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!')
  • Michael Phelps To Appear On Golf Series That's Somehow Not Called 'The Golfin' Dolphin' 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 13, 2012
    Michael Phelps is taking this whole retirement thing pretty seriously. After becoming the most decorated Olympian of all-time by winning a staggering 22 gold medals in his career, Phelps is doing what so many do after an illustrious career: working on his golf swing.  The Golf Channel announced today that Phelps will appear on the upcoming fifth season of The Haney Project, their series in which famed golf instructor Hank Haney, who has worked with the likes of Tiger Woods, helps golfers work on their swing. (It's thrilling, but no Lee Carvello's Putting Challenge.)  “I have traveled the world through swimming, but really haven’t had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels,” said Phelps, pictured here with his teammates at the 2012 games. “As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to and golf is one of the things I want to focus on. If I have a goal of dropping a certain amount of shots, or working on my short game or putting, those things are going to keep me motivated and fire me up and keep me excited. I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well. I’m excited about this project with Golf Channel and I’m looking forward to working with Hank and see what we can do together on the golf course.” Mike McCarley, President of the Golf Channel, said of Phelps' upcoming appearance, "We look forward to chronicling Michael’s transition from the most-decorated Olympian in history to a frustrated golfer trying to enjoy playing the world’s greatest golf courses. Golfers everywhere will be able to relate to his quest to improve his game.” While Phelps will join the line of other stars who have learned from Haney on the series, including Charles Barkley, Adam Levine, and Ray Romano, it really just seems like a wasted opportunity to have a reality show entirely about the athlete learning how to function as a land mammal who moves from the pool to the golf course called The Golfin' Dolphin. Better yet, a series that chronicles the 27-year-old's retirement as a whole, from golfing to moving into a condo in Florida to forgetting to turn off his left turn signal. (Hey, we've got a whole bunch of ideas for Olympians inevitable forays into reality television!)  Will you watch Phelps when he's on The Haney Project? Or will it be too unnatural to see him out of a pool?  [Photo Credit: Getty Images]  More: Michael Phelps and Megan Rossee Aren't the Only Olympic Lovebirds Sanya Richards-Ross Lands a We TV Reality Show London 2012: How to Create an Olympic Superstar 
  • First Glimpse of Russell Crowe in 'Noah' (Minus Animals) — PHOTO 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 10, 2012
    Russell Crowe and boats are always a pretty intense combination, whether he's serving on the HMS Surprise in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World or teaming up with Tugger to go Fightin' Around the World. But it looks like none of that will compare to the Oscar-winner taking on the task of playing the biblical figure Noah and climbing aboard the ark in Darren Aronofsky's ambitious project. From the looks of this first image of scraggly, bearded Crowe in Noah, it seems very little of the $130 million dollar budget is being spent on un-tattered clothing or a comb. Still, he looks pretty damn regal on — where else? —  a boat.  Check out the image here:    [Photo credit: Paramount Pictures] More:Darren Aronofsky Scores Russell Crowe for Noah Jennifer Connelly and Saoirise Ronan Join Russell Crowe for Noah Ray Winstone May Play Villain in Darren Aronofsky's Noah 
  • Meryl Streep Did What? 'Hope Springs' and Other Senior Love Scenes
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 10, 2012
      Meryl Streep may be no spring chicken these days (not that that should matter, because she's Meryl. F**king. Streep.). But the Oscar-winning actress is hardly a chicken when it comes to wanting to spice up her love life after years of marriage with her seemingly disinterested husband (played by Tommy Lee Jones) in the new romantic dramedy Hope Springs. In one particularly memorable love scene, the fearless Streep, well, pulls an Alanis on Jones in a movie theater.  Of course, Meryl and Tommy are hardly the only on-screen couple from the AARP set to go at it. From Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as the randy Fockers to Kim Cattrall's ageless libido in Sex and the City 2 to Jack Nicholson and, well, just about every lovely older actress in Hollywood, we look back at some of the best retirement-age romances. Just because they're over the hill doesn't mean they're out of the sack.  Hope Springs is currently in theaters.  The Best December-December Movie Romances [Photo credit: Columbia Pictures]  More: Hope Springs Review Hope Springs: Why the Director Calls His Meryl Streep Sex Comedy a 'Thriller' Hope Springs: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones Get Sex Tips From Steve Carell — TRAILER
  • Heather Graham to Appear in 'The Hangover Part III'
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 10, 2012
    If there was anything to take away from the 2011 box office hit The Hangover Part ll (aside from the realization that a lot more Chow requires a lot more patience as a viewer) it's that writer/director Todd Phillips' hangovers must have a lot of déjà vu. In addition to Ken Jeong's Chow, the sequel to the wildly successful, infinitely quotable original, featured plenty of elements from The Hangover, including lost wolf pack members and a cameo from Mike Tyson.  So it's of no surprise that Phillips is taking another key element from the 2009 Hangover and infusing it into the upcoming third installment. can confirm that Heather Graham, who played Jade, the sweet Las Vegas stripper/escort who marries Ed Helms' kindly, anxious Stu when he's in a drunken stupor, will appear in The Hangover Part lll.  Graham, whose charming, funny turn as Jade made her one of the highlights of the original, will reprise her role as Stu's estranged wife and Carlos/Tyler's mom. (One can only hope that Carlos/Tyler also makes a return, though they should probably keep him away from Zach Galifianakis' Alan and/or any doors.)  While The Hangover Part ll was an undeniable smash (the movie became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time with a staggering $488 million worldwide intake) many critics and fans were disappointed with how much the sequel recycled from the first film. So does the news of Graham mean more of the same for the third flick? Or will her appearance simply mean some fun that was missing from the second flick?  One can only guess that the re-emergence of Jade will throw in some surprises for Helms' now-married Stu (maybe there's been a little sibling for Carlos/Tyler along the way), who can never seem to catch a break in these movies. Better yet, maybe it will take them back to where it all started: Vegas. (Though rumors and reports have placed the third movie everywhere from Tijuana to Los Angeles to an insane asylum. Either way, it will be nice to have a female presence in The Hangover Part III, something that was sorely missing from the second.  The 42-year-old who last seen in 2011's far more family-friendly Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, will also be seen in the porn drama About Cherry alongside James Franco. The Hangover Part III is anticipated to have a May 2013 release from Warner Bros.  Are you excited that Heather Graham, who was indisputably one of the best surprises and highlights of The Hangover, is returning? Or are you afraid that, like the second, the third will simply rehash too much from the original? Are you hoping that Stu and Jade will finally wind up together? (Seriously, who didn't want to see that?) Share in the comments section below.  [Photo credit: Warner Bros.]  More:  Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis Negotiate for The Hangover Part III  Heather Graham on Playing a Stripper — VIDEO Heather Graham Joins Little in Common Pilot 
  • Watch What Happened to Meryl Streep on 'Watch What Happens Live' — VIDEO 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 10, 2012
    Meryl. F**king. Streep. visited Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night and the result was one of the funniest, entertaining and most surreal hours of television this summer. Maybe of this year. Maybe ever. The 63-year-old three-time Oscar-winner, who stopped by the ridiculous Bravo free-for-all to promote her latest film Hope Springs, was the ultimate talk show guest. Streep was funny (the star's hilarious reactions fluctuated between amused and horrified throughout), brutally honest (she opted not to Plead the Fifth during Marry, Shag, Kill and offed Dustin Hoffman in the process), and just downright lovely. (Of one of the many sincere things the humble actress had to say about her former costars, when it came to the topic of Lindsay Lohan, Streep simply said, "I pray for Lindsay.")   See, there's a reason why everybody loves Meryl Streep. Of course, nobody loves Meryl Streep quite the same way outrageous Billy on the Street host/harasser Billy Eichner does. The eccentric comedian had his lifelong dream come true when he got to be on hand for Streep's appearance. While Eichner stood at a safe distance in the Clubhouse bar, the interaction he had with his idol were priceless.    Watch some of the best moments from Streep's time on Watch What Happens Live below, including her classic, gif-friendly meeting with Eichner.         That was fun for everyone!   Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran    [Photo Credit: Bravo]    More:  Hope Springs ReviewMeryl Streep Gets Another Round of Web Therapy  Meryl Streep Movie Club Author Weighs in on the Actress' Best Movies 
  • Jason Sudeikis on 'Saturday Night Live': Should He Stay Or Should He Go Now? 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 09, 2012
    During his time on Saturday Night Live, cast member Jason Sudeikis has played everyone from Billy Ray Cyrus to Vice President Joe Biden, but there's something the 36-year-old is no longer playing anymore: coy.  In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sudeikis —  who has been on the fence about the possibility of returning for the upcoming 38th season of the late night show — more or less made it clear about what he wants in order to come back. (The Indecisive Exiter is an SNL sketch waiting to happen, no?) "I'd like the opportunity to use creative muscles that... haven't been asked of me for the first nine years that I've worked there," Sudeikis said. "It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I'm not buying a boat because of writing skits. It's more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in." Sudeikis, who played Presidential candidate Mitt Romney all last season ("My Mitt is a little square, a little boring, a little disconnected from the human experience," the star said of his interpretation of the Republican candidate) added, "To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye — of being Mitt Romney — is not enough." Since Sudeikis is already a featured player, the only "title change" Sudeikis could possibly be referring to is head writer, a position still filled by Seth Meyers. (Meyers is currently tied with Al Franken for the second longest-running cast member on the show, behind Darrell Hammond.)  But why now? Sudeikis, who has more or less faded to the background over the past few seasons (though, funnily enough, his best contribution is doing nothing more than being in the background during in the surreal "What Up With That?" sketch), has an opportunity to follow suit with his fellow departed cast members Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg and leave when the time is right. With cast members like Taran Killam and the Emmy-nominated Bill Hader positioned as the show's new power players, Sudeikis (who hasn't had his own sketch take off since his "Two A-Holes" bit with Wiig) would likely wind up in the background again.  The actor, who has had a rather successful run in mainstream comedies like Going the Distance, Horrible Bosses, and this weekend's The Campaign, could very well be concerned that he's being pigeonholed as the straight man (he'll do it again opposite Jennifer Aniston in the upcoming We're The Millers) on the big screen, but it's hard to imagine that he'll feel less creatively stifled going through the necessary motions on SNL. For Sudeikis not to want to play Romney during an election year seems like a possibly huge missed opportunity, considering how much that type of thing can elevate a career to new heights. (See: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.)  While the star has repeatedly said in interviews that he has a hard time with goodbyes (something quite apparent when he all but disappeared during Wiig's tearful farewell back in May) playing this apparent hardball with Lorne Michaels and the rest of SNL cast and crew might not make for the most welcome welcome back. If Sudeikis feels like he has an arsenal of comedy gold up his sleeve, perhaps instead of coming back to SNL, he should pen his own show or script (a move that proved incredibly well for Wiig with Bridesmaids) and re-write the course of his career. That might just give Sudeikis the last laugh he seems to be looking for.  [Photo credit: Dana Edelson/NBC]  More:  Jason Sudeikis Hints at SNL Departure  Andy Samberg: Yes, I'm Leaving SNL  SNL: How Will They Tackle the Election?
  • 'Big Brother' Recap: Silent, But Deadly 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 09, 2012
    Shhh, everybody listen. What's that noise you hear? Why that's the sound of the whisper-friendly Big Brother house shifting in Boogie's direction after he finagled his way into some of his housemates' heads and formed the Silent Six. The Silent Six is sort of like Fight Club of Big Brother: You don't talk about Silent Six, you DO NOT talk about Silent Six, and you definitely don't let Joe in because of course not.  But, there's still 12 people left in the game, splitting the Big Brother house right down the middle with the Silent Six and the... Hushed Hexagon? (Doesn't have quite the same ring, does it?) When we last left off on Sunday, HoH Danielle went against her word and put the always absurdly coifed Wig as a pawn up against threatening curly Frank on the block. ("I think it's the hair, dawg" Boogie accurately pointed out, despite use of the word "dawg.") But you know how that old saying goes: "Sheep go to heaven... nasty Southern belles go to hell." Or something. In what appeared to be seemingly real tears from both Wig and Danielle, the two kissed and made up in record reality show time. This is the lamest fight club ever.  Of course, not everybody was ready to make nice in the house. Boogie was livid about the house's move to get Frank out the front door and in what may have been the true reset button of this game, Boogie emerged as both a villain and a hero. (Oh my god, he is Tyler Durden!) After being approached by Dan to make a coaches' alliance, Boogie said he had no interest in leaving his man Frank behind. Boogie was not only right (!) in saying that everyone lied to him, but he came off as legitimately sincere (!!) and seemed to be resigned to the fact that if he was going to go out after Frank, he was going to go out with dignity (!!!). Still, this is Boogie, there are some tricks up his sleeve of a shirt that is intended for a man at least 1/3 his age.  Allegiance to Frank also seemed to be stopping Ian, who hasn't made any major moves in this game (unless we count that time he kicked himself in the face, which now that we've taken on this Fight Club analogy, we totally should), from forming a real strategy. Is he with Boogie and Frank or is he willing to get a little cutthroat? The whole thing made Ian looked like a terribly worried Loris. Well, more so than usual.  But even when Ian was picked to compete alongside Frank, Wig, Shane, Jenn, and Danielle in the PoV competition he decided to throw it to avoid having any real power. Instead, the baseball toss game came down to a high-stakes face-off between Frank and Danielle. Danielle, not entirely distracted by Shane's butt in a baseball uniform, held her rank as an HoH still in control of the PoV. "I just got beat by a sorority girl," cried the son of Sid Vicious.  To add insult to injury, Frank got one of last night's dud prizes. While his fellow players like Jenn, much to the mock excitement of Britney, earned a trip to Maui, Frank was forced to wear the spiritard for 24 hours. Now the key phrase here is "forced" because while Frank lost his coveted PoV and was saddled with the unitard, Ian voluntarily turned down money and a free vacation to willingly act as the house dog for a day. He may have looked like Snoopy in that dog house, but let's face it, Ian is way more Charlie Brown than Snoopy.  Still, an alliance was brewing, one that included Ian, for now. He, along with Shane, Dan, Britney, and, of course, Danielle, formed to make the adorably named Quack Pack. I say "of course" because Danielle might just be the most easily swayed person on Big Brother. When Britney complained that Janelle was a two-faced threat after seeing her talk to Frank, Danielle piped in that Janelle was "so beyond rude." When the Quack Pack was formed, Danielle was right there because someone else formed it for her. (And because, duh, Shane was there.) I'm fairly certain someone could convince Danielle she's not actually a nurse and that her name isn't actually Danielle. Because the force, for better or worse, is so strong in Boogie, he must have sensed Danielle's eagerness and vulnerability from a mile away. What first felt like an honorable surrender by Boogie quickly, subtly, elegantly transformed into a shift in focus from his main man Frank and onto his mortal enemy Janelle. Boogie didn't have the PoV this week, but in the end, he didn't need it. During a tense coaches' meeting in which Boogie told Janelle to her face he didn't trust her, a rattled Janelle sat silence, unable to fake cry or pawn her wedding ring to get out of the situation. Boogie, as he does so well, got under her skin. But startling Janelle wasn't nearly enough to get the job done — Boogie needed backup.  Enter: the Silent Six. Now, I know the number one rule of Silent Six is to not talk about Silent Six, but since I'm not in it, here goes: Boogie, along with Dan, Frank, Britney, Shane, and, natch, Danielle formed a secret alliance to not only backdoor Janelle to get her on the block against Frank this week, but to seal their fate as the final six players. (This also means Ian is now the lone member of the Quack Pack not in the Secret Six. Woof.)  As though Boogie had orchestrated it from minute one, everything fell into place. He and his compadre Frank went from walking targets to having the security from the four other strongest players in the house... and he put his sworn enemy Janelle on the block to boot. (Even worse, she got put on the block sans makeup.) Boogie may send douche chills down the spine of every man, woman, and child that watches Big Brother, but there's also a reason he's won this game before and looks just as poised to put himself in that position again. What's that sound? Ah yes, stunned silence.  While last night's Big Brother wasn't quite as thrilling or entertaining as the past few, it was an important one seeing the shift in the house. But what did you think of it? Did Boogie and his comedy routines with Frank and Ian make him — gulp — likable? Or is this all part of his manipulation and scheming? Sound off (very quietly) in the comments section below.  [Photo credit: CBS] More: Big Brother Recap: Good Ship and Lollipops Big Brother Recap: And The Evicted Houseguest Isn't... Big Brother Recap: Send in the Clowns
  • Zach Galifianakis in 'The Campaign': If Seth Galifianakis Went Into Politics 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 08, 2012
    Simply put, Seth Galifianakis is rather shy fellow. While his twin brother Zach Galifianakis is a comedy superstar in Hollywood, Seth is a proud North Carolinian who doubles as a youth minister and high school football coach who enjoys the simple things in life: turtle necks, George Lopez programming, his dog Funyuns, and The Fugees.   Still, Seth has had his own brushes with fame, too. The fanny pack enthusiast made a nervous, emotional appearance on brother Zach's cult classic stand-up DVD Live at the Purple Onion, interviewed Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn for web series Between Two Ferns, and stepped in for Zach again during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! But Seth may reach new levels of recognition since his brother has more or less modeled his character Marty Huggins after him in the new comedy The Campaign. The mustache, the hair, the accent, the wardrobe, it's all there.  While Seth, sadly, isn't technically a "real" person (he is in our hearts) the 42-year-old star has had him (or at least variations of him) with him throughout his life and his act. During an interview with on the set of The Campaign back in February, Galifianakis admitted he was excited to introduce the character to the masses.  "I couldn’t wait to do it," Galifianakis told's Michael Arbeiter, "I started doing this character when I was high school. Back then, his name was Kenny Ballard, and he was an effeminate racist — which I always thought was funny: an effeminate guy, who probably gets made fun of, to also be racist. I used to do it for my dad. I used to do it for the black kids at school. They would bump me in the hallway because they knew this character would come out. They were laughing because they knew I was doing a joke about the rednecks that were racist. To answer your question, I had been wanting to try and figure out how to do that persona in a movie. I hope people can sit through it.” Ninety minutes of a Kenny Ballard/Seth Galifianakis hybrid running for Congress against Will Ferrell's George W. Bush/Ricky Bobby hybrid? Yeah, we think they'll manage.  Since the tremendous success of The Hangover and his breakout role as Alan, it's sometimes all too easy to forget that in the comedy world, Galifianakis was something of a hidden gem. A pre-Reggie Watts Reggie Watts, if you will. Galifianakis' brilliantly weird array of characters from The Pretentious Illiterate to The Timid Pimp to, of course, Seth, were just part of his deliriously off-kilter act that made him one of the most original and daring acts in the business.  While comedy snobs will lay claim to knowing about Galifianakis before his breakout, there's still time for you to get acquainted with Seth Galifianakis before The Campaign hits theaters and see what all the pre-Hangover fuss was about.  Before there was Marty, there was Seth. Know him. Love him. The Campaign opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.  Seth's appearance in Live at the Purple Onion. Don't worry Brian Unger, we wouldn't have been able to keep it together either.   Whooping it up with Jimmy Kimmel: Seth Galifianakis on Jimmy Kimmel from Zach Galifianakis "Is there a Six Flags down there?":  Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Sean Penn from Between Two Ferns As Marty Huggins in The Campaign trailer:  Additional reporting by Michael Arbeiter [Photo credit: Warner Bros/Funny or Die]  More: The Campaign: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis' Head-to-Head Interview The Campaign: Will Ferrell's Eagles vs. Zach Galifianakis' Pugs — POSTERS On The Campaign Trail: Politics is a Dirty, Hilarious Game
  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Four Screenwriters Reportedly Tapped For Adaptation 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 08, 2012
    Adapting a wildly popular piece of literature must be the ultimate challenge for any screenwriter. Not only do they have to do justice to the original text while infusing their own take on it and meeting the demands of Hollywood standards, but they have to please the book's most ardent fans and the oft sky-high expectations of moviegoers all at once.  Whichever writer in Hollywood gets saddled (pun very much intended) with the task of bringing E.L. James' erotica fan fiction phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey to the big screen will have to face all those hurdles, with the added task of adapting a 372 book consisting mostly of graphic sex, a flurry of emails between the main characters, unintentionally hilarious inner monologues ("Holy cow! I’m on Google!"), seemingly endless discussions about being hungry/not hungry, and a built-in catchphrase. ("Laters, baby.")  With American Psycho scribe Bret Easton Ellis now sadly out of the running (the Red Room of Pain would have gotten seriously interesting with him on board), who will be up for the challenge of bringing the titillating, handsome, and downright overbearing (dude, she said she wasn't hungry, stop asking) Christian Grey and the naive, beautiful, exhaustingly indecisive Anastasia Steele off the page and onto the big screen?  According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, Moneyball) have four writers in contention for the job: Karen Croner, Dan Fogelman, Kelly Marcel, and Veena Sud. ( has reached out to reps for Croner, Fogelman, Marcel, and Sud for a statement regarding the report, but none could be immediately reached.)  Since every writer would bring something different to the table (watch out for the riding crop!) we dissect what their takes on Fifty Shades might be like.  Karen Croner: Croner's 1998 drama One True Thing dealt with some heavy family dynamics (cancer, infidelity) but Christian Grey comes with some serious familial baggage. Still, if Croner were to get One True Thing's mom (Meryl Streep) on board to play Christian's neglectful crack-whore mother in flashbacks, Fifty Shades would earn some serious gravitas. It will never happen, but still. Let's just imagine it! Dan Fogelman: When you discover that 2011's seriously sexy Crazy, Stupid, Love. is on Fogelman's resume (so many women want Ryan Gosling to play mysterious billionaire Christian Grey, and his scenes in this rom-com are a major reason why), he seems like the obvious choice to pen Fifty Shades. Then you notice that he also wrote the screenplay to Tangled and both Cars movies and things get... uncomfortable. ("From the writer of Cars 2 comes an erotic journey into the world of BDSM"? Wuh?) Fogelman's Fifty Shades could be as erratic as Christian: enticing (especially if he works another shirtless Gosling into the mix), and downright frustrating (Cars 2 is arguably the worst Pixar feature).  Kelly Marcel: While the imaginative Marcel can't be blamed for Terra Nova's failure (that was the fault of those crappy dinosaurs), she does seem like the odd woman out to adapt Fifty Shades. Though, Christian does speak like he's from another century entirely, so she might not have to switch gears from Terra Nova after all.  Veena Sud: ...and speaking of failed television efforts, Sud was behind one of the most maligned series of the year, AMC's now-cancelled The Killing. Even worse, Fifty Shades would put Sud right back in rainy Seattle, where Christian and Ana reside. At least there would be no "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?"-like mystery shrouding the whole thing. Who had sex with Christian? Oh, right, Ana. A whole lot.  Who do you think would be the best screenwriter to tackle Fifty Shades of Grey? Share in the comments section below.  [Photo credit: Vintage]  More:  50 Shades of Grey Album in the Works: Listen To Our Playlist  50 Shades of Grey: First Look at Anastasia Steele  50 Shades of Grey: First Look at Christian Grey Revealed
  • New 'This Is 40' Trailer: Now with Paul Rudd and Megan Fox in Their Skivvies!
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 07, 2012
    If the adult relationship comedy Friends with Kids felt like a slightly more grown-up extension of the blockbuster Bridesmaids, then This Is 40, an adult relationship comedy is the slightly more grownup extension of Knocked Up with elements of Friends with Kids and Bridesmaids in there. (In that, a few of their cast members also appear in this.) Got all that?  One of the most notable differences in the latest trailer for This Is 40 — Judd Apatow's sorta sequel to his 2007 smash hit Knocked Up following supporting couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) — is that it gives more screen time to its tremendously impressive supporting cast including Jason Segel, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Robert Smigel, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and Megan Fox, more or less reviving her role in Friends with Kids as the young sexpot (here, in nothing but her skivvies) reminding everyone else just how old they are.  While the film, which hits theaters on December 21, doesn't seem to stray too far from the crowd-pleasing Apatow factory (heck, there's even another hotel drug trip scene here a la Knocked Up) it does seem like the writer/director learned one crucial thing from his Funny People dramedy misstep: make your leading man likable. And let's face it, there's no one in Hollywood more likable (or adorable) than Rudd, even when he's playing Words with Friends on the can or sticking a starfish down his underpants.  Watch the second trailer for This Is 40 — which also features Apatow and Mann's real-life daughters Maude and Iris growing up right before our eyes (s**t, we're all going to be 90 before we know it, aren't we?) — here:   Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran [Photo credit: Universal Pictures]  More:  This is 40 Trailer: Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann Giving Knocked Up a Worthy Sequel  Familiar Faces Returning for Knocked Up Spin-Off  Megan Fox Opens Up About Being a Mom You Might Also Like: 12 Hot (And Horrifying) TV Nude Scenes’s Holiday Movie Guide: Best of the Season!