‘MTV Movie Awards’ 2012: Five things you didn’t see on TV

Russell Brand hosts the 2012 "MTV Movie Awards."
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“The Hunger Games”! “Twilight”!

These were the movies “MTV Movie Awards” host Russell Brand kept shamelessly mentioning during Sunday evening’s telecast to elicit screams from the youthful audience at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Indeed, many of the stars of the popular franchises were on hand to please fans, from Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner to Josh Hutcherson.

So, sure, there were A-list stars. But things weren’t all glamour at the award show. And since we here at the Ministry of Gossip aim to give you the real Hollywood scoop, here are five things you didn’t see on TV last night.

1. MTV stars. A lot of them.


When you flip through our photo gallery from Sunday’s event, you’ll see plenty of big names — Charlize Theron, Emma Stone, Adam Sandler. But the majority of those stars merely posed for a quick shot before skipping the press line and dashing inside to their seats. Instead, members of the press were granted the opportunity to interview a handful of MTV stars. And no, we’re not talking about the ones you know off the top of your head, like Snooki from “Jersey Shore.”

“Would you like to talk to [insert name here] from’Awkward’?” went the most commonly heard phrase uttered by publicists on the carpet last night.

“Awkward” not your thing?” No worries. Members of the new show “My Psycho Sweet Sixteen” were also made available.

2. Young stars trying to strike out on their own.

The red carpet is also a place to make your career ambitions known, so we were surprised to see Kendall Schmidt of Nickelodeon’s ultra-popular Big Time Rush walking down the line sans his bandmates. Asked if he was looking to embark on a solo career, Schmidt told us: “I think all of us would. I don’t think it’s gonna be, like, a 20-year band.” Meanwhile, Victoria Justice, star of the Nick show “Victorious,” said she’s interested in acting in more films, and kept referencing an upcoming movie she’s in directed by"Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz. Those suits over at Nick better start looking for the next batch of new talent soon.

3. Fewer “Twilight” stars.

On any red carpet, you can expect to see at minimum one actor who has appeared in the “Twilight” franchise. Boo-Boo Stewart, for example, seems to show up at most events which he has seemingly little relationship to. Indeed, he was there Sunday night, but with the series winding down, there were fewer “Twilight” stars in attendance than usual — even though the last installment of the vampire series was named best film of the year. We did catch up with Jackson Rathbone, who told us about one of the more annoying things that comes with being a star of the series.

“It’s opened a lot of doors for waiters to ask me if it’s OK to have garlic at a restaurant,” he explained. “If I order the garlic chicken, they’ll ask, ‘Are you sure?’ I love garlic, so it’s very annoying.”

4. An eclectic audience.

Inside at our seats, we found more MTV stars. To our left was none other than Evan from the “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” And behind us? A 5-year-old from"Toddlers and Tiaras,"Isabella Barrett. Dressed to the nines in a powder-blue sequined princess dress, scores of audience members came over to ask to pose for a picture with young Isabella. Her mom enthusiastically told any stranger her daughter would gladly oblige. As a reward, mom told Isabella she could head wherever the pair wanted after what Isabella deemed a “boring” show. “Can you take me to Rodeo Drive tonight?” the tiny tot requested. “Let me see if daddy will put some money in the account first,” mommy replied.

5. Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lawrence.

Literally. Three of the biggest celebrities in the tween world were no-shows at the award show. That meant Stewart was on her own onstage when she and Pattinson received the award for Best Kiss in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1,” much to the disappointment of fans who looked forward to see the reenactment of the smooch similar to the one in 2005 with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in “The Notebook” scene.


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