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!')
  • Justin Bieber Bus-ted: Drugs Reportedly Found On Tour Bus in Sweden
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 25, 2013
    Oh, Justin Bieber. What would Anne Frank think of you now? According to the very Swedish-sounding newspaper Aftonbladet, police in Stockholm raided the tour bus of the 19-year-old pop star on Wednesday night and found "a small amount of alleged narcotics and an eloctrochock weapon." (This  was not the weapon in question).  After a suspicious smell permeated from a bus parked at a concert venue, a police raid took place. Bieber was already in the arena where he was performing last night. According to the press officer at the Stockholm police department, "there were several people in the bus," but there is no "specific suspect." The drugs in question that were found have since been sent to a laboratary for analysis. Also: "Flurgen!" A Bieber source reportedly told Aftonbladet, "panic broke out when the police raided the bus. The police also demanded access to Justin Bieber's dressing room inside the arena. A couple of dancers started running around screaming 'No weed!' and another member of Bieber's crew yelled 'S**t, the stash!'" Bieber's rep declined comment. However, a source confirmed to People that "no one was cited or arrested" and another source reiterated, "There were no violations."  Bieber himself seems to be pleading the fifth (or at least pleading the coy), by cryptically tweeting, "some of the rumors about me....where do people even get this stuff. whatever...back to the music."  More: Justin Bieber Goes Holographic in Video More Proof That Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Have Reunited  Justin Bieber Thinks Anne Frank Was Great, Hopes She’d Have Been a Belieber From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Broken City': How the Mark Wahlberg Noir Captured Its 'Edgy and Sexy' Look — EXCLUSIVE
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 25, 2013
    If when you saw Broken City in theaters and thought to yourself that the Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe-lead cat and mouse drama was "edgy and sexy and mysterious", well then you were on the same page as the film's co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones. Because that's exactly how the Oscar-winning actress described the look and feel of the moody thriller in this behind-the-scenes Blu-ray featurette made exclusive to  In the clip, the cast and crew of Broken City — which arrives in on Blu-ray on April 30 — discuss how director Allen Hughes managed to pull off the classic stylish noir look in, or as costume designer Betsy Heimann described it: "a period feel in a modern world."  Watch the exclusive featurette below, which includes snippets from Hughes and Crowe, as well as a dissection of a particularly memorable scene in which Wahlberg's character falls off the wagon and stumbles down the street. According to Hughes, Wahlberg went off script and improvised "having a nervous breakdown" and that particular moment gave "the urgency and the essence of a noir film... [by]trying to make something out of nothing." Check it out:  More: Russell Crowe 'Owns' Mark Wahlberg in 'Broken City' Trailer  Mark Wahlberg Talks Muscles, Flexes His MusclesThe 20 Hottest Shirtless Muscle Men From Movies   From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)  
  • Mark Wahlberg's 6 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Movie Moments
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 25, 2013
    For years moviegoers, critics, theorists, philosophers, and the occasional cat have pondered and debated one of life's great unanswered questions: is Mark Wahlberg a unexpectedly brilliant actor who occasionally ends up in bad movies (Max Payne, The Truth About Charlie, Shooter) or a terrible actor who inexplicably has the good fortune to find himself in great films (The Departed, Boogie Nights, Three Kings)?  The 41-year-old star can be an easy punching bag (metaphorically, as actually trying to punch him would end so poorly for you) thanks to his Marky Mark days, the fact that Entourage is based on his life, and his dopey Bah-stin tough guy demeanor (Andy Samberg's "Say hi to your mother for me" did for Wahlberg what Tina Fey did for Sarah favors) but here's the thing about Wahlberg: when you're not laughing at him, you're laughing with him. See: The Other Guys, Ted, Date Night, and his latest movie, Michael Bay's juiced-up action comedy Pain & Gain, which plays up the whole meat head act.  The guy actually has good comedic presence and timing and is legitimately funny. Only, sometimes he's really not supposed to be. For every time he's effective in a drama (his brilliant, foul-mouthed, and intentionally funny turn as a cop in The Departed rightfully earned him in Oscar nomination) there's those movie moments when he's so stunningly bad or just blank that you wonder if all those "Good Vibrations" rattled something loose upstairs.  In honor of Pain & Gain, which actually plays up Wahlberg's strengths (his comedy muscles and his actual muscles), here are times when the actor made us crack up when we weren't supposed to.  The Happening just so happens to be the most unintentionally hilarious movie of the past decade. In fact, it's nearly impossible to narrow down which scene had us catching our breath from laughing so hard about a movie about killer wind. Singing The Doobie Brothers' "Old Black Water" to a perfect stranger as a way to prove you're not crazy? Running yourself over with a lawn mower? Comedy gold, all of it. But nothing tops when Wahlberg's character Elliot unconvincingly tries to assure the crazy old bat he and his family are staying with that they're not trying to kill her in her sleep? Was this actually meant to be taken seriously? What? No!   You know what? I can't pick just one moment from The Happening, that's impossible, especially considering there's also a scene in which Wahlberg literally TRIES TO REASON WITH a plastic tree. Say hi to your mother for me, plant.  It takes some real nerve to kick someone out of the band that they started (you hear that, Timothy Olyphant?!) but the way that Wahlberg's Chris shouts it out in a moment of utter betrayal in Rock Star will make you scream and shout...with laughter. There's plenty of unintentional humor to go around in this 2001 flick (the bad hair, the bad clothes, the bad music, the bad melodrama) but seriously try to keep it together at the :45 mark.    Wait, were we supposed to be freaked out by Wahlberg as stalker beau David in this scene from Fear when he pounds on his chest like King Kong? Because the carving 'Nicole 4-eva' on his chest was much, much worse if we're talking in terms of chest-related scares. This, on the other hand, was just damn funny. Here's the very NSFW moment:  Who's supposed to laugh during the harrowing family drama The Fighter? NAHT YOU.    Bonus unintentionally hilarious (hilariously sexy, that is!) Wahlberg moment: Source: Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: The 20 Hottest Shirtless Muscle Men in Movies  Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' and 9 Other Movies Inspired By Horrific EventsMark Wahlberg and The Rock Will Pump You Up in 'Pain & Gain' Poster  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Lone Ranger' Footage: Armie Hammer's John Reid and Johnny Depp's Tonto Cowboy (and Indian) Up
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 24, 2013
    Before Armie Hammer remakes one classic television show with a movie star (The Social Network actor will play opposite Tom Cruise in a big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) he's first got to debut his other remake of a classic television show with a movie star: this summer's The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.  On Wednesday, Hammer helped introduce the 20 minutes of footage from the Disney flick (he was not lone, however, as he was accompanied by his co-star Ruth Wilson and producer Jerry Bruckheimer) that were seen by a lucky few at last week's CinemaCon in Las Vegas.  The footage, which — SPOILERS AHEAD, Kemosabe — takes place about 15 minutes into the action caper's running time, finds Hammer's clean cut lawyer John Reid attempting to arrest Depp's Tonto under some pretty rough and tumble circumstances: the two are on a train that is not only in the middle of a takeover by a gang of outlaws, but the train just happens to be speeding down unfinished railroad tracks.  With John and Tonto (with Depp the full-on Native American garb, the overall look including his bird headdress, and makeup he came up with for his take on the character) quite literally attached to one another by a chain, the two must thwart off the evil Butch Cavendish's (William Fichtner) goons while on top of the speeding locomotive. In one instance, Depp's Tonto kicks a baddie through one of the train's windows, only to have him fall out of the other side of the train completely. (Yes, if you were wondering, the action and dialogue looks and sounds exactly like what you'd expect out of a blockbuster set for July 4th weekend).  After the train inevitably crashes and Tonto and John miraculously survive — despite the locomotive stopping within an inch of their lives — the bumbling John takes the cool and collected Tonto into custody. Along the way, we also meet John's heroic Texas Ranger brother Dan (James Badge Dale), who gives his little sib a hard time for his courtroom demeanor and his nearly-botched arrest attempt on the runaway train.  Back in town, Dan — who seems to have all the luck (as well as the hand of John's former love Rebecca, played by Wilson, despite the fact that the two still have eyes for each other) — enlists his brother to ride along with him and his group of rangers to find and stop Cavendish. Dan gives his brother their late father's badge, making him an honorary deputy. Meanwhile, Dan and Rebecca's young son sees Tonto in his jail cell, where he is chanting and making motions that create a bird-like shadow, scaring the boy off.  When Dan and John ride off into the desert on their justice mission, in the midst of their brotherly ribbing (Dan makes fun of the size of John's crisp white cowboy hat) they come across a lone white horse standing on a mountain, which Dan explains is a spirit horse that can take you to the other side.  Cut to: John... presumably on the other side. Well, next we see him he's high above a shaky looking wooden structure on an even taller mountain. John, dressed in entirely new clothes (though, his shoes are missing) and with paint on his face, almost steps off the tall structure. He somehow makes his way down (though in the footage we watched, it's uncertain exactly how he gets there) and comes across Tonto talking to the same white horse he saw before. John soon learns that he is the only survivor of an ambush that killed his brothers and the fellow rangers. Tonto explains to John that he went to the "other side." Tonto was sent a sign that he was to join John on his journey. Later that night, as the two sit by campfire (joined by some ravenous, terrifying CGI jack rabbits), Tonto explains that he is on his own mission to thwart the ploys of Cavendish, a mission that John ruined by arresting Tonto on the train.  When John discovers that one of the rangers betrayed the group, ultimately causing the death of his brother, he vows revenge. But Tonto explains that John was supposed to die, so he must ride with him on his mission in disguise (donning his famous black mask which covers his eyes). He tells his new friend "Kemosabe" that together, they can find justice.  In these 20 minutes alone, it's fairly apparent that when it comes to Disney's take on The Lone Ranger, what you see is what you get: a big, rollicking adventure peppered in with humor (Depp delivers zingy one-liners like "Bird angry" and "Horse is stupid" in the Native American voice inflection as we've heard it for years on the big screen), eye candy (Depp and Hammer, who both look and feel their parts), a predictable romance (with Dan out of the picture, it's a safe bet John and Rebecca will reunite) and more action, loud noises, and sweeping shots of the vast landscape than you can shake a stick at.  Think Cowboys and Aliens, but with Indians instead of aliens... or the Pirates of the Caribbean getting shipwrecked in the middle of the wild west.  Bruckheimer, who has seen the first four Pirates films take in over $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office alone, has no problem drawing the comparison to the two. The producer told at the footage screening, "Everybody says, 'Oh, it's a Western, nobody's gonna go see it', but Pirates was a good story and it transcended pirate movies. [The Lone Ranger] transcends Westerns."  We'll see the rest of what Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger has to offer when it rides into theaters on July 3.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran  More: 'The Lone Ranger' Super Bowl Spot Has Thrills With Fire Balls and Train Chases New 'Lone Ranger' Trailer Has Our Heroes Workin' On the Railroad Is Tonto in 'The Lone Ranger' the Next Captain Jack, Kimosabe? From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Oscar-Winner Susanne Bier: 'It's Kind of Disgraceful There Aren't More Female Directors'
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 24, 2013
    Susanne Bier's films have been described as "harrowing" (After the Wedding), "heartbreaking" (Brothers), and "an urgent and compassionate thriller" (the Oscar-winning In a Better World) so it's a bit surprising to hear the award-winning Danish writer/director describe her new film Love Is All You Need as "unashamedly romantic."  Bier is the first to admit that the romantic dramedy is a departure from her previous line of work, which she described as "much more severe dramas." Love Is All You Need (whose Danish title is The Bald Hairdresser)— set in the stunning, picturesque Italian coast ("The part of the story") — follows the luminous Ida (Trine Dyrholm, who is re-teamed with Bier for the first time since In A Better World), a cancer survivor whose husband has been having an affair, and Philip (Pierce Brosnan), a hardened businessman and widower, who met when attending the wedding of her daughter and his son. "It look a little bit of courage to be as unashamedly romantic [as this movie is]", she admitted.  But don't think that even in a softer, sweeter movie like Love Is All You Need that Bier and her collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen shy away from looking at the big picture. "You have to really sort of appreciate what is there, while its there," Bier said of the film's overriding theme. "I think that's kind of the most important part of the film, that things don't have to be forever, but if you can embrace and recognize when there is a real emotion or real affection or real compassion and be grateful for that."  Even more notably, in addition to being "unashamedly romantic" (which includes a swoon-worthy — or "cheeky" as Bier described it— soundtrack that includes romantic gold standards like "That's Amore") as Love Is All You Need  (which has already played at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival) is, it doesn't pretend to be anything it's not: it revels in its romance. "If you look at a lot of the romantic comedies at the moment...there's an intrinsic cynicism in a lot of them...[Love Is All You Need] really does believe in love and hope." It's all very evident, considering Bier is someone who still genuinely loves making movies. "If I go home from a day of shooting and I haven't at some point felt the magic, I'm really frustrated. Even if its like ten hours of things that are not [going well], if there's just a free second where you go, 'Wow, that was amazing,' then that's why I do it."  It also doesn't hurt when you're filming in such a gorgeous location ("[Italy] is part of telling the story") and with leads as easy to work with as Dyrholm ("She's so charming," Bier gushed) and Brosnan ("He's very generous and he's very humorous...I'm obviously biased, but I do think it's one of his most touching performances"). "This is my real talent, it's [finding]... a sense of chemistry. My favorite hobby is matchmaking," she said, adding, "It's a lot easier to do it in movies then in real life, because in real life people don't do what I tell them to do."  Bier's keen eye for chemistry allowed her to match up Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper again, for their upcoming Depression-era drama Serena. While Bier didn't give away anything about the reunion of the Silver Linings Playbook stars, when asked if she'd ever consider exploring something else out of her wheelhouse like the big screen adaptations of YA smash The Hunger Games, she opened up about her interest in that genre.  "I think I would be curious to do something like that," Bier told "I'm not like a careerist, I pick things that make me curious. The Hunger Games, particularly with Jennifer Lawrence… I really, really liked the first one. I think that would he hugely interesting, it's an interesting story. Depending on what it is, I would at all times go where triggers my curiosity. I think you have the excitement of climbing a big mountain every time." But whether it's a glossier romantic comedy, a big budget action film, or a deeply personal drama, Bier — who is one of few female directors able to make their mark on the industry — put it simply, "I think I'm just trying to make the best movie I can. I don't think as a director you [should] put yourself in rules of society, you have to work according to where your artistic drive takes you. I've always been slightly hesitant about generalizing movies made by men and women being different in their nature, I think movies by each director are different. Having said that, I think that it's kind of disgraceful that there aren't more female directors." Love Is All You Need opens in limited release on May 3.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More:'Love Is All You Need' Trailer — WATCH Only 3 Women Are Directing Blockbuster Movies in 2013 and That's a Problem Kathryn Bigelow: Oscars' 'Best Directors' Didn't Need to Be a Boy's Club From Our Partners50 Worst Celeb Mugshot Fails (vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Jason Segel's Children's Series Book Deal: The Bravest Man in Hollywood?
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 24, 2013
    Aw, Jason Segel. How can you not love the guy? He has a bromance with fellow lovable guys like Paul Rudd. He's utterly adorable, in an approachable way. He introduced The Muppets to a whole new generation of kids. And now, in a move that will only up his likability ante, the 33-year-old star will be penning a series of children's books.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Segel "has signed a three-book deal with Random House for a middle-grade series, Nightmares!" The How I Met Your Mother actor — who will co-write the saga about a group of neighborhood friends who try and fight fear with YA author Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike and The Eternal Ones) — said in a statement, "Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try." Awww.  While Segel may not appear as a big, hulking hero in action movies (he's got more of a teddy bear physique anyway), that doesn't mean he hasn't had some moments of bravery on screen (and off, for that matter, whether it's bravely scooting away from real-life heartbreak or walking away from a bona fide box office hit franchise) that he'll be able to tap into for the Nightmares! series. Here are some ways Segel and some of his other beloved characters have defeated fear before.  Going Full Frontal in Forgetting Sarah MarshallIs there anything more terrifying than the idea of getting completely naked in front of a bunch of strangers? How about millions of strangers while they gawk at you on a big screen? How about doing all that while getting emotionally naked, too? Segel did all of that when he played the heartbroken Peter Bretter in the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a man who gets dumped by his girlfriend in the most humiliating way possible: while he's buck naked. Of course, that nude breakup leads Peter to really find himself (not in that way, gross), follow his passion, and fall in love again.  Serenading His Lady L on Freaks and Geeks Okay, we take it back. The only thing more terrifying than being naked and crying in front of someone is speak-singing a serenade to your crush. When the well-meaning Nick (Segel) tells his sort-of girlfriend Lindsay just how he feels about her through the Styx song "Lady" on Freaks and Geeks, it's one of the more cringe-worthy moments on the beloved show. But, it just makes you love Nick all the more for putting himself out there like that, no matter how disastrous it turned out to be.   Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Who Jumps Off a Bridge While live-at-home slacker Jeff (Segel) spent most of the movie questioning his fate and place in the world by looking for signs, all went quiet and he went into hero mode when he saved the lives of a family whose car careened off a bridge and into water. Doesn't get much braver than that.  Follow Aly On Twitter @AlySemigran  More: Jason Segel Channels His Inner James Franco, Writes YA Trilogy Jason Segel and Michelle williams Split: Why Do We Care So much? 'how I Met Your Mother' Renewed For a Legendary Ninth Season  From Our Partners50 Worst Celeb Mugshot Fails (vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Why Netflix Should Make Original Movies Too
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 23, 2013
    Following up the news that Netflix has now surpassed HBO in total number of subscribers (an estimated 29.17 million, a million more than the wildly popular pay cable network), the online streaming video service has even more bragging rights on the horizon.  On Tuesday it was announced that Netflix will soon offer a 4-stream family plan for users (meaning you'll get more bang for your buck, but much stranger recommendations) and thanks to the success of series like Hemlock Grove (which has had great early response from viewers), the critically acclaimed House of Cards, and all the buzz surrounding the eagerly anticipated return of Arrested Development, there will be even more original programming.  It's a smart move for the continually rising company, not only from a financial stand point (according to ABC News, "Netflix shares soared nearly 25 percent in after-market trading Monday after its stronger than expected quarterly earnings report. The firm bounced back from a loss a year ago and made a $3 million profit for the quarter. Quarterly revenue topped $1 billion for the first time"), but for long-term stability, brand recognition, and, of course, accolades from the industry. If Netflix can topple HBO in members, could taking their Emmys and Globes be that far off? Especially if Netflix ups the ante in the TV miniseries department and produce content like 2001's Band of Brothers (which earned HBO six Emmys and its premiere episode drew in over 10 millions viewers) or 2008's John Adams (which broke records by winning 13 Emmys, the most by any miniseries in history). But Netflix shouldn't just be setting their sights on shifting the dynamic for television: original Netflix movies are not only a viable option, but one CEO Reed Hastings and his company should seriously consider. To draw comparison to their trailing competitor HBO again, the cable network has had bona fide critical and ratings smashes with movies like 2012's Game Change which earned 4 Emmys and a staggering  2.1 million viewers.  While Netflix hit a snag back in 2008 when they had to close down Red Envelope Entertainment, their unsuccessful foray into film distribution. Despite buying the distribution rights to indie movies like Super High Me,This Film Is Not Yet Rated, 2 Days In Paris, pictured, as well as the Oscar nominated 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days (which they partnered with IFC Films for), the operation closed down.  In an article by when Red Envelope Entertainment folded it was reported that the company "had focused on acquiring rights for Netflix's streaming facility and executives had begun to question the purpose of acquiring single films for theatrical distribution while Netflix enjoyed comprehensive relationships with independent distributors."  And that's exactly where Netflix could shine if they were to begin creating their own content: supporting independent filmmakers and distributors. While Netflix said they have no immediate plans to produce their own original films at the time, if they were to it would play to their benefit and the benefit of independent filmmakers. Take for instance, the Duplass brothers' 2005 indie fave The Puffy Chair, which was all but saved from certain movie distribution death by Netflix.  Even big names with even bigger financial backing like Ben Stiller admit there is an allure to doing quality work for an operation like Netflix. During a discussion as part of the indie-friendly Tribeca Film Festival, Stiller admitted that while he prefers the experience of a film on the big screen, he wouldn't be closed off to the idea of making something in that medium. "I think it's fun and exciting," he said during the chat, "They're able to do high quality work and people who are good are flocking to it, [because] everybody just wants to do good stuff."  But Netflix could just as easily satisfy the needs of both Netflix subscribers and those who still want a more traditional movie-going experience. (HBO, in addition to their small screen releases, have done this on the big screen with films with their HBO Films studio which has released titles like Elephant, American Splendor, and Three Amigos, among others).  Theoretically, Netflix could have their independent films play in limited release, not only to legitimize them (even with their accessibility, it's hard not to snub one's nose at a strictly VOD feature) but to make them eligible for film awards like the Oscars. The future of making and financing independent movies could change if Netflix threw their hat back in the ring. We'll just have to wait (and buffer) until then.  More: Netflix is Now More Popular Than HBO Spotify Might Become the New Netflix'Arrested Development' Might Just Have One Season on Netflix From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Reese 'Do You Know My Name?' Witherspoon and Other 6 Diva Celebs
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 22, 2013
    Over the weekend Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon simply could not believe that a police officer did not know How Do You Know star Reese Witherspoon. Reese Witherspoon (I keep repeating her name, lest I ever dare forget it) was arrested on Friday night, alongside her husband Jim Toth, who was pulled over for reckless driving. When Witherspoon, the passenger in this incident, refused to stay seated in the car, she antagonized the arresting officer by saying things like, "Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news." Well, as obnoxious as those intoxicated statements are, she wasn't exactly wrong about that last part, as this story continues to make headlines. Not that celebrities behaving as though they are above the rest of us or the law is news. Don't you know who these stars who ask heathens who dared to question them, "Don't you know who I am?" Yep, we definitely know who you are now: jerks.  In addition to Reese Witherspoon and pre-arrest rant (she has since apologized), here are some other celebs that can't believe you didn't know/care who they were:  Miley 'It's Miley!' Cyrus  Back in 2009 the always-accurate New York Post claimed that the singer-actress snapped at a Pop Burger employee who had the gall to ask for her name with her order. The star allegedly told the cashier, "Are you serious? You don't recognize me? I'm Miley Cyrus!" C'mon Miley, that's nothing to get upset about. Getting no pickles when you specifically asked for pickles is something to get upset about.  Alec 'I'll Play Words With Friends Wherever I Damn Well Please' Baldwin FAA rules and regulations be damned, Alec Baldwin is Alec Baldwin and he should be allowed to stay on his cell phone when he damn well feels like it. The 30 Rock actor was kicked off an American Airlines flight in 2009 after refusing to stop playing Words With Friends on the plane, even though he's... you know, famous.  Allen 'I Can't Believe You Don't Know Who I Am' Iverson  Wait, Allen Iverson is obnoxious and pompous? Who knew? Oh right, everyone. Especially the police that pulled him over back in 2011. According to CNN, the police report said that the basketball star told the officers, "Take the vehicle, I have 10 more. Police don't have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me...Do you know who I am?" Dina 'Don't You Know Who I Loh-am' Lohan US Weekly reported back in 2009 that Mother of the Century Dina Lohan yelled at a bouncer for not letting her and her young daughters Lindsay Lohan and Ali Lohan into a nightclub. Lohan allegedly pulled the old "Do you know who I am?” and then quoted Pretty Woman by adding, "You’re making a huge mistake. Huge!”  Tara 'Read All About It, I'm Famous' Reid    The New York Post, who seems to break all the 'Don't you know who I am?!' news, also got the scoop on Tara Reid allegedly flipping out that her fame didn't get her a discount at a store in Los Angeles. She was so upset by not getting the Famous Person Frequent Shopper discount that she made a scene and had to be escorted out.  Piers 'Don't You Know You Can Find This in the Discount Bin at Barnes & Noble' Morgan  We'd like to think this is a tongue-in-cheek riff on celebrity culture with a book title like Don't You Know Who I Am?... but this is the high-and-mighty Piers Morgan we're talking about here.  More: Reese Witherspoon Apologizes For Being a Jerk to a Cop  Reese Witherspoon and Husband Jim Toth Arrested in DUI IncidentStevie Nicks Says Reese Witherspoon Is Too Old to Play Her in a Movie From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Mad Men' Preview Predictor: Shhh, Someone Has Something Vague To Say
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 22, 2013
    Whenever I watch the ads for next week's episode of Mad Men (which, I absolutely wait through the end credits for) I wonder how they'll top themselves with absurd vagueness. Well, I'm happy to report, fellow Mad Men enthusiasts who are also endlessly amused by these pointless previews: we may have the best one yet.  While they are still the patented brand of blanket phrases and statements that give zero indication of what the hell is going on ("So, where's our check?"), this week's trailer went so far as to get rid of those brief words completely. There's a hilarious snippet of the exceedingly cranky and rude Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) shushing someone and another of black hair Betty (January Jones) letting out a sigh while putting her hand over her eyes. So much exhaling next week! And nary a cigarette in sight!  That said, even with the needless shots in the trailer (Pete is walking out of his office!), there are some moments of substance. For instance, there's Megan (Jessica Pare) throwing Don some seriously coy glances and telling him, "We can't avoid it forever." Now, whether that's her swinger bosses (does that mean that's actually going to happen?) or their imploding marriage, will remain to be seen until next week.  It also looks like we'll finally be getting more of Ginsberg and his sweet-a** facial hair. Though, it looks like it's just more of his paranoia about what's going on in the office without him. See: "I'm sorry, am I interrupting something?" and "I sure as hell didn't arrange this!" Though, I'd like to believe this is all just about a facial hair-related falling out with Stan.  Here are some other key moments from this week's insane preview, which you can watch here:  "I thought it would solve the whole thing."—Roger. I'd venture this has to do with the whole Joan/secretary debacle from last night's episode.  "I don't know why I'm so surprised."—Pete is likely talking to his wife Trudy, who is hopefully still laying down the law with him about not coming home.  "Forget about her... Don't do anything stupid."—Peggy seems to be at the same soirée as Don and Megan, but I doubt she'd say anything so daring to either one of them. My guess is that she's talking to her own boyfriend Abe.  "Everything is fine"—Henry. But judging from that exasperated sigh from Betty, something is awry in the Francis household. Perhaps something with Sally, though she makes no appearance in the trailer.  "That's disgusting!" —Pete, to a mirror, presumably.  While I admit I didn't do so hot with last week's preview predictor (though I did properly guess that Don was giving some serious sexy eyes to Sylvia), check back in next week to see how I fare? What are your assumptions for next week's episode? Lots more shushing? Share your theories in the comments section.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: 'Mad Men' Preview Predictor: Dying To Hear What They Say Next'Mad Men' Preview Predictor: 'What Are You Talking About?' Exactly. 'Mad Men' Recap: Finally, Some Alone Time With Joan From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)
  • 10 Highlights From Ben Stiller and Jay Roach's Tribeca Film Festival Director Series Chat
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 21, 2013
    Two men spent nearly 90 minutes waxing poetic about the art of comedy, acting, and directing during an intimate conversation in New York City. No, it wasn't a smart, dialogue-heavy indie film, but you're getting closer. Ben Stiller and Jay Roach sat in front of an audience at the BMCC in Manhattan as part of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival's Director Series. The conversation, which was live-streamed on the festival's website, covered a variety of topics about their respective careers, including the duo's work on the blockbuster comedy Meet the Parents and the follow-up Meet the Fockers. Stiller and Roach sat one-on-one (there was no moderator) for an unfiltered discussion and eventually took questions from the audience.  We picked the ten most fascinating highlights, moments, and quotes from Stiller and Roach's TFF chat.  1. When Roach made Meet the Parents, it was the first time he'd ever been to New York City proper. He said it was "one of the great experiences ever working on a movie." 2.  Roach discussed the advantages of working with actors who are also directors, like Stiller. "You come at every project like a director...and it felt like I had a co-director with me." 3. Stiller said that while testing films, particularly a comedy, with an audience is helpful to a degree and you can take notice of what they do and don't respond to, "at a certain point you just have to follow your instincts." 4. Stiller said he wouldn't be closed off to doing a 10-part series in the vein of House of Cards. "I think it's fun and exciting. They're able to do high quality work and people who are good are flocking to it, [because] everybody just wants to do good stuff."  5. Roach and Stiller had created a part for Larry David for the Meet the Parents/Meet the Fockers movies with a character named Dom Focker. David turned down the role because he prefers to work on unscripted comedies.  6. Stiller improvised the "milking the cat" speech in Meet the Parents.  7. Stiller had a small role as a POW in Empire of the Sun. When Steven Spielberg (who shared stories about working on Jaws on the set) asked him to lose weight for the part, he went overboard and lost nearly thirty pounds and the stunned director asked him if he was alright.  8. Roach was so anxious about working with legends like Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, and Blythe Danner that he got sick from not sleeping enough before shooting. But, when cameras starting rolling Roach said he was surprised at the friendly, sharing vive on set and the level of craftsmanship with the actors. "It was like being in theater everyday."  9. While Roach has worked with more extreme comic voices like Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) he believes lighter, more mainstream comedies "can radiate [their message] in a more subtle way."  10. The late, great Roger Ebert gave Stiller's comedy Zoolander a scathing review. The 2001 cult favorite was released just ten days after September 11, to which Ebert said Stiller's flick "is the reason why people hate America." Stiller revealed that a few years later Ebert apologized to him backstage at the Tonight Show and told him that emotions were high and he "went overboard."  More: Tribeca Film Festival 2013: 15 Movies to Have On Your Radar Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig Age Thirty Years for 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' 'Game Change' Director Jay Roach Making Another Lance Armstrong Movie: How Will They Be Different?  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)