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Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2012 at 12:32PM

Watch Russell Brand's MTV Awards opening monologue in which he slags corporate America, Kanye, Michael Fassbender's penis, Charlie Sheen, himself and his celebrity marriage (etc) below. Not his finest moment, as he kept shouting "TWILIGHT! HUNGER GAMES!" in a desperate attempt to keep the audience happy.
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"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" wins Movie of the Year
"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" wins Movie of the Year

Watch Russell Brand's MTV Awards opening monologue in which he slags corporate America, Kanye, Michael Fassbender's penis, Charlie Sheen, himself and his celebrity marriage (etc) below. Not his finest moment, as he kept shouting "TWILIGHT! HUNGER GAMES!" in a desperate attempt to keep the audience happy. The awards show continues to pursue excruciatingly low populist taste.

Where the Awards show did impress was with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale presenting new footage from "The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20). The footage is here; and the new TV shop that debuted is below. And here's ThePlaylist's take on the footage:

Running just under two minutes, this is a batch of mostly new footage (courtesy of Batman News) featuring lots of Tom Hardy's menacing Bane and Anne Hathaway's craft Catwoman mixed in with some older stuff, that gives another closer look at the movie without giving away any of the secrets.

Here's LA Times and EW reporting on the show and winners (listed below).

Movie of the Year
 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1
Best Male Performance
 - Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta Mellark) – The Hunger Games
Best Female Performance
 - Jennifer Lawrence (as Katniss Everdeen) – The Hunger Games
Breakthrough Performance
 - Shailene Woodley (as Alex King) – The Descendants
Best On-Screen Transformation - 
Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games
Best Kiss - 
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1
Best Fight
 - Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games
Best Cast
 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton)
Best On-Screen Dirt Bag - 
Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses
Best Hero
 - Daniel Radcliffe (as Harry Potter) – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2
Best Music - 
“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO (21 Jump Street)
MTV Generation Award - 
Johnny Depp
MTV Trailblazer Award
 - Emma Stone
 

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This article is related to: Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, Awards, Video, Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.