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Fast Track: Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars

September 07, 2011
  • Eddie Murphy was named to host the 84th Academy Awards.
Eddie Murphy was named to host the 84th Academy Awards. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters )

A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday:

Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars. (Los Angeles Times)

And Brett Ratner, who is co-producing the Oscars, said Murphy's selection was "meant to be." Ratner is also directing "Tower Heist," which stars Murphy. (Los Angeles Times)

Clint Eastwood's upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will open AFI Fest 2011. (Los Angeles Times)

Former "The Price Is Right" model Lanisha Cole filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging wrongful termination and sexual harassment by producers. (Los Angeles Times)

After his marriage proposal was rejected, "The Bachelorette" runner-up Ben Flajnik is back in the dating game, becoming the newest "Bachelor" on the reality series. (Los Angeles Times)

Chaz Bono wants "Dancing With the Stars" fans to know he's "just a regular guy." (Los Angeles Times)

Is Goldilocks on the loose? An intruder breaks into Celine Dion's home, raids her fridge and pours a bath. (

Lindsay Lohan is taking anti-shoplifting classes. (E!)

Regis Philbin's last show will be the Friday before Thanksgiving. (Los Angeles Times)

Zooey Deschanel's upcoming sitcom "New Girl" is debuting, for free, on iTunes. (Los Angeles Times)

The author of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" might be making a sequel to Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice." (Deadline)

Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean top the list of CMA Award nominees. (Los Angeles Times)

The "Ed Wood" screenwriting duo has been hired to pen Ridley Scott's Monopoly movie. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Netflix is now enforcing its one-movie-at-a-time streaming limit. (

NBC Super Bowl ad spots are going for $3.5 million each. (Hollywood Reporter)

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