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This Week's Biggest Losers 08/05/06

8/5/2006 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Scott Baio, Barbra Streisand and Rob Schneider

For some, like Mel Gibson celebrity impersonator Rohn Evans or the pair of anonymous Ohio jokesters posting anew on the satirical blog "Mel's Musings," the actor's PCH flare-up is a bonanza. But for most others in the Zone, the events first reported by this website are akin to the French movie poster tag line for Mel's 1998 action flick Tequila Sunrise - "Un Cocktail Explosif."

Rob SchneiderRob Schneider: Many people feel it's still too soon for 9/11-themed movies such as "United 93" and next Wednesday's "World Trade Center." So imagine how those folks must feel about the full-page ad taken out by actor Rob Schneider in this past Thursday's Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety, as sort of a spoof of his own similar battle a year ago with L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein over "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo." "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forward to never work with Mel Gibson, actor-director-producer and anti-Semite..." the ad begins. It gets better with a gag about "Passion of the Christ 2," but overall, this is about as well-timed as the idea of a condemnation of Gibson by another half-Jewish actor (his "Air America" and "The Singing Detective" co-star Robert Downey Jr.).

Bruce DaveyBruce Davey: Formerly Mel's business affairs manager, this fellow Aussie joined forces with the actor to form Icon Productions. And what this past week's DUI disaster may have felled most regrettably in terms of the company's future worldwide box office bottom line is a second biblical passion project now far more ironic than iconic. Based on the book "My Glorious Brothers" by Howard Fast, the Gibson-directed film was to be all about the Maccabees, a Jewish people that retook Jerusalem from the Greeks in 167 B.C. and relit the Menorah. This now has about as much of a chance of getting made as that other desert uprising Icon Entertainment project, "Mad Max 4."

Scott BaioScott Baio: Just a few months before he was featured in a Bugsy Malone-centric episode of the British ITV series "After They Were Famous," the artist formerly known as Charles and Chachi suited up with Mel for a now-infamous 2003 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department PSA (resuscitated earlier this week right here on TMZ). The Internet can be a lethal weapon when it comes to reconfirming fading career pageantry, and so, tickled by this unexpected bit of street theater, fans have since been reacquainting themselves with Baio's latest film credits ("Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2," "Van Horn: Tour of Duty"). It all adds up to a vibe somewhere in between Baio's VH1 pilot "Let's Kill Scott Baio" and the false reports of his death in 1997.

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand: Liberal pundits have been up in arms this week about the lack of Mel condemnation from folks such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jeff Berg, boss of Gibson's talent agency ICM. But what about Streisand, Malibu's Jewish den mother? She crossed paths, indirectly, with Mel at a 75th anniversary tribute show to Sinatra. But this, truly, was a golden opportunity for Babs to focus some fury at her neighbor and, in the process, goose sagging ticket sales for her upcoming concert tour. Instead, she allowed herself to be beaten to the punch by east coast namesake Barbara Walters.

Avi Korein: As head of something called the S.I.S.S. (Screen International Security Services), this 45-year-old Israeli has overseen bodyguard detail for A-listers such as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. But it is Gibson, Korein's personal client, who may now bring him a whole lot more bang for the buck. The actor's comments have inflamed the kooksphere, and – like Mel's Jewish publicist, Alan Nierob - Klein now finds himself caught up in some unusually resonant crossfire. Who knows, if things get really dicey, Klein might want to switch out the one-time potential star of "Mad Max 4" for his first big client, Bruce Willis, and the relatively easier task of keeping things kosher on the set of the upcoming "Die Hard 4."

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Sam Doe    

Speaking of losers, I am looking forward to the Tom Cruise wedding this weekend. This is a tape of an ex-girlfriend of Tom Cruise who talks about their unusual sex life.

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I believe most Jews in Hollywood, the ones who actually KNOW Mel well, will not be inclined to publicly condemn him. In fact, several of his Jewish friends have come forward to support him. It's important to remember that ALL of Mel Gibson's words and behavior that night were bizarre and out-of-character for him. The Jewish comments were just a few quick blurbs out of many other wacky comments. It's clear that for whatever reason, he was just out-of-his-mind and out-of-control that night. Most Jews who've known Mel for a long time believe he's a decent guy and has treated them respectfully over the years. Isn't THAT what matters? This one ridiculous night should not define Mel Gibson's whole life. At this point, Mr. Harvey Levine, this whole drama is making YOU look much worse than Mel Gibson. Give it a rest!!!

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Sam Doe    

Once, at Passover, Mel said to me: "Mazel Tov." And so I know from this that he bears no hatred for the Jews. We even exchange Chanukkah cards. Or we did in years past -- more recently, I think I have fallen off of his Chanukkah list. But I don't think this is because of any hatred that he bears the Jews...probably just an oversight on the part of his staff.

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does anyone care anymore? it's been plastered, no pun intended, on every news channel, mags and t.v. shows. mel this mel that. i just don't care, and everyone out there that is condemning him now is just out for a little time in the media, he apologized lets leave it at that.

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and I would take stock in anything Barbra Streisand expresses..............never.

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deborah derosa    

Let me understand this. . . Richard Nixon - forgiven; OJ Simpson - forgiven; Woody Allen - forgiven; Kobe Bryant - forgiven; Michael Jackson - forgiven; but not Mel Gibson? Where is it written that Mel Gibson cannot be forgiven for making anti-Semitic remarks under the influence? When we know for a fact that alcohol is a drug and in the worse cases has been used before vehicular homicides, spousal abuse/homicide, murder, rape . . . etc., etc., etc., I say let the punishment fit the crime.
Let Mr. Gibson pay for his crime with community service to those he has most offended.

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Remember the line, "he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone". I put my rock down a while ago. NO, I'm not some religious fanatic/ do-gooder. It's just enough already ! I look at myself when I've been really buzzed or drunk and I have said some stupid things before. NO, I'm not a celebrity but I apologize for what I said or did and move on. One stupid mistake does not cancel out the good Mr. Gibson has done or the goodness of his heart. "Just my 2 cents worth." Mark from Chicagoland

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get a life people    

Rob Schneider lol like he is such a big movie star...Hey Mel fans lets not go see his movies that will teach him lol.........

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Colleen Urban    

I'm tired of the Babs slaps. Stop publishing her "flagging ticket sales." You must be very lazy journalists. All you have to do is do a google search on Babs tickets and you will find that her current concert tour is SOLD OUT -- all except seats in the upper rafters. Stop publishing lies about people. Don't you know that will come back at you in your own life. Oh, and about the price of those tickets? 1) Charity and 2) she employs a whole orchestra that must travel on the road with her. Rule #1 in any journalism course is "to tell the whole truth."

A Streisand Fan

3004 days ago

Superstar Steve    

What stone hasn't been yet unturned in this whole "Melgate" thing? Will another celebrity PLEASE GET INTO SOME TROUBLE ALREADY?!!!! I just know with the weekend coming up, someone's gonna do or say something stupid somewhere...personally I can't wait! And it can't be the predictable ones either. It has to be a big box office type. No "D" or "B" listers. It has to be an "A" list type who gets caught doing something stupid, or naughty, or maybe a big surprise wedding. Rosie O' Donnell and Ellen De Generes run into each other at "The Palms" gay gurl bar and the whole bar turns into a catfight.....yeah.

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Andres Fernando Sierra    

lol Aw, leave Chachi alone. :-p Let's discuss if Rob IS or ISN'T a pathetic loser for a second, shall we? He takes out a full-page add in Variety newspaper saying he'll NEVER work w/ Mel Gibson. It'd be easy to say that Rob's just trying to get publicity and using his (half-) Jewishness to do it... not to mention the fact he has to PAY for it. But IS it insincere??? Perhaps not! If Steven Spielberg had did it, you would think differently and w/out natural sinister motives, right? I suppose we should extend the same logic to Rob.

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Mel's a typical, sloppy, white, drunk, kooky, distorting Christianity for his own political ends freak! He uses the religion to hate! Thats what the church did to justify the African salve trade! Then again, he from Austrailia where whites have invaded the land and slaughtered the black/brown natives for decades-so it is no wonder he would be a racist. The Austrailian trash didnt even want Jews to immigrate in there-they want a white mecca for the KKK.

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Well, obviously, TMZ, (Levine) is mad at Mel. But I think that people have forgotten, first of all, the guy was obviously drunk, second of all there is a WAR in which Israel is the aggressor, so I am sure if he said, "Muslims/Arabs start all world wars" it wouldn't be that condemed even though it is not true. I am sure this guy, besides the fact that he was DRUNK, was upset at what the Israelis are doing to the Lebanese and the Palestinian people..but I think his better choice of word should have been ZIONIST instead of JEWISH. Get off the guy's back, he was DRUNK.

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teri ercolani    

Susan your comments are just as bad as Mel Gibson's while intoxicated. Unfortunately for you, your sober .

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The coverage on this whole story is ironically reaffirming negative jewish stereotypes: the jews are annoying, they run the media, they are hypocritical about their own bigotry, they run hollywood in a hypocritical way (see every nasty movie about the catholics and muslims), they are unforgiving, they are ANNOYING ANNOYING ANNOYING!

TMZ, i really hope that you are on someone else's ass like this when they utter an anti-Christian remark or if Hollywood portrays negative stereotypes about OTHER minority and religious groups.

You guys are fucking hypocrites. The more you pound this Gibson story, the more i am going to support him.

Get a life, Harvey Levin and get a life TMZ

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