Brett Ratner and Don Mischer to produce Oscar telecast


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Director Brett Ratner and veteran TV producer/director Don Mischer will produce next year’s Academy Awards telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Mischer is a returning face, having coproduced this year’s ceremony with Bruce Cohen, while Ratner will tackle one of the toughest jobs in Hollywood for the first time. Ratner, the director of Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and all three Rush Hour films (not to mention scores of music videos), has the Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy action comedy Tower Heistcoming out this November. The most intriguing part of AMPAS’ announcement is the following quote from new Academy CEO Dawn Hudson: “Brett has a really smart and fresh take for the show.” Can’t wait to see what that is.

The 84th Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2012. Ratner and Mischer’s first task: finding a host.

More Oscars 2011 on EW:
Brett Ratner, Don Mischer talk Oscars: ‘The key to this show is making it funny’

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  • Joan


    • Boyd

      Whoopi and Billy, yes.
      Robin Williams, no no no no no.

      • Nathan

        Billy and Robin yes. Whoopi, f**k no!

      • Joan

        Well clearly someone’s going to complain no matter who the host is but I think that triad would definitely be the best bet.

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    • Ranch Mubay

      And that’s a “fresh take” how??? Weren’t those 3 doing Comic Relief in the 80’s? What’s your next suggestion, having Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins present an ward?

      • Joan

        kinda the point dimwit, it’d be a comic relief reunion. We tried that “fresh take” thing with last year’s hosts and failed miserably, let’s actually make it something good for a change. That would be a change good to see.

  • DB

    Can’t believe they would go back to Mischer after how poorly produced, directed and written this year’s show was. As for Ratner, I’ve never been as down on him as many people seem to be, but I’m also not sure he’s the right guy for this job.

    • derek

      As long as the producing gig keeps Ratner too busy to direct movies, it’s all good to me.

  • reel_deal

    So it will suck this year like most Ratner garbage

  • Ben

    Please: No more lame musical numbers and corny, irrelevant, time-consuming film montages. And give out the honorary Oscars at the actual show.

    • Nathan

      Just not the Orca Winfrey award, I will not be able to take that.

    • Joan

      Maybe they should let the honorary winners present Best Picture!

    • obviously an idiot

      idk about musical numbers Hugh Jackmans was the sh!t haha I still laugh everytime I watch it

  • Chelsea

    I’m still not over the shock of how utterly bad X3 was. Hate to see Ratner getting any work.

  • tina

    Oh good, now instead of a boring ceremony we will have a douchey ceremony.

  • TorontoTom

    As long as BRUCE VILANCH is the head writer for the Oscar show (like he has been for like 100 years), it will be complete garbage. Doesn’t matter who hosts, what films are nominated, who’s presenting – he will put his usual stamp on it. It will be cheeze-y, lame & boring like it has been with him as the head writer. GET RID OF BRUCE VILANCH and there might be hope for this show.

  • Ekalb045

    I’m torn by this announcement. On the one hand, he is just not a good director by any measure and pretty much ruined X-men 3. On the other hand, some of his comedies like Rush Hour are enjoyable if you look at them as pure entertainment. Can he make the Oscar telecast fun again ???

  • Harry

    The problem with the show is that it’s the same old tiring format as it’s been since the 60’s and the changes they make to the show is akin to putting up new wallpaper in an old house. Popularity for the telecast isn’t going to be solved by bringing in a new director. I felt like Franco’s performance was almost appropriate given the similarity to what the viewers must have been feeling.

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