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Brian Grazer replaces Brett Ratner as Oscar producer

Brian Grazer replaces Brett Ratner as Oscar producer (photo)

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So Brett Ratner’s out as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards. Eddie Murphy’s out as host. Who’s in?

So far, that would be Brian Grazer, who has been tapped to replace Ratner. Grazer — who, coincidentally, was a producer of Ratner’s new film “Tower Heist” — won an Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind” and has been nominated on three other occassions: as the producer of Best Picture nominees “Apollo 13” and “Frost/Nixon” and as the co-writer of “Splash.” He’s director Ron Howard‘s partner in Imagine Entertainment; together they’ve made a bazillion movies and quite a few television shows as well (including “24” and “Arrested Development”). It will be Grazer’s first time producing the Academy Awards.

Grazer is certainly a less controversial figure than Ratner, but as The Envelope points out, he isn’t without his share of recent gay controversy. Almost exactly one year ago, Grazer and Howard’s “The Dilemma” drew heat for a joke in the film’s trailer in which Vince Vaughn’s character derisively describes electric cards as “gay.” The public outcry about the joke caused the studio to pull the trailer from theaters, though the filmmakers ultimately decided to keep the line in the film itself, with Grazer himself telling The Los Angeles Times “I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.”

Grazer’s host for the awards has yet to be announced, though Ricky Gervais sarcastically offered to host the show, and some devoted online fans have started a campaign to get The Muppets the gig. Here’s an option that I think makes a lot of sense, although I have no idea if he’s available or interested: Tom Hanks. Hanks has worked with Grazer numerous times and he, like Eddie Murphy, could probably stand to remind everyone that he’s a hilariously funny guy after years of dramas and family films (and “Larry Crowne”).

If you don’t like that idea, how about this: Tracy Morgan! Oh wait…

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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