‘Game of Thrones’ creators apologize for Sunday’s episode (Spoilers)

 

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The character Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn, is a loyal servant in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Photo courtesy of HBO.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers. 

No one knows how to break a person’s heart better than the creators behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Don’t even try to act like you’re not still reeling from the death of Ned Stark in season one.

But on Sunday, “GoT” took the devastation to the next level with Hodor’s death and moving on seems impossible. So last night, “GoT’ producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to apologize for what happened on Sunday. Though, it’s not likely to make you feel better.

Weiss and Benioff showed no remorse for killing of the loveable character. Instead they apologized for the aftermath of the episode’s airing — the numerous bad jokes fans love to make. It’s important to note that fans also created Hodor door stoppers available for purchase. 

“We’re sorry for all the idiots who from now on will be shouting ‘Hodor’ every time you go through a door,” Benioff said.

A few of those jokes are listed below:

Marvel fans are campaigning to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend

Steve Rodgers and Bucky Barnes in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.
Steve Rodgers and Bucky Barnes in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

First, it was #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, referring to the main character from Disney’s “Frozen.” Now, the Twitterverse has set its matchmaking sights on the ever-patriotic Captain America.

The hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend started trending yesterday and is still going strong on social media. Fans of Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, are calling for Marvel to give the character a boyfriend in the series’ next installment.

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In the past three “Captain America” films, Rogers has had two female romantic affiliations: Peggy Carter and later on, her niece Sharon Carter. But like with “Frozen,” many Marvel fans are using the hashtag to stand for more LGBT representation in blockbuster films.

“I think its great,” Idina Menzel, the actress who plays Elsa, told ET. “Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out.”

While many fans are in agreement with the campaign, there has yet to be a definitive consensus on who Roger’s lover should be.

Some say it should be Bucky Barnes.

And others think it should be Ironman a.k.a Tony Stark.

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And then, there’s this guy.

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Dallas Zoo welcomes baby African elephant, first born in U.S. in two years

The Dallas Zoo welcomes the birth of a baby African elephant. Photo via Dallas Zoo/Facebook.
The Dallas Zoo welcomes the birth of a baby African elephant. Photo via Dallas Zoo/Facebook.

It’s been nearly two years since the United States saw the birth of an African elephant, but on May 14, the Dallas Zoo welcomed its own baby calf.

The zoo announced today on its Facebook page that Mlilo, one of the five elephants rescued from drought-stricken Swaziland in March, gave birth to a 175-pound male who has yet to be named.

“This birth validates the critical importance of our rescue efforts and why we worked so hard to get these animals to safety as quickly as possible,” said Dallas Zoo president and CEO Gregg Hudson in an interview.

Mlilo and the baby are currently receiving round-the-clock care and thought the calf was born a bit underweight, he is active nursing. The zoo expects it will be another few months before guests are able to see the calf in the park.

For now, the public can celebrate the new baby by watching this video after his birth.

 

Rihanna reportedly partied on Dirty Sixth last weekend, which, yeah, OK

One time, I went to Sixth Street with a group after a wedding, and some of the party got into a physical fight with a group of women at a pizza window. Most nights, the entire street feels like the sinking portion of “Titanic,” but it lasts an entire evening. Since graduating from the University of Texas, I have physically recoiled every time someone has invited me out to Dirty for weekend revelry.

It’s a River Styx of vomit. But if I knew Rihanna might be there, I’d suck it up.

Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The pop star went to work at the Erwin Center in Austin on May 14, bouncing from sexy Top 40 to doo wop wails. But the night before the show, she apparently hit up Sixth Sixth, according to TMZ. The online gossip mill reported that the “We Found Love” singer showed up to The Lodge in the wee hours of the night, “sipping Jameson and Cokes while high-fiving fans.”

According to TMZ, Rih left a $200 tip. All she sees is dollar signs, if you’ll remember.

When not patronizing the fine drinking establishments of Austin, the singer has been touring in support of her latest album, “Anti.” On Sunday, Rihanna went all in at the Billboard Music Awards for a performance of “Love On the Brain.”

People viewed ‘Suicide Squad’ early and it looks like it’s a crowd-pleaser

"Suicide Squad" is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.
“Suicide Squad” is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

A few lucky people apparently got to see an early screening of Warner Bro’s third installment in the DC Extended Universe, “Suicide Squad” — and they liked it.

Though the film isn’t set to release in the U.S. until August, those who saw the screening in California on Friday posted their opinions of the movie on Twitter. To our relief, most of the posts said only positive remarks. Let’s just hope they’re true.

Here are a handful of the posts below:

Video of Texas woman in Chewbacca mask goes viral, breaks Facebook Live records

Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.
Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.

The Force is strong with Grand Prairie’s Candace Payne, the woman now known for wearing a Chewbacca mask in a video that went viral this weekend.

After making some returns at Kohl’s on Thursday, Payne sat in the parking lot and live-streamed a video of herself on Facebook, gushing over her latest purchase — a “Star Wars” Chewbacca electronic mask. As of Monday, the infectious, record-breaking video has received more than 136 million views, garnering Payne attention from BBC, NPR and “Good Morning America.”

“This is for me,” she said in the video, making it known the mask was not for her two kids. “I mean I’ll let them play with it I’m not a bad mom, I’m not a jerk — but in all honesty at the end of the day it doesn’t go in their toy box. It goes in my room.”

In an interview with Forbes, a Kohl’s representative said the Hasbro toy was originally $44.99 but put on clearance thanks to the overwhelming interest sparked by Payne’s video. And by Friday afternoon, the masks were sold out.

This led other Kohl’s representatives to show up at Payne’s door that same day with numerous toys in hand. They also gave her and her kids $2,500 in store gift cards and 10,000 rewards points.

The video also inspired #HappyChewbacca on Twitter. But the best part might just be the shoutout from actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the part of Chewy.

See Jeff Daniels revive his ‘Newsroom’ alter ego to talk about Clinton and Trump

“The Newsroom” ended its three-season run in 2014, but the show’s opening monologue (warning: some graphic language) was one of its most enduring moments. In that scene, news anchor Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels) goes on a rant about “why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore.”

So it makes sense that Daniels would reprise that moment to comment on this year’s presidential campaign. In a video released today by Bloomberg News, Daniels steps back in character as McAvoy to give some thoughts on Trump.

“Yeah, Donald Trump is a fact-bending loose cannon who alienates mainstream voters with everything he says, but he gets constant media attention for free. There won’t be a day from now until November that Trump isn’t on every TV channel,” McAvoy told Bloomberg’s Matt Negrin and Griffin Hammond.

Watch the full clip below. (Again, since the video is an homage to the original, the same graphic language warning applies.)

 

 

High school principal says ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ cause brain damage

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sure, “Harry Potter” books were suspiciously bewitching but one British headmaster has gone so far as to say they cause brain damage.

And it’s not just “Harry Potter” that has Graeme Whiting concerned. He’s also thrown “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games” under the bus. Whiting, who works at The Acorn School in the U.K., recently wrote a blog post about how he believes fantasy texts have negative effects on children. Here’s a short excerpt from the lengthy post that has gone viral:

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Terry Pratchett, to mention only a few of the modern world’s ‘must-haves’, contain deeply insensitive and addictive material which I am certain encourages difficult behaviour in children; yet they can be bought without a special licence, and can damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children, many of whom may be added to the current statistics of mentally ill young children.

Fantasy writer Samantha Shannon even wrote an article for The Guardian arguing that Whiting is wrong.

“As an author of dystopian fiction, my senses tingle when anyone – educators and politicians most of all – launch into these sorts of attacks on popular books,” she wrote.

Whether you agree with Whiting, he has some parting words for all of us: “Beware the devil in the text! Choose beauty for your young children!”

Budweiser is now named ‘America,’ just in time for election season

“I’ll have two bottles of America, please” is a phrase you might be saying if you’re at a bar this summer, now that Budweiser has re-named it beer after this great nation of ours.

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In this Oct. 25, 2005 file photo, bottled and draught Budweiser beers are shown at Foley’s Bar in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, file)

The re-branding is a part of Budweiser’s “America is in Your Hands” campaign, set to last from June 1 until the presidential election in November. Cans and bottles will be available for purchase on May 23 and will be decorated with phrases from the Pledge of Allegiance and with lyrics from “America the Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

There will also be a special line of “America” cans and bottles inspired by Team Budweiser, the brand’s six Olympic and Paralympic athletes. That design will feature a magnified view of the Statue of Liberty’s torch.

Here’s a preview:

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“These cans and bottles aim to inspire drinkers to celebrate America and Budweiser’s shared values of freedom and authenticity,” the press release from Anheuser-Bush (Budweiser’s parent company) reads.

Lest you think this is simply an election year gimmick, the temporary new name highlights “what should be the most patriotic summer that this generation has ever seen,” according to Budweiser’s vice president Ricardo Marques. Indeed, this summer will see the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and the first U.S.-hosted Copa America Centenario.

And that’s not to mention all of the 4th of July parties and frat parties that are sure to go down this summer.

Some people aren’t too happy with the new name, however. Budweiser, while one of the top-selling brews in America, is owned by a Belgium-based company, which has made some domestic beer advocates angry on social media.

Regardless, there will be no escaping the new “America” labels this summer. Here’s to you, America.

Another ‘Friday Night Lights’ reunion is coming this summer

It’s been 10 years since our favorite high school football players first introduced us to Dillon, Texas. But the cast is reuniting in June, once in Chicago and again in Austin.

In addition to their 10-year reunion at ATX Television Festival on June 10, the cast will also get together in Chicago for the Spartan Race on June 11, according to Entertainment Tonight.

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Gaius Charles, Connie Britton, Jesse Plemons, Adrianne Palicki, Kyle Chandler, Aimee Teegarden, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)

“FNL” stars Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen) and Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor) will compete on the Marriott Rewards team for the event.

No word yet on if Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Coach Eric Taylor and wife Tami, respectively) will be cheering them on from the sidelines.

The 8-10 mile race includes obstacles like mud, water, hills, mountains, fire and barbed wire. But those should be easy for the former Dillon Panthers, right?

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“I’m really looking forward to running on the Marriott Rewards team at the Spartan Race in Chicago and catching up with my former cast mates from the show,” Kelly told “ET.”

Fans can also sign up to run the race with the cast members.

Texas Forever, y’all.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the length of time since the “Friday Night Lights” TV show ended. The show ended in 2011; it has been 10 years since the show debuted in 2006.