Should we rejoice? Brett Ratner quit from his position as a producer of the upcoming Oscars. In recent days, the "Tower Heist" director has been involved in a controversy when he mentioned the "F" word, the mean, vile word condescending to gays.
And in the end, the director resigned.
Honestly? It would be good for the Oscars! Even if he was not embroiled in the gay slur controversy, his aesthetic sense or lack thereof, would not have been good for the awards show anyway! So more power to you, good luck and goodbye Mr. Ratner!
Here's the full press release from the Academy;
Beverly Hills, CA – This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.
"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," 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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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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If you're a fan, like me, this should be great news worthy of a few drinks and smokes! Jennifer Saunders, the creator and co-star of "Absolutely Fabulous," revealed that she's planning to write a movie version of the hit BBC TV comedy after finishing work on the Spice Girls London stage musical, "Viva Forever."
"Ab Fab" follows the crazy antics of Edina (Saunders), an alcoholic, drug-abusing PR agent, and her equally crazy best friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Hailed as one of the greatest British TV shows of all time, "Absolutely Fabulous" began its television run in 1992 and ended in 1995, followed by a two-part TV movie called "The Last Shout" in 1996. The show was revived in 2001 and ran until 2003 with another TV movie called "Absolutely Fabulous in New York" aka "Gay!"
Deadline told us that the big screen version "will kick off with Patsy and Edina waking up hungover in the empty drifting yacht of an oligarch in the middle of the ocean. Even worse, their cellphones can’t get a signal."
In order to whet our appetite for the film, three new "Absolutely Fabulous" TV specials will be shown, and the first will air this Christmas in the UK.
"Absolutely Fabulous" is decidedly the anti-"Sex and the City" and I absolutely love it! In order to celebrate this great news, here's the Pet Shop Boys and "Absolutely Fabulous!"
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Just in time to meet Oscar deadline, the Weinstein Co. has announced that "The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep will be released on Dec. 30!
Streep stars as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in this biopic from director Phyllida Lloyd who worked with the actress before for the big-screen version of "Mamma Mia!"
"The Iron Lady" will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 30 and then expand on Jan. 13. I can't wait to see this movie and Streep's performance!
Here's the full trailer of "The Iron Lady":
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The current Hollywood "It" girl, Jessica Chastain, is set to star as the beloved Princess Di in the film "Caught in Flight" according to Thompson on Hollywood.
Chastain, who's been fantastic in all the films she starred in this year including "The Debt," "The Help," and "The Tree of Life," will play the Princess of Wales in the controversial story about a super-secret affair! Gasp!
Jessica Chastain Interview for "The Debt"
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to helm and the storyline involves the real-life affair between the late princess and heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn. He was supposed to be the love of her life. Awwww.
The film is set to go into pre-production in March 2012 for Ecosse Films, the company who gave us "Nowhere Boy" and "Mrs. Brown." All those brilliantly made biopics! "Caught in Flight" will be shot in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France, and Paris with a budget of $15 million.
The script written by "The Libertine's" Steven Jeffreys will cast Princess Di as a tormented person who stalked the heart surgeon. Wow! Here's more info on the plot from Thompson on Hollywood:
The princess met Dr. Hasnat at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend who was recovering from heart surgery. The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair. Dr. Kahn, who she named “Mr. Wonderful,” maintained an eleven-year silence over the relationship, until he spoke The Telegraph about the affair in 2008. In the article, the relationship is described as being so serious that Diana was thinking of converting to Islam. She wore traditional dress to meet his family on a visit to Pakistan. “The Khans are deeply religious,” the newspaper reported, and “his wall-hangings include a painting that has an inscription of verses from the Koran.” Dr Khan left Britain in 2007. Diana is said to have been heartbroken that he wanted to end the relationship.
I regard Chastain as a fantastic actress so I have no doubt that she will be able to pull this off -- a multifaceted take on the Princess of Wales, warts and all!
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The fantastic Hayley Atwell joining "The Return of Captain Nemo" is certainly good news, but what's surprising and endearing, is that the sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" will have a price tag of $10 million! Yup, that's $10 million! This one is an indie version but will be shot ala "300" entirely onstage and using CGI. If director Pearry Teo succeeds, this will be ultra-cool! Once upon a time, David Fincher was going to make his version of the sequel, but Disney balked at the $150 million budget! Should Disney embrace this indie vision?
Hayley Atwell Interview for "Captain America: The First Avenger"
David Morissey (BBC's "Red Riding") will star as Atwell's character's uncle, the chief adviser to President Ulysses S. Grant, and Atwell will play Sara. According to Deadline, Sara "frees Nemo from prison to try and discover why mysterious 'sea monsters' are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast." Hugh Bonneville ("Downtown Abbey") will star as Nemo.
Amy Krell will be producing and the film will shoot in Romania.
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