MTV awards pinpoint new stars

The often irreverent and always silly MTV Movie Awards (8 p.m., MTV) celebrates its 10th anniversary with plenty of special guests and musical performances. Expect musical numbers from the Dave Matthews Band, Weezer and a congregation including Li'l Kim, Mya, Pink and Christina Aguilera singing the old Patti LaBelle hit "Lady Marmalade."

The festivities will be hosted by "Saturday Night Live" comic Jimmy Fallon and actress Kirsten Dunst. Dunst won an MTV Movie Award for "best breakthrough artist" in 1995 for her role in "Interview with the Vampire."


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The Dave Matthews Band will perform during the MTV Movie Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today on MTV.

Many of the MTV categories have a fun, throwaway quality about them. Who remembers the "best villain" of 1993? Or the "best screen kiss" of 1999? The Breakthrough Artist Award category, on the other hand, has been a good indicator of emerging screen talent. In addition to Dunst, past winners include Marisa Tomei ("My Cousin Vinny," 1993); George Clooney ("From Dusk Till Dawn," 1996); and Heather Graham ("Boogie Nights," 1998).

This year's best movie nominees are "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Erin Brockovich," "Gladiator," "Hannibal" and "X-Men." Taped last Saturday.

l "Vietnam: On the Frontlines" (8 p.m., History) concludes with "The End Game," an inspiring tale of bravery and compassion set against one of the darkest weeks in American military and diplomatic history. As North Vietnamese forces approached Saigon in the last week of April 1975, Americans prepared to airlift thousands of American citizens and South Vietnamese out of the beleaguered capital.

When the Communist forces shelled the airport, the American military was forced to evacuate everyone by helicopter from the U.S. Embassy. "End Game" includes interviews with the helicopter pilots, embassy Marine guards and the last remaining American journalists to leave Saigon before it fell.

Tonight's other highlights

l Michael J. Fox stars in the 1996 supernatural thriller "The Frighteners" (7 p.m., Fox). From Peter Jackson, director of the forthcoming "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

l New Jersey hosts Colorado in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Championships (7 p.m., ABC).

l Rory's dad (David Sutcliffe) drops in out of the blue on a repeat of "The Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).

l A baby kidnapping case tears up Grissom on a repeat of "CSI" (8 p.m., CBS).

l Patricia Routledge stars in a repeat of "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" on "Mystery!" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

l Scheduled on "48 Hours" (9 p.m., CBS): sexual predators on the Web.

l Kovac can't hide his contempt for an injured drunk driver on a repeat of "ER" (9 p.m., NBC).


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