Winter has come to Manhattan. Well, actually, it never left, but bear with me here... As I was saying: Winter has come to Manhattan in the form of "Game of Thrones" The Exhibition, a touring collection of Westeros memorabilia (Ned Stark's severed head, anyone?), sponsored by HBO and Time Warner Cable. And in celebration of the exhibit's only U.S. stop, a slew of the realm's famous faces abandoned their firs and corsets to attend a special VIP opening Wednesday night in New York.
Among the dapper stars was Kit Harington, whom fans know as man-in-black Jon Snow. As we chatted about the upcoming season, Harington surprised us by revealing he didn't actually read any portions of the script in which his character didn't appear—meaning he's just as in the dark about Dany's dragons or Arya's whereabouts as we are.
"This year, I didn't read the script. I just read my portion, which may seem like lazy actor stuff, but it wasn't," he explained. "I wanted to watch the TV show fresh as a viewer would."
In the weeks leading up to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, MTV News is bringing you exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars for Rated MTV. This Friday on MTV, we have the cast of the most insane college party movie of all time, "Spring Breakers."
Over the course of our chat with Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, MTV News' Josh Horowitz covers a wide range of topics, from watching real spring breakers party and their shared knowledge of Britney Spears lyrics.
Check it all out on this Movie Awards edition of Rated MTV with the cast of "Spring Breakers."
For those not already in the know, the "Olympus" in the movie title "Olympus Has Fallen" is the official code name for the White House. That being the case, MTV News sat down with the cast recently and simply had to ask them if they had their own code names.
They answered, and we graded them.
Angela Bassett is Code Name: Get Me Out of Here
It's not exactly the kind of badass code name we were going for, but we respect that Bassett is being true to herself with her moniker. B+
Gentlemen, if you're attempting to hit on Anna Kendrick, there are a few things you should know.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz went down to SXSW, he spoke with Kendrick and her "Drinking Buddies" costar Jake Johnson about how they enjoy nights out with their friends. Kendrick's night out with her male friends tends to include one pick-up style that she is no longer accepting.
"Whenever it's my guy friends, it's generally speaking like, we're hanging out, and they want to be like, 'I'm going to order this whisky. I think you're really going to like it.' Guys do that a lot," she said. "Guys, as a move, it's been done. Just FYI. Just so you know. We've all had it done before. It's not an original idea."
"Admission," the romantic comedy that deals with the stressful world of getting into college, has a premise that makes you wonder why no one has attempted it before. It was the more absurd elements of that process that attracted Tina Fey to the project, as she told MTV News when we sat down with her and co-star Paul Rudd.
"I like the idea that it's set in this world of college admission that is so stressful for so many people," Fey said. "I thought that was a crazy and interesting world."
What makes "Admission" so relatable is that its "crazy and interesting world" is one that most people experience at some time, so naturally MTV News' Josh Horowitz wanted to know how Fey's and Rudd's college experiences went.
Mid-life crises have never been funnier than in the capable hands of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the Judd Apatow-written and -directed "This Is 40," out Friday on DVD and Blu-ray.
In honor of the film's home-video release this week, we hopped on the phone with Apatow to talk about the Kardashians, Ron Burgundy and, of course, poop. Check out the full interview after the jump.
At SXSW last week, Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, Reggie Watts, and Michael Cera announced the start of something called "Jash." Yeah, we didn't get it either, so MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Silverman to talk it out and find out what Jash is all about.
"It is fartsy," Silverman said, "but it's also artsy."
The group is a comedy collective, funded by Google to create unfiltered content for YouTube. "We're all partners in this. Google and YouTube fund it, but we don't have to pass anything into them. They approve nothing," Silverman said. "There is no script that we have to send to anyone."
For Jash, it's all about freedom, which Silverman says makes it so enjoyable. "Every time I have an idea, I can shoot it the next day or week," she said. "And it's so fun."
Alex Winter, one half of the rock 'n roll duo Bill and Ted aka Wyld Stallyns, has focused mostly on directing in the last few years, and his latest film, a documentary called "Downloaded," takes a look at the technology that changed the music industry forever, Napster.
MTV News sat down with Winter at SXSW, where he and VH1 Rock Docs premiered "Downloaded" this past week, and spoke with him about bringing the project together and how our own little news organization played a part in making it all happen.
"I pulled a lot of archival from the MTV News vaults, which hyper-covered this story," Winter told Josh Horowitz. "I was finding amazing gems in that. [Sean] Parker and [Shawn] Fanning young, all of the Metallica raid on the office, all of it, most of which is in the movie."
When you watch the trailers for Harmony Korine's ultra-dark party movie, "Spring Breakers," there' s a sense that you have no idea what it must have been like to make that movie and what stars Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson went through.
But when MTV News sat down with Hudgens to talk about the making of the movie, her most frightening scene to film is actually the one you would guess.
"The thing I was most scared of was the sex scene and the nudity issue behind all of it," Hudgens said. "Because I was not down to show this [gestures to chest]."
The concept of star-crossed lovers, kept apart by the constraints of their world, is not exactly a new concept. There's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet, and let's not forget Gnomeo and Juliet, but the new sci-fi film "Upside Down," which stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst, flips the old world tale on its head.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz recently sat down with Sturgess to find out how the cast and the filmmakers brought the two-sided universe to life.