Monday, June 02, 2008

MTV Gives Out Some Awards

Despite the fact that a portion of the Universal Studios Lot burned to the ground in the early hours of the day yesterday, the 2008 MTV Movie Awards went down without a hitch at the Universal Amphitheater on the portion of the Universal Studios Lot that wasn't affected by firey destruction ... natch. Here are a few photos from the MTV Movie Awards red carpet yesterday:

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Except for the purpose of shamelessly promoting new movies (like Sex and the City, The Incredible Hulk, etc.) folks like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Ed Norton came out to the MTV Movie Awards to help distribute some awards. OK, so maybe they really came just to promote their movies but still ...

Anyways ... MTV trotted out a few celebs of their own to join in the festivities ...

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I must admit, all of The Hills cast members were lookin' pretty damn faboo if I do say so myself. Lauren LC Conrad, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and Audrina Patridge all looked amazing on the red carpet. No one was shiny and no one suffered any close calls with wardrobe malfunctions ...

... that was reserved for super special guest attendee Lindsay Lohan who almost showed the world her nether parts when a big gust of wind blew across the red carpet:

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Fortunately, Lindsay decided to wear undies and managed to keep her biz on lockdown. Whew.

So yeah ... the awards ... there were a few handed out ... so lets get to that ... and check out a few pics from the actual show itself:

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The destruction of King Kong and part of the iconic Back to the Future clock tower in a fire that broke out early Sunday morning at the Universal Studios back lot did not prevent Kong-size stars such as Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Ben Stiller and Charlize Theron from showing up for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, held Sunday night at The Gibson Amphitheatre, not far from the site of the fire. By the time stars arrived, the smoke had cleared and the blaze provided some material for laughs. The Office's Rainn Wilson laid claim to having set the fires to strike the wrath of God into Hollywood. "I meant to destroy the amphitheatre," he joked. "I made a mistake on MapQuest." Like at most MTV Movie Awards, just about every star had a film to promote (Wilson's The Rocker opens Aug. 1) — and few were shy about it. Host Mike Myers kicked off the show with a joke about promoting The Love Guru, due June 20. Presenters also had product to push: Smith and Theron (Hancock, July 2); Cruise, Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder, Aug. 15); Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, July 25); Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Get Smart, June 20); Edward Norton and Liv Tyler (Incredible Hulk, June 13); Seth Rogen and James Franco (Pineapple Express, Aug. 8); and a gaggle of gals from The House Bunny (Aug. 22): Anna Faris, Rumer Willis, Katharine McPhee and Emma Stone (who also stars in The Rocker). There was a special salute to Adam Sandler, whose You Don't Mess With the Zohan opens Friday. But some of the biggest cheers went to double-winner Johnny Depp, who gave laid-back thanks amid squeals from women in the crowd. Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Hudson, whose Sex and the City: The Movie, just brought home big bucks at the box office, were among the few without an upcoming movie to sell. With the success of the movie's opening, Parker was asked about a sequel. "Honestly," she said, "(producer/director/screenwriter) Michael Patrick King and I have not even talked about the idea." Backstage, she received congratulations for the No. 1 opening from Cruise, who was there with wife Katie Holmes.

Okay ... so the MTV Movie Awards is kind of a huge movie promotion vehicle but it's also deffo a fun show that provides a lot of entertainment and has become an annual ritual for kicking off the Summer Movie Blockbuster Season. As usual, I really enjoyed watching the show ... Mike Meyers is funny as hell (tho, I think Wayne's World really needs to stay in the 90's where it belongs) and, to be frank, the promo really worked on me. I'm very much looking forward to many of the movies that were promoed last night so ... I guess mission: accomplished.

OH yeah ... MTV Japan had their own little soiree this weekend ... here are a few pics from the 2008 MTV Music Video Awards Japan which took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan:

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Paris Hilton managed to appear at both the MTV Music Video Awards Japan and the MTV Movie Awards all in the same weekend ... she should get an award for that, no? I mean, what else could she possibly be qualified to win an award for? In any event, I think it's safe to say that a good time was had by all ... deserving folks went home with golden popcorn and all is well with the world.