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The MTV Movie Awards will boast a new brand of entertainment this year: Russell Brand! On Thursday, MTV confirmed that the foul-mouthed 36-year-old Brit will be emceeing this year's show when it airs live on June 3.
"This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than The Avengers, and you won't have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out," says Brand, who -- with hosting gigs at the 2008 and '09 Video Music Awards, is no stranger to playing emcee for MTV.
Brand follows in the Movie Awards-hosting footsteps of a string of Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Fallon, who have taken the reins of the show in recent years. But Brand could be the most interesting host of all of them -- especially if he uses his late 2011 split from Katy Perry as fodder for jokes.
Even though tapping Brand for the hosting gig is in keeping with tradition, this will be a year of change for the MTV Movie Awards. The typically fan-voted awards show has instituted an academy of voters and will also integrate more music, like the band fun. (you may have heard their single "We Are Young"). The show will also introduce new categories such as best music, best on-screen transformation and best on-screen dirtbag (nope, not making that one up), and scrap some old ones such as best scared-as-s*** performance and biggest badass star.
Bridesmaids and The Hunger Games lead the pack in nominations, and between the distinguished list of presenters and nominees, there promises to be some serious star wattage at the ceremony.
Presenters include Kristen Stewart, real-life couple and Amazing Spider-Man costars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. And the ranks of nominees boast such A-list names as Daniel Radcliffe, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Hutcherson, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Wiig, Emma Watson, Rooney Mara and Emma Stone.
The MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., at 9 p.m. ET June 3.