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Brett Ratner

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Bryan Singer Still Thinks Superman Returns Failed Because He Tried to Make it for Women

In 2011 Bryan Singer gave a interview in which he revealed some of the reasons why he thought Superman Returns failed critically and at the box office, and among them he included what he considered an attempt to make a Superman film to interest the Devil Wears Prada crowd: i.e., women. And while Singer’s language isn’t that of blaming, I still wish he’d come up with a different wording in the intervening years between then and now, when in the newest issue of Empire Magazine he says again that Superman Returns was a movie made for a female audience.

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Cautiously Optimistic

Just FYI: Hailee Steinfeld Is Starring In A Movie About a Teenage Assassin

It’s a slow news day, and the only real thing that’s come out is that Hayao Miyazaki is retiring, which is sad-making. So what I have for you now might not be big news, but if you’re anything like me it’ll put a smile on your face. Hailee Steinfeld is playing a teenage assassin in a movie called Barely Lethal. Her mentor? None other than Samuel L. Jackson.

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Mutatis Mutandis

Bryan Singer: I’ll “Repair” Things From The Last Stand in Days of Future Past

Good going, Singer. The first step to fixing a problem with your franchise is admitting there is one.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: LEGO Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds

John Hall created this wonderfully accurate model of the gunship of the Valley of the Wind, complete with Nausicaä herself in the cockpit. (Geekosystem)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Harley Quinn Is Sad About Her Revamp Outfit

Dresden Codak artist Aaron Diaz gives us the spin-off saga to the DC revamp that has to exist: Tales of the Uncomfortable for ComicsAlliance. (via Aficionado of the Underrated and Unconventional)

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And All Was Right With the World

Brett Ratner: Quitting the Oscars While He’s A(butt)head

To the surprise of probably no one, Brett Ratner has stepped down from his job producing next year’s Oscars ceremony after a public bout of verbal diarrhea. Okay, snark aside, the director of Tower Heist (and a bunch of other movies that were never meant to be smart) gave up his plum gig after using a homophobic slur to describe something as silly and unnecessary as rehearsing scenes with actors. Just days before that, he used his publicity tour as a megaphone to make sexist comments about Olivia Munn and then deny them. So, let it be known: We will now be spared an Oscar broadcast that celebrates Ratner’s heterosexuality. And now we are left to wonder: Who can replace Brett Ratner as the producer of the Oscars? Um, anyone. The answer is “Anyone at all.”

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Oh Hollywood

Brett Ratner Bashes Matthew Vaughn Over X-Men: First Class, Might Be Jealous

Looks like someone is a little bitterpants this morning. Brett Ratner, who directed the X-Men: The Last Stand, took to Twitter this morning to post a series of links comparing the box office numbers of his movie to those of Matthew Vaughn‘s just-opened X-Men: First Class. You may recall that Ratner’s movie, which he would love to remind us all was successful at the box office, got pretty awful reviews. Meanwhile, X-Men: First Class has been getting mostly positive reviews. (Right now, it has an 87% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. X-Men: The Last Stand boasts a comparatively sad 57%.) So, the moral of the story according to Brett Ratner: His craptastic movie is superior to that good movie because it made more money. So it shall be written. So it shall be done.

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