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Aly Semigran
Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')
  • Beyoncé to Star In, Direct Her Own Documentary — REPORT 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 02, 2012
    Who runs the world? Beyoncé Knowles, from the looks of things. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that singer/actress/icon/Blue Ivy's mom Beyoncé is adding yet another title to her overwhelming credits: documentarian.  According to the piece, "Knowles and her representatives at agency ICM have in recent weeks been shopping a nonfiction film to Hollywood studios about the celebrity's life and career." In addition to being the focus of said documentary, the 30-year-old would also direct the film. (Hollywood.com reached out to Knowles' rep, who did not immediately respond for a statement.)  While every aspect of Knowles — from her chart-topping music career to her highly publicized personal life, is a constant fixture of the public's fascination — the star and her husband Jay-Z are relatively private celebrities who rarely let the outside world in.   Of course, with Knowles (who was last seen on the big screen in 2009's campy thriller Obsessed) at the helm of the movie, which would allegedly be "a mix of music and personal study, blending concert footage with confessional interview" it's uncertain how much will actually be a deeply person, in-depth nitty-gritty look into one of the most famous world. (She already gave fans a small glimpse into her world around the release of her album 4 in the 2011 mini-documentary titled, aptly, Beyoncé: Year of 4.)  Or will it turn out to be more like fellow pop superstar Katy Perry's failed documentary effort Part of Me 3D and come off as a well-manufactured PR effort with little beyond the tempting surface?  Still, not all recent concert documentaries have flopped (see: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which pulled in a cool $73 million in the United States) and unlike Bieber, Perry, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers (whose 2009 doc made a paltry $19 million during its run) Knowles has a fan base and public interest that expands well beyond the teenager demographic. Plus, think of all the cameo possibilities. (Gwyneth! Kim! Kanye! You've been warned!)  Just, please, Beyoncé, whatever you do, take our word on this one: skip the 3D.  [Photo credit: DailyCeleb.com]  More:  Beyoncé Offers Praise to Frank Ocean  Beyoncé is Back — Her First Performance Since Baby Blue  Beyoncé Named 'Most Beautiful Woman': Was Adele Robbed?
  • 'New Girl': Move Over Schmidt! Nelson Franklin to Play Cece's New Beau
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 02, 2012
    Here's some news that will make Schmidt sadder than wearing a damp towel: his lady love Cece is moving on with a new man. After getting the old White Fang treatment from Schmidt (Emmy nominee Max Greenfield) in the Season 1 finale of New Girl, Cece (Hannah Simone) will court a new guy named Robby.  Fox has confirmed to Hollywood.com that actor Nelson Franklin (he of the short-lived comedy Traffic Light and the guy we all once thought was Jim in disguise during an episode of The Office) is slated to appear in the Season 2 premiere, with the possibility of becoming a recurring character. Woof.  According to TV Guide, who originally reported the news, Franklin's Robby is "a genuinely nice guy who is an embarrassingly bad dancer and deaf in one ear. Basically, he's the anti-Schmidt."  But Franklin, now temporarily dashing our dreams of a Cece and Schmidt reunion, isn't the only new guy on the New Girl block. Yesterday it was announced that Bent star David Walton will also join the cast for a recurring arc on season 2, as Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) latest bad boy love interest, temporarily dashing our dreams of a Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) hook-up. JAR! Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran [Photo Credit: WENN.com]  More:  Zooey Deschanel Gets New Girl Love Interest  On This Episode of New Girl, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston Host the Do Something Awards New Girl Recap: Do the White Fang 
  • The Three-Breasted Alien in 'Total Recall' and Other Pop Culture Twos Gone Awry
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 02, 2012
    "You're gonna wish you had three hands." Well, not so fast there, three-breasted alien prostitute from the upcoming remake of Total Recall. While the unnatural space creation (played in the 2012 reboot by Kaitlyn Leeb, pictured) may be revving the engine of sci-fi nerds all over again, there's some things that are better left as twos.  From creepy three-eyed raven from Game of Thrones that will haunt your dreams to the ridiculous "Rule of Three" in American Pie 2 to — wait, there's a third Olsen sister? — there's plenty in pop culture that has made us do a triple take.  Check out our gallery of things from TV and movies that latched on a third, making us wonder if three times is really a charm, after all.   Total Recall and its three-breasted alien prostitute hits theaters nationwide on — how apropos — the third day of August.  Click Here to Launch Our Gallery! [Photo Credit: Splash News]  More: Total Recall Mash-Up Trailer: When Schwarzenegger Met Farrell — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO Total Recall Star Colin Farrell Dishes His Biggest Hurdle: Bacon — VIDEO The Ladies of Total Recall and the Best Female Badasses in Movies
  • 'Big Brother' Recap: Send in the Clowns 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 01, 2012
    Julie Chen and her fellow Big Brother overlords at CBS couldn't have picked a better time to make "circus" the theme of last night's POV challenge. Because last night's episode of Big Brother was just that: a full-on, three-ring spectacle of sheer absurdity and terrifying clowns. (I'm certain Boogie the Clown is a thing somewhere, and I'm already having nightmares about it.) When we left off on Sunday, Shane (pictured here, daydreaming about how many tank tops he can buy with $500,000 so he never has to wear another stupid tee shirt ever again) put Ashley and Joe up on the block for eviction. Or, as they shall be known for the remainder of this circus-themed recap, Tanny the Clown and Loudy the Clown. Tanny was 99 percent certain she wasn't going to be nominated for eviction and Loudy was angry and loud. Like, Mary Murphy turned down her television loud. Boogie the Clown (actually, that nickname could work every week) celebrated the fact that Frank wasn't put up on the block and took all the credit for swaying Shane, who had both Danielle and Britney telling him to vote otherwise. "It's getting too easy," boasted Boogie, who clearly missed that week in school when we all learned about foreshadowing. But Boogie, as always, underestimated the power of his competitors. Especially Britney who, as it turns out, is more than meets her giant doll eyes considering she saw right through Janelle's unfazed coach act. (Also, if Big Brother was Ocean's 11, Britney would be the Brad Pitt of the house, as she is attractive and always seems to be snacking.) Still, Janelle had to use her pull-out-all-the-stops strategies to not only keep her players motivated, but to find a way to get them off the block. And by pull out all the stops, I mean she unsuccessfully tried to convince Loudy to be a reasonable human being and plead with Shane (a disaster). And then she attempted to save both the sanctity of marriage and her players by temporarily pawning off her wedding ring to Shane and Danielle as a trust offering. Since the reality television gods seemed to be working in Big Brother's favor last night, when it came time to pull names for the POV competition, of course Loudy pulled the worst possible name to play against him: Frank. "Lord, what have I done?!" he cried. I don't know if there's a God, dear readers, but if there is one, s/he absolutely heard him. Not because he called out to the heavens, but because he is so very, very loud. Shane, Frank, Loudy, and Tanny were soon joined by Danielle and Wig to play in the Jenn-hosted POV competition, which leveled out the playing field perfectly. The aptly-themed circus POV featured the six players dressed like clowns ("Why is Frank the only one in a Bozo wig?" Britney zzzziiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnged) for a challenge in which the main object was to ensure they kept both their balls off the ground. This show writes itself. I love you Big Brother. Never change. After a compelling explanation from Tanny about what a "gentle push" means, they were off. You know, I make fun of the Big Brother contestants a lot, but this POV game gave me total anxiety and I give credit to all of them for lasting as long as they did. In the middle of two ramps, the housemates had to move back and forth, pushing and catching the balls at just the right speed to keep them from falling. It ultimately came down to Tanny and Shane, but Shane emerged victorious in the POV for the third week in a row. Then it was time for Shane and Britney to celebrate, but much to the dismay of Britney, not for very long. I mean, jeez, can't a girl get a little privacy in a house that is filled wall-to-wall with cameras and is being broadcast to millions of people 24 hours a day? Oh right, no. With the exception of Loudy (who Britney did a pretty killer impression of), Janelle and her team took a break from allegedly "making up songs, braiding hair, and cooking" to strategize/kiss up to Shane. Meanwhile, out on the porch, Boogie discussed his workout routine. Hey, you can't spell "Oh man, Boogie is the worst" without Boogie! But it didn't take long for Loudy to realize that if he wanted to "follow his dream" of manipulating people on television for money, he was going to have to do more than cook and shout. He was going to have to prove to Shane that he'd have his back no matter what and he did just that when he assured the almighty tank-topped one that he would willingly throw his teammates under the bus to ensure his safety. Sorry, I mean throw his teammates off the cliff in order to pull Shane up. Loudy was big on the cliffhanger analogy last night. "You're saving my life," was a thing he actually said, leading me to believe Loudy isn't totally aware he's on a metaphorical cliff. Oh, who cares about metaphors — it was time to party! Dan, who was all but absent until this point, showed up just in the nick of time to spice things up and get playfully racist by wearing a hachimaki to welcome Japanese restaurant owner Boogie (wuh?) and the others to the sushi bash he won. Shane ate sushi with a fork and Danielle couldn't pronounce "tempura," y'all. It was delightful. Still, that gathering wasn't nearly as fun or raucous as the party that was going on inside, where Wig was throwing his pants-less sea captain-themed birthday bash. And, as is the case with most pants-less sea captain-themed birthday parties, Spin the Bottle was involved. Ian tried to plant an open-mouth smooch on Tanny, while Danielle and Shane shared their first "good, short, sweet" kiss in front of the whole gang. D'awww. But it wasn't Ian's failed attempt to eat Tanny's face that was the real kick in the head. Instead, it was his conversation with Britney later that evening. When she tried to get a feel for how he and the rest of the house would be voting next week, Ian clearly missed that week of school when we all learned the phrase "not in the foreseeable future," and instead said, "not in the foreseeable options." In other words, if you ever find yourself in a situation in which you can play poker with Ian, play it. And then when the poker game is over, make him do his kicking-himself-in-the-head trick, because that is ridiculous. Ian's inadvertent slip-up got Britney and Shane talking. If Shane was really going to be next week's target, would it really be so wise to keep his biggest threat, Frank, in the game? More importantly, would it be so wise to keep Frank in the game and allow Boogie to continue his reign as the worst? Frank, sensing there was danger (a mystical curly haired power he possesses), talked to Shane and tried to convince him that it's Ian who should go up on the block for eviction, not him. Shane had a lot of thinking to do. After all, there's a million dollars and a lot of tank tops on the line. Whatever choice he made was absolutely going to shift the course of the game and send a message. Despite all his best efforts at the POV meeting to be taken off the block, Loudy's rousing Presidential pardon speech couldn't sway Shane from removing him. But Shane did use his POV — only he used it on Tanny and replaced her with... yep, Frank. The game is officially on. While Boogie thought he'd be sitting pretty poolside again, Frank wasn't nearly as blindsided by Shane's switcheroo. It's fairly obvious Frank has a good sense of how this game is played, although he probably should have campaigned to Shane much earlier than he did. Still, even with Shane pulling one over on Frank, I don't think this ultimately spells Frank's doom. After all, Frank isn't in panic mode and is a pretty charming guy, while Loudy is just so, so loud. What did you think of last night's completely bonkers episode of Big Brother? Do you think it was fair for Janelle to declare herself the puppetmaster, or does Britney ultimately get that title? Do you think Frank still has a fighting chance? Or did Shane seal his fate during that POV meeting? I'm sorry, you'll have to speak up, I can't hear you. [Photo credit: CBS] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More:Big Brother Recap: Let's Get PhysicalBig Brother Recap: Queso and JoJoBig Brother Villain Willie Hantz Arrested Days After Being Thrown Off the Show
  • 'Total Recall' Trailer Mash-Up: Schwarzenegger Meets Farrell — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 01, 2012
    What do you get when you take the original 1990 classic sci-fi action flick Total Recall but you take away its leading stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone and replace them with Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale for a glossy 2012 remake? Well, you pretty much get Total Recall. (Three-breasted alien prostitute and all!)  In fact, we here at Hollywood.com found so many similarities between the trailer for the reboot and the original trailer that we decided to give the films the full proper mash-up treatment by taking footage from the first Total Recall and the audio from Len Wiseman's take on it.  Marvel at the nearly perfectly synchronized sequences and dialogue and enjoy the ability to finally understand what in the hell Douglas Quaid/Hauser is saying. Watch our (NSFW) Total Recall trailer mash-up here and get ready to experience some total déjà vu.    So is the new Total Recall just well, a total recall of the original, or what? We'll find out when the movie lands in theaters this Friday. [Photo credit: Columbia Pictures]  More:  Total Recall: Bryan Cranston is None Too Happy with Kate Beckinsale — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel on Total Recall: 'It is F***ing Huge!'   See the Full Trailer for Colin Farrell's Total Recall Reboot
  • 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' Star Rashida Jones: From Best Friend to Leading Lady 
    By: Aly Semigran Aug 01, 2012
    After watching Celeste and Jesse Forever — a romantic dramedy which, at its core, is about hardships of friendship, love, and heartbreak — there's a good chance you'll be left with an overwhelming feeling of wanting to connect (or reconnect) with the people you love most in your life. In one of the many lessons you take away from the film, which chronicles the the ups and downs of a separation of the titular best friends Celeste and Jesse — played by Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, respectfully — we learn that as we get older and the stakes get higher, relationships take a lot of nurturing if you want them to prevail. But by the end, you'll mostly wish that Jones, the star and co-writer of Celeste and Jesse Forever, was your friend in real life so that you could lament about the intricacies of matters of the heart with her.  "The best part of this whole thing has been the people," says Jones, who is just as easygoing in person as you'd imagined. "Even though [the story] is fictional … people are going through it and they feel like they can come up to us and talk about it. People get in deep with me, man. They talk about their divorces. There's been some tears, I've shared some tears with people. It's kinda great, though."  It's a feeling that fans of Jones have become familiar with over the past few years of her ever-evolving career. The actress —  best known for her work on NBC's Parks and Recreation and on the big screen in supporting roles in Our Idiot Brother, The Muppets, and I Love You, Man —  is strikingly beautiful, Harvard-educated, politically minded, and immensely talented. (C'mon, anyone that can keep keep it together during Paul Rudd's "slappin da bass" routine in I Love You, Man is game for just about anything.) On paper, she has all the makings of someone who should be intimidating. But, Jones, the veritable poster child of what it looks like to be a humble, hardworking product of Hollywood icons (the 36-year-old is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton), is anything but.  Though her character Celeste, a successful rough-around-the-edges woman, can be hard to love at times — especially in scenes where her flippancy all but breaks the heart of her sweet, but unmotivated, better half, Jesse (played to a tee by a particularly hangdog Samberg). Luckily, Jones approachable nature (how many people would put their embarrassing elementary school pictures on Twitter?) and her infinitely relatable movie for anyone that's endured heartache still makes her the Ann Perkins to your Leslie Knope.  While Celeste and Jesse Forever finally puts her in leading lady territory, the actress is perfectly content with still being seen as a best friend figure with fans. It's fitting, considering Jones co-wrote the film with her real-life best friend Will McCormack (who takes on a supporting role in the movie as Jesse's toker pal Skillz) and her longtime close friend with Samberg, who impressively takes his first dramatic turn, plays her on-screen love Jesse. ("We got to watch him grow on set, it was the craziest thing ever. He's never done anything like this before," Jones says of his transformation.) Jones' and McCormack's tale of friends going through a divorce in their 30s may be fictitious (as she explained to Jon Stewart during a recent visit to The Daily Show, she and McCormack only dated briefly for a boozy, whirlwind three weeks in the '90s), but their shared experiences resonate on screen. Traces of Jones and McCormack's real-life bond can be found throughout the film. Even some of their inside jokes make the cut. In the film, Celeste and Jesse enjoy bits in which they speak in funny accents and, memorably, simulate jerking off via tiny vegetables or tubes of chapstick. "Will and I, as friends, have a lot of annoying little friendship things. We definitely do [the vegetable bit]. It's so immature. Those are the little things that bond you," Jones says, further noting, "But we tend to go for a bigger vegetable and just go for the tip."  Like When Harry Met Sally, the gold standard of romantic comedies that paved the way for all those that followed, Celeste and Jesse Forever will inevitably have people re-asking the question: "Can men and women be friends?" Especially as you approach the big 3-0... and especially when dating your best friend comes with consequences larger than an awkward morning-after chat. As Jones puts it, "In your 20s you date a lot of people who you would never be friends with because they're horrible people and then you learn. It's very tricky, it's murky, and there's no real answer is the problem. And we don't really answer it in the movie." One matter of the heart that Celeste and Jesse does, however, acutely pinpoint is that no one, not even the best of friends, are impervious to the pain and complications that stem from heartbreak. When we meet Celeste and Jesse, they — much to the confusion of their friends — are mid-separation and carrying on as though nothing is wrong. (Jones and McCormack opted to skip out on the traditional rom-com meet-cute and instead, as Jones put it, "get into the nitty-gritty of the relationship.") It's a naivety that eventually catches up to both of them. "It's your friend and you don't want to really fight with your friend," she says. "They do this thing where they try to bury the inevitable pain that comes with a divorce or separation. You can't outsmart the pain of a breakup, you have to go through it. They've had this certain level of respect for each other as friends, which is great but it does this thing where it disables you from really being able to speak your mind." In what is perhaps the film's most revelatory, albeit tear-jerking moment, Jones' Celeste makes a speech at a mutual friends' wedding that speaks to that very sentiment. The emotionally draining moment proved to be a profound one for Jones off-camera as well. "I absolutely got to make peace with people in my own life in that speech," Jones confesses. "It was so funny — when we were shooting that wedding scene, we were in Rhode Island at the director [Lee Toland Krieger]'s parents house. It was so beautiful. All my friends were there. But weirdly I felt like Celeste. I felt totally isolated. You can create this thing and make a movie with your best friend and your friends come and then, at the end of the day, not to be too depressing, you're by yourself. You come in this world alone, you leave this world alone. And there's something about that condition you almost have to accept if you're going to have any relationship with anybody in this world and I really strongly felt that during that speech and standing outside the wedding tent looking in on this thing that I helped create, but I couldn't be a part of it. It was a really bittersweet moment for me." Celeste and Jesse Forever may make you want to cry on Jones' shoulder (or vice versa) but there's still something to smile about: The actress and her Parks and Rec cast and crew-mates will be reuniting next week to begin filming Season 5. "I'm so excited [to get back]," Jones says. "Every time we go on hiatus we feel like it's Rumspringa and we go and f**k up and s**tty things happen and we get back together to just like, get back into work mode. We need the structure and the love and the family of each other to straighten back. I cannot wait to be back in trailer land with my homies. I seriously need my girls so badly right now."  And in true best girlfriend fashion, Jones gave kudos to her Emmy-nominated Parks and Rec leading lady Amy Poehler, putting it quite simply, "She's the jam." Our sentiments about Jones exactly.  Celeste and Jesse Forever opens in New York City and Los Angeles on Friday, August 3.  [Photo credit: David Lazenberg/Sony Pictures Classic]  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Celeste and Jesse Forever Review Parks and Rec Star Rashida Jones' Geeky Yearbook Picture Sundance 2012: Rashida Jones Brings Rom-Com Reality to Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • 'The Big Wedding' Trailer: You Are Cordially Invited to Every Rom-Com Ever 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 31, 2012
    You know how it goes: once you've been to one wedding, you've been to 'em all. Apparently, the same goes for romantic comedies and the trailer for the upcoming star-stuffed flick The Big Wedding is no exception. Originally titled Gently Down the Stream (wha?), the movie has all the elements of mainstream romantic comedies that each of its cast members has already appeared in, including a good chunk of folks who starred in New Year's Eve/Valentine's Day.  Case in point:  - Diane Keaton is an uptight mom meddling with her daughter's love life and coming to terms with her own. Also, walks in to find a romantic entanglement she wasn't meant to see. (Because I Said So, Something's Gotta Give, The First Wives' Club). - Amanda Seyfried's wedding plans to a handsome foreign boy turns to all sorts of shenanigans when she must deal with parental drama. (Mamma Mia!)  - Robert De Niro is a depressing shadow of his former self. (New Year's Eve, Meet the Fockers).  - Robin Williams is the kooky priest. What will he say next?! Please, God, nothing. (License to Wed).  - Katherine Heigl is there. (All of them). Misunderstandings that could be solved in one brief explanation! Elaborate lies doomed for failure from the get-go! An easy listening soundtrack! An interchangeable title! The gang's all here. Watch the trailer here, but be warned, you could experience some rom-com déjà vu.  The Big Wedding arrives in theaters on October 26.  More: Paramount Has Plans For The Big Wedding Lovelace: Is That Really Amanda Seyfried? Robin Williams to Play President Eisenhower in The Butler
  • Olympics Spoiler Alert: The Thrill is Gone? 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 30, 2012
    There's an unspoken set of rules in the Twitterverse when it comes to pop culture spoilers: wait an adequate amount of time before talking about something from a buzzy movie or television show; if you must talk about said TV show or movie, keep it as vague as possible; and, if you must spoil, give the courtesy #SPOILER warning at the front of your tweet or Facebook post.  But what's the etiquette when it comes to live sporting events? Namely, the 2012 Summer Olympic games? While NBC is offering a live stream option on their website for those with cable providers, the network has been receiving criticism for not airing hotly anticipated events live, like the first race between swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. The popular match-up took place on Saturday morning in London, but did not air until primetime in the States on NBC, at which point anyone within distance to a news website or Twitter feed had already learned that Lochte locked up his first gold medal of the London games and 2008's reigning champ Phelps floundered in 4th place.  The primetime programming choices (which, The Atlantic explained, ultimately came down to advertising dollars and cents) have already caused blowback on Twitter — which is, ironically enough, arguably the biggest culprit in Olympic spoilers, not to mention the cause of some live programming interruptions — and Facebook, with fans airing their grievances en masse. The hashtag #nbcfail, as well as the parody feed @NBCDelayed, have spawned as a result of frustration over what NBC has decided to air live and troubles with the live stream itself. As one Tweeting viewer complained, "Here we go again, every time Olympics stream breaks for an ad, Adobe crashes, I have to reload. #NBCfail."  So between Internet landmines like Twitter and spoiler-laced headlines (take, for instance the People headline story on Sunday, which read "Jordyn Wieber's First Day in Olympic Competition Ends Unexpectedly"), will there be any way for NBC, fans, and sports journalists to find a common ground during the games? It's certainly a predicament for a network understandably still hoping to score primetime eyes and news outlets hoping to keep up with breaking headlines. "I was really looking forward to the Ryan Lochte-Michael Phelps showdown," says Heidi Moore, the Wall Street correspondent for American Public Media's Marketplace who also penned a piece for The Guardian about her problems with NBC's model.  "The thing is, there were CNN alerts about it, there were ESPN alerts, it was on the homepage of the New York Times," Moore continues, "Meanwhile, on NBC, Bob Costas kind of leaned into the camera and said, 'These events were recorded earlier, but we're promising you, no spoilers.' Like, are you kidding me? I think that they mistake that they have the broadcast rights for the fact that they have a news monopoly on the Olympics and they don't. It's really surprising for a news network to not get that." (Hollywood.com reached out to NBC, but did not immediately hear back.)  Coincidently, whether or not it was its intention, The Guardian — a U.K.-based news organization — seems to be one of the only outlets allowing time-delayed readers to avoid spoilers via a "Hide Olympics/Show Olympics" feature on their homepage.  Considering the intense backlash from fans and critics, it's not surprising that the programming battle has already turned ugly. A Los Angeles-based writer for The Independent, Guy Adams — a critic of NBC's handling of the Olympics — had his account suspended after posting the President of NBC Olympics' email on Twitter. Adams was informed by the social networking site that he was suspended after publishing a private email address, but as Adams explained in his response to Twitter, "I didn't publish a private email address. Just a corporate one, which is widely available to anyone with access to Google." At the time this article was published, Adams' Twitter was still down.  But that's hardly stopping critics from continuing to slam the programming. Some dissenters also have criticized the network's decision to only make the live stream available for those with cable providers. In fact, Moore notes that 64 countries in the world have enabled their citizens to watch the events for free, whereas Americans must be able to pay a considerable monthly cable fee in order to see the Olympics. "As a viewer, all I want is a way — for big event — to watch [the Olympics] live," Moore says. "It's not going to be every [event], but if it's something like a swimming relay that's going to take five minutes, yes, I would love to watch that live and I would watch it again at night. A lot of people would. I think NBC believes that if people have access to something during the day, that they won't watch it again. These are historic moments that get replayed."  And it turns out fans do seem to be watching the moments again. Saturday night's primetime viewership, which included the Lochte/Phelps race, brought in a staggering 28.7 million viewers, up from both the 2008 and 2004 Olympics' first Saturday night coverage. Still, others have found that the NBC programming has actually helped and not hurt their content and enjoyment of the games. Ben Eagle, the Olympics producer for SI.com, says the programming coverage encourages readers to stay put on their computers. In fact, Eagle says NBC has put forth a "great model" that caters to "true sports fans" who want to watch the games live. "For us, from a reporting perspective, the time difference is actually excellent," he says. "It runs while people are at their computers."  But, even as a reporter, he's not immune to the rapid-paced spoiler culture. "Even as I'm watching these events as I'm streaming them ... someone has already tweeted the results," he says. "There's no such thing as a surprise anymore."  But shouldn't we have expected as much? After all, during an age in which every piece of information we have at our disposal can be published for the whole world to see, there was no question that the Olympics' fervent fans would be subjected to social networking's spoiler-heavy reality. But even the frustration over programming decisions and Twitter tactics, it feels like the more overwhelming consensus is: come hell or Lochte waters, fans will be watching in any capacity that they can.  [Photo credit: Getty Images]  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More:  5 Olympics Burning Questions, Starting With: What Happened to Michael Phelps?  Olympics Round-Up: Lochte Beats Phelps, Archers Take Aim at Silver  Olympics Round-Up: World Record for Dana Vollmer, Hugs For Michelle Obama
  • Dane Cook Makes 'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting Joke, Internet to Hate Him All Over Again
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 27, 2012
    UPDATE: Cook took to Twitter on Friday evening to apologize to those he offended by his incendiary joke. He wrote: "I am devastated by the recent tragedy in Colorado & did not mean to make light of what happened. I made a bad judgment call with my material last night & regret making a joke at such a sensitive time. My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of the victims." EARLIER: Daniel Tosh, you may now officially leave your post at the maligned comedian hot seat. Dane Cook will take over from here.  Just one week after the horrific shooting massacre in Aurora, Colorado at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 59, comedian Dane Cook clearly thought enough time had passed to take a crack at the tragedy. During a show at — where else?— The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Cook made a joke at the expense of Aurora shooting victims.  "This movie is pretty much a piece of crap," Cook said of The Dark Knight Rises, and then added, "I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh fucking shoot me.'" You can listen to the audio here and decide what's more unnerving, Cook's bit or the reaction from the audience. While there were some groans, there seems to be more overwhelming applause, laughter and even a shout-out from the ubiquitous comedy club woo girl.  There's no question that Cook — who has already long been a fixture of Internet wrath for being accused of "selling out" and stealing jokes from the likes of fellow comedians like Louis C.K. (one that the comedian let him address in a classic episode of Louie) — will re-open the wrath (something he seemed to be aware of in this tweet) and the comedy debate floodgates.  Was the joke too soon? Yes, probably — but, mostly it was just a completely tasteless, humorless one. Are certain topics like rape and famous tragedies off-limits in comedy? Nothing is off-limits in comedy. But what differentiates great comedians from the rest is the ability to craft a joke about those horrors that works. When the Tosh firestorm erupted, much of the criticism that came from his response to a female audience member was that the he made rape victims the butt of his joke, that he had no grasp or perspective of the trauma. Here, Cook has done the exact same thing. But mostly, what in the world gives Dane Cook the right to call a movie "a piece of crap"? (Exactly.)  And just like during the Tosh controversy, the Cook joke will likely also illicit cries of, "Hey, if you go to a comedy show, a Dane Cook comedy show, you better know what to expect." A fair assessment, really. Unless you're going to see a tame comedian in the vein of, say, Jerry Seinfeld, there's a good chance you'll hear something "shocking." It's a comedian's job, in a sense, to push the envelope and help us laugh at the dark things in life. The problem that Tosh and now, likely, Cook run into, is mistaking "edgy" with wildly insensitive and, perhaps the even more egregious offense, of simply poor comic timing.  [Photo Credit: DailyCeleb.com]  More: Daniel Tosh's Rape Joke Firestorm: Are You Havin' a Laugh? Louis C.K. Didn't Know He Was Defending Daniel Tosh's Rape Joke Dane Cook Switches Gears in Answers to Nothing Trailer Cook
  • Your Guide to Which Celebrities Will Never Eat Chick-fil-A Again
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 27, 2012
    In 2004 filmmaker Morgan Spurlock made the documentary Super Size Me about the fast food industry with a simple message: those places are really bad for you. But the most recent fast food chain controversy making headlines has nothing to do with staggering statistics about caloric intake,, or the troubling obesity epidemic, or an animal rights issue. This one is a hot button political and human rights issue.  Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A has sparked a national and media firestorm after it was revealed that the Christian company (their locations are closed on Sundays for religious observation) has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay marriage and pro-heterosexual marriage organizations over the years. The controversy began earlier this month when the restaurant chain's president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy told the website The Biblical Recorder, "We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families – some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that." Since then, the news of Cathy and Chick-fil-A's business model and their stance on gay rights has become a divisive human rights and political issue (while Republican politicians like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have showed their support for Chick-fil-A, both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have expressed they feel the chains have no place in their respective cities); it is a topic that has caught the attention of Hollywood as well.  While there are some celebrities you could still run into in a Chick-fil-A (including hockey player Tim Thomas, who has publicly stated that he is supporting the chain), here's our guide to the stars you definitely won't catch lining up for chicken sandwiches or waffle fries at the restaurant anytime soon:  The Office star Ed Helms, an Atlanta native himself, shared his thoughts on the Chick-fil-A controversy when he tweeted, "Chick-Fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."  Actress/political activist Mia Farrow tweeted her sentiments about the chain, telling followers, "Chick-fil-A Is a disgrace If you support gay rights/human rights don't go there." Likely much to the relief of Camilla, The Muppets severed their ties with Chick-fil-A. "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors," their official statement read, "Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD."  As Jon Stewart put it quite simply during a segment on The Daily Show, Cathy is "such an a**hole, not even Boston will tolerate you." Roseanne Barr made it very clear she is vehemently against Chick-fil-A and Cathy's business model, but her choice of words found her in hot water, too. After Barr tweeted, "anyone who eats S%#@ Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ," causing something of an uproar. "christian liars: i never wished cancer on you at all-jesus will punish u 4 ur deceit-I said processed foods cause cancer,” she wrote. Barr later followed up with an apology tweet for the insensitive remarks that read, “Retreading my tweet I realize that I used the wrong word-I shouldn’t have used the word deserves. I shouldn’t have used the word deserves in my tweet and I apologize.” [Photo credit: Getty Images]  More:  The Muppets Sever Ties with Chick-fil-A Over Anti-Gay Stance  Exclusive: GLAAD Praises Barney Frank for Gay Marriage  The Hunger Games Star Josh Hutcherson Honored for Gay Rights Activism Chick-Fil-A