Brian Grazer Steps in as Academy Awards Producer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Grazer has stepped onto the Academy Awards merry-go-round. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that the veteran producer has signed on to produce next year’s Oscar show after previously named producer Brett Ratner abruptly resigned. Ratner departed the show Tuesday following uproar over a gay slur, […]

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Eddie Murphy Quits as Oscar Host After Ratner Resigns

Well, that didn’t take long. A day after Brett Ratner resigned from producing next year’s Academy Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has gotten word that host Eddie Murphy has also exited the show. According to THR, Murphy released this statement: “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision […]

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Brett Ratner Resigns as Academy Awards Producer

Brett Ratner has resigned as producer of next year’s Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the 42-year-old filmmaker submitted his resignation Tuesday, one day after he apologized for using a gay slur at a screening of his latest movie. Academy President Tom Sherak says Ratner “did the right thing for […]

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XFINITY On Demand: ‘Tower Heist’ Director Brett Ratner’s Favorite All-Time Movies

Brett Ratner, whose resume includes eight feature movies, documentaries, TV series and hundreds of music videos, loves movies. He loves making them. He loves watching them. And he loves talking about them. In addition to chatting with him about his latest feature,”Tower Heist,” which opens November 4 (read the interview here and buy tickets online […]

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Reality King Burnett Tackles Emmy Awards Challenge

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — There’s more than Hollywood ego on the line at Sunday’s 63rd prime-time Emmys. After disappointing performances by a pair of major trophy fests this year, the TV ceremony could prove an awards season reboot. For producer Mark Burnett, the successful reality TV czar (“Survivor,” “The Apprentice“) […]

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Confirmed: Eddie Murphy Named Oscars Host

It’s Official: Eddie Murphy has signed on to host the 84th Academy Awards next year. ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the big news Tuesday. “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said producer Brett Ratner in a statement. “With his love […]

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