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Brett Ratner to produce next year’s Academy Awards

Brett Ratner to produce next year’s Academy Awards (photo)

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I can see the posters now: “From the director of ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘After the Sunset’ comes a new kind of Oscars!” Yes, that’s right: Brett Ratner, he of the “Rush Hour” series and assorted other Hollywood pictures, will co-produce the 84th Annual Academy Awards with returning producer and director Don Mischer. Here’s what Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak had to say about his very surprising choice:

“I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show. 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.”

Ratner just gave an interview to Deadline.com, in which he explains some of his motivation for taking this high-risk gig. Apparently, he’s been very vocally critical of recent Oscar telecasts and at Oscar parties he loved to tell anyone who’d listen what he’d do if the people in charge gave him the show. Finally, the people in charge decided to listen. After Sherak and new Academy CEO Dawn Hudson offered him the job Ratner says he “looked through every single telecast” and then called up Sherak and Hudson “and said, ‘I can do this.'”

I’m sure he told the producers of “X-Men: The Last Stand” the same thing.

I kid! Look, clearly the Academy is trying to broaden and diversify the audience for the Oscar telecast. This year they hired James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts, two very unconventional choices. It didn’t ultimately work out, but it was an interesting risk (it might have been a smarter risk to hire hosts with experience at stand-up comedy or public speaking, but whatever). Unconventional is exactly the word I’d use to describe Ratner’s selection here. And he certainly has made a lot of popular movies. Maybe he knows what a mass audience wants to see from the Oscars. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I do.

It’s definitely possible that Ratner will bring some new ideas to the table; based on the Academy’s statement, he got the job on the back of a very convincing sales pitch. Who knows? Maybe he will successfully bring some new eyeballs to the Academy Awards. I’m certainly curious to see what he does. Then again, I would watch the Oscars if they were broadcast from a pet store and hosted by a chinchilla.

Do you think Brett Ratner will produce a good Oscar telecast? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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