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Jodie Foster defends absent Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson's absence from the press conference supporting his new film did not stop him dominating proceedings.

Box office bites back as Gibson bombs again

It is a poignant film about a man with depression who finds salvation through a beaver glove puppet he takes everywhere and speaks through. More poignant still may be this: its star needs a little salvation himself and, according to the first weekend box office, this isn't the performance that will provide it.

The Eagle (12A)

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Paul Ritter, Mark Strong

Mel Gibson: Can a falling star ever rise again?

Only a few months ago he was considered toxic in Hollywood. Now he is back on the silver screen

Mel Gibson booked on battery charge

Mel Gibson has been booked and released on a battery charge as part of the criminal case involving his former girlfriend.

Mad Max revved up to steal Master's thunder

They have taken turns to submit meekly while the other claims the crown, so a vintage race would seem guaranteed today if both Master Minded and Big Zeb finally square up like they mean it. Between them, after all, they have won the last three runnings of the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the bookmakers believe they will once again dominate. It is possible, however, that this field will prove deeper than those weakened by their respective failures over the past two years.

Mel Gibson strikes deal in Oksana case

Mel Gibson will not go to jail over his January 2010 altercation with Oksana Grigorieva.

Mel Gibson to face criminal charges

Prosecutors have a "strong case" to support filing criminal charges against Mel Gibson for allegedly hitting Oksana Grigorieva.

Diary: Mel Gibson plays grave heart in his big-screen comeback

A movie trailer has arrived, bearing a much-anticipated first look at Mel Gibson's potentially career-saving performance in The Beaver: a family drama about a man who self-cures his crippling depression by talking things through with a beaver-shaped hand puppet.

DVD: The Lethal Weapon Collection (15)

Try getting your head around this. The Onkalo facility on the west coast of Finland has been designed to keep safe spent nuclear fuel – for the next 100,000 years.

Mel Gibson: Can he make a comeback?

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – and few Hollywood heroes have landed harder than Mel Gibson. Some observers believe he can claw his way back – if he has the guts. Guy Adams assesses his chances

Lush landscape forces Mad Max to abandon the well-watered outback

To the makers of the latest Mad Max film, the harsh outback landscapes around the town of Broken Hill seemed the perfect backdrop for a movie set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Caught on tape: Mel Gibson race rant to girlfriend

First came the split; then the restraining orders.

Guy Adams: Tape reveals Mel Gibson to be a racist, as well as an anti-Semite

It’s been open season on Mel Gibson, after the website Radaronline claimed to have heard a secretly-recorded tape

DVD: Edge of Darkness, For retail & rental (Icon)

Martin Campbell directs this dated remake of his own much-loved BBC series, with Mel Gibson as a cop investigating his daughter's murder – so he's only got himself to blame.

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing