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10 Most, Least Popular Star Wars Characters

Darth Vader is No. 1; only the biggest fans will know any of the least favorites

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in wide release on Friday, meaning social media feeds are already jammed with movie reviews, theories, and reminiscences about previous films in the franchise. What is bound to pop up: heated arguments about who's the most beloved (or hated) Star Wars character ever,... More »

Homer Is Best TV, Film Character

Simpsons dad wins in survey from past 20 years

(Newser) - The world loves Homer Simpson—even more than Harry Potter. The Simpsons patriarch grabbed the top spot in Entertainment Weekly ’s survey of the best TV and film characters of the past two decades, the New York Post reports. “People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly... More »

Top Ways to Die in TV Hospitals

Death by heroism, redemption kill scores on doctor shows

(Newser) - In honor of ER meeting its end tonight, NPR looks at the lesson-giving, plot-driven ways most guest characters meet theirs on such medical TV dramas. A few of the most common:
  • Death by heroism. Saving a dog, old person, or otherwise vulnerable individual can drastically increase a character’s chances
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Globes Fave Hoffman Calls Acting 'Torturous'

Nominee and veteran character actors talks shop

(Newser) - A virtual shoe-in for a Golden Globes award tonight, Philip Seymour Hoffman insists that his supporting role in Doubt came "at a price"—as have most of his other parts as a veteran character actor. “For me, acting is torturous, because you know it’s a beautiful... More »

Chinese Create Slang for New Technology

Cell phone, computer make way into written and spoken Mandarin

(Newser) - New technology has kids in China generating their own modern lingo, I.D. Magazine reports. The millennia-old Mandarin language lacks terms for things like cell phones (which go as shou ji, or "hand machine") and USB (which goes as yo pan, a word created partly phonetically), forcing users... More »

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