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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."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2011 7:36 PM
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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.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2011 4:39 PM
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The Academy and MoMA Celebrate Graphic Designer Saul Bass

Saul Bass, one of the great designers of film posters and opening title sequences for the likes of Hitchcock, Preminger and Scorsese, is getting his day in the sun. The Motion Picture Academy and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are both presenting "Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design" on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at MoMA in New York City.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2011 2:12 PM
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AFM News: Is It Time for Neuromancer to Finally Get Made?

  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 8, 2011 1:13 PM
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Indiewire Redesign Goes Live

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2011 10:04 PM
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Zhang Yimou's Flowers of War, Starring Christian Bale, Goes to Wrekin Hill

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2011 8:26 PM
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Soderbergh’s Haywire Premieres at AFI Fest: Review, McHale’s Q & A with Carano, Fassbender, McGregor

By all accounts, the world premiere at Graumann’s Chinese Sunday night of Haywire at AFI FEST was, well, haywire. Sophia Savage was there.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2011 1:45 PM
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AFM News EXCLUSIVE: Keira Knightley To Star In Effie Gray Biopic Untouched

Keira Knightley is in talks to play the role of artists’ muse Effie Gray in period drama Untouched for Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand), reports Liza Foreman.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 7, 2011 10:38 AM
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Basking in French Cinema Now 2011: from Bachelor Days to Screen Illusion

San Francisco Francophile Meredith Brody reports on the city’s 2011 French Cinema Now.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 7, 2011 10:35 AM
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The Latest Insta-Nostalgia Maker: LomoKino

Lomography has launched a camera that might give the Polaroid or Holga a run for their money as a hip, anti-digital, instantly retro accessory. Called the “Super 35 Movie Maker,” the LomoKino camera uses any 35 mm film to capture contemporary scenes in lo-fi light with minimal hand-cranked effort.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 7, 2011 9:27 AM
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