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Meet the man who will die in the next 'Game of Thrones' book

When you play the game of thrones, sometimes you win and you die.

ABC News reports that Dave Goldblatt, a 30-year-old Facebook employee, has won the highest prize in author George R.R. Martin’s most recent charity auction, which is raising money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe. Goldblatt coughed up the Braavos-level sum of $20,000 to enter the “martyr” donation level — for which Martin promised to name a character after the donor (and then kill that character later in the series).

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PopWatch Confessional: My YA film heartthrobs are the dads

It began with The Twilight Saga and was officially driven home by this weekend’s The Fault in Our Stars: I have hit the age where the hottest guys in YA movies are the dads. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: I didn't cry once during 'Fault in Our Stars'

I promise I’m not a monster.

I have a feeling I’ll be saying that quite a bit over the next few weeks, as more and more people confide, “Oh my God. I cried five or six times during The Fault in Our Stars!” or “I sobbed through the entire final act” or, as a midnight text from my sister declared, “I want to watch TFIOS again, but not right now because I have a headache from crying so much.”

I nodded along when people spilled to me, because it was a very sad movie; one that I quite enjoyed as well. But I’m a bit nervous to admit the truth: I didn’t cry once. Not even close. Not even a little bit. Not even at all. And with Twitter and Tumblr seemingly becoming Countdowns to Feelings all week long, and people talking about how they’re flat-out excited to let the waterworks run as part of a communal experience in theaters, I’m afraid I’m close to alone. READ FULL STORY

'Fault in Our Stars' and John Green: Hey, what's a Nerdfighter?

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If you’ve been on the Internet this month, you’re likely more than aware that a little film called The Fault in Our Stars opens Friday (Read EW’s review here), and it’s going to charm its way into your heart whether you like it or not.

What some might be less familiar with is the term “Nerdfighter” that pops up in some of the reviews of that movie. Here, we’re speaking to those of you whose lives don’t revolve around Tumblr, Twitter, and/or high school.

With Fault in Our Stars author John Green hitting an even higher level of mainstream success this week, two EW writers decided to give you some background on one of the most popular communities on the Internet (Hint: It involves John Green). Well, one EW writer is going to explain things; one just has a lot of questions.

ERIN STRECKER: When I say someone identifies as a “Nerdfighter,” what do you think that means?

DARREN FRANICH: Well, if it was written as “nerd fighter” — two words — I would assume it meant a person who has been trained in some arcane anti-nerd fighting skill by some vaguely mystical anti-nerd coalition, like a “vampire hunter” or a “giant killer” or a “dragon slayer.”

However, since it’s just one word, I assume that “nerdfighter” refers to someone who is both a nerd AND a fighter. So, like, I’m picturing a martial artist, but somehow their fighting style is “nerdy” — like, whenever they punch someone, they say something like “HADOUKEN.” Or maybe the “fights” are somehow nonphysical: Like, a “nerdfighter” is someone who “fights” using science and math? So I’m basically picturing a really badass guy or gal with the sleeves of his/her T-shirt cut off to reveal their biceps, who teaches a course at MIT called “Aggro-Mathematics.” Am I close?

ERIN: Not even a little bit. READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones TV Book Club': On that mind-blowing Mountain v. Viper brawl

It’s with heavy hearts that we welcome you back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Hillary Busis and James Hibberd mourn the show’s most harrowing loss since the Red Wedding, muse about Sansa’s slow transition into a fairy-tale villain, and ponder the small but important changes that made “The Mountain and the Viper” tick. Check out EW’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance With Dragons. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and more remember Maya Angelou

President Barack Obama is one of many who have offered words about Maya Angelou’s death, calling Angelou “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman” in a statement released today.

After news broke that Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and more released statements reacting to the celebrated poet’s death. Read them below, and check back for updates throughout the day:

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J.K. Rowling, Uzo Aduba, and more react to Maya Angelou's death on Twitter

Celebrated writer Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86, inspiring everyone from politicians to fellow writers to memorialize her life and works on Twitter.

See what author J.K. Rowling, Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, and more had to say about Angelou below:

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New 'Big Trouble in Little China' comic book: Read the first six pages -- EXCLUSIVE

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John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' hits theaters, 'Mad Men' sort-of finale, and more -- VIDEO

TV finales take over once again this week, with competition shows like The Amazing Race: All-Stars and The Voice saying goodbye to another season and drama Mad Men ending until the current season picks back up in 2015. If you’re tired of TV though, not to fear: X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out in theaters this week, and we’ve also got some recommendations for albums and books to digest when you have some downtime.

So without further ado, here are some suggestions for your pop culture schedule this week:

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George R. R. Martin writes 'Game of Thrones' books on a DOS word processor -- VIDEO

George R. R. Martin was on Conan last night, which means that we have conclusive proof that he spent last night decisively not writing The Winds of Winter. But give the guy a break: The HBO series inspired by his “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga continues to set new records in its fourth season. And between the Purple Wedding and That Scene With Jaime And Cersei, it’s arguably winning the Monday Morning Internet War with Mad Men. (Serious thought question: Is Mad Men the Starks to Game of Thrones‘ Lannisters? In this metaphor, The Good Wife is the Tyrells, Once Upon a Time is the Martells, and Turn is the Greyjoys, GO HOME GREYJOYS NOBODY LIKES YOU.) READ FULL STORY

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