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Apr 12, 2015 11:05 AM

MTV Movie Awards also a preview of summer blockbuster season

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) The irreverent MTV Movie Awards are back to dole out such cheeky honors as best kiss and best shirtless performance, but also to serve as an unofficial promotional platform for the upcoming blockbuster season.

Amy Schumer is hosting the Sunday night ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, to be broadcast live from 8-10 p.m. EDT on MTV and VH1.

Films such as teen tearjerker "The Fault in Our Stars," Marvel space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy" and coed comedy "Neighbors" will be competing for the fan-voted Golden Popcorn statuettes. In addition to the kiss and shirtless categories, other wacky awards include best villain, best WTF moment and best scared-as-s--t performance. Vin Diesel, Sofia Vergara and Mark Wahlberg are among the presenters.

But the real focus will be on what's coming up at the multiplex this summer, with previews planned for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," ''Paper Towns" and "Pitch Perfect 2."

Robert Downey Jr. is picking up a special award and will be joined onstage by "Avengers" co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth. But there's an agenda behind the accolade, of course: the promotion of "Ultron."

Stars like Rebel Wilson from other summer films are also expected to appear on the show in support of their projects.

Even host Schumer has a film to promote: "Trainwreck," a relationship comedy from director Judd Apatow that Schumer wrote and stars in.


Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr


Online: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards


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