Exclusive: Aziz Ansari to host the 2010 MTV Movie Awards
Perhaps this is why Aziz Ansari has been studying up on "Twilight."
Insiders tell Show Tracker exclusively that the comedian and "Parks and Recreation" star is in final negotiations to host the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, slated to air live June 6 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.
Last week, Ansari spent a couple of days live-tweeting his first-ever viewings of "Twilight" and its sequel "New Moon":
"Never thought I'd see a dude pull up in a Subaru Forrester with such authority. ... #TwilightAziz"
(As of last Thursday, the comedian was still unsure about whether he was Team Edward or Team Jacob.)
"Twilight" swept the evening at the 2009 ceremony -- five awards including the one for best movie -- and stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart turned up to present a special extended trailer for "New Moon." (With the third "Twilight" film, "Eclipse," premiering June 30 -- and with MTV long leading the charge in all things "Twilight"-related -- one presumes viewers this year will get a similar treat.)
Meanwhile, it's safe to say demand for Azari is only going to skyrocket from here: He's costarring in the Jonah Hill-Russell Brand comedy "Get Him to the Greek," out June 4; his new stand-up comedy tour, "Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious Tour," kicks off this summer (tickets on sale for most cities); and NBC just picked up "Parks and Recreation" for a third season, complete with new cast members.
Nominations for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards have not yet been announced. A spokeswoman for MTV declined comment and Ansari's reps could not be reached.
-- Denise Martin (follow me on Twitter @denisemartin)
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