Is there a more admirable personal trait than to show you’re not a fair-weather friend? So here’s to you, Beaver director Jodie Foster, regarding your statement to MORE’s Sheila Weller about Mel Gibson: “When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and The Beaver is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.”
HE to Summit’s Rob Friedman: There’s no sensible reason on earth to keep The Beaver out of theatres. A CBS/Vanity Fair poll reported last month that Joe Popcorn has no significant issues with the guy. It’s just the Hollywood culture (or certain elements with it) telling you to indefinitely postpone this film. Please — grow some cojones to match Ms. Foster’s and release The Beaver already. A platform release in December, and then open it wide in early February. Or forget a 2010 release and debut it at Sundance 2011.