Oscars' New Producer: Brian Grazer

Oscar winner will replace Brett Ratner
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 7:32 PM CST
Brian Grazer will produce the Oscars telecast this year.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

(Newser) – The Oscars has quickly filled one of two gaping holes in its telecast: Big-time producer Brian Grazer will produce the show, reports TMZ. He takes over for Brett Ratner, who stepped down after uttering a gay slur. Still no word on who will host following Eddie Murphy's decision to walk away. The LA Times notes the small world of Hollywood: Oscar-winner Grazer, who produced Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, also produced Ratner's new movie, Tower Heist. Murphy is one of the stars. Grazer also will probably have a film in the running for an Oscar—he produced Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. (Read more Oscars stories.)

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