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MTV names nominees for annual movie awards

This year’s MTV Movie Awards will be a showdown between a bevy of bridesmaids and a cast of killer kids.

“Bridesmaids” and “The Hunger Games” top nominees at MTV’s annual film honors with eight nods apiece, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance and movie of the year. Rounding out the best-picture contenders are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “The Help” And “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1.”

MTV announced nominees Monday in 12 categories, including six new ones such as “best on-screen dirtbag” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” Also new this year: Nominees were selected by a panel of actors, producers, agents and industry tastemakers instead of via online vote from the public.

Fans still choose the winners, though. Online voting opened Tuesday. The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards will be presented June 3 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and broadcast live on MTV.

HBO orders 2nd season for ‘Veep,’ ‘Girls’

“Veep” is getting a second term on HBO, as is the comedy “Girls.”

The pay cable network announced Monday that both of the comedies, which debuted this spring, will get second seasons. HBO ordered 10-episode seasons for each.

“Girls” has been the recipient of some rapturous reviews. It was created by Lena Dunham, who stars as one of four young women in an up-to-date coming-of-age story based in New York City.

Reviews for “Veep” were more mixed, but the star power of Julia Louis-Dreyfus initially brought in more viewers than “Girls.” Ms. Louis-Dreyfus plays Vice President Selina Meyer, forced to endure some of the ritual humiliations of being second in command.

‘Swamp People’ stars involved in 5-car crash

Two stars of the reality TV show “Swamp People” are unhurt after being involved in a five-car pileup near the Arkansas-Louisiana state line.

Arkansas State Police said three people suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in Monday’s crash on U.S. 71.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that alligator hunters Joe LaFont and Tommy Chauvin, known as Trapper Joe and Trigger Tommy, were not injured. “Swamp People” T-shirts and other merchandise from the show spilled from their truck onto the highway.

Police say four cars had stopped for a flagman directing traffic around highway maintenance work but that a fifth driver failed to halt and smashed into a tractor-trailer, causing the pileup.

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