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Oscar hosting pressure already building for Murphy

With four months to go until the Academy Awards, Eddie Murphy already is feeling the pressure about hosting the ceremony.

At the premiere of his new comedy film, “Tower Heist,” he said he’s “excited” about the job but “hoping not to drop the ball,” the Associated Press reports.

The film’s director, Brett Ratner, is also producing the Academy Awards and approached Mr. Murphy with the idea of hosting.

On the comic’s to-do list between now and then is to watch some movies.

“What’s the front-runner? Who knows?” he asked on the red carpet.

Mr. Murphy was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2007 for his performance in “Dreamgirls,” but lost to Alan Arkin.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards are Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

Grammy nominations special to feature Gaga, Jason Aldean

Lady Gaga and Jason Aldean - possible contenders for next year’s Grammy Awards - are set to perform during the annual nominations special next month.

According to the Associated Press, LL Cool J will again host the show, to air live on CBS on Nov. 30. A handful of the 78 categories will be announced at the event, to be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The Recording Academy earlier this year reduced the number of categories, which had totaled 109.

The Grammys will be held Feb. 12 in Los Angeles and will air live on CBS.

‘Seinfeld’s‘ Jason Alexander: Humor key to Mideast peace

Former “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander said he isn’t kidding around when it comes to promoting Mideast peace.

According to the Associated Press, Mr. Alexander, who played George Costanza in the legendary sitcom for a decade, was asked by Israeli President Shimon Peres in a meeting on Tuesday for advice on how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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