Jill Baughman


I'm the copy chief & an occasional writer for The Stir. I really like grammar and words and very nerdy books, which is weird to most people. I live in uptown New York City, but you can always find me at a Pittsburgh Steelers bar during football season on Sunday. I like the Steelers so much that I even blog about them.

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    Well this is something no fan of the X-Men franchise wants to read today. Bryan Singer, best known for directing The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men 2, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, has been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in a federal lawsuit.

    It was filed Wednesday in Hawaii and accused Singer, 48, of coming on to the 15-year-old "aspiring actor" at a party. Some of the party-goers, which allegedly took place at an Encino, California mansion, reportedly gave underage boys drugs and alcohol and then sexually assaulted them.

    The accuser, Michael Egan III, who is now in his 30s, will appear at a news conference on Thursday. He alleges he was forcibly sodomized by Singer when he was 15, after Singer promised him a role in a movie. He also accuses Singer of other sexual encounters when he was 15 and 16.

    Goodness, what to make of this story!

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    When you see "Jenny McCarthy," the first thing that probably comes to mind is something like "vaccines" or "autism" -- but that obviously doesn't mean we can't be happy for her, as she just announced her engagement to Donnie Wahlberg on The View on Wednesday.

    "I just got engaged!" she exclaimed on the show. She had her hand hidden behind the desk (how clever) and then jumped around hugging everyone and shrieking, as brides-to-be should. "It's a yellow sapphire," she went on to explain. Then she teared up when she described how her son Evan helped plan the whole thing. Donnie also showed up on the set of The View on Wednesday to give his new fiance a kiss.

    Clearly this is fantastic news for her, but wow -- can you imagine having Mark Wahlberg as your brother-in-law? She's probably in for a ton of hilarious, raunchy, laughing-so-hard-you-pee-a-little family dinners. So jealous!

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    Now that the dust has (sort of) settled after that INSANE, CRAZY, RIDICULOUS ending of the second episode of Game of Thrones season 4, "The Lion and the Lamb," it's time to talk spoilers. Fans who have read A Storm of Swords knew that the iconic moment was coming, but still, it was supremely satisfying and cheer-worthy to watch it go down nonetheless. It's hard to believe that something as series-changing as the Purple Wedding took place in only the second episode, but hopefully that means the rest of season 4 will be equally adrenaline-inducing.

    But the finale of the Purple Wedding left many TV viewers with one question: Who did it?! And it is a question that can be answered (thank goodness author George R. R. Martin didn't leave his fans hanging with that one).

    There are MAJOR GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS ahead. Seriously! Do NOT proceed if you want to know nothing about the Purple Wedding!

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    The wedding of the season finally premiered tonight on Game of Thrones season 4 during episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose." Clearly the momentum from "Two Swords" isn't slowing down any time soon. Dubbed the "Purple Wedding" by fans, the universally despised King Joffrey gets hitched to the lovely Margaery Tyrell to form an alliance between the two powerful families.

    And it's obvious that everyone behind Game of Thrones pulled out all the stops to host the most extravagant, beautiful, colorful wedding in Westeros. Of course, the show touches on a lot of the other plot points throughout the hour, but the wedding took up a majority of it. And the ending was something fans have been waiting for years to see! So discuss it we must.

    There are MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for "The Lion and the Rose." This isn't something you want to spoil for yourself thanks to an Internet recap. Watch it for yourself first!

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    It's back, it's back, it's really, really back! Game of Thrones season 4 debuted to much fanfare and ridiculously high ratings last Sunday. "Two Swords," the season 4 premiere episode, was not to be missed, as it had everything fans had been clamoring for. And it seems like the momentum may not stop until the season finale. If we needed any more proof, it lies in the fact that the highly anticipated Purple Wedding, in an episode called "The Lion and the Rose," will be shown in episode 2! That's this Sunday, people!

    GoT fans have been geeking out about this wedding just as much as season 3's Red Wedding, and from everything we've gleaned from the insiders behind the scenes, this will be the episode to watch. And it's only the second one of the season! How crazy is that! I would say I desperately need a life but this really is all just damn too exciting.

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