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Monday 4 May 2015

Ratner gives million to film museum

Brett Ratner has donated a large sum to the museum
Brett Ratner has donated a large sum to the museum

Brett Ratner has donated a million dollars to set up the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The X-Men: The Last Stand director has emptied his pockets to help launch the new film museum, set to open in 2017, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Brett had been due to produce the 2012 Oscars but had to give up the gig after using a gay slur during a Q&A for his film Tower Heist.

He said: "I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum. I was blown away by the recent Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, which the Academy co-sponsored. I couldn't be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema's greatest work."

The Academy launched a fundraising campaign in 2012 to set up the museum and has already brought in half of the 300 million dollar goal.

Annette Bening and Tom Hanks are co-chairs of the campaign, chaired by Walt Disney Company chief exec Bob Iger.

Bob said: "Thanks to the generosity of founding supporters like Brett, we are now able to realise the long-held dream of the Academy and that of the global film community to build a museum dedicated to the history and future of the movies."

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