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There are some MAJOR Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. Like season 1 spoilers. If you've watched at least that far or know what happens, read on, my nerdy friend, read on. As most of you are well aware, the most shocking moment of season 1 was when Eddard Stark, played by Sean Bean, got his head chopped off. The typical "good guy" character and one of the most recognizable faces from the cast -- it had every fan going, "Did they really just do that?!?"
Well perhaps Bean is a little bit bitter about what happened now that the series has really taken off (season 4 just wrapped up and was the most-watched show in HBO history, taking over from The Sopranos). An interviewer mentioned that Bean may be able to come back because flashbacks will most likely be featured in season 5. And then Bean may have accidentally revealed a HUGE spoiler fans of the series have long been speculating about.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has been making headlines -- both for his musical talent, obviously, and for his recent remarks against war. Speculation has mounted that these comments were meant to be "anti-Israel." Why do you care? Well, for the first time ever, Eddie performed John Lennon's "Imagine" in response to the controversy, and it was pretty fantastic, regardless of what you think about his politics!
At his July 18 solo show in Meco, Portugal, he did talk about war, but then he performed the song accompanied only by his guitar. "I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it," Vedder said in his introduction, per Consequence of Sound. "It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it."
It's hard enough wrapping one's mind around the tragedy that befell this year for the people aboard Malaysia Airlines flights. One plane goes missing; the next gets shot down by a missile -- it's almost too surreal to believe. It would be devastating enough to know that one family member or friend lost their lives on one of these flights, but imagine if you lost relatives on both flights.
That's the sad story of one Australian woman. Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and her sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on Flight 370 when it disappeared in March and still hasn't been found. On Friday, poor Mann then discovered that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
You wouldn't think you'd care too much about who the new Captain America would be -- but the choice may really surprise you (unless you love the Captain America comics, readers have been predicting this for weeks)! First, Marvel announced that Thor would be a woman, and now Steve Rogers (played in the films by hottie Chris Evans) is passing the torch so another hero can get his moment in the spotlight. Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, will be the new Captain America!
You oughta know who Sam is after watching the badass movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Newcomer Anthony Mackie as the Falcon stole the show in that role. Mackie also starred in The Hurt Locker, We Are Marshall, Million Dollar Baby, and even was in the same movie as co-star Chris Evans, What's Your Number? If there is a new movie with Anthony as Captain America, following the plot of the comic books, few fans will be able to resist that!
Cory Monteith, who passed away from an accidental overdose on July 13, 2013, was fondly remembered on the one-year anniversary of his death. Many fans of Glee focused on how the show, its stars, and of course his girlfriend, Lea Michele, were faring. But we tend to so easily forget that Cory, apart from his character on the hit show, had a life outside of it. If you thought his death was hard on Lea, imagine what his mother, Ann McGregor, felt like. Now Ann is speaking publicly for the first time since her son's death.
McGregor, 63, was interviewed by ABC News' Bianna Golodryga, and the footage aired on Good Morning America on Thursday morning, June 17. McGregor's words are so moving and most likely would touch any parent who was forced to bury their own child.