The 17th Annual MTV Movie Awards

The 17th Annual MTV Movie awards aired Sunday in spite of the earlier threat from the nearby Universal fire. Here are some of the highlights:

Best Female Performance, went to Ellen Page of Juno.

Best Fight went to Sean Faris and Cam Gigandet for their exchange in the ultimate fighter flick, Never Back Down. Sean Faris thanked his gym.

Best Summer Movie So Far went to Iron Man.

Best Male Performance went to Will Smith for I Am Legend.

Jonny Depp won Best Comedic Performance for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Best Villain for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The 2008 MTV Generation Award went to Adam Sandler.

Breakthrough Performance award went to Zac Efron for Hairspray.

Best Kiss Award went to Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman for Step Up 2: The Streets.

The Best Movie award, went to Transformers.

And the most nominated of them all, Superbad, won 0 of its 5 nominated categories.

MTV News


Universal Studios Burns

The Guardian reports that a massive fire broke out at Universal Studios Hollywood Sunday morning at around 5 a.m. destroying Universal’s Back To The Future set as well as a video vault, portions of the King Kong attraction at Universal’s theme park and the old Court House Square set, a standard in movies and TV since the mid ’50s and currently in use by CBS’s Ghost Whisperer.

The L.A. Times reports that the blaze, with flames topping 90 feet and being fed by propane gas from ruptured canisters, burned until 10 a.m. and took more than 400 firefighters several hours to put out. Poor water pressure was a major issue for the firefighters as they battled the blaze with some firefighters saying they could only get ten feet of spay from the on-sight hydrants. At one point firefighters had to resort to pumping water from two man-made ponds, one of which was home to Universal’s animatronic Jaws attraction. The cause of the poor water pressure is under investigation.

Unnamed sources have said that the fire was likely started by studio workers who were using welding equipment to repair a New York street scape, which was also destroyed by the fire. The workers were using the tools at around 3 a.m. Sunday, roughly 90 minutes later the fire was detected. The workers were said to be veteran Universal employees, and appeared to have followed all fire prevention protocols.

L.A. County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said that investigators were still examining the cause and would not provide further details. “The investigation has ruled out any deliberate actions on the part of anyone,” said Freeman. When asked about a potential cause for the fire Cindy Gardner, a Universal spokeswoman, declined to comment saying only, “Anything now is speculative. We don’t have anything to disclose at this point.”

Nine firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy were reported injured during the fire.

None of the parks 30 sound-stages were damaged by the fire and 10 scheduled productions resumed filming today uninterrupted.

The Guardian
L.A. Times



Weekend Box Office For May 30 – June 1

#1 Sex And The City takes the #1 spot away from Indiana bringing in $55.7 million. Sex showed in 3,285 theaters. Production cost roughly $65 million.

#2 Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull moves to #2 this weekend bringing in $46 million, down 54% over last week. Total income is $216,881,000 since the Thursday midnight opening. Crystal Skull showed in 4,264 theaters, up 4. It’s production budget was roughly $185 million.

#3 The Strangers debuts in the #3 position taking in $20.7 million and knocking Iron Man into 4th. The Strangers showed in 2,467 theaters and cost roughly $9 million to make.

#4 Iron Man moves to the #4 position taking in $13,016,000, down 31% from last weekend. Iron Man showed in 3650 theaters, this is down 256. Total gross sits at $276,625,000 for 5 weeks. Production budget was $140 million.

Rounding out the top ten are:

#5 The Chonicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian  Weekend Gross: $13,016,000 down 42% / Theaters: 3801 down 12 / Gross $91,077,000 / Budget: $200 million.

#6 What Happens In Vegas: Weekend Gross: $6,850,000 down 24% / Theaters: 3086, down 102 / Gross: $66,074,000 / Budget: $35 million

#7 Baby Mama: Weekend Gross: $2,221,000 down 33% / Theaters: 1784, down 374 / Gross: $56,145,000 / Budget: $30 million

#8 Speed Racer: Weekend Gross: $2,140,000 down 45% / Theaters: 2070, down 1042 / Gross: $40,558,000 / Budget: $120 million

#9 Made Of Honor: Weekend Gross: $2,000,000 down 40% / Theaters: 1905, down 488 / Gross: $42,965,000 / Budget: $40 million

#10 Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Weekend Gross: $1,044,000 down 41% / Theaters: 768, down 305 / Gross: $60,471,000 / Budget: $30 million

A note on “Gross”: On average, studios will earn approximately 55 percent of the final gross.

Box Office Mojo
IMDB Charts