Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner is an American film director, film producer, and music video director. He is known for directing the Rush Hour film series, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist. He was also a producer on the Fox drama series, Prison Break.
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My Collection: Brett Ratner Is Selling His Stuff
NYTimes - 4 months
A film-industry player plans to pare down his trove of Hollywood memorabilia.
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Social Capital: Having a Mentor Is So Important: On Brett Ratner’s Instagram
NYTimes - 10 months
The director’s Instagram, a love letter to old-school Hollywood masculinity, is almost beautiful in its guilelessness.
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Is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" Dead in Screenwriting Today?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. ScreenCraft Guest Blogger Sean Hood is a Hollywood screenwriter best known for horror films (Halloween: Resurrection, Masters of Horror) and swords-and-sandals pictures (Conan The Barbarian, Hercules: The Legend Begins) but don't hold that against him. He is currently teaching at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, blogging at genrehacks.com, and writing upcoming projects for film and television. “We have killed him -- you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea?” -- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science Claiming that The Hero's Journey is dead just after the openin ...
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First Look: CBS Unveils “Rush Hour,” “Supergirl,” “Limitless” “Angel from Hell”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
In Wednesday’s 2015-16 schedule announcement, CBS confirmed that the majority of its new series will premiere this fall. New comedy “Life in Pieces” (Monday at 8:30PM, then Thursday at 8:30PM after Thursday Night Football ends) and dramas “Limitless” (Tuesday at 10PM) and “Code Black” (Wednesday at 10PM) will arrive as soon as the season commences. Drama “Supergirl” (Monday at 8PM) and comedy “Angel from Hell” (Thursday at 9:30PM) will then start in November. Only the high-profile “Rush Hour” adaptation and “Criminal Minds” spin-off “Beyond Borders” will wait until midseason to make their premieres. In conjunction with its scheduling announcement, CBS issued first look gallery and episodic photos for “Supergirl,” “Limitless,” “Rush Hour,” “Code Black,” “Angel from Hell” and “Life in Pieces.” Those, along with synopses, follow: CODE BLACK, based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the bus ...
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Director Brett Ratner insists he is not dating Mariah Carey
Fox News - almost 2 years
Brett Ratner shut down rumors that he is dating Mariah Carey.
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Mariah Carey’s ‘#1′ Compilation Single “Infinity” Now Has A Release Date
Idolator - almost 2 years
It’s a new, Mariah Carey-filled day, so why not keep the news rolling out? The iconic songbird revealed the tracklist this morning for her upcoming collection #1 To Infinity, which, as you might guess, contains all 18 of Mariah’s Billboard Hot 100-topping singles — from 1990’s “Vision Of Love” to 2008’s “Touch My Body” — plus a new song, “Infinity.” But while the full compilation has a release date of May 18, we’ll be hearing that brand new track much sooner. Mariah Carey's NYC Christmas Concerts ...
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The Crap We Missed – Friday 1.17.14
The Superficial - about 3 years
Welcome to another larger than usual The Crap We Missed, thanks to a surprisingly bountiful Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. These second tier award shows usually suck, but when Jeremy Renner starts tweaking his nipples for the paps, you know it’s a party. We’ve also got Bill Murray so completely out of fucks to give even Clooney couldn’t clean him up, and Jackie Chan making his buddy do his “spot on impression of Brett Ratner at a shrimp buffet.” I don’t see a greasy boner, but otherwise I concur (Yes, I’m leaving you for the weekend with ‘greasy boner’), - Photo Boy Click Here To Start The Gallery Photo: Fame/Flynet, Getty, INFphoto, Pacific Coast News, Splash News, WENN
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TCA: Brett Ratner Makes His Nazi Film For ESPN’s ’30 for 30 Soccer Stories’
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Brett Ratner came to Winter TV Press Tour 2014 to talk about his ESPN soccer documentary and to remind TV critics the Hercules movie that just opened anemically at the box office is not his Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules movie. Ratner is among the directors for ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30 Soccer Stories premiering in April, including a mix of feature length and shorter 30-minute documentaries. “I honestly feel ESPN is one of the greatest brands” enthused Ratner, who shared the stage with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and ESPN Films director of development Libby Geist. Related: Between ‘Hercules’ Set-Ups, Brett […]
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How Stupid Is 'The Legend Of Hercules'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
As you are reading this, “The Legend of Hercules,” a very bad movie starring Kellan Lutz as the son of Zeus, is playing in many, many theaters. As a service to you, we answered 25 questions about “The Legend of Hercules.” Q: How was The Rock as Hercules? A: The Rock does not appear in “The Legend of Hercules.” He is in a different Hercules movie that comes out in July. Q: What is Hercules doing as “The Legend of Hercules” begins? A: As the film opens, Hercules is not yet born. After some boring exposition, Zeus impregnates Queen Amphitryon (Roxanne McKee) –- who then, along with her husband, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), raises Hercules. Q: What does a sexual encounter with Zeus look like? A: A lot like the scene in “Ghostbusters” where a ghost tries to seduce Dan Aykroyd. Q: Did the audience at the screening you attended find this scene unintentionally funny? A: Yes. Q: Is King Amphitryon supportive of Hercules? A: No. King Amphitryon is a jerk who openly despises Herc ...
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'The Legend Of Hercules' -- Formerly Titled 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' -- Gets New Trailer
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In a continued effort to help distinguish it from its Herculean counterpart, Lionsgate has retitled "Hercules: The Legend Begins." The Roman-hero epic will now go by "The Legend of Hercules." We're referring to the movie starring Kellan Lutz in the title role, which was recently moved up to a Jan. 10 release. That gives it further distinction from "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," the Dwayne Johnson flick that arrives on July 25. Both movies are unsurprisingly ab-tastic, but the distinctions do continue. "The Legend of Hercules" is directed by Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2," Deep Blue Sea") and comes with a smaller budget than the $110 million "Thracian Wars," which is helmed by Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour," "X-Men: The Last Stand"). The former is a standard origin story, whereas Ratner's version -- based on the graphic novel of the same name -- strips Hercules of his supernatural abilities and leaves him with only his adeptness at battle. Now, is that all cleared up? If you're looking f ...
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Jennifer Lawrence's fan moment, dueling 'Hercules,' '50 Shades' heart
LATimes - over 3 years
Mirror, mirror on the pop-culture wall, will Brett Ratner or Renny Harlin make the fairest Hercules of them all? Steven Cohen's art payday. And Sasha Baron Cohen's BAFTA shove. There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum.
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'Weekend Of A Champion': The Story Behind The Lost Polanski Doc
MTV News - over 3 years
It's very rare that a movie like "Weekend of a Champion" finally surfaces, but when it does, you just kind of have to stand back and marvel. The 1972 racing documentary from director Frank Simon, working closely with Roman Polanski, follows British Formula 1 sensation Jackie Stewart around Monaco as the preps for and eventually wins the 1971 Grand Prix. The film had never been seen in the U.S. and only screened a handful of times in Europe upon its initial release, but now movie and racing fans everywhere have an opportunity to see "Weekend of a Champion" with a brand new interview with Polanski and Stewart as they look back on the film, partially thanks to the efforts of director and producer Brett Ratner, who is a personal friend of Polanski's. We sat down Ratner to talk about his role in bringing the film to Netflix and what it meant to share "Weekend of a Champion" after all these years. Ratner explained that he first encountered "Weekend of a Champion" when Polanski ...
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Australia's Packer signs mega-deal with Warner Bros
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Sydney (AFP) - A consortium led by Australian billionaire James Packer and US director Brett Ratner has struck a reported $450 million co-financing deal with Warner Brothers to cover the production of 75 movies.
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Forget Legendary, Warner Bros. signs $450M deal with RatPac-Dune
The Business Journals - over 3 years
Warner Bros. won't be missing Legendary too much. The Legendary offices on the studio's lot have barely been vacated, but Warner has closed a deal with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, run by director Brett Ratner, Dune's Steven Mnuchin and billionaire James Packer. The deal is to fund a whopping 75 films to the tune of $450 million, per Variety. The studio had some vacancy after Legendary Entertainment, which was one of Warner's major producing partners which was involved in the "Dark Knight" and "Hangover"…
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Warner Bros. strikes financing deal with Dune, Ratner
LATimes - over 3 years
Warner Bros. Pictures has struck a film financing deal with RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC, a new entity formed by Dune Entertainnment's Steven Mnuchin and RatPac Entertainment, the film finance vehicle of filmmaker Brett Ratner and Australian businessman James Packer.
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Alex Simon: John Badham on Yelling 'Action!' and Other Tales From the Trenches
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Badham cut his directorial teeth on '70s-era television shows like The Bold Ones, The Streets of San Francisco and Kung-Fu in the early '70s, before attaining A-list status with his second feature, Saturday Night Fever, in 1977. Films as diverse as WarGames, Blue Thunder, Nick of Time and Bird on a Wire kept John Badham one of the busiest directors in the biz, having literally not stopped working since 1971. His 2006 book I'll Be in My Trailer (co-written with Craig Moderno) has become required reading for virtually every neophyte film director in the business. 2013 finds Badham releasing a follow-up volume, John Badham on Directing: Notes From the Set of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More. The book offers an engaging look at the psychological, technical, and managerial elements that go into helming a film or TV show. A veteran of over 30 films and 45 TV episodes, Badham supports his insights with true stories from his own directing career as well as wisdom and ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brett Ratner
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 44
    In June 2014, Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Class 5 Films acquired the movie rights to the non-fiction article American Hippopotamus, by Jon Mooallem, about the meat shortage in the U.S. in 1910 and the attempts made by Major Frederick Russell Burnham, Captain Fritz Joubert Duquesne and Congressman Robert Broussard to import hippopotamuses into the Louisiana bayous and to convince Americans to eat them.
    More Details Hide Details The movie will highlight the Burnham - Duquesne rivalry, two famous spies who had previously been under orders to assassinate each other. Ranter, Edward Norton, and William Migliore will produce this feature film. Ratner executive-produced the Rush Hour TV series.
    He was also a producer on the Fox drama series, Prison Break, as well as the comedy Horrible Bosses and its 2014 sequel.
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  • 2012
    Age 42
    In December 2012, Ratner and Australian media mogul James Packer formed a joint venture, RatPac Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details The firm will produce independent films and co-produce big-budget films with a major studio. RatPac and Dune Entertainment formed a film investment vehicle, which in September 2013, entered a multi-year, 75-film co-financing partnership with Warner Bros.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    However, Ratner resigned on November 8, 2011 after remarking that "rehearsal is for fags".
    More Details Hide Details Ratner later apologized for his remarks. Eddie Murphy, who was scheduled to host the ceremony, also resigned in deference to a new production team. Ratner was replaced by Brian Grazer, and Murphy was replaced by previous Oscar host Billy Crystal. Ratner's films have received generally mixed reviews.
    On August 4, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Ratner would produce the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer.
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    In May 2011, it was announced that Ratner signed on to direct The 39 Clues, the live-action adaptation of the young-adult book series.
    More Details Hide Details Ratner was seen on MTV series Punk'd when Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine in the X-Men films, was the subject of a practical joke that made it appear Ratner's $3.6 million home in Beverly Hills was destroyed by a BBQ grill explosion. Ashton Kutcher later arrived at his home and hugged him after Jackman was punk'd. On April 25, 2007, Fox Broadcasting announced that he, Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall and Jon Avnet would be the judges for the network's filmmaking-competition, reality TV series, On the Lot, which premiered to low ratings in May 2007. He also appeared as himself in Entourage, in an episode that was shot at his actual Beverly Hills home, according to an interview he did in Aventura Business Monthly, and in the film Black and White. His publishing company, Rat Press, is re-releasing out of print books about Hollywood. The first three books, released on March 25, 2009, are about Marlon Brando, Robert Evans and Jim Brown. Brett Ratner also created his own magazine titled "Ratmag" through celebrity magazine publisher MYMAG.
    Ratner directed and served as an executive producer on the 2011 CBS comedy-drama television series CHAOS.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Ratner also directed the ensemble comedy caper Tower Heist.
    Ratner told Aventura Business Monthly in a May, 2011, cover story interview that he "really didn't know" his biological father, and that he considers Alvin Malnik, who opened the famous Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, to be his dad, "the one who raised" him.
    More Details Hide Details Ratner's biological father was chronically homeless in Miami Beach, a situation which inspired the adult Brett to become the director and board member of the nationwide nonprofit organization Chrysalis, which helps the homeless find work.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 38
    In May 2008, it was announced that Ratner would be directing the long in-development Beverly Hills Cop IV, which was confirmed on December 6, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He also edited the English version of the film Kites, starring Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Bárbara Mori using techniques developed in the critically acclaimed series Kung Faux.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 27
    Ratner had directed several music videos and one film, the 1997 action comedy Money Talks, before reaching commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007).
    More Details Hide Details Ratner was under consideration to direct X-Men (2000) and Superman Returns (2006), although both were eventually directed by Bryan Singer. After Singer left the X-Men franchise to direct Superman Returns, Ratner became director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Ratner directed a Super Bowl ad for Wynn Las Vegas featuring Steve Wynn (Wynn stood on top of Wynn Las Vegas for the commercial as he introduced the property).
  • 1990
    Age 20
    He is a 1990 graduate of New York University.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, he cited the 1980 boxing film Raging Bull as his inspiration to enter the world of film.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 16
    Ratner attended Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy elementary school and attended a high school in Israel and graduated in 1986 from Miami Beach Senior High School.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on March 28, 1969.
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