I sincerely believe the Academy needs to fire Brett Ratner.

Last week, Brett Ratner told the world that yes, he did “bang” Olivia Munn, but it was “before she was Asian” (an admission he made not while under questioning by Howard Stern but as a guest on a basic cable talk show). Ratner grew no less shy this weekend, according to Twitter and several Vulture sources: After a screening of his film Tower Heist at L.A.’s Arclight Cinemas, the director came out for a Q&A, and when asked by the moderator whether he prepares and rehearses with his actors before shooting a scene, Ratner waved his hand dismissively and said, “Rehearsing is for fags.” Let’s hope Ratner revises that attitude prior to producing this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, or at least before he lands the next pitch meeting for his dream project, an adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked. (Vulture)

Swift frantic backpedaling apology after the cut.

(via the TheWrap)

Brett Ratner: “I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”

The director was answering questions from the audience after introducing the movie at the Arclight Hollywood cineplex.

“The audience was stunned,” one person who was present told TheWrap. At least one person walked out, upset over the reference.

Ratner’s gaffe could be damaging since he is the producer of this year’s Oscar telecast.

so: “Oops! Sorry! I wish I hadn’t shit on you! We’re good now, right?”