Scoop! To Mel and back: Gibson does PR 

Mel Gibson continues to try to repair any damage done to his career after his drunken driving arrest and anti-Semitic remarks two months ago.

The Oscar-winning director made a surprise appearance at Fantastic Fest, a film festival for new science fiction, horror and fantasy films in Austin, Texas, and was greeted with a standing ovation. Gibson screened a two-hour rough cut of his latest movie, the Mayan adventure film "Apocalypto," which opens Dec. 8.

The "Passion of the Christ" director spoke to the audience, pointing out similarities between the decline of the Mayan civilization and our current government.

"The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again," Gibson said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "What’s human sacrifice, if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?"

For a sober Pete’s sake

Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty’s latest attempt to clean up has really impressed on-again girlfriend Kate Moss.

Apparently, the wafer-thin supermodel (is that redundant?) has agreed to marry the newly clean and sober rocker, who is currently drying out at a London rehab center.

"Kate has been so impressed with his attitude. She has always loved him but just needed him to straighten up," a source told the Sunday Mirror. "Now there’s nothing to stop them marrying."

Doherty, whose number of drug offenses is too lengthy to list here, was released from the rehabilitation center Monday and, with Moss in tow, flew to Ireland for the start of Babyshambles’ tour.

Aaron: I’m not ready to get hitched to my brother’s ex

Pop singer Aaron Carter, 18, has called off his weeklong engagement to Playmate Kari Ann Peniche, 22, who first dated his older brother, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.

"I got caught up in the moment and proposed," Carter told Us Weekly. "I then realized it was a hasty thing to do and Iam not ready for marriage quite yet."

Carter said he hopes that they can be friends, but Peniche seems to be holding out hope that they will get back together.

"He’s really young and just needs to get his act together," Peniche told People magazine. "I don’t know what’s going on right now. We’re friends and maybe we’ll get back together sometime. We haven’t ruled out getting back together."

Anyone else think this was all a publicity stunt for Carter’s new E! reality show, "House of Carters," premiering Oct. 2?

Thanks for the addiction, dad

"I learned it from watching you, dad! I learned it from watching you!" Hey, maybe all those after-school specials and anti-drug ads are on to something.

In his upcoming autobiography, Jack Osbourne says his drug addiction is a case of like father, like son.

"I never realized that his addictions weren’t normal. I just thought that it was what dads did," the son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne writes, according to the Daily Mirror. "Buy myself a box of Tic Tacs mints. Then I would swallow them down — just to be like him."

Scoop! is Examiner's gossip roundup by Sonia Mansfield. You can email Sonia at smansfield@examiner.com

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