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Brett Ratner & Don Mischer producing 84th Oscars

Academy press release:

Beverly Hills, CA—Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director.

“I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,” said Sherak. “He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He’s unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring. Together with Don Mischer – who, by the way, just earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the 83rd Academy Awards – I think these two will give us a fantastic Oscar show that you won’t want to miss.”

Don Mischer“I’m thrilled that Don will again bring his tremendous expertise to the Oscar telecast,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “And Brett has a really smart and fresh take for the show. They have great chemistry, and their vision meshed so well with ours.”

“Making movies has been my dream since childhood, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have made several, but the Oscar show is in a league of its own,” said Ratner. “It will be fantastic to work with a live television master like Don to meld the glamour of legendary Hollywood with the enormous talents who thrill moviegoers today.”

“The Academy Awards are in a class by themselves, and I’m elated that the Academy has asked me to return,” said Mischer. “I hope to take the wealth of knowledge I now have about the Oscars, which is a completely unique kind of show, and work with Brett to create an evening that is fast-paced, fun, and memorable to movie fans and Oscar fans everywhere.”

Ratner’s work spans movies, including eight features; numerous television series; over 100 music videos; and a multitude of commercials. A native of Miami Beach, he is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he now serves on the Dean’s Council. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Simon Wiesenthal Center. Ratner’s next directorial release is “Tower Heist,” due out in November, and he will soon begin directing “39 Clues” for DreamWorks, based on the popular young-adult book series published by Scholastic, as well as “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” for MGM. Ratner’s film producing credits include “Horrible Bosses,” currently in release, as well as an upcoming adaptation of “Snow White,” in which Julia Roberts will play the Queen. Additionally, Ratner has produced documentaries about the legendary photographer Helmut Newton and the actor John Cazale, and he executive produced the documentary “Catfish” as well as the upcoming “Seriously Funny – The Comic Art of Woody Allen,” which will debut on PBS in November as a two-part installment of the “American Masters” series.

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  1. James Franco for host!!! :fingerscrossed:

  2. James Franco for host!!! :fingerscrossed:

  3. Gentle Benj

    Pipe dream: How awesome would it be if Ratner could get Chris Tucker to come out of quasi-retirement and host?

  4. Gentle Benj

    Pipe dream: How awesome would it be if Ratner could get Chris Tucker to come out of quasi-retirement and host?

  5. Gentle Benj

    James Franco for host!!! :fingerscrossed:

    With Mischer returning as show director? Don’t cross those fingers too tight.

  6. Gentle Benj

    James Franco for host!!! :fingerscrossed:

    With Mischer returning as show director? Don’t cross those fingers too tight.

  7. I have a baaaaaad feeling about this.

  8. I have a baaaaaad feeling about this.

  9. Magically Delicious

    This is already shaping up to be one of the most depressing ceremonies ever.

  10. Magically Delicious

    This is already shaping up to be one of the most depressing ceremonies ever.

  11. First Oprah and now THIS? wow…just wow.

  12. First Oprah and now THIS? wow…just wow.

  13. Kevin Klawitter

    Is it too much to ask for people to not make up their opinions until maybe TWO months before the show is broadcast? I mean, we know probably at least 20% of the fallout after the show will be “THE WURST SHOW EVAR!” simply because they snarkers think they’re being edgy, and another 15% or so will say “they couldn’t possibly have been worse than last year’s show”.

    AMPAS is taking risks. That’s a good thing. And Bret Ratner himself has a sense of humor about it and his reputation. Read this interview, I think he has the right attitude:

    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/08/04/how-brett-ratner-will-change-the-oscars-it-entails-comedy/

  14. Kevin Klawitter

    Is it too much to ask for people to not make up their opinions until maybe TWO months before the show is broadcast? I mean, we know probably at least 20% of the fallout after the show will be “THE WURST SHOW EVAR!” simply because they snarkers think they’re being edgy, and another 15% or so will say “they couldn’t possibly have been worse than last year’s show”.

    AMPAS is taking risks. That’s a good thing. And Bret Ratner himself has a sense of humor about it and his reputation. Read this interview, I think he has the right attitude:

    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/08/04/how-brett-ratner-will-change-the-oscars-it-entails-comedy/

  15. alan of montreal

    How is hiring Brett Ratner taking a risk? He’s about as Hollywood as they come. If they wanted to take a risk, they should go with Joss Whedon, or Judd Apatow, or John Lassiter, or the riskiest of all, Hayao Miyazaki (that last one was a joke). All will be forgiven, however, if he hires Craig Ferguson as the host.

  16. alan of montreal

    How is hiring Brett Ratner taking a risk? He’s about as Hollywood as they come. If they wanted to take a risk, they should go with Joss Whedon, or Judd Apatow, or John Lassiter, or the riskiest of all, Hayao Miyazaki (that last one was a joke). All will be forgiven, however, if he hires Craig Ferguson as the host.

  17. They will probably rush through the hours of the telecast. Oscars – The Last Stand.

  18. They will probably rush through the hours of the telecast. Oscars – The Last Stand.

  19. Mr. Pricklepants

    Well, it can’t get any worse than this year.

    All they need to do is pick the right host and get some good writers and the job is half done.

    BTW, did you know that, because he was co-hosting this year’s ceremony, James Franco got an Emmy nomination? He was probably the worst Oscar host ever and he still got an Emmy nomination for that! :lol:

  20. Mr. Pricklepants

    Well, it can’t get any worse than this year.

    All they need to do is pick the right host and get some good writers and the job is half done.

    BTW, did you know that, because he was co-hosting this year’s ceremony, James Franco got an Emmy nomination? He was probably the worst Oscar host ever and he still got an Emmy nomination for that! :lol:

  21. Terrible. Hasn’t made a single good film.

  22. Terrible. Hasn’t made a single good film.

  23. HahaLives

    oh, great. so now the oscars will be bad twice in a row. gee.

  24. HahaLives

    oh, great. so now the oscars will be bad twice in a row. gee.

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