Editors' Apocalyptic Adventures in Punnery

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, HEADLINES Gibson There's no way Apocalypto wouldn't be controversial. Mayan groups are upset about its depiction of their ancient culture and critics are divided: Is Mel Gibson's latest foreign-language history lesson a bloody mess or a gripping yarn with far-reaching political ramifications?

But one thing many critics—or their editors—agree on is how to frame the film using headline puns. Here are three emerging schools of Apocalypto headlines:

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Passion Plays

• "Apocalypto: The Passion of Mel"—Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

• "The Passion of the Maya"—A.O. Scott, New York Times

• "Passion of the Slice"—Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Coppola Callbacks

• ""—Anders Wright, San Diego City Beat

• "'Apocalypto': Then and Now"—Craig Detweiler,

• "Skip into Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto' now!"—by Jon E. Drucker,

Wild Cards

• "Apocalypt-Ow! Mel's Messy Mayan Movie"—by Rex Reed, New York Observer

Breaking News

• "APOCA-HOW MUCH-TO?!?"—Devin Faraci,

• "Snuff Epic"—David Germain, AP



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