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Brain Grazer to replace Ratner as Producer for Oscars


Earlier today, Eddie Murphy dropped out of his Oscar-hosting job after his Tower Heist director Brett Ratner resigned from his Oscar-producing gig. But if the Academy has things their way, Murphy may return yet. Producer Brian Grazer has been tapped to replace Ratner as the new Oscar producer, and apparently his first job will be to get Murphy back.


    For those who haven't been following the drama, Ratner stepped down from his supposed "dream job" producing the Oscars after the filmmaker made a string of comments that sparked a public firestorm.


    ...Now The Hollywood Reporter says that Tower Heist producer Grazer has stepped in for Ratner. Grazer's top priority will be finding a host for the ceremony - which could very well be Murphy, again. Deadline claims that the Academy is hoping Grazer can convince Murphy to return. "If anyone can get Eddie back in, it's Brian," writes the website. "For Grazer to take on the Oscars demonstrates a dedication to the movie community."


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