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Eddie Murphy As Oscars Host – Good or Bad Choice?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the coveted, highly anticipated host of the 2012 Oscars will be comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Now this is not an easy gig.

Last year, the Academy tried to make the telecast more youthful by having young Hollywood superstars Anne Hathaway and James Franco co-host – a decision critics bashed after the show fell flat and Franco seemed to show a lack of interest in his hosting gig.

Now the Academy is putting its faith in Eddie Murphy, who also follows in the footsteps of past comedian/entertainer hosts like Bob Hope, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.

So far, it seems like Hollywood is on board with Eddie too. I caught up with Whoopi at the season premiere of “The View” and she thinks Eddie would be a great choice. She says, “You have to have a funny person. You have to have somebody that loves the movies, you have to have somebody who’s engaged and I think Eddie is engaged. He knows our business, he gets what the audience is like… I love the idea of Eddie Murphy.”

Showbiz Tonight” also caught up with actor Nick Nolte (Murphy’s co-star in their classic flick “48 Hours”) at the premiere of Nolte’s new film “Warrior” and he also thinks Murphy is a great choice. “He’s going to be great,” Nolte says. “You know with Eddie, it’s a pure genius. You just don’t know what he’s going to bring. He’ll bring a lot of humor. A lot of fun to it.”

I think Eddie’s got the right personality for this gig and he should be great. The question is though, is he relevant enough to draw in viewers? Although Murphy used to star in many hit movies, his biggest recent role has been “Donkey” in the “Shrek” films, although Eddie was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Dreamgirls” back in 2006.

‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Dominates

Now here’s some monkey business that everyone in Hollywood will take seriously! ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ conquered the box office with a tremendous $54 million in its debut weekend. The $90 million Fox reboot/prequel exceeded all expectations and churned out the fifth-best August opening of all time. And it did it all without any of that pesky 3D!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ played primarily to an older male crowd. According to exit polling, 56 percent of the audience was male, while 59 percent were over the age of 25. Notably, 20 percent of the audience was at least 50 years old perhaps fans of the original 1968 film. For the most part, viewers liked what they saw, as they gave ‘Rise’ a strong “A-” CinemaScore grade. The success of ‘Rise’ serves all of its stars well. James Franco rebounded from the lackuluster performance of ‘Your Highness,’ which only grossed $21.6 million earlier this year, and he likely has a new blockbuster franchise to star in while he pursues artsy side projects, Frieda Pinto finally has another hit under her belt after her only other wide release, ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ and Andy Serkis proved that motion-capture may be a viable pursuit at the box office. READ MORE HERE.

‘The Change Up’ vs. ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’

The Change Up and Rise of the Planet of the Apes both hit theaters this weekend so there is about to be one sexy box office battle underway!

The Change Up puts a spin on the classic switching bodies tale and is filled with crude hard humor and of course, some sexy Ryan Reynolds. Ry guy isn’t the only A-lister in this film. Jason Bateman plays Dave a dad who goes from crying babies, to sexy ladies after switching bodies with Ryans single and loving life character Mitch, after a night of drinking and envy of one another’s lifestyles. Olivia Wilde, and the comical Leslie Mann also appear in this upcoming flick.

This switch of fates should definitely do well Ryan Reynolds isn’t the only one getting some action in the new movie, the action packed drama Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is also hitting theatres this weekend, and with a dynamite cast, this movie is sure to be up for the challenge.

James Franco stars opposite the beautiful Freida Pinto, in the new sci-fi based action, where a science experiment goes dreadfully wrong. Tom Felton is also at it again with his evil ways in the new movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Let’s hope he brings some of his luck from the sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, which broke records earning over a billion dollars.

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