'Game of Thrones' is in desperate need of Lady Stoneheart

No, but seriously.
Game of Thrones - Lady Stoneheart
Credit: HBO

Season Six of Game of Thrones returns this March to HBO. Fans of the book series are looking forward to its return with trepidation, seeing that we’re now ‘off the map’ so to speak. Last year several character storylines reached the end of their novel counterparts. Several other characters have taken major detours or been merged with side characters — as in the case of Sansa’s story merging with Jeyne Poole’s — to compensate for the condensed timeframe.

But there is one character who has been missing in action for far too long, in my opinion.

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17 Awesome Cartoons for Grown-Ups

17 Awesome Cartoons for Grown-Ups
17 Awesome Cartoons for Grown-Ups

Thanks to "The Simpsons," no one thinks of cartoons as being "just for kids" anymore. Now there are animated series that are as raw, filthy and sometimes emotionally resonant as anything found in the live action arena. And some of them have ponies and space aliens. Nothing wrong with that. 

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Conan O'Brien's 'Clueless Gamer' Super Bowl edition is back

Conan O'Brien's 'Clueless Gamer' Super Bowl edition is back
Credit: TBS

Conan O'Brien's Super Bowl edition of "Clueless Gamer" is back, which means it's now a Super Bowl tradition, like the Puppy Bowl and being let down by the commercials. 

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Ask Alan: What characters ruin otherwise good shows?

Good theme songs for bad shows, and series that were pleasant surprises
Ask Alan: What characters ruin otherwise good shows?
Credit: HBO

Happy Friday, everybody! It's Ask Alan time, where our three questions all deal with likes vs. dislikes: characters who made me dislike shows I otherwise enjoyed (or should have enjoyed), shows where I loved the theme song and nothing else (here's the TSORIS post I promised to link to in that discussion), and shows I expected to dislike but really got into.

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Netflix renews 'Orange Is the New Black' for THREE more seasons

<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

Orange Is the New Black's sentence just got extended for at least three more years, after Netflix ordered an additional three seasons of the award-winning prison dramedy.

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I will miss 'American Idol's hilariously dorky Top 24 dance montages most of all

Oh, the "dancing."
Kris Allen

Now that American Idol is headlong into its "final" season (until the whole thing is rebooted as Idol Redux: America Strikes Back in 2022), I realize what I'll miss most about this white-bread karaoke pageant: the unbelievably awkward montages of Top 24 contestants dancing as Ryan Seacrest reads their names.

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I don't care what anyone says, this is the best Lonely Island moment

I don't care what anyone says, this is the best Lonely Island moment

The Lonely Island, that ragtag trio of musically silly SNL alums Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, is getting its own Fox sketch series entitled Party Over Here. Though the trio itself won't appear as regular cast members, they'll produce the show, which so far stars Jessica McKenna, Nicole Byer, and Alison Rich. It will air on Saturday nights, but it won't conflict with SNL since it's slated for an 11 p.m. slot. 

This is all well and good, but more importantly, it's an opportunity for me to point out the single best moment in any Lonely Island video. You may have your preferences like Michael Bolton's tribute to Jack Sparrow or Justin Timberlake's special, phallic present, but I am telling you those are incorrect. The greatest moment in the Lonely Island oeuvre occurs at 0:45 in the following video, entitled "J*zz in my Pants."

 

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Louis C.K. explains 'Horace and Pete' secrecy, plus that $5/episode price

Future episodes are coming, and will cost less
<p>Horace and Pete</p>

Horace and Pete

Credit: Louis C.K.

On Saturday morning, with absolutely no advance fanfare, or even explanation, Louis C.K. released Horace and Pete, a 67-minute filmed play with a cast that included himself, Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Edie Falco, and Jessica Lange. It was an achievement as impressive for the surprise of it, and the lack of detail, as for the quality of the performances by Alda and everyone else. C.K. didn't even offer a clue  about when, or if, there might be more installments.

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'Game of Thrones' creators admit the show was almost a disaster

But they pulled it out of the fire.
Game of Thrones - Pilot Episode
Credit: HBO

Before Game of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon, it was just another genre show struggling to get made. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spent almost four years getting the pilot episode off the ground, including seven months spent filming overseas. So when the final product came back, it should have been meticulous.

Instead, it nearly sunk the show before it even began.

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Is the Bechdel test effective or flawed?

Is the Bechdel test effective or flawed?
Credit: Paley Fest

As a part of her coverage of the Sundance Film Festival New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis introduced the “DuVernay test”, so named after Selma helmer Ava DuVernay.

It’s purpose is to function as a racial equivalent of the Bechdel test, which is used to measure the function the female character’s play in films.

Here is what Dargis has to say about the Festival as an arbiter of change in the industry, and the proposed test.

Movies like The Birth of a Nation are helping to write the next chapter of American cinema. And, to an extent, that’s true of Sundance at its best...It’s also where numerous selections pass the Bechdel test (movies like the very fine Christine and Sand Storm, in which two women talk to each other about something besides a man) and, in honor of the director and Sundance alumna Ava DuVernay, what might be called the DuVernay test, in which African-Americans and other minorities have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories.

In the video above The Girls on Film, Alicia Malone, Roth Cornet, and Miri Jedeikin discuss the new DuVernay test in comparison to the divisive Bechdel test.

You can also take a look at the full show below where we tackle a new celebrity interview controversy and whether or not noting women's sexual appeal on social media is appropriate or not.

Take a look and let us know what you think here or on Twitter.

Roth: @RothCornet

Miri: @MiritheJedi

Alicia: @AliciaMalone

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