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,, and She is thrilled to be a part of the team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')
  • Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /media/www/hollywood/Web/releases/20150325105258/vendor/doctrine/common/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/FileCacheReader.php on line 202 'The Simpsons' and 'Thor' Scribe Don Payne Has Passed Away
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 27, 2013
    It's a sad day for Springfield and Hollywood alike: Award-winning writer Don Payne has passed away at the age of 48 after a battle with bone cancer. Payne, who passed away on March 26, was best known for his work on the small screen with shows like The Simpsons (he co-wrote episodes such as "Fraudcast News," "Thursdays with Abie," "The Bart Wants What It Wants," and "Treehouse of Horror XI"), Men Behaving Badly, and Veronica's Closet, as well as having screenwriting credits for such films as Thor (and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World), Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Payne, who was a recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Paul Selvin Award in 2005, had most recently been working on an adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride.  RELATED: The 10 Best Treehouse of Horror Segments on 'The Simpsons'  Payne, who is survived by his wife and three children, is remembered fondly by those who worked with him on various projects, including his longtime writing partner John Frink and close industry friend Scott Weinberg. Read some of the other heartfelt words and tributes to Payne's friends and admirers on Twitter here:   Farewell to the wonderful #DonPayne writer on #Thor and #Thor 2 - gentleman, artist and beautiful fellow geek.… — Clark Gregg (@clarkgregg) March 27, 2013 Great Writer, Sweet Guy, Gone Way Too SoonRIP Don Payne #donpayne… — Mike Scully (@scullymike) March 26, 2013 A wonderful, beautiful man has passed away. Don Payne, I am lucky to have known you. You are so missed. — Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) March 27, 2013 Don Payne. My heart is broken. You were a wonderful funny man who helped change my life and I will always love you. The world is less today. — Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) March 27, 2013 RIP Don Payne — immense talent, hilarious gent, and a sweet soul.A dear friend gone way, way too soon. — Tim Long (@mrtimlong) March 27, 2013 [Photo credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Anderson Cooper vs. Matt Lauer: Who's the Better Host?
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 27, 2013
    On Tuesday, early reports surfaced that Anderson Cooper would be the heir apparent to Today host Matt Lauer, whose own media rumblings had him taking over for Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!. But just as soon as your fantasy of the silver fox avenging Ann Curry began to unfold before you, NBC pretty much put the kibosh on the scenario — for now.  RELATED: Matt Lauer Talks About Ann Curry's Firing  While an NBC exec told The Hollywood Reporter that they were having "exploratory talks with talent inside and outside of the network," the company said they have no plans to give Lauer the boot, no matter how many ill-advised New York magazine interviews he gives or tabloid reports that shed even more unflattering lights on him. "We want him in the Today show anchor chair for many years to come," NBC told THR of Lauer's secured spot. The site also notes that CNN's Cooper — who had a failed talk show but is reportedly trying it again, this time with his New Year's Eve leading lady Kathy Griffin — doesn't want to make the move to morning programming. RELATED: Anderson Cooper: 'The Fact is...I'm Gay'  There's no question that Cooper is the more beloved of the two at this point, but who is the man best suited for the job as a television news program host? Lauer may dress up in silly costumes on Halloween, but he's also handled heavy breaking news as it unfolds, such as the events of the morning of September 11, 2001, with dignity. And don't let those pun-filled Ridiculists on Anderson Cooper 360 fool you, Cooper has gone to the front line as journalist and delivered hard-hitting news with grace under pressure. (He just kept up with business as usual after an explosion went off behind him in Gaza City).  RELATED: 'Today' Outdone By GMA's Tender Farewell to Ann Curry So in case a Today show shake-up with Cooper and Lauer ever actually comes to fruition, we wanted to know who you think is the better host/reporter when it comes to certain topics. Would you pick Lauer or Cooper when it comes to... World Travels: Lauer  Cooper <a href="">Who was better: Lauer or Cooper?</a> Interviewing Scientologists:  Lauer Cooper <a href="">Who was better: Lauer or Cooper?</a> Grilling Presidents:  Lauer Cooper   <a href="">Who was better: Lauer or Cooper?</a> Having a Giggle Fit:  Lauer Cooper <a href="">Who was better: Lauer or Cooper?</a> Their Stance on Brad Pitt:  Lauer Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   Cooper <a href="">Who was better: Lauer or Cooper?</a>  Vote above and then tell us who you prefer when it comes to being a host and reporter on these topics in the comments below! [Photo credits: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Virginia Sherwood/NBC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • The Bings Were Back In Town: 'Friends' Co-stars Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry Reunited on 'Go On'
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 27, 2013
    Ross and Rachel were always stealing Chandler and Monica's thunder on Friends. They always had the more interesting story lines (married in Vegas totally trumped that terrible adoption plot), the more talked-about haircuts, and they're the couple people most associate with the show. But really, Chandler and Monica were the best Friends pairing on the series. (Let's all just pretend like Joey and Rachel never happened, shall we?)  RELATED: We Rank the 'Friends' Thanksgiving' Episodes  Yes, Ross and Rachel had that kiss and that will-they-won't-they back and forth, but the couple lost their spark and our interest as the series went on. Chandler and Monica's unexpected hookup in London (baby!) was not only the hottest hookup on Friends, but those two balanced each other out so nicely. Chandler needed someone to help him get a little serious, and Monica needed someone to calm her down — they made sense. Ross and Rachel, on the other hand, just drove each other crazy.  Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox had their long overdue reunion on his NBC show Go On  last night, and while the other Friends have had their fair share of reunions (like when Jennifer Aniston appeared on Cougar Town) we haven't seen the Bings together in nearly a decade. Their chemistry was still there, but if you were expecting to see Monica and Chandler, you were likely sorely disappointed.  RELATED: 'Cougar Town' Renewed for a Fifth Season While Perry's Ryan King is quick-witted, he's no sarcasm king like Chandler Bing (oh, hey, it rhymes) and Cox's character on Go On was a crazed, fast-driving widower who tried to hook up with a male and a female at the same time. I mean, Monica didn't even want to have sex on the balcony! If anything, Perry and Cox swapped roles (he being the more anxious one, she the more adventurous) and, in turn, it didn't have quite the same magic as Chandler and Monica.  That's always the worst part of these non-reunion reunions, really. While it's always nice to see old friends (in this case, Friends), it never meets the expectations of how we want to see them now. I want to see Monica and Chandler living upstate with their kids (and Joey), not hitting on each other at cemeteries and going their separate ways. But, hey, they're still better than Ross and Rachel in my book. You can watch the entire episode of Go On here and see if you feel the same way about it:  [Photo credit: Justin Lubin/NBC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • 'You're Next' Teaser Posters Arrive Just In Time To Ruin Your Spring
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 26, 2013
    You know the old saying: March comes in like a lion and out like a bloody, murderous, demonic-looking lamb. At least, that's what we'll have to change it to now that the folks behind the buzzed-about horror flick You're Next have released these creepy teaser posters this month.  RELATED: 'You're Next' is a Horror Buff's Dream Come True at SXSW The unnerving images of a new crop of horror villains wearing the bloody likeness of once-cuddly Spring-related animals like lambs and bunnies with the tagline "Did you remember to lock your door?" should pretty much ensure that you will do just that this and every season until the end of time.  RELATED: 'Evil Dead' Takes SXSW on a Gory, Grisly Ride If the posters intrigue you as much as they send a chill down your spine (those Easter baskets aren't going to seem quite as adorable or delicious on Sunday, now are they?), the countdown for August 23rd when Adam Wingard's You're Next finally hits theaters might feel especially long. The long-gestating home invasion movie about a family who becomes terrorized by a pack of arrow-wielding masked menaces — which has been pleasing sufficiently freaked-out audiences on the festival circuit, including a lively, vocal, entertained SXSW crowd earlier this month — will not only be worth your wait, but just as effing scary as the posters would lead you to believe.  Check out the teaser posters for You're Next below. Happy Spring! [Photo credits: Lionsgate] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • 'New Girl' Recap: A Death in the Family
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 26, 2013
    We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of every other sitcom on television trying to compete with New Girl, which is not only firing on all cylinders when it comes to sharp writing, Emmy-primed performances (just give Jake Johnson the damn thing now, he's earned it), and the right balance of heart and wit. We will miss them.  At the start, New Girl wasn't exactly a show that stood on the edge. The Fox comedy has been solid in the ratings from the word go — or, in the case of an ill-advised marketing slogan, "adorkable" — so a premature cancellation was never really in the cards. The show's leading lady Zooey Deschanel and breakout sidekick Max Greenfield both earned nominations from the always-newcomer friendly Golden Globes. Yet, as "safe" as it was, there wasn't enough to convince even the snobbiest of television snubs that a show with a similar premise (attractive twentysomethings living in the city, wading through the sea of bulls**t that is dating, careers, and being broke) was actually doing something really special and downright hilarious.  RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: The One Where Nick and Jess Almost... Whatever New Girl detractors are left out there, if there are any, you should really be the one in mourning. Fox'sNew Girl isn't just a sexy, shipper-friendly sitcom, it's also the funniest and most hearfelt comedy on television right now. The show has quickly turned its muddled second season (thanks to those pesky anti-feminism themes and that cringe-worthy product placement moment) into a thoughtful and entertaining comedy that finally feels on par with the likes of Parks and Recreation.  A huge part of that success has been the evolution of Johnson's Nick Miller from goofy, likable manchild to a fully fleshed-out character with a continually interesting back story and even more promising future. Plus, he's just so damn dreamy. The ballad of Nick Miller continued last night in "Chicago", a heartbreaker of an ep that explained more about him in 24 minutes than the whole of two seasons.  After receiving a phone call from his mom (played by the great Margo Martindale) Nick has learned that his dad (played by Dennis Farina, who we met a few weeks ago as the con man and learned Nick had a complicated father-son relationship with) had a heart attack and passed away. Now, this is no new sitcom territory: How I Met Your Mother dealt with it brilliantly with Marshall mourning the unexpected loss of his dad, but during a week when something as touching and raw as this comes out, New Girl had its work cut out for it. Still, any episode that starts with friends giving their condolences after huffing helium was on the right track.  The gang flies out with Nick to Chicago (lest you forget from Schmidt's rap "Nick Milla, Nick Milla/From the streets of Chicago/'Cause the players play/Like they do, like they did") to lend their support as Nick not only has to say goodbye, but deal with his crazy, loud brood. While Schmidt and Winston are used to it (or, as Nick's mom referred to them, Fat Schmidt and Winnie), it was all new territory for Jess. Of course, once you can survive the first meeting with the fam, especially one under such extreme circumstances, you can handle pretty much anything.  She was immediately thrust into Miller clan madness, which includes an overbearing mother who doesn't trust her (and thinks she's Spanish) and relies on Nick to put the entire Elvis-themed funeral together in a few days (we learned pretty quickly that Nick ran the show at home as a kid thanks to his unreliable dad), a bonehead brother named Jamie (played to perfection by  Nick Kroll), a grandmother (perennial TV and movie grandmother Ellen Albertini Dow) who doesn't trust cops, and a rough-around-the-edges cousin from Boston Bobby (comedian Bill Burr) hell-bent on getting a gold necklace from his dead uncle.  It's a side of Nick we haven't seen before, certainly not one seen by Jess, and it explains a whole lot about Nick. The reason why he's so unfocused and lost is because he had to be the one at home (or that year they lived in a van) to handle all the really grown-up affairs. Now he finally gets to be the teenager he never got to be back home in Chicago. If that doesn't make you fall in love with Nick a little bit more, you're on you're own: it certainly flipped a switch in Jess. Desperate to help him, Jess somehow gets talked into writing his father's eulogy despite having only met him once.  With little help from Jamie (he described his late father as a man who "had a table at every diner in the city, silverware from the finest hotels in the area, a gold chain as thick as floss... thick floss") and even less help from an under-pressure Nick who takes off the night before the funeral, Jess feels, well, helpless. But more than anything, you can tell its killing her that she wants to connect with Nick, to hold his hand during this time, but he won't let her, he can't while he takes care of the latest family crisis. Which, in the Miller family, just so happens to include finding an affordable Elvis Presley impersonator.  Of course, Jess and Nick weren't the only ones dealing with a personal crisis: Winston somehow got relegated, once again, to helping smooth out Schmidt's crazed theories and neurosis. What was capturing a rare fish last week became helping him cope with his fear of death, mainly of seeing a dead body in an open casket. "What's with this open casket thing? I gotta see the carcass? That's crazy! What if his eyes open and then he comes and haunts all of us?" Schmidt cried in a pre-funeral meltdown. (Johnson may be the heart and soul of the show right now, but Greenfield still knows how to go straight for the funny bone).  RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: An Unexpected Engagement Party Now, I still think the show's writers need to give Winston and actor Lamorne Morris way more to do on the show than play a sidekick to a sidekick (he's literally playing dead here to help out Schmidt get the laughs), but while we're all busy swooning over Nick and Jess, it is fun to watch these two play off of each other. They make a good duo, we just need to build Winston as his own person first for it to be completely effective.  But, neither Winston nor Jess got their job done as both Schmidt was still weary about death ("It's bad luck to see the body before the funeral") and Nick showed up to his father's funeral tanked ("I drank one dozen beers") with a shady Elvis impersonator and a shoddy eulogy (or, as he hilariously slurred, "a giggliography") in tow. While poor Winnie wound up being the one who unraveled come funeral time as Schmidt faced his fear of the dead — quite literally, he touched head's with Nick's dead dad's head as he tried to get the crazy cousin away from the coveted chain — Nick eventually pulled it together, with the help of Jess.  After having a heart-to-heart with Nick as she helped Nick sober up, she not only told him that she simply wanted to be there to hold his hand, but stepped in as the Elvis impersonator as the funeral so richly deserved. Deschanel has always been a gifted comedian as far as I'm concerned (see: The Good Girl  and Almost Famous) but watching her sing "In the Ghetto" in full Elvis garb to a room full of mourners took it to another level. Even Schmidt marveled that he felt transported to the ghetto. I think Nick truly fell in love with her in that moment, and no matter how much her bangs might drive you crazy, you'd be made of stone to not fall head over heels for her here, too.  With the boost from Jess, who was willing to make an ass of herself for the sake of him and his family, Nick did what he knew he had to do all along, but kept putting off (it's easier to crunch the numbers on a calculator than it is to find the right words about your parent): he said goodbye to his dad. Nick gave a sweet, honest, and beautiful eulogy about his pop.  Now, I know I keep pushing for Johnson to get an Emmy (he deserves it) but there was a moment that solidified his place as not only an incredibly gifted comic star, but an actor as well. When Nick said in his eulogy that he didn't know whether or not his father Walt was a good or bad guy "he was my dad and im sure gonna miss him." That gut punch of a line was likely from the talented New Girl writers, but in that same moment Nick hands begin to nervously fidget. That could have very well been in the script too, but after having seen the improv-heavy Drinking Buddies at SXSW, which stars Johnson, I wouldn't be surprised if he came up with that key moment on the spot.  RELATED: Jake Johnson and His 'Drinking Buddies' Castmates Riff on Their Film at SXSW  In case that wasn't enough to put a lump in your throat, Nick's mom apologized to him for putting so much pressure on him as a kid (being the good boy that he is, he told her not to worry) and warmed to Jess, even packing her a snack for the road. "I'm glad you have someone who takes care of you," she told her son as they both looked at Jess. He didn't correct her, he only smiled knowingly. These two have a bond deeper than frenzied make-outs, but whether that will lead to love still remains to be seen. They deeply, deeply care about each other for now, and that's okay. Although, here's to hoping that final sequence of Jess singing "Burning Love" is actually just musical foreshadowing.  Check out the lines and best moments from the wonderful "Chicago" (there's more than a few, get ready) here:  - "He loved me more than he loved you, he told me that"- Winston, to Nick about his dad. Nick concurred with, "Yeah he told me that, too, actually."  - "I wanted to look fantastic for your father's funeral, now I have nothing but the schmatta on my back" - Schmidt, putting his Hebrew flair on funeral talk.  - "Don't do the hair pull, it's so intimate" - Nick to his brother Jamie.  - Nick's nicknames (ha!) at home include College and The Iron Jew. Jess' nicknamed was ceremoniously declared Glasses.  - Schmidt's hatred of the "middle class button system": "Look at all these buttons, I look like a remote control!"  - Jamie's theory on being coy about sexual relationships: "She who denied it, supplied it."  - Schmidt calling Winston a "beautiful black butterfly" and "a ghoul" during his fake eulogy for him.  - Schimdt representin': "Long Island, son!" (Runner-up: "All day, son!") - Bobby representin': "It's all about the gestuh!" - Drunk Nick crying to Jess, "I'm the stupidest of all the stupid boys!" Hardly.  - "He was very good at gambling, he had a great mustache, he was mean to cabbies in a cool way, he never was scared" - Nick's lovely, tearjerking eulogy to his dad.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran [Photo credit: Jennifer Clasen/Fox] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • Prop 8: The Movie? Hollywood's History With the Gay Marriage Debate
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 26, 2013
    It's no surprise that Hollywood has been so invested in Proposition 8 over the past few years. Never mind that the controversial ballot proposition and the landmark case that followed which banned same-sex marriage (the ban was later declared unconstitutional) is happening right in their own backyard in California, but Hollywood — which never shies away from speaking out about a cause it believes in — is both a largely gay and gay-friendly community.  On Tuesday, the Supreme Court justices are hearing arguments on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (which denies federal spousal benefits to same-sex couples), with the future of marriage rights and equality in the country hanging in the balance. The headline-grabbing news and debates regarding Prop 8 is intense and dramatic as is in real-life, but Hollywood has been telling the important page in American history, as its happening, and it seems as though they will continue to do so, no matter what today's outcome is.  RELATED: Almost All of Michelle Shocked's Concerts Canceled After She Tells Crowd God Hates Gays Prop 8 has already been turned into a musical and a play, now it seems it could be headed for the silver screen. According to BuzzFeed, actor/writer/director/all-around mensch Rob Reiner is working with Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black (Milk) to turn his play 8 into a film. Reiner, who is  a co-founder of the American Foundation of Equal Rights (a backing the Prop 8 challenge), told the site, "We are working on it. Lance is working on a screenplay, and hopefully, when he finishes it, I'm going to direct it." No word on whether the original casts (plural) will return for the movie treatment.  Reiner was just one of the big name stars to appear in the 2011 Broadway production of the courtroom reenactment. (Among the other stars to take part in the original cast presentation were Morgan Freeman, Matt Bomer, Ellen Barkin, Bradley Whitford, and John Lithgow). The show, in which Black gave a detailed, verbatim account of transcripts from the 2010 trial and personal testimonials, went on to have another show in Los Angeles which featured an even bigger line-up (Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Colfer, and John C. Reilly, just to name a few) and was broadcast worldwide.  RELATED: Angelina and Brad's Engagement Lets Down Gay Americans The play/educational tool, which raised around $2 million for the American Foundation of Equal Rights and was described by the Los Angeles Times at the time as "part activist theater, part Hollywood in-party", is still available to watch online. You can watch the entire 90 minute show here:  Of course, before 8 the Play, there was  Prop 8 the Musical, the less-serious, but equally impactful (if not more so, considering it has over 7 million views to date) viral video from Funny or Die. Released in 2008, before the trial, the social commentary in the clip is as scathing as it is, well, funny. Featuring the likes of Rashida Jones, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, and Jack Black as Jesus Christ, Prop 8 the Musical is as hysterical, catchy, and sadly, all too relevant today as it was five years ago. See it again below:  "Prop 8 - The Musical" starring Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and many more... from Jack Black [Photo credit: American Foundation for Equal Rights]  You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • Jim Carrey Ridicules Gun Supporters, Charlton Heston In Scathing Funny Or Die Clip
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 25, 2013
    Jim Carrey hasn't been shy about sharing his thoughts on guns in America lately and his new Funny or Die clip "Cold Dead Hand" is the eyebrow-raising culmination of all those very strong feelings.  RELATED: Jim Carrey Steals the Show in the Otherwise Lackluster 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'  The actor/comedian — who has been teasing the video on Twitter over the past few days along with his own commentary on gun control ("The important question is 'Do we possess guns in America or do guns possess us?'" was among one of his tweets) — said in a press release,  "I find the gun problem frustrating and ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is my fun little way of expressing that frustration.” On Twitter, however, he put it a little more bluntly: "Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.Sorry if you're offended…" [sic.] RELATED: Jim Carrey on the Set of 'Kick-Ass 2' — PHOTOS  If Carrey wasn't clear enough on Twitter about his gun control message, the scathing and oft very funny social commentary in "Cold Dead Hand" makes it crystal. The 51-year-old star does what he does best here with some spot-on impressions — including (clearly) Sam Elliott and the late actor/outspoken gun advocate Charlton Heston, who infamously made that "Cold dead hands" NRA speech in 2000, of which this song parodies — on a send-up of the '70s variety show Hee-Haw. (Among one of the lyrics is one line about Heston himself that goes, "The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned, cause they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold dead hand.”) RELATED: Jim Carrey Banking on New Heist Film 'Loomis Fargo'  Carrey also plays the front man for a fictitious band called Lonesome Earl and the Clutterbusters, which is backed by beacons of anti-violence and peace Gandhi, Lincoln, and Lennon (played by 90s band The Eels). Now, whether or not "Cold Dead Hand" makes you tap your toes, laugh along with the biting social satire, raise your fist in solidarity, or if it just pushes your buttons that someone starring in the upcoming Kick-Ass 2 is taking aim at others on the topic of violence... well, that's your right to express that feeling.  Watch Carrey's video below and sing along to the scathing song ("On the ones, who sell the guns ... Only the devil’s true devotees could profiteer from pain and fear") on iTunes:  Cold Dead Hand with Jim Carrey from Jim Carrey [Photo credit: Funny or Die] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • New Limp Bizkit Song with Lil Wayne Mocks Britney Spears, Hits On Jessica Biel
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 25, 2013
    "Go f**k yourself!" That's how 42-year-old grown man Fred Durst has ceremoniously re-introduced himself to the music world with Limp Bizkit's new single "Ready to Go." For any fans worried that Durst and the reunited Limp Bizkit have gone a different route since their "Nookie" days, you needn't worry your red baseball capped heads: everything old is the same again.  RELATED: Limp Bizkit: The Return of America's Most Hated Band  In fact, without a vague Lady Gaga reference peppered in there, it would be hard to tell if "Ready to Go" were released ten years ago or if it really is the first single off of the band's upcoming album Stampede of the Disco Elephants. The M.O. of the six-minute-long (!!) song is awfully similar to Limp Bizkit songs of yore: the riffs, the lyrical poetry ("finger f**k the sky" is one of the gems here), and, of course, picking on Britney Spears.  Durst goes after Spears and their well-documented tryst in the track ("I'm the one that had Britney droppin' to her knees," he brags), for some reason, despite the fact that that's hardly what people talk about when it comes to the X Factor judge these days. In fact, Durst seems to have it out for all of Justin Timberlake's ladies on the song, requesting that any females should "get at me if that ass is like Jessica Biel's." Residual angst about every time *NSYNC trumped Limp Bizkit on TRL? Perhaps. (Those rascals even tried to steal his spotlight today!)  RELATED: 'Spring Breakers' Is a Metaphor for Britney Spears' Breakdown Of course, the real headline-grabber here is that the tune features rapper Lil Wayne, who is currently recovering from a health scare and a TMZ-fueled death hoax. Although, if Weezy had taken a turn for the worst, at least he would have left us with the lasting words: "What the f**k is up? F**k the world, bust a nut."  You can listen to the entire track below, which features the frontman bragging and repeatedly asking you, "Is that your bitch? 'Cause she told me she ready to go." You've been warned.  RELATED: Is Britney Spears Faking It? Eve Says She Doesn't Sing On New Track  [Photo credit: WENN] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
  • '60 Minutes': 5 Key Quotes From the Pussy Riot Segment
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 25, 2013
    If you only tuned in to 60 Minutes last night to hear distinguished newscaster Lesley Stahl say the words "Pussy Riot" over and over (and "Putin," for that matter) then you weren't listening close enough to the episode. Stahl spoke with the members of the Russian punk outfit who aren't incarcerated for a protest they staged to speak out against Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral in 2012.  While Yekaterina Samutsevich was able to speak to Stahl in the light of day, Pussy Riot's drummer, who identified herself only as "Kot," was in an undisclosed location, had to wear a mask, and had CBS alter her voice as she is in hiding.  That's because "Kot" and Samutsevich's convicted bandmates Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are currently serving two year sentences in harsh conditions for their "crimes." (Samutsevich was freed on appeal last year).  Many have been vocal and outspoken about the harsh sentence for a freedom of speech issue, including fellow artists like Madonna, but 60 Minutes let those closest to the headline-grabbing story do the talking. Here are five key quotes from the segment, other than Stahl quoting that the riots and protests on his doorstep made him "pee his pants."  - "This is the language we've chosen, the language of punk." —  Yekaterina Samutsevich - "It's strange when you're innocent, are you supposed to ask for forgiveness from the judge who's ready to put you away for several years? No, this wasn't even discussed." —  Yekaterina Samutsevich - "I'm here to say you shouldn't give up. What happened to us is unacceptable." — "Kot" - "It's an ongoing fight … just because there was a court case doesn't mean we're going to shut our mouths, we have things to say. We're gonna work, continue to do what we do." — Yekaterina Samutsevich You can watch the entire segment that definitely upset your grandparents on Sunday night here:  [Photo credit: CBS] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 13 Most WTF Fan Tributes
  • 'Admission' Director Paul Weitz On Casting Tina Fey: 'I Immediately Thought of [Her]'
    By: Aly Semigran Mar 23, 2013
    The new romantic dramedy Admission marks some pretty big firsts for television royalty Tina Fey: it's the first time the 30 Rock star worked with Paul Rudd (despite having a whole lot of very funny factors previously connecting them) and the first time the funny lady took on a more serious role.  Admission director Paul Weitz (whom Fey also worked with for the first time) is no stranger to adapting books for the big screen and having stars step out of their comfort zone (see: About A Boy and Hugh Grant's revelation of a performance in it), but he was particularly eager to work with the Emmy-winning Fey on this project.  In Admission, Fey plays Portia, a content, straight-laced Princeton admissions officer whose life takes a series of unexpected turns when her longtime boyfriend Mark (Michael Sheen) leaves her for another woman, her mother Susannah (Lily Tomlin) reveals she's had a double mastectomy, and Portia meets a charming single dad and high school teacher named John (Rudd) who not only becomes a romantic interest but also introduces her to Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a bright young man who could be the son she gave up for adoption years ago. Subsequently, she hits a series of moral dilemmas with her job when Jeremiah applies to Princeton. It's not exactly an episode of 30 Rock.  RELATED: 'Admission' Star Tina Fey on Working with Paul Rudd and What She and Amy Poehler Will Host Next "I like it when they're taking a step," the Oscar-nominated Weitz (whose previous credits also include American Pie, In Good Company, and Little Fockers) tells regarding working with actors and actresses on a role that breaks them out of their usual mold, like Fey in Admission. "I felt like the character [Portia] needed comedy and intelligence and Tina has both of those things. I really felt like it would be something she could do." "The character feels like she is settled in her life and nothing is going to change for her: she has the job she wants for the rest of her life, she's in a relationship and doesn't want to get married, and most of all, doesn't want to be a mom. Then she gets thrown this massive curve ball in the course of this movie," Weitz continues. "So it's really important to have somebody who you think is smart enough to fool themselves into thinking that everything's done." Weitz says he was not aware that Admission would mark Fey's first post-30 Rock performance ("I was aware that there was a certain amount of the year when one could shoot a movie with her"). He said that after reading Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2009 novel of the same name on which the film is based: "I immediately thought of Tina for it." RELATED: 'Admission' Star Paul Rudd Would Be Down to Be Your High School Teacher  Fey tells that appearing in the more serious Admission "wasn't a craven choice of, 'Check me out now, world'... it just happened to be that this felt like a really good script and story," but it seems her co-star Rudd needed a little more convincing for his part of the saintly John.  "When he first read the script he really wanted to work with Tina, but he felt like his character was kind of too good to be true," Weitz reveals. "This guy who does relief work, he's a single dad, traveling place to place doing good. He said, 'I don't understand this guy, he needs to be a selfish bastard as well.' So I worked pretty hard with him on the script." In the end, both Rudd and Weitz seemed happy with the end result. Weitz says he appreciated that the film, and Rudd's characterization in particular, turned out to be "a pretty realistic portrayal of how when you have a kid you love, you yell at them a lot and they drive you insane. He's also a guy who's at a point in his life where he's gotten to make all the decisions, and his kid who is now 11 is saying, 'Wait a minute, why do we have to move?' I liked that not only was Tina's character in flux, but [Paul's character] was dealing with this big new thing." While the director says that he doesn't "keep in mind what the fans of the book want because I figure they've had the wonderful experience of the book," he does take into account what the original text's author takes away from his "subjective reaction to it and what I take from it." RELATED: 'Admission' Review: Tina Fey and Paul Rudd Avert Cute Overload, Deliver Charm He explains, "I don't want the author to hate me when the film's done, so usually I touch base with them and say, 'I wanna go in this direction, this is what I'm thinking of, here's why, and I hope that you're not upset with me.' It's always nice when the writer sees it and feels happy with the product." Looks like Hanff Korelitz gave Weitz and screenwriter Karen Croner a passing grade for their interpretation.  Watch the full interview with Admission director Paul Weitz below, including his thoughts on what constitutes as a romantic comedy in this day and age.  Admission is currently in theaters nationwide.  [Photo credit: Focus Features] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable