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12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To

August 30th, 2014 11:00am EDT
12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To
It seems like we've turned a corner in the past year or so when it comes to female characters on television. There are not only more women in roles that are robust and meaty, but there are most diverse offerings, making characters that any person can relate to. In honor of television moving forward to create more and better roles for women, here are some of our favorite relatable female characters.

Peggy Olson, "Mad Men"

Peggy Olson wants to be a career woman and she won't let anyone stop her, despite her era's sexist views working against her. Starting out as a secretary at Sterling ...

Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thrones' Writer George R.R. Martin To Write Faster

August 26th, 2014 7:23pm EDT
Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thron
There were few highlights to a rather uneventful and, frankly, boring 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony Monday night, but about halfway into the show, 'Weird Al' Yankovic took the stage for three-and-a-half minutes for a parody medley of the theme songs of hit shows "Mad Men," "Scandal," "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," the latter of which was the focus of the skit and co-starred Andy Samberg as the show's now deceased young king Joffrey Baratheon.

Dancers dressed in outfits the likes of the ones on the show surrounded the singer as he pleaded for writer George R.R. Martin to hur...

Croatian Church Won't Allow 'Game Of Thrones' Crew To Film Pivotal Nude Scene (Spoilers)

August 26th, 2014 1:15pm EDT
Croatian Church Won't Allow 'Game Of Thrones' Crew To Film Pivot
UPDATE: the scene will go on as town officials in Dubrovnik have had a change of heart. They'll allow the shoot as long as it's not shot inside the Cathedral of St. Nicholas -- outside is okay, according to TMZ.

A church in Croatia is standing in the way of HBO's production on the fifth season of Game of Thrones over the filming of a nude scene.

SPOILERS: The series uses the town of Dubrovnik as the stand in for Westeros' capital city of King's Landing, and production has now come to a stand still becasue the Church of St. Nicholas won't allow actress Lena Headey to walk out of the c...

'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' Dominate The 2014 Emmy Awards (Photos & Winners List)

August 26th, 2014 12:23am EDT
'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' Dominate The 2014 Emmy Awards (P
AMC's hit drama Breaking Bad dominated the 2014 Prime Time Emmy Awards on Monday night, taking five awards during the 66th annual event.

The series picked up its second consecutive win for Outstanding Drama Series, and its three main stars, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all landed awards in their respective acting categories (see list of winners below). Cranston won his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy, while Paul took home his third Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Gunn her second consecutive Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series...

George R.R. Martin Promises More Shocking 'Game Of Thrones' Deaths & Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 24th, 2014 7:12pm EDT
George R.R. Martin
Author George R.R. Martin says that fans should be prepared for him to kill off more of their favorite characters in his hit "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, which inspired HBO hit "Game of Thrones."

Perhaps the best thing about the saga is that Martin has no problem shocking fans by killing any characters he chooses (and with little warning), so it's no surprise that he's promising even more untimely endings for some of the remaining characters in his next two books, "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring."

Speaking at an event in London's Freemasons' Hall earlier this week, M...

Fans Guess 'Game Of Thrones' Ending Correctly

August 13th, 2014 5:57pm EDT
George R.R. Martin has revealed that the ending to his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has already been figured out by fans despite being about 3000 pages away.

The author, whose saga inspired HBO's "Game of Thrones," is currently in the midst of penning the sixth book in his series, "The Winds Of Winter," and during a trip to the Edinburgh International Literary Festival over the weekend, he revealed that his secret isn't so secret.

The author told Britain's Telegraph at the event, "I've wrestled with this issue (online fan speculation), because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate p...

Jonathan Pryce, Keisha Castle-Hughes Head Up 'Game Of Thrones' Season Five Cast Additions

July 26th, 2014 7:22am EDT
Jonathan Pryce
Nine new actors and actresses have been added to the cast of Game of Thrones for the show's fifth season, and the new additions were announced at Comic Con on Friday in a new video shown during the panel for the hit HBO series.

Led by Welsh Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce ("Glengarry Glen Ross," "Pirates of the Caribbean") and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Whale Rider," "The Nativity Story"), most of the new cast will play characters from the southern region of Westeros known as Dorne, which is governed by the Martell family.

According to HBO's press release, Pryce will play the H...

The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!

July 24th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!
Character-driven storylines are the life breath of any avid television watcher. The more interesting, the better. Still, in order to flesh out a main character, several sub characters need to be added. Often times, they are younger. Unless there are substantial reasons why a particular child character is added to a new or existing show, they fall by the wayside, not pushing the plot forward and often, holding it back. These television kids all have one thing in common, their presence on their shows is ultimately annoying.

1. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mi...

Sophie Turner Defends Her 'Game Of Thrones' Character Sansa Stark

July 22nd, 2014 12:23pm EDT
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark has been a whipping post in both the Game of Thrones HBO series and among fans of the show. Now actress Sophie Turner has defended her character and theorized why fans dislike Sansa.

In an interview with Nylon Singapore for its entertainment issue, Turner says she welcomed the challenged of the quiet and tortured Stark daughter. She told the magazine, "I really like the fact that she is quite a silent character. If she had spoken up in court at any point she would have gotten herself killed. "

Still, Turner says she used to let the criticism of her character affect her. "When ...

George R.R. Martin Flips The Bird To Those Who Doubt He'll Finish 'Game Of Thrones' Book Series

July 10th, 2014 8:00am EDT
George R.R. Martin Flips The Bird To Those Who Doubt He'll Finis
It's generally common courtesy to not speculate how someone is going to die - especially when that person is... you know, a real, living, actual person. And double-especially when that person is George R.R. Martin - the acclaimed author behind the incredibly popular 'A Song of Ice and Fire' book series, and the mastermind of HBO's 'A Game of Thrones.'

Now, granted, we've all theorized about how our favorite or most hated characters will die on Game of Thrones. "Who's going to bite the dust next?" is the thought that's on everyone's minds as they are reading the books or watching the show. ...

5 TV Shows For Your 'Game Of Thrones' Withdrawal

July 9th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
5 TV Shows For Your 'Game Of Thrones' Withdrawal
Admit it, you have Game of Thrones withdrawal. It's OK, we're not judging you here at Starpulse, mainly because we're in the same boat! We miss Game of Thrones as much as you do, and the idea of waiting for season 5 when it airs sometime around April 2015, well, is tearing us up inside. After four years of investing our time, patience, love, hate and endless fan chatter about the characters of Game of Thrones, to have them snatched away from us yet again is genuinely cruel.

However, there is hope! While you may have to wait just under a year until you get your Game of Thrones fix, there ...

Ever Wondered What A Retro 'Game Of Thrones' Might Look Like? Now you Don't Have To

June 28th, 2014 1:30pm EDT
Ever Wondered What A Retro 'Game Of Thrones' Might Look Like? No
Remember VHS tapes? There's a little bit of a hipster inside of us all - we all yearn for 'the good ol days' when everything was 'more simple' (except for rewinding those damn tapes.)

Well apparently Game of Thrones fans have dreamed up an alternate reality in which Game of Thrones came out in 1995 - they even made a pretty convincing VHS style trailer for the show, complete with an authentic 90's style HBO opener, and a very appropriate theme song by Queen.

Is 1995 not far back enough for you? Well no problem. Because there also just happens to be an 80s style rendition of the incred...

'Game Of Thrones' Spoilers: Will A Fan Favorite Book Storyline Make It Into The Show's Fifth Season?

June 27th, 2014 2:31pm EDT
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark in Game Of Thrones
The following contains spoilers from both the Game of Thrones television series and George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire book series, along with one for 24: Live Another Day.

Shortly after Michelle Fairley's "24" character was killed off, the actress spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her two latest television characters meeting their demise, the second being that of Catelyn Stark on "Game Of Thrones."

Fairley was also questioned about the possibility of returning to the show, as even though Stark was clearly dead after having her throat slit from ear to ear on HBO's hit series, her...

Lena Headey Drinks Wine With Jimmy Kimmel, Is 'Not Sorry' For 'Game Of Thrones' Instagram Tease

June 17th, 2014 6:43pm EDT
Lena Headey
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night to discuss Sunday's season four finale.

After revealing that because of all the shocking deaths on the show occasionally creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss will sneak a fake page of dialog into the script just to mess with them and keep them on their toes, "which is really unfair," Headey says.

The actress wore a sleeveless t-shirt with a grey heart outline and the words "I'm not sorry" written on it, a direct reference to an image she tweeted days before the finale, trolling fans and teasing that a highly antici...

(Spoilers) 6 Game Of Thrones Characters That Need To Die

June 17th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
(Spoilers) 6 Game Of Thrones Characters That Need To Die
Since the start of Game of Thrones the good guys have been dropping like flies. From Ned Stark losing his head, the Mountain getting a crush on Oberyn, to most of the Stark clan having one hell of a wedding, it's been a tough few years on Game of Thrones.

But as we watch most of our favorite characters die year after year, I think it's about time we got some justice. There are plenty of characters on Game of Thrones we love to hate, and I think it's time to dish out who should die next. However, keep in mind that none of these choices are based on bad acting on any actors part. On the cont...

'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Delivers Strong Ratings For HBO

June 17th, 2014 1:33am EDT
Game of Thrones
"Game of Thrones" experienced a huge uptick in viewers for its season four finale on Sunday night compared to the previous season's finale, according to HBO.

During the 9 p.m. hour, 7.1 million viewers tuned in, a 32 percent increase from the third season finale in 2013. The tenth and final episode of the season, titled "The Children," aired twice more on Sunday night, bringing the total viewers to 9.3 million.

Overall, each 9 p.m. Sunday night episode of the fourth season averaged 6.8 million viewers, an increase of 37 percent from season three.

The fantasy drama has also drawn the larg...

'Game Of Thrones' Spoilers: Fans Freak Over The Exclusion Of A Certain Character

June 16th, 2014 11:28pm EDT
Game of Thrones
Warning: Contains SPOILERS from the Season Four Finale of Game of Thrones and also reveals parts of George R.R. Martin's novel "A Storm of Swords," the third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga. Do not go on reading unless, of course, you've read the books.

Producers promised fans that the season four finale of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" would be "epic," and, of course, it was -- but there were troves of book readers crying out on Monday morning about the exclusion of a certain character from the show's finale.

*SPOILERS* While viewers saw the storyline of Brienne of Tarth and...

'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Best And Worst Moments From 'The Children'

June 16th, 2014 2:05pm EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Best And Worst Moments From 'The Childr
The Game of Thrones finale night is always one of the biggest televised events of the year. Sometimes the final episodes don’t live up to the hype of the full season, while others have made the hiatus an unbearable wait. This finale had a little bit of both. Here are the best and worst moments from “The Children.”

Best: Jon Snow Memorializes Ygritte and a Big Fat Hero Arrives

The introduction of Ygritte to Jon Snow’s life was a catalyst for his transformation from naïve, poor little rich boy to an actual leader worth following. Even though they spent the last season as bitter enemies, she...

10 Of The Most Beautiful Hollywood Movie Locales (That You Can Actually Visit!)

June 14th, 2014 10:00am EDT
10 Of The Most Beautiful Hollywood Movie Locales (That You Can A
Movies both stun and captivate audiences with beautiful locations. We've often times been told that the places we see or are brought to in movies are fake or some sort of fantasy, and that few places in real life will ever live up the expectations of Hollywood movies.

We're here to tell you that not ONLY is that not true - that places that REALLY exist are not only just as beautiful as the places we see in movies, in some cases, they are more so. So take a look at the ten most beautiful locales from movies that someday, you might want to visit.

The Red Keep (Game of Thrones) : Attard, Mal...

Grab The Tissues, It's The 10 Most Memorable TV Weddings Ever

June 13th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Grab The Tissues, It's The 10 Most Memorable TV Weddings Ever
From "GH's" Luke and Laura to "Game of Thrones'" Red Wedding, television fans love a good wedding ceremony! If the ceremony goes a bit awry, all the better! Weddings are a good way for the entire cast to unite (or reunite as the case may be) for one last time as in a series finale, or a way to push forward the story (as in the case of "Game of Thrones") a way that is unexpected. Grab the tissues, sit back and remember the 10 best weddings in TV history!

1. Luke and Laura, "General Hospital"

On November 16, 1981, as estimated 30 million guests tuned in to watch the most iconic TV weddi...

'Game Of Thrones' Shifts Focus To 'The Children' In Season Four Finale

June 12th, 2014 10:52am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Shifts Focus To 'The Children' In Season Four
Just like that, the season four finale of Game of Thrones is already upon us, and after a whirlwind season only one episode remains, something the show's producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have promised will be the most epic finale to date.

Five new images from the episode, titled "The Children," have been released, but unfortunately, the new photos give little to go on as far as the episode's plot goes (unless you've read the books, of course!).

Even the teaser for the finale gives little to go on, giving small glimpses of scenes that focus on -- you guessed it, the children.


Puff Daddy Is King Of The North In 'Game Of Thrones'-Inspired Music Video

June 11th, 2014 5:01pm EDT
Puffy Daddy
Puff Daddy is hopping on the Game of Thrones hype train with his latest music video, "I Want The Love."

The video, featuring fellow rapper Meek Mill, takes place "in the Swiss Alps" - but it might as well be Winterfell. There, he hangs out with dire... huskies, sits on an Iron Throne of sorts, and cavorts with women we'd describe as Wildlings.

Warning: Profane Language

Perhaps Puffy is underhandedly seeking an appearance on the hit HBO series. After all, Coldplay's drummer Will Champion and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody had cameos in the show.

Outside of the Thrones references, its a b...

'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Best And Worst Moments Of 'The Watchers On The Wall'

June 9th, 2014 12:48pm EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Best And Worst Moments Of 'The Watchers
Game of Thrones does its best work when focusing on the politics of living in the Seven Kingdoms. These characters live in a world where the mere thought of wanting to sit on a throne of swords is enough to wipe out their entire family line. There’s always a feeling that anybody could bite the dust at any minute, especially if you care about the character, as last week’s shocker proved.

However, an episode fully set at The Wall was a huge risk. The northern most part of this society is so disconnected from the majority of the storylines that it’s tough to rally the interest for a fully hou...

Most Shocking And Memorable Deaths On 'Game Of Thrones' (Spoilers!)

June 8th, 2014 10:59pm EDT
Most Shocking And Memorable Deaths On 'Game Of Thrones' (Spoiler
Writer George R.R. Martin isn't afraid to kill off any of the myriad characters in his best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, on which HBO's immensely popular series Game of Thrones is based.

Often leaving viewers (and readers) gasping and in shock, the series is set to wrap its fourth season and has the pedal firmly to the metal going into the final two episodes, for which seasoned viewers are now wonding WHO will die as opposed to IF anyone will die.

SPOILERS AHEAD... most who watched Prince Oberyn Martell grasp defeat from the hands of victory against Gregor "The Mountain"...

(SPOILERS) Bar Patrons React To Game Of Thrones 'The Mountain And The Viper' Ending

June 3rd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The Mountain and the Viper
Warning : Spoilers

If you haven't seen Episode 8 of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, STOP HERE or prepare to be spoiled.

The Burlington Bar in Chicago, IL has found a great way to attract patrons, bring people together and foster a community; Game of Thrones. Every Sunday, patrons gather at the bar, fill their goblets with the finest Arbor Gold and crowd around a large set of TVs to watch how the newest episode of HBO's hit series 'Game of Thrones' will unfold.

This week was a serious downer for the bar-goers, and anyone who watched the show will know why. It was the much anticipated fight...

'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Mountain And The Viper'

June 2nd, 2014 7:05am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'The Mountain And
If there was ever an episode of this show that served as a culmination of 4 seasons of growth, pain, and betrayal, it’s definitely “The Mountain and the Viper.” It was clear from the moment that scenes from the first season were shown in the opening clip package that this was going to be an episode full of revelations and heartbreak. Characters we’ve followed since the beginning—Tyrion, Sansa, and Dany—each had moments in this episode that irrevocably changed their lives. Meanwhile, other character we’ve barely known stole the spotlight from the rest. Here are the best and worst moments fro...

'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: 'Mockingbird'

May 20th, 2014 8:53am EDT
'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: 'Mockingbird'
“Mockingbird” may’ve been the kindest episode in the history of Game of Thrones. The episode’s kindness is tinged with brutality, uncomfortable truths, murder, but kindness lasts in every scene. Westeros is a truly shitty place to live. Well, the south may have its advantages. King’s Landing and northward, though, is nearly complete shit. Arya and The Hound wandered into the yard of a homeowner. Arya wonders about soldiers inside the house. The Hound walks forward, evidently unconcerned about soldiers. Sitting up, supported by a solid object, is a man recently stabbed in the gut. When asked...

16 Of The Coolest Swords From Pop Culture

May 19th, 2014 2:32pm EDT
The Last Samurai
Swords - what's there to say about them? Nobody uses them anymore, which is a real shame. Swords remind us of an age when men were men, and they focused on really manly things, like chivalry, honor and killing a man with a single blow. Alas, those days are gone, and swords have retired from the battlefield.

But they do live on in one place - our hearts and minds. There's something innately satisfying about the simplicity and elegance of a sword, and the ritual of one-on-one combat, of people testing their mettle mano y mano. To that end, they live on in our culture, and by extension in our...

'Game Of Thrones' Recap: The Best And Worst Of 'Mockingbird'

May 19th, 2014 8:24am EDT
Game of Thrones
As one of the few, but rabid, Sansa Stark fans, “Mockingbird” was the episode I was most looking forward to this season. The title alone, which represents Littlefinger’s house sigil, promised a deeper look into her situation at the Vale with her crazed aunt and pedo-tastic white knight. But I was also skeptical. The show has a tendency to take some of the biggest non-wedding moments from the books and makes them smaller than they should be. Since the show has been switching around the timeline in order to stuff as much action as possible into a single season, it was a little disappointing t...

Here's What 22 'Game Of Thrones' Stars Look Like In Real Life

May 17th, 2014 8:01pm EDT
Here's What 22 'Game Of Thrones' Stars Look Like In Real Life
HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has made dozens of stars into household names, but rarely do we get to see what they look like in 'real life'.

Aside from familiar names like Peter Dinklage ("Elf"), Lena Headey ("300," "The Sarah Connor Chronicles") and Charles Dance (a very recognizable "that guy" from such films as "The Golden Child" and "Your Highness"), the world was introduced to the likes of Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Jack Gleeson.

We recently ran across a photo of Gemma Whelan, who plays Theon Greyjoy's sister Yara (Asha in the books), looking nowhere near as tough as...