Billy Crystal to host the Oscars

The comic actor, 63, will host the glittering ceremony for the ninth time after orginal choice Eddie Murphy resigned. And he joked that the star-studded gig would help him raise his profile. He tweeted: “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my … [Read the full story]

Eddie Murphy quits Oscars

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has resigned as host of the 2012 Oscar ceremony, due to be held in February. His decision comes a day after the resignation of producer Brett Ratner, a friend of Murphy, who used a derogatory term in public. Ratner used the word “fags” during a question and answer session on … [Read the full story]

Oscars producer resigns after ‘gay slur’

Director Brett Ratner has resigned as a producer of the 2012 Oscars after using a derogatory term in public. “As painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents,” he said in an … [Read the full story]