Follow on: Twitter
Melanie Linn Gutowski Melanie Linn Gutowski
Starpulse Contributing Writer
Become a "Starpulse Contributing Writer" Start Here
Bio/Profile FollowRSS
Melanie Linn Gutowski is a writer, researcher and historian from Pittsburgh, Pa. Her writing has appeared around the Web and in local and national publications. Connect with Melanie on Twitter @MissMellie_

10 Unforgettable Movie Dads

June 15th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Darth Vader
They're professional, regal and righteous. They're bumbling, baffling and stubborn. They're murderous, satanic and militaristic. They're movie dads, and memorable ones are hard to find—probably because the more common plotline involves an absent one (Disney, we’re looking at you!). While these ten are truly unforgettable, we’re glad even the non-evil ones aren’t our own. So, this Father’s Day, here's to the big man on the big screen, but more importantly, here’s to all these crazy guys your dad isn’t.

Darth Vader - Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Few lines in cinem...
READ MORE

10 Celebs Who Were Too Old To Play Teenagers

June 5th, 2014 9:00am EDT
10 Celebs Who Were Too Old To Play Teenagers
It's rare in entertainment to find actual teenagers playing teenage roles. Many young actors simply don't have the name recognition many production companies look for to drive audiences to their films. Some movies, such as the Harry Potter franchise, are rare exceptions. Here's a look at ten celebrities who were a bit long in the tooth for their teenage roles.

Emilia Clarke as Danaerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones (2011)

Emilia Clarke has rocketed to stardom in her turn as the young queen Danaerys Targaryen. At age 24 when the series first aired, Clarke was far older than her literary cou...
READ MORE

12 Top Animated Disney Villains

May 29th, 2014 11:05am EDT
12 Top Animated Disney Villains
Just in time for the release of Maleficent, Disney's live-action retelling of the 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty, here are the top 10 bad guys (and gals) from the hand-drawn movies of your childhood.

#12 Lady Tremaine, AKA the Wicked Stepmother - Cinderella (1950)

As far as Disney villains go, Lady Tremaine is a regular Mommie Dearest, but aside from some pretty substantial emotional scars, Cinderella gets off a lot easier than most of her fellow animated protagonists.

#11 Dr. Facilier, AKA "The Shadow Man" - The Princess and the Frog (2009)

So his voodoo charms wreak a bit...
READ MORE

'The Walking Dead': Lori Finally Says What We've Wanted to Hear

October 22nd, 2012 12:40pm EDT
The Walking Dead - Lori
"I've been a sh!tty wife and I know I'm not winning any Mother-of-the-Year awards."

With these words, Lori Grimes finally gave voice to what many 'Walking Dead' fans have been thinking for the past two seasons.

As noted in last week's season three premiere, Lori is estranged from husband Rick and son Carl, who seem to be fed up with her manipulative, frivolous behavior concerning the twice-deceased Shane Walsh. In last night's episode, she made an attempt to admit her own sins but stopped short of a full-blown apology, seeing as sincere apologies don't generally have the effect of making ...
READ MORE

'The Walking Dead' Season Three: Catching Up With The Survivors

October 15th, 2012 11:32am EDT
The Walking Dead
It's been a long seven months waiting for AMC's "The Walking Dead" to return to the airwaves, which means the showrunners had to be sure they wouldn't disappoint the fans. Last night's season three premiere had something for everyone: exotic zombie kills for the gore lovers; internal strife for the drama lovers; and the return of beloved characters for the graphic novel diehards.

Here's a look at where all of the characters seem to have ended up after the season two finale:

***SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE SHOW & GRAPHIC NOVELS***

Rick - The oft-referenced "Ricktatorship" is in full swing here....
READ MORE

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: 'Dreamy'

April 4th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Once Upon a Time
In Fairy Tale Land, a clumsy fairy-in-training is cautioned by the Blue Fairy to guard her fairy dust carefully. As the two fly off, the clumsy fairy spills some of her dust, which finds its way into an underground hatching facility. The dust causes the egg to hatch early, revealing the dwarf we know as Grumpy.
---
Leroy, the town drunk, eats breakfast in Granny's Diner when Mary Margaret walks in to announce the need for volunteers for Storybrooke's annual Miner's Day festival. she gets no takers to help sell candles to support the town's convent.

Mary Margaret explains to Emma about the ...
READ MORE

Interview - 'Hugo' Star Michael Stuhlbarg: The Film Is 'Like A Pop-Up Book In Real Life'

March 19th, 2012 6:00pm EDT
'Hugo'
Author’s note: This review contains spoilers.

Hugo star Michael Stuhlbarg seems to have been just as amazed by the world of the Oscar-winning film as fans and critics alike.

"It was amazing...like being in a pop-up book, but in real life," he said in a recent interview.

Indeed, 'Hugo' is a story that teems with childlike wonderment and curiosity. The film, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, tells the tale of an orphan who lives Paris’ Gare Montparnasse and his struggles to repair an automaton left to him by his father. As Hugo (Asa B...
READ MORE

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'What Happened To Frederick'

February 22nd, 2012 1:47pm EST
Once Upon a Time
In this episode, the story becomes more complicated when it is literally rewritten. Princess Abigail and Prince James part ways.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Fairy Tale Land, King George greets Princess Abigail in the days leading to her wedding. Prince James, however, has escaped and the royal guards are giving chase. Just when James thinks he's lost them, he is accosted by two hooded men.
---
At the Nolan house, David and Kathryn eat supper. Kathryn announces that she's been accepted into law schoo...
READ MORE

'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Triggerfinger'

February 22nd, 2012 10:15am EST
The Walking Dead
In this episode, new drama ensues when Dave & Tony's friends come looking for them; Rick learns about the threat Shane truly represents.

---

Lori awakens in her overturned car as a walker tries to pry his way into a hole in the windshield.

At the bar, Rick and Glenn scavenge weapons and ammunition from the bodies of Dave and Tony when they suddenly see headlights. The two of them and Hershel duck for cover and hear the voices of three men approaching the bar, calling for Dave and Tony.

Lori struggles with the walker, finally wrenching her wiper controls free and stabbing them into its ...
READ MORE

'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Nebraska' (Mid-Season Premiere)

February 21st, 2012 9:45am EST
The Walking Dead
In the mid-season premiere, Rick's group and Hershel's family deal with the aftermath of their grisly discovery; Rick meets some new "friends."

---

Rick stands over Sophia's body as Daryl tries to comfort a hysterical Carol. Hershel is beside himself. Beth finds her mother's body in the pile and flips her over. Beth's mother, Annette, isn't dead yet, and attacks. Andrea puts a pickaxe through her head.

Shane confronts Hershel over Sophia having been in the barn while the group members were trying to look for her. Hershel says they didn't know she was there; Otis may have put her there be...
READ MORE

  • Download the FREE Starpulse Radio App to Win a SOL Republic Speaker! in Starpulse's Contests on LockerDome