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11 items from 2011


5 Questions With ... 'Tower Heist' Director Brett Ratner

2 November 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Brett Ratner knows his high-octane movies -- the one-time music video director cut his big screen teeth on Charlie Sheen's action-comedy "Money Talks" and all three "Rush Hour" movies. We know what happens when Ratner's sensibilities meet Chris Tucker (see: every movie we've mentioned thus far) and mutant superpowers ("X-Men: The Last Stand") -- but what happens when his taste for action meets the global financial crisis?

"Tower Heist."

In advance of his new release, we talked to the director about working with his childhood idol, the Occupy Wall Street protesters and -- obviously -- the devastating legacy of Milli Vanilli.

"Tower Heist" is pure vintage Eddie Murphy. Very "48 Hours"-ish, very "Trading Places."  That must have been a boyhood dream of yours.

Oh my God, are you kidding?  You have no idea.  It was beyond a dream. Growing up with an actor and watching his movies... Eddie invented the genre. »

- Brooke Tarnoff

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Brett Ratner: 'If it wasn't for Eddie Murphy, Rush Hour wouldn't exist'

31 October 2011 2:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Tower Heist director has earned box office billions and the respect of his peers - but why do fanboys still hate him?

A few years ago Brett Ratner appeared on Entourage, playing a brash, belligerent and presumably heightened version of himself in a decadent scene filmed in his own Beverly Hills home. Load the clip on YouTube and there's a maelstrom of vitriol in the comments below. Suffice to say, the top-rated comment ends with "Hope he gets diarrhea".

Ratner gets a lot of this. With 14 years of feature films under his belt, including the Rush Hour franchise, the Red Dragon remake and the third X-Men movie, he's made $1.7bn for Hollywood, which irks his detractors, particularly X-Men fans disappointed by his end to the original trilogy. Ratner, though, is very comfortable with his success and very proud of his films, and it seems – certainly from the time I »

- Alex Godfrey

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Charlie Sheen's Anger Management Lands at FX

28 October 2011 12:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.

FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin L. Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg's production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions.

In success, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple »

- MovieWeb

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'Toy Story' Screenwriting Team Tapped for 'Farmville' Movie

10 October 2011 9:35 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The names Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow may not be immediately familiar, but you've no doubt seen some of their movies. The screenwriting duo has credits on Toy Story, Money Talks, Cheaper By the Dozen, Evan Almighty, Daddy Day Camp, and both Garfield flicks. Regardless of this resume, the pair keeps getting new gigs, and they've found a rather lucrative new niche: they're about to be the guy(s) adapting one of Facebook's most outrageously popular games... IGN has new information that indicates Cohen and Sokolow may be getting ready to pen a Farmville movie. Let that sink in. (Slashfilm reminds us that there is also an Angry Birds movie on the horizon as well.) For the three people who might not know, Farmville is a Facebook game that asks you to run a farm...

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- Scott Weinberg

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‘Toy Story’ Writers To Pen ‘Farmville’ Movie?

7 October 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When many of us think of video games we think of the staples: games played on consoles or computers. It's only in the past few years that mobile phones and  social networking platforms have created a whole new batch of casual gamers. Games like Words With Friends, Angry Birds and Farmville are now as popular, if not more so, than stuff like Halo or Mortal Kombat. And while those console games keep getting turned into movies, the newer, more social games have been on the outside looking in. That might be changing, though. An Angry Birds movie has been in development [1] for some time, and IGN recently spoke to Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, who strongly hinted they could soon be writing a Farmville movie. Thanks to IGN [2] for this scoop. Here's the quote: So, yes, we will continue writing movies. We are also working on several new and very exciting opportunities. »

- Germain Lussier

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Oscar Hopes For Producer Brett Ratner: Chris Tucker And An 'X-Men' Apology

5 August 2011 3:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Brett Ratner might not have been the choice Hollywood was expecting when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their producer for the 2012 Oscars, but he certainly is an interesting one.

But the "Tower Heist" director has been known for his large-scale films, and the very elements of his filmmaking that have drawn fire from skeptics might be exactly what the Oscars need this year. Ratner, for his part, thinks he can bring something special to the biggest night in Tinseltown, something he's been complaining has been lacking in previous years. And with the failed attempt at drawing in a younger audience by hiring Anne Hathaway and James Franco as hosts last year, it seems like the Academy is seeking an alternate route.

So what can we expect Ratner to contribute to the awards show? We brainstormed a few things we hope happen at this year's event.

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- Terri Schwartz

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Chris Tucker Returns to Stand-Up in New Tour

5 August 2011 1:05 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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About a decade ago, the three “Rush Hour” movies made comedian Chris Tucker one of the hottest actors in Hollywood.

But Tucker hasn’t starred in a film in close to four years. For his next act, he won’t be returning to the silver screen. He’s instead returning to his roots as a stand-up comedian. Preparing to kick off his appropriately titled “Back To Where I Came From” stand-up comedy tour (the first date is August 19, in Long Beach, »

- Jozen Cummings

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Oscar Update: Brett Ratner Will Produce the 2012 Oscars

4 August 2011 10:11 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been busy the last couple of days with updates, and today dropped the bombshell that had people stumbling over themselves to be the first one with the hot punchline. Thing is, I think the Academy has made a decent choice based on the needs of the Oscar telecast, as they announced Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast.

Ratner is a director most associated with the Rush Hour franchise, which made over $500 million domestically, and X-Men: The Last Stand, which is the highest grossing X-Men film to date, but probably one of the most disliked along with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The curious thing is, while Ratner's directorial decisions may not be top notch when it comes to pleasing critics, he seems to have a talent for appealing to the masses, which is exactly what the Oscars need. »

- Brad Brevet

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Anger Management Confirms Charlie Sheen

18 July 2011 4:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen is planning his return to series television in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name. Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, headed by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, will distribute the series that will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg's production company, Evolution Management; and Robert Maron.

Sheen will retain a significant ownership stake in the series inspired by the film, in which a mild-mannered, non-confrontational man is ordered to attend group anger management sessions led by a therapist who could probably use some anger management himself.

"I chose Anger Management because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I »

- MovieWeb

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Denise Richards Stays Mum While Charlie Torpedoes His Truths

7 April 2011 7:05 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Remember in October when Denise Richards turned her Blue Mountain State press tour into a family vacation to New York with her daughters and Charlie Sheen? It ended up with a disastrous night at the Plaza Hotel, but Denise carried on with her press tour, anyway? Babe actually used it to help milk her own TV appearances. And besides, Denise wrote her memoir, went on Oprah to talk about it, did Dancing With the Stars...It's not like the lady is ever press shy! So why now, after her ex-hubby Charlie is hurling insults her way, even going so far as to call her a "dog killer," is Denise staying silent? Money talks, people! Or doesn't, in this case. And it's not just Denise who is keeping her »

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The Downward Spiral of Charlie Sheen

9 March 2011 11:48 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Charlie Sheen is making headlines and not in a good way these days. Everywhere you look, Charlie Sheen and his bizarre escapades are front page diversion. He is a star that is undoubtedly in some sort of obvious downward spiral if not in real jeopardy. He’s on the brink of irrevocably ruining his career, his image and his credibility with lightning speed. In a trend that seems to be an epidemic in Hollywood where almost every week if not every day we can expect to hear of another errant star in trouble of some sort, Charlie Sheen may be the most out of control and audacious movie star to ever fall from grace.

There is no denying that Charlie Sheen has been and still is a brilliant actor. His rise to fame was gained in hit movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street, Major League, Money Talks and Hot Shots! »

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