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“As a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language.”

— Director Brett Ratner apologizing Monday for using a gay slur at a Friday screening of his “Tower Heist.” (Asked about rehearsing the cast, the producer of the 2012 Oscars declared “Rehearsal’s for [sexually-loaded high-school-bully taunt],” reports The Wrap.)