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Poll: Is 'Avatar,' 'Inception, 'True Blood' or 'Twilight: Eclipse' the Ultimate Scream?

September 3, 2010 |  1:25 pm

Screamlogo Not surprisingly, the tough guy tube channel Spike has dubbed its annual kudos the Scream Awards. The 5th edition of these awards -- honoring the best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic books as determined by the fans in an online vote -- takes place on Oct. 19.

While the blockbuster "Inception" picked up a staggering 15 nominations in 14 categories, it is the scrappy "Kick-Ass" that leads with 17 bids spread across 13 categories. "Iron Man 2" vies for 13 awards. They are all in contention for the top prize of Ultimate Scream as are "Alice in Wonderland," "Avatar," "District 9," "Twilight: Eclipse" and "Zombieland."

Among the TV fare in the running, "True Blood" leads with 10 bids. The HBO vampire drama and "Lost" are the only two small screen nominees for the Ultimate Scream. They also contend for top TV show against "Dexter," "Doctor Who" and "V."

The eligibility period ran for a year from July 16, 2009, and nominees were determined by canvassing an advisory board that includes Tim Burton, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Damon Lindelof, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino and Joss Whedon.

 

Image: Spike Awards logo. Credit: Spike TV.

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OMG: 'Twilight,' 'Glee,' Miley Cyrus and Taylor Lautner lead Teen Choice Awards nominations

July 13, 2010 |  2:56 pm

Teen Choice Awards Katy Perry"Twilight: New Moon" and Twilight: Eclipse" lead with a combined 17 nominations at the 12th edition of the Teen Choice Awards. And Taylor Lautner, one of the breakout stars of that saga, contends for a staggering 11 awards -- which come in the form of surfboards -- including choice male hottie against his film foe Robert Pattinson and another "Twilight" hunk Kellen Lutz.

Last year, "Twilight" set a Teen Choice Awards record, winning 11 of its 12 nominations, including best drama movie, actor (Robert Pattinson), actress (Kristen Stewart), villain (Cam Gigandet), lip-lock (Pattinson and Stewart) and rumble (Pattinson and Gigandet). Nikki Reed lost "fresh face female" to co-star Ashley Greene.

On the TV front, "Glee" -- nominated last week for 19 Emmy Awards -- earned a leading 13 TCA nominations while cross-over star Miley Cyrus matched that with her bids divided among movies, music and fashion. Winners will be decided via on-line voting, which is underway at the official website.

Katy Perry has been tapped to host these kudos, which air on Fox on Aug. 9. Perry will also be a nominee contending for summer female music star against Cyrus, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Rihanna as well as summer song for her hit "California Gurls." Perry is a four-time also-ran with these kudos, which determine winners via an online vote. She lost the Myspacer race in 2008 and her three music bids -- single, album, female artist -- last year.

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Could 'Twilight: Eclipse' shine at the Razzies?

July 7, 2010 |  1:14 pm

Twilight Eclipse Robert Pattinson Taylor Lautner Megan Stewart The first two films in "The Twilight Saga" didn't win with the Razzies, but what about the third? Although "Twilight: Eclipse" has earned the best reviews of the three -- scoring 58 at Metacritic -- it has not escaped the notice of these kudos dedicated to celebrating the worst in film.

As the first post on the Razzies forum about "Twilight: Eclipse" notes: "How the three mopey/dopey stars of this franchise have managed to make it to their third movie without 'winning' a single Razzie yet is a mystery for the ages. But maybe this latest twitter-pated entry, sure to send 11-15 year-old girls into further twitching spasms of pre-pubescent pleasure, will finally do the trick."

In 2008, "Twilight" rated an utterly average 56 at Meta Critic. Although several critics were quite impressed with this first installment, none were dismayed and the movie escaped the wrath of the Razzies. However, "Twilight: New Moon" found fewer fans among the critics last year, meriting a mere 44 at Meta Critic. That score was weighed down with pans from the likes of Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) who thought the sequel "takes the tepid achievement of 'Twilight' guts it, and leaves it for undead."

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Poll: Can 'Twilight: Eclipse' win -- OMG! -- an Oscar?

June 30, 2010 |  3:06 pm

The first two films in "The Twilight Saga" didn't get nominated at the Oscars, but what about the third? "Twilight: Eclipse" has the best reviews of the trilogy, scoring 58 at Metacritic.

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The Hollywood Reporter proclaims: "It took three films, but 'The Twilight Saga' finally nails just the right tone in 'Eclipse,' a film that neatly balances the teenage operatic passions from Stephenie Meyer's novels with the movies' supernatural trappings."

Last year, the Oscars expanded the best-picture list to 10 nominees so that popular films could make the cut. Two made it from the sci-fi/fantasy genres: "District 9" and "Avatar."

The first two "Twilight" movies swept the MTV Movie Awards, but, alas, didn't fare well with other kudos. Their stars weren't nominated at the Golden Globes, whose voters usually embrace sexy new hipsters. Neither film managed to score nominations for tech awards bestowed by the guilds.

So maybe all hope is drained from the possibility that "Twilight: Eclipse" will be taken seriously by any top Hollywood award. Even film critics who love "Eclipse", like Entertainment Weekly ("the movie is compulsively watchable; it has a passionflower intensity"), admit that it's "humorless teen romantic glop." Or is it?

Photo: Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "Twilight: Eclipse." Credit: Summit

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Gold Derby nuggets: Katy Perry to host Teen Choice Awards | Charlie Sheen plea deal delayed | 'Mad Men' secrets revealed

June 9, 2010 |  7:04 am

Teen Choice Awards Katy PerryKaty Perry has been tapped to host the 12th edition of the Teen Choice Awards airing on Fox on Aug. 9. Perry is a four-time also-ran with these kudos, which determine winners via an online vote. She lost the Myspacer race in 2008 and her three music bids -- single, album, female artist -- last year. The Jonas Brothers hosted the 2009 festivities. "Twilight" set a TCA record, winning 11 of its 12 nominations, including best drama movie, actor (Robert Pattinson), actress (Kristen Stewart), villain (Cam Gigandet), lip-lock (Pattinson and Stewart) and rumble (Pattinson and Gigandet). Nikki Reed lost "fresh face female" to co-star Ashley Greene. Nominations for this year's kudos will be announced in the coming days.

• Even her one-time "Grey's Anatomy" colleague Eric Dane was surprised that Katherine Heigl submitted herself for Emmy consideration this year. Taken by surprise when asked about the Emmy hopes of his often-absent co-star, Dane recovered and then deftly deflected the conversation. "I don't even know if I've ever submitted myself for an Emmy. I really honestly never thought about myself as getting nominated, or have thought about an Emmy at all to be honest with you. I've never given it much thought. But hey, it would be wonderful." Good news, Eric -- someone in your camp submitted your name to the academy this year E! ONLINE

• "Entourage" producer Mark Wahlberg remains committed to turning "Entourage" -- the TV show about movie actors -- into a movie with the TV actors. On the red carpet at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, he admitted, "I am more focused on making that movie than my own films. I just think we can make a great movie. I think people always wanted [it] and have complained that the episodes are too short; they've always wanted more. I think we're going to do it. We just have to end strong, and this season is, by far, the best season so far." The HBO hit begins its sixth season on June 27. "Entourage" has lost the best comedy series race for the last three years in a row to "30 Rock." MTV

Charlie Sheen • "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen won't be behind bars when he finds out if he is an Emmy nominee on July 8. He has reaped a lead actor bid for each of the last four seasons of the CBS Monday night staple, but has yet to win. The actor was set to plead no contest Monday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic dispute in Aspen, Colo., last Christmas. However, Pitken County Dist. Atty. Arnold Mordkin told the court, "We need more time than is available for us to complete some of the finer points." The plea deal was worked out in part by Yale Galanter, who accompanied Sheen to court and also represented his wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen was set to serve his 30-day sentence during this summer's hiatus for the show, which just wrapped Season 7. After initially vowing to bow out of the hit laffer, he just inked a deal for two more seasons for a reported seven-figure-per-episode payday. E! ONLINE

• Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" has yet to be seen in Japan. As Yuri Kageyama reports, "three movie theaters that had been scheduled to show the film later this month canceled their plans last week after receiving a flood of angry phone calls and warnings of protests by nationalists, who have been screaming slogans outside the Tokyo office of the Japanese distributor in recent months. Protesters criticize the film as a betrayal of Japanese pride." The controversial documentary details a dolphin hunt in a Japanese village. AP

• First Facebook got Emmy champ Betty White a gig hosting "SNL." Now the online site is being used to campaign for an honorary Oscar for Doris Day. A top box office draw in the 1960s, Day lost her only Oscar race in 1959. Nominated for the smash hit "Pillow Talk," she was bested in the best actress race by Simone Signoret for "Room at the Top." Although Day did accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Golden Globes in 1989, it is unclear if she would leave her beloved Carmel to attend the academy's new Governors' Awards ceremony.  FACEBOOK

Mad-men-logo-300x159Roger Friedman tattles on some of the secrets of the upcoming fourth season of two-time Emmy champ "Mad Men." He writes that "production has only now just wrapped Episode 5 of 13. This much is gleaned: the show picks up more or less right after it ended in Season 3. It’s the beginning of 1964. This could mean the arrival of The Beatles in America and on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' It’s also the start of color TV. The first new episode is called 'Public Relations.' The second is titled 'Distress Signal,' followed by 'The Fine Print,' and 'Dominion.'" SHOWBIZ 411

• More than four decades after it closed on Broadway after a three-year run, the first rialto revival of "Funny Girl" is in the works. The 1964 show launched Barbra Streisand into the stratosphere. Though the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill tuner about Fanny Brice contended for eight Tony Awards, it was blanked by "Hello, Dolly!" Streisand went on to star in the film versions of both these musicals, winning the Oscar for the first and the enmity of role originator Carol Channing for the second. Patrick Healy reports that producer Bob Boyett has enlisted helmer Bartlett Sher -- who won the Tony two years ago for his restaging of "South Pacific" -- to tackle the task of finding someone to step into Babs' shoes. ARTS BEAT

• The Theatre World Awards -- now in their 66th year -- go to performers deemed outstanding in their New York stage debuts over the last year. By tradition, six men and six women are chosen for this honor by a collection of theater journos. Among those being feted Tuesday are four Tony Award contenders -- lead actor in a musical nominee Sahr Ngaujah ("Fela!") and featured play performers Jon Michael Hill ("Superior Donuts"), Scarlett Johansson ("A View From the Bridge") and Eddie Redmayne ("Red"). The other Broadway newcomers chosen were Chris Chalk ("Fences") and Stephanie Umoh ("Ragtime"). Capturing the committee's attention for their work off-Broadway were Nina Arianda ("Venus in Fur"), Bill Heck ("The Orphans' Home Cycle"), Keira Keeley ("The Glass Menagerie"), Andrea Riseborough ("The Pride"), Heidi Schreck ("Circle Mirror Transformation") and Michael Urie ("The Temperamentals"). PLAYBILL

Top photo: Teen Choice Awards logo. Credit: Fox

Middle photo: Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: CBS

Bottom photo: "Mad Men" logo. Credit: AMC

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'Twilight: New Moon' vampires ruled the night at MTV Movie Awards

June 6, 2010 |  9:26 pm

Vampires ruled the night at the MTV Movie Awards as "Twilight: New Moon" snared the top prizes, winning best movie, kiss (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart), male and female performance (Pattinson and Stewart, natch). Curiously, their costar Anna Kendrick won best break-out star for a different flick, "Up in the Air."

Twilight New Moon MTV Movie Awards

There was something especially creepy about the vampire sweep: it looked like a virtual repeat of the romp the original "Twilight" film performed last year at the MTV Movie Awards, winning best movie, kiss and female performance,

Among notable losses at the kudofest: Betty White may be the hottest senior in the tween world these days, but her "cop a feel" scene in "The Propopsal" lost best WTF moment to "naked trunk surprise" in "The Hangover."

BEST MOVIE: "Twilight: New Moon"

BEST KISS: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson ("Twilight: New Moon")

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE: Robert Pattinson ("Twilight: New Moon")

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE: Kristen Stewart ("Twilight: New Moon")

BEST BREAKOUT STAR: Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air")

BEST SCARED AS S--T PERFORMANCE: Amanda Seyfried ("Jennifer's Body")

GENERATIONS AWARD: Sandra Bullock

BEST WTF MOMENT: Ken Jeong ("The Hangover")

BEST VILLAIN: Tom Felton ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince")

BIGGEST BADASS STAR: Rain ("Ninja Assassin")

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE: Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover")

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Photo: MTV.com

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Pssst! Here's everything you need to know about tonight's MTV Movie Awards

June 6, 2010 |  4:52 pm

Who's nominated for the MTV Movie Awards, you wonder? Check out this list.

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Who's going to win? Gold Derby predicts "Twilight: New Moon" will beat "Avatar" and "The Hangover" for best picture.

The Envelope will feature sexy photos of red-carpet arrivals here.

What will Aziz Ansari say in his opening monologue? "Usually, at these shows, the host has to point and trash celebrities, so I'll probably point and say look at the guy's dumb jacket!'" he tells Zap2It. "'That looks silly. Your hair looks bad.' I'll say stuff like that. That should work."

With "Twilight: New Moon" looming over the MTV Movie Awards as a top nominee and with MTV promising to air a preview of "Twilight Saga: Eclipse," Zap2It seeks out who's on Team Edward and Team Jacob.

Zap2It also probes the biggest "Twilight" cliffhangers of all: Will Robert Pattinson approve of his gift bag, seat and meal?

Who's performing? Who's presenting? The Associated Press breaks it down.

Katy Perry confesses "she may not wear any clothes" while performing, reports MTV.com.

Photo: MTV.com

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MTV Movie Awards prediction: 'Twilight: New Moon' will slay 'Avatar'

June 6, 2010 |  2:32 pm
MTV Movie Awards Twilight New Moon news

At the MTV Movie Awards, voters will surely prefer bloodsuckers ("Twilight: New Moon") to booze guzzlers ("The Hangover"), even though the latter flick leads with the most nominations (six compared with five for the vampire flick).

"Twilight: New Moon's" biggest foe for best picture is "Avatar" since these awards are decided by popular vote of Web users. "Avatar" was a bigger hit at the box office, earning $749 million versus $296 million for "Twilight." Oh, yeah, and "Avatar" earned more respect within Hollywood, reaping an Oscar nomination for best picture.

But "Twilight" will probably prevail at the MTV Movie Awards anyway. Last year at the MTV kudos, "Twilight" won best film, best fight (Robert Pattinson, Cam Gigandet), kiss (Pattinson, Kristen Stewart), female performance (Stewart) and breakthrough male performance (Pattinson). It suffered only two defeats. Taylor Lautner lost best breakthrough male (to costar Pattinson — only one could win the category) and best song ("Decode" lost to "The Climb" from "Hannah Montana: The Movie").

Winning last year doesn't hurt "Twilight's" chance to triumph again. All three installments of "The Lord of the Rings" won the same crown from 2002 to 2004.

Photos: "Twilight: New Moon" (Summit), "Avatar" (20th Century Fox)

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Gold Derby nuggets: MTV Movie Awards preview 'Twilight' & 'Harry Potter' | EW predix Tony Awards

June 4, 2010 |  5:26 pm

• Sunday's MTV Movie Awards will include a preview of the penultimate entry in the most successful film franchise of all time -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." That movie won't be out till Thanksgiving. However, the "Twilight" series will also be represented with a sneak peek of "Eclipse" which opens at the end of the month. 

• A viral infection may be hurting Catherine Zeta-Jones's shot at winning the Tony Award for best musical actress, according to Michael Riedel of the New York Post. She's missed five performances of "A Little Night Music" while many voters are checking out the shows for the first or second time. However, Riedel adds, "While CZJ may not be an aggressive campaigner like, say, that old master Harvey Fierstein, she has been making the rounds of the Tony circuit. She's appeared at benefits and second-tier awards, schmoozing even some of the scarier members of the theater press corps, most of whom have become bloggers." NEW YORK POST

MTV Movie Awards logoMark Malkin dropped by the Gibson Amphitheater, which is hosting Sunday's kudos and reports on who is sitting where: "Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner didn't snag front-row seats at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. That honor goes to Sandra Bullock. Even so it's not like the 'Twilight' trio was shafted. They're right behind Sandy B. As of this morning, there was an empty seat between Rob and Kristen's placeholders, so it's still not known if they'll eventually end up totally next to each other on show day. Taylor's a seat away from KStew with Scarlett Johansson rounding out the row. Just behind them are Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Mendes. Across the aisle is Mark Wahlberg, who's sitting behind Betty White and Katy Perry. A gaggle of funny dudes gathered in a pod to the side includes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Hangover boxer Mike Tyson." E ONLINE

• On Wednesday, Philip Berk was reelected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. A correspondent for FilmInk (Australia) and Galaxie (Malaysia), Berk has been an HFPA member for 33 years and is serving his eighth term as president. The group, which hands out the Golden Globes, also re-upped Hans Spurkel, Meher Tatna and Jack Tewksbury as vice president, executive secretary and treasurer, respectively. The new board of directors is Ali Sar (Chairman), Jorge Camara, Yoram Kahana, Theo Kingma, Lorenzo Soria, and Ruben Nepales (alternate).

Tony Awards logo • Entertainment Weekly theater critics Thom Geier and Melissa Rose Bernardo have posted their predictions for the Tony Awards. While they agree that "Red" will win best play, Thom thinks "Fela!" will take the top tuner prize while Melissa chooses "Memphis." Among the acting awards, the two agree on just two of the four lead categories -- Viola Davis in the play "Fences" and Douglas Hodge in the musical "La Cage aux Folles."  They think those productions also will win their respective revival races. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Top photo: MTV Movie Awards logo. Credit: MTV.

Bottom photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Bill Condon helming 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' | Steve Carell leaving 'The Office'? | Kathy Griffin still on 'D List'

April 28, 2010 |  4:59 pm

Breaking_Dawn_cover • Writer/director Bill Condon -- who co-produced last year's Academy Awards -- has inked a deal to direct the fourth film in the "Twilight" franchise. There is talk that "Breaking Dawn" will be split into two films, as is being done with the last in the "Harry Potter" series. Condon -- who won an Oscar for his script for "Gods & Monsters" -- said in a statement, "I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience."

• The first wave of bold-faced names who will attend the presentation of the AFI lifetime achievement award to Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols ("The Graduate") has been announced. Among those speaking at the June 10 ceremony will be a pair of two-time Oscar winners who are both previous AFI honorees -- Tom Hanks (2002) and Meryl Streep (2003) -- as well as two more Oscar champs -- Cher and Julia Roberts. All four of them have been directed at least once by Nichols who is one of only 10 people to have won the grand slam of all four major showbiz awards. YAHOO

Steve Carell The Office • Looks like four-time lead actor Emmy nominee Steve Carell could be resigning from "The Office" when his contract expires at the end of next season. As Willa Paskin reports, "Asked if he would stay longer, Carell, who has some ten movie projects in the works, told a BBC reporter, 'I don't think so. I think that will probably be my last year.' Of course, the last thing NBC needs is for the leading man of their highest-rated comedy to split, so they will likely offer Carell just about anything he wants to stay." NEW YORK

• The revamped official website of the Tony Awards will include a streaming feed of both the red carpet and the press room at the 64th annual edition of these top theater kudos on June 13. There will also be a section devoted to the Twitter feeds of the nominees after they are announced on May 4. TONY AWARDS

Kathy-griffin-my-life-on-the-dlist •Two-time Emmy champ Kathy Griffin talks with Scott Huver about the upcoming sixth season of "My Life on the D-List" including what sounds like a must-see episode with her taking an acting lesson from Oscar champ Liza Minnelli ("Cabaret"). Says Griffin, "What I took away from working with Liza was she wasn’t in her Liza kooky wacky mode. We see her on TV and so often she’s just putting on the Liza show. And when we were alone in her room, just the two of us rehearsing, she was so in the moment and so fantastic and that’s when you really see it." TV GUIDE

Jethro Nededog reports on the fun MTV is having touting its choice of "Parks and Recreation" supporting player Aziz Ansari as the host of this year's movie awards on June 6. In the promo, which debuted Tuesday night, "High School Musical" star Zac Efron, music mogul Diddy and "Gossip Girl" narrator Kristen Bell answer the question: Who is Aziz Ansari? ZAP2IT

Top photo: "Breaking Dawn" book cover. Credit: Hachette

Middle photo: Steve Carell in "The Office." Credit: NBC

Bottom photo: Kathy Griffin in "My Life on the D-List." Credit: Bravo

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Shocker: 'Squeakquel' beats 'Twilight: New Moon' at Kids' Choice Awards

March 27, 2010 |  7:30 pm

The latest Kids' Choice Awards looked like a repeat of last year's show when several winners returned. For the second year in a row "iCarly" won favorite TV show, Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck") won fave TV actor and Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place") claimed the blimp for fave TV actress.

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The latter two wins were formidable because Dylan Sprouse beat the Jonas Brothers ("Jonas") and Gomez trounced Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"). However, Miley Cyrus rebounded to claim the kudos as fave film actress for her performance in "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

The awards show was spiced up with music performances by Rihanna (dancing with "Transformer" robots) and Justin Bieber (a virtual baby himself crooning "Baby") plus tidal waves of the kudocast's celebrated green slime.

Among the guests who got slimed were Jerry Trainor ("iCarly"), Jackson Rathbone ("The Last Airbender") and Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"). Olympic athlete Apolo Anton Ohno set a new slime world record by being catapulted into a vat of slime, and comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell received slimetime achievement awards.

The biggest surprise was that "Twilight Saga: New Moon" lost the prize for favorite movie to one of the worst-reviewed films of the year, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." The last chipmunks flick won the Kids' Choice Award as favorite film of 2007. The previous "Twilight" film wasn't nominated last year.

However, the latest "Twilight" flick rallied at this year's contest, with Taylor Lautner winning fave film star.

FAVORITE MOVIE: "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
FAVORITE MOVIE STAR: Taylor Lautner, "Twilight: New Moon"
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "iCarly"
FAVORITE TV ACTRESS: Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place")
FAVORITE TV ACTOR: Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck")
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS: Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana: The Movie")
FAVORITE MALE ATHLETE: Ryan Sheckler
THE BIG HELP AWARD: Michelle Obama

Photo: 20th Century Fox

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Aziz Ansari devours 'Twilight' to host MTV Movie Awards?

March 22, 2010 | 11:16 am

Aziz Ansari Twilight Sage New Moon news mtv movie awards Aziz Ansari just watched "Twilight" and "Twilight: New Moon" for the first time in order to bone up on the film franchise that will probably sweep the MTV Movie Awards again, just like it did last year. But this year Ansari will be involved, according to the L.A. Times blog Show Tracker.

"Insiders tell Show Tracker exclusively that the comedian and 'Parks and Recreation' star is in final negotiations to host the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, slated to air live June 6 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City," reports Denise Martin. "Last week, Ansari spent a couple of days live-tweeting his first-ever viewings of 'Twilight' and its sequel 'New Moon.'"

Show Tracker recalls last year's award romp: " 'Twilight' swept the evening at the 2009 ceremony -- five awards including the one for best movie -- and stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart turned up to present a special extended trailer for 'New Moon.' (With the third 'Twilight' film, 'Eclipse,' premiering June 30 -- and with MTV long leading the charge in all things 'Twilight'-related -- one presumes viewers this year will get a similar treat.)"

Photo: NBC

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