Eddie Murphy To Host Oscars
Late today. Catching up after being away for a few days, and part of that is always the good, long cry that occurs after a glimpse of my email inbox.
Choosing Eddie Murphy is why I was excited about bringing Brett Ratner on board to produce the Oscars. Murphy is a brilliant choice; funny, unpredictable and filled with a healthy dislike of the industry that made him so wealthy. Best of all, he's not going to sit there and allow bad jokes and writing to stand. Because he doesn't care about anything but how well he'll do, he'll fight for what he wants against the lazies entrenched in the Oscar writing room and likely with Ratner having his back.
This is one of those inspired choices that's so simple you can't believe YOU didn't think of it.
On a scale of 1 to 10, my interest in watching the telecast just went from DREAD to a good, solid 4.5.
More on how the deal came together here
THE FUTURE ACCORDING TO THE MOVIES
INSIDE LEIGH BRACKETT'S ORIGINAL DRAFT OF THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK...
…AND WHY IT WORKED SO WELL
A NEW WESTERN FROM JOHN CARPENTER?
COOL BLOG: 'MATTE SHOT - A TRIBUTE TO GOLDEN ERA SPECIAL EFFECTS'
WAS POST-MODERNISM BORN WITH 'CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND'?
VIN DIESEL IN PRE-PRODUCTION ON NEW RIDDICK FILM
LEGENDARY, OSCAR-WINNING EDITOR/SOUND DESIGNER WALTER MURCH ON WHY 3-D DOESN'T WORK
'THE SHINING' AND THE IMPOSSIBLE LAYOUT OF THE OVERLOOK HOTEL
A CLIP FROM 'THE THING' 2011
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