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Most film fans now know the name DeLorean thanks to Back to the Future, but there was a point where the entrepreneur was a headline-making designer. There’s a reason that the 9000 produced DeLorean cars are an iconic symbol of the ’80s. Well, two reasons: in addition to making a wild-looking car, John DeLorean allegedly trafficked drugs to generate cash for his struggling company. (He beat the charges; the ‘trafficking’ was actually an elaborate entrapment scheme.) We’ve known that James Toback was interested in making a DeLorean biopic, and now Variety confirms that it is moving forward. Ironically, his co-creators are men with reputations worthy of the subject’s. Toback’s script may be directed by Brett Ratner and produced by Robert Evans, thanks to Ratner’s first-look deal with Reliance Big Entertainment. Read More »

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Brett Ratner’s Rat Press Books

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Brett Ratner has a new publishing imprint, the Rat Press, through which he’s going to release new titles as well as make some of his favourite out-of-print books available again. Speaking to Movieline, the ever unpopular director announces his motivation in putting out editions of James Toback‘s Jim, Lawrence Grobel’s compiled interviews with Marlon Brando and Robert Evans, and Scott Caan‘s collections of photos.

Caan’s photo collection – which includes snaps of some of the actors Caan has worked with as well as “a lot of naked girls”, naked girls that Ratner seems almost too keen to tell us he’s into too – seems likely to sell out first, though for me it’s the Grobel interview collections that hold the most appeal. Pictures of naked girls are ten a penny, whereas this kind of long-haul interview journalism is relatively rare.

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