News Nuggets: Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards
Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards. From the press release: "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. '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,' said Russell Brand. '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.'"
First batch of presenters announced for the MTV Movie Awards: "'The Amazing Spider-Man' co-stars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield will be on tap for the June 3 ceremony, along with Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. British television host Louise Roe will also return as the international guest correspondent on the red carpet for the second year in a row. Indie pop group fun. will also perform." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Burt Bacharach and Hal David win Gershwin Prize: "President Barack Obama honored Burt Bacharach and Hal David on Wednesday night as 'two kings of songwriting,' presenting them the nation's highest prize for popular music at the White House. The songwriting duo received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a tribute concert in the East Room, featuring Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett and others. Wonder sang their tunes, 'Make It Easy on Yourself' and 'Alfie,' wowing the crowd on his harmonica." ASSOCIATED PRESS
An Oscar nomination failed to help Ashvin Kumar back home in India: "Winning accolades at international film festivals and being nominated at the Oscars didn't make it any easier for Ashvin Kumar to release his film in India. The 39-year-old film-maker waited for six years to release his debut feature 'The Forest,' and says being nominated for an Oscar (for his 2004 short film 'Little Terrorist') didn't help. 'It makes no difference. If it did, do you think I'd be running around arranging finances for my next film and trying to get this one released?' Kumar said. 'The Forest' has been ready since 2006, but the film-maker said its release was stuck for several reasons, including a fallout with a producer." REUTERS
TBS steps in to save "Cougar Town": "The cable network has ordered a fourth season of the comedy to begin airing in early 2013. In addition, TBS has purchased the rights to 'Cougar Town's' first three seasons of 61 episodes that originally aired on ABC. '"Cougar Town" is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters' said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS. 'We are thrilled to have "Cougar Town" moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series.'" EW.COM
Tony nominations shake up Broadway ticket sales: "According to figures posted by 'The Broadway League,' Broadway gross ticket sales totaled $25.2 million compared to $26.1 million the previous week. Twenty-four shows had a decrease in sales while 15 saw an increase. 'There are small fluctuations in ticket sales all the time,' Amanda Pekoe, president of theatrical marketing and advertising company The Pekoe Group, told TicketNews via email. 'With Tony nominations just announced, the playing field is changed somewhat with respect to ticket buying patterns. People may be waiting to buy tickets to the show they truly want to see, rather than buying tickets to their second or third choices.'" TICKET NEWS