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.

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.

Tony Awards to be filled with performances

The Tony Awards will be heavy on showcasing works on Broadway this season, with performances from Ricky Martin, Raul Esparza, Audra McDonald, Matthew Broderick and the casts of “Godspell” and “Ghost: The Musical,” among many others.

Producers on Monday revealed a list of performances that include all four new musicals — “Newsies,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Once” and the now-closed “Leap of Faith” — but also the revivals “Follies,” “Evita,” “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

The show will even have performances from several plays, including “End of the Rainbow,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

The Tonys will air live on CBS from the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday. Neil Patrick Harris returns as host.

‘Desperate Housewives’ actress Joosten dies

Kathryn Joosten, a character actress best known as the crotchety, yet loveable, Karen McCluskey on “Desperate Housewives” and the president’s secretary on “The West Wing,” has died. She was 72.

Miss Joosten, who had battled lung cancer for 11 years, died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles, her publicist Nadine Jolson said.

Miss Joosten “was surrounded by love and humor ‘til the end,” her family said in a statement. “We are laughing through our tears.”

Miss Joosten won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Mrs. McCluskey, who kept a close eye on her Wisteria Lane neighbors on “Desperate Housewives.” The hit show ended its eight-year run on ABC last month with a series finale in which Miss Joosten’s character passed away. Her character’s battle with cancer was a storyline in the show.

Miss Rhode Island wins crown as Miss USA

A 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown and will represent the United States in this year’s Miss Universe pageant after embracing transgender beauty queens.

Olivia Culpo topped a field of 51 beauty queens Sunday to take the title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She strutted across the stage in a purple bikini and a purple evening gown with sparkly belt.

In the final question round, Miss Culpo was faced with the most difficult question of the night: Would it be fair for a person born a man to be named Miss Universe after becoming a woman? Miss Culpo never stumbled as she embraced the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants.

“I do think that would be fair,” Miss Culpo said. “But I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road.”

Rounding out the top five contestants were first runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia.

Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Hodge was named Miss Congeniality, and Miss Oregon USA Alaina Bergsma was named the most photogenic. They both won $1,000 but didn’t make the top 16.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowned Miss Culpo her successor at the end of the night. She’ll represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant later this year.

Compiled from Web and wire reports.

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