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<p>Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' looks like one classy ride, but we hope it erupts into a 45-minute women-in-prison movie starring Anne Hathaway halfway through. Is that wrong?</p>

Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' looks like one classy ride, but we hope it erupts into a 45-minute women-in-prison movie starring Anne Hathaway halfway through. Is that wrong?

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Watch: MTV premieres brand new 'Dark Knight Rises' footage during Movie Awards

More Hathaway and more Levitt gives us a better look at their characters

I'm not watching the MTV Movie Awards right now, but thankfully, I've long since realized that Twitter could also be called The Amazing Television Transcription Device, since anything that airs on TV is also live-tweeted moment by moment, line by line.

In this case, MTV made sure they had a big new "Dark Knight Rises" clip going up as part of tonight's presentation, and as soon as it showed up, my Twitter feed lit up with mentions of it.  Makes it very easy to go take a quick look without having to interrupt my screening of "You Only Live Twice" for more than a few minutes.  That makes me very happy, indeed.

The best thing MTV does during these shows is put together an exclusive package that often gives us one of our best looks at a film.  In this case, the footage they showed manages to make Bane seem even creepier than any of the trailer so far, and it also does a nice job of suggesting that Anne Hathaway and Joseph-Gordon Levitt both have significant roles in the film.  If Collider is right and this thing clocks in at 2:45 in theaters, there's going to be room for Nolan to really tie up everything for the characters he's introduced so far like Commissioner Gordon and Lucius Fox, and also tell this new story.

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<p>Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too'

Hannah and Marnie switch roles, and Adam's mood shifts rapidly

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we skip to the canoe part...

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<p>Charlize Theron. The queen walks the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.</p>

Charlize Theron. The queen walks the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

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Live blogging the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

'Twilight' vs. 'Hunger Games': Does anyone really win?

Yes again boys and girls it's time for the annual awards show that keeps you begging for laughs: the MTV Movie Awards.  There was once a time when the MMA's were the most entertaining show on TV. Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and Sarah Silverman made it edgier and funnier than anything the Golden Globes, Emmys or Papa Oscar could even dream of.  Unfortunately, the last few years have been duds. Andy Samberg seemed stifled by little prep time in 2009 (or so he said later), Aziz Ansari probably hosted three years too early in 2010 and Jason Sudekis was just outright terrible last year. Now, we have Russell Brand on tap. A comedian who appears to still be riding his moniker as the ex-Mr. Katy Perry with the MTV audience. This seems to be a step down (?) for Brand who previously hosted the more prestigious (seriously) MTV Video Music Awards in 2008 and 2009. Obviously, when you've got a movie to plug - "Rock of Ages" - it can't hurt, right?

And off we go...

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<p>Arnold Schwarzenegger accepting an award at the first annual&nbsp;MTV&nbsp;Movie Awards in 1992</p>

Arnold Schwarzenegger accepting an award at the first annual MTV Movie Awards in 1992

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A look back at 1992 and the first annual MTV Movie Awards

You know, day-glo, En Vogue, 'Can't we all just get along?,' etc.

So the MTV Movie Awards are tonight. I don't think I've said or typed that phrase in years. I think there was a time when these awards had a slightly transgressive place in the world. But that time came and went, likely faster than I remember.

I'm talking about a time when films like "Menace II Society" and "Se7en" could win awards for Best Movie and still seem to be a vote from the youth. Maybe it's the movies that changed. Maybe things like that stopped appealing to an audience fed a steady diet of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight." But it would be rather difficult to imagine Quentin Tarantino today offering of his "Pulp Fiction" win in 1994, "Pop quiz, hot shot. You go to awards shows all year long. You keep losing to 'Forrest Gump.' What do you do? You go to the MTV Movie Awards." Though props for the "Speed" reference, sir.

But rather than get hung up on such things, I thought I'd use tonight's 21st annual show as an opportunity to go back in time, to June 10, 1992, and a look at the first annual MTV Movie Awards.

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<p>Madonna gets violent during a performance of &quot;Gang Bang&quot;&nbsp;in the opening night of her MDNA&nbsp;Tour Thursday, May 31 in Tel Aviv, Israel.</p>

Madonna gets violent during a performance of "Gang Bang" in the opening night of her MDNA Tour Thursday, May 31 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Credit: AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Music Power Rankings: Madonna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce reign supreme

John Mayer and Bob Dylan also make the top 10

1. Madonna: She kicks off her tour in Tel Aviv on Thursday to generally strong reviews, except for from one particular blonde who has her paws up in protest.

2. John Mayer: Without singing a note to promote it, he lands his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Born and Raised.”  We continue to wish him a speedy vocal recovery.

3. Justin Bieber:
He practically brings Oslo to a halt with a free concert and then the next day walks into a glass door and gives himself a concussion. #Attentionhog.

4. Beyonce:
In her first concerts since giving birth to the world’s most wonderful baby ever, Bey brings the house down. Is it too soon for Blue Ivy to start seeing a therapist to deal with mommy issues?

5. Bob Dylan:
President Obama awards America’s finest singer/songwriter the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.  Soy Bomb’s invitation was lost in the mail.

6. Axl Rose:
He wins douche of the week by banning anyone wearing a Slash t-shirt to Guns N’ Roses concerts in Britain. Let it go, man.

7. Hollywood Palladium:
the venerable LA theater, which has been home to concerts by Jay-Z, U2 and many others (and one of The Beat Goes On’s favorite places to see a show) is for sale for up to $80 million. If those walls could talk: both JFK and MLK Jr. delivered speeches there and it was the home the Emmys and Oscars. Here’s hoping the wrecking ball isn’t in its future.

8. Big & Rich:
The country duo lands the highest debut ever on the country singles charts in the modern era with “That’s Why I Pray.” God clearly heard them.

9 Music video dancers: 
One of the first efforts from the combined SAG-AFTRA  leads to coverage for dancers in music videos, who previously have had no union protection. Does booty shaking count as dancing?

10. Usher: Speaking of dancers, the R&B star will use digital dancers for his London concert stop: fans watching online can create avatars and have them dance on stage with him during “Scream.” Does SAG-AFTRA know about this?

What did you think of this week's rankings? Share your thoughts below.

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<p>John Mayer </p>

John Mayer

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Can John Mayer make it two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200?

Some unusual suspects show up in the top 10

John Mayer’s “Born and Raised” is likely to remain at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200, although it drops significantly in sales.

Mayer’s third No. 1 album will fall roughly 150,000 in sales down to between 70,000-75,000 copies, but that’s enough to top Adele’s “21,” which will hold at No. 2 with  around 60,000 units.

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<p>Olga Kurylenko as Vera in &quot;Magic City.&quot;</p>

Olga Kurylenko as Vera in "Magic City."

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Season finale review: 'Magic City' - 'Time and Tide'

The noose tightens around Ike, while the Butcher takes a peek

A quick review of the "Magic City" season finale coming up just as soon as I fight a flashbulb with a flashbulb...

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<p>Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in &quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot;</p>

Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

The new spin on the fairytale hits theaters today

I've been out of town for about a week and a half so I've missed the screenings for "Show White and the Huntsman," which opens today. A friend at Fox told me some time ago that Charlize Theron gives "one of the great Al Pacino performances of the 1990s," which is hilarious to me. Alas, I don't have an opinion yet. We talked to costume designer Colleen Atwood about her work on the film, though, and even dedicated a list to her greatest work. No surprise that the design elements seem to be getting most, if not all, of the praise, but we'd love to hear what you think. So give us your thoughts in the comments section below if/when you get around to seeing the film.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Spartacus,&quot;&nbsp;screening at The Last 70mm Film Festival this summer</p>

A scene from "Spartacus," screening at The Last 70mm Film Festival this summer

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Spend the summer with the Academy

Two summer screening series mark increasing outreach for AMPAS

We would probably be a bit remiss around these parts if we didn't bring up two summer screening series the Academy is launching this year: "Oscars Outdoors" and "The Last 70mm Film Festival."

The former was initiated at the organizations new outdoor facility in Hollywood with an exclusive screening of "Field of Dreams" on May 19. Highlights of the upcoming schedule, which kicks off June 15 with an already-sold-out screening of "Casablanca," include "The Goonies," "Shane," "The Dark Crystal," "North by Northwest" and "Back to the Future." The idea is to screen classic and contemporary adult gems on Fridays and family-friendly fare on Saturdays.

Meanwhile, a press release issued today promoting the latter program asserted that "as theaters increasingly move towards digital projection, there has never been a better time to celebrate these vibrant, clear 70mm prints." That program kicks off on July 9 with a screening of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Friday Nights

With 'Community' and 'Fringe' and 'Nikita' is Friday cool again?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
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<p>Michael Fassbender's work as David 8 is one of the very best things about Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'</p>

Michael Fassbender's work as David 8 is one of the very best things about Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

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Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' reaches for greatness but comes up short

Startling images can't salvage a frustrating screenplay

At this point, the "Alien" series has managed to survive well past any expiration date I would have imagined possible.  The framework of the series has been bent and twisted and reshaped to accommodate several different styles and voices.  There is nothing about the series that I still consider sacred or off-limits, no single definition of what makes an "Alien" film.  For each new filmmaker, the series seems like a blank slate, a box of toys they can play with any way they choose.

While I haven't been a big fan of many of Ridley Scott's latest films, the idea of him finally returning to this world that he defined in the first place was an exciting one, and I've been intensely curious about "Prometheus" since the film was first announced.  I'll admit that the constant game of "is it a prequel or isn't it?" has worn on me, though, eroding much of my enthusiasm simply because I hate it when people play coy about things.  I'd rather hear nothing at all about a film than spend a year hearing the same cryptically worded quote over and over, especially since it has seemed transparently obvious since we first started seeing stills and footage that this is definitely connected directly to the first film in the series.

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<p>Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson star in 'Bel Ami,' which arrives on streaming video services today</p>

Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson star in 'Bel Ami,' which arrives on streaming video services today

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Weekend Watch: Horrifying 'Loved Ones,' Pattinson's 'Bel Ami,' and Beatles on Blu

Blue Meanies, psycho girls, and more of this week's best bets

You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video.  Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch.

It's hard to believe that this is really summer.  "The Avengers" pulled all the oxygen out of the room, so the rest of the month has just felt like a typical spring, a warm-up for the main event.  That's starting to change this weekend, though, and even so, it's the smaller films hitting theater screens that I'm most intrigued by.


"The Loved Ones"

It's taken quite a while for this film to make it into theaters, but this weekend, Sean Byrne's unnerving high school horror film about Lola, the most disturbingly spoiled teenage girl in film history, and her own special version of the senior prom will finally make it to theaters in special midnight bookings.  Paramount has been good about selling horror films the last few years, and when they manage to turn an unflushable turd like "The Devil Inside" into a hit, they deserve some credit.  I wish "The Loved Ones" was opening wider, but if you like horror that pulls no punches, this one's worth the effort to track it down and check it out.

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