It is all about the fans at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, as MTV in conjunction with Yahoo! Movies and Mark Burnett Productions, is one step closer in the quest for the next creative new filmmaker and showcasing new talent. After nearly 400 film spoofs were submitted, the five finalists for the first-ever user generated category, "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" have been chosen. The final five, receiving nearly 500,000 viewers combined, offers unbridled and hilarious talent with high-end quality productions. Viewers will see their peer's creations which spoof a variety of films from a combo of Casino Royale and Pulp Fiction, to the gory yet funny take on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets a Broadway musical, to the manic combination of Grindhouse intertwined with Little Miss Sunshine. The undiscovered talent will be revealed to the world during the LIVE broadcast of the 2007 MTV Movie Awards from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, June 3rd at 8pm/7c. Voting for the five finalists begins today on mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com.
"The fans are the most important part of the MTV Movie Awards," said Christina Norman, President, MTV. "It's their show and not only are we giving them a voice to celebrate their favorite movies, stars and moments, but we are truly making them the stars of the show with the 'Best Movie Spoof' category." "There are no sidelines at this year's Movie Awards, everyone is in the game!"
The lucky finalists who will have the chance to realize their dreams of standing on stage at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards to accept the legendary golden bucket of popcorn in front of Hollywood's movers and shakers are...
*) QUENTIN TARANTINO'S LITTLE MISS SQUIRTGUN - Skylar Stone-Clipner, St. Louis, Missouri - Lil' Miss Sunshine wins tickets to the MTV Movie Awards and goes on a trip to meet Angelina Jolie.
*) TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE REHAB - Noah Harald, Mill Meadow, California - You drink - you die! No, no, no - you won't want to go to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Rehab.
*) CASINO ROYALE WITH CHEESE - Bill Caco, Cleveland, Ohio - James Bond gets teamed up with an unlikely partner on his very first mission.
*) TEXAS CHAINSAW MUSICAL - Zan Passante, Dumont, New Jersey - Pleatherface discovers a twinkle in his eye for musicals and learns life is more than a massacre.
*) UNITED 300 - Andy Signore, Ambler, Pennsylvania - Flight 300 has some unexpected visitors...Shot in 5 hours, for just over $1000 bucks.
"This has been a fantastic opportunity for burgeoning filmmakers to not only create original work but also have a national platform to get it noticed," said Karin Gilford, Yahoo!'s general manager of Entertainment. "We are incredibly pleased with the results, as we have had hundreds of submissions of truly inspired spoofs. The hard part will be picking the winner out of so many great candidates!"
Through "MTV Movie Awards on Yahoo!," aspiring filmmakers were given the opportunity to showcase their twisted genius and story-telling talent by submitting their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year. Starting April 23rd, viewers had the opportunity to submit their own original movie shorts parodying films from the past year where visitors were able to rate and discuss the submissions. Fans can vote for "BEST MOVIE SPOOF" by visiting mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com beginning May 29th through Saturday, June 2nd.
In addition to the movie spoof award, the interactive site encourages viewers to create their own culture of sorts -- whether it's commenting on the user-generated submissions or posting videos. Select content from the site will also take center stage at the awards on a "Video Wall" that will be integrated into the live broadcast, putting the power back in the hands of the fans.