Oscar Latest: Goodbye Brett Ratner, Hello Brian Grazer!  


Brian Grazer is the newly crowned producer of the 84th Academy Awards according to Academy President Tom Sherak. Grazer will be producing the Oscars for the first time.

Unlike Brett Ratner, Grazer has been nominated four times and won a Best Picture Oscar for 2001's "A Beautiful Mind."

This may be the best outcome of the whole Ratner fiasco, well, besides, Eddie Murphy quitting his hosting duties.

No word yet on who Grazer will be hiring to host the Oscar telecast.

Here's the complete press release from the Academy:

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Academy Award®-winner Brian Grazer will join Don Mischer as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the first time Grazer has produced the Oscar® telecast.

"Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work," said Sherak. "He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars®."

"I am thrilled to welcome Brian Grazer as my partner and that we will be collaborating to produce an outstanding show," echoed Mischer.

"It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career," said Grazer. "Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him."

"I too am delighted that Brian will join Don in producing the Academy Awards and I am looking forward to our producers delivering the movie event of the year," commented Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

Grazer has earned four Academy Award nominations. He won a Best Picture Oscar in 2001 for "A Beautiful Mind." In 1984, Grazer was nominated in the writing category for "Splash," and he received Best Picture nominations in 1995 and 2008 for "Apollo 13" and "Frost/Nixon," respectively. His other film credits include "Spies Like Us," "Kindergarten Cop," "The Nutty Professor," "Liar Liar," "8 Mile" and "Cinderella Man." His current projects include the about to be released "J. Edgar" and the just released "Tower Heist."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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Oscar Drama Continues! Eddie Murphy Exits Awards Show Hosting Duties! 


Previously on the Brett Ratner Oscar drama, the "Tower Heist" director mentioned a gay slur, he got in trouble, then yesterday, he resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards.

And now, Eddie Murphy, who was set to host the Oscars, quit because he lost his "creative partner, Brett Ratner."

Now that Ratner and Murphy are out of the Oscar telecast, will the Academy Awards be better?

Here's the full press release I received from the Academy:

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well," said Sherak.

Commented Murphy, "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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Brett Ratner Quits as Oscar Producer!  


Should we rejoice? Brett Ratner quit from his position as a producer of the upcoming Oscars. In recent days, the "Tower Heist" director has been involved in a controversy when he mentioned the "F" word, the mean, vile word condescending to gays.

And in the end, the director resigned.

Honestly? It would be good for the Oscars! Even if he was not embroiled in the gay slur controversy, his aesthetic sense or lack thereof, would not have been good for the awards show anyway! So more power to you, good luck and goodbye Mr. Ratner!

Here's the full press release from the Academy;

Beverly Hills, CA – This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.

"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Sherak said. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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Get Ready for "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie!" 


If you're a fan, like me, this should be great news worthy of a few drinks and smokes! Jennifer Saunders, the creator and co-star of "Absolutely Fabulous," revealed that she's planning to write a movie version of the hit BBC TV comedy after finishing work on the Spice Girls London stage musical, "Viva Forever."

"Ab Fab" follows the crazy antics of Edina (Saunders), an alcoholic, drug-abusing PR agent, and her equally crazy best friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley). Hailed as one of the greatest British TV shows of all time, "Absolutely Fabulous" began its television run in 1992 and ended in 1995, followed by a two-part TV movie called "The Last Shout" in 1996. The show was revived in 2001 and ran until 2003 with another TV movie called "Absolutely Fabulous in New York" aka "Gay!"

Deadline told us that the big screen version "will kick off with Patsy and Edina waking up hungover in the empty drifting yacht of an oligarch in the middle of the ocean. Even worse, their cellphones can’t get a signal."

In order to whet our appetite for the film, three new "Absolutely Fabulous" TV specials will be shown, and the first will air this Christmas in the UK.

"Absolutely Fabulous" is decidedly the anti-"Sex and the City" and I absolutely love it! In order to celebrate this great news, here's the Pet Shop Boys and "Absolutely Fabulous!"



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When Will We See Meryl Streep as "The Iron Lady?" 


Just in time to meet Oscar deadline, the Weinstein Co. has announced that "The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep will be released on Dec. 30!

Streep stars as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in this biopic from director Phyllida Lloyd who worked with the actress before for the big-screen version of "Mamma Mia!"

"The Iron Lady" will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 30 and then expand on Jan. 13. I can't wait to see this movie and Streep's performance!

Here's the full trailer of "The Iron Lady":



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