During band's rehearsal break for Sunday's Movie Awards, we put Foos to the test. By Ryan J. Downey, with reporting by Jim Cantiello
The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Photo: MTV News
UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Hard rock, heavy metal, hardcore and punk have long gone hand-in-hand with evil wizards, magic, vampires and werewolves. And with a collective sub-cultural pedigree that includes stints in the Germs, No Use for a Name, Sunny Day Real Estate, Scream and some band called Nirvana, you'd think the Foo Fighters — set to perform at Sunday's Movie Awards — would know their "Potter" from their Zeppelin. Certainly they can recognize a "wand" reference and pinpoint its origin?
Right? Before we put MTV News' magically crafted trivia to the band, it seemed safe to assume the Foos would accurately distinguish between the words of Harry Potter, a "Twilight" character and Led Zeppelin. But was their underground nerd cred blown to shreds? Read on — and click the video! — to see how the Foo Fighters fared when we caught up with them on the Universal Studios lot, shortly after they finished rehearsing their Movie Awards performance.
Our own Jim Cantiello played dungeon master as Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear were given a series of semi-famous lines and asked whether they originated with "Harry Potter," the "Twilight Saga" or the lyrics of hard-rock pioneers Led Zeppelin.
Here's a sampling of a few of those one-liners:
» "The elder wand, the most powerful wand ever made."
» "Why don't you let me be yours ever truly? Can I make your garden grow?"
» "You're lying, Dolores! You mustn't tell lies!"
Can you guess whether the lines above came from the "Potter" flicks, "Twilight" or Robert Plant?
Watch as the Foos try their best to do exactly that. Then tune in to the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday to catch the Foo Fighters rock the stage with their new single, "Walk."
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Kim Kardashian, Hilary Duff and other celebs attended the Southern-style dinner in support of the St. Bernard Project. By Matt Elias
Britney Spears at the St. Bernard Project event on Wednesday Photo: David Livingston/ Getty Images
BEVERLY HILLS, California — When Britney Spears supports a charity, Hollywood comes calling. On Wednesday night, the femme fatale and her family hosted a private event in Beverly Hills that was attended by Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Kellan Lutz, Hilary Duff and others — all in support of the St. Bernard Project. The Louisiana-based nonprofit aims to rebuild homes of those affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as helping rebuild their lives.
Just a few days before the event, Brit called out to her devoted fanbase via Twitter to support the cause. "Text BRITNEY to UNITED (864833) to donate $10 to the St. Bernard Charity, which is dedicated to rebuilding homes after Katrina," she tweeted.
Once she arrived at the event, all eyes were on Spears as she graced the red carpet in a form-fitting, lime-green cocktail dress, along with a ring and earrings from the event's title sponsor, Geraldo Jewelry. She looked vibrant, posing for photogs, who snapped away in a frenzy.
Hilary Duff, standing just a few feet down from Britney, couldn't help but take in the action.
"Gosh, I'm such a huge Britney Spears fan, I'm kinda freaking out that she's right over there," Duff told MTV News. "I love the whole 'Toxic' thing, I really like 'Womanizer' — she's just talented all around and I'm a huge fan, excited to be here. And she keeps it going, you know, like all of her new songs are just as good as the last, and I'm impressed by her career.
"I've actually met her a few times before and she's really sweet, and I'm sure we're gonna be talking about food more than anything tonight," Duff continued.
Once inside, Britney wasn't the only Spears spreading Southern hospitality: Her dad, Jamie, was manning the kitchen. Guests were treated to a Southern-style sit-down dinner with all the fixin's. Of course, it wouldn't have been a proper Southern meal without some sweet tea, and guests sipped on the pop princess' special recipe of lemon and peach tea.
Britney serves as an ambassador of the St. Bernard Project, whose volunteers number around 32,000. Together, they've rebuilt homes in the New Orleans area for 350 families and counting.
Actor talks about his initial reaction to the 'heroic' turn of events in 'Baelor.' Spoiler alert! By Kara Warner
Sean Bean in "Game of Thrones" Photo: Helen Sloan/ HBO
So how about Sunday night's episode of "Game of Thrones"? To say that it was a doozy barely scratches the surface of all the shameless double-crossing and bloodshed that occurred.
SPOILER ALERT!: For those who haven't yet watched "Baelor" (or read the novel), do not read any further. MAJOR, major spoilers ahead.
A recap can hardly do justice to the episode's gruesome events, which have been adapted quite faithfully from author George R.R. Martin's brilliant plot twists and turns, but we can provide you with a video interview of "Game of Thrones" star Sean Bean talking about the big "event."
"It's quite heroic, I suppose," Bean told MTV News of the lead into his character's shocking death scene. "I didn't just get knocked off and nobody notices. Plenty of people noticed," he said with a smile. "It was a good one."
Bean said that when he read Martin's book, Ned Stark's death was as much of a shock to him as anyone.
"He's such a predominant character, straight through all of it, and you think, 'Wait a minute, what's happening?' He's obviously been betrayed left and right and center, but you never thought it would come to this," he admitted. "Even the shock on his face before it happens it's like, 'But we made a deal.' It's a pretty awful ending and the kids are watching as well."
Bean said that the short-lived role was amazing to play, and the filming of his final scene was appropriately epic and ambitious.
"We were in Malta in the middle of a big square," he recalled. "A big piazza with hundreds and hundreds of people on a raised platform, I'm making a last speech, I have my hands tied behind back. I kind of say that I have betrayed the realm and I have been a traitor in order to save my children. ... It's real heartbreaking stuff."
But as Martin fans well know, this doesn't mean the end of shocking twists in the series, because, as Cersei Lannister put it, "In the game of thrones, you win, or you die."
What did you think of this shocking turn of events? Head over to the MTV Movies blog to vote in our "Game of Thrones" poll!