Would you like to see Eddie Murphy host the Oscars? Well, you will!

How can a good rumor become solid conventional wisdom in a hot minute? When the math looks right, for one thing. The Academy Awards suffered this year from the decision to cast an odd couple as hosts in Anne Hathway (overly excited to be there) and James Franco (appeared to think this was the dress rehearsal). So the Academy asked Brett Ratner to join Don Mischer as a producer for the 2012 telecast. When Ratner hopped on board with the Oscars production team last month, he told The Hollywood Reporter:  “I think my love of comedy had a lot...

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