Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Chihuaha, the YouTube Cat and Brett Ratner

Yesterday, Miami filmmaker Bret Carr had a mediation session in advance of next month's trial against representatives of his mother's estate. He is seeking to prove that his mom, heiress Gail Posner, was manipulated into willing her Palm Beach mansion and millions of dollars to her caretakers and pet dog, Conchita the Chihuaha, who has been living at the estate in the wake of Posner's March death.

Carr has also just released a screenplay inspired by his legal battle, Heal, available for 99 cents on the Amazon Kindle. He is actively soliciting suggestions from the script's readers for what he hopes will be a 2012 film shoot.

The trial date for the dhihuaha business is set for August 15th. Perhaps telegraphing his thoughts about the outcome (and size of his upcoming film adaptation budget), Carr in Heal has a protagonist who “finds value in life, after losing his legacy to a Chihuaha.”

But first, there's the business of upping his media profile ahead of the bizarre August bow wow courtroom session. To do this, Carr says he will be releasing a series of comic shorts. The first, uploaded to YouTube on July 14th, co-stars the YouTube Cat:

Carr is one wacky 47-year-old New Yorker. On his paragraph-break deficient bio page, he details recent attempts to patch up a long-term falling out with childhood friend Brett Ratner, which apparently did not go well:

After a ten-day silent meditation this past year, Carr tried to bridge the relationship with Ratner by visiting him on the set of the Ben Stiller movie, Tower Heist. “When I first saw Ratner years later, the first thing he said to me was, “See, you’d never want to be me , never knowing who loves you for you. But you are more talented than I could ever be, and I sense you’ve really changed...”

Carr shadowed him on the set of Tower Heist for a week, but, as Carr says, “Rat tried to force me into pitching Stiller, then when I suggested a more appropriate time, where he could listen, Brett threw me off of the set. I think when I have some of my own public recognition Bret wont feel exposed. He’s got a lot of responsibility and pressure.”

Amazingly, neither a legal battle against a chihuaha or a falling out with a Brett pal with one more "T" in his first name necessarily rank as the craziest thing to have happened so far in Carr's life. Again, per his bio page, that claim could also just as easily relate to running a $27 billion holding company at age 18, hiring a bunch of ex-Scientologists after leaving the Church of Scientology, or deciding it would be preferable to allow a limited movie release audience to "Pay After."

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