BRETT RATNER AT BOOK SOUP: Hyphenates thrive in our little wonderland -- actor-model and so forth -- but we've yet to see "action-director/book-publisher" listed anywhere. Which says that maybe we don't get out enough, because Brett Ratner -- the megaphone-wielder for such movies as "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" -- now has his own imprint. (By the way, his IMDB page lists Hal Ashby as his favorite director -- the man behind "Harold & Maude" -- and that seems pretty cool.) Ratner's company, Rat Press, has two big books out: "Scott Caan Photographs: Vol. 1" (yep, Scott Caan of "Ocean's Eleven" fame) and Lawrence Grobel's "Conversations with Robert Evans" (sure to be juicy; Mr. Evans, of course, was behind one of our favorite flicks, "Rosemary's Baby"). The three writer/photographer/director/actor/book publishers are appearing at Book Soup to chat up their books, publishing, movies, photographs and more. Tuesday, April 28, 9:30PM. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood. 310-659-3110
ALSO ON TUESDAY, APRIL 28: Cartoon Dump satirizes animation, kiddie television, and all that jazz, at the Steve Allen Theatre; and New Yorker writer Ben Greenman reads from his new book at Vroman's Bookstore.