News Nuggets: Reactions to Brett Ratner’s gay slur

Mark Harris thinks the Academy should fire Brett Ratner: “I’ve had to listen to versions of every one of these mea-not-quite-culpas over the years and seriously, I’m no longer interested in patiently witnessing the slow arc of a public figure’s learning curve. What I do care about is what the Academy does, which should be either to ask for and receive his resignation from the show or to drop him as the producer of a show that is supposed to represent the best the industry has to offer. There’s not really a long, nuanced debate to be had about this. If he had used an equivalent racial or religious slur, the discussion would go something like, ‘You’re fired.’ Apology or not. The same rule applies here. You don’t get a mulligan on homophobia. Not in 2011.” GRANTLAND

The Academy stands by Brett Ratner despite calls or his dismissal: “But [Academy President Tom] Sherak made it crystal clear that another indiscreet comment will not be tolerated. ‘His remarks were inappropriate,’ Sherak told Deadline. ‘He said it best in his apology, that his comments were dumb and insensitive. When you think of our community, it went against all the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has. The bottom line is, this won’t and can’t happen again. It will not happen again. He apologized and we will move forward.'” DEADLINE

Hollywood up-and-comers take center stage at the AFI Fest: “This year’s Young Hollywood panel (presented by the Los Angeles Times) brought together rising stars Anton Yelchin, Evan Rachel Wood, Armie Hammer and Kirsten Dunst to discuss how they got started in acting, what it is like working with impressive (and at times intimidating) directors like Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen and David Fincher and how their success is shaping their careers … The four came together Friday night (with Hammer fresh off the premiere of ‘J. Edgar‘ the night before) and there was a palpable energy between them as they would get so excited or intrigued by another person’s answer it would sometimes feel like we were simply overhearing a conversation between new friends.” FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

A two-part Woody Allen documentary will premiere on PBS later this month: “Robert B. Weide’s ‘Woody Allen: A Documentary’ will air in two parts as a PBS ‘American Masters’ presentation on 11.20 and 11.21. The measure of it, for me, will be whether it accepts and explores the things in his life that were not wonderful, that didn’t go so well, that were somehow banal or involved discord or shortfalls. The less-than-wonderful stuff. Relentless ass-kissing is not interesting.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg discusses her initial reaction to “Melancholia“: “I wasn’t sure … It was weird. And that’s what I told [director Lars von Trier]: ‘I thought it was really weird.’ I don’t get to see the film the way it is then. Seeing it in Cannes really helps because there’s a real audience. There’s something quite magical in Cannes when it happens — the nervousness you can have being in the middle of that kind of screening. But I can’t say I have the right perspective when I watch the film. I’m happy whenever I’m not on screen. I’m happy looking at the scenes where Justine is and I’m not. Then I was able to really watch. Otherwise I’m too much a part of it.” MOVIELINE

Adele is recovering from surgery: “Adele has undergone laser microsurgery to repair damaged vocal cords that have caused repeated hemorrhaging, leading to the cancellation of many tour dates for the year’s biggest pop act. Dr. Steven M. Zeitels, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Voice Center, ‘expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery,’ the hospital said in a statement. Zeitels has previously treated other singers with similar ailments, including Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler.” ROLLING STONE

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