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MTV Movie Awards: Director Troy Miller explains how Conan O'Brien scored those 50 cameos for the opener -- EXCLUSIVE

When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.

As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, Ice Cube, Lupita N’yongo, Andy Samberg, Skrillex, Russell Crowe and the Noah cast, Mindy Kaling, Martin Scorsese, the Big Bang Theory gang, Adam Sandler, and even Grumpy Cat.

“It really shows kind of a fun Hollywood community that you don’t normally see unless you’re on a red carpet. It’s the kind of fun you get a sense of [in] the first 10 rows of an awards show,” says Miller, who adds, “It’s a very cinematic opening.”


J.J. Abrams debuts on 'Conan' an exclusive clip of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'...with a catch -- VIDEO

That J.J. Abrams, craftier than a Ferengi. Appearing on Conan Thursday night to promote his NBC series Revolution, Abrams couldn’t help but tantalize fans of his upcoming Star Trek sequel — officially titled Star Trek Into Darkness — by premiering an exclusive clip of the film. The catch: It was only three frames long. But they weren’t boring frames! Check them out below:  READ FULL STORY

SXSW: 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' kills at premiere, lands unusual distribution deal. Plus, the director talks 'Mean Conan.'


How to explain the enormous goodwill in Austin, Tx. during Sunday’s world premiere of Rodman Flender’s documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop? The director, who sat across the aisle from O’Brien in the theater’s last row, said he started to relax when the audience started howling en masse eight seconds in during a scene of O’Brien baiting an L.A. tour bus from his car. The documentary follows the former Tonight Show host, still choking with rage from his shoddy treatment by NBC, as he pours his suddenly-freed up energy into last summer’s Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour. It’s behind-the-scenes gold watching O’Brien put together bits with his devoted, happily beleaguered staff and then take his material out on the road for a grueling run of 42 shows.

Within 24 hours of the premiere, the film landed a multi-platform distribution deal with Abramorama, Magnolia Home Entertainment and AT&T’s U-verse subscription TV service. The doc will first broadcast in an exclusive window on U-verse, then launch into a nationwide “event” screening tour via Abramorama; Magnolia will handle both VOD and DVD distribution. A specific release date has not yet been announced. READ FULL STORY

'The Beaver,' 'Paul,' and a Conan O'Brien documentary to premiere at SXSW Film Festival

Beaver-Paul-Rogen-MelImage Credit: Ken ReganThe 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival will host the world premiere of The Beaver, the highly anticipated and hotly debated drama starring Mel Gibson as a depressed man who creates an alter-ego in the form of a beaver hand-puppet. Jodie Foster directed the drama, and stars as Gibson’s long-suffering wife. The film — which was pushed from its planned Fall 2010 release date in the wake of leaked recordings of Gibson ranting at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva — will screen March 16 in the festival’s Centerpiece slot in advance of its March 23 limited release in theaters.

The festival, which runs from March 11 – 19 in Austin, Tex., has also announced a handful of other major premieres in its line up, including:  READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien's sister is in 'The Fighter': Which one is she?

Conan O’Brien isn’t the only member of his family making a splash onscreen this season. His younger sister, Kate, makes her film-acting debut in the Mark Wahlberg-Christian Bale boxing flick, The Fighter, playing “Beaver,” one of real-life pug Micky Ward’s seven devoted but hopelessly selfish sisters. Actually, the character’s Christian name is Phyllis, but her family calls her Beaver. (Of course they do. One of the other sisters goes by “Red Dog.”)

So take a good look, and try and guess which sis is Conan’s kin? (See the answer after the jump.*) If you need the whole trailer to decide, click here. READ FULL STORY

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