Switcho, changeo: “Tower Heist” producer Brian Grazer, left, and Brett Ratner, director of that movie, at the premiere of Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” in Los Angeles on Nov. 3.
This was all just too much for Howard Stern, who used part of Wednesday’s broadcast to rail against the hypocrisy he saw in the Academy and the industry at large.
The Hollywood Reporter:
“The Oscars are the same place where Charlie Sheen-types can go and get applauded,” Stern said. “God knows who’s coming across that stage and what they’re up to,” added co-host Robin Quivers.
“This is the same industry, by the way, that wants Roman Polanski to be forgiven for raping a 13-year old, that it’s time he be let back in the United States. I would hang him by his balls,” Stern said..
[...] If Ratner hadn’t stepped down as producer of the Oscars, Stern said, he’d be “in charge of an awards show for lunatics. There’s a lot of loony people in Hollywood who do a lot of loony things.”
Next, in a public display of loyalty to Ratner, and maybe also to a future “Tower Heist 2,” Eddie Murphy decided to follow the embattled director’s lead and announced his own departure Wednesday while deftly playing to both sides (actors!). Stern had predicted Murphy’s move that morning.
Detroit Free Press:
“First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony,” Murphy said in statement released by the Academy today. “I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”
Finally, we have the last act, which also happened Wednesday: “Tower Heist” producer and veteran industry player Brian Grazer stepped in to take the vacant director’s spot for the Academy Awards. The New York Times has those details here.
Predictably, attempts were made to force a moral to this story, and the chatterfest continued from inside industry circles and in the blogosphere. Here’s our takeaway: Resist the tedious, if familiar, urge to blend a certain brand of oafishness with homophobia and everyone wins.