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!')
  • David Mamet To Develop 'Have Gun - Will Travel' For CBS — REPORT
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 22, 2012
    Do not adjust your television set: the Mamets are going to be all over it.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is aiming to have acclaimed writer/director David Mamet reboot the old Western Have Gun - Will Travel. The Pulitizer Prize-winner — whose television credits include The Unit and episodes of Hill Street Blues and The Shield — would helm the updated series about a gunslinger named Paladin, which originally ran from 1957 to 1963.  "Mamet will serve as writer and executive producer on the project, alongside non-writing EP Elliott Webb. If the pilot is ordered, Mamet also would direct," THR reports. has reached out to both CBS and Mamet's reps for a statement, but has not immediately heard back.  While Mamet seems like a surefire thing for bringing Have Gun - Will Travel back, there hasn't been a "successful" television Western in the past decade other than Deadwood. I use quotations because while Deadwood was a critical darling and cult favorite, it wasn't the ratings giant it should have been. Elsewhere, FX's brilliant Justified could technically be considered a Western, but is more likely to be categorized as a crime drama, and AMC's Hell on Wheels hasn't quite been in the same league as the network's other hit programs.  Still, what made Deadwood so f**king great was (aside from all the glorious cursing) how edgy and daring it was. Love or hate his style, those are two things no one has ever accused Mamet of not being. (After all, Mamet is behind the upcoming HBO biopic about infamous music producer Phil Spector, which reportedly paints the convicted murderer in a sympathetic light.) And lest we forget the 64-year-old's "Mamet speak" is as fast as a gunslinger's, so maybe what a modern "successful" Western needs is plot and pacing that's just as quick to the draw. [Photo Credit:]  More:  Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector in HBO Biopic  HBO's Phil Spector Biopic Hits a Few Snags
  • 'Lincoln' Poster: Penny For Your Thoughts?
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 22, 2012
    The quietly powerful poster for Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic Lincoln probably didn't require any additional text, but Oscar-winning leading man Daniel Day-Lewis looks so much like the 16th President of the United States that seeing their two names so close together makes quite the impact. Daniel Day-Lewis is Abraham Lincoln, no stovepipe hat necessary. (Though here's to hoping it at least makes a cameo in the drama which also features an all-star cast featuring the ubiquitous Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, John Hawkes, Jared Harris, James Spader, Jackie Earle Hayley, and Girls star Adam Driver, presumably with a shirt on.)  While we've seen unofficial glimpses at the 55-year-old method actor's stunning transformation into Honest Abe, the first poster for Lincoln — in which Day-Lewis looks like he's posing for the penny — is the real deal. Check it out here:  [Photo credit: DreamWorks] More:  First Photo of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln  David Oyelowe Joins Steven Spielberg's Lincoln  Jared Harris to Play Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln
  • Jim Carrey For 'Kick-Ass 2'? Alrighty Then!
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 21, 2012
    It's not often one hopes that Jim Carrey revisits his work in Batman Forever. His Eternal Sunshine tour de force? Absolutely. (Why doesn't he do more stuff like that and Truman Show?!) His pre-digitally-hitting-on-Emma-Stone-weirdness days? Please. His Dumb & Dumber-era fame? God or Hollywood willing we may get a taste of that again.    But the widely panned Batman Forever? Probably not so much. (Though, in its defense, at least it's not Batman & Robin and Carrey was actually a pretty fun Riddler). Of course, fans haven't really been given a reason to hope to see the 50-year-old slap on some green spandex for a superhero flick until now.    According to Deadline, Carrey is being courted to appear in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall as The Colonel, a character who "helps galvanize the team of misfit superheroes assembled to fight evil." reached out to Carrey's rep and Universal for a statement regarding the report, but did not immediately get a response.     This is where "stunt casting" could pay off in a big way. Not only is Carrey reportedly a big fan of the original Kick-Ass (who wasn't?) but it's been far too long since the actor has been able to let loose in the same manic way he did in the 90s that isn't in a standard mainstream comedy (Yes Man, Fun with Dick and Jane) or kiddie-friendly fare (Mr. Popper's Penguins, A Christmas Carol).    With the exception of the Stone blunder and the unforgivable How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Carrey seems to be one of the 90s superstars fans want to see and has the chance for a comeback. Hence — if this news turns out to be true — why this is such a brilliant move on Universal's part.    Putting Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages did that movie no favors (the Broadway adaptation earned a measly $38.5 million at the U.S. box office) and talk of putting Mel Gibson in The Hangover Part II for a cameo aroused more discomfort than excitement. (Director Todd Phillips ultimately decided to pass on Gibson for the hit sequel.) It's that very reason Carrey hasn't had even close to the same level of personal missteps that Cruise and Gibson have that make him a wise choice. We miss the Gibson and Cruise of the 90s for entirely different reasons than we miss Carrey.     Another reason why Carrey may want to get back in the fight for the Kick-Ass sequel: look what wonders the "stunt casting" of Drew Barrymore in Scream did for both her career and the appeal of that film. Barrymore was in the horror hit for all of ten minutes, but her turn in it was unforgettable and the attention the film got helped Barrymore launch the second wave of her career. (She followed up Scream with other 90s favorites The Wedding Singer, Ever After, and Never Been Kissed).    While Carrey has projects on his horizon, a role in the eagerly anticipated Kick-Ass 2 could be just the thing to jumpstart a comeback. Or, at the very least, another much-needed MTV Movie Awards acceptance speech.    [Photo credit:]    More: Kick-Ass 2 is Happening: 3 Hurdles The Movie Will Face Jeff Daniels Sparks Dumb & Dumber 2 Rumors: Where Have We Heard That Before? Jim Carrey Out Of Dumb & Dumber Sequel?
  • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Won't Appear At Upcoming 'Twilight' Conventions
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 20, 2012
    The Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson breakup scandal has had everyone worked up over the last few weeks, from Jodie Foster to frenzied fans. The latter likely won't be thrilled when they find out that neither of the Breaking Dawn stars will be on hand for the final batch of Twilight conventions. (Though, hey, for all we know, Foster could be bummed about that, too.) Neither Stewart nor Pattinson (nor Taylor Lautner, for that matter) will be taking part in this year's fan conventions in anticipation for Breaking Dawn — Part 2, the final chapter in the Twilight saga. The conventions, which will have Twilight talent on hand like Peter Facinelli and Charlie Bewley, are scheduled for Aug. 25 in San Antonio; Sept. 29 in Detroit; Oct. 5 in Parsippany, N.J.; and Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. Creation Entertainment, which is behind the official Twilight conventions, released a statement informing fans, "Although Rob, Kristen and Taylor will not be with us this time out we will have a super line-up of other Twilight stars and the weekend will be filled with special events, movie prop and costume displays, contests, panels, auctions, parties, exclusive merchandise, music and much more, including some surprises!" While the headlining stars only attended last year's Los Angeles convention, will the decision to opt out of the 2012 round leave a sour taste in the mouth of fans? After all, Stewart and Pattinson will swallow their pride and promote the film together for the upcoming press junket.  Still, Twilight fans shouldn't take the "snub" to heart. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pattinson's manager said the 26-year-old heartthrob was never scheduled to appear to begin with. "We have not canceled any confirmed professional appearances for Robert. Specifically, he was never invited or set to attend these events."   Same for Stewart, as a matter of fact; as a source told THR, "This is just another event that she definitely didn't cancel because she was never scheduled to attend in the first place." Promotion for the final film will be walking a fine line for the stars, Stewart in particular. While the fans have made the Twilight saga the phenomenon it is, the rallies against the 22-year-old actress — who had her own public image woes before the Rupert Sanders mess — have been unforgiving, to say the least. Would the possible sound of boos and hisses hurled at Stewart prove to be troublesome for the wildly successful franchise as it makes its swan song (not to mention a waking nightmare for the already anxious star, who might have some rocky red carpets in the coming weeks and months)? Or would it simply show, once more, how seriously fans take Twilight? [Photo credit: Summit Entertainment]  More:  Kristen Stewart Cheated on Robert Pattinson with Snow White Director  Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Reunite... to Promote Breaking Dawn  Robert Pattinson and Jon Stewart Bond Over Ice Cream
  • Hollywood Mourns and Pays Tribute to Tony Scott
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 20, 2012
    The tragic and shocking passing of acclaimed director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire) has left Hollywood in a state of disbelief and mourning. The 68-year-old, whose illustrious career included producer on films like Prometheus and The Grey and executive producer on shows such as The Good Wife and Numb3rs, died Sunday when he fatally jumped "without hesitation" off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif. He reportedly left a suicide note at his office. (Latest reports reveal that the filmmaker suffered from inoperable brain cancer prior to his suicide.) Scott, brother of fellow legendary director Ridley Scott, is survived by wife and their two young sons.  While so many have struggled to find the right words to comprehend his passing and pay tribute to his impact on Hollywood, some of Scott's friends, colleagues, and admirers have given statements and others took to their Twitter to express their feelings on the news.  In a statement released to, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, who worked with Scott on five projects, including his last film Unstoppable said, "Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone.  He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance.  My family sends their prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Scott family."   According to E!, Top Gun star Tom Cruise said in a statement, "Tony was my dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time." Nicole Kidman, who worked with Cruise and Scott on Days of Thunder stated, "I'm so so sad. I loved Tony and he was always so good to me. He will be deeply missed by so many of us that knew him." You can read a sampling of what Hollywood had to say on Twitter below.  Love ya Tony, always have, always will— Christian Slater (@ChristianSlate4) August 20, 2012 No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 20, 2012 RIP Tony. You were the kindest film director I ever worked for. You will be missed.— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 20, 2012 There hasnt been 1 day since it came out that some1 doesnt say to me"I love #TrueRomance" Tony Scott was a sweet enthusiastic & lovin man— Michael Rapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 20, 2012 Tony Scott. Damn. Great knowing you, buddy. Thanks for the inspiration, advice, encouragement, and the decades of great entertainment.— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) August 20, 2012 So sad to hear the news about Tony Scott. His movies made growing up more fun for me. My prayers and condolences to the Scott family.— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) August 20, 2012 I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Tony Scott's death and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) August 20, 2012 Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 20, 2012 Deeply saddened to hear the news about Tony Scott. A fine film-maker and the most charming, modest man.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 20, 2012 So very, very sorry to hear of the death of Tony Scott. A terrible, terrible loss of a truly talented, brilliant man.— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) August 20, 2012 Awww Tony.Wish you had felt there was a way to keep going.What a sad waste.My thoughts go out to his wife and beautiful children.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 20, 2012 RIP Tony Scott. Damn. He was a huge inspiration. Very sad.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 20, 2012 Saddened by the death of Tony Scott. A wonderful film maker and a funny, sweet guy. My condolences to his family.— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) August 20, 2012 The death of Tony Scott is shocking and saddening. He was an inspired craftsman.— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) August 20, 2012 So sorry to hear of Tony Scott's passing. Such a sad loss. Condolences to his family, friends and fans of his films.— yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown) August 20, 2012 Collaborating with the great Tony Scott was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My thoughts are with his family tonight.— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) August 20, 2012 Devastated by the death of Tony Scott. Just watched True Romance 1 of my top 5 fav movies ever a few nights ago. #RIP— Dane Cook (@danecook) August 20, 2012 I've been extremely fortunate in my career. A career I wouldn't have without Tony Scott's persistence, love and relentless support.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 20, 2012 Taking a moment to reflect on Tony Scott's life & work! My sympathies to his family. Feeling the loss!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2012 My heart stopped when I heard of the tragic death of 1 of r most inspiring directors, Tony Scott. Rest In Peace Tony. U will be missd so...— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) August 20, 2012 Tony Scott was incredibly encouraging to me at an early stage of my career. He was generous, gregarious & immensely talented. Sadness.— mark romanek (@markromanek) August 20, 2012 True Romance. The scene with Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in a Detroit railyard is a classic. RIP Tony Scott.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 20, 2012 Tony Scott director of my favorite movie man on fire." I wish you had moretime "— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 20, 2012 So sad to hear about Tony Scott. A master of grand action, nail biting pace and atmosphere. A real loss to film making.— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 20, 2012 It's bittersweet to see the overwhelming praise for Tony Scott's work today. It's very much deserved, but sad he didn't hear it for himself.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 20, 2012 #RIPTONYSCOTTBig fan. Thank you for all of your movies. Sad day.— Peter Facinelli (@peterfacinelli) August 20, 2012 Tony Scott, rest in peace. How horribly sad.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) August 20, 2012 RIP Tony Scott. Never knew him but always heard nothing but great things about him and I loved his films. Terrible loss for cinema.— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 20, 2012 Rest in Peace...Tony Scott— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) August 20, 2012 Just so sad about Tony Scott. R.I.P.— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) August 20, 2012 Two of my favorite movies of all time, "true romance" and "the hunger" #RIPTONYSCOTT— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 20, 2012 Shocked.Tony Scott is a legend.Tragic and sad day.Thoughts and prayers for his family.— Marc Webb (@MarcW) August 20, 2012 RIP mr. Tony Scott. :(— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) August 20, 2012 "I make a movie because it's something that inspires me" ~ Tony Scott 6/21/44 - 8/19/12 Your movies inspired me..— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 20, 2012 met tony scott once. thought we would meet again. saddened by news of his passing. grateful for the work he leaves behind. peace to you sir.— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) August 20, 2012 [Photo credit:]  More: Top Gun Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer – REPORT Remembering Tony Scott and His Cinedmatic Legacy — VIDEOS
  • Is BBC America's 'Copper' Just 'Law & Order: 1864'?
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 20, 2012
    While walking down a New York street, there's not only an overwhelming respect for the city's rich and fascinating history, but the sense that an episode of Law & Order has been filmed there, or is about to film there. (Take a look around you — if there's a camera and Richard Belzer, you've probably stumbled onto a Law & Order set. How fun!)  While watching BBC America's new, ambitious original crime drama Copper, there's an overwhelming feeling that the series was aiming for a rough, blood-soaked trip back to ye olde New York like what Martin Scorsese did with the Oscar-nominated Gangs of New York, but instead wound up with a slightly more prim and proper Law & Order.  That's not to take a swipe at Law & Order (there's a reason why it's on 23 times a day on cable) or at Copper for that matter, but for this to be from the same network that gives us the cult phenomenon Doctor Who, let's just say I was expecting something a little more... arresting. KA CHUNG!  Like all procedurals, Copper follows an unorthodox antihero who plays by no one's rules but his own and with a dark past he may or may not be trying to make right. Here it's Irish detective Kevin Corcoran (relative newcomer Tom Weston-Jones, pictured in a scene from the pilot) trying to make the New York City streets safer in 1864, oft with the help of his one-eyed partner Detective Francis Maguire, played by Kevin Ryan, and local coroner/freed slave Dr. Matthew Freeman (Freeman... free man, get it?) played by Ato Essandoh.  In last night's pilot, Corcoran and co. investigate the grisly murder of a young prostitute named Annie (Kiara Glasco), who was bludgeoned to death and then raped. Like in any episode of Law & Order: SVU, Copper didn't shy away from using medically accurate, albeit grotesque and unsettling language. There were the expected procedural twists (it wasn't Annie who was murdered, but her darling twin sister) and turns (the man convicted of the crime is innocent, while the real killer, a hoity-toity socialite goes free... for now) but none of it felt as thrilling as it should have. Yes, there's sex, violence, and an impressive ensemble cast (including The Bourne Identity and Run Lola Run's always-intoxicating Franka Potente as Corcoran's love interest) but there's still a key piece missing to this puzzle.  Perhaps it's because the show is on the esteemed BBC America, or perhaps it's because it's got such a prestigious crew to its credit (Oscar-winner Barry Levinson is one of the series' executive producers) that Copper felt like such a letdown in its first episode. The show isn't as polished or distinguished as other great television procedurals (like, say, The Good Wife) to stand out among the pack, nor is it enough of a stylistic ratings grabber like CSI or Criminal Minds to blend in with the others. And though Weston-Jones' Corcoran is certainly a man to root for (he wants justice, stays true to his lady friend, among other admirable traits) the actor, who looks like a more refined Joaquin Phoenix, doesn't have quite the same screen presence as say, Christopher Meloni, to arouse interest.  The performances are solid (particularly the young Glasco) if not a little bit unmemorable and the show's pacing is quick enough to keep things moving, but Copper still feels like it stops short. Had the series premiered a tad earlier this summer, when the want and need for quality original programming is at its peak, perhaps Copper would have been like a breath of fresh air, but with the fall season soon upon us, it was merely a reminder that all our reliable favorites are on their way.  What did you think of Copper: an arresting procedural or a surprisingly standard drama?  Copper airs at 10 PM EST on Sundays on BBC America.  [Photo Credit: BBC America]  More:  Breaking Bad Recap: Buyout A Flawed Newsroom Rewrites History  Political Animals: A Relatively Tame Summer Soap 
  • Toronto Film Festival 2012: 'On the Road', Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25' Added to Lineup
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 14, 2012
    The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival has added even more buzzy, star-studded projects to its lineup.  TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday that Kristen Stewart vehicle On the Road, Spike Lee's documentary about Michael Jackson titled Bad 25, and Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion (which stars Rachel McAdams, who also stars in Terrence Malick's newest film To The Wonder, also playing at the festival) will be screened at the festival.  In addition to three new galas for 2012, as well as Contemporary World Cinema, Future Projections and Wavelengths sections, it was also announced that early Oscar contender Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Lee Daniels' latest project The Paperboy (yes, that one with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron) were now officially part of the special presentations lineup.  Also on the docket is Nick Cassavetes' drug drama Yellow starring Sienna Miller, romantic dramedy Love is All You Need with Pierce Brosnan, and the latest from James Franco (Spring Breakers), Colin Firth (Arthur Newman), and Tommy Lee Jones (The Emporer). Paul Andrew Williams' charmer Song for Marion, starring Terrence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, has been named the festival's closing-night film. This year's festival lineup includes some of this year's most anticipated films, among the lot includes Ben Affleck's Argo, Silver Linings Playbook with Jennifer Lawrence, and the festival's kick-off, the action thriller Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.  The 2012 Toronto Film Festival kicks off on September 6 and runs through September 16. See the full list of films scheduled for TIFF here.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran [Photo Credit: Sundance Selects] More:  Toronto Film Festival 2012: Films From Affleck, Malick, and Redford Among the Lineup  On the Road Trailer — WATCH  Spike Lee Signs On To Oldboy
  • Wyld Stallyns Reunion! Keanu Reeves Gives Details on New 'Bill & Ted' 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 14, 2012
    In a recent interview with GQ actor Keanu Reeves divulged some details about the long awaited third installment of the totally tubular Bill & Ted saga. And the news from the 47-year-old is, in a word, excellent.  "We have a nice story," the star tells the magazine of the upcoming exploits of rockin' time travelers Theodore (Reeves) and Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter). "One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven't done it. So everybody is kind of like: 'Where is the song?' The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future 'us' refuses to tell us, and another future 'us' blames us for their lives because we didn't write the song, so they're living this terrible life. In one version we're in jail; in another we're at some kind of highway motel and they hate us."  Okay, that sounds all kinds of awesome and kind of lessens the sting of a Rufus-less Bill & Ted movie. Kind of.   [Photo credit: Orion Pictures]  More:  Keanu Reeves Teases Bill & Ted 3  A Totally Excellent Bill & Ted Threequel is on the Way Keanu Reeves Making Martial Arts Epic About Tai Chi? — VIDEO 
  • ABC Takes On 'Dumb F**k': Don't Trust the S**t Titles Say?
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 14, 2012
    What's in a f**king name? For ABC it's a new, bluntly-titled comedy called Dumb F**k. According to Deadline, ABC (which also lays claim to Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23) has ordered single-camera comedy Dumb F**k, written by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman). The show is reportedly about an average Joe and his brilliant wife who move in with her equally smart (yet socially dimwitted) parents after they fall on hard financial times. This would mark the first time the f-word would be in the title of a network television show, and on one whose parent company is Disney, no less. Still, that doesn't mean expletive-laden titles are anything new. In fact, from Don't Trust the B— to S**t My Dad Says, it seems networks keep hoping a riskier name will translate to curious viewers.  But how often has a "shocking" title paid off? Will Dumb F**k break the mold or will it be S.O.L. like GCB? Here's how other cussin' shows have fared:  S**t My Dad Says: The Twitter feed that became a book that became a TV show on CBS with William Shatner as the ever-opinionated pop. By the time the show had hit the air — with a title that was bleeped in commercials and met with a fair amount of backlash by the FCC — the novelty of the phenomenon had worn off and, as it turns out, what's funny in 140 characters isn't necessarily funny for 22 minutes. The comedy was canceled after one arguably s**tty season.  Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23: Pronounced as "Don't Trust the Bee in Apartment 23", the show —  not actually about bees, but a scary New York City woman whom tenants have been warned to stay away from — luckily didn't befall the same fate as Dad. The ABC comedy, which averaged 6.3 million viewers in its first season, has been picked up for a second season.  GCB: What exactly did GCB stand for? Well, first it was Good Christian Bitches, but after catching heat from Christian groups they changed it to Good Christian Belles. Either way, the title shakeups for the mediocre soap only spelled trouble in the end: GCB was cancelled by ABC after one season.  Best Damn Sports Show Period: Out to prove it was the raunchier version of SportsCenter, the Best Damn Sports Show Period had a wilder lineup of commentators (Tom Arnold!) and a wilder name. The hourlong Fox Sports Network series lasted eight years had a strong following, but couldn't compete with SportsCenter's more prestigious, round-the-clock sports coverage. Damn.  Jackass: The most successful of all bad word TV shows, MTV's reality TV juggernaut was a ratings smash and spawned three successful movies. Perhaps it was because the show always lived up to its title. Dad watered down the s**t he said and the Best Damn Sports was just pretty good, but Jackass was always, at its core, about jackasses.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran  [Photo Credits: CBS/ABC]  More:  Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 Finale Recap  Don't Trust the B Star Dreama Walker Talks Van Der Beek Exclusive Interview with Jackass 3D Director Jeff Tremaine
  • Move Over, Arnold and Sly: Here's Our Dream All-Female 'Expendables' Cast
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 14, 2012
    The concept for 2010's sensory overload The Expendables was simple: get every action star from the '80s, '90s, and '00s and put them all in a movie together and let them blow a bunch of s**t up. The formula paid off, as the all-star bonanza — which featured the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Bruce Willis — earned nearly $275 million worldwide.  So when it came to the inevitable sequel, the filmmakers applied the old adage, "If it's broke, Jason Statham probably destroyed it." Well, that and, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Expendables 2, which hits theaters this Friday, is taking the same formula (and cast members) from the original and throwing in a few more action heroes, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth, and Chuck Norris.  With both Expendables films having now compiled just about every male action star on the planet and a possible third with all the ones they missed this time around, we here at think it's high time female action stars get their turn in the franchise. (Sorry, Charisma Carpenter, we know you're there to represent!)  From legendary action stars like Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton (pictured, being totally awesome in Terminator 2: Judgment Day), to hot newcomers like Gina Carano, we see no reason why there can't be an all-female Expendables. Here are our picks for the lady Expendables. Hollywood, take note: these fearless, gun-toting, power-packed ladies know how to kick ass, take names, and would no doubt make for a big opening weekend.  The Legends Sigourney Weaver: When it comes to the most knock-out, drag-down bad-ass female in movie history, there's no one comparable to Weaver's iconic Ripley. While there were plenty of powerful female action stars who came before her (think Tura Santana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) Weaver has become the gold standard for tough movie heroines. In The Expendables world, she would be the seasoned vet of the bunch, like the Stallone or the Schwarzenegger of the crew, only with acting skills to boot. Weaver made the crowd go wild with just a cameo in The Cabin in the Woods, so imagine an entire movie of her being awesome (and hopefully reviving her classic Aliens line "Get away from her, you bitch!"). Linda Hamilton: Like Weaver's Ripley, Hamilton's Sarah Connor is one fierce mama. Just how awesome was Hamilton in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day? (Well, first, see photo above. If that isn't that very definition of female badassery, we don't know what it is.) She turned the genre on its head by turning the female lead from a damsel in distress to an all-out tough-as-nails action figure.  Jane Fonda: Before she was kicking all of our asses on her workout tapes, Fonda was kicking intergalactic ass in the 1977 classic Barbarella. While it's been a little while since Fonda was in action heroine mode, she certainly hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a tough, take-no-prisoners lady in Hollywood.  Pam Grier: No one dared to mess with Grier in movies like Coffy (pictured below), Foxy Brown, and of course, Jackie Brown — and they most certainly wouldn't now either.    The Vets Brigette Nielsen: Think of her as the Lady Lundgren: tall, blonde, and damn intimidating. Before she was Flava Flav's love interest (a superhero feat onto itself), Nielsen was a bona fide action star, working alongside the likes of Schwarzenegger (Red Sonja) and her ex-husband Stallone (Rocky IV, Cobra).  Grace Jones: Jones would be a Lady Expendables double threat. Not only would she be able to harkon back to her action heroine days a la A View to Kill and Conan the Destroyer, but she could also provide the kick-ass soundtrack.  Lucy Lawless: A lady Expendables movie without Xena? Ayiyiyiyiyiyiyi! We wouldn't stand for it.  Michelle Yeoh: No all-star action movie ensemble would be complete without a martial arts phenomenon. Yeoh has wowed audiences for years with her skills in flicks like Super Cop (pictured below), Tomorrow Never Dies, and the Oscar-winning masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. No one has ever made kicking ass look so graceful as Yeoh.     The Next Generation Milla Jovovich: Jovovich has carried an entire action franchise (the Resident Evil films) for a decade, but at just 36 the model/actress still has plenty of on-screen butt-kicking years ahead of her. In addition to bringing iconic video super heroine Alice to life, Jovovich has one of the most memorable movie costumes of all-time with her bandaged duds in sci-fi favorite The Fifth Element.  Carrie-Ann Moss: Same goes for Moss, actually. Not only does she have one of the most famous movie costumes of the 90s (who didn't dress like Trinity and Neo?) but she was the female face of the wildly successful Matrix franchise. Sure Keanu was the top-billed star, but Carrie-Ann was the one who had moviegoers saying, "Whoa!" Gina Carano: The true rookie of the new generation of female action stars. Sure, Carano may be new to the big screen (she beat some of Hollywood's hottest guys, including Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender, to a pulp in 2012's action caper Haywire) but she's been a full-fledged action star for years. The 30-year-old is a world champion mixed martial arts fighter and was once an American Gladiator. No stuntwoman necessary here, Carano, pictured here in a scene from Haywire, is the real deal.  The Wildcard Angelina Jolie: Every Expendables movie needs a cameo (for the sequel it's tennis great Novak Djokovic) and who would be a bigger, better cameo than Angelina Jolie? The most famous woman in the world may be a beautiful, serious Oscar-winning actress (and mother and humanitarian and Brad Pitt's fiancee), but she's also a bona fide action star thanks to her roles in movies like Salt (pictured below), Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Beowulf, Gone in Sixty Seconds, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. With a resume like that, it's amazing any paparazzi ever try to get in her way.       Would you see an Expendables movie with an all-female cast? Who would you want to see in it? Share your thoughts in the comments section! [Photo Credits: Hamilton: TriStar Pictures; Weaver: 20th Century Fox; Grier: American International Pictures; Yeoh: Dimension Films; Carano: Lionsgate; Jolie: Relativity Media]  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran  More:  The Best Female Action Movies  The Ladies of Total Recall and the Best Female Badasses in Movies  Gina Carano: Hay, Wire You Joining Fast & Furious 6?