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Brett Ratner to Direct Hugh Hefner Biopic


Brett Ratner's doing what now?
Brett Ratner has signed on to direct a biopic all about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Ratner is known for directing mostly action movies like Rush Hour, so he's probably just the "man's man" for the job.

Ratner says:
"'Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution,' Ratner told Daily Variety. 'He also used his magazine to advocate civil rights and free speech, and put James Brown on his show 'Playboy After Dark' when they didn't put black performers on national television. He broke all kinds of taboos, especially in sexuality.'"

Why I care:
Having started a confusing love affair with the E! series "The Girls Next Door," I have acquired this intense fascination with Hugh Hefner. Where there was once vague annoyance toward the man who's made millions exploiting women's bodies, there is now a strange curiosity.

Why?
He's super old. He has three girlfriends around whom he behaves like an affectionate, sometimes confused grandpa. Every so often he'll talk about "his girls" with great fondness, and he makes comments like "I'm in a really good place right now... This is the best time of my life." I have to wonder if he is referring to the fact that his current situation — living with his three main girls — is really like a family situation in which he can play daddy, sugar daddy and granddaddy at any given time. And yet, to some people he's still a sex symbol. I'm not interested in reliving Hefner's successes photographing naked ladies, but I am interested to see how he went from that to this wrinkled old man with a reality TV show. I look forward to this movie.

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balenciagababe balenciagababe 10 years
The Girls Next Door is also my guilty pleasure, and it's somehow made me like Hugh Hefner. I'll definitely see this movie.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
GND is a guilty pleasure of mine as well. :ROTFL: @ "playing daddy, sugardaddy, and granddaddy at any given time"!
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
penguins268 — Yup. Just corrected that. Thanks!
msshellokitty msshellokitty 10 years
I hate to admit that I like that show but I do.I was expecting to hate it but I keep watching it.
penguins268 penguins268 10 years
Isn't The Girls Next Door on E?
nomerz nomerz 10 years
I l-o-v-e The Girls Next Door. For some reason when I watch that show I don't think of Hef as creepy. It seems totally normal for an 80-something-year-old to have three hot girlfriends, ha!
lifer_refil lifer_refil 10 years
I'm a leprechaun!
blogsap blogsap 10 years
i wonder if he'll put in some token explosions.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I like watching "The Girls Next Door" too. It's totally not a show for guys to watch while oogling women. It's a show for girls! I mean, come on! The easter egg painting episode? How fun!
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Woah, I hope its good! "The Girls next door" is like my biggest guilty pleaure.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Brett Ratner? Gawd, I hate him for some reason. Maybe it's because every pic I see of him, I think of the words: sleazy and skeevy...... .....Yeah I think that's the reason.
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