- - Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ratner resigns as Academy Awards producer

Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of next year’s Academy Awards, one day after apologizing for using a gay slur at a screening of his latest film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Mr. Ratner’s departure. President Tom Sherak said in a statement that the 42-year-old filmmaker “is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable.”

Mr. Ratner used a pejorative term for gay men during a question-and-answer session at a screening of his film “Tower Heist.” He also discussed his sexual exploits on a recent episode of “The Howard Stern Show.”

Mr. Ratner issued a lengthy statement Tuesday apologizing for his behavior and explaining his resignation as producer of the 2012 Oscar telecast. The academy had announced in August that Mr. Ratner would produce the show with TV veteran Don Mischer, who helmed the 2011 broadcast.

In a letter beginning, “Dear Colleagues,” Mr. Ratner apologized for “the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances.”

Mr. Ratner went on to say that he is “taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetrated.”

The director, whose credits include the “Rush Hour” films, thanked the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation “for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised.”

Adele has throat surgery to stop bleeding issue

Adele has undergone throat surgery to stop a recurrent condition that caused her to cancel tour dates and promotional appearances for the rest of the year.

According to the Associated Press, a spokesman for Massachusetts General Hospital said the British singer underwent vocal cord microsurgery to stop recurrent bleeding from a benign polyp. The condition is usually the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture.

The hospital said the 23-year-old Grammy winner came to Boston to undergo the surgery with Dr. Steven Zeitels, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center. The hospital said Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from the laser microsurgery.

Bieber to take paternity test, plans lawsuit of his own

Justin Bieber will take a paternity test and then plans to sue the woman who has filed a paternity suit against him, a representative for the teen pop star said Monday.

Matthew Hiltzik said the 17-year-old singer will take a paternity test when he returns to the U.S. within the next two weeks. He also said Justin’s team plans to “vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin.”

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