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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!')
  • Daniel Radcliffe Remembers Richard Griffiths: 'I Am Proud To Say I Knew Him'
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 29, 2013
    Harry Potter and his villainous Uncle Vernon may not have had the best relationship, but the same could most certainly not be said for the actors who played them in the Harry Potter films — Daniel Radcliffe and the late Richard Griffiths.  RELATED: Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon, Has Died  In the wake of the sad passing of Griffiths, who died on Thursday at the age of 65 from complications after having heart surgery, Radcliffe remembered his screen and stage (in addition to the Potter movies, the two British actors also worked together in his Broadway debut Equus) co-star and mentor. In a statement released to Hollywood.com, Radcliffe said of Griffiths:  "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursley's, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humour made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him." RELATED: Daniel Radcliffe Proves Himself as a Star at Sundance Radcliffe isn't the only star to remember their time with the gifted, award-winning actor fondly. On Twitter, actor Tom Hiddleston, who worked with him on BBC TV movie series The Hollow Crown posted, "Dearest Richard Griffiths, we will miss you."  [Photo credit: Eamonn McCormack/WireImage] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'You're Next' Trailer: A Different Kind of Horrific Family Getaway
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    Let's be honest, no matter how much you might love your family, any getaway, gathering, road trip, holiday, or vacation with them is bound to be a little horrifying at times. Of course, your family was never hunted in your own home by a gang of arrow-wielding lunatics wearing terrifying animals masks as they try to pick you off, one by one. Or, hey, maybe they have. Different families have different traditions.  RELATED: 'You're Next' is a Horror Buff's Dream Come True at SXSW  The first preview for the long-in-the-works horror flick You're Next has hit the web, and much like those unsettling teaser posters, this should give you sufficient nightmares until it arrives in theaters on August 23. While the clip is being touted as a full trailer, it's almost more of a teaser, considering its focus on the sheer horror aspect of the home invasion movie. But despite being as terrifically scary and often times downright upsetting and unnvering as it is, there's also more Cabin in the Woods-esque in-joke humor than this preview would leave you to believe.  RELATED: 'You're Next' Teaser Posters Arrive Just in Time To Ruin Your Spring  The trailer also (wisely) leaves out a song that plays repeatedly at key points in the movie, and focuses on the ensemble as a whole. But, if you peer your eyes from the safety of the palms of your hands, try to keep a look out for breakout star Sharni Vinson (pictured), who kicks some serious ass in the gruesome, but surprisingly great, moviegoing treat. Lionsgate was wise to pick this one up, as the festival favorite has got all the makings of a sleeper horror hit. RELATED: 'Evil Dead' Takes SXSW on a Gory, Grisly Ride Watch it below, if you dare. And maybe reconsider moving your next family outing to a less remote location.  [Photo credit: Corey Ransberg/Lionsgate] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo to Return for 'Vacation' Reboot — REPORT
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo might be traveling down that holiday roooo-oooo-aaaa-d one more time. According to Variety, the Vacation stars are in talk to reprise their roles as iconic 80s couple (and, okay fine, the 90s if you count Vegas Vacation, which you definitely shouldn't) Clark and Ellen Griswold.  The two would meet up with their now-grown son Rusty (played by Ed Helms having his first go as Griswold kid) and his wife (played by Christina Applegate) who are visiting them during a stop on a road trip. Clark will, no doubt be doing something to "fix" the house and Ellen willing lovingly roll her eyes...but where the hell is Audrey?! Hollywood.com reached out to Chase's rep for comments, but they were immediately available for a statement. D'Angelo's rep told us that the actress is, in fact, in talks.  RELATED: 'Horrible Bosses' Writers to Direct 'Vacation' Reboot  While the film — which is being written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Horrible Bosses) — will be a star vehicle for Helms, you just couldn't have a Vacation movie without Clark and Ellen. Even if it is, as Variety reports, just for a cameo. During an interview with Hollywood.com Goldstein assured fans that the upcoming reboot is "a legitimate updating of the franchise." Either way, it's a pretty safe bet that Randy Quaid isn't going to be on board to bring back Uncle Eddie.  RELATED: Is Ed Helms the Next Chevy Chase?  [Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]  You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Anna Kendrick Gets in on the K-Pop Phenomenon in New Funny or Die Sketch
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    Anna Kendrick's got Seoul. The 27-year-old actress — who has already made her mark on the U.S. charts thanks to her "Cups" ditty from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack — is now going global with her newfound pop star status. RELATED: Anna Kendrick and Her 'Drinking Buddies' Chat at SXSW  In a new Funny or Die clip, Kendrick gets in on the K-Pop phenomenon by joining South Korean girl group F(x) for their infuriatingly catchy song "Electric Shock." The pint-sized star has a hard time adjusting to the choreography, the culture, and the language at first (she mispronounces the lyric "too much" in a way that changes the meaning to "diarrhea"), but before she knows it she looks like an extra in Cloud Atlas and gets into the groove.  RELATED: 'Pitch Perfect 2'? The Stars Share Their Ideas For a Sequel  Watch the entire video below, and make sure you stay until the end for some out-of-this-world laughs. Look out world, Anna Kendrick is taking over. And she was pretty good in that George Clooney movie, too.  Anna Kendrick goes K-Pop with F(x) from Anna Kendrick [Photo credit: Funny or Die]  You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'Fargo' To Get The Small Screen Treatment From FX, Don'tcha Know?
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    Fargo is about to become a limited-run series, don'tcha know? The Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning, jet black comedy classic will get a small screen adaptation courtesy of FX. The network announced that the series based on the 1996 flick, which will run for just ten episodes, will debut in the spring of 2014.  RELATED: 'Justified' Renewed For Season 5 The Fargo television series will have Joel Coen and Ethan Coen on board as executive producers and Noah Hawley will pen the script. FX President John Landgraf said during his network's upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday, “For years, people have tried to adapt this Academy Award-winning gem into a TV series with no success. I have always loved Fargo and I was skeptical about this as a series, but Noah Hawley’s script made me a believer. This script is so good and so true to the tone of the original movie." The TV show will reportedly follow new characters (though, hopefully the delightful, sharp Marge Gunderson — originally played by Frances McDormand in the film — will be part of the mix) and new cases in the icy tundra of North Dakota.  RELATED: Oscars: We Rank All 84 Best Picture Winners But Fargo isn't the only way FX is merging movies with television: the cable network also announced that they've greenlit a series from co-executive producer Paul Giamatti called Mayflower, as well as a series co-executive produced by Sam Mendes called Grand Hotel, and a series co-executive produced by Alexander Payne called Sutton.  FX, in addition to renewing their hit series like Justified and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (as well as introducing a sister comedy station called FXX) will also add the American version of British series Mad Dogs to their lineup.  RELATED: 'It's Always Sunny', 'The League' Move To FX's New Comedy Channel FXX [Photo credit: Gramercy Pictures]  You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • 'Before Midnight' Trailer: Swooning — and Some Spoilers! — Ahead
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    We live in an almost unavoidable culture of spoilers, the Internet a veritable mine field if you've missed a television show or recent movie release. Thanks to social media, folks on Twitter and Facebook will hashtag and retweet every big reveal and twist before you've even had the chance to hit up your DVR. Albums leak long before you even get the chance to download it to your iTunes and you'd better avoid brunch at all costs with your friends if you don't want to know the ending to that movie/book/TV show you've been dying to catch up on. It's plain and simple, if you have a computer or a loud mouth friend, you're going to get spoiled. (In case you missed it, Portlandia brilliantly skewered spoiler panic this season. Whoops, spoiler!)  But something has shifted with spoilers as of late. Movie critics and bloggers, as well as some damn lucky festival-goers like those at Sundance and SXSW, have taken an unspoken oath: DO NOT SPOIL Before Midnight. Seriously,  that would be f**cked up. Don't do it. Because as tempting as it is to discuss, even in the vaguest of details, how lovely, funny, charming, sexy, heartbreaking, romantic, breathtaking, and downright perfect the third chapter in Richard Linklater's beloved Before series is (and I can assure you it is perfect), this one is sacred. This isn't some inspired Bill Murray cameo or what the Super 8 monster looks like, this is something deeper, something more personal to the fans that have followed the journey of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) over the past 18 years since their first fateful meeting in Vienna.  RELATED: 'Before Midnight' Completes a Trilogy at Sundance, Questions True Love  So it gives me serious trepidation to tell you to watch the first trailer for Before Midnight, which will stop by the Tribeca Film Festival before reaching audiences on Memorial Day weekend. I want you to soak in the lucious Greek setting, hear the heart-swelling score, and see that both Hawke and Delpy look older, but are hotter than ever. But there's a spoiler about the state Jesse and Celine's present-day relationship within the first ten seconds of the preview that I can't fathom why Sony Pictures Classic would want to show fans who have been patiently waiting for this.  Still, if you have seen Before Midnight and you want to swoon all over again, this will be a glorious minute-and-45-seconds. If you want to go in with no spoilers whatsoever, I would suggest skipping ahead a few seconds in the trailer. Or just waiting until May 24. Hey, you've made it for the past nine years, what's another couple of weeks? Watch it below, if the anticipation is killing you:  [Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classic]  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • And Now A Brief Word From Your Sponsor: Underwear Companies Offer Their Drawers to Jon Hamm
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    Jon Hamm may not be happy about the media and general public's fascination with his endowment, but two underwear companies are stepping up to help him out during this difficult time. Both Jockey and Fruit of the Loom have offered their products to the Mad Men star, who started an Internet frenzy when it was reported that his now-famous bulge and his penchant for going commando has become a distraction on the set of the beloved AMC drama.  Underoo outfitter Jockey has offered Hamm — who vocalized his displeasure with the obsession over his privates in a recent interview with Rolling Stone ("They're called 'privates' for a reason," he noted) — with as many boxers or briefs (or both) as his heart desires. "Jockey would like to offer our support for Jon Hamm in the form of a lifetime supply of Jockey underwear," the company said in a statement released to Hollywood.com. Jockey noted that they have not reached out directly to Hamm or his reps regarding their offer. They're just putting it out there, so to speak.  RELATED: Jon Hamm is Handling His Enormous Penis All Wrong According to TMZ, Fruit of the Loom has since upped the underwear ante by relaying this message to the actor: "We want people to be themselves. And if going Commando makes you happy, we say go for it. But in case you change your mind, we got you covered." Of course, with statements in the Rolling Stone cover story like, "I'm wearing pants, for f**k's sake. Lay off," we're guessing Hamm won't be as amused by the gesture.  Still, whether or not Hamm takes them up on their offer, the eagerly anticipated fifth season of Mad Men kicks off on Sunday, April 7, and from the looks of last year's season finale, Don Draper won't be keeping it in his pants much longer on screen either.  RELATED: The Internet is Obsessed with Jon Hamm's Penis [Photo credit: Fern/Splash News] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'It's Always Sunny', 'The League' Renewed and Moving to FX's New Comedy Channel FXX
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    The Paddy's Pub gang is getting a new location. Don't worry, the demented It's Always Sunny crew isn't moving out of Philadelphia, they're just heading to a new network. Well, sort of. FX announced at their New York City upfronts on Thursday that they are expanding on their brand by launching FXX. (It's not what you're thinking, so get your head out of the gutter, Dennises of the world!)  RELATED: 'It's Always Sunny' Promo: Haley Joel Osment as Mac! FXX will be a comedy-based spin-off network (just one of the FX off-shoots, that also includes FXM and FXNOW, in case you aren't sufficiently confused) aimed at younger audiences. Cult darlings like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League — both renewed for their tenth season and sixth season, respectively — will lead the charge. (Sunny and The League will have Season 9 and Season 5, respectively, on FX until the new network launches).  RELATED: Why 'It's Always Sunny' Star Kaitlin Olson Deserves An Emmy  Additionally, Legit —which debuted last year — will get a Season 2 on FXX and the pop culture topic series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will also be making the move to the new network and expand to a 5-nights-a-week format.  RELATED: 'It's Always Sunny' Season 8 Premiere React The sister FXX network — which will also air comedy movies in addition to their original television programming and will eventually introduce dramas to their line-up — will launch on September 2 to an estimated 74 million households.  [Photo credit: Patrick McElhenney/FX] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • 'Justified' Renewed For Season 5 By FX
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    FX is givin' you more Givens. The network announced at their New York City upfronts on Thursday that they have renewed their Emmy-winning drama Justified for a fifth season. The fan favorite series, based on Elmore Leonard's novels and short stories surrounding his character U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (played on the show by Timothy Olyphant), will return to FX for Season 5 by January 2014. "It remains one of the most consistently excellent shows on TV," FX president John Landgraf said during the upfront presentation.  RELATED: Murdered 'Justified' Character Talks Shocking Death  Justified, which is developed for the small screen by Graham Yost and only continues to grow in popularity (Season 4 was the series' highest rated to date), has its finale — titled "Ghosts — on Tuesday, April 2 at 10 PM ET. The penultimate episode "Peace of Mind" left viewers on the edge about the fate of Winona (Natalie Zea). We can't get back to Harlan County fast enough to find out what happens.  RELATED: Timothy Olyphant Shares Funny Story About Son On 'Conan'   [Photo credit: Prashant Gupta/FX] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • Anne Hathaway Nabs Her First Post-Oscar Project
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 28, 2013
    Over the past few years, the post-win projects of the Academy Award's Best Supporting Actresses have included guest stints on TV shows like 30 Rock (Octavia Spencer) and Louie (Melissa Leo), another Oscar-nominated turn (Penelope Cruz in Nine) and, well, disappearing from the spotlight completely (Mo'Nique).  RELATED: Anne Hathaway Apologizes For Her Ugly Oscar Dress  On the other end, it looks like Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway will be following up her Oscar victory with a dark comedy. (Before her Oscar win, reports had Hathaway pegged to star in an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew).  RELATED: Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?  According to Deadline, the actress is in "deep negotiations" to star Laggies, the Lynn Shelton-directed, Andrea Seigel-penned film about an irresponsible woman named Megan (what would be Hathaway's role) who hides out with her new 16-year-old best friend Annika (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) after she runs away from her boyfriend's proposal. Paul Rudd, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber are all names that have been linked to the project as well.  RELATED: Watch the 2013 Oscar Acceptance Speeches Here! Hollywood.com reached out to Hathaway's rep for confirmation about the Laggies casting report, but they could not immediately be reached for comment. Still, Moretz all but confirmed the news for the world when she tweeted, "Thank you to Lynn for letting me do this awesome movie with Annie :) I'm so excited to do this :)." [Photo credit: Ben Pruchnie/FilmMagic] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice