

"People can't outrun their destiny."

"Outrunning destiny? Fuggetabbatit."

etc.

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Destiny.

When you try to run but you can't go on

It's Destiny

When your race has died and you wonder why...

It's hard to bear when the folks all around you

Are goin' nowhere

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In ancient Mayan history, no one can hear you scream.

Your destiny will be with you, always.

My destiny will go on.

You will believe a man can't outrun destiny.

He'll never get caught. He's on a mission from (Mel Gibson's) God.

Destiny is a dish best served cold.

Nothing on earth cold come between them, except a big freakin' Mayan army.

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Shouldn't that be "No one can outrun HIS destiny"?

Other grammatical alternatives:

"No one can outrun destiny."

"You can't outrun your destiny."

"People can't outrun their destiny."

"Outrunning destiny? Fuggetabbatit."

etc.

English nerd alert.

Well, the truth is that grammatically it should be "No one can outrun HIS OR HER destiny" (Gender inclusive language is considered the norm now in academia).

In fact, the awkwardness of such a pronoun arrangement (HIS OR HER), is causing THEIR to be accepted in some circles as a non-gendered singularpronoun. While it is incorrect from a strict sense, I wouldn't be surprised to see it enter into grammar books pretty soon.

Oh, and that poster is pretty cool. Can't wait to see this one.

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SDG wrote:

: Shouldn't that be "No one can outrun HIS destiny"?

From Merriam-Webster's definition of "their":

2 : his or her : HIS, HER, ITS -- used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent <anyone in
their
senses -- W. H. Auden>

The poster would seem to be in the clear, grammatically.

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Bah. Auden was mistaken, whatever M-W says. "Their" is clearly plural. Bah I say.

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Actually, "his" has been and in many circles continues to be perfectly acceptable.

Don't want to totally derail this into a grammar thread, but just out of curiosity, what circles still accept non-gender inclusive language? Because working in the Writing Centre at University of Victoria this past year, it seems almost all disciplines have moved to avoiding the use of the masculine as the default singular pronoun.

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