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Aly Semigran
Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')
  • USA's Summer Lineup Announced: 'Graceland' To Debut, 'Suits' To Return, And More!
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 03, 2013
    USA is one of those networks that have just figured it out. It being filling a programming void (see: new programming in the summer, when most networks are in reruns or are airing third-tier reality shows) and giving their fans exactly what they want: well-executed procedurals, and lots of 'em.  The cable network announced their summer 2013 schedule on Wednesday, and it's pretty much business as usual — but that's a good thing for them, and their incredibly devoted fan base. Favorites like Burn Notice (Season 7 will kick off on Thursday, June 6 at 9 PM ET), Royal Pains (back for Season 5 on Wednesday, June 12 at 9 PM ET), Necessary Roughness (getting a Season 3 on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 PM ET), Covert Affairs (back in action for Season 4 on Tuesday, July 16 at 9 PM ET), and — well-dressed hotties alert! — Suits (suiting up for Season 3 on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 PM ET).  RELATED: 'Suits' Season 2 Finale Exclusive Clip  In addition to their returning series, USA is also debuting Summer Camp, which is slated for a July premiere, and the Aaron Tveit vehicle Graceland, which will premiere on Tuesday, June 6 at 10 PM ET. Hollywood.com got a sneak preview of the series premiere at SXSW in Austin last month and we can confirm that the show has all the makings of a beloved USA series: attractive crime fighters, snappy dialogue, glossy imagery, and did we mention attractive crime fighters? (Seriously, it's Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata).  RELATED: Aaron Tveit Talks 'Graceland' at SXSW  When we caught up with Tveit after the show's debut to an excited audience, the actor — who plays a rookie FBI agent who lives with a group of fellow agents on an amazing beachfront property (even more amazing, it's based on true events) — and Les Mis star credited the network for his decision to jump back to the small screen from film and the stage. "When I found it was USA, I could instantly picture how they were gonna do it and it was going to look like and fully supported. They give their shows every opportunity to succeed," he said. [Photo credit: USA]  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran From Our PartnersSee 'Game of Thrones' as 'Mad Men' (Vulture)Hayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)
  • Melissa McCarthy's 'Saturday Night Live' Promo Proves, Once Again, She's One of the Greats
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 03, 2013
    With all due respect to Jennifer Lawrence (don't hear that phrase very often, do you?), we've been patiently waiting for a female host to come in and save the day on Saturday Night Live. Of the 16 hosts that have taken the stage at Studio 8 thus far this season, only three have been women. While they have all been incredibly gifted women willing to go the extra mile for the sake of live comedy (in addition to Lawrence there was Anne Hathaway and Christina Applegate), their episodes didn't quite match their talent. That said, these eps weren't necessarily bad — compared to some of the guys that have hosted this season (Justin Bieber, Daniel Craig) the ladies still have a better batting average.  RELATED: Melissa McCarthy Joins Bill Murray Flick  Last time around, SNL pulled out the big guns and brought back the wildly popular fan favorite Justin Timberlake, who entered the Five-Timers Club and scored the show record ratings for NBC. But SNL is about to pull off a one-two hosting punch, and a female is going for the TKO: Melissa McCarthy is returning to host this weekend. If her second appearance is anything like her first, she's going to give JT a run for his money as Season 38's best host. 'Bout time! RELATED: Justin Timberlake Joins the Five-Timers Club on 'SNL'  McCarthy, who had a banner year in 2011 with Bridesmaids and her Emmy win, continues to prove she's a comedy superstar. That first SNL hosting gig last season was no fluke, McCarthy (who, in addition to being top-notch on television is also a bona fide box office star) is the real deal destined to go down in the show's history as one of the hosting greats, not just a great female host. Need even more proof? Look no further than the new promo video of McCarthy with cast member Taran Killam, which will make you laugh more than most half-hour sitcoms.  RELATED: Film Critic Angers Melissa McCarthy Fans With Cruel Description The Mike & Molly star can balance sharp subtleties (her intentionally awkward exchange with Killam at the beginning of the clip) and physical comedy (cool guys with visors!) expertly and with equally hilarious results. Check out the video here, which features a very funny bit about McCarthy forgetting Killam's birthday in the midst of baseball season. And, of course, tune in on Saturday night when she hosts SNL with musical guest Phoenix and undoubtedly makes all the funny ladies proud.  [Photo credit: NBC] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran From Our PartnersSee 'Game of Thrones' as 'Mad Men' (Vulture)Hayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)
  • Roger Ebert To Take a 'Leave of Presence' From the Chicago Sun-Times
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 03, 2013
    Legendary film critic Roger Ebert might be the only person in the world who takes a break from work, only to do more work than most of us can imagine. In a heartfelt letter to fans, Ebert announced that he is taking "a leave of presence" from the Chicago Sun-Times — where he has worked since 1967 — due to a recurrence of cancer.  Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 and has suffered numerous health setbacks since (including complications from cancer and numerous surgeries that left him without a lower jaw or the ability to speak or eat on his own), but has continued to be one of the hardest-working and most respected, relevant names in the business. RELATED: Steven Soderbergh Retires: His Career at the Box Office  While the 70-year-old is going to "slow down", he explained he will "continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review." Hey, if anyone has earned that right, it's Roger Ebert.  In addition to his new venture with the Chicago Sun-Times, the esteemed critic noted that he will be "re-launching the new and improved Rogerebert.com and taking ownership of the site under a separate entity, Ebert Digital, run by me, my beloved wife, Chaz, and our brilliant friend, Josh Golden of Table XI. Stepping away from the day-to-day grind will enable me to continue as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and roll out other projects under the Ebert brand in the coming year."  RELATED: Hollywood Mourns and Pays Tribute to Tony Scott  But, that's not all. Hardly. He is also continuing his film fest Ebertfest, launching a Kickstarter to bring back his TV show At the Movies, participating in the bio-documentary about his life (which is being made by none other than Steve Zaillian and Martin Scorsese), and considering about writing about his health woes in addition to his movie reviews. "It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital," he wrote in the post. "So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness." Ebert concluded the post with thanking his fans for taking the journey with him and assured, "I'll see you at the movies." You better believe we'll see you there, Roger.  [Photo credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo]  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Conjuring' Trailer Conjures Up a Lot of Spooky Sights From Horror Classics
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 02, 2013
    While not technically a horror film, David Fincher's deeply disturbing 2007 film Zodiac is easily one of the scariest films to come out in the past decade. It's the kind of movie that crawls under your skin and stays there much longer than you'd like it to, thanks to hard-to-shake scenes like the stabbings by the lake (shudder) and that infamous basement sequence (shudder). The use of Donovan's already-creepy tune "Hurdy Gurdy Man" only made the film that much more effective in freaking you out to your very core.  RELATED: 5 of Hollywood's Goriest Movie Moments: Will the New 'Evil Dead' Join the Ranks? So it was awfully wise of the folks behind the upcoming horror flick The Conjuring — which seems to take its cues from more classically classic horror movies like The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, and The House on Haunted Hill — to use it in their trailer, as it immediately sends a chill down your spine.  RELATED: 'Bates Motel': So What Exactly is Wrong with Norman? While the first trailer was pretty effective by building on tension (Lili Taylor, you really shouldn't have gone into that basement), the new, full-length trailer goes straight for all of the jump-out-of-your-seat thrills and scares, including that damn nightmare-conjuring song. After yet another family moves into yet another secluded farmhouse (take notice folks, these things are teeming with unsettled spirits) ghost hunters/supernatural experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) learn the hard way this will be their worst case yet. RELATED: 'You're Next' Trailer: A Different Kind of Horrific Family Getaway  Watch the trailer here, and decide for yourself which is scarier: that final music box scene or Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston's sideburns.  The Conjuring opens in theaters on July 19.  [Photo credit: New Line Cinema]  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Top Chef', 'Watch What Happens Live' Set To Return To Bravo, Along With 17 New Shows
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 02, 2013
    For any of you out there in TV land still longing for the days when MTV used to play music and Bravo used to be an alternative for when PBS had another telethon on, it's probably time for you to give up the dream and live in the now. On Tuesday, Bravo announced its lineup of new and returning shows,  and with the exception of  Inside the Actor's Studio  — which is coming back for a 19th season — it's pretty much what we've come to expect from the network: lots and lots of reality programming.  RELATED: 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Reunion: Who Won The Season? In addition to the network's gold standard of reality shows like Top Chef (coming back for a Season 11) and its spin-off Top Chef Masters (entering its fifth season), Bravo is also bringing back Andy Cohen's inexplicable talk show Watch What Happens Live (we demand more Meryl Streep in Season 10!).  In addition to its, er, classier programming, there's also more Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over, Million Dollar Listing, Chef Roble & Co, Vanderpump Rules, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, and Don't Be Tardy on the horizon. And, of course, the various Real Housewives franchises will be back, including The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Season 5), The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Season 4), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Season 6) and The Real Housewives of New York (Season 6). That can only mean one thing... more Brian Moylan recaps! Huzzah! RELATED: 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Recap: Everyone Is Laughing at Faye Resnick As far as new and in development series from Bravo that look to speak to the common man, well, there's something tentatively called Rich People's Problems and Ivy League Confidential... so you can pretty much guess what's in store. For a list of all the new reality programs, including a Most Eligible Dallas spin-off called Courtney Loves Dallas and Kandi Burruss' own The Kandi Shop, click here.  But, hey fellow old-timers, you'll be happy to know there's a few scripted shows coming to the network, too. The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, Heiresses, and High and Low should provide a much-needed break from the reality overload.  [Photo credit: Matthias Clamer/Bravo] From Our PartnersSee 'Game of Thrones' as 'Mad Men' (Vulture)Hayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)
  • Zoe Saldana Says She Has 'No Regrets' About Playing Nina Simone, Despite Controversy
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 02, 2013
    No one can ever fill legendary singer Nina Simone's shoes, so whoever was going to play her in an inevitable biopic had a daunting, if not impossible task to begin with. No matter who was going to be cast would be faced with the questions of, "Can she sing like Nina?" (probably not), "Does she look enough like Nina?" (probably not), "Can she capture the essence of a woman who was a pivotal, important entertainer and figure during the 60s and throughout history?" (probably not).  Actress Zoe Saldana already had the chips stacked against her when she signed on to play the "My Baby Just Cares For Me" crooner, but the backlash was almost immediate. When it was announced that the 34-year-old Star Trek star would take the lead in Nina, a film that chronicles the life and legacy of Simone, there was fury around the Internet that Saldana — a woman of Domincan and Puerto Rican descent — should not be playing the iconic African American artist. (Mary J. Blige was originally attached to the project, but dropped out).  RELATED: Watch Saldana in the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer  From an online petition to "replace Zoe Saldana with an actress who actually looks like Nina Simone" (to date, it has over 10,000 supporters) to blog posts calling out Hollywood for giving a "mainstream look" for its black stars, it looked as though Nina (which is being brought to the big screen by Cynthia Mort and also stars David Oyelowo) and Saldana, especially, was becoming a symbol for everything the cultural icon Simone stood against. Even Simone's own daughter had reservations about the decision, telling Ebony, "As an actress I respect her process, but I also know that there are many actresses out there, known or not, who would be great as my mother. The one actress that I've had in my heart for a very long time, whose work I'm familiar with already, is Kimberly Elise. Many people have spoken to me about Viola [Davis]. I love her look. I love her energy. Both of the actresses that I've mentioned are women of color, are women with beautiful, luscious lips and wide noses, and who know their craft. I also have no problem introducing someone we've never heard of before who can play my mother."  RELATED: David Oyelowo Defends Zoe Saldana's Casting in 'Nina' — EXCLUSIVE  Saldana, who graces the cover of the May issue of Latina magazine, opened up about the controversy surrounding her casting. Saldana, who said in the cover story interview that the negative response has had an impact on her, plainly stated: "The reality is that nobody knows the story as to why this collaboration came to be — nobody knows the full story — and at the end of the day all I’m going to say is that every person that is a part of this project came together for no other reason than the unconditional love for Nina Simone’s music, her persona, her life, what she did, what she left for us, what her music still continues to do not only to women, but to Americans, and African Americans, and also people of color, just everything. On all spectrums, Nina Simone’s story is worth telling and with the members that it came to be, like it’s just…you have to give it a chance." Of course, even with the online scrutiny, Hollywood will likely still have her side on this one, in the end: look no further than controversial casting decisions like Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kinglsey in Gandhi for evidence of that. The actress — who also opens up in the piece about her alleged post-Avatar mental breakdown ("That was completely blown out of proportion") — added that the naysayers should "Watch it and then make up your mind" and that she has "no regrets" about making the film and how the long-in-the-works project took shape.  [Photo credit: Latina Magazine]  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • In the Year 2000 (and 15): Conan O' Brien's TBS Contract Extended Until November 2015
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 01, 2013
    While Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, and NBC hash out the latest Tonight Show (possible) shake-up hoopla, Conan O'Brien gets to kick back and sit pretty over on TBS for the next few years. RELATED: Jimmy Fallon: 'It's Time For Jay Leno To Go' According to the New York Times, the cable network announced today that they will keep O'Brien's late night comedy show Conan on through at least November 2015. While Conan doesn't pull quite the same numbers as its late night competitors (an average of under a million viewers a night with under 600,000 viewers in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old category) the mighty orange one is still a relevant and hilarious host with a legion of devoted followers.  RELATED: Conan O'Brien To Host White House Correspondents Dinner  So don't fret, Late Night Last Night fans, there will be plenty more puppet string dances and amazing Ryan Gosling interviews for a few more years to come.  RELATED: Where Will Jay Leno's Fans Go If He Really Leaves NBC This Time?  [Jerod Harris/WireImage]  You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • Fooled Again! Some of the Internet's Best Pranks and Jokes on April 1
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 01, 2013
    Between trying to avoid Game of Thrones season premiere spoilers and making sure no one sent you that devastating Kevin Ware video again (seriously, stop doing that) this Monday morning already would have been a minefield of things are were desperately trying to avoid. But this is no ordinary unavoidable case of the Mondays Monday, no this is prankster's Christmas: it's April Fools' Day.  RELATED: Adam Levine is Getting His PhD in Art History From Columbia University  Since the Internet is already filled with jokesters, hooligans, and people who skim over major details in articles (and therefore take them at face value), April 1, 2013 was bound to be one for the ages for the gullible and the gullibullies. So far, the Internet has not disappointed. For every teeth-grinding casting fake-out, there's a truly clever gag like Funny or Die's Kickstarter rally cries for 90s shows like Family Matters and Sliders. (Is it bad that we desperately want this to be real? Move over, Veronica Mars!)  Elsewhere, Netflix has been coming up with some inspired and legitimately helpful genre recommendations like "Movie Starring Estelle Getty and Some Other Guy," "Movies Featuring an Epic Nicolas Cage Meltdown," and "Movies That Are English, But Still Require Subtitles," and Hulu debuted the world premieres for shows like Rural Juror and Inspector Spacetime. Oh, and the Kid President addressed the nation at one point.  RELATED: Will Smith Confesses: 'I Kicked a Kid in the Face and Broke His Nose'  Still, Twitter has been the ultimate vessel for making April Fools' gags go viral in mere moments. Whether it's TV stars messing with each other like Dulé Hill announcing that he's replacing Lamorne Morris as the next next Coach on New Girl (the guy from Psych totally psyched us out... get it?!) or comedians reacting to legitimate news that sounds like a joke (see: Rob Delaney's takedown of Chris Brown), there's a reason why #AprilFools has been trending like crazy all day.  RELATED: Will Ferrell Wants the 'Horrible Bosses' Cast for 'Anchorman 2'  Now, we knew that when Seth Rogen teased via Twitter that Pineapple Express fans would "be getting a treat today" it was going to be an April fool, but that doesn't mean we didn't get any less of a kick out of the fake red band Pineapple Express 2 trailer. The original gang, including Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride, were back for some more 4/20 shenanigans on this 4/1, and we're kind of hoping Funny or Die campaigns for a Kickstarter for this sequel to actually happen. Watch the NSFW preview here:  Alright, we admit we've been taking part in the April Fool's Day festivities, too.  [Photo credit: Yahoo!] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Will Smith Confesses, 'I Kicked a Kid in the Face and Broke His Nose'
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 01, 2013
    Will Smith is a lover, not a fighter. So imagine his horror when he accidentally hurt someone so bad on the job it made him switch paths from karate (Smith confesses he originally set out to do karate ...who knew?) and set different goals for himself. "I took karate and [I had] the option between tap and ballet to improve my karate and they said ballet would improve it a lot and tap dancing would be more fun, but wouldn't improve it," Smith admits to Hollywood.com. "I said, 'Well I want to be the best!' I took ballet and went to this big tournament and I'd gotten more flexible due to ballet and I kicked a kid in the face and broke his nose. He was bleeding all over the place and crying and after that, I just didn't want to hurt people so I just stuck to ballet."  Smith instead decided to by the way of the "starving artist" and go a different route entirely. "There's a lot of weeks where Ramen is your best friend," Smith said. Of course, that's not the only misconception about Smith's job. "[The biggest misconception is] that we're wusses," he said, adding that one of the perks of his job is that "you get to be around girls all the time."  RELATED: 'After Earth': It's the End of the World, But Will and Jaden Feel Fine — TRAILER Of course, having a name as recognizable as Will Smith doesn't mean it comes with its fair share of expectations from the outside world. Whether it's asking Will Smith why he turned down Django Unchained turned out or asking Will Smith what it's like to be, well, Will Smith. "Every day. It's constant," Smith said of people having certain reactions when he's in public. "I walk into auditions. 'Is Will Smith here?' 'Will Smith?!?' Walk into a restaurant, 'Will Smith?!' And then they're kind of disillusioned when they see me, they're like 'Oh…' I'm like 'What am I not good enough?'" he said during his chat with Hollywood.com  RELATED: Why Will Smith Turned Down 'Django Unchained'  Smith, who said when he does get a moment of free time with his incredibly busy schedule that he enjoys playing BioShock, still wouldn't change a thing, not even his name. ("Will just sounds way cooler" he said of his fresh name). In fact, Will Smith is a pretty big admirer of Will Smith all around, citing that Independence Day is his best work. "That's when he was at the top of his game," said Smith, a 26-year-old ballet dancer who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, who actually had that traumatic karate experience.  Smith, an upstate New York native who has been a professional ballet dancer for seven years and currently dances for Virginia's Manassas ballet company (which he makes the long commute to five days a week when he isn't working part-time at an inn in Annapolis). Smith, whose said his dream is to someday to work with the Kansas City ballet, will continue to work at his craft until that day comes. "You don't get a break with ballet. You keep going to build stamina," Smith said, who noted that if he ever had the chance to meet other Will Smith he wouldn't just talk about their common name, but ask how he made such an effortless transition from young TV actor to full-fledged movie star. Come on, how can you not like Will Smith?  No foolin', we've also got some brand new interviews with the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, and Sarah McLaughlin today!  [Photo credits: Columbia Pictures; Melanie Beus Photography]  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Those Hilarious Dubbed 'G.I. Joe' PSAs Are 10 Years Old: A Chat With Creator Eric Fensler
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 29, 2013
    "Pork chop sandwiches!"  "Give him the stick! Don't give him the stick!"  "Hey kid, I'm a computer. Stop all the downloadin'."  If you're someone who grew up in Generation Internet, these seemingly nonsensical catch phrases not only make perfect sense to you, but have been part of your lexicon and, after all these years, can still make you laugh. While the big budget action flick G.I. Joe: Retaliation is now playing in theaters and will likely clean up at the box office this weekend, for many G.I. Joe will forever be associated with some low budget, but tremendously creative (if not completely absurd) dubs of the old animated PSAs.  RELATED: 'GI Joe: Retaliation' Review: Recruiting The Rock Helps the Franchise  Back in 2003 Eric Fensler, a writer and the man behind Fensler Film, goofed around with the audio and visuals on those cartoon PSAs and a classic meme was born. Hollywood.com caught up with Fensler to reflect on the humble beginnings of the Internet  phenomenon he created a decade ago, in the moments before Internet phenomenons were even a thing.  "I used to watch the cartoon growing up so I was a fan. I found this G.I. Joe: The Movie in a five dollar bin, watched it and on the DVD special features it had all 25 of the PSAs on it," he recalled. Fensler was working in an editing suite in Chicago at the time and in his down time "would put them on my hard drive and mess around with it. I made like four of them and showed them to friends and we were laughing so I said, 'I guess I'll make the rest of them'." Fensler, who said he did "maybe…half of the voices" then recruited his pals to get in on the action. "I was doing them all at the beginning and then I got sick of hearing my own voice so I would just pull in my roommates or my girlfriend or friends or whoever was around at the house. I'd have them do a voice and then [I'd] pitch it or pitch it down."  Fensler's roommate at the time had provided the voice for the famous "Snow Job" clip. "I think we were drinking whiskey and watching it and just laughing," Fensler recalled, "I remember messing around with the visual, making the kids look at him and then look away and playing with that. He did a really good accent. We were just goofing off." (Watch that video, for roughly the millionth time, below).  In fact, Fensler had no aspirations for the videos beyond just goofing off with his pals and making each other laugh. "I wasn't even going to put them up on the Internet," he admitted. "It was 2003, there was no YouTube, you had to make all these compressed files, it would take forever and then loading them up onto a server using dial-up was tedious. That whole process was hard." He added, "Mainly I would watch them with no sound and then figure out ways to manipulate it visually and then I would look at it over and over again and mold it until it felt like it was done." Unlike most viral videos of today, Fensler's clips were created and eventually gained traction in a way that's now practically unheard of. "I was passing them around on VHS and showing them around in art galleries and that's how it got around at first. My girlfriend at the time said, 'You should just put them up on the Internet, that way a lot of other people can see them.' She was right. But I was just freaked out by the Internet at that time…I still am, I guess," Fensler said. While the gallery that had represented Fensler had initially hosted the clips on their website, Ebaums World got their hands on it. "They downloaded the movie files, which is fine, that's what it was there for, but then they watermarked it and put it up on their site and sorta claiming that they had made it in a sense," Fensler said, adding, "Eventually people knew the source of where it was coming from." But that knowledge proved to be troublesome for Fensler, who received a cease and desist order from Hasbro in 2004 to take the parodies down or face legal action. Fensler obliged, but as evident by its continued popularity on sites like YouTube, it didn't have a permanent effect. "I was...fine with it because it was already on a lot of different sites or people had the original movie files," he said of the cease and desist, "I just took them down and that was that."  While Fensler — who also worked as a writer on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! —  is gracious for the success of his hilarious G.I. Joe PSAs ("Anytime I'm doing something,, the GI Joe thing gets mentioned and everyone seems to respond to it in a good way. It did open a lot of doors")  he admitted that he himself hasn't watched the clips in years and he's stunned by their staying power. "It's been ten years since I've put them up on the Internet…and yeah, it's surprising that something could last that long. Nowadays it usually kind of comes and goes and is a flash in the pan." All together now: "You're not cooking!" "Yeah dude!" [Photo credit: YouTube]  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice