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Brett Ratner Clarifies ‘Corrupt’ Remarks in Roman Polanksi Case

Brett Ratner didn’t mean to diss California’s legal system—as he tells us himself.

On Sept. 29, the New York Post ran a story about Movie Geeks United‘s interview with the Rush Hour director.

That interview, which will be featured in The Geeks’ Oct. 4 Roman Polanski special, was conducted by host Jamey DuVall on Sept. 26, just hours before Roman’s arrest in Switzerland in the 31-year-old Samantha Geimer case.

Brett: No harm done.

Brett: No offense to La-La Land.

News from the interview included the fact that Brett announced he’s producing a sequel to Marina Zenovich‘s 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which examined the Geimer case in painstaking detail. Also that Roman, who (apart from archival footage) did not appear in the first project, had “agreed to participate” in the sequel.

Citing verbatim from a tape of his interview, The Post included the following quotes from Brett:

“The family has forgiven [Polanski]. The victim has forgiven him. The rest of the world has forgiven him… The L.A. judicial system is corrupt. It’s horrible.”

The Post also attempted to reach Brett, but reported that “Ratner did not respond to repeated requests for comment via his publicist.”

Then yesterday, Brett issued the following statement to BlogTalkRadio: Continue reading

‘Movie Geeks’ Spotlights Roman Polanski (with a Little Help from Wunderkind Brett Ratner)

Call it a “Rush” job—though one that’s been in the works for weeks.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, Movie Geeks United unspools the latest in its ever- popular “Director Series,” this one focusing on the films and career of acclaimed, yet controversial, director Roman Polanski.

CAPTION: "He has a great life, a great family," Brett (above) tells us of Roman. "This case has just been going on too long, and it's just ridiculous."

"He has a great life, a great family," Brett (above) tells us of Roman. "This case has just been going on too long, and it's just ridiculous."

During the two-hour special, hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis talk with director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour); Bobbie O’Steen, the wife of Roman’s late editor, Sam O’Steen (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Frantic); cinematographer William A. Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby); and critic Keith Uhlich.

Also featured will be highlights from the Geeks’ January 2008 interview with Marina Zenovich, director of the 2008 documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

Brett’s interview, as fate would have it, was taped just hours before Roman’s arrest on Saturday in Zurich Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Judge to Eddie: Don’t Kill Billy in ‘Beverly Hills Cop’

Judge Reinhold "Cops" a plea

Judge Reinhold "Cops" a plea

Judge Reinhold is jonesing for a starring role in Beverly Hills Cop IV – rather than getting whacked during the opening credits.

In an interview airing Monday, August 11 on BlogTalkRadio, Judge tells Movie Geeks United host Jamey DuVall that although he’s “dying” to reprise his role as detective Billy Rosewood in the next installment of the blockbuster Eddie Murphy series, his character’s fate is still up in the air.

“I don’t know if Eddie wants to completely scrap everything and start a new franchise,” says Judge. “Historically, the reason Eddie has to come back to Beverly Hills is to avenge somebody’s death – and I hope it’s not Billy that gets shot in the head… I don’t want to kill Billy off.”

Judge feels so strongly about reprising Rosewood, in fact, that he urges fans to put pressure on the studio!

“Anybody listening, write Paramount, because I’d love to be in the movie!” says the actor.  “I want to put it right.  I want to do it for Don Simpson” [who co-produced the first two BHC flicks before passing away in 1996].

And Judge, 51, who co-starred in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), BHC II (1987) and BHC III (1994), has no shortage of ideas for his character’s development in BHC IV.

Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher and Judge in the original "BHC"

Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher and Judge in the original "Beverly Hills Cop"

“I’d love to see Rosewood on the bomb squad… Give the guy some heavy explosives… I wanna blow some crap up, man!” he says, before musing, “I’d love to see him on one of those Segway bikes. What if he’s a Segway bike cop?”

Meanwhile, Judge is not shy about trashing his role in BHC III.

“It was such a mistake to have Rosewood climbing this bureaucratic ladder… I was so disappointed when they gave me that bureaucratic, dead-end job,” he says.

Slated for a 2010 release, Beverly Hills Cop IV will be directed by Brett Ratner, the wonderkid behind the Rush Hour series.

Click here to hear more from this exclusive interview.

EXCLUSIVE: Judge to Eddie: Don’t Kill Billy in 'Beverly Hills Cop'

Judge Reinhold "Cops" a plea

Judge Reinhold "Cops" a plea

Judge Reinhold is jonesing for a starring role in Beverly Hills Cop IV – rather than getting whacked during the opening credits.

In an interview airing Monday, August 11 on BlogTalkRadio, Judge tells Movie Geeks United host Jamey DuVall that although he’s “dying” to reprise his role as detective Billy Rosewood in the next installment of the blockbuster Eddie Murphy series, his character’s fate is still up in the air.

“I don’t know if Eddie wants to completely scrap everything and start a new franchise,” says Judge. “Historically, the reason Eddie has to come back to Beverly Hills is to avenge somebody’s death – and I hope it’s not Billy that gets shot in the head… I don’t want to kill Billy off.”

Judge feels so strongly about reprising Rosewood, in fact, that he urges fans to put pressure on the studio!

“Anybody listening, write Paramount, because I’d love to be in the movie!” says the actor.  “I want to put it right.  I want to do it for Don Simpson” [who co-produced the first two BHC flicks before passing away in 1996].

And Judge, 51, who co-starred in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), BHC II (1987) and BHC III (1994), has no shortage of ideas for his character’s development in BHC IV.

Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher and Judge in the original "BHC"

Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher and Judge in the original "Beverly Hills Cop"

“I’d love to see Rosewood on the bomb squad… Give the guy some heavy explosives… I wanna blow some crap up, man!” he says, before musing, “I’d love to see him on one of those Segway bikes. What if he’s a Segway bike cop?”

Meanwhile, Judge is not shy about trashing his role in BHC III.

“It was such a mistake to have Rosewood climbing this bureaucratic ladder… I was so disappointed when they gave me that bureaucratic, dead-end job,” he says.

Slated for a 2010 release, Beverly Hills Cop IV will be directed by Brett Ratner, the wonderkid behind the Rush Hour series.

Click here to hear more from this exclusive interview.