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MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Category Pits Potter Against Katniss

We size up the Best Fight contenders, from Tom Cruise to Jonah Hill. Cast your vote now!
By Kevin P. Sullivan

Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″

Photo: Warner Bros.

With the 21st annual MTV Movie Awards just under a week away, it’s time to get you as prepared as possible for the biggest night in movies. That’s why we’re kicking off Movie Awards Week here at MTV News with exclusives, interviews with A-listers and deep dives into the awards, leading right up to the big night on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

For our first look at the categories, we’re dissecting Best Fight blow by blow. Sure, an action-packed fight sequence will always grab our attention, but the ones that really stay with us are the ones that are bigger, badder and funnier than anything else we saw this year.

But which one takes home the golden popcorn is up to you to decide, so head over to MovieAwards.MTV.com to cast your vote.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang – “21 Jump Street”
There are two distinctly different fighting styles on display in this brawl from “21 Jump Street.” First, you have the typical Channing Tatum route with well-executed blows and multiple opponents going down. Then you have Jonah Hill’s style, the way we would all fight. You run away a little bit, and when things get really, really scary, you do your best to convince your foe that “the fight’s over.” As you can see in the clip, one works better than the other.

Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″
The Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader of our time, after eight movies, Harry Potter finally faced off against the dark wizard who left him an orphan in the series’ most epic fight sequence. The millions who had read the final book before seeing the film knew that everything would turn out OK for HP, but you couldn’t help but hold your breath as Harry and Voldemort dueled one last time.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – “The Hunger Games”
And then there were three. Thanks to a last-minute rule change, the star-crossed (maybe) lovers Katniss and Peeta had an opportunity to both make it out of the arena alive. The only one in their way was the violent, but not completely evil Cato. For most of the tournament, Katniss was able to best her foes through cleverness or luck, but for his last fight, it would have to be up-close and personal.

Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
If you look at Cruise and then you size up Nyqvist, the fight seems a little one-sided. Ethan Hunt is a world-class secret agent, and Kurt Hendricks is a kind-of chubby nuclear strategist. Something’s got to give. What you don’t count on is just how crazy Hendricks is, but we all learned the hard way when he takes a swan dive off the top level of a car park to ensure his victory. That’s hard-core.

Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton – “Warrior”
When two estranged brothers enter a mixed martial arts competition to determine the best in the world, they will inevitably end up fighting in the final round. We knew that much going into “Warrior.” What we didn’t know was that Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy would not pull any punches, so to speak, and deliver one of the most brutal and heart-wrenching bouts of 2011.

Head over to MovieAwards.MTV.com to vote for your favorite flicks now! The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards air live Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET.

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Black Keys, Martin Solveig To Perform At MTV Movie Awards

The Keys and Solveig join previously announced performers Fun. and Wiz Khalifa at the big show, airing live on June 3.
By James Montgomery

Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach

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The Black Keys and DJ Martin Solveig have been added to the list of performers at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, joining previously announced acts Fun. and Wiz Khalifa on the big show.

The Keys will be performing their hit “Gold on the Ceiling” — they premiered the video for the song on MTV back in February — while Solveig will serve as the house DJ, remixing themes from some of the most iconic films of all time, including “Star Wars,” “Jaws” and “Pulp Fiction.”

The 2012 MTV Movie Awards will air live on Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Comedian Russell Brand will serve as host for the show, and from the sound of things, he’s, uh, very excited by the opportunity.

“The MTV Movie Awards incorporates two of my favorite things: movies and awards,” Brand said. “If somehow group sex could be involved, it would be the greatest night of my life.”

We’ll see what we can do, dude. The 2012 MTV Movie Awards will bring together the biggest names in entertainment for what’s sure to be an irreverent night. Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone and Chris Hemsworth are among the stars who will be on hand to present Golden Popcorn statuettes. “The Hunger Games” and “Bridesmaids” are the most-nominated films. And as if all of that isn’t enough, we’ll also unveil exclusive footage from the summer’s most anticipated film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Head over to MovieAwards.MTV.com to vote for your favorite flicks now! The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards air live Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Beyonce Serenades Michelle Obama, Cements Comeback In Atlantic City

Queen B ascends her throne during the second in a four-night run of Memorial Day weekend shows.
By Rebecca Thomas

Beyoncé performs in Atlantic City, NJ

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — The “year of 4″ continues.

Four months after giving birth to her first child — an arrival announced last August at the MTV VMAsBeyoncé returned to the stage Saturday night, on the second of a four-night run in this East Coast resort city. And it was a spectacular fitting her rising icon status.

So what kinds of clues get 20somethings calling you “the greatest performer” of your generation? Well, it’s in the details. For one, Revel, the sparkling, 6.3-million-square-foot beachfront destination that played host to Beyoncé’s comeback, devoted a channel on its guest-room flat-screen TVs solely to B-related content: no weather broadcasts, nary a “Housewife” and no commercial breaks; just videos, all-star performances and more, all through Memorial Day weekend. It was evident in the distance traveled, too, with fans telling MTV News they’d made cross-country pilgrimages, while still others came from as far as Tokyo and South Africa to hail Queen B.

But those are just the hints, peripheral proof. The presence of First Lady Michelle Obama at last night’s concert left little doubt that the little girl from Houston, who joined a girl group and then struck out on her own, had seen another benchmark in her relatively young career. After exchanging letters in recent months, with each calling the other a role model for girls, Obama turned up in a sleeveless green sheath waving like royalty from a balcony in Ovation Hall.

A little after 10 p.m., as the pounding opening march from “End of Time” kicked in, Beyoncé appeared in silhouette; the sequins were hard to make out but the wind-blown mane was impossible to miss. Finally, B, stunning in hot pink Stuart Weitzman heels and a beaded body suit, appeared on the massive stage backed by her dancers.

“Atlantic City, snap your fingers,” she commanded, launching into “Love on Top.” Without missing a step of the New Edition-inspired choreography, B powered through the song’s modulations in an extended vocal showcase. Then she took an exaggerated pause, as if to catch her breath (or to bask in the adulation?), before belting out a final coda. The 30-year-old’s comeback was officially under way.

Pushing through hits from her debut solo effort, including “Naughty Boy” and the dancehall-infused “Baby Boy,” and Sasha Fierce smashes like “Diva,” B defied all post-partum laws as she kept pace with Frank Gatson’s acrobatic dance style. (“Y’all don’t know how hard I had to work. I had to lose 60 pounds!” she laughed to the crowd later. “They had me eating lettuce.”) And just as songs like “Single Ladies” and “Run the World (Girls)” are meant to serve as empowerment manuals for women, it became clear last night that Beyoncé’s choreography is meant to do the same: a series of sensual quickstep moves that revolve around the hips and legs. It showed in the Fosse-style swing and formations on songs like “Get Me Bodied,” and the strut-heavy footwork on “Freakum Dress.”

“Sasha Fierce disappeared, but y’all bringing her back,” B joked midway through the euphoric two-hour set.

For one of our favorite numbers, “Party,” the 4 singer donned full-on showgirl regalia in a heady rendition that saw confetti coming from the roof and dice-shaped beach balls being tossed through the crowd as dancers in large feathered headdresses magically turned up in the aisles.

There were ballads, of course, at Ovation Hall, the more memorable among them a tribute to Whitney Houston and a cover of Lauryn Hill’s classic “Ex Factor.” And if Beyoncé reminded us of what we’ve lost in those gut-wrenching covers — she proved, too, that she’s more than ready to carry the weight on her shoulders.

Share your reviews of Beyoncé’s Revel shows in the comments!

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