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Russell Brand To Host The 2012 MTV Movie Awards On June 3rd!

Russell Brand To Host The 2012 MTV Movie Awards On June 3rd!

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MTV today announced that comedian, actor and TV personality Russell Brand will take the “MTV Movie Awards” stage for the first time as host when the show airs live on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 pm ET/PT on MTV from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Brand will build upon his triple-threat skill set to give viewers a new, off-the-cuff and unique spin on the past year’s biggest films and hottest stars.

“The MTV Movie Awards incorporates two of my favorite things. Movies and Awards,” said Russell Brand. “If somehow group sex could be involved it would be the greatest night of my life.”

“With his amazing ability to span the full spectrum of comedy from the most high to lowbrow, Russell’s smart, unpredictable wit uniquely connects him to our audience,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “His rock-n-roll sensibility and fearlessness give us the perfect partner with whom to take a leap of faith with as we meld the worlds of movies and music together on one very special night.”

In 2008, Brand burst onto the US-scene as host of the “MTV Video Music Awards,” which he again hosted the following year. Since then, his career has taken off to include starring roles in films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Despicable Me, Arthur and the upcoming Rock of Ages. In addition, Brand will soon headline a series of six half-hour late-night comedy specials that will be filmed in front of a live audience on the FX network.

Brand joins the ranks of past hosts such as Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Mike Myers, Sarah Silverman and Justin Timberlake.

Fusing MTV’s musical core with the wonder and amazement of the comedy, drama, adventure and mystery inherent to the movie-going experience, the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will continue its tradition as one of the most outrageous and distinctive televised award shows, while putting the spotlight on the most diverse roster of nominated films in years for the show.

Featuring a broad array of movies that resonated with the MTV audience this year, this year’s nominees include both blockbusters and critically acclaimed films such as “Drive,” “Like Crazy,” “The Descendants,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “My Week with Marilyn.” MTV fans hold the “Power of the Popcorn” awards in their hands with voting available online via MovieAwards.MTV.com through Saturday, June 2nd. As always, voting for “Movie of the Year” will remain open throughout the live show on Sunday, June 3rd.

Previously, it was announced that chart-topping indie-pop group fun. will serve as the first musical performance announced for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” fun.’s debut single, “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe),” off their latest album, “Some Nights,” is currently the unofficial anthem for the MTV audience and dominated the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks.

MovieAwards.MTV.com is the official site for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” where fans can visit to vote and get up-to-date info on this year’s show, watch video of last year’s biggest occurrences, get the full list of 2011 show winners, and check out fashion and celebrity commentary from the red carpet.

The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves serves as Executive Producer for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” Garrett English serves as Executive Producer and Executive In Charge for MTV. Amy Doyle is Executive in Charge of Music and Celebrity Talent.  Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music Talent.   Wendy Plaut serves as Co-Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Lee Lodge serves as co-Executive Producer.

Official sponsors of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards include Bing, Chevrolet®, Sprint®, State Farm® and Taco Bell®.

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Katy Perry Unveils Striking Will Cotton Painted Album Art

Katy Perry Unveils Striking Will Cotton Painted Album Art

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On Wednesday, July 21st, renowned contemporary artist Will Cotton unveiled his recently completed portrait of chart-topping recording artist, Katy Perry.  Katy was present for the unveiling in the artist’s Lower East Side, Manhattan studio.  The painting will also be featured as the cover of Katy’s new album, Teenage Dream, scheduled for US release on August 24th.

The recording artist first contacted the painter five months ago to share her enthusiasm for his work.  It was kismet or destiny as Cotton, a confirmed Katy fan, had long considered making her the subject of one of his confectionary landscape paintings. The resulting portrait was chosen by Katy to grace the cover of her newest release and it is recreated in live action as one of the scenes in her current video for “California Gurls”, which has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the last six weeks.  Cotton’s work serves as the inspiration for the visuals in the hit music clip– with his trademark cotton candy clouds, candy stick forests, and gingerbread cabins prominent features of the fantasy scenery.

Teenage Dream is Katy’s much awaited follow-up to her 2008 multi-platinum release “One Of The Boys” which featured the hit singles “Hot N Cold”“Waking Up In Vegas” and “I Kissed A Girl”. After her experience collaborating with the artist on her portrait, the singer-songwriter was enthusiastic to use more of his imagery as a visual component of her newest project. California Gurls video director Matthew Cullen and Motion Theory embraced the idea, enlisting Cotton as Artistic Director on the project, to recreate the artist’s images for the popular clip.  Cotton recreated some of the work personally, including creating the board game played by Snoop Dogg in the video, and worked with set designer Teri Whittaker to create scenery based on his artwork. The video is so popular it has received 18 million views in four weeks on YouTube.

While he does not consider himself a portrait artist, Cotton has depicted a few notable figures in his paintings, such as Tom Ford and Marie-Chantal of Greece.  The Katy portrait and the resulting video has focused considerable public attention on an artist long recognized by art world cognoscenti and featured in important private and public collections across the globe.  Said Cotton, “My collaboration with Katy started out as a mutual admiration society.  I’m delighted that my paintings are the inspiration for this video. My work is about creating a utopia where all desire is fulfilled all the time, but where pleasure and delight can turn dark and dystopic. Katy embodies the archetypes that I look for in a subject. It was thrilling to work with her and to see her inhabit my landscapes.”

“The day I found Will Cotton, I knew I wanted to live in his cinematic cotton candy world. A fantastically art-directed music video and one piece of timeless album artwork later, I can proudly say I am more than a fan. Will has been a sweetheart every step of the way and always open to collaborative ideas. I’m so happy to have discovered his candy-land, and so excited about our creative future together” states Katy.

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Katy Perry To Live Stream ‘Teenage Dream’ Album Cover Unveiling Today!

Katy Perry To Live Stream ‘Teenage Dream’ Album Cover Unveiling Today!

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Tune in to KatyPerry.com today (July 21st) at 4:30ET/1:30PT to be part of the live unveiling of her album cover! Katy will be streaming the reveal of the Teenage Dream artwork for her fans all over the world.

Teenage Dream will be available on August 24th.

Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” is currently burning up the charts. Find out how Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” inspired Katy to write the West Coast anthem that has quickly become hottest track of summer 2010. In a new video clip from the studio, Katy also discusses how she wanted to write a song about California from a female perspective that will make people want to buy a plane ticket stat.

“California Gurls” will appear on Teenage Dream which is set for release on August 24th.

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Katy Perry Talks About The Origin of “California Gurls”

Katy Perry Talks About The Origin of “California Gurls”

Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” is burning up the charts. Find out how Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” inspired Katy to write the West Coast anthem that has quickly become hottest track of summer 2010. In a new video clip from the studio, Katy also discusses how she wanted to write a song about California from a female perspective that will make people want to buy a plane ticket stat.

“California Gurls” will appear on Teenage Dream which is set for release on August 24th.

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Katy Perry Premieres ‘California Gurls’ Video

Katy Perry Premieres ‘California Gurls’ Video

The premiere of Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” video is here! Watch the pop princess rock her daisy dukes and bikini top as she explores her very own Candyland, hangs with Snoop Dogg and battles evil gummy bears.

The track will appear on her new album Teenage Dream due out August 24th.

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