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18 items from 2011

Brett Ratner Is Out as Oscar Producer

9 November 2011 8:20 AM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Oh that Brett Ratner.

Earlier this year, Ratner signed on to co-produce the Academy Awards and enlisted his buddy Eddie Murphy to act as host. This was considered a coup for the Oscar telecast, mostly because Murphy is being seen as an ideal choice as emcee.

But now, Ratner is out. Well, actually, he resigned after an uproar over comments he made recently while promoting his latest film, Tower Heist (which, by the way, is not stealing much cash at the box office).

First, there was Ratner's appearance on G4's Attack of the Show where he discussed his relationship with former Attack of the Show co-host Olivia Munn, saying, "I used to date Olivia Munn, I'll be honest with everyone here. But when she was 'Lisa.' She wasn't Asian back then. She was hanging out on my set of After the Sunset, I banged her a few times, »

- Theron

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Brett Ratner Says a Bad Word, Forced to Resign as Oscars Producer

9 November 2011 3:55 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Brett Ratner was set to produce the 84th Academy Awards while his "Tower Heist" star Eddie Murphy is set to host it. But during the media rounds for the new movie, Ratner has made so many offensive comments that he has been forced to resign as a producer of the Oscars. On the Howard Stern Show, the director said that he sent Lindsay Lohan to the doctor to check for STDs before sleeping with her. He went on to say that he has huge balls and is the best at oral sex. Regarding Olivia Munn, he said: "I used to date Olivia Munn. when she was Lisa. That was the problem. She wasn't Asian back then ... She was hanging out on my set of 'After the Sunset,' I banged her a few times, but I forgot her ... The problem is I made her look like whore." And »

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Firestorm brewing over Oscar producer Brett Ratner's gay slur

8 November 2011 10:05 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

There's a firestorm brewing in Southern California this week, and it has nothing to with high winds or drought conditions. As first reported by Vulture, "Tower Heist" director and 2012 Academy Awards producer Brett Ratner shocked an audience at the ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles last week by responding to a question about his attitude toward cast rehearsals with the line "Rehearsing is for fags." And suddenly every problem I've ever had with the acting in Brett Ratner's movies makes sense.

Ratner quickly submitted an apology to TheWrap ("I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself.") and Academy president Tom Sherak told Deadline that he accepted it. But that hasn't stopped some within the Academy and the industry from calling for Ratner to be fired as producer of next year's Oscars.

TheWrap quoted an unnamed "longtime Academy member" worried that Ratner's antics were "tarnishing" the Oscars' brand. »

- Matt Singer

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Ratner: 'I Was Lying About Munn Sex Boast'

8 November 2011 12:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker Brett Ratner has publicly apologised for remarks he made about having sex with TV presenter and actress Olivia Munn.

The director was a guest on U.S. TV programme Attack of the Show, which was previously hosted by Munn, last week (ends04Nov11) when he was asked to comment on reports suggesting he is the mystery subject of salacious and unsavoury stories in the Iron Man 2 star's memoirs.

He revealed, "I used to date Olivia Munn... when she was Lisa... She was hanging out on my set of After the Sunset, I banged her a few times... but I forgot her.

"Because she changed her name... I didn’t know it was the same person. So when she came and auditioned for me for a TV show, I forgot her, she got p**sed off and she made up all these stories about me eating shrimp and masturbating in my trailer. And my shortcomings. She talked about my shortcomings. I get it. She’s bitter."

Munn has yet to respond to Ratner's comments, but the filmmaker apologised during an appearance on Howard Stern's satellite radio show on Monday.

Ratner insisted he was lying about having sex with his "friend" Munn and added he is not the unnamed director with the "undersized manhood" she writes about in her book.

He explained, "She’s actually talented. The problem is I made her look like she’s a whore." »

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Brett Ratner: Oscar Producer & Gay Slur, (Not) Banging Olivia Munn

7 November 2011 4:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Brett Ratner, best known for action flicks such as Rush Hour 3, After the Sunset, and X-Men: The Last Stand, would co-produce with Don Mischer the Oscar ceremony telecast, eyebrows were raised so high they reached some people's lower backs. Now they have gone round and are probably up to their belly button. A few days ago, on the cable station G4's Attack of the Show Ratner claimed he "banged" actress Olivia Munn (I Don't Know How She Does It) "a few times … but I forgot her," partly because "she wasn't Asian" at the time. Ratner's classy remarks were a response to Munn's equally classy remarks in her book Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, in which the author claims she caught Ratner jerking off his tiny dick while stuffing his face with bits of greasy shrimp. »

- Andre Soares

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Brett Ratner: Olivia Munn And I Had Sex

7 November 2011 7:42 AM, PST | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

He's pretty much known as a pig in the industry, and she's a kind-of hot chick who pretends to be a geek in order to make herself appear cooler. So in conclusion: Brett Ratner and Olivia Munn are made for each other.

In her memoir, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, (groan), Olivia shares some... disgusting details of a super short relationship she had with a pretty famous director when she was starting out in the industry. These vomit inducing details include seeing, "a grown man in an oversized shirt holding his undersized manhood in hands glistening with shrimp fat."

Well, on a press tour on Thursday, Brett cleared the air, announcing that he was the director that slept with Olivia, but denied the whole shrimp fat incident.

"I used to date Olivia Munn, I'll be honest with everyone here. But when she was 'Lisa. »

- Alexandra Capotorto

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Ballistic: Ratner vs. Munn Over Their X-Rated Past

4 November 2011 4:54 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

And now for the strangest (and perhaps grossest) news you'll hear all week -- and maybe all month.

The conversation segued into something a lot juicier than the making of "Tower Heist" when director Brett Ratner did an interview on G4's "Attack of the Show," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show's host brought up a specific passage in Olivia Munn's 2010 collection of personal essays, "Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek," in which the "Magic Mike" star describes her past relationship with Ratner ... and claims that the director once masturbated in front of her while eating raw shrimp.

Let that sink in for a minute -- or maybe you should just keep reading as quickly as possible…

Ratner admits that Munn (who was apparently known as "Lisa" back then) hung out on the set of "After the Sunset," where he "banged her a »

- Bryan Enk

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Brett Ratner talks sex with Olivia Munn ... and shrimp

4 November 2011 11:13 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

"Tower Heist" director Brett Ratner appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show!"  Thursday (Nov. 3), and he had a few things to say about the show's former co-host Olivia Munn.

(Warning: You might not want to read this post if you're eating. Or just ate.)

Munn's memoir, "Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek" mentions a that she once saw a Hollywood director she had dated holding his "undersized manhood" while eating shrimp.

It was widely assumed that this director was none other than Ratner. He confirmed that he did date Munn; however, he claims the shrimp and the manhood holding didn't actually happen.

"I used to date Olivia Munn ... when she was Lisa," Ratner said on the show. "That was the problem. She wasn't Asian back then.

"She was hanging out on my set of 'After the Sunset,' I banged her a few times ... but I forgot her, »


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Brett Ratner 'Banged' Olivia Munn When She 'Wasn't Asian'

4 November 2011 3:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Wow, Brett Ratner. Wow. "I used to date Olivia Munn, I'll be honest with everyone here. But when she was 'Lisa.' She wasn't Asian back then," the 'Tower Heist' director said on 'Attack of the Show.' "She was hanging out on my set of 'After the Sunset,' I banged her a few times, but I forgot her. Because she changed her name. I didn't know it was the same person and so when she auditioned for me for a TV show, I forgot her, she got pissed off, and so she made up all these stories about me eating shrimp and masturbating in my trailer. And she talked about my shortcomings."

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- Christopher Rosen

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A Look Back: What Movies Were Like When Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Got Married

31 October 2011 12:33 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Happier timesIt seemed like only yesterday we were in the streets celebrating the blessed union of our most important public figure Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries with E!'s televised special "Kim's Fairytale Wedding" when it aired all the way back on October 9. Of course, this was a tape delayed program, edited after the actual wedding took place back on August 20, 2011 when Kim and the love of her life said, "I do." Unfortunately, today, October 31, 2011, we learn the marriage is over. Kim filed for divorce creating a Halloween we will all remember for a long time to come. After enjoying 72 days of wedded bliss the world has lost one of their most beloved couples and on such an occasion I felt it was important to take a look back at just what life was like back when these two crazy kids embarked on that crazy journey we call love. Most importantly, »

- Brad Brevet

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Spe Films India's Sunil Udhani to join Multivision Multimedia as distribution head

31 August 2011 7:18 AM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment Films India's regional sales manager - west Sunil Udhani has put in his papers at the company.Udhani, who has been with Sony Pictures for the last eight years is set to join Multivision Multimedia India as its distribution head.Multivision Multimedia India is an independent distributor of Hollywood films in India. Over the last few years, some of the movies that the company has released in India are The Hurt Locker, Monster In Law, After The Sunset, Hostage, Rush Hour 3, T.M.N.T., Rambo 4, P.S. I »

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God Help Us All: Brett Ratner Will Produce The 2012 Oscars

5 August 2011 7:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hey, guys! Brett Ratner here. You know, the Ratmeister? Sir Rats-a-Lot? King Rat? Ratty Boom Boom? Rat@T? Rat-a-Tat-Tat? B-ratz? The Ratlantic Ocean? Ratatouille? Rat The Mountains Of Madness? Rattack The Block? Ratlas Shrugged? Hayley Ratwell? Rat Damon? Rat Long Last Love? Director of the Academy Award-nominated "After The Sunset?"* There we go. * Editor's note: "After The Sunset" was never nominated for an Academy Award. Or, indeed, any awards. When I'm not romancing supermodels or directing box office smashes like my hilarious new movie "Tower Heist" (opening in all good theaters November 4th), I like to produce movies for other… »

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Brett Ratner, Don Mischer: Oscar Show Producers

4 August 2011 6:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 2012 Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced today. Ratner is an Oscarcast newcomer, while Mischer will be returning after this year's Emmy-nominated show, considered by some to be one of the worst ever in Oscar history. (Bruce Cohen was the show's co-producer.) Don Mischer Productions will also be partially handling the Governors Ball ceremony in November. This year's Oscar ceremony was hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Oprah Winfrey was rumored to be a possibility for next year's Oscar show; earlier this week, Winfrey was announced as the 2011 recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The following biographical information on Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon, After the Sunset, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Don Mischer is from the Academy's press release: Ratner’s work spans movies, including eight features; numerous television series; over »

- Anna Robinson

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'Playboy Club' casts Troy Garity in recurring role

3 August 2011 2:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Troy Garity has joined new NBC drama The Playboy Club in a recurring role. The Sunshine star will play John Bianchi, the son of mobster Bruno Bianchi, according to TV Line. When Bruno's untimely demise is covered up, John will confront Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) for information on his father's whereabouts. Garity previously starred in 2002 film Barbershop and its 2004 sequel, and also appeared in 2001's Bandits and 2004's After the Sunset. The actor's past television credits include guest roles on House (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Hugh Grant Takes The Lead In The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

17 May 2011 1:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board

Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to »

- Michelle McCue

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Lenoir Opens Up About Suicide Attempt

20 February 2011 6:21 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Model-turned-actress Noemie Lenoir has opened up about her suicide attempt last May, revealing she was so depressed following the breakdown of a relationship she thought she was "poisoning" her son's life.

The 31-year-old beauty, who has enjoyed roles in films including Rush Hour 3 and After the Sunset, was found unconscious in woodland in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France, after allegedly ingesting a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

The star has confessed she was battling "a very deep depression" and felt "really alone" after moving to Paris to be with former soccer star boyfriend Claude Makelele, the father of her six-year-old son, Kelyan.

She tells Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine, "Last May I did something really, really stupid. I came straight from New York to living in Claude's house (in Paris), and I really wanted it to work, and it didn't work out. He hurt me... so I decided... It was like a bad, bad depression, a very deep depression. I felt really alone.

"After I tried to kill myself, when I woke up, I finally realised: Claude is not the man for me."

Lenoir admits she was also racked with guilt about not being "good enough" for her son prior to her suicide bid.

She adds, "People say, 'Didn't she think about her son?' But they don't understand. I love my son so much. But I didn't think I was good enough, I thought I was poison. Poison for me and poison for him. When I was depressed I felt like I was poisoning his life by being in it.

"I thought he would be better with his dad and my mum to look after him. I didn't realise I was hurting anyone, until I woke up in the hospital and saw my mum crying." »

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Lenoir Finds Love Again

3 February 2011 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Model-turned-actress Noemie Lenoir has found love with a French director, following an apparent overdose last year.

The 31-year-old beauty, who has enjoyed roles in films including Rush Hour 3 and After the Sunset, is said to be on the road to recovery with the help of her new boyfriend, filmmaker Jean Paul Rouve.

A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "Jean Paul makes her laugh and has given her a new lease of life."

Last May, the model was found unconscious in woodland in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France, after allegedly ingesting a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

Lenoir has a six-year-old son, Kelyan, with her former soccer star boyfriend Claude Makelele, and was previously romantically linked to rap mogul Russell Simmons. »

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Naomie Harris in Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower?

8 January 2011 7:26 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Another casting update! Ok, we already know that Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen are both in the running to play the lead character Roland Deschain in the upcoming Ron Howard‘s adaptation of The Dark Tower.

So, we’re here to add another name to this project, because, according to the latest rumors, Naomie Harris is the front runner for the female lead, Susannah Dean!

In the novels Susannah Dean is originally known as Odetta Holmes and Detta Walker, two wildly different women trapped within the same body.

After suffering a serious brain trauma early in her life, Odetta’s damaged mind created the Detta personality, a cold-blooded and violent racist with intentions of killing both Roland and Eddie.

Eventually Roland successfully fuses the legless woman’s two personalities into the solitary Susannah Dean, turning her into an invaluable member of his Ka-tet of gunslingers.

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- Fiona

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