Archive for the ‘Oscars’ Category

Jeff Simon: Crystal, Vilanch And Others Make A-List To Host Oscars

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Buffalo News
Murphy bows out, Crystal steps up, but what if Oscar needs another host?
By Jeff Simon
November 11, 2011

Eddie Murphy, as the world now knows, took a powder.

He is not going to host the Oscars after all. His “Tower Heist” director, Brett Ratner, was the fellow who¶d asked him to do it in the first place when the Oscar powers-that- be originally asked Ratner, for their own reasons, to produce the show.

But then Ratner —said to be in life an overprivileged brat from an inept Judd Apatow movie—started lipping off. At a news conference for “Tower Heist,” he was innocently asked by someone in the vast army of Hollywood fawners and junketeers about how he rehearses his actors. Read More

Billy Crystal To Host The Oscars – Is It Too Much To Assume Bruce Is B

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

It’s Official: Billy Crystal Returning as Oscar Host
November 10, 2011

Billy Crystal to the rescue! The nine-time Oscar host has agreed to replace Eddie Murphy as emcee of the 2012 Academy Awards. “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions,” the comedian tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Looking forward to the show.”

News of Crystal’s Oscar comeback comes a day after Murphy dropped out in the wake ofF-bomb dropper Brett Ratner’s resignation as the telecast’s producer. Brian Grazer will now oversee the ceremony. Read More

Oscars: Brett Ratner Out, Now Host Eddy Murphy Out! Who Will Replace?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Mister D: Bring back Oscar regular Bruce Vilanch and how about sharing the hosting duties to Bette Midler and Billy Crystal – take a little pressure off them

Eddie Murphy Out As Oscar Host After Brett Ratner Resignation
November 9, 2011

Eddie Murphy is no longer hosting the 84th annual Academy Awards.

Following the exit of his good friend and “Tower Heist” director Brett Ratner as producer of the show last night over a series of controversial comments, the Academy announced that Murphy has withdrawn from his hosting duties, which he first took on in September. Read More

Gays Around The World Applaud As Brett Ratnor Steps Down As Producer Of Next Year’s Oscars

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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Brett Ratner Quits as Oscar Show Producer
Today 4:17 PM PST by MARC MALKIN

Brett Ratner is calling it quits.

In a stunning turn of events, the controversial director has resigned from producing the Academy Awards telecast…

READ: Movie Academy Scolds Brett Ratner for Gay Slur: “It Will Not Happen Again”

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report Ratner’s resignation.

“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Academy president Tom Sherak said in a statement. “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.” Read More

The Oscars: Where’s Bruce?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

New team of writers on tap for this year’s Oscars
By Steve Pond
Mon Nov 7, 2011 1:56pm EST

LOS ANGELES ( – Is Bruce Vilanch joining the ranks of the unemployed when the 84th Academy Awards roll around?

The upcoming Oscars show will make use of a new crop of writers with ties to producer Brett Ratner but little awards-show experience, among them the screenwriters of Ratner’s new film, “Tower Heist.”

Ratner, who is producing the show with Don Mischer, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that his writing team for the show would include the “Tower Heist” team of Jeff Nathanson and Ted Griffin, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” writers Alec Berg and David Mandel, “Saturday Night Live” vets Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield and one longtime Oscar-show writer, Jon Macks. Read More