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Confirmed: Eddie Murphy to host 84th Academy Awards

Producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer have confirmed earlier reports that Eddie Murphy will host The 84th Annual Academy Awards:

“I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts, from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” said Murphy. “I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre, as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Eddie Murphy in talks to host 84th Oscars

Oscars producer Brett Ratner wants actor/comedian Eddie Murphy to host this year’s edition, Deadline reports:

I’ve learned that Ratner will offer one name to Academy President Tom Sherak: Eddie Murphy. This is by no means a done deal yet, but this is a first step – though a lot more steps have to […]

Brett Ratner to direct The 39 Clues

Deadline reports that Brett Ratner has been hired by DreamWorks to direct a live-action adaption of the bestselling young-adult book/online game/card collection series The 39 Clues.

Click over to Deadline for more details.

Brett Ratner in talks to direct Hercules for MGM

Vulture is reporting that Brett Ratner is in talks with MGM to direct Hercules: The Thracian Wars, an adaptation of the Steve Moore-penned Radical Publishing comic book:

True enough, but now Ratner is flirting with another Hercules project and is in negotiations to direct Hercules: The Thracian Wars, based on Radical Publishing’s […]

Movie and TV Bites: John Woo’s Red Cliff Headed To Theaters This Fall, Transformers Soundtrack News, Star Trek Writers Discuss Controversial Script Decisions + more

  • primeval-051509Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights Primeval, the ITV series that also airs in the U.S. on BBC America and the SCI FI Channel. The deal is said to be in the high-six-figure range. [Variety]
  • Halcyon Co. co-founders and co-CEOs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson will adapt Philip K. Dick’s 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. [FirstShowing.net]
  • Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman reveal what they say are their most controversial script decisions and why they made them in a new interview with MTV.
  • 20th Century Fox has chosen McDonald’s as their major promotional partner for several of the studios films on tap through 2010.  The promotion begins with Night at the Museum (May, 22, 2009) and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (July 1, 2009). [Variety]
  • Stan Bush, who created the song “The Touch” for the original animated Transformers movie, has remade the song in hopes of getting on the soundtrack for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  Watch the video below: [TFW2005]

Check out nine more bites, including a teaser trailer for Linkin Park’s new song, “New Divide” from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after the jump. Continue reading Movie and TV Bites: John Woo’s Red Cliff Headed To Theaters This Fall, Transformers Soundtrack News, Star Trek Writers Discuss Controversial Script Decisions + more

Brett Ratner Not Directing Conan

Given his reputation, the news that Brett Ratner is no longer attached to direct the live-action Conan project will more than likely be treated with applause. Producer Joe Gatta told Empire that due to scheduling issues, Ratner is no longer attached to direct:

“We’re currently in the process of hiring a director. […]