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Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards

Russell Brand, MTV Movie Awards host. (Charles Sykes/AP)

Russell Brand — brash British comedian, star of films like “Get Him to the Greek,” former husband of Katy Perry and alleged iPhone smasher — has been tapped to host the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, to be held June 3. This is Brand’s first time hosting the Movie Awards, but his third time emceeing an MTV trophy show — he handled ceremonial duties at the MTV Video Music Awards in both 2008 and 2009.

“This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than ‘The Avengers’ and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out,” Brand said in a press release that announced his hosting status. Hopefully this canned statement is not indicative of the caliber of jokes Brand will tell come June 3.

Actually, the Movie Awards should be an interesting opportunity for Brand.

Potentially, it will provide an outlet for Brand to make the first live, publicly televised cracks about his divorce from Perry. Also, it will allow the comedian to promote his role in “Rock of Ages,” which comes out June 15. In fact, I have a feeling that this Movie Awards gig will lead to a situation in which Brand sings “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” onstage with Alec Baldwin, or possibly a shirtless Tom Cruise.

Neither Baldwin nor Cruise’s participation has been announced by MTV, but the names of other celebrity presenters who have summer movies to promote have been announced. They include “Amazing Spider-Man” stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone; “Show White and the Huntsman” cast mates Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron (also in “Prometheus”) and Chris Hemsworth; and “Prometheus’s” Michael Fassbender.

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