Russell Brand to host 2012 MTV Movie Awards

By Daniel S Levine,

British comedian Russell Brand has been picked to host this year’s MTV Movie Awards, the network announced Thursday.

"MTV Movie Awards incorporates two of my favorite things. Movies and Awards. If somehow group sex could be involved it would be the greatest night of my life," Brand said in a statement. The Rock of Ages star promised that the ceremony will be “more impressive” than The Avengers, joking “...and you won't have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out.”

Executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic said that Brand is the “perfect choice” to host. "He's a movie star. He's probably one of the most brilliant stand-ups that I've seen in his time, and he's a rock star,” he said.

This will be Brand’s third time hosting and first since 2009, notes The Associated Press. He first hosted the show in 2008. Following his performance, he secured lead roles in Get Him To The Greek and Arthur. He next co-stars with Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, an adaptation of the hit musical that hits theaters on June 15.

MTV also announced the actors and actresses picked to hand out the Golden Popcorn statuettes. Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg, who all star in anticipated films this summer, will present awards.

Fans can already vote for their favorite films and stars in 12 categories online. You can vote through Saturday, June 2. The awards will be broadcast live on MTV on Sunday, June 3 at 9 pm.

The top nominated films include The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids, which both earned eight nominations.

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