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"Rock of Ages" hits Blu-ray and DVD today and, in honor of the rock musical's big debut on home video, we've got an exclusive new video that celebrates the release.

The clip focuses on star and MTV Movie Awards host Russell Brand. Brand introduces us to his character Lonny in the never-before-seen clip and talks about how he responded to the rock music in the film.

"My character Lonny in the film 'Rock of Ages' is the representative, I think, of the audience, and the honest-to-God sincere music lover," Brand explained in the video.


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By Ashleigh Schmitz

British funny man Russell Brand may be headed back to movie theaters in "Pierre, Pierre," a politically incorrect romp of a comedy (via Variety). Larry Charles is set to direct the film, bringing raunchy-comedy cred to the project having previously directed "Borat" and "Bruno".

In the film, Brand would play an obnoxious Frenchman who steals the Mona Lisa and tries to transport it from Paris to London. Encountering numerous roadblocks along the way including a "French police inspector, a serial killer named Pigeons--t and his own brothel-owning mother," it doesn't sound like any easy task.


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There are some pretty big stars that are going to be in attendance at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, and we can't wait for them all to get the Russell Brand treatment. We decided to get a jumpstart on the madness by asking the Movie Awards host what he thinks of some of the leading ladies who will be present at this year's awards show.

Like, say, Kristen Stewart. "That's 'Twilight,' innit?" he asked, clearly having done his Movie Awards research. "I don't watch things like that. I don't know, I just don't know why I would watch it."

That being said, Brand added that he is a big fan of Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. "They're good-looking boys, Rob Pattinson and him with the tummy. I met him. He was really handsome. ... I suppose, if you're into that," he said.


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Hosting the MTV Movie Awards is not an easy job. You have to entertain an audience of the hottest celebrities and their biggest fans, while introducing A-list actors like Christian Bale to present exclusive footage from highly-anticipated films like "The Dark Knight Rises." No pressure. This year comedy king Russell Brand was up for the task.

When Movie Awards hosting veteran Andy Samberg met up with us at Universal's CityWalk to talk "That's My Boy" for Sneak Peek Week, we asked him if he had any advice for Brand.

"It's gonna be a real stretch from the VMA's," Samberg joked, referencing Brand's previous hosting gig. "What's he gonna do? I just wonder in the beginning if he's gonna have some short film about how he needs to make it to the Movie Awards on time before it starts. Is he gonna make it? He's in this film, how's he gonna get there? Every host seems to have this problem."


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If you've been scouring lately, then you already know the great news: Russell Brand is hosting the 2012 MTV Movie Awards! Exciting, huh? There are three important ingredients that make a good host. The first is you're willing to embarrass yourself. The second is you're willing to embarrass other people. The third is that you're damn funny and can entertain an audience. We certainly think Brand has proved all three with his stand-up comedy and experience as a two-time Video Music Award emcee.

And as you can see from the tweet above, Brand's already brought on the fun and the jokes. Although, we're pretty sure he's not joking. 2012 MTV Group Sex Movie Awards, anyone? If Brand gets his way, maybe it'll happen!


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FROM MTV NEWS: Just when our rockets were in danger of not being rusty enough, in comes Russell Brand to save the day!

The "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek" actor and comedian is stepping up to the plate this year as the host of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, airing June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. What can we expect from Brand's appearance? The unexpected, of course — that, and a whole lot of sexual tension with your pal and ours, our very own After Hours host Josh Horowitz.

Head over to MTV News for more on the announcement!

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The boys could be back in town for a new installment of "The Hangover," but not before they get some ginormous paychecks for the movie. Meanwhile, Chloe Sevingy could be getting Demi Moore's recently-vacated spot in "Lovelace," Russell Brand is headed to family-friendly territory and Paul Giamatti is ready for some Shakespearean tragedy.

It's January 26, and you're tuning in to today's casting call.


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Russell BrandHere's a pairing that comes wonderfully out of left field: Russell Brand could star in Diablo Cody's directorial debut "Lamb of God."

The news comes at us courtesy of Twitch, who learned that Brand has been offered the lead in the flick and that "Footloose" star Julianne Hough is the top choice to play the movie's leading lady. "Lamb of God" tells the story of a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith and decides to go to Vegas and "live the life of a sinner," but ends up finding her faith along the way.

Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!


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Luckily for your funny bone, 2010 had its share of hilarious comedies. And lucky for the actors starring in them, the MTV Movie Awards is here to celebrate just how funny they were.

That's right, we're here to talk about this year's line-up of Best Comedic Performance nominees. We have some category regulars and some newbies, but all of them put their best foot forward so your sides split with laughter. Read on for a full list of the Best Comedic Performance nominees, then cast your vote for the winner today!

Zach Galifianakis, "Due Date"
Oh Zach Galifianakis, where do we start. Thank you for bringing us consistent comedy since you broke onto the summer comedy blockbuster scene in "The Hangover." "Due Date" was worth it, if only for you.


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Russell BrandFROM MTV MOVIES: It seems Russell Brand's, um, "scheduling" conflicts were cleared up. After the madcap British actor suggested to MTV News in March that he'd be up for a role in the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" if salary negotiations went as planned, on Wednesday the movie's director, Adam Shankman, announced that Brand had been officially cast in the star-filled project.

"I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie!" Shankman wrote on Twitter. "I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?"

The part is the latest addition to Brand's growing résumé. He currently is featured in two flicks out in theaters — he supplies the voice of the Easter Bunny in the family-friendly movie "Hop," and he tackles the iconic title character in the remake of Dudley Moore's "Arthur," starring as the lovable, cad-like billionaire.

Read the full story at MTV Movies!

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