George R.R. Martin defends the repeated use of rape on “Game of Thrones” and in his books
“An artist has an obligation to tell the truth,” he says. “My novels are epic fantasy, but they are inspired by and grounded in history. Rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought, from the ancient Sumerians to our present day. To omit them from a narrative centered on war and power would have been fundamentally false and dishonest, and would have undermined one of the themes of the books: that the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves. We are the monsters. (And the heroes too). Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil.” PLUS: American Chemical Society investigates King Joffrey”s poisoning.
“SNL” sends up the Donald Sterling scandal
Watch the opening sketch featuring “Adam Silver,” “Donald Sterling” and “Dennis Rodman.”
Chris Pratt predicted he”d be in “Jurassic World” years ago in a Season 2 “Parks and Rec” DVD extra
In the Season 2 DVD clip, Pratt pretends Steven Spielberg texted to ask him to join “Jurassic Park 4.” “F******G CRAZY!!!! WHAAAATTT!!??” Pratt responded on Twitter, when made aware of that video. He adds: “What's so crazy is I filmed that 5 years ago!!! I don't even remember doing it! Plus I had juuuust read the secret! (Last part not true)”
Joel McHale makes up with Gov. Chris Christie after roasting him at the White House Correspondents Dinner
McHale”s most blistering attack came against the New Jersey governor.
Nate Berkus weds
The “American Dreams Builder” host married Jeremiah Brent, former assistant to Rachel Zoe, in a ceremony Saturday in NYC.
“The FBI” and “77 Sunset Strip” star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies
Zimbalist, 95, was a staple of ’60s and ’70s TV.