Mariah Carey and Brett Ratner Celebrate in the Caribbean

Brett Ratner and Mariah CareyMariah Carey, 45,  and her boyfriend filmmaker and music video director, Brett Ratner, 45,  reportedly celebrated his birthday sailing around the Caribbean on a privately owned yacht.

It’s no secret that the two have been friends for a number of years and have collaborated on eight of the pop diva’s music videos.

According to sources….they  have moved way beyond the friend zone and are now in couple mode.  Their relationship has progressed in recent weeks and is now very serious.’

This comes less than a year after the singer and “America’s Got Talent” judge Nick Cannon announced that  they were splitting after six years of marriage.
“There’s no difference between a tacky Jew from Miami and a rap star. They both want the Cadillac and the Rolex with the diamonds.” Quote ~ Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner has a net worth of $65 million.
Brett Ratner Trivia
  •  Was formerly engaged to Rebecca Gayheart.
  • Got his start by directing rap and hip-hop videos for his friend Russell Simmons. When the original director of Money Talks (1997) had to be replaced, Russell Simmons recommended him.
  • Attended Miami Beach Senior High.
  • Once vowed he would not direct movies until he had directed at least 100 music videos.

  • Without knowing him, Steven Spielberg and his company Amblin Entertainment sent him $5000 to finish funding for his final film project at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts after he sent out 20 letters to producers asking for help.
  • His favorite film is Scarface (1932).
  • Was in pre-production for a remake of John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) after he finished Rush Hour (1998). It was to be written by Cassavetes’ son, Nick Cassavetes and Warren Beatty was set to star. Ratner left the project when he was offered The Family Man (2000).
  • Brett Ratner’s favorite film director is Hal Ashby.
  • After meeting with real life FBI agents, he decided that it would not be authentic to have Scott Glenn reprise the role of Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002), his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) prequel. Instead, he cast Harvey Keitel, in a role originally created by Dennis Farina in Manhunter (1986). Keitel and Farina had also both played Ray Barbone in the film Get Shorty (1995). Ratner was considered for directing the sequel to Get Shorty, entitled Be Cool (2005), in which Keitel also appears.
  • Ranked #81 on Premiere’s 2003 annual Power 100 List. He did not rank on the 2004 list.
  • At Miami Beach Senior High School was a drama student of well-known instructor Jay W. Jensen.
  • Replaced director Matthew Vaughn just two months before filming began on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
  • Was for some time attached to direct Superman Returns (2006). He left the project because of repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor. The project then went to Bryan Singer, while Ratner went on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), the two previous movies in the saga having been directed by Singer.
  • In Red Dragon (2002), digital technology was used to smooth over some of Anthony Hopkins’s facial features so that he would look younger than he was in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Similar technology was used in the first scene of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), so that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen could play their characters twenty years younger.
  • Considered directing Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).
  • His mother, Marsha Presman, was just 16 when she gave birth to her son.
  • In 2008, at Beverly Hills Film Festival presented the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern.
  • Lives in Los Angeles, California and Miami Beach, Florida.
  • In the series “The Film That Changed My Life” (Observer newspaper UK/May 2010), Ratner cited Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) as the singular movie that most inspired him to become a filmmaker. Claims to have seen the movie about 100 times, first when he was only 10-years-old with his mother’s permission.
  • His five favorite films are The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), The Tenant (1976), The Killing (1956), Being There (1979) and Raging Bull (1980). The last of these was the film that made him want to go to film school; Robert Evans, the subject of The Kid Stays in The Picture, was one of his mentors.
  • No longer involved in the production of a new Superman movie. Stated that the repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor made it impossible for him to remain involved.
  • At Beverly Hills Film Festival to present the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern.
  • Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Anthony Robbins and Tom Selleck, for “The Tony Robbins Ultimate Edge” system.
  • Was a great friend of Michael Jackson.

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