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Rolling Stone becomes immortal

FANS dressed as vampires, zombies, monsters and mummies descended on the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday for "Scream 2009," a Spike TV special that honors sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comic-inspired films and TV shows.

"It's crazy," said "Dexter" star Julie Benz. "It's a real loud, rock 'n' roll show."

Rock 'n' roll indeed: Fans welcomed Keith Richards with a standing ovation as Johnny Depp presented the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist with the Rock Immortal award.

"I liked the living legend, that was all right, but immortal is even better," Richards said before accepting his award.

Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to "Night of the Living Dead" director George A. Romero with the Scream Mastermind award.

Stars Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Harrison Ford, Justin Long and Christina Ricci helped present the spike-shaped trophies.

The show opened with a larger-than-life snow globe inhabited by two creepy little girls. They emerged from the orb and as one girl slashed her throat, the other started bleeding from the neck. Keeping the creep-factor constant, a zombie piano player appeared later in the show.

Fans voted online for the winners, so some of the year's most popular films and TV shows took home trophies. "True Blood" was a four-time winner, taking honors for best TV show, along with best villain for Alexander Skarsgard and best horror actor and actress for real-life couple Steven Moyer and Anna Paquin.

"Twilight" won twice: Best fantasy film and breakout performance for star Taylor Lautner. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" also won a pair of prizes: Megan Fox was voted best sci-fi actress and Isabel Lucas was recognized for her breakout performance as an evil shape-shifting robot.


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