Brian Grazer to Take Over Oscars

    Brian Grazer, co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, smiles at an advertising conference at company headquarters in Redmond, Washington, U.S., on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Microsoft Corp. has delivered 1.5 million downloads of a tool kit to make applications for Windows Phone 7, a sign the operating system may be winning over developers even as it gains traction slowly with consumers. Photographer: Kevin P. Casey/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Caption *** Brian Grazer

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    The Academy has hired Hollywood producer Brian Grazer to take over the Oscars after firing loudmouth Brett Ratner. Unlike Ratner, who is known most for poorly reviewed blockbusters like Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand, Grazer has produced more serious films like A Beautiful Mind and the upcoming J. Edgar. His first job will be to find a new host, since Eddie Murphy quit not long after Ratner’s firing.

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