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Saturn Awards: Steven Cole teases “Game of Thrones” season three

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It seems fair to say that “Game of Thrones” is the most successful — and ambitious — fantasy TV series of all time. The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning series recently wrapped its second season to some of the best ratings HBO has ever seen.

Season three isn’t due out until March 31, but IFC had the chance to catch up with one of its actors on the Saturn Awards red carpet Thursday to try to pry any bit of information we could from him about the upcoming season. Steven Cole plays Kovarro the Dothraki warrior in “Game of Thrones” and spends much of his screen time with the show’s leading lady, Emilia Clarke. But since his character is one that was made up for the HBO series (likely meant as a composite of some of the Dothraki in George R.R. Martin’s best-selling books), he said he doesn’t know what’s in store for him.

“The possibilities are endless, really. It could be a good thing, it could be a bad thing. I don’t know. The good thing is I haven’t been killed off yet, so I’m still alive and kicking,” Cole told IFC. “I’m not too sure what’s exactly being kept in [from the books] and what isn’t, so I don’t think I can actually say without getting into too much trouble.”

Cole has read up through “A Feast for Crows,” the fourth novel in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. The TV show has only adapted up through the end of the second novel while incorporating some elements of the third into the story. But even though he knows some of what’s coming, Cole isn’t letting that influence how he plays his character.

“I’m trying not to get too clouded by what’s happening in the books and so on and so forth,” he said.

Though he isn’t an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction genres, Cole still respects what “Game of Thrones” has done for television.

“It’s been a long time coming to have a show for the genre on that scale,” he said. “It’s got a bit of everything really, I guess. It’s got the sex, it’s got the violence, it’s got a really good underlying story throughout it. We’re up to season two already, and it still feels like the story’s begun. I always tell people who haven’t seen the show, I say you really have to invest some time in it. Obviously there’s so many characters.”

We consider “Game of Thrones” to be a great adaptation of its source material, so we were curious if Cole had any books that he thought should get the same treatment. “I think some of the Wilbur Smith books should maybe be adapted for TV or maybe for film as well,” he said of the epic ancient Egyptian adventure novels. “I’m a big fan of like ‘The River God’ for instance, a really good novel.”

What are you looking forward to on season three of “Game of Thrones”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAG Life

Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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