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Funny or Die produces new Oscars trailer

Posted on January 6th, 2012

Source: LA Times

Playing out like an overly dramatic preview for an adventure movie, the trailer, titled “Off the Grid,” features a search for Crystal led by Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. (Is it a sign that the Oscars haven’t given up on their endeavor to reel in young viewers?) A booming voice announces, “They were charged with tracking down a legend.”

“We wanted to try something a little bit different this year instead of a traditional, clip-based piece,” academy chief marketing officer Christina Kounelias said in a statement. “The trailer has a fun twist that conveys how excited everyone is to have Billy back.”

In addition to starring Duhamel, Fox and Mr. Oscar Host himself, the trailer for the 2012 Oscars features cameo performances by William Fichtner, Vinnie Jones and past Academy Awards co-host Robin Williams.

Starting Friday, the trailer will run in more than 2,000 theaters. The 84th annual Academy Awards, which will be Crystal’s ninth time hosting, take place Feb. 26. Watch the trailer below.

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