Who knows how he got the nickname “The Rat.” It might have come from fanboys after Brett Ratner, famed for brainless buddy action films starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, took on the Marvel “X-Men” franchise and seemingly brought it
Brett Ratner is running the show at this year's Oscars. He's co-producing it, actually. But his name raised eyebrows, which isn't a bad thing for staid, stodgy Hollywood. That gig wouldn't mean much, ordinarily, as the show is so formatted that putting your i
Steven Spielberg has been talking about/promising to make a movie about Abraham Lincoln for years. And for years, he had Liam Neeson, his “Schindler's List” star, on board to play the president. Now, he's packing his bags for Virginia — Richm
A comedy about working class stiffs who stick it to the Wall Street type who stole their savings? Talk about ripped from today's headlines. Talk about being in sync with the national mood. Talk about Eddie Murphy, funny again after all these years. “Tow
Nooooo, we didn't see this coming. So, Brett Ratner thinks “Rehearsing's for f–s.” Perhaps that's the REAL reason he was ousted as Oscar telecast producer. You can't do the Oscars without rehearsing. No, it was the anti-gay slur, an offhand r
Brett Ratner asked Eddie Murphy to be Oscar host when Brett got the call to produce the next Academy Awards. Now that Ratner's had to quit over the uproar from his offhand gay slur, Eddie's out, too. He told the Academy he was withdrawing. “Academy of Mo
So will the ninth time be the charm for Oscar host with the most Billy Crystal? The Academy and its “new” Oscar producer Brian Grazer reached out to Billy Crystal, eschewing the fruitless “youth movement” of hosts in recent years, to
The Brett Ratner gay slur scandal fades quickly into distant memory in light of what's going on at Penn State University. Thus, does the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences immediately replace the ousted Oscar telecast producer Ratner with Brian Grazer
Brett Ratner “remixed” the Indian film Kites, sort of a cross-cultural romantic thriller (Indian guy, Mexican girl, betrayal, a love affair that crosses the wrong family, etc.) . IMDb says it's opening in other territories May 21, in the US May 28.
With the news that delays, delays and more delays have chased Guillermo del Toro out of Middle Earth (almost, he's still scripting it, he thinks) comes the loud speculation about who will take over Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel. Who will direct it,
Some people say there is too much chaos inÂ television. Not CBS, which has ordered “Chaos” for midseason. CBS describes the show as a comedic drama about rogue CIA spies who work in the Office of Disruptive Services. There they fight threats t
They're moving their “big show” next year, but I'm off to a see a movie or two in this, the last year of ShowEast in Orlando. It moves to Miami next fall. Years of interviews with filmmakers and stars — screenings of holiday films months befo
Steven Spielberg was to direct the film of the tween-teen adventure series “The 39 Clues.” That much was established before the books, and the audio versions of those books (which my kids are hooked on for road trips) even came out. Rick Riordan fr
Who will win the “Snow White Races to the Big Screen” sweepstakes? The “Snow White and the Huntsman” folks, with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron? Or Tarsem Singh's Julia Roberts/Lily Collins film? That's the one that starts filming
The fourth big R-rated comedy of the summer may very well be the funniest. Ripped from the recessionary zeitgeist, raunchy and rude and built around something like a dream cast, “Horrible Bosses” is the first funny film to give those “Brides
"The Artist," the black-and-white silent film about Hollywood’s rocky transition to the “talkies,” took the biggest honors at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture, director and lead actor. It was a night filled with...