This year MTV's Video Music Awards was more than just a cavalcade of the most outlandish live performances your eyes ever beheld, it was also a chance for some of Tinseltown's biggest superstars to bask in the spectacle and perhaps promote an upcoming movie or two.
Even the black carpet pre-show provided some face time with cinema's best and brightest, as Seth Rogen briefly talked up his new comedy "50/50," while Taylor Lautner discussed his much-hyped kiss with "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson at this past June's MTV Movie Awards.
A newly svelte Jonah Hill showed off his new superbad bod and freaked out at Nikki Minaj about his weight loss before presenting Britney Spears with Best Pop Video.
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"Future Beastie Boys" Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, and a breakdancing Jack Black got the party started "future-style" before getting bested by members of Odd Future in a hip-hop contest as they presented Minaj and her ice cream bling Best Hip Hop Video. Jamaica, Queens represent!
Paul Rudd and Rick Ross clarified which of them is which, as the two frequently get confused for each other (Rudd: "I am not an enormous black man") before they introduced an erotically-charged performance by Pit Bull, Ne-Yo and their stable of excessively sexy female back-up dancers.
Selena Gomez and Lautner introduced the VMA for Best New Artist, which went to angry/hot young rapper Tyler The Creator (and his cat shirt), who was "excited as f**k right now" to get his Moonman, and should have subsequently been given the "Most-Bleeped Acceptance Speech" award.
Fresh from her weekend triumph with "Colombiana" came Zoe Saldana to give Young the Giant a warm welcome onstage (all without kicking or shooting anyone!).
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The fabulously still-alive Cloris Leachman came out with the ladies of MTV's current programming jewel. "I have a lot in common with the girls of 'Jersey Shore,'" said the 85-year-old Leachman, "No one my age knows who you are and everyone my age thinks I'm Betty White. That's what makes our friendship so strong." She awarded Lady Gaga (looking like Ralph Macchio from "The Outsiders," or else Adam Goldberg) the Best Female Video award through her legs. Now that's some girl power.
Former MTV VJ (and Mr. Katy Perry) Russell Brand gave a heartfelt tribute to his late friend Amy Winehouse, who he first met and realized "this is not just another London chancer," and compared her to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and called her "a genius" before ushering in Tony Bennett who seconded Brand's praise. "Amy had the whole gift, she sang beautiful," said Bennett, who introduced a clip of him (yes, he's still got it) recording a duet with Winehouse in March of this year.
The biggest moment for movie fans tonight came when Jennifer Lawrence introduced our first look at "The Hunger Games" from the shooting location in North Carolina. The tease was brief, showing Lawrence as Katniss walking then running through a forest that seems to be bombarded with fire while Gale's (Liam Hemsworth) voiceover gently encourages her, "They just wanted a show, that's all they want. You know how to hunt. Show them how good you are." Katniss gets something in her line of site and fires her arrow at it, which turns out to be the "Hunger Games" logo. Take that, firey mockingjay logo!
After that gold nugget of awesome came Mother of Suri, Katie Holmes, to present the Video of the Year trophy to second-time winner of the night Katy Perry, whose striking yellow cube hat made her look like she got a bad head injury at Lego Land.