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Angelina Jolie Was Hiding A Big Secret Prior To Her Divorce From Brad Pitt

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Ian Halperin, the celebrity biographer of such notables as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and the Kardashians, now has the authoritative scoop on the breakup of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

After all, as the author of “Brangelina: The Untold Story of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,” he’s an expert on the subject. And he reveals all in an exclusive article for the Daily Mail.

According to Halperin, who is a New York Times bestseller according to Simon & Schuster, Jolie’s plan was to take the couple’s six children and go live in Britain and pursue her political ambitions, while Pitt stayed behind in Los Angeles and tended to his acting career.

In public, they would pretend to be happily married, but in reality, they would be free to pursue other romantic relationships. She would keep the kids, but allow him to visit them regularly.

But Pitt rejected Angelina’s proposal, says Halperin, causing her to fly into a “terrifying rage,” while he “struggled to cope with the sheer, frightening force of Angelina’s volcanic temper.”

As part of her political agenda, Angelina wanted to set up her base of operations at the couple’s rental home in Surrey and take up where her idol Princess Diana left off,  championing landmine victims, AIDS sufferers and other humanitarian causes.

Halperin adds that Angelina has her mind set on becoming a member of the House of Lords, which she can then use as a stage to further her humanitarian goals. To do so, she would have to give up her American citizenship, which she allegedly is quite willing to do.

The biographer cites an anonymous friend of Angelina’s as claiming that she wants to marry into the Royal Family, with Prince Andrew being her matrimonial target.

“I think she wants to emulate Grace Kelly by moving seamlessly from Hollywood to European royalty,” the friend is quoted as saying. “Her goal now is definitely to hook up with a high-profile politician or a Royal. She thinks she fits Prince Andrew’s profile and I believe he is on her radar.”

What will Pitt’s next move be? Even Halperin doesn’t have the answer to that question.

Sources: Daily MailSimon & Schuster / Photo credit: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons

‘Pokémon GO’s Upcoming ‘Buddy System’ Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To The Game

Buddies are important. Everyone likes a buddy. You might even play Pokemon Go with your buddies. But don’t you wish you could actually have buddies inside Pokemon Go? Don’t worry — they are coming. The buddy system, a wonderful feature that will allow us to upgrade our pokemon by walking and searching for pokemon, looks like it’s coming to Pokemon Go soon thanks to some impressive data mining.

According to Pokemon Go Hub, the buddy system making its way to your pocket will allow you to choose a pokemon to “bond” with. Essentially, it’s another step counting gameplay system, with your chosen Pokemon walking along with you as you hatch eggs and capture endless Ratatas. But, with your buddy, you’ll be able to earn candy which means you can more easily power them up and upgrade your chosen friend.

Pokemon Go Hub has the details (head over there for even more info):

  • Walking your Pokemon Buddy will award you with candy. The amount of candy is yet to be determined.
  • You can walk the same Pokemon Buddy multiple times, but there is likely a daily limit for obtained candy.

Basically, this is you and your buddy.

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It’s somewhat of a bummer to still be without trading and “real” combat, but this latest update will definitely allow you to carve out a stable of adorable monsters that you feel are truly yours. Now Niantic just needs to figure out what they’re going to do once those frigid, winter months keep trainers from trudging from pokestop to Pokestop.

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There’s a Petition to Create a Netflix Show Starring Thor & Darryl

In case you missed it, Marvel recently shared a hilarious mockumentary short—which previously premiered at Comic-Con—starring Chris Hemsworth’s Thor leading a more typical life with his roommate, Darryl Jacobson. Since Thor wasn’t involved in the events portrayed in Captain America: Civil War, he had some time on his hands, so he’s been bothering Darryl at work and home, volunteering at a local school, redecorating his room, and otherwise being as ordinary as the Asgardian god of thunder can possibly be.

The skit is absolutely hysterical, so good that now there’s a petition to parlay the hype into a full-blown Netflix show starring Thor and Darryl. Ty Schmidt, who started the Change.org petition, wrote that after he watched the video, he “went into the comment section, and stumbled upon a comment that said ‘Can we start a petition for this to be a Netflix Series’, and I thought to myself ‘I want this to be a thing too.’”

There’s good news and bad news here: The bad news is that, considering the sketch is little more than a fun and entertaining promotional tool for both Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok, it’s doubtful a TV series would be produced based on it.

However, the good news is that if you want to watch a new show about a long-haired mythical figure navigating ordinary urban life and encountering funny fish-out-of-water scenarios, Fox’s upcoming series Son of Zorn appears to be pretty much exactly that, and it premieres on September 11, so you really don’t have to wait that long!

Compare the Thor sketch with the trailer for Son of Zorn below, and be thankful that your wish is actually being granted a lot more quickly than you could have reasonably expected—even the thumbnail images for the two videos are almost the same!

And while we’re talking about Thor, we’ve got some major Ragnarok spoilers here:

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The First Lady , Michelle Obama Jumps Into Carpool Karaoke, But Wait Until You See The Other Surprise Guest!

I LOVE James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke videos! The series of celebrity jam sessions never fail to make me laugh. They’re so much more fun and entertaining than regular talk show interviews because you get to see a different side of stars you thought you knew; and they always feature the best music!

Corden’s videos normally feature musicians or pop stars, but this latest video stars none other than First Lady Michelle Obama. Politics are put in the trunk as she and Corden dance to Single Ladies and laugh about Snapchat. It’s just pure fun!

The video starts off with Corden getting a hard time from security when he pulls up to the White House. He acts surprised when Michelle Obama hops into his car. Just as she starts to give him a tour of the grounds, it is cut short when Corden puts on some Stevie Wonder. Turns out, FLOTUS is a huge Stevie Wonder fan, and the two jam out to Signed Sealed Delivered.

“I’ve been in a car, maybe it was months ago…With my daughter who learned to drive.” says the Mrs. Obama. “But that’s the only time in 7 and a half years that I’ve been in the passengers seat, listening to music, rocking out like this. So this is a treat!”

It gets even better from there. Corden puts on Beyonce’s Single Ladies, and the First Lady knows all the words and all the moves.

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The talk turns more serious as Michelle Obama tells Corden about her Let Girls Learn initiative. She’ll be traveling to 35 different countries to talk about education for women around the world. “So much could be corrected in the world if girls were educated and had power over their lives.”

Next, Corden puts on the song This Is For My Girls, which is the anthem for Let Girls Learn. The song features nine incredible female recording artists: Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Jadagrace, Chloe & Halle.

Out of nowhere, as James and Michelle rock out to This Is For My Girls, Missy Elliot quite literally pops up from the backseat to join in on the fun. Then the three of them jam to her hit song, Get Ur Freak On. The First Lady, Missy Elliot, and James Corden bouncing up in down in their seats, rapping to this 2003 throwback, is a hilarious sight! The whole video had me smiling from ear to ear!

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Ellen Gave Her A Car As A Surprise Gift. What Happens Next That Has Her Dropping To Her Knees

During Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, an officer with the Army National Guard, Chris Banford calls up the host live on air. He explains to Ellen that he has missed their 10th wedding anniversary and that’s it’s the first one he’s ever not been able to share with his wife Mary.

The spotlight suddenly shines on his wife in the audience as she is blown away by the epic moment televised to the world. Chris asks Ellen to do one thing for him, and when she says she will help him, everyone is blown away!

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The crowd is tearing up when Chris explains that he has missed their anniversary because of his military duties for America.

But what Ellen does to help out this couple completely blew my mind.

Soon after the call, Ellen brings Mary up on stage and starts to ask her lots of questions about her husband and their family. They have two young boys and live in Oklahoma. Her husband is stationed about 6 hours away for a military training.

But after just a few minutes, Ellen realizes that this young wife has no way of reaching her husband since their car is in terrible condition. So then seconds later, Ellen surprises Mary when she presents her with a brand-new car. But she is only getting started on her surprise for the deserving couple.

Watch what Ellen does next at the 3:40 mark. WOW!!!

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Jennifer Aniston Writes Powerful Viral Letter About A Woman’s True Value.

There was never a time when I didn’t know the name Jennifer Aniston.

The classic sitcom Friends first premiered less than a year after I was born, and Aniston was immediately rocketed into the spotlight. America has adored her for over two decades– I’ve followed her for my entire life– but none of us have seen Jennifer Aniston like this before.

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On Tuesday, July 12th, the Huffington Post posted a blog entry written by Aniston titled “For the Record.” Reading it, my respect for this Hollywood star went through the roof. In it, Aniston addresses “the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily”  in the media.

Here it is:

“Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done.  I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing.

For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of “journalism,” the “First Amendment” and “celebrity news.”

Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby. But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.

If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty. Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?

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I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction. But I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.

This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children. In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that “journalists” could dedicate their resources towards.

Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.

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I have grown tired of being part of this narrative. Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe. I resent being made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.” Not to mention the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day).

From years of experience, I’ve learned tabloid practices, however dangerous, will not change, at least not any time soon. What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are. We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the (lies).”

I applaud Aniston’s ability to recognize the larger social implications of her experience as a celebrity. We need more leaders who will step out and stand up for what is right!

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Clint Eastwood Reveals The Heartbreaking Struggles That Lead To His Success

FollowingIGm78ds6fsdFor the last 60 years, Eastwood has romanced, inspired, and captured countless hearts across America. But there’s a side of Clint Eastwood that many haven’t seen.

Today, the 86-year-old actor is known for his conservative ways and healthy lifestyle, but Clint Eastwood’s childhood was full of heartache and chaos, and his journey to stardom wasn’t an easy one.

I’ve always loved Clint Eastwood, but after learning more about his humble beginnings, my love and respect for this rugged cowboy has only grown all the more.

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Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr. was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, California. Clint came from a very humble and impoverished background. His father, Clinton Eastwood Sr., was a steelworker and migrant worker, while his mother, Margaret Ruth (Runner) Eastwood, was a factory worker.

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Weighing a whopping 11.59 lbs. at birth, nurses in the hospital nicknamed baby Clint “Samson” because a newborn that large was considered quite rare in the 1930s.

Growing up, Clint’s family moved often, as his father worked at different jobs along the West Coast to make ends meet. Finally, the family settled in Piedmont, California, where Eastwood attended Piedmont Junior High School.

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Perhaps due to his chaotic upbringing, Clint was always getting into trouble and struggled through his studies — which meant the rambunctious youngster was sentenced to summer school almost every year.

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Clint was naturally the athletic type, reaching his 6ft 4-inch frame by the time he was in high school. But despite Eastwood’s athletic talent and musical gift, he had no interest in joining the school’s athletic teams or band. Instead, the passionate youngster was focused on individual pursuits like tennis, piano, and golf.

As a teenager, Clint’s young love was for cars, jazz music, and girls; they were the focal points of his dreams at the time. His father managed to scrape together $25 to surprise Clint with his first car. And from that moment on, cars became even more of a priority than girls.

According to Eastwood, in his young mind the only thing that mattered was “fast cars and easy women.”

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Just a few weeks before he was scheduled to enter Piedmont High School, reckless young Eastwood rode his bike through the school’s field after a rainstorm and tore up the wet turf, which resulted in the high school refusing his enrollment.

With nowhere else to turn, Eastwood attended Oakland Technical High School, where the drama teachers encouraged him to take part in school plays, but he wanted nothing to do with it, ironically admitting later that he was “far too shy to step foot on stage.”

Instead, Clint took auto mechanic courses and studied aircraft maintenance, rebuilding both aircraft and car engines. Eastwood also became a pianist and was very dedicated. According to a friend, he “would actually play the piano until his fingers were bleeding.”

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By early 1949, Eastwood’s father moved to a plant in Seattle. In order to finish out high school in Oakland, Eastwood moved in with his friend, Harry Pendleton.

Desperate to support himself, Eastwood worked at a number of jobs, including working as a lifeguard, hay baler, paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, golf caddy, and he also played ragtime piano at a small local bar.

Eventually, Eastwood rejoined his family in Seattle, where he worked at the Weyerhaeuser Company pulp mill in Springfield, Oregon with his father.

In hopes that a degree would grant him a better life, Eastwood enrolled at Seattle University in 1951. But in an unexpected twist of fate, Eastwood was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned to Fort Ord in California, where he was appointed as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

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To supplement his $67 a month salary, Eastwood held a very humble job working long hours in the hot sun on a loading dock for the Spreckles Sugar Refining Company.

While returning from a weekend visit to his parents in Seattle, Eastwood was aboard a Douglas AD-1 bomber when it suddenly ran out of fuel and tragically crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. Eastwood escaped serious injury from the sinking aircraft and swam over 3 miles to the safety of shore.

Eastwood later reflected on his thoughts during the crash, “I thought I might die. But then I thought, other people have made it through these things before. I kept my eyes on the lights on shore and kept swimming.”

Over time, throughout his military service Eastwood came across several “signs” that would ultimately lead him to Hollywood. It was after his near-death experience in the U.S. Army – of all places – that Clint Eastwood would finally realize his destiny of becoming an actor.

It was during his service that Eastwood met TV actors stationed in Fort Ord, Martin Milner, David Janssen, and a man by the name of Chuck Hill — who had several contacts in Hollywood.

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In the spring of 1952, Eastwood left Fort Ord and moved back to Seattle with his family to work as a lifeguard and save up some money. Instead of returning to university, Eastwood moved to Los Angeles to finally take a shot at stardom.

But Eastwood’s career didn’t take off overnight, in fact, for several years Eastwood earned a very humble living working as an apartment manager by day, and at a gas station by night.

Eventually, Eastwood reacquainted with his Army buddy, Chuck Hill, and with the help of an attractive telephone operator, managed to succeed in sneaking Eastwood into a Universal studio and showed him to cameraman Irving Glassberg.

Glassberg was immediately impressed with Eastwood’s appearance and stature and believed him to be, “the sort of good-looking young man that has traditionally done well in the movies”.

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Eastwood made such an impression on Glassberg, that he promptly arranged for director Arthur Lubin to meet the young aspiring actor at the gas station where Eastwood was working in the evenings. Lubin, like Glassberg, was very impressed, remarking that Eastwood was “so tall and slim and very handsome looking.”

Lubin swiftly arranged for Eastwood’s first audition but was skeptical about Eastwood, saying, “He was quite amateurish. He didn’t know which way to turn or which way to go or do anything.”

Nevertheless, Glassberg told Eastwood not to give up, and suggested he attend drama classes, and later arranged for an initial contract for Eastwood in April 1954 at $100 a week.

Although Clint was self-conscious on camera, he demonstrated a strength in displaying anger onscreen, and in one improvised scene during training with Betty Jane Howarth, it left her in tears.

But throughout his drama schooling, Eastwood was criticized for his speech and awkward manner; he was soft-spoken and in performing in front of people was cold, stiff and uncomfortable. Eastwood didn’t appear to be a leading man. He lacked imagination and although he was quite the ladies’ man off screen, it didn’t appear to be so while practicing.

Fellow talent school actor, John Saxon, described Eastwood as, “being like a kind of hayseed.. Thin, rural, with a prominent Adam’s Apple, very laconic and slow speechwise.”

For several years, Eastwood continued to work menial jobs and took more acting classes. But his hard work took years to pay off as dozens of casting directors brutally rejected young Eastwood for his tendency to speak almost in a sibilant whisper. These traits never fully went away, but actually worked in his favor in his later films — especially as the Man with No Name in which he often hissed his lines through clenched teeth.

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Eastwood struggled to make a living despite landing several parts in a few pilots and small films, but he refused to give up. During this period, Eastwood applied for assorted day jobs, continued taking acting classes, and began working out hard in the gym.

Throughout this time, Eastwood described himself as feeling “really depressed” and regards it as the lowest point in his career. He seriously considered quitting the acting profession and returning to school to start “doing something with his life.”

But despite his real-life stories of bravery, Eastwood struggled to display his toughness on screen. One night, when a gang of Latin thugs threatened Eastwood and his friends at gunpoint, Eastwood heroically defended them.

Although his friends turned to flee, Clint stood his ground and warned, “Go on and pull that trigger, you little son of a bitch, and I’ll kill you before I hit the ground” and the thugs ran off.

On another occasion, Clint and his friends were at a bar when Clint’s long, wavy hair caught the attention of a group of sailors who taunted him and called him a “Hollywood faggot”. One of them managed to punch Eastwood in the face, but Eastwood surprised them, and in turn — according to reports — put two men in the hospital and injured the others.

Six years after moving to Los Angeles in pursuit of his acting career, 28-year-old Clint Eastwood was informed about a casting call for “an hour-long Western series” that would prove to forever change his life.

One week after his screen-test, Eastwood finally received the call he’d been praying for: he had beat the tough competition (including Bing Russell – the father of actor Kurt Russell) and won the part of “Rowdy Yates” in the CBS show, Rawhide.

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Rawhide portrayed the challenges faced by cattle drivers. True to his character’s name, Eastwood played “Rowdy Yates” the young cowboy who was often at times reckless and irresponsible. But despite his character’s immaturity, Eastwood’s strong and rugged countenance charmed countless hearts across America.

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Tom Hanks Revealed The Heartbreaking Journey That Restored His Faith In God

Tom Hanks may be known for his beloved roles in movies like You’ve Got Mail, Big, Forrest Gump, and Toy Story, but there’s a side of Tom Hanks many haven’t seen. For the last thirty-five years, Tom Hanks has romanced, inspired, and captured the hearts of his audience — both young and old alike.

He’s known as “the nicest guy in Hollywood” but Tom Hanks’ childhood was full of heartache and chaos, and his journey to stardom wasn’t an easy one.

I’ve always loved Tom Hanks, but after learning more about his humble beginnings, my love and respect for him has only grown all the more.

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Thomas “Tom” Jeffrey Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. Tom’s mother, Janet Marylyn (Frager), was a Portuguese hospital worker, and his father, Amos Mefford Hanks, was an itinerant cook whose parents were from the United Kingdom.

Tom had a very confusing childhood. He was only 5-years-old when his parents divorced and Tom’s father took him and his two older siblings, Sandra and Larry, to Reno, Nevada, while his younger brother, Jim, remained with his mother.

Life was hard being separated from his mother and little brother — something a young child could never quite possibly understand. But Tom’s father did his best to raise him and his siblings.

As if life wasn’t already challenging enough, both of Tom’s parents remarried more than once; his mother remarried three times, while his father remarried twice.

Tom’s first stepmother had eight children of her own, and eventually divorced his father. Tom’s second stepmother was an Asian woman named Frances Wong, who had three children of her own, two of which lived with Tom growing up.

In school, he was unpopular with both peers and teachers alike. He later told Rolling Stone magazine:

“I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.”

Because of his father’s job as a traveling Chef, Tom and his siblings were moved around often. By the age of ten, young Tom had attended at least five different grammar schools and lived in more than ten houses. Eventually, in 1966 they settled down in Oakland, California.

But Tom’s optimistic outlook considers all of his early moving an excellent primer for the actor’s life. “It made me flexible,” he told Rolling Stone. “It gave me confidence to think I can be in any sort of social situation and know how to gracefully get out of it.”

While Tom’s family religious background was Catholic and Mormon, he has characterized himself as being a “Bible-toting evangelical” as a teenager.

At Skyline High School, young Tom finally felt at home. He was gifted in athletics, but everything changed the day he watched a friend perform in the school’s production of Dracula and began daydreaming of becoming an actor.

After being inspired by his friend’s performance, Tom joined the Thespian Club and began acting in his junior year of high school. His first ‘acting’ role would be behind the scenes — working as a stage manager for the school’s production of My Fair Lady.

It was long hours and hard work, but the young, aspiring actor didn’t complain. Instead, Tom set out to learn all he could about acting and theater — both on and off the stage.

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Finally, he went on to earn roles in Skyline’s productions of Night of the Iguana, Twelfth Night, and South Pacific. As a senior, he was honored with Skyline High School’s prestigious award of Best Actor. This award would later prove to be a foreshadowing of what was to come when he would be awarded his first Oscar, twenty years later.

After graduating high school, Tom promptly left Oakland and set off to explore the idea of studying theater. He explains that he graduated from high school as “an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores” and in no way able to afford college. Chabot College in Hayward was the perfect answer to Tom’s question of what to do with his life after high school “..because it accepted everyone and was free.”

While there, it didn’t take long for Tom to realize that God had indeed created him to inspire audiences. By the time he graduated with his Associates degree, Tom had made the community college’s dean’s list. He then transferred to California State University in serious pursuit of acting.

He told New York magazine in 1986, “Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant. … I spent a lot of time going to plays. I wouldn’t take dates with me. I’d just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, and then get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams, Ibsen, and all that.”

During his years studying theater, he met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. Dowling immediately recognized Tom’s God-given talent and suggested that he become an intern at the festival.

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The Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory That May Come True…

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season finale of Game of Thrones.

Last night’s Game of Thrones finale was a series of (well done) moments that some fans of the books and HBO series had already predicted, but one major reveal has led to speculation about another long-held theory that may come true in the books and seasons to come. This will take some explaining, so stay with us …

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Maybe the biggest confirmation of the night was that Jon Snow, the King of the North and the supposed bastard son of Ned Stark, is actually the son of Lyanna Stark (Ned’s sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Daenerys’ brother), which makes him the nephew of the Mother of Dragons. Some fans believe the reveal is also a confirmation of the prophecy mentioned by Rhaegar in George R.R. Martin’s book series, A Song of Fire and Ice. According to the wikiafor the book, Daenerys has a vision of Rhaegar and his wife, Elia Martell, discussing the name that Rhaegar would choose for his son. Speaking of Aegon VI, Rhaegar says “he has a song.He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” In the vision, Rhaegar also says “there must be one more … the dragon has three heads.”

The theory is that the “prince that was promised” is Jon, not Aegon, and that he will join his aunt Daenerys as another head to the dragon, or maybe in the literal sense, as Mashable points out, that he may ride one of her other two dragons into war. That would leave one dragon unaccounted for, but the show may have forecasted that, too. Another theory that has not yet been provenor disprovenby the show is that Tyrion Lannister, now officially Daenerys’ right-hand man, is the son of Joanna Lannister and Aerys II Targaryen (a.k.a. the Mad King), not Tywin Lannister. That would make Tyrion a Targaryen as well, and possibly the third head of the dragon, making the prophecy complete.

Because the books are now behind the HBO series as far as plot is concerned, only Martin and the showrunners know for sure where all of this is going. The rest of us will have to wait impatiently for the dots to be connected … we just hope Arya and Gendry are two of those dots.