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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ratner Resigns Under Fire as Oscar Producer

    Academy Hires Brett Ratner to Produce Oscars with Don Mischer: Threatens to Go Cheesy

    Under intense fire for his off-the-cuff homophobic remark about rehearsals being for "fags," producer Brett Ratner's big mouth has cost him his prestigious gig as producer of the 84th Academy Awards. The director, whose film Tower Heist opened in the number two slot last weekend, submitted his resignation to AMPAS president Tom Sherak Tuesday morning. "He did the right thing for the Academy and himself," said Sherak. "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 their intent."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hey! How Come You Kids Aren't Going to The Movies?

    According to Variety, movie studios are getting very worried because their target audience, film-goers under the age of 25, aren't going to the movies like they used to.

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  • The Playlist
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    Brett Ratner Steps Down As Oscar Producer

    If you've ever wondered what a Brett Ratner produced Oscar telecast would be like, well, you're probably never going to find out. While we eagerly awaited to see how Chris Tucker would be utilized in the broadcast in February, it looks like the words coming out the mouth of Ratner have rubbed the shrimp loving folks of the Academy the wrong way. THR has revealed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ousted Ratner from producing the telecast has accepted Ratner's decision to step down from the gig. An open letter explaining his decision is forthcoming.

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  • The Playlist
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    Leafy Paw Prints Cover New Poster For Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

    A movie about animals, with a score by eunuch voiced Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi, arriving smack dab in the holiday season? Yeah, "We Bought A Zoo" is aiming to warm your cockles and if you need more proof, this brand new poster should tell you all you need to know.

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  • The Playlist
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    Wrekin Hill To Take U.S. Rights To Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Flowers Of War’ Starring Christian Bale

    There is still a lot of time for things to play out in the awards season race, but often there are indicators as to how far (or not) a film will go. While on paper, two-time Best Foreign Film nominee Zhang Yimou directing Christian Bale in a period piece war movie seems like a no-brainer, "The Flowers Of War" has taken quite a long time to secure distribution. Perhaps that melodramatic trailer should have been a warning sign? And no knock to upstarts Wrekin Hill, who are new players in the game, but word of their taking on the film doesn't exactly bode well for 'War' to be a major force in the next few months.

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  • The Playlist
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    Aki Kaurismaki's 'Le Havre' The First Of A Trilogy, Director Plans Future Entries In Spain & Germany

    While "The Artist" is currently the foreign film/arthouse darling, with Oscar in its sights and audiences lining up to see it, we do hope Aki Kaurismaki's beautiful and brilliant "Le Havre" doesn't get lost in the chatter this fall. The film premiered at Cannes to largely positive reviews and is now in the mix for some awards heat as it has been selected as Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Film category. However, it looks like Kaurismaki is just getting started on the themes he introduced in "Le Havre" as it's merely the first in a planned trilogy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Aussie Trailer For 'The Lorax' Shows Off More Footage From The Film

    While we're always wary of childhood favorites coming to the big screen, 20th Century Fox's recent "Horton Hears A Who!" seems to have at least gotten the spirit and playfulness of the Dr. Seuss' book down. Now Universal are going to give it a whirl with "The Lorax" and they too seem to be coming at it from the right angle.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFM: Cary Elwes' Directorial Debut Goes to K5 Int'l, Stars Bana & Huston as Elvis & Nixon

    Benaroya Pictures, who financed and produced Margin Call, have sold Elvis & Nixon to K5 International for international distribution. Cary Elwes is directing the comedy, starring Eric Bana (Elvis Presley) and Danny Huston (Richard Nixon), from a script he wrote with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. Michael Benaroya and Holly Wiersma are producing, and Bana's Pick Up Truck banner is serving as exec producer. The film is set to shoot in Shreveport and Los Angeles. Synopsis is below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Interactive New Website Launched For Steve McQueen's Addiction Drama "Shame"

    Fox Searchlight has launched a cool brand new website for Steve McQueen's critically-acclaimed drama Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie, amongst others.

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  • The Playlist
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    'In America' Writer Naomi Sheridan Pens Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Rose Madder'

    With a ton of movie projects already in development based on his books -- "The Dark Tower," "The Stand," reboots of "Carrie," "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" - and in addition to "Bag Of Bones" headed to the small screen this fall, there is no shortage of Stephen King films/shows for his fans. But yet another is on the way, although this one has an intriguing name attached.

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