Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MTV Movie Awards Executive Producer talks about Andy Samberg and the show

MTV Movie Awards Will Be 'Edgy, Unpredictable,' Mark Burnett Promises
Show airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

When it comes to this year's MTV Movie Awards, executive producer Mark Burnett has left no stone unturned to make sure that everything from the host to the music to the movie clips are sure to dazzle and delight the audience.

With a slew of celebrities already announced to be stopping by on May 31 to hand out statues to all the winners, it also doesn't hurt that Eminem and the Kings of Leon have been tapped to perform. "This year, for 2009, we have some incredible music performances, [including] Eminem's first performance of his new song," Burnett told MTV News. "And Kings of Leon are performing their new song. It's going to be a great night of music performances."

Eminem's Return and Relapse:

Eminem performs at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards:

This year, Andy Samberg will be following in the distinguished footsteps of past hosts Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman and Samuel L. Jackson. "Andy Samberg [is] totally unpredictable and has fun viral videos to air on the show," Burnett said.

But Burnett said the biggest draw of all will be the movie clips making their world premiere on the show. "Probably the biggest news of all is for the first time ever, we're doing sneak peeks of brand-new movies that no one's seen before," he said. "There's a sneak peek of the new 'Transformers' movie. People can't wait for that. There's a sneak peek of 'Harry Potter' — first time ever anyone's seen the new 'Harry Potter.' "

But Burnett knows that even "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" can't live up to the hype surrounding "New Moon." "The biggest sneak peek of all [is] 'Twilight,'" he said. " 'New Moon' are allowing a sneak peek, and it's being introduced by Robert [Pattinson] and Kristen [Stewart], so that's huge news around the world right now. ... The anticipation of those clips is going to be huge this year."

Burnett feels that the MTV Movie Awards is the perfect place to air the first clips from "New Moon," and his daughter tends to agree with him: "I have a 13-year-old, and when she found out a couple weeks ago there was going to be a 'Twilight' sneak peek, she said, 'Oh, my God! Everybody's going to want to see that.' Young girls live for 'Twilight.' The MTV Movie Awards is a correct venue for 'Twilight.' It's clearly something millions of Americans want."

In the end, though, it's all about the killer combination of all those things that is sure to set this year apart. "In 2009 it's going to be an edgy, unpredictable show. Andy Samberg — who knows what he's gonna do up there?" he said. "Eminem, absolutely explosive performer, and we're so lucky to have Eminem performing. And millions of young Americans will be on the edge of their seat to see, for the first time ever, movie clips from the new 'Transformers,' the new 'Harry Potter' and 'New Moon.' "

Will the vampires grab more trophies than the slumdog? What was the year's ultimate onscreen WTF moment? It's up to you to decide the winners of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Vote now, and tune in on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, when the big show airs live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.


So expect a lot more viral shorts from Andy Samberg during the show!!!


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