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Weird Couple Alert: Mariah Carey And...Brett Ratner?

3/29/2015 3:52pm EDT
Is Mariah Carey Dating Filmmaker Brett Ratner?
Mariah Carey may have a new man in her life -- filmmaker Brett Ratner. The pair was spotted getting cozy on Saturday on a yacht in St. Barts. Eye witnesses said the pair was "all over each other" and they are really into one another, according to

Ratner recently claimed he and the songstress were just friends and said romance rumors were "ridiculous." But the pair have known each other for some time. He has directed several of the singer's music videos, including "Obsessed" and "Touch My Body."

The director and singer just celebrated their birthdays. Carey turned 45 on Friday and...

Brett Ratner To Be Honored With Glaad Award

3/10/2013 11:15am EDT
Brett Ratner
Moviemaker Brett Ratner is to be honored with a special award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) group for his work in promoting equality.

The director has created a series of public service announcements (PSAs), which feature stars including Charlie Sheen and Jackie Chan, for the organization, and he has now been unveiled as the recipient of the group's Ally Award.

In a statement, Ratner writes, "I have long been a supporter of equal rights for everyone. I have always been an admirer of GLAAD. They do meaningful and effective work in the fight to secure equality f...

Sandra Bullock & Brett Ratner Release Joint Statement Saying They're Not Dating

3/7/2012 7:40pm EST
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock and moviemaker Brett Ratner have released a joint statement dismissing rumors of a romance.

The odd couple has been linked in a new In Touch magazine cover article, but Bullock and Ratner insist the report, which suggests the pair was spotted kissing and cuddling at an Oscars party, is all wrong.

Their statement reads, "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 grea...

Oscar Hype Starts Early, Academy Awards Launches Trailer With Billy Crystal (Video)

1/6/2012 12:00pm EST
Academy Awards Launches Trailer With Billy Crystal
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to be excited to have Billy Crystal back as host for the 84th Academy Awards as they have launched a trailer in conjunction with Funny or Die. Eddie Murphy was originally named the host but quit back in November after his friend Brett Ratner resigned as show producer while making a homosexual slur during a question-and-answer session to promote Tower Heist.

Nonetheless, the Academy couldn't be happier to have Crystal back for his 9th time as host. The trailer features Crystal and celebrity cameo appearances by Robin Williams, Josh Duham...

Brian Grazer Splits From Fiancée?

12/1/2011 3:29pm EST
Brian Grazer
Hollywood producer Brian Grazer has split from his concert pianist fiancée, according to a report.

Grazer, who recently replaced pal Brett Ratner as the producer of next year's Academy Awards, proposed to Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen in April, but the couple has recently called it quits.

And, according to the New York Post, the A Beautiful Mind producer has since moved on from the failed romance with Keli Lee, an executive at Disney, after taking her as his date to the premiere of his film Tower Heist back in October.

A spokesman for Grazer has refused to confirm or deny the reports, telling...

Jane Lynch Not Offended By Brett Ratner's 'Humor'

11/14/2011 9:37pm EST
Jane Lynch
Gay Glee star Jane Lynch has thrown her support behind embattled moviemaker Brett Ratner after he stepped down as the producer of the Oscars last week following a homophobic slur scandal.

Ratner's resignation came four days after he told movie fans that "Rehearsal's for fags" at a question-and-answer session to promote his new movie Tower Heist.

The remark led to a weekend of outrage among gay rights groups and, after apologizing for his slip-up, the outspoken director decided to walk away from his first Academy Awards.

Host and pal Eddie Murphy stepped down a day later.

Now Lynch has s...

Brett Ratner Vows To Make Amends For Gay Slur Fall Out

11/11/2011 1:09am EST
Brett Ratner
Director Brett Ratner has issued a fresh apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for using a homophobic slur during a recent media event.

Ratner expressed his remorse after coming under fire for the insensitive remark made at a movie question-and-answer session with fans last week, but he didn't stop there - as a result of the uproar the inappropriate comment caused, he decided to resign as co-producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards on Tuesday.

The filmmaker is now attempting to smooth over relations with members of the LGBT community by apologizing once ...

Brian Grazer Replaces Brett Ratner As Oscars Producer

11/10/2011 9:52am EST
Brian Grazer & Bret Ratner
Movie mogul Brian Grazer is to replace Brett Ratner as the co-producer of the 84th annual Oscars.

Ratner resigned on Tuesday over a homophobic slur he used during a movie question-and-answer session with fans on Friday and his pal Eddie Murphy stepped down as host on Wednesday.

Officials at the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences aren't wasting any time in naming their new man - Grazer's appointment was released on Wednesday afternoon.

It still isn't clear who will host the Academy Awards next year, but movie producer and Oscar winner Grazer has a long history with Tom Hanks, who is ...

Eddie Murphy Quits As Oscars Host

11/9/2011 2:54pm EST
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy has quit as Oscars host a day after pal Brett Ratner resigned as the big event's producer.

The Rush Hour director stepped down over a homophobic slur he made during a movie question-and-answer session last week and now the funnyman Ratner signed on to present the Academy Awards has followed him out the door.

A statement from Murphy, released on Wednesday morning, reads, "First and foremost I want to say I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being ...

Brett Ratner Apologizes For Gay Slur; Resigns As Oscars Producer

11/8/2011 9:41pm EST
Brett Ratner
Moviemaker Brett Ratner has resigned as producer of the 2012 Oscars.

The Rush Hour director's decision comes just days after he upset gay rights activists by using a homosexual slur during a question-and-answer session to promote his new film Tower Heist.

Ratner apologized for using the word "fag" at the Arclight cinema event in Hollywood on Friday, insisting it was "a dumb way of expressing myself."

But the online fuss made by his remark prompted film writers and Oscars bloggers to suggest Ratner was the wrong man to oversee the awards.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Presi...

Brett Ratner Apologizes For His Olivia Munn Comments

11/8/2011 8:21am EST
Brett Ratner
Moviemaker Brett Ratner has publicly apologized for remarks he made about having sex with TV presenter and actress Olivia Munn.

The director was a guest on TV program Attack of the Show, which was previously hosted by Munn, last week when he was asked to comment on reports suggesting he is the mystery subject of salacious and unsavory 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...

Two Jews' Review 'Tower Heist' And Find This Caper Comedy Not Very Funny (Video)

11/5/2011 10:00am EDT
Tower Heist
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: All I can say is thank the Movie Gods for Eddie Murphy because he single handedly put the funny in this new so-called, comedy entitled, 'Tower Heist,' directed by Brett Ratner.

So here's the story in a nut shell.

There's this super sleazy, super rich, Wall Street dude named, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) - No, this film isn't a fantasy. Sleazy Wall Street dudes really do exist.

Arthur occupies the Penthouse apartment of New York City's tallest high rise called 'The Tower.' Arthur is charming, friendly to the staff, loves to play chess with the...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,' 'Tower Heist' & More

10/31/2011 2:00pm EDT
Harold & Kumar 3D - Tower Heist
Last week I watched two classic horror movies: “The Thing” and “The Exorcist.” Watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” just further reminded me of how crappy the recent prequel was. With its spooky score, good looking practical effects, and more fully formed characters, Carpenter’s story is far superior. If you were thinking about seeing the prequel, skip it, so you can stay in and watch Carpenter’s version.

Even though I didn’t find myself grossed out by any of the nasty behavior of the possessed little girl (Linda Blair) in “The Exorcist,” I really appreciated the eerie music, the sp...

A Masked Michael Jackson Scared A Homeless Man With A Water Balloon

10/28/2011 9:15am EDT
Michael Jackson
Prankster Michael Jackson once took filmmaker Brett Ratner on a 4 a.m. water balloon mission and terrified a stunned homeless man.

Ratner and Jackson became close friends, and the director would often stay at the pop superstar's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

During an appearance on TV talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday, Ratner recalled one hilarious night with the King of Pop when the two pals and Jackson's driver Kato hit the country roads near Jackson's home armed with water balloons.

The moviemaker said, "He (Jackson) puts on a Hulk mask... and we're driving d...

Paz de la Huerta Blames Her Drunk Friend For Nightclub Scuffle

10/26/2011 8:49am EDT
Paz de la Huerta
Actress Paz de la Huerta has denied she was boozing at director Brett Ratner's party on Monday after she was involved in a dispute with a pal.

The Boardwalk Empire star reportedly got into a scuffle at the Stone Rose Lounge bash in New York after she accidentally spilled a drink over her friend, who broke down in tears and refused to accept de la Huerta's apology.

The incident sparked rumors the star was drinking again following her run-in with the law earlier this year, when she was sentenced to community service and 12 weeks of alcohol counseling after allegedly punching a partygoer a...

Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host

9/6/2011 3:31pm EDT
Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host
Eddie Murphy has been confirmed as the host of the 2012 Oscars.

Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer made the official announcement on Tuesday just days after the Rush Hour director made it clear that the funnyman was his first choice to host the 84th annual awards show in February.

Ratner says, "Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances - especially on stage - I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the s...

Brett Ratner Sorry For 'Seizure Boy' Comment In 'Tower Heist' Trailer

9/6/2011 8:25am EDT
Brett Ratner
Moviemaker Brett Ratner has apologized for including a joke about epilepsy in the TV trailer for his upcoming film "Tower Heist."

Former "Lost" actor Greg Grunberg, who has an epileptic 15-year-old son, took offense to the "Tower Heist" movie preview and called on his Twitter followers to boycott the comedy upon its release in November.

In the clip, Eddie Murphy's character pokes fun at Ben Stiller's, calling him "little seizure boy" twice.

And, although Ratner claims the exchange was not meant to be hurtful, many viewers were angered by the insensitive reference.

Responding to the crit...

Eddie Murphy To Play Hong Kong Phooey

8/11/2011 8:34am EDT
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy has signed on to voice all-action cartoon character Hong Kong Phooey in a new animated caper, according to online reports.

The comedian, who voiced Shrek's Donkey character, has teamed up with Alcon Entertainment animators for their updated version of the Saturday morning TV hit.

According to Variety, Murphy will play a dog who becomes a crime-fighting kung-fu expert after he is granted mystical powers.

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon version of Hong Kong Phooey ran for 16 episodes in 1974.

Movie mogul Brett Ratner is slated to produce the project.

Review: 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Buy Into This One (Video)

4/19/2011 11:18am EDT
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
In 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold', Morgan Spurlock, ('Super Size Me') takes us into the world of product placement, marketing and advertising. The full title of this documentary is actually 'POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold...because POM Wonderful is the major sponsor of this film.

So how interesting is the world of product placement? It seems now-a-days, most films, especially the big budget action ones, can't seem to exist without branding. (Bruce Willis puts on a pair of Ray-Bans before killing some bad guy, right?)...Spurlock explains that while using brands ...

Amber Heard Replaces Rose McGowan In 'Red Sonja' Remake

2/11/2011 8:50am EST
Amber Heard
Model/actress Amber Heard has signed up to replace Rose McGowan in a remake of Brigitte Nielsen's 1985 action film "Red Sonja."

The film has been in development for the past five years with directors like Robert Rodriguez and Brett Ratner attached to the project.

Shortly after Rodriguez was linked to the film, a poster of his girlfriend McGowan as "Red Sonja" hit the Internet, but she has since quit the project, as has the "Planet Terror" moviemaker.

Now, "Con Air" and "The Mechanic" director Simon West is in charge of the film and Heard will lead the cast, according to

Jeremy Renner To Play Snake Plissken?

11/9/2010 10:35am EST
Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner is in negotiations to star in the remake of John Carpenter film Escape From New York.

The 1981 sci-fi classic starred Kurt Russell as anti-hero Snake Plissken. Russell returned for the sequel, Escape From L.A., in 1996.

Breck Eisner is the latest director attached to the project - Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have also been linked to the film.

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Check Out Hot New Pics From The Upcoming Season Of 'The Girls Next Door', Premiering Oct. 11

9/27/2009 11:00am EDT
The Girls Next Door Pictures, Karissa Shannon, Kristina Shannon,
Major changes shook up the Playboy Mansion last season when Holly, Bridget and Kendra said goodbye and moved out of the famous address they once called home. But now a new chapter of "The Girls Next Door" begins as three new blond beauties, Crystal and twins Karissa and Kristina, settle into life at the Mansion. The new season follows Hef and his new girlfriends as they embark on fresh adventures, hilarious antics and all new craziness, from celebrity-filled parties to travels around the globe to romantic movie nights at home. The wild ride begins when the new season of "The Girls Next Doo...

Mariah Carey's 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel' Set For Sept. 29 Release

9/18/2009 7:23pm EDT
Mariah Carey
After setting a long list of new chart records with her most recent hit "Obsessed," interna­tional superstar Mariah Carey, the top-selling female recording artist in history, now follows-up with her remake of Foreigner's classic "I Want To Know What Love Is" as the second single pick from her forthcoming new album on Island Records, "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel".

The special 2-CD package – disc one containing the full album, enhanced disc two containing four remixes plus two videos – is scheduled to arrive in-stores on September 29th. On Friday, September 18th, Mariah will make a spe...

Brett Ratner: 'You're Going To Be Very Surprised By 'Beverly Hills Cop IV''

9/10/2009 11:23am EDT
Beverly Hills Cop
In a recent interview, Brett Ratner gave's Mike Ryan the latest developments on "Beverly Hills Cop IV." If you didn't catch the news a few months ago, Paramount pictures announced the go-ahead on the fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cops franchise. Can BHC made a comeback under the direction of Ratner? According to Brett, you're going to be surprised.

Mike Ryan: What's the latest on "Beverly Hills Cop IV"?

Brett Ratner: I'm having a conversation with Eddie today. We're working on the script and when that script comes in we're going to make that movie.

My only s...

Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

9/9/2009 12:01pm EDT
Brett Ratner
Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...

Everything Geeky: Onscreen Inaccuracy - Necessary or Needless?

6/30/2009 11:34am EDT
The Tudors
I was recently flipping through channels on a quiet Sunday evening when the new show "Merlin" caught my eye. It was originally a British TV drama that did fairly well and premiered in the US on June 21. So far it's viewership isn't too bad and they even got a second season, but seriously? It's terrible. It's terrible in that awesome way where the plots are silly and the acting is somewhat ridiculous, but yet you can't help but keep watching. It has a certain badly budgeted charm that is a reminder of "Hercules: The Legendary Journey" and "Xena: Warrior Princess." Only it's lighter, fluffier...

Celebrity Serial Daters

9/16/2008 9:15am EDT
John Mayer
In Hollywood, the dating circle seems to be so small that most celebrities share boyfriends and girlfriends and swap spit left and right. The time between significant others seems to get shorter and shorter as well. Last week's tabloid cover may show a huge celebrity breakup and the week after it will feature the same exes and who they're already dating next. And although this isn't the case with all of Hollywood, there are a few we like to call Celebrity Serial Daters.

John Mayer uses his smooth rock star status to make the ladies fall for him, but seems to break their hearts just a...

Hugh Hefner Opens Up About Having Sex In His 80s, His Biopic & More

9/5/2007 12:05pm EDT
Hugh Hefner
The latest issue of Details magazine features a new Q&A with Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner:

- On his famous pajamas: “The pajamas came really early on-see, I was working a lot at night. But the smoking jacket-a point came when I was working increasingly at the mansion in Chicago, and there wasn’t a lot of point to getting dressed-and eventually people were disappointed if I was wearing a suit. I’ve got about 200 pairs, silk pajamas in 20 colors, and velvet or satin smoking jackets, all custom-made.”

- On sex in his eighties: “I still have sex several times a week. But when you talk ...

Chris Tucker And Jackie Chan Return To Theaters August 10 In 'Rush Hour 3'

7/12/2007 6:30pm EDT
Rush Hour 3
Chris Tucker returns to the big screen after a six-year absence as he reunites with the all-star team of co-star Jackie Chan, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon), and screenwriter, Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can) to deliver the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise.

Arriving in theaters on August 10, 2007, Rush Hour 3 sees the beloved action comedy duo of Tucker and Chan reprising their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively. This time around, the two must trav...

Check Out FOX's May Sweeps Details

4/26/2007 9:39am EDT
American Idol
FOX races into May with gripping season finales, guest stars and television events, including NASCAR On FOX in primetime May 5 and May 12; the World Broadcast Premiere of The Day After Tomorrow May 17; the landmark 400th episode of The Simpsons May 20; the jaw-dropping, two-hour season finale of 24 May 21; and the three-hour, two-night season finale of American Idol, featuring the final performance show May 22 and the final live results show that's sure to captivate America May 23.

Here are the highlights, night by night, for this May on FOX:


Mondays this May, hearts w...