[05/01/06 - 12:00 AM]
Jessica Alba Announced as Leading Lady of the "2006 MTV Movie Awards"

[via press release from MTV]

Jessica Alba Announced As Leading Lady Of The "2006 MTV Movie Awards"

Alba Lands Starring Role As Host Of MTV�s Highly Anticipated Blockbuster

The �2006 MTV Movie Awards� Premieres To Audiences Nationwide On Thursday, June 8th at 9pm ET/PT

Santa Monica, CA (May 1, 2006) � Ending the eager speculation of who will land the starring role, MTV today announced that Jessica Alba will take the spotlight as leading lady of the �2006 MTV Movie Awards.� Star of both big screen and small, Alba will host the MTV ceremony, as well as star in its leading role as this year�s show promises to be more than an award show, but a movie unto itself. Jessica Alba is also up for three nominations at this year�s event including �Best Hero� and �Best On-Screen Team� for her performance in the �Fantastic Four� (20th Century Fox), along with �Sexiest Performance� for her role in �Sin City� (Dimension Films), a film also up for �Best Movie� honors. Filming June 3rd at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, the �2006 MTV Movie Awards� will premiere to audiences nationwide on Thursday, June 8th at 9pm ET/PT on MTV.

�The MTV Movie Awards is like a three-ring circus and I'm thrilled they asked me to be this year's ringmaster,� said Jessica Alba.

�Talented, smart and funny, Jessica is one of Hollywood�s hottest and most sought-after actresses, and the perfect leading lady for the Movie Awards,� said Christina Norman, President, MTV. �This year�s show promises to be anything but traditional, and Jessica is just the person to help mix things up.�

The MTV Movie Awards is just the most recent addition to Jessica Alba�s growing list of credits. In 2005 alone, Alba starred in three major motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed �Sin City,� starring alongside Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood and others; the Marvel Comics� franchise blockbuster �Fantastic Four� where she played the lead female character Sue Storm; and the underwater action-adventure �Into the Blue,� starring alongside Paul Walker, Josh Brolin and Scott Caan. All achieving notable success, combined worldwide box offices for all three films generated over half a billion dollars. Audiences will also recognize Jessica from her stand out performance in the hit urban drama �Honey,� as well as her role as the lead character in James Cameron�s television series, �Dark Angel,� among her multiple other credits. Upcoming projects in which Alba will star include sequels to the comic book adaptation to �Fantastic Four� and the acclaimed �Sin City,� along with the psychological thriller, �Awake� opposite Hayden Christiansen set for release in early 2007.

Up for starring roles at the �2006 MTV Movie Awards� are the �40-Year Old Virgin� and �Wedding Crashers,� each receiving five nominations. Also vying for the spotlight are �Batman Begins,� �Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,� �Hustle & Flow,� �Sin City� and �Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith� with three nominations each. MTV will also celebrate the all new categories of �Best Hero,� �Sexiest Performance� and the �mtvU Student Filmmaker Award� for the first time ever. Fans can vote for the entire nominated cast of the �2006 MTV Movie Awards� by visiting movieawards.mtv.com before May 19th. Fans can also vote from their mobile phone by texting �MOVIEAWARDS� to 91757 to receive a ballot. Voting is also available by dialing toll free to 1-877-MTV-VOTE where fans can support their favorite nominees with a different category available for voting each day.

For complete information on the �2006 MTV Movie Awards� including details on host Jessica Alba, to vote and watch performances from this year�s nominees, and to learn more about this year�s show, visit www.movieawards.mtv.com.

Tenth Planet Productions will once again join MTV to produce the �2006 MTV Movie Awards.� Joel Gallen will executive produce the show for the 12th consecutive year, and also direct the show. Salli Frattini is Executive Producer for MTV. Rick Austin is Producer and Kathy Flynn will serve as Event Producer.

Official sponsors of the �2006 MTV Movie Awards� are Dr Pepper and your local Dr Pepper Bottlers, Taco Bell�, Dentyne, L�Oreal Paris, Neutrogena, Pontiac and Starburst�.

The �2006 MTV Movie Awards� will be seen in 171 countries/territories via 50 music programming services, and in 23 languages in more than 479.5 million households.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world�s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 120 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services � MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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