A Brand New Prize: Death in Game of Thrones

It’s no news that the Game of Throne fan community is among the largest such communities ever, compared to similar movements inspired by other books or movies. Maybe the Lord of the Rings fan base can come close to comparing, but nothing quite beats the numbers of the Game of Thrones fans yet. This passion has taken numerous creative forms, from the Inn at the Crossroads cookbook project which attempts to recreate the dishes served in Westeros, to the dress-up role-playing communities scattered throughout the world and so on.

Well, one of the characteristics of the story, that both annoys its fans but also keeps them hooked and coming back for more, is the character death rate. Death in Game of Thrones has become ubiquitous, and as a fan, you often feel afraid to get too attached to a character or like them, because the next thing you know, bam! That character ends up getting violently murdered or executed and you’re only left with crushed hopes and fists clenched in frustration. None of the compensation mechanisms usually employed by other epic stories seem to work here, also.

For example, at the beginning of the series, when most of us rooted for Ned Stark and the character was wrongly executed, the fan hope then turned to Robb, his elder son. It was only logical that even though the character that embodied those noble values died, his son, who is just like him only younger and a bit more cunning, would pick up his father’s sword and avenge his father’s name. But noooo, the author had other plans. Hence, the Red Wedding. And this was just the beginning for a long line of similarly crushed hopes. You see where we’re getting at? No kind of side-story relief seems to work here: whatever compensation you hope for, death in Game of Thrones will stick to its cruel ways and claim all the characters you’ve ever liked and more, one by one.

The speed with which the author keeps killing the characters has been the subject of many complaints, protests (he even had to go into hiding for a couple of weeks after the Red Wedding aired, so to avoid being the target of an angry fan lynching mob), and, ultimately, ironic fan art. The picture below sums up our frustrations perfectly:

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For those of you who hadn’t yet watched the latest episodes or somehow don’t get it, the picture alludes to Tyrion’s story about a retarded Lannister cousin who spent his days in the garden and kept smashing bugs with a rock, saying “Khuu! Khuu!”. Tyrion kept wondering what the reason behind all the insect slaughter was and insisted that the cousin was up to something other than mindless killing, that the pattern of his actions indicated a deeper meaning which still remained concealed. Well, the illustrator who made the picture above suggests that we are just Tyrion: trying to find a deeper meaning in the expanding character corpse pile, while the author just keeps killing them off purely for fun (and to troll us). Har har har.

But George R R Martin himself is very much aware of what they say of how present death in Game of Thrones is, and has made some brilliant ironic takes on it himself. This isn’t the first time when the author responds very ironically to fan rants about him, and he’s as funny and clever as ever while at it. (Check out for example the letter he wrote to the fans concerned that he’ll die before getting a chance to finish the series).

Returning to the current issue of almost unbearable death in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin has outdone itself: he organized a contest for fans with a wicked prize. What was the prize, you ask? Why, death in Game of Thrones, of course. The lucky winner will have a briefly appearing character named after him/her in the upcoming books and will obviously be killed off swiftly. As much as it frustrates us, we must admit that it was the most beautifully trolling way to respond to all the whines regarding the character death toll.

Monica Geller’s Best Moments

Friends has been a life-changing series that has brought joy to so many of our hearts and when one of the cast members birthday comes up, celebrations are in order. Courteney Cox was born on the 15th of June and in honor of her monumental role in “Friends” we thought we would share with you some of her best moments on the show:

That awesome fight she and Ross had, where all the brotherly secrets were spilled like milk from the carton:

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Teaching us to drink like men while handling it with grace and dignity. Like women.:

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Monica knows very well that everything is supposed to be very well planned. Dinner parties, cleaning and life in general. More importantly, fun should also be planned. It starts in fifteen minutes.

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Another thing Monica has taught us is that proposing is strictly a man’s business. Granted they also burst into tears and it’s sometimes weird, but in spite of her absolutely wonderful proposal to Chandler, he did, in fact, end up proposing to her. Or is it that they proposed to each other? Either way, this was one of the most touching moments throughout the series.

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We all remember fat Monica, who was a gift in herself, but Monica does make an absolutely HOT woman, wouldn’t you all agree?

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Love is something very important and Monica knows it very well- her relationship with Chandler was sweet and unique, even if at times weird. And Monica did know exactly how important Chandler was to her:

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Not to mention the very weird faces they make together.

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Or how they forgive each other even when one of them (Monica) buys something ridiculously expensive (boots) that cannot be used or brought back.

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There are no words that can describe the way she tried to cheer up chandler by wearing a whole turkey on her head. Except for weird. Or crazy. Or crazy-weird.

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Control freak Monica is also something out of this world. No one should dare move furniture around (not to mention question her cooking abilities). And not be sleepy. Being sleepy is important.

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Competitive as it gets, Monica rarely misses out on an opportunity to win over anyone, especially if it’s winning over a man.

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Who said that only African American women can have Afros? Monica wears it with grace, elegance, style and… well to be honest she looks totally ridiculous but we still love her for it.

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Speaking of fat Monica, doesn’t she simply look fabulous? And with the camera adding 10 pounds, Chandler was on to something when he asked how many cameras were actually on her.

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What is remarkable, however, is how even the mighty Monica is subdued by Phoebe as if she were 6. Yay Phoebe!

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Dancing has apparently never been her strong point and when she decided to channel her inner…Chandler, she gave us a moment that will be hard to forget.

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Stealth-mode Monica is also interesting- and annoying at the same time. Who could not love a character that can awaken every type of feeling in viewers?

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Finally a reason why fat Monica existed in the first place! According to her, she used to play a game when she was growing up- by putting in money in a machine and winning a candy bar or other types of snacks. And she won every single time!

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But there is nothing as crazy and ridiculous as Monica losing it!

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That and when she decided that seducing Chandler could be done with knives and carrots. She had it all figured out!

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Whatever the case, we absolutely love Monica and wish her the happiest of birthdays.

Five of the Highest Paid Actors at Hollywood

By now, we all know that being an actor (and a famous one) has many, many perks, not the least of which is having a ridiculously large salary. The truth is that with movies that are box-office hits, why would the actors not be entitled to a big slice of the pie? Talent is rare and actors have to improvise a lot on sets in order to bring characters to life, and when all is said and done, could we picture God as someone else than Morgan Freeman? These actors give life to their characters and make them unforgettable. So here are five of the highest paid actors in Hollywood:

Robert Downey Jr.

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Hit machine Robert Downey Junior tops the list, being the highest paid actor at Hollywood according to Forbes- he’s already starred in six great movies (and each of them grossed at least $500 million at the box-office). In fact, Iron Man and The Avengers doubled that figure, earning well over $1 billion. With such amazing earnings, Downey has reportedly received an estimated $75 million between June of 2012 and June of 2013. For The Avengers, Downey was given the largest chunk of profits (even larger than the director, Joss Whedon) and has already ensured that he will receive an upfront payday once they start filming the sequel.

Channing Tatum

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Earning $15 million less than Downey, a figure of $60 million is certainly worth noticing, especially since his earnings are because of his smart business decisions. When he and director Steven Soderbergh decided to self-finance a movie based on the actors’ past as a male stripper, Magic Mike hit it big and they also got a big fat check. So much so that the movie is now a franchise and has its own Broadway show.

Hugh Jackman

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This acting-singing-dancing sensation of a man, with abs of steel and the smile of the sweetest gentleman is number three on our list, earning $55 million. Best known for his roles as Wolverine and Jean Valjean, he has not only earned himself an Oscar nomination but also brought his audience to tears with his breathtaking performance in Les Miserables. Moreover, the talented actor is also trying his hand at business and his tea and coffe company (Laughing Man) is not only doing well, but also donating all its profits to charity.

Mark Wahlberg

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Mark was one of the unexpected entries in 2013 when his hit movie Ted, where a teddy bear not only comes to life but also grows up, earned a staggering $550 million in the box-office. Mila Kunis, Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane were also earned a well-deserved share of the winnings. What this movie also did for him is set him up for the Transformers blockbuster, set to hit theaters in 2014.

Dwayne Johnson

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Better known as The Rock earned a whopping $46 million and when his movie, Fast & Furious 6 stayed in the box office top ten for over ten weeks, it was clear that he’d struck gold. He’s now moving into TV productions with a new reality show called The Hero (where ordinary people are asked to play the hero in certain situations).

Bonus-Angelina Jolie

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You’ve surely noticed that there is no woman in our list so we decided to add the highest paid actress into this list, although it’s clear that actresses are not only under-represented but also paid significantly less than men. With $33 million in earnings, her winnings are indeed enormous but pale in comparison to those of Robert Downing Jr. The obvious question everyone has on his lips is: why?

He hope you enjoyed our list of highest paid actors in Hollywood. Do you think they deserve their earnings? We would love to hear your opinions on the matter!

Awesome Life Lessons as Taught by Grey’s Anatomy

No one would normally think that movies or series could have a significant impact on someone’s life but more often than not they do create feelings or bring drama to light that we have forgotten. Moreover, some very well created shows can have an impact few of us expected: that of being a learning tool. Indeed, there are some series that have been educational (apart from medical series or survival series where Bear Grills has shown us the key to mastering proper hydration through pee). And one of those series has been Grey’s Anatomy. We would like to show you exactly why:

  • Because it has shown us the importance of taking life into our own hands and not missing out on opportunities. Remember, in life, it is the things we don’t do that cause regret and not the things we did wrong.

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  • There is nothing wrong with you. Accept that you are different and start loving yourself to death. It matters.

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  • Being sane is very important. And taking care of your own mental health is just as important. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should have butterflies and sunshine around you at all times.

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  • Friendship counts, a lot. It’s the one thing that actually makes everything worthwhile, knowing that there is someone to share the burden with.

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  • It’s important to let things to, and sometimes, dealing with problems may be simply done by dancing. Yes, Grey’s Anatomy showed us that we can all dance it out.

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  • People are seldom what they seem. Not everyone is cold and robotic. But when someone is, deal with it.

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  • The show also has amazing men related lessons in it. Of course, they are not what you would expect, but Christina does have a clue about what she’s talking about.

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  • Describing a true friendship may require special words so as to completely portray the deep and unique feelings someone has for each other. However, if I were describing my friendship, I would certainly quote Christina Yang. She nailed it.

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  • Make place for romance in your life- but also be prepared to receive it once it arrives.

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  • The show also redefined many of our previous concepts, like love and how it occurs between the most different of people, or in this case something as mundane as intimacy. Their definition does hit it out of the park.

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  • We are never alone- with our fears or pleasures and whenever you feel like giving up remember there are so many people wanting to give up as well. Knowing you aren’t the only crazy person in the room gives you the drive to keep going when you feel you want to call it quits.

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  • Healthy food choices have also been attempted by the show. Addison, for instance, has a foolproof method of rationalizing cake eating.

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  • Beauty is not only fleeting but superficial. Remember everyone, it’s what’s on the inside that counts so cherish your minds and souls rather than your bodies. Also, consider those who see you for who you are and not how you look.

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  • All is fair in love and war. And everywhere in between. Fight to the nails for what you want to achieve and never back down.

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  • Last but not least, the series has shown us, if anything, how love is supposed to feel like. How it takes you on this roller-coaster ride from hell when you’re up and then down and then right back up again so fast that it makes your head spin and by the time you’ve reached the end of the ride and can understand what has happened, you want to ride it all over again.

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The Reasons Why We Miss House MD. – Gif Edition

The series may have come to an end but that doesn’t mean that fans everywhere don’t miss their favorite maverick doctor. Everyone who has watched the series instantly fell in love (or hate) with the brutally honest dr. Gregory House- an untypical doctor, with the bedside manners of a truck driver/addict and the tact and diplomacy of a tsunami. Hell bent on pushing everyone around him to their limits, he is tolerated in the hospital where he runs the diagnostics department only because of his brilliant deductive skills and diagnostic accomplishments.

But without further ado, let’s re-visit some of the best House moments and remember exactly why this obnoxious character crawled under our skins the way that he did: We could always count on House to be serious in times that required respect and concentration. 1In his office, House would go through important cases, discuss treatment options, research the newest medical information and consult textbooks. Just kidding. He never, for a second tried to act serious. tumblr_ma4utkE8fN1ry937io1_250 Not even Wilson’s office was exempt from House’s nonsense. 2 The sarcastic comments. 3 4 And the snide remarks. 5 6 The House-Wilson Bromance. 9 8 7 Even their awkward break ups are hilarious. 11 12 13 14

  1. Or the way they interfere with each-other’s sex lives and relationships:

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Talking about weird relationships, House and Cuddy were something else!

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We all have to agree that no one could dislike House when he was being a total jerk. In fact, he was much more appealing when he was.

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Especially when he was being disrespectful to Cuddy. 29House would always have the perfect answer for each circumstance. If not, he would instantly save the situation by doing what he does best. Being himself:

31 Viewers also enjoyed the excellent medical information and the unique cases presented on the show. Not only this, but experimental procedures and state-of the art techniques were also focused on so as to keep the show fresh and interesting. 32 To these experimental procedures, it’s only logical that Cuddy, as the dean of Medicine at Princeton Plainsboro would have a good answer: 33 Thirteen. 34 Cameron 35 We had to count Thirteen again. A woman so stunning deserves all the spotlight.36 37 38 The way he dances. 39 And how he treats his employees: 41Also, let’s not forget the moments when he tries to be evil but ends up acting like a spoiled child. 42His mind-blowing epiphanies: 43The fact that he has the attention span of a 5 year old. 44

  • Dr. House is without a doubt one of the most delicious characters that we have seen in a long time. Who doesn’t love that cynical prick who says things as he sees them and mentally tortures everyone around him? The great thing about him though is the fact, that deep down, he is a good guy. He may not care about many things, but he does his job well, ultimately helps his co-workers and friends, and manages to make Cuddy happy.
  • The list could become endless, but instead of that, we’ll leave you in the company of some delicious moments this series has brought to us. Enjoy! Youtube Video.