• Your coffee is about to get much more Irish after Starbucks starts offering beer and wine in thousands of locations.
• The White House continued its quest to become the hippest dad at the party after including cat GIFs in an Obamacare Sweet 16–style bracket.
• 1980s cult cartoon Jem and the Holograms will become a live-action movie, thanks to Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun.
• Fans can’t let Frozen go: the soundtrack topped the charts for the seventh time and became the first album of 2014 to sell a million units.
In real life, winter is ending, but on TV it’s just about to start. HBO’s Game of Thrones returns on April 6, bringing Harington, 27, with it. The actor, recently seen in the movie Pompeii, plays the dauntless Northman Jon Snow. Here, he talks to TIME.
One of GoT’s catchphrases is “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” You must get that a lot.
People do come up and say that to me.
Do you want a chance to prove otherwise with a favorite factoid?
Not really. I wouldn’t profess to know anything. Then again, I don’t think anyone knows anything.
Is the set [in Iceland] as cold as it looks?
The thing about Thrones is it’s got a film budget but it uses that budget on the appearance of it all rather than luxuries for the actors. You’re there for a long day, 12 hours sometimes, and the only way to deal with it is to drink lots of hot tea.
You’re saying they leave you to freeze?
In the interest of authenticity, it’s probably quite good.
Last we saw your character, he’d received some nasty bow-and-arrow injuries.
Have you ever had an epic injury? I’ll go through them for you.
There’s a whole list?
The first one was a golf club to the head when I was 13. My cousin. I was standing too close.
I’ve broken both feet, about four times.
Rugby incidents or being a drunken idiot. Usually it’s my own stupidity.
You’re also the new face of Jimmy Choo, which is kind of the opposite of being Jon Snow. Have you always been into fashion?
I wouldn’t profess to be good at it personally, but I love working with people who are.
If you’re so unfashionable …
I didn’t say that! I’m fashion-conscious–I just don’t know if I get it right all the time.
9.2 quintillion to 1
Technical odds of filling out a perfect bracket for the 64-team field in the NCAA tournament. The actual odds, however, are much lower, because some teams have a far greater chance of advancing to the second round and beyond than others do.
The design world is beaming for Shigeru Ban, who was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize on March 24. The jury praised Ban for his social consciousness and the “originality, economy and ingeniousness of his works.” He designed the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand (above), after a 2011 earthquake damaged the city’s landmark church.
‘It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to … consciously uncouple.’
GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHRIS MARTIN, in a statement announcing their separation after 10 years of marriage
During a visit to Amsterdam on March 24, President Obama stopped by the Rijksmuseum, the first time a sitting U.S. President has looked in on the world-famous museum. While there, he posed for pictures in front of Rembrandt’s enormous 1642 masterwork The Night Watch. The result, above, isn’t exactly an Oscar-night selfie–but the combination of world leader and Dutch master is certainly worth sharing.
When Stars Ask Fans for Cash
Hoops legend Shaquille O’Neal is on a quest to create a kung fu–style video game (called Shaq-Fu, obviously), and he wants his fans to foot the $450,000 bill via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Donors get various perks–like a personalized voicemail. By late March, with just under a month to go, Shaq had reached a fourth of his goal. Will he raise the rest? Here’s how other celebrity crowdfunding efforts have played out.
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KRISTEN BELL & ROB THOMAS
Veronica Mars, the film based on the cult TV show, benefited from a Kickstarter fund that raised millions more than its goal.
The actor didn’t raise quite enough via Indiegogo to turn his book Palo Alto Stories into three films.
Garden State earned $35.8 million, but that didn’t keep Braff from success in asking fans to fund his second indie film, Wish I Was Here.
Steven Soderbergh contributed $10K to the Do the Right Thing director’s Kickstarter to fund a new thriller.
MELISSA JOAN HART
The former Sabrina the Teenage Witch star couldn’t conjure funds for a rom-com, Darci’s Walk of Shame.
• Necessary self-help book How to Poo on a Date won this year’s Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year.
• Public Radio International, which had distributed This American Life since 1997, is dropping Ira Glass’s popular radio show on July 1.
• A thrill-seeking teenager sneaked past a sleeping security guard and climbed to the top of One World Trade Center before being arrested by Port Authority police.
• Delta and LinkedIn announced “innovation class” flights that pair innovators with business leaders–because meetings are what’s missing from the in-flight experience.
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This appears in the April 07, 2014 issue of TIME.
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