Something pretty unfunny happened at the MTV Movie Awards last night: all of it. In particular there was one incident that, whether planned or not, was so painfully awkward as to make even Will Ferrell seem to regret his involvement—to say nothing of a wholly disinterested Peter Dinklage in the background.
Will Ferrell was accepting the Comedic Genius Award at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. Suddenly he had company onstage—Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza. She ran up and tried to wrestle the award out of Ferrell’s hands. Apparently, it was to hype her own upcoming movie—the August comedy from CBS Films, The To-Do List—whose title was written across her chest.
Aubrey herself seemed pretty dissatisfied with the stunt, if you could call it that, after returning (temporarily) to her seat as if it had all been a big stupid double-dare. In sum, however, a humanizing moment for everyone: even veteran comics can botch their material with all the quiet desperation of an improv 101 class performing for their silent parents.
Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.
Miss USA 2012
Of all the important things that happened this weekend, none is more trendy on Google this morning that Miss USA 2012, the off-brand beauty pageant that took place Sunday night. Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, won. And while she seems nice, we would have liked to see the crown go to Miss Ohio, who went on a tangent about Pretty Woman being an empowering movie about "a wonderful, beautiful woman… having a rough time. But you know what? She came out on top and she didn’t let anyone stay in her path.”
MTV Movie Awards
Though it lacks the weight of any of the big awards show, the MTV Movie Awards remains a surprisingly interesting monster. This isn’t so much because of the winners—though congrats are due to the folks at Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games—but because of what else you can see. Indeed, last night’s show featured never-before-seen preview footage from The Dark Knight Rises as well as a sneak peek at the forthcoming The Perks of Being A Wallflower (which you can see here), making it worth watching for those of us who aren’t really crazed about waiting around all night to watch a teenager get an award for Best Kiss.
Yahoo! searchers are nuts about the former Family Feud host, who died yesterday from complications of esophageal cancer —as you undoubtedly read about right here. There’s not a whole lot else to say about the matter, but here’s a nice video tribute to the guy.
The second most popular thing to read about this morning on Yahoo! is actor Johnny Depp, who took his bohemian schtick one step farther last night at the previously mentioned movie awards, getting on stage with rockers The Black Keys to perform two songs, “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” of the band’s El Camino album. Depp was there to pick up his Generation Award, which MTV calls “the Movie Awards’ highest honor, acknowledging an actor who can be counted on to engage the MTV audience with everything he or she does.” Previous winners include Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey. Meh.
Reese Witherspoon had some choice words for today’s young starlets at last night’s MTV Movie Awards, while accepting her Generation Award. In Reese Witherspoon’s day, no one would ever be caught dead letting nude photos be taken or starring in a sex tape. But my, how times have changed.
Here’s what Witherspoon at the end of her speech:
“I get it, girls, that it’s cool to be a bad girl. But it is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed. And if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people!”
She didn’t single anyone out, but it was impossible not to think of Blake Lively in particular, who was in attendance, but probably not in the audience at the time, otherwise we could have expected a reaction shot. The question is: Who was she really addressing? Truthfully, only a handful of quasi-famous young girls have “released sex tapes.” And have the ones who have — Karissa Shannon, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, etc. — made it in Hollywood the way Witherspoon has? Of course not. At best, they’re transient reality stars, and not A-list, Oscar-winning actresses. And Lindsay Lohan agrees, so who are we to argue?
● The Pixies, Klaxons, and Gorillaz have all canceled tour dates in Israel following last week’s attack on a Gaza-bound group of aid ships. [JP] ● The top 10 “Could Have Been Kanye” moments at last night’s MTV Movie Awards include a live feed of Lindsay Lohan’s blood alcohol level, followed by a live Dr. Drew intervention. [Celebuzz] ● Justin Long and Mike White get married, make fun of straight people. They’re both Macs, really. [Vulture]
● Coolio got a tattoo in honor of his tour mates Insane Clown Posse, a generally questionable move made all the worse by the fact that it includes a spelling mistake. [TMZ] ● A work-out video set to music by Sleigh Bells is exciting on many levels, most of them cardiovascular. [Sound of the City] ● Jessica Simpson is angling for an indie rock husband, possibly starting with Bon Iver, likely in an effort to overtake her sister Ashlee a.k.a Mrs. Pete Wentz. [The L Magazine]
● During Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, the censors failed so often it was more like a Quentin Tarantino movie than a television broadcast. Here’s a collection of every F-bomb dropped. [Mediaite] ● What was so bleeping awesome? Sandra Bullock kissing Scarlett Johansson, mostly. [CBS] ● When Ben Kingsley mocks Heidi Montag’s unsolicited audition tape for Transformers 3, it’s difficult to tell exactly where the joke is, but it’s still really funny. [Art & Revelry]
● The man who played President Obama in a porno about Sarah Palin, Stephen Hill, fell to his death from a cliff while clutching a samurai sword. It gets more bizarre and much sadder. [Gawker] ● Justin Bieber upped his indie cred by playing a secret show in Queens, while lesbians who look like the young teen have coined the term “Biebians” to describe themselves. [Vulture] ● Some strange illuminati, cult-like business is going on at Facebook, if the company’s secret hooded sweatshirts are any indication. [TechCrunch]