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BRETT RATNER (Director) has quickly established himself as one of today's most promising directors. As part of Hollywood's next generation, Ratner has assembled an impressive body of work that encompasses both feature films and music videos. Ratner's most recent film, his second, was New Line's Rush Hour starring Jackie Chan (in his first starring role with an American director) and Chris Tucker. The action packed comedy racked up sensational box office numbers grossing $250 million worldwide. Ratner made his feature film debut with the 1997 hit comedy Money Talks, starring Charlie Sheen, Chris Tucker, Paul Sorvino and Heather Locklear. He is currently in production with Rush Hour 2 reuniting with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. In the music video arena, Ratner has directed more than 100 music videos, including memorable clips from multi- platinum recording artists Madonna, Mariah Carey, Wu Tang Clan, D'Angelo, Heavy D, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci and Jay Z among others. Most recently he was honored with a 1999 MTV Video Award for Best Video from a Film for Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" from the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack. Additionally, Ratner has garnered a plethora of awards for his short films, PSA's and commercials. Ratner attended New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at age 16, becoming the department's youngest film major. Funded by a donation from Steven Spielberg's Amblin' Entertainment, Ratner's senior thesis project "What Ever Happened to Mason Reese," won various student awards.

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