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!')
  • Dax Shepard's Blog Post About His Late Father Is An Emotional Wallop And An Unforgettable Read
    By: Aly Semigran March 22, 2013 6:16pm EST
    All right, readers. Prepare yourselves. Because this one is a doozy. In fact, if you don't feel like having yourself a good old fashioned Friday late afternoon cry, you might want to turn away now. But if you're game to read one of the most emotionally honest and intimate blog posts from a person — celebrity or otherwise — then keep going. It's worth the lump in your throat, or cascade of tears, that is inevitable to follow reading.  Dax Shepard — he of Parenthood, Idiocracy, and yes, Punk'd — recently took to his Tumblr to post an emotional, funny, honest, and downright loving tribute to his late father Dave Robert Shepard, Sr., titled "My Father’s Horniness." Shepard's father passed away at the far-too-young age of 62-years-old on December 31, 2012. "Small cell carcinoma was to blame," the actor notes.  Shepard shares some amazing insights (his late father was "a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 25 years"), seriously delightful memories and hilarious anecdotes about his dad ("He loved to eat. Holy s**t could he eat... Nothing in the pantry was safe. He would come up with the most counter-intuitive combinations of food. Like a true alchemist, he’d put salsa on oatmeal, or smother frozen waffles with a can of black beans"). RELATED: Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard Expecting Their First Child But there's one particularly moving passage of the entry about Shepard's significant other Kristen Bell — who is expecting their first child this spring — surprising him and her ailing father-in-law at the hospital. Don't say that I didn't warn you that this one hits hard:  "The next day I showed up to the hospital to find that he had taken a very sharp turn for the worse. It was not what I was expecting. I had let myself believe that the fun we had the day before was some kind of magic antidote. I half expected to see him eating a full breakfast when I walked in, but instead he was dazed and motionless. He could no longer sit up on his own, and talking was proving to be too much for him. So we sat quietly. I climbed in the bed with him and rubbed the little hairs on the back of his neck. I squeezed him. I’d never seen him so cute and little. He was a 250 pound baby. We spent most of the day that way. At one point, and unbeknownst to both of us, my wife walked into the room. She had flown in from LA without any warning. It was a surprise. It was an amazing, incredible, perfectly timed surprise. She lifted her shirt up and he put his hand on her swollen stomach. He left it there for the better part of an hour. He was smiling from ear to ear, sitting contently, unable to put together a sentence, but still capable of connecting to the new family member we were creating. He wasn’t going to make it to the birth, but that didn’t get in the way of him meeting the new baby. It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill." RELATED: Justin Timberlake's Moving 'Mirrors' Video Is a Tribute to His Grandparents No, there's nothing in my eye... except buckets and buckets and buckets of tears. And good god, look at that picture. How unbeliavably wonderful. For anyone who has lost a parent, the post will hit the always raw nerve. Shepard's willingness to share fond memories of his dad likely not only helped him with his own healing process, but will help countless others handle their own grief. But, really, this will have an impact on anyone who has loved, lost, or both. This is a testament to all those things, and a beautiful reminder of how precious life is, to enjoy all the moments. Dax, your papa would have been damn proud of you for this.  [Photo credit:] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Where Will Jay Leno's Fans Go If He Really Leaves NBC This Time?
    By: Aly Semigran March 22, 2013 3:15pm EST
    No matter what your feelings on Jay Leno may be (especially if you're current time slot rival Jimmy Kimmel), there's no denying that he's just as capable of stepping on toes as he is getting viewers to tune in to his show. Now with the rumblings that NBC is ready to boot the host (again) and replace him with a younger, hipper guy (again! ... only this time it would be Jimmy Fallon), will Leno's faithful fans stick with The Tonight Show, go elsewhere, or tune out at 11:35 PM for good?  RELATED: If Jimmy Fallon Replaces Jay Leno, Who Will Replace Fallon? Even though Leno is biting the hand that feeds him by mocking the floundering NBC on an almost nightly basis, insiders are baffled as to why the network would dare get rid of him. As Tim Malloy over at The Wrap muses, Leno would be "the only one losing his job in late night — even though he's beating the guys who are keeping theirs." Bill Gorman, the co-founder of television ratings website TV by the Numbers, broke down the current averages of the season to date for the late night shows and their respective hosts for  - The Tonight Show, Leno: 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, 3.5 million total viewers - The Late Show, Letterman:  0.7 adults 18-49 rating, 3.1 million total viewers - Jimmy Kimmel Live, 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, 2.6 million total viewers (avg. since his show moved to 11:35 in January) RELATED: Jimmy Fallon Jokes About Jay Leno Replacement Rumors Meanwhile Leno's proposed replacement, Late Night host Fallon, who is on at the later 12:35 AM time slot, has a "0.5 rating, 1.7 million total viewers season to date." So where would Leno's devoted fans in the coveted 18-49 demo go? Will they move to rival David Letterman, who, like Leno, sways to an older crowd? Or will they abandon network TV for good and instead flip to cable for, say, The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? (As Gorman notes, "On a week to week basis, [Jon] Stewart and [Stephen] Colbert's shows are now pretty close to the broadcast shows among adults 18-49, but draw about half as many total viewers.")  Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine, lends his expertise on the subject to "In this fragmented TV world, if Leno leaves The Tonight Show, his audience would likely be spread far and wide — it's unlikely one show would be the beneficiary." "If Letterman outlasts Leno, he'd pick up some of those viewers. Some might stick around to check out Fallon or try Kimmel, but others will likely move on to news shows, syndicated repeats or even their DVR," Schneider adds. "If Arsenio [Hall]'s still on the air at that point (he launches this fall), he could very well pick up a chunk of Leno's audience. But in the end, once Leno's show goes away, his audience may choose another, powerfully seductive late-night competitor: Sleep." RELATED: Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno, 'Tonight Show' to Return to New York If you're a Leno fan, will you continue to tune into The Tonight Show or jump ship for good? Will you tune into the other late night programs? Let us know in the comments section! [Photo Credit: Illustration] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • 'Splash' on ABC Looks a Little Different From the 'Splash' I Remember
    By: Aly Semigran March 20, 2013 10:44am EST
    What's this on my DVR? Oh, Splash! That delightful Ron Howard movie about Tom Hanks falling in love with a mermaid played by Daryl Hannah. Little weird that it's only an hour long (maybe it's edited for television?) and that it's on during prime time hours, but I like a good, insane, conceptual romantic comedy as much as the next gal, so I'll just roll with it.  RELATED: 'Splash' Will Attempt to Make Waves, Unlike 'Stars in Danger: The High Dive'  Hmm, this looks a little different than I remember it. I definitely don't remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar being in this, but hey that guy was huge in the '80s, so that could very well be a cameo I missed. Louie Anderson was kind of a thing in the '80s, too. Keshia Knight Pulliam was a Cosby kid, so that would make some sense... although man, she's a lot taller than I recall. Drake Bell? I'm pretty sure you weren't even a zygote. And why the hell is he jumping into a pool with a perfectly good guitar?  Okay, so I think I figured this out: Splash is actually about a group of D-list merpeople like Kendra Wilkinson, Nicole Eggert, Chuy Bravo, Katharine Webb, Ndamukong Suh and Rory Bushfield who all must learn how to re-acclimate to the water to win Tom Hanks' love, and a wise ocean prophet (played by Greg Louganis) teaches them how to do it. Okay, maybe I remember this movie better than I thought. Though I swore Daryl Hannah was in this. Maybe that's this Kendra character? She's blond and pretty and talks like she's just been on land for the first time ever.  Alright, so, there's people walking down a red carpet high dive and into a pool of synchronized divers. Hey, the '80s were a weird time, man. The merpeople are all being introdcued, which seems crazy, considering we already established this during the opening credits. Oh haha, Kareem and Chuy came out at the same time. I think Howard was going for juxtaposition here, as one is very tall and one is very small. He was very ahead of his time in 1984.  WHOA, wait, what happened to Joey Lawrence? Where's his feathered hair? Is this some sort of Big situation? Am I watching the wrong fanciful Tom Hanks movie? Oooh, a montage! Now I know I'm in an '80s movie for sure. Greg Louganis is training all the merpeople, and they are belly-flopping and attempting to go off the high dive. If I know anything about '80s movies montages, they're all going to be winners by the end of this and show the villainous Aryan Johnny what's what at the big ski competition. I mean, dive-off.  RELATED: The 13 Most Hilarious 'DWTS' Faces  Two guys named David Boudia and Steve Foley are making cameos, but I personally can't wait for Clint Howard to show up! Keshia just said, "Life is like diving," which is the "Life is like a box of chocolates" of Splash. Man, this movie really laid the groundwork for Hanks' career, didn't it? Now, she's in a sparkly bathing suit that Dr. Huxtable would in no way approve of. She dives into the pool, but Steve tells her she's not ready to be a mermaid yet. So sad.  Alright, here's the gist of what follows, because for an hour, this feels like an eternity. How was this such a box office smash? At first, Louie can't get out of the pool, but then, apparently, jumps from 23 feet "for the troops"; Katharine is the '80s vixen character who's out to convince us she's "more than just a pretty face"; Rory reveals he is an extreme skier which means... oh no, he's the Johnny Bad Guy of Splash (could have sworn that was Eugene Levy, but I clearly don't remember this as well as I thought); Kareem overcomes being taller and older to land face first in the pool.  RELATED: 'The Biggest Loser' Finale: And the Winner Is... Hold the phone, why don't the other merpeople have to dive? Louie and Kareem are gone? Why are Keshia and Katharine having a dive-off? This plot is getting excessively confusing, especially for a Brian Grazer movie. Wait... this isn't the Tom Hanks rom com Splash... it's an ABC reality diving competiton!?! Oof. I miss the '80s. [Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • Paul Rudd & Tina Fey in 'Admission' and 9 Movie Couples That Should Have Been Hotter
    By: Aly Semigran March 20, 2013 9:48am EST
    Paul Rudd? Hot. Tina Fey? Hot. Paul Rudd and Tina Fey playing a couple on-screen for the first time ever? Should have been totally hot. While the chemistry between Rudd and Fey wasn't exactly tepid in their upcoming comedy Admission (they share some choice smooches), it was definitely "cuter" than the sexy coupling should — and could — have been.  RELATED: 'Admission' Star Tina Fey On Working With Paul Rudd Of course, Rudd and Fey are hardly the first on-screen pairing to feel more lukewarm than scorching hot. Bona fide attractive people Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt had more fizzle than sizzle in The Mexican and Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's lame turn as lovers became the laughing stock of the Golden Globes. But, hey, look on the bright side, not-hot-couplings, we're all still imagining being your significant other! Gallery: 10 Movie Couples Who Should Have Been Hot...But Were Not [Photo Credit: Focus Features] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • 'New Girl' Recap: The One Where Nick and Jess Almost...
    By: Aly Semigran March 19, 2013 9:59pm EST
    Is it hot in here or is just Nick and Jess? Well, technically both as my heat is not only on full blast (lousy Smarch weather) but because Nick and Jess are the most scorching almost-couple on television. The New Girl writers are dangling these two in front of us like they're a sexy ball of yarn and we're a damn cat. The innuendo-filled "Quick Hardening Caulk" (come on, even the title of the episode was an innuendo!) was a fast, furious, and frenzied mix of physical comedy and sexual tension. Hell, even Winston had a killer scene this week. A hilarious winner of an episode all around.  The episode kicked off at the bar where roles were reversed, as Schmidt was a sad sack drowning his Cece engagement sorrows in the girliest drink of all time, Melon Balls ("That's safe to drink while you're pregnant" Nick made sure to note), and Nick was a motivated go-getter who was doing everything to be a good bartender. The take-charge, grown-up Nick caught the eye of Jess, who, let's face it, hasn't been able to really shake him (and vice versa) since their kiss.  RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: An Unexpected Engagement Party Jess admitted, out loud, to Cece that she wants Nick. Now her crush is not just something in her mind, but a palpable energy in the apartment and every time she's around Nick it is, as to be expected, terribly awkward. Everything he does suddenly makes him more and more appealing: figuring out what laundry is (even the "little soap house" in the washing machine and the perks of "smelling like a baby in a damn meadow"), wanting to have salads and vitamins for nutrition, and his newfound ambition at work by coming up with ideas like "Men's Night" at the bar.  Of course, Nick was clueless to Jess' weirdness (in his defense, she's a cuckoo bird all the time) and his real reason for wanting to be an attractive, productive adult male was — unbeknownst to Jess — because he was sleeping with his sexy new female manager at the bar, played by guest star Odette Annable.  The growing attraction was only propelled by a fateful trip to a hardware store where he sexily pulled on chains (oh, the grunting, my god, the grunting), sexily rattled off his list of items he needed to buy (which just so happened to include a long- shafted drive drill, a new nut wrench, quick hardening caulk, a drill shaft, and box of gummy sharks) and sexily nailed Jess in the face with a long plank of wood. Okay, that last one isn't as sexy as it sounds, he actually accidentally knocked her out cold with wood.  Back at the apartment, Nick tended to Jess, who was all hopped up on painkillers from the shiner she took to the chin. In her woozy state Jess not only confessed to Nick that she liked him, but that she wanted to have sex with him. I repeat: Jess admitted to Nick she wanted to have sex with him, in the voice of Judy Garland, no less. (Boy, Jess sure does bring old timey stars into the bedroom with her a lot, doesn't she?)  A stunned and confused Nick did his best to fight off an aggressive Jess ("That little piggy cant be touched by you!") even as she reached down his pants and told him he was a "beautiful white man" and adored his "little bubble belly." He fought her off just enough to have his hand land in a bowl of hot soup and left with a whole lot of confused feelings.  When he pow-wowed with Schmidt and Winston (I'll get to their storyline soon, I swear) and gave a very thinly veiled analogy about opened and closed doors, it was very evident Nick wanted to have sex with Jess and see if she meant what she said. But, heartbreak of heartbreak, a recovering Jess emerges to reveal she doesn't remember anything that happened to her, certainly not confessing wanting to have sexytimes with Nick. All together now: nooooooooooooo! RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: Parking Wars But the saga of Nick and Jess wasn't over just yet: Jess showed up to the bar to find Nick's new squeeze all over him. Jess tried to surpress her anger and confusion and Nick tried to cover his tracks to no avail, introducing Jess as his "room...friend" and Jess storming off, despite not really having a reason to be upset about him having a new girl around...except for the fact that she loves him.  Nick found Jess back at the apartment eating ice cream (oh brother, let's hope they don't get into this territory again), but rather than let the tension mount, he tells her about her drug-fueled confession and flat-out asks her, "Do you wanna have sex with me?" She says yes, but the truth comes out that her newfound attraction came from Nick's newfound ambition, that was for another woman. Nick calls her a gold digger, she denies it, and in what is his sexiest move yet, tells her to "prove it." Hubba. Hubba.  The two kiss again and claw at each other physically and verbally, flip-flopping between hot make-out session and arguing with each other, sometimes combining both. ("Just shut up and take off your clothes!") But the fighting had disastrous results when Nick accidentally broke Schmidt's fish tank (yes, Schmidt got a fish tank, I promise I'll get to it!) and the whole thing fell apart, literally and figuratively. No, Nick and Jess didn't do it, but they certainly didn't close the door to it either. Thank goodness, because Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel's comedic chemistry has made for the most sizzling, enjoyable dynamic on television in a long time. They're both comedy dynamos who, let's face it, aren't too tough to look at. Everybody wins.  Speaking of comedy dynamos, Max Greenfield had one of his best performances this season with an episode that was equal parts slapstick as it was heart. Schmidt was in a total downward spiral since Cece's engagement that only got worse when, despite Winston's best intention to take his mind off things by taking him to the aquarium, Schmidt became obsessed with a lionfish that reminded him of his ex. (You see, because for him, there's no other fish in the seasea, than Cece).  Schmidt becomes obsessed with obtaining the rare lionfish, going so far as to try and fish one out of the ocean (with a lacrosse stick, no less) only to wind up with a comically large jellyfish sting to the face. With good friend Winston by his side (who wouldn't, nay couldn't pee on him, a la Monica's incident on Friends) Schmidt wound up in the hospital where Cece showed up with...a lionfish as per Schmidt's request. (She knew a guy who knows a guy who can find obscure things. The perks of being a model).  With Schmidt out cold, Winston pleads with Cece to give Schmidt space to breathe and get over her. Her engagement was, as he described it, killing him. It was a sincere, much-needed moment, not only for Cece to step away or make up her mind about Schmidt for good, but for the underutilized Lamorne Morris to finally have a real reason to be around. When Schmidt came around he realized, albeit very late, that the fish obsession was an obvious analogy for Cece and that he must release her: she's not his to keep. It all would have been very sweet if Schmidt hadn't attempted to flush "her" and then accidentally throw "her" in the total opposite direction on the beach.  "Quick Hardening Caulk" (heh) cracked the doors back open for both major New Girl couples, and while I'm a little more eager for a full-fledged Nick and Jess hook-up (I mean, look at the way they kiss and fight), the ongoing Schmidt and Cece drama looks primed for some season finale action. Either way the wind blows for these four, it's all working for New Girl. The show has somehow broken the sitcom curse of having couples tension not get in the way of it being hilarious. Looking at you, later seasons of How I Met Your Mother. The cast and writers of New Girl have expertly woven physical comedy, with romance, sex, and drama, and the new episode was the epitome of all that.  RELATED: 'New Girl': The One Where Nick and Jess Kiss  Here now are some of the other great moments and lines from the great "Quick Hardening Caulk." Heh.  - Schmidt's list of things worth getting upset about other than Cece: "Air pollution in China, the deficit, The Hobbit wasn't very good." - "I don't trust fish, they breathe water"- Nick, after seeing Schmidt's fish tank.  - "Just remember you caught him pleasuring himself to a mail order steak catalog!" - Jess, talking herself down from being turned on by Nick at the hardware store.  - "I don't want some janky fresh water bitch fish." - Schmidt, after Winston buys him a clown fish.  - Schmidt telling Winston he's an "incredibly lumpy man" and suggesting he lose 55 pounds.  - Nick calling $24 "two dozen dollars" at the bar.  - "What are you, the city planner?!"- Schmidt to Winston, after he warns him the toilet doesn't lead to the ocean.  - Nick and Jess' make-out. Yes, I know we already talked about it, but it's worth mentioning again!  [Photo credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox]
  • 'Splash' Will Attempt To Make Waves, Unlike 'Stars in Danger: The High Dive'
    By: Aly Semigran March 19, 2013 12:58pm EST
    It seems like only yesterday that we, as a people, collectively decided to not give a s**t that some D-list celebrities were taking part in a televised diving competition. Well, actually, it was back in January, epitomized when only 3.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Antonio Sabato Jr. win Fox's two-hour special Stars in Danger: The High Dive.  RELATED: Tallying Our Scores for 'Stars in Danger: The High Dive'  Undeterred by the utter belly flop of a concept and execution that was Stars in Danger: The High Dive, ABC is stepping to the edge with Splash on Tuesday night. Splash — which will disappoint literally dozens of people who will tune in thinking it's a remake of the Tom Hanks 1984 comedy classic about falling in love with a mermaid — is a vain attempt to take the same formula as the failed Fox special and hope the masses care about a different set of D-list celebs jumping into pools.  Hosted by Joey Lawrence (Whoa!) and Charissa Thompson, ABC is going for a much more shrewd way of getting viewers for Splash: their contestants include the likes of comedian Louie Anderson and Chelsea Lately sidekick Chuy Bravo. (You see, it's funny, because one is overweight and one is small! Whoa!) Here's what else is in store for Splash, which airs tonight on ABC at 8 PM ET.  RELATED: The 13 Most Hilarious 'DWTS' Faces  Other "Stars" You'll Recognize (Or Not): In addition to intentional sight gags Anderson and Bravo, there's also basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  Nickelodeon star Drake Bell, reality star Kendra Wilkinson, actress Nicole Eggert, Cosby kid Keshia Knight Pulliam, beauty queen Katharine Webb, and pro athletes Ndamukong Suh and Rory Bushfield.  You'll Like It If: You like your reality shows with a nice serving of schadenfreude.  Top 5 Reasons You Might Want to Watch: Your DVR erased Stars in Danger: The High Dive; winter has got you so down you just want to experience a pool, even if its via a television screen; you hate quality programming on other networks like New Girl; seeing pretty ladies like Kendra in bathing suits and handsome dudes like Rory in swim trunks; and, of course, morbid curiosity (poor Chuy).  Top 5 Reasons You Might NOT Want to Watch: Side effects may include sympathy swim ear, sympathy belly flops, sympathy wearing-a-shirt-in-the-pool (poor Louie), sympathy and all-around sympathy.  Love it, or Leave it?: Leave it! The 20th anniversary edition Ron Howard's far more entertaining Splash is on Netflix! RELATED: 'The Voice' Season 4 Preview  [Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • Geek Out: Sir Ian McKellen to Officiate Sir Patrick Stewart's Wedding
    By: Aly Semigran March 19, 2013 11:54am EST
    During a visit to the U.K. talk show The Jonathan Ross Show, Sir Ian McKellen made a very important announcement about some X-Men: Days Of Future Past casting. Well, sort of. As it turns out, the thespian will be playing the role of wedding officiant for his co-star and good friend Sir Patrick Stewart's upcoming real-life nuptials to jazz singer Sunny Ozell. "I’m going to marry Patrick,” McKellen said to the sounds of laughter from the audience, quickly adding, “How else do you put that? I’m going to officiate at his wedding.” While McKellen won't be wearing his Gandalf robe (bummer), he did say he'd be wearing something he "bought in India that was rather fetching. You mustn’t upstage the bride.” Good man. RELATED: Sir Ian McKellen Reveals He is Battling Prostate Cancer McKellen is no stranger to being a master of ceremonies at weddings (the actor revealed on the show that he once presided over "two guys having a civil partnership. I was crying my eyes out") and Stewart is no stranger to weddings either (this will mark his third marriage) but the two can rely on their X-Men flicks to help them out with their big speeches.  RELATED: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Director Teases Professor X's, Young and Old Using some choice lines from their respective characters Magneto and Professor X from X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand, we came up with some words of wisdom either Stewart or McKellen can use on the big day. Try not to get all misty-eyed on us:  "Magnificent, isn't she? /Give me a chance. I might be able to help you find some answers. I'm looking for hope... I will bring you hope, old friend..." (1) "You are a god among insects. Never let anyone tell you different." (2)  "Do you remember when we first met? Do you know what I saw when I looked at you?... And you're here because I need you... I only know that great sacrifice will be required." (3) [KEY - 1: X-Men; 2: X2; 3: X-Men: Last Stand] RELATED: 'X-Men Days of Future Past: A Returning Face and Two New Ones Join the Cast  But  if that doesn't work out, we recommend Stewart sing his vows:   Also, we couldn't help but wonder: instead of a groom's side and bride's side, will this blessed event be split up by humans and mutants? Either way, our nerd hearts are fluttering with joy over this story.  [Photo credit: Tim Whitby/Getty Images]  You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • 'The Voice' Season 4: Shakira Owning & Extended Eps Are in Store
    By: Aly Semigran March 18, 2013 5:33pm EST
    Christina who? That's exactly what you'll be thinking to yourself when you watch the Season 4 premiere of The Voice next Monday. Newbie coach Shakira may not have the same musical gravitas as former Voice coach Christina Aguilera, but the Latin crossover pop star far surpasses her when it comes to being a likable, humble reality star. If you're looking for divas, you might have to tune to the other singing shows — The Voice is going big on charming, lighthearted stars. got a chance to watch an early screening of the premiere episode of the NBC series, and our first impression was that the new arrangement of coaches with newcomers Shakira and Usher (taking over for Christina and Cee Lo Green, respectively) along with Voice vets Adam Levine and Blake Shelton make for the best compilation of reality judges out there.  RELATED: Adam Levine Opens Up About Shakira and Usher on 'The Voice'  Now, we'll miss Christina's sparkly UFO hats and Cee Lo's cat Purrfect as much as the next Voice fan, but after watching the new foursome's rapport, we can report that sometimes change is good. While the fellas all have a pretty similar M.O., especially when it comes to female contestants (Blake and Adam's flirting may only be trumped by Usher's charms and smile with the ladies), Shakira will be the heart and soul of coaches row.  Yes, the coaches still fight over contestants (see the video below, in which all four vie for superstar-in-the-making Judith Hill) and Adam seems to be public enemy no. 1 with Shakira, but it feels... fun. So often with Christina, you felt like she legitimately hated Adam, whereas Shakira can dish it out with him as well as she can take it. I hope the show doesn't do a constant musical spinning chairs with judges, not only for the sake of the show (that's where American Idol ran into heaps of trouble), but because these four click together so well. Hell, they even pull off covering the sacred fab four The Beatles together with flying colors in the premiere.  RELATED: Singing Showdown: 'The Voice' vs. 'The X Factor'  In addition to the effortless melding of new and old coaches, Season 4 of The Voice will also have a pair of two-hour Tuesday broadcasts (beginning at 8 PM ET) on both April 30 and May 7 to cover the essential knockout rounds on April 30. The live do-or-die playoffs episode will be on the May 7 show. The following night (May 8) will be an hour-long live episode in which the final top 12 artists will be revealed.  The Season 4 premiere of The Voice premieres on NBC at 8 PM ET. will have full recaps of the entire new season, so stay tuned! Check out this snippet from the premiere here:  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran [Photo credit: NBC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • 'Girls' Season 2 Finale Recap: The Judd Apatow Touch
    By: Aly Semigran March 18, 2013 9:41am EST
    The presence of Judd Apatow has never been more present than it was during last night's Season 2 finale of Girls. The executive producer of the HBO series that everyone loves to hate to talk about penned "Together" along with star Lena Dunham (who also, impressively directed the episode) and the whole thing felt very Apatow-esque. No, there were no gross-out moments per se (at least not on par with the Q-tip heard scene heard 'round the world) but there was enough conveniently wrapped-up sentimentality to counteract that whole sex montage. For a season that's been as dark and bleak and daring (ahem, "One Man's Trash") as this one, "Together" played it awfully safe.  RELATED: 'Girls': How Hannah's Bloody Q-Tip Unraveled Adam That's not to say it was a bad episode, it just ended on a note so wildly different from the rest of this divisive, albeit brilliant Golden Globe-winning season. Even its opening sequence, a depressed, unraveling Hannah differed substantially from its movie magic ending. Maybe the opener felt more on par with me not only with Girls, but in real life. Who, like Hannah (who was still suffering from her OCD symptoms), hasn't nervously Googled everything from a medical diagnosis to asking "At what age does your body start to meltdown?" I mean I once self-diagnosed a stomach ache as a ruptured appendix. Stay away from the Internet if you're a hypochonriac, kids.  Even worse, Hannah got a phone call from her editor wondering where her work was. Her ear issue (and let's be honest, her depression-induced procrastination) had stopped her from writing so much as a single word. Look, I'm not judging Hannah. My ill-advised Googling is only matched by my procrastination, so I could relate. When she panics because they have already cut her an advance ("It's hard for me to tell if I spent that check or a different check, so I'm gonna have to check") and goes into a tailspin because she has "a day to write a book" (not true, she just needed to turn in some pages) is when it all really turns to s**t.  It's a good thing Hannah didn't know what her friends were up to, because honestly, it would bum her out even more. While she was busy have an  existential mid-life crisis, Marnie was getting busy with her ex Charlie (and it was pretty hot at that) and her ex Adam was getting busy with his new girlfriend Natalia, who was letting it be known that she doesn't like to be degraded during sex. Go figure. Apparently for the guys on Girls, no amount of horrifically embarassing rapping or borderline raping will stop the objects of their affection from allowing them back for more.  Shoshanna, on the other hand, was not having as good a time during the sex sequence. Clearly still wracked with guilt and ready to break up with Ray, the two were not in sync in (or out of) the bedroom. You know it's bad when someone asks you to "get out" of them. Of course, with the doomed Shoshanna and Ray, that has a double meaning. Shoshanna finally tells Ray that his lack of ambition is wearing on her and that it's a real issue he must fix.  RELATED: 'Girls' Recap: Book Deals, Stolen Dogs, and Boy Talk And so he did... or he attempted to anyway. Ray went to his boss (played by Colin Quinn, who I hope returns if only to hear him make more jokes about Shoshanna's bread-themed purses) and told him he was going to quit to go back to school to get a PhD in Latin Studies. His boss told him that's a ridiculous idea (it is) and offered him the position of manager at a new Grumpy's location in Brooklyn Heights. Ray wisely obliged and started putting the pieces in place to be the man Shoshanna needed him to be. (Side note: I love how Ray corrected his boss about Shoshanna's bag actually being a clutch. It was a nice added touch to show that Ray is not only listening to the motormouth Shosh, but that he actually does care).  But, sadly for Ray, it wouldn't be enough. Shoshanna was too exhausted by his "dark soul" and his hatred of everything from dinner to children's laughter to stay with him. She thought he needed therapy and that her love for him was only matched by her utter pity for him. She said he would need to change, and maybe when time  would make her appreciate him, could they actually be together. Ray — who accused Shoshanna of having another man on the back burner — snapped that maybe she was the one who should change, took his Andy Kaufman with him, and slammed the door on her and possibly their relationship forever. I don't know who I felt worse for in this scene, but I do know that Zosia Mamet bursting into tears made me ache for Shoshanna and the pain of watching her first real love fall apart.  Things transpired a little bit better for Marnie and Charlie. During brunch Marnie talked wistfully about how they were back together, settled, much to the surprise of Charlie. In true Marnie fashion she whined ("Do you really not want to date me?") and stomped off (while literally folding her arms like a child). Only this time, she got her way.  Charlie chased after her and the two confessed their lingering love towards one another. Now, I'm not Marnie fan (hell, I'm hardly even a Charlie fan) but when she told him she wants to have his babies and watch him die, I actually started to like her. That was quickly erased when, after having a genuine, heartfelt moment with him that she wasn't with him for his money. You almost make me miss Jessa, Marnie. Almost.  Speaking of, Hannah called Jessa in full meltdown mode. Not to check up on her really, but to scold her for just taking off and leaving her behind. While I agree with Hannah on that (I actually think Jessa is the most self-absorbed of the bunch, hell, even her voicemail message makes it loud and clear that she doesn't give a s**t about anyone but herself) her screeching into the phone that she has no friends was simply the cry of someone who needed someone to tell her she's great.  She does have friends and family that care for her (in fact, Marnie went to check on her and her father, who always has her back, just finally stood up for himself with her) she just was in a hole too deep to notice or care. What exactly has Marnie done to Hannah lately that would garner her whining that she's "anorexic"? And all poor Shoshanna was called was "f**king Shoshanna," but I'd venture to guess that girl would be over to hold her hand with one phone call. Hell, it's bad when her weird neighbor Laird — the very same guy who helped finish your absolutely terrible homemade haircut (I admit, that disaster-before-your-eyes scene made me laugh almost as hard as the scene on Louie when he tried to fix his daughter's doll at Christmas) — tells you you're self-absorbed and that your "insides are rotten." He's not wrong, in a sense. While I don't think Hannah is, at the core, a bad person, she is a selfish one. (Even worse, she suggested she had to fight him off when they hooked up, when she's the one who went after him). While anyone in their twenties can relate to the feeling she referred to — the idea that when you were a kid, your dad would clean up broken glass so you wouldn't get hurt, but as an adult, no one cares — is immediately counteracted by the feeling of: Hey, Hannah, you're a grown-up. You break a glass, you clean it up, that's the way it works. And until you start caring about other people's broken glass, or trying to make sure they don't get hurt, everyone will abandon you.  But the worst thing Hannah could have done, after coming up empty trying to bargain with her father or the vain hope that Jessa would actually pick up, was call Adam. Which is exactly what she does. Adam, who is already in the midst of his own scary meltdown, talks to her over video phone, sees the she needs "rescuing," and like something out of a Apatow romantic comedy, he runs to her rescue.  RELATED: 'Girls' Recap: Patrick Wilson Makes a Sextrance The only problem with the sequence of a romantic reunion between Adam and Hannah (spliced in with a shot of a beaming Charlie and Marnie and Shoshanna, free of Ray, laughing and making out with "an adult male blond") is that these two haven't actually matured, if anything they've gotten worse, and the image of her being scooped up in his arms while swelling music plays isn't a sweet one, it's a scary one. These two need saving, but not from each other, so much as themselves.  I would have felt overjoyed if, instead, Hannah sat at her computer and actually wrote anything (she seemed to eke out one sentence about college friendships) or took her medication, but she backpedaled...right back to Adam. I don't see Adam as this romantic the show seems to want to frame him as, especially  not after last week's horrific sex debacle with Natalia. I think Adam loves the idea of Hannah being the weaker one (see: his sexual preferences) and literally ran to the opportunity to be part of that power shift. Marnie, Shoshanna, and Hannah all technically got what they wanted at the end of the episodes, but there's something darker under the surface, something that Season 2 had been going for all along and something, hopefully, Season 3 and the risk-taking Dunham will get back to exploring.  [Photo credit: HBO]  You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • 'Admission' Star Paul Rudd Would Be Down to Be Your High School History Teacher
    By: Aly Semigran March 18, 2013 9:11am EST
    Over the past year, Paul Rudd has managed to get the whole cool high school teacher thing down pat. Between his heartwarming turn as Mr. Anderson, the English teacher who takes a wounded freshman under his wing in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and now as John Pressman, the fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants headmaster of a New Age alternative high school in the new comedy Admission, Rudd seems like he'd actually be a perfect fit for a classroom setting. (You've come a long way, Andy).  RELATED: 'Admission' Trailer: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd Make Pop Culture Fans Rejoice Here's the good news, youths of America wishing that the charming, funny star of Role Models, Anchorman, Clueless, and I Love You, Man would actually be your high school teacher: he'd be game for it. During an interview with, Rudd said he'd consider being a high school teacher, but with a particular subject in mind. "I think I'd like to teach history. I think teaching history would be a cool thing. History or is just too predictable. I wouldn't teach math, I couldn't teach math. Science? I don't think I'd be qualified." Still, even if Rudd was willing to brave the halls of a high school again, he might not quite understand the plight of students who have to go through the rigorous college application process, like the ones hoping to get into Princeton at the mercy of admissions officer Portia Nathan (played by Tina Fey, Rudd's on-screen love interest) do in the film.  RELATED: What Super Disgusting Thing Happened At Paul Rudd's Play?  "I never wrote a college admission essay, I never went through this," Rudd admitted. "I never applied to other colleges, I certainly didn't apply to Princeton. I could have written the best essay in the world I wouldn't have gotten into Princeton or any Ivy League school." Rudd, a University of Kansas grad and former Kansas City resident, likened his college experience and his own application process to "kind of another extension of high school." "It wasn't too tough to get in.... All I had to do was file some paper work," the actor said, adding about his alma mater, "That's not a slight against the University of Kansas, it's a great school." RELATED: How Paul Rudd Almost Killed Leslie Mann on 'This Is 40'  Of course, Rudd, like so many wise guys, spent his high school days quoting comedies like "Caddyshack and Animal House." But there was one movie in particular that amused Rudd as a teen: "I used to quote Weird Science a lot. I went through a Weird Science phase." So, we had an idea for the actor, why not put that Weird Science knowledge to use and do a Jason Reitman-style live read? (He has participated in both live readings of The Apartment  and The Princess Bride). Rudd asked, "Do you think there'd be an audience for that one?" Is he kidding? Class would most definitely be in session for that one.  Watch the entire interview below, in which Rudd also discusses his method (or rather, non-method) to choosing his roles:   [Photo credit: Focus Features] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesTopanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s!