Brett Ratner

Casting the Old School VJs in Brett Ratner's New MTV Movie

We recently found out that director Brett Ratner is working on hammering out the details on a project chronicling the first decade of MTV, a film adaptation of Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. While it’s unclear what shape the project will take, the nostalgia fiends in us are totally psyched about this idea, and can’t wait to see who they might cast as the all-important original VJs (because this would be back when MTV actually had videos to jockey, of course). We’ve taken a stab at some high-profile casting choices for our dream version of the film — take a look through our picks and let us know who you would have chosen in the comments! … Read More

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Video Essay: “How to Pull the Perfect Movie Heist”

Tower Heist, Brett Ratner’s late-fall heist picture, is out this week on DVD, so our latest video essay takes a look at this durable genre via a step-by-step examination of how to put a big heist together — according to the movies, anyway. We grabbed pieces from over two dozen heist movies, from here and abroad, from the 1950s to the present, and put them together to show, in seven easy steps, how to pull that one big score. (Bonus points if it’s your last big one before retiring somewhere warm.)

We’ll show you how it’s done with the help of some of our favorite directors, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, Bryan Singer, John Huston, David Mamet, Peter Yates, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jules Dassin, Sidney Lumet, John McTiernan, Jim Henson, and Frank Oz. And check out our all-star cast: Robert DeNiro, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Marlon Brando, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Keitel, Val Kilmer, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Steve Buscemi, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Liotta, Danny DeVito, Michael Madsen, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Sizemore, Vincent Cassel, Owen Wilson, Joe Pesci, Luke Wilson, Sean Connery, Guy Pearce, George Segal, Sam Rockwell, Delroy Lindo, Seth Green, Sterling Hayden, Chris Penn, Mos Def, Lawrence Tierney, Jason Statham, Jean Reno, the Muppets, and many, many more. Find out “How to Pull the Perfect Movie Heist” after the jump. … Read More

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Brett Ratner Is Directing a New GLADD Campaign

It’s sad but true: there are enough people doing and saying offensive things in Hollywood that we usually forget about any given scandal after a few weeks pass. But months later, we’re still smarting over the racist, sexist, and homophobic comments that Brett Ratner made last fall while promoting his film Tower Heist. If you’ll… Read More

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The Naughty List: The Most Controversial Cultural Icons of 2011

We think it’s safe to say that it’s been another colorful and crazy year. In the past few weeks we’ve taken a look at all the things we loved most in 2011 — including some of the best movie moments, the year’s greatest book covers, and the most controversial art shows. Every positive has a negative, however, and this year was no different. From directors who can’t seem to keep themselves out of hot water, to celebubimbos that we can do without, and 1% of the population that really pisses us off, we bring you ten of the year’s most controversial cultural icons that made everyone’s naughty list. Leave your picks below. … Read More

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The Year In Film: 2011's Biggest Movie Controversies

Every Wednesday in December, Flavorwire will take a look back at the year in film — the stories, the performances, the movies that we were talking about in 2011. For this week, let’s revisit some of the year’s movie controversies, shall we?

We film folk can get worked up pretty easily, so while we found plenty of things to get all a-tizzy about in 2011, the assembled list of 2011’s film controversies doesn’t exactly read like end-of-the-world, stop-the-presses stuff. But these things are important to us! We’re easily excitable! Thus, ratings and posters and Oscars and Darth Vader’s scream were well worth talking about — then, and now. Join us after the jump to relive some of the year’s very big deals. … Read More

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Brett Ratner Apologizes for “Ugly and Bigoted” Comments

We had kind of hoped Brett Ratner would step out of the spotlight for a while after resigning as Oscars producer as a result of his recent racist, sexist, and homophobic comments. But no such luck. The director is already back with his latest, lengthiest Tracy Morgan-style apology yet, in which he seems to have… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Hollywood big shot Brian Grazier has stepped in to replace Brett Ratner as the producer of this year’s Oscars. Despite some initial speculation, Grazier now says that there’s no way that he’s going ask Eddie Murphy to reconsider his exit as host. [via Deadline]

2. Ricky Gervais says that NBC wants him… Read More

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Eddie Murphy Steps Down as Oscars Host

It’s been incredibly strange to watch Brett Ratner — who, admittedly, was never one of our favorite directors — implode over the past few days. First he made confusing, vaguely racist comments about his fling with Olivia Munn, and then he told the audience at a Tower Heist that “rehearsing is… Read More

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