Entries in Brett Ratner (6)


Sandra Bullock and Brett Ratner Deny Post-Oscars Hookup

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock says an In Touch magazine report claiming she got physical with director Brett Ratner at a post-Oscars party is false.

In a joint statement obtained by Us Weekly, Bullock and Ratner say, "We think that it's incredibly sad that in these times, this magazine would resort to complete fabrication, solely for financial gain.  There is not a shred of accuracy in their story.  We have not seen nor spoken to each for over a decade.  We both had a great time after the Oscars, just not with each other."

Ratner was initially tapped to produce this year's Oscars telecast, but he resigned after coming under fire for using an anti-gay slur in public.

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Billy Crystal to Host Academy Awards

ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- Billy Crystal will host next year's Oscars, ABC News affiliate KABC has confirmed.

“Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show,” he posted Thursday on his Twitter page.

Crystal, who has hosted the show eight times — only Bob Hope can top that — is the obvious safe choice. But at 63, the When Harry Met Sally star is not exactly a fresh face likely to lure the young viewers the Academy so desperately covets.

Still, Crystal, who is equally liked by audiences and Academy members, could rescue the show by returning for the first time since 2004.

The show has been under fire since producer Brett Ratner tendered his resignation Tuesday amid the backlash that ensued over his use of an anti-gay slur. The following day, his handpicked host, Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, also stepped down.

Hours after Murphy’s exit, Academy organizers drafted Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, to fill the slot vacated by Ratner.

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Brian Grazer to Replace Brett Ratner as Oscars Producer

Brian Grazer poses with Leonardo DeCaprio at the "J. Edgar" opening night gala after party on November 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that filmmaker Brian Grazer will be producing the 84th annual Academy Awards after Brett Ratner gave up the position this week.

“Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak in a news release. “He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars.”

Grazer will join Don Mischer to produce the Feb. 2012 show, Academy officials said.

“It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career,” said Grazer in the release. “Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.”

The move comes after Ratner came under fire for using an anti-gay slur at Tower Heist screening.  He resigned as producer of the show on Tuesday.

Following Ratner’s resignation, Eddie Murphy, who was slated to host the show, decided to step down Wednesday.

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Brett Ratner Resigns as Oscars Producer over Gay Slur

Joe Corrigan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tower Heist director Brett Ratner has resigned as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards after coming under fire for using an anti-gay slur.

Ratner angered some audience members following a Tower Heist screening at Los Angeles’ Arclight Cinemas this weekend by using the anti-gay “F” word, according to New York Magazine. After the screening, the director was asked by the moderator of a question-and-answer session whether he rehearses with his actors prior to shooting a scene.  Ratner responded, “Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal is for f***.”

After the incident, Ratner issued an apology statement to, saying, “I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Ratner’s resignation as Oscars producer in a prepared statement Tuesday.

“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Academy President Tom Sherak said. “Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent.”

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Tower Heist Fails to Impress, Debuts in 2nd Place

Bobby Bank/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller action comedy Tower Heist came an unexpected second in the weekend’s box office.

Puss in Boots, the Dreamwork's animation starring the voice of Antonio Banderas, topped the box office for the second week in a row with $33 million while Tower Heist grossed $25 million.

The Brett Ratner-directed Heist's standing was surprising given the star power of former MASH star Alan Alda as well as Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena and Gabourey Sidibe.

In third place was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas whose debut resulted in $13.1 million.

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Brett Ratner and Don Mischer to Produce Oscars

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Brett Ratner has been chosen to produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, accompanied by veteran Oscar show producer Don Mischer.

Ratner is most famously known for directing movies including Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand. His next film to hit theaters will be the big-budget action comedy Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Tom Sherak, made the announcement Thursday.

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