Tuesday, June 3, 2008



The show must go on as MTV Movie Awards aired from Uni while Lot still smolders

By Brian Frederick

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)


Against a backdrop of smoke and fire in the back lot of Universal Studios, the MTV Awards went on the air as scheduled.

Stars like Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg, still shinned bright on the red carpet as fire firefighters battled the ongoing blaze.

There was nothing make believe about the fire, burning down parts of the King Kong exhibit and one storage vault for films and media material.

Fortunately, most of Universal’s movie magic landmarks survived and Universal keeps duplicates of their films in a second vault.

The lot was closed to tourist for the day but not for the 2008 MTV Awards.

Host Mike Myers - no stranger to hosting the event back in 1997 used this second opportunity to plug his latest comic venture, ‘The Love Guru.’

Other big name stars at the event such as Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Steve Carell and hottie Megan Fox brought the star power movie fans flock to see on the silver screen and Hollywood’s studio executives love to cash in on.

The 2008 MTV Award winners –

Best Movie – Transformers

Best Male Performance – Will Smith, ‘I Am Legend’

Best Female Performance – Ellen Page, ‘Juno’

Breakthrough Performance – Zac Efron, ‘Hairspray’

Best Comedic Performance – Johnny Depp, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’

Best Kiss – Briana Evigan & Robert Hoffman, ‘Step Up To The Streets’

Best Villain – Johnny Depp, ‘Sweeny Todd:

Best Fight – Sean Faris & Cam Gigandet, ‘Never Back Down’

Best Summer Movie So Far – ‘Iron Man’

MTV Achievement Award – Adam Sandler

The MTV Achievement Award is the highest award honor for the show. Sandler sang the song, ‘No Body Does it Better’ after his acceptance.

Upon accepting the first award of two, Johnny Depp said “I am not very funny, really I am not.”

A funny line for one of Hollywood’s highest paid an actor, who gets paid millions for being funny.

Copyright issue unclear as fans continue to repost Coachella performance of famed tune

By Matthew B. Zeidman

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)

6/2/08 –

Prince may have succeeded in convincing YouTube administrators to remove fan videos of his rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” from their servers, but footage of the performance has already been reposted by users of the popular site who dispute the “Purple Rain” singer’s right to do so.

The controversy stems from Prince’s appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. in April.

There, he performed the well known Radiohead hit for the audience, but had his label, NPG Records, file copyright complaints with YouTube when video began showing up online

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