Tuning in to TV: ‘Hunger Games’ wins big at MTV Movie Awards

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The fan votes — not just the odds — were in “The Hunger Games’ ” favor at the MTV Movie Awards.

The dystopian survival saga escaped from Sunday’s 21st annual extravaganza with the most golden popcorn-shaped trophies, including best fight for the film’s final three-way battle and best on-screen transformation for Elizabeth Banks’ over-the-top futuristic makeover. “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were honored for best female and male performances.

“I’ve wanted to hold a golden popcorn since I was 4 years old,” beamed Mr. Hutcherson.

With four wins out of eight nominations, “Hunger Games” didn’t totally decimate the competition. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” won prizes for best cast and best hero, while “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” won for movie of the year, and “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson locked the best kiss trophy for the fourth straight year.

“Bridesmaids” walked away with two awards, though their wins weren’t televised. The cast of the naughty comedy won best gut-wrenching performance for the scene in which the ladies battled food poisoning, and Melissa McCarthy won the best comedic performance award.

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The live, fan-favorite ceremony was hosted by bawdy actor-comedian Russell Brand. He opened the show by poking fun of Michael Fassbender’s full-frontal endowment in “Shame” and Kim Kardashian’s short-lived marriage, which he acknowledged was hypocritical. (Mr. Brand filed for divorce last year from pop superstar Katy Perry after 14 months of marriage.)

In lieu of a wordy acceptance speech for his MTV Generation Award, the show’s version of a lifetime achievement trophy, Johnny Depp performed with the Black Keys.

Other winners Sunday included Shailene Woodley for breakthrough performance for “The Descendants,” Jennifer Aniston as best on-screen dirtbag for “Horrible Bosses” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” from “21 Jump Street” for best music.

Next season the last for ‘Spartacus’ on Starz

Starz network says it is ending its highly successful “Spartacus” saga next season.

In an unusual move announced Monday, Starz will conclude this action-adventure series while it’s still a big hit, and after logging only three seasons (or four, counting a “prequel” season). This season the series drew 6 million viewers, an enormous number for a paid subscription channel.

Creator-executive producer Steven S. DeKnight promises a “stunningly epic” final season.

That 10-episode cycle, which will kick off in January, is currently filming in New Zealand.

The series stars Liam McIntyre as the Thracian-slave-turned-revolutionary who’s out to topple the Roman Empire. Mr. McIntyre took over the role from Andy Whitfield, who starred the first season, then withdrew due to illness. He died of cancer in September 2011.

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