Russell Brand to host 2012 MTV Movie Awards
Thursday 10 May 2012
Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards for the first time when it airs in June, bringing his style of comedy dubbed “high to low brow” to the show, the network said today.
The comedian, known for raunchy, off-the-cuff humor, promised a program "more impressive than 'The Avengers,'" in a nod to the summer blockbuster that features Marvel comic book characters and recently set an opening weekend box office record of $207 million in the United States and Canada.
"With his amazing ability to span the full spectrum of comedy from the most high to low brow, Russell's smart, unpredictable wit uniquely connects him to our audience," added Stephen Friedman, the president of MTV.
The MTV Movie Awards, which this year take place in Los Angeles on June 3, is one of the youth-oriented cable TV channel's most-watched programs, and they serve as a launch pad for many of Hollywood's movie summer films aimed mostly at young audiences.
This year's nominees are led by post-apocalyptic film "The Hunger Games" and female comedy "Bridesmaids," with eight nominations each. The awards show also celebrates irreverent categories such as best kiss and best fight.
Brand will be joined by a star-studded list of presenters handing out MTV's golden popcorn statuettes, including Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg, while New York indie-pop band fun. will be performing at the show.
Previous hosts of the show have included Jimmy Fallon, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jason Sudeikis.
From the blogs
The guard has changed at Old Trafford for the first time in 26 years. Meanwhile, down the road, the ...
There is a good many moments in the second episode of this psychological thriller that deserve refle...
The opening titles squeal ‘Never Can Say Goodbye…’. Oh Lord how I wish I could heave this series off...
The main course on most beer matching menus tends to be meat. Not just any meat, pork. And I’m not t...
Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
Strewth mate. Aussies wave goodbye to Britain as it becomes too pricey to stay
World news in pictures
Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
Oklahoma tornado latest: Obama pledges support for 'as long as it takes' to rebuild the suburb of Moore
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 3 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
- 4 Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£350 - £500 per day: Progressive Recruitment: Project Manager - Public Sector ...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: HR Manager Independe...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Huxley Associates: INTERIM HR MANAGER - ...