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Geeky tearjerker story of the day, courtesy of Wil Wheaton

If there was any doubt that the toolish Wil Wheaton character on The Big Bang Theory is a very fictionalized version of  the real Wil Wheaton, well, read on, and that doubt won’t last much longer than anyone caught in the path of a phaser set to kill.

On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper ranks Wil Wheaton as his sixth all-time enemy — his contempt for the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor dates back to a 1995 convention that Sheldon traveled to via 10-hour bus ride to meet his childhood hero, only to discover upon arrival that Wil Wheaton hadn’t shown up.

The real-life Wheaton wrote a post on his Facebook page Tuesday about a full weekend of meeting fans that was decidedly different from Sheldon’s no-show story. The post starts out as a rather familiar and typical story about the joy a life-long geek-turned-famous finds in paying it forward at conventions, meeting fans who stand in line for hours to get his autograph and to share their appreciation for his work, much as he did at conventions growing up. Wheaton explains that last weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., he met “dozens of people who told me that they were scientists, engineers, doctors, or programmers because they were inspired by Wesley Crusher.”

But his story turns worthy of a PopWatch post with the word “tearjerker” in the headline when Wheaton begins to recount one meeting with a fan “that stands out, that moved me so much, I’ve been struggling to find the right words to recount it.” He ends the post — about meeting a fan who recovered from illness and years later was well enough to come to his signing– by saying “I’m still overwhelmed when I think about what that means, and how I was part of it.” PopWatchers, grab a box of tissues and read an excerpt from his story below, then click over to Wheaton’s Facebook page for the full recounting: READ FULL STORY

Attention Rory: The Gilmore-iest love advice from Lorelai Gilmore now that Alexis Bledel is engaged

Oy with the poodles already: One of our Gilmore Girls is getting married!

Alexis Bledel is engaged to marry her Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser, EW has confirmed. While Bledel most recently spent a few episodes last season on Mad Men engaging in a brief and torrid affair with Pete Campbell, her happier Rory Gilmore days were filled with love triangles, books, and a ton of meals at Luke’s Diner. We got to reminiscing and we wondered what Lorelai – a woman of way more than a few words – would have to say to her daughter now that she’s engaged. P.S. We already know what Luke would wish for her: “If not a prince, someone who’s gonna be good for her….She can have adventures and be free, she’s smart. The whole world’s waiting for her.” All together now: Awwww.

Below, the very best Gilmore Girls love advice, straight from the coolest mom ever. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Which actor's take on the theme song is your favorite? VIDEO

Singing along to the Game of Thrones theme song: It’s not just for Stark kids anymore!

MTV Geek asked 10 members of the fantasy drama’s cast to perform their own rendition of the tune at the show’s season 3 premiere party earlier this week. The actors obliged, albeit with slightly varying levels of enthusiasm. (Minor quibbles: There was no rapping, and nobody sang the song’s true, NSFW lyrics.)

Sophie Turner’s version is probably my favorite, though I could be swayed — whose “na na, na na na na”s do you like best? And which cast member’s out-of-character appearance blows your mind the most? (Carice van Houten, I’m looking at you.)


'True Blood': Is it Sookie/Bill or Sookie/Eric? -- VOTE

In honor of March Madness, EW is launching a tournament to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time. But before we can finalize the brackets, we are turning to you, our hopeless TV romantic readers, to decide which five couples – all part of a love triangle on their shows — make it out of a qualifying round to fill the final slots. First up, Sookie & Bill versus Sookie & Eric on True Blood.

Sorry, Edward & Bella: When it comes to vampire love, you can’t beat the sexy, smoldering stares of a Viking… Or is it you can’t beat the stares of an old-school Southern Gentleman?

You can see where we run into problems. For one of our qualifying polls to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time, we need your help to decide if real-life loves Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) should be the True Blood relationship that makes the cut – or if Sookie and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) is the real love worth dying for.  Apologies to Alcide: He may be a shirtless werewolf hunk, but his ill-fated brief make-outs with Ms. Stackhouse aren’t enough to elevate him to potential boyfriend status.

Personally, I prefer Eric Northman. He’s sarcastic and playful, which is exactly what you should be looking for in a vampire boyfriend. He may have originally tricked Sookie into drinking his blood, but Bill’s hands aren’t exactly clean when it comes to manipulation either. Their seasons-long flirting was fun to watch, but things really heated up when Eric’s memory was wiped by an evil witch in season 4 and Sookie had to take care of him. They fall in love, have steamy sex in the moonlight (not to mention all over her house), and — although they are now broken up — last season he still protected Sookie, and didn’t allow his “sister” Nora to hurt her. Plus: That smile! READ FULL STORY

Thank you, Veronica Mars! What other TV show would you donate to for a movie version? -- VOTE

Well, that was quick. Just three hours after EW exclusively broke the news that a Veronica Mars movie is happening if fans can raise $2 million by April 12, the Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $700,000.

If this gamble is successful, fans are going to begin (well, continue) clamoring for big-screen versions of their favorite cult shows — which got us thinking about what we would be most willing to fund with our own hard-earned money. On the comedy front, Arrested Development knows there is always money in the banana stand when you heed to eager fans incessant demands. Netflix’s upcoming fourth season of the show means it’s already being revived, but rumors of a big-screen adaptation still remain in the “hopeful” stage with no deal officially announced. With a cast that obviously has no problem going back to those characters, could funding it ourselves help make it a sure thing?

Veronica and Arrested are far from the only shows obsessed fans would love to resurrect. I would certainly donate cash if it meant a return engagement to Stars Hollow (give fans the Luke/Lorelai wedding we deserve!) or McKinley High School — although the now-movie-star status of so many Freaks and Geeks cast members might present problems that even Kickstarter can’t yet solve.

But let’s ignore all possible “real world” scheduling issues. If the cast was assembled and you knew the script was great, which no-longer-on-the-air cult show would you kick in actual money to see on the big screen? READ FULL STORY

'Beauty and the Beast' may get live-action update. What other fairy tales should come to life?

It’s a tale as old as time: A revisionist fairy tale blows up at the box office (this time, it’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which made over $80 million this past weekend), and suddenly all the studios want in on creating the next big live-action “fairy tale.” (In this case, “fairy tale” means any popular children’s story).

Disney is looking to develop Beauty and the Beast into a live-action film, possibly to be written by Joe Ahearne (Trance), according to a Deadline report. The studio’s 1991 animated movie is a beloved classic, and was the first animated movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. There was also a successful Broadway musical version that ran for years. A modern-day high school take, Beastly, recently happened as well, but the less said about that the better.

This isn’t the only belle trying to get to the box-office ball. There have been rumors for quite some time that Guillermo Del Toro is working on a revisionist take with Emma Watson to star as Belle. (She is also rumored to be in the running to play Cinderella, opposite Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother in a live-action update of that classic fairy tale). This is in addition to a ton of other fairy tales currently in development or production, including Angelina Jolie’s Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent, which is slated for a July 2014 release.

Besides Belle, Cinderella and Aurora, check out some of our other hopes for fairy tales looking for an updated live-action spin. To be honest, there simply aren’t that many classic tales left. READ FULL STORY

'Boy Meets World' star Danielle Fishel poses for Maxim to promote her upcoming Disney channel show

Danielle-FishelHigh-school-aged Topanga would certainly disapprove. Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga on Boy Meets World and will be reprising the role on the upcoming Girl Meets World Disney Channel reboot, has posed for Maxim.

While the pictures are pretty NSFW, the accompanying Q&A is fairly PG. She talks about the origin of the name Topanga: “Michael Jacobs says he was driving down the highway when production called and said, ‘We need a name for this character!’” she explained. “He happened to be driving past Topanga Canyon, so he said, ‘Topanga.’ He says that if they had called him two miles later, I would’ve been named Canoga, which is the next exit.” READ FULL STORY

Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter: What's new for the 'Harry Potter' kids

What’s even more exciting than discovering a new secret passageway on the Marauder’s Map?

Trick question. Nothing is more thrilling than discovering a new way out of the castle. But the past couple of weeks have been pretty great for Harry Potter fans. J. K. Rowling still hasn’t announced she’s writing a prequel (dream big!), but there was a new book cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released, providing readers the perfect excuse to re-read the entire series. And for those who were hopeful the whole gang would find life outside the castle walls, there are a lot of promising developments. Let’s break down the current goings-on of Hogwarts’ favorite class.

Most Likely To Succeed: Daniel Radcliffe
News broke yesterday that the actor is about to sign a deal to star in a Frankenstein film as the hunchbacked assistant Igor.  This isn’t the only bit of creepy casting news for the former Quidditch star. He’s been filming Horns, where he’ll have actual horns growing out of his head. This is all in addition to Kill Your Darlings, which premiered at Sundance last month. Happily, Hogwarts’ favorite son doesn’t seem to be in any danger of awkwardly returning to the famed school, 10 years too late.

+100 points to Gryffindor for picking varied, interesting projects; -20 for consistently signing up for parts that demand he make his fans watch him be a creep. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Do you cry at all the wrong movies?

After seeing Safe Haven this weekend and not shedding a tear, I realized I don’t cry at Nicholas Sparks movies — even though they pull out all the stops: war, cancer, the beauty of nature, Alzheimer’s … sometimes all in the same film. Although this fills me with pride, it also makes me think about when I do cry at movies, and it turns out, the issue might be with me. So here goes my confession: I cry at all the wrong movies. READ FULL STORY

'Les Miserables' is returning to Broadway. Let's dream cast it!

Did you hear the people singing yesterday? To be fair, it was mostly the screams of excited Les Misérables fans when they heard the show was coming back to Broadway, set for a new opening in March 2014. Details right now are scarce – although we do know that the new production will be based on the current West End revival of the piece, which contains slightly different staging and other adjustments.

As for casting, it’s too early in the game for official announcements – which is where the fun comes in. Below, see some dream picks for all the big roles when the show hits Broadway next year. Because this production is obviously happening in part because of renewed interest because of the Oscar-nominated movie, the film cast (and the publicity they would bring) seem obvious choices. But for this (day)dream I dreamed,  let’s assume that the stars of the film are all Les Mis’d out (no matter how much Anne Hathaway may want a Tony), and it is other performers’ moment. See some of our picks below, and then add your own. READ FULL STORY

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