'2007 MTV Movie Awards' Announces Most Important Nominees ... You!!
Five Finalists For First-Ever UGC Category 'Best Movie Spoof' Have Been
Voting For The Five Finalists Begins Today at mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com
Winner Announced Live at '2007 MTV Movie Awards' on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at
8PM/7c From the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA
NEW YORK and SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 29 -- It is all
about the fans at the "2007 MTV Movie Awards," as MTV in conjunction with
Yahoo! Movies and Mark Burnett Productions, is one step closer in the quest
for the next creative new filmmaker and showcasing new talent. After nearly
400 film spoofs were submitted, the five finalists for the first-ever user
generated category, "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" have been chosen. The final five,
receiving nearly 500,000 viewers combined, offers unbridled and hilarious
talent with high-end quality productions. Viewers will see their peer's
creations which spoof a variety of films from a combo of Casino Royale and
Pulp Fiction, to the gory yet funny take on Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets a
Broadway musical, to the manic combination of Grindhouse intertwined with
Little Miss Sunshine. The undiscovered talent will be revealed to the world
during the LIVE broadcast of the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" from the Gibson
Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 3rd at 8pm/7c. Voting
for the five finalists begins today on http://mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com.
"The fans are the most important part of the MTV Movie Awards," said
Christina Norman, President, MTV. "It's their show and not only are we
giving them a voice to celebrate their favorite movies, stars and moments,
but we are truly making them the stars of the show with the 'Best Movie
Spoof' category." "There are no sidelines at this year's Movie Awards,
everyone is in the game!"
The lucky finalists who will have the chance to realize their dreams of
standing on stage at the "2007 MTV Movie Awards" to accept the legendary
golden bucket of popcorn in front of Hollywood's movers and shakers are ...
-- QUENTIN TARANTINO'S LITTLE MISS SQUIRTGUN - Skylar Stone-Clipner,
St. Louis, Missouri - Lil' Miss Sunshine wins tickets to the MTV Movie
Awards and goes on a trip to meet Angelina Jolie.
-- TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE REHAB - Noah Harald, Mill Meadow,
California - You drink - you die! No, no, no - you won't want to go to the
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Rehab.
-- CASINO ROYALE WITH CHEESE - Bill Caco, Cleveland, Ohio - James Bond
gets teamed up with an unlikely partner on his very first mission.
-- TEXAS CHAINSAW MUSICAL - Zan Passante, Dumont, New Jersey -
Pleatherface discovers a twinkle in his eye for musicals and learns life is
more than a massacre.
-- UNITED 300 - Andy Signore, Ambler, Pennsylvania - Flight 300 has
some unexpected visitors ... Shot in 5 hours, for just over $1000 bucks.
"This has been a fantastic opportunity for burgeoning filmmakers to not
only create original work but also have a national platform to get it
noticed," said Karin Gilford, Yahoo!'s general manager of Entertainment.
"We are incredibly pleased with the results, as we have had hundreds of
submissions of truly inspired spoofs. The hard part will be picking the
winner out of so many great candidates!"
The excitement of the fans continues to grow and the proof can be seen
on MTV.com, where the Movie Awards was up 35% increase from week prior.
To-date the movie awards area of the site has received nearly 700K visits
and nearly 3.7 million pageviews.
Through "MTV Movie Awards on Yahoo!," aspiring filmmakers were given
the opportunity to showcase their twisted genius and story-telling talent
by submitting their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past
year. Starting April 23rd, viewers had the opportunity to submit their own
original movie shorts parodying films from the past year where visitors
were able to rate and discuss the submissions. Fans can vote for "BEST
MOVIE SPOOF" by visiting http://mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com beginning today,
May 29th through Saturday, June 2nd.
In addition to the movie spoof award, the interactive site encourages
viewers to create their own culture of sorts -- whether it's commenting on
the user-generated submissions or posting videos. Select content from the
site will also take center stage at the awards on a "Video Wall" that will
be integrated into the live broadcast, putting the power back in the hands
of the fans.
Mark Burnett serves as Executive Producer for the "2007 MTV Movie
Awards." Salli Frattini is Executive Producer for MTV. Audrey Morrisey and
Ted Smith are Producers, Joe DeMaio is the Director and Kathy Flynn serves
as Event Producer.
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 120 channels worldwide, owns and
operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC
TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV
LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE
DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of
these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its
audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than
95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless
and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements,
joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming
services can be seen worldwide.
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most
trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo!'s mission is to connect
people to their passions, their communities, and the world's knowledge.
Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Yahoo! and the Yahoo! logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks
of Yahoo! Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks
of their respective owners.
About Mark Burnett Productions
Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in
content for both primetime television and the internet. MBP revolutionized
television with hits such as Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The
Contender, Rock Star: INXS, Rock Star: Supernova and its upcoming
co-production with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television, On The Lot
(FOX). Other upcoming MBP projects include: Pirate Master (CBS) and Are You
Smarter Than a 5th Grader (FOX). MBP also partnered with AOL on the highly
successful adventure Gold Rush, the first-ever unscripted project to be
produced exclusively for the internet. MBP also successfully reintroduced
product placement as an integral part of each of its shows and has garnered
a total of 42 Emmy nominations since 2001.