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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s already controversial film, The Interview, was recently pushed back a few months but we’ll get a nice tease this weekend. Tied into the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, stars of the film James Franco and Rogen will do a full 30 minute special, in character, interviewing popular musicians Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo.

In the film, Franco plays Dave Skylark, the host of a popular entertainment interview show run by producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). They’re then granted an exclusive interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and are asked to kill him. There will be no killing on the MTV special, which airs Sunday August 17 at 9 p.m., but you’ll get a sense of the film’s tone and humor. Below, read more info, see more photos and even watch a quick video of The Interview MTV Special.

Here’s a tease of The Interview MTV Special.

And here are some photos:

And here’s the full press release. The Interview opens December 25.

MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc., today announced that Seth Rogen and James Franco will kick off VMA week with their 30-minute special “Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special” on Sunday, August 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco in character from their upcoming film THE INTERVIEW, “Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special” will feature VMA performers Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and VMA nominee Jason Derulo subjecting themselves to the hilarious antics of the fictional popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” The special will include Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) grilling each interviewee about everything ranging from derrières to the benefits of being Australian and the merits of singing one’s name.

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to “take out” Kim Jong-un. The film is directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. The screenplay is by Dan Sterling, with a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Dan Sterling. The producers are Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver. The film will be released on December 25.

“Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special” will air exactly one week in advance of the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards,” featuring performances by Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea with Rita Ora, Usher, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande and BEYONCÉ. The VMAs will air LIVE from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

Moviegoers can learn more at TheInterview-Movie.com.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are Executive Producers for Point Grey. Alex McAtee is Producer for Point Grey. Danielle Della Corna and Melissa Bolton-Klinger are Executive Producers for MTV. Wendy Plaut is Co-Producer and Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music Talent.

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