Jonze gets MTV kudos

'Malkovich' helmer to be awarded New Filmmaker nod

“Being John Malkovich” director Spike Jonze will be crowned this year’s Best New Filmmaker at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards.

Jonze is no stranger to the cable net, having previously been honored with an MTV Video Music Award for best direction. Jonze gained recognition for directing quirky music videos for the Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Weezer, Bjork, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Daft Punk.

“Malkovich,” 1999’s buzz-heavy film about a disgruntled puppeteer who discovers a portal into actor John Malkovich’s head, was Jonze’s feature debut. Jonze was also given an Independent Spirit Award, among other kudos, for his work on “Malkovich.”

The MTV Movie Awards will be taped Saturday at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, and air on the cabler Thursday. The net has tallied 8 million votes for the kudos, including 6 million online and 2 million through Blockbuster Video and via phone.

Presenters added to the show’s roster this week include George Clooney, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Mark Wahlberg, Aaliyah, Ryan Phillippe, Amy Smart, Tom Green, Denise Richards and Nicolas Cage.

To promote next week’s telecast, MTV has also set up free screenings to summer flicks “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Big Momma’s House” at three Los Angeles theaters on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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