"Good evening, my dress is see-through," 2000 MTV Movie Awards host Sarah Jessica Parker said during her introduction to the ceremony.
Snappy one-liners like those are what make the MTV Movie Awards - or any MTV awards show for that matter - unique.
Long after the dust has settled on the crowded movie-award season, MTV rolls out its own red carpet to honor, well, not always the best that Hollywood has to offer.
The whole event has an air of informality. The stars are much more likely to wear urban cool than evening formal. MTV's viewers decide who walk away the big winners.
Jimmy Fallon and Kirsten Dunst will host the 10th annual show, scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Up for Best Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator, Hannibal and The X-Men.
Joel Gallen, who produced last year's awards show, told The Detroit News that the awards show gets harder each year to stage. Challenges come in the form of topping such features as the movie spoof segments.
The MTV Movie Awards show also is trimmed for two hours, which, Gallen said, is the target audience's attention span.
"We keep the best stuff and capture a lot of really great moments backstage that I don't think we would be able to do if the show was aired live," Gallen told The Detroit News before last year's ceremony. "All that stuff makes it a cooler and better show."
The MTV Movie Awards aren't your typical movie awards. Sure, there are prizes for Best Picture, Director, Actress, but there also are plaudits for Best Kiss, Villain, Fight Sequence, and more.
MTV relies on its audience, which considers anyone older than 35 decidedly over-the-hill, and polls viewers to select nominees. This year, the show will include four new award categories: Favorite line from a movie, Best Cameo, Best Music Moment and Best Dressed nominations.
The MTV Movie Awards always promises a few unforgettable moments. In 1999, when Jim Carrey, dressed like The Doors' late Jim Morrison, stumbled onstage to accept the Best Male Performance award for The Truman Show.
The never-shy actor tossed his hair from side to side as he smoked his cigarette, thanked the ladies for "looking so pretty," and dedicated his award to his "new biker friends."
Music also plays a prominent role in the evening's entertainment. Last year, 'N Sync sang "It's Gonna Be Me," the second single from their No Strings Attached album, for the first time on television. Metallica offered up "I Disappear," the metal institution's contribution to the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack. Rapper D'Angelo's, bearing his famous "six pack," performed a selection from his Voodoo album.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Male Performance
Tom Cruise - Mission: Impossible 2
Mel Gibson - The Patriot
Omar Epps - Love and Basketball
Tom Hanks -Cast Away
Russell Crowe - Gladiator
Best Female Performance
Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich
Jennifer Lopez - The Cell
Julia Stiles - Save the Last Dance
Aaliyah - Romeo Must Die
Kate Hudson - Almost Famous
Best Comedic Performance
Ben Stiller - Meet the Parents
Martin Lawrence - Big Momma's House
Tom Green - Road Trip
Eddie Murphy - Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Jim Carrey - Me, Myself & Irene
Best On-Screen Team
Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz & Lucy Liu - Charlie's Angels
Robert De Niro & Ben Stiller - Meet the Parents
George Clooney, John Turturro & Tim Blake Nelson - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Tom Hanks & Wilson - Cast Away
Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry & James Marsden - The X-Men
Joaquin Phoenix - Gladiator
Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal
Kevin Bacon - Hollow Man
Jim Carrey - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Vincent D'Onofrio - The Cell
Breakthrough Performance Male
Ashton Kutcher - Dude, Where's My Car?
Jack Black - High Fidelity
Tom Green - Road Trip
Sean Patrick Thomas - Save the Last Dance
Patrick Fugit - Almost Famous
Hugh Jackman - The X-Men
Breakthrough Performance Female
Zhang Ziyi - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Aaliyah - Romeo Must Die
Piper Perabo - Coyote Ugly
Erika Christensen - Traffic
Anna Faris - Scary Movie
Julia Stiles & Sean Patrick Thomas - Save the Last Dance
Ben Affleck & Gwyneth Paltrow - Bounce
Anna Faris & Jon Abrahams - Scary Movie
Julianne Moore & Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal
Tom Hanks & Helen Hunt - Cast Away
Best Action Sequence
Car Chase Through Construction Site - Gone in 60 Seconds
Roman Army vs. Germanian Horde - Gladiator
Motorcycle Chase - Mission: Impossible 2
Plane Crash - Cast Away
Zhang Ziyi vs. Entire Bar - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Russell Crowe vs. Masked Opponent and Tiger - Gladiator
Jet Li with Hose vs. Attackers - Romeo Must Die
Drew Barrymore vs. Attackers - Charlie's Angels
Best Dance Sequence
Cameron Diaz Fantasy Sequence - Charlie's Angels
Opening Cheer - Bring It On
Billy's First Lesson - Billy Elliot
Club Scene - Save the Last Dance
It's time for some old school fun.
Seasoned comedian Eddie Murphy and seasoned tough guy turned sometime funny guy Robert De Niro might star in "Showtime," Daily Variety says.
The project is about a no-nonsense cop who is forced to partner up with a rookie as the star of a new reality-based TV show in the vein of "Cop."
DOING GOOD 'DEEDS': Variety also says that Adam Sandler and "Little Nicky" director Steve Brill will team up again in the pic "Deeds," an homage to the 1936 Frank Capra classic "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town."
KISS ME, STUPID: Here's another comedy item: Jon Stewart will join Edward Norton, Robin Williams and Catherine Keener in the comedy "Death to Smoochie."
Directed by Danny DeVito, the film follows a Barney-like kid-show host who gets canned. Stewart will play the network exec that gives the show the ax.
THE 'ROYAL' TREATMENT: The Hollywood Reporter says that Anjelica Huston is in early talks to join the cast of "The Royal Tenenbaums" for "Rushmore" director Wes Anderson. The movie is about a family of five geniuses and already stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, brothers Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson and Bill Murray.
'VIEW' FINDER: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-star Marc Blucas has join Gwyneth Paltrow in the comedy "A View From the Top." He will play the ex-boyfriend of a flight attendant (Paltrow) who finds fame in the sky, the Reporter says.
'EMPIRE' STRIKES BACK: "Virgin Suicides" helmer Sofia Coppola and John Ridley have co-created a one-hour drama series for HBO called "Empire," the Reporter tells us. Set in the world of urban music, the project will be co-written by the two partners with Coppola directing the pilot episode.
TO THE MOUSE HOUSE: Last but not least, the Reporter says that stage turned "Titus" director Julie Taymor is in talks to helm "Chang and Eng," a story about Siamese twins which Disney has recently purchased.
The big, bad and seemingly unavoidable Screen Actors Guild strike is still almost a year away, but the studios and filmmakers in Tinseltown are already scrambling to get their stars under contract, shoot their films and fold their tents before picketing begins next summer.
According to today's Hollywood Reporter, several big productions are scrambling to get under way, including Steven Soderbergh's star-studded remake of "Ocean's Eleven," and Russell Crowe's recent shoulder injury probably means that Jodie Foster's next directorial effort will get shelved.
In the case of "Ocean's," the trade says, it appears that stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt (who, ostensibly, would take roles originally done by Frank Sinatra, Angie Dickinson and Dean Martin) are locked in, but Mark Wahlberg may have to duck out because of a conflict with the shooting schedule for Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" remake.
Because of the strike, there's no room for shuffling shooting schedules. So, Matt Damon might step in for Wahlberg -- provided that Damon's work on "The Bourne Identity" isn't affected?
Confused? Well, there's more. Bruce Willis may also have to skip "Ocean's Eleven," and his role reportedly has already been offered to Ewan McGregor. And brothers Owen and Luke Wilson may have to pass, too, because of their commitment to star in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums." Instead, their parts might be taken by director-brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.
OK, now catch your breath.
"The Royal Tenenbaums" (which, by the way, is a comedy about a family of geniuses) has tentative commitments from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny Glover, Ben Stiller and Gene Hackman. But if Paltrow takes the role, it could spell casting trouble for the producers of "The Hours," who have offered Paltrow the lead.
Then there's the matter of "Flora Plum," a boutique film to be helmed by Foster, and which was scheduled to go before the camera in several weeks. Crowe's injury will prevent him from performing the role (which requires physical stunts of some type, apparently), thus pushing it closer to the strike deadline, meaning the film might just get canned altogether.
First Winona Ryder snagged Richard Gere in "Autumn in New York," and now Angelina Jolie is doing the older man-younger woman romance thing. Variety reports that Jolie is in negotiations to star with Kevin Costner in "Beyond Borders," a forthcoming Oliver Stone movie about -- get this -- a romance between international relief workers. It's a role that was previously offered both to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Meg Ryan, both of whom declined.
Variety says Jolie, who last was seen in "Gone In 60 Seconds," was drawn to the "high-minded material." She's currently filming "Tomb Raider."
NO FIBBING!: Roberto Benigni brought humanity to the Holocaust in "Life is Beautiful," and now he wants to do the same for wooden marionettes.
The Oscar winning actor-director has announced that his next film is a live-action version of "Pinocchio," in which he will co-star with his wife, Nicoletta Braschi.
"For the last 20 years, maybe since I was born," Benigni told Variety, "I've been wanting my nose to grow. Finally while lying in bed, thinking, I felt as if someone had taken my hand. It was Pinocchio."
WILSON WORKS: Owen Wilson, he of "Shanghai Noon" fame, will get a $2 million-plus payday to star in "Zoolander," a comedy directed by Ben Stiller. The film is about Derek Zoolander, a fictional male supermodel character that Stiller created for the VH1 Fashion Awards.
But that's not all. Wilson's also lined up two more gigs: "Behind Enemy Lines" with Gene Hackman, and "Meet the Parents" with Stiller and Robert De Niro.