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Mel Gibson Movie ‘The Beaver’ Slated for March 2011

Summit Entertainment LLC plans to release “The Beaver,” a Jodie Foster-directed film starring Mel Gibson, in March, more than eight months after purported audio tirades by the actor complicated the studio’s plans.

The movie, about a man on a journey to reconcile with his family, will open March 23 in a limited number of theaters and expand to more on April 8, Los Angeles-based Summit, holder of the film’s U.S. distribution rights, said today in an e-mailed statement.

“The Beaver” will be the first Gibson movie to reach theaters since the rants, allegedly made by the actor to girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, were made public in July. By then, filming was complete and the movie was getting so-called post-production touches, a person with knowledge of the situation said at the time.

Gibson was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy in 2006. He served three years’ probation and attended court-ordered Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge. His record was expunged last year, the Associated Press reported at the time.

“The Beaver” was made for about $19 million, according to Internet Movie Database. “Edge of Darkness,” released in January, cost about $80 million and generated $81 million in worldwide ticket sales, according to researcher Box Office Mojo.

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