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Mel Gibson finally talks about the Oksana tapes, and the future

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster costar in "The Beaver" Mel Gibson, who's been essentially mum since tapes of him ranting at Oksana Grigorieva were leaked last summer, has finally broken his silence, referring to the recordings as "one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day," and something that "doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."

He also said he didn't care if he ever acted again.

In the Deadline Hollywood interview, coming as the May release of "The Beaver" looms, Gibson expressed regret and anger at himself but also held his ground about what people heard.

"You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship," he said.

The tapes, dramatically released one by one over the span of more than a week last July, eventually were revealed as having come from one day's continuing argument. He told Deadline that the tapes had been edited.

"You find out who your friends are," Gibson said, including Whoopi Goldberg ("I knew Whoopi before she was Whoopi. ... I like her even more now, because she got it.") and "The Beaver" director Jodie Foster ("I'd give her a pedicure every day of the week if I could."), both of whom spoke out on his behalf.

But he said he's not bothered by the short list of public defenders. "Why would anyone want to speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap?" he noted. "It seems to add fuel to the fire."

Fans who hope to see Gibson on screen down the line can breathe easier -- while the phrases "move on" and "let it go" peppered his reaction to being awkwardly let go from "The Hangover II," he was enthusiastic about his upcoming project with "Braveheart" screenwriter Randy Wallace, in which he's "not the main guy."

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Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow and more are Elle's Women in Hollywood for 2010

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With honoring the fairer sex all the rage lately, Elle magazine had quite a stable of talent at its annual Women in Hollywood honors on Monday -- saluting Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Sofia Coppola, Diane KrugerKerry Washington, Diane Keaton and newcomer Jessica Chastain

Elle-gallery-refer  The femmes and their admirers gathered at Beverly Hills' Four Seasons Hotel for garden cocktails and dinner, with producer and director Adam Shankman, who served as master of ceremonies, not hiding his resentment in not being included on the list.

"I've shopped with you, tweeted you, and I've had sex with most of your boyfriends," he cracked, wondering aloud what it takes to make the cut.

Elle Editor in Chief Robbie Myers suggested, in her opening remarks, that the Women in Hollywood portfolio was about being dynamic and successful in a "free society" -- plus really famous actresses got to meet other really famous actresses.

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Jodie Foster isn't throwing Mel Gibson under the bus [poll]

Mel-and-jodie Is Jodie Foster wandering into Whoopi Goldberg territory, putting her personal experiences with Mel Gibson ahead of the general rush to shun him?

"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they are struggling," Foster said in an interview to run in the October issue of More magazine. "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."

Foster, of course, directed and costarred with Gibson in "The Beaver," a quirky film with a fate that's gotten more uncertain in the wake of its star's recorded rants at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, with the attendant investigations into allegations of domestic violence (against him) and extortion (against her).

But that's all recent history in the context of the Gibson-Foster friendship, which goes back to ...

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PREACH IT! Jodie Foster pulls a Sean Penn?

Jodie foster Just hours after a story broke about Jodie Foster allegedly attacking a teen paparazzo, her spin machine is in full force.

Parents of the teen insist that Foster attacked him after he took photos of her and her family out at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. The 17-year-old filed a police report for battery; he said Foster poked him in the chest, grabbed his left arm and caused visible injuries.

Foster’s rep shot back that there had been no assault. The rep also said the teen is “most definitely a professional paparazzo" -- as if that should make a huge difference -- and that the snapper had the gall to follow Foster the roughly 50 yards from a movie theater to valet parking.

The pap’s dad replied via Radar that, no, the kid is not a pro.

What both sides seem to be missing is the same tiny detail that Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn and other famous bullies have forgotten: Why should it matter if he’s a "real" paparazzo?

People have the right to take photos of celebrities and their families whenever they’re out in public, regardless of whether the photographer intends to sell said photos. They have the right to walk wherever they want in public too, as long as no one is in any physical danger.

It may be in poor taste. It may irk the subjects of the photo. But it’s the law. And no one -- not even the rich and well-staffed -- has the right to dictate otherwise, especially with their fists.

You wouldn’t know it if you listen to the stars, of course. Celebrities spend thousands of dollars a month on a spin machine largely devoted to convincing the public that they somehow own our cameras. They play the I-was-just-protecting-my-family card -- conveniently ignoring that they themselves often sell photos of their children to magazines for millions of dollars when it suits them. (And, by the way, I have yet to read of someone’s death by flash bulb. Protecting whom from what exactly?)

Or stars will argue that they’re "not working" and therefore, somehow, have the right to dictate what other people say about them -- at least, in the visual format.

Yes, it would nice if photographers would back off sometimes to give celebrities breathing room, especially when they’re with family. But that pleasantness is far less sacred than the right to retell ...

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Jodie Foster wants to teach Kristen Stewart a thing or two

Kristen oscars Kristen Stewart garnered attention when she was 11, as the acting prodigy alongside Jodie Foster in 2002's "Panic Room." Despite Stewart's gifts, Foster still thinks the actress could benefit from her company, and told the "Twilight Saga" star so at Sunday's Academy Awards.

Stopping by Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" couch on  Wednesday, Stewart said Foster approached her at the Kodak Theatre -- the two hadn't seen one another for years. 

"She saw me and came over and said hi ... ," Stewart said. "She was like, 'You know, you could learn a thing or two from me; I think that maybe we should start hanging out.'"

An overwhelmed Stewart jumped at the chance ...

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Jodie Foster -- too boring for indie film? Let her tell the story

Foster renner Jodie Foster's made a bunch of independent movies, she said, and she ran an independent film company -- so why doesn't she act in more of them?

"I don't think I'm well suited for them," she said on the red carpet Friday night at the Independent Spirit Awards, where she was to present an award with "Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner. Her very linear way of storytelling is "kind of boring" for indie movies, which are "more circular, defying genres instead of sticking to them," she says.

"I like doing films that are about solitary characters. I like a singular journey, as an actress -- I like a linear portrait, and those things aren't hugely 'indie movies.'"

She's in post production on "The Beaver," which she directed. It stars Mel Gibson and should come out this fall. Gibson, she says, "can do anything." (Good thing, because the film is about a guy who walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand.)

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