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[05/29/07 - 09:39 PM]
'2007 MTV Movie Awards' Announces Most Important Nominees ... You!!
After nearly 400 film spoofs were submitted, the five finalists for the first-ever use generated category, "Best Movie Spoof" have been chosen.

[via press release from MTV]

'2007 MTV Movie Awards' Announces Most Important Nominees ... You!!

Five Finalists For First-Ever UGC Category 'Best Movie Spoof' Have Been Selected

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.

About Yahoo!

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.

SOURCE MTV
http://www.mtv.com/





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