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!')
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    By: Aly Semigran Jul 16, 2012
    While watching the DVD extras for Friends with Kids, Jennifer Westfledt's sharp, sexy, and wonderfully rewatchable (it's the kind of comforting dramedy tailor-made for sick days, rainy days, and everything in between) the old Hollywood adage "Never work with children or animals" certainly springs to mind.  Especially in the special features chapter "Fun with Actors and Kids (Ad-libs & Bloopers)" in which both children and animals don't necessarily feel like cooperating. In one clip a child actor really doesn't want star Adam Scott to say his line again (in another, the actor who plays his son really doesn't want say his own line) while co-star Megan Fox learns the perils of working with a dog on a leash after it, quite literally, pulls her off-screen.  Of course, even the most professional of adults (and Westfeldt got some of the best in the biz, including Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Kristen Wiig, and her real-life beau Jon Hamm to be part of the ensemble) can have their off moments, too — especially when working conditions were not exactly in their favor. Not only was the cast working with animals and children, but the cast and crew had to shoot the movie in just four weeks in the dead of a harsh New York winter.  In this exclusive sneak peek at the hilarious Friends with Kids DVD extras, watch as some of the most talented grown-ups in Hollywood miss their cues, flub their lines, and, in the case of Maya Rudolph, improvise some harmonies between takes. Let's take it from the top and check it out:    Friends with Kids arrives on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17. More:  Friends with Kids Trailer  F-Bombs Fly in Red Band Friends with Kids Trailer  Friends with Kids Clips — WATCH
  • 'Political Animals': A Relatively Tame Summer Soap 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 16, 2012
    Let's get that inevitable comparison of Sigourney Weaver's powerhouse Secretary of State Elaine Barrish in USA's six-part miniseries Political Animals (which premiered last night) to our own powerhouse Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of the way. Yes, both ran for President and lost the nomination to a younger, more charming candidate; both were former First Ladies whose President husband had notorious extramarital affairs; both are seen as ambitious ball busters; and both can rock a serious power suit.  Still, despite all these obvious nods to Hil, the comparison does a disservice to both women. For just as many similarities as they have, there are stark differences as well (including Weaver's Barrish not having a daughter, but two sons.) But, the biggest difference is that Clinton's story is nowhere near as dull as the one that plays out in Political Animals.  It's a problem that is through no fault of its leading lady. Weaver's ability to work with any kind of material is nothing new. The stunning 62-year-old Oscar-nominated actress, who has been one of Hollywood's most versatile stars for nearly 30 years, only seems to get better with age. But even in Political Animals, which boasts an impressive cast that could carry its own weight if needed (thanks to the likes of James Wolk, Dylan Baker, and fellow Oscar-nominee Ellen Burstyn), Weaver's powerful presence still can't save the mediocre summer soap opera.  When we first meet Elaine Barrish, it's on the night of her concession speech — having lost her bid to the White House to a young, Italian Democrat named Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) — with her smiling, supportive family by her side. However, it's not until after giving an invigorating, rousing speech in which she vows to American women that she will see a female President in her lifetime, that we really meet them behind closed doors.   And boy, are they one dysfunctional bunch. There's her pair of sons — the gay, drug-addicted, suicidal T.J. (Sebastian Stan), the put-together, politico-in-the-making Douglas (Wolk), and his demure fiance with an eating disorder, Anne (Brittany Ishibashi). There's her boozy, opinionated lightning rod of a mother-in-law (Burstyn) and her husband, former President Bud Hammon (a cartoonish, cigar-chomping Ciaran Hinds.) They all tend to say exactly what's on their mind, often in pay cable-friendly language. Within the first ten minutes, they utilize their place on USA by saying things like "homos," "s**t show," "douche," and "nutsack." So edgy.  Fast forward two years later, a now-divorced Elaine (she promptly asked her husband for a divorce after her concession speech) is down a philandering spouse (who is now dating a busty, vapid television star), but still has plenty of drama in her life. She's got her Pulitzer-winning nemesis Susan Berg (Carla Gugino) as a thorn in her side again when, years after breaking her husband's affair scandal, she inadvertently lets a story about T.J.'s failed suicide go public. (Her own cheating boyfriend/editor, played by Dan Futterman, gives the story to his blogging, cupcake-baking mistress. Oh great, another stunning victory for Internet Girls everywhere.)  Then there's also an ass-grabbing Russian foreign minister ("I will f**k your s**t up," she warns him in his native language) and a hostage situation in Iran with three American journalists to deal with. Still, Barrish manages to handle it all with ass-kicking grace. (If there ever was such a thing to possess, Weaver most certainly does.) By the time she tells a secret service agent in confidence that she's going to run for President again and win, you don't doubt her for one second.  And thankfully, viewers won't have to wait long to find out if that is the case. While Weaver (who might as well make space on her mantle for an Emmy now) makes the whole surprisingly bland thing watchable, the show (which aims for The West Wing, but hits the Dallas target instead) isn't necessarily worthy of her talents. There's no doubt the show will do well, especially as a summer program, considering it has three winning ingredients: graphic sex scenes, oft ludicrous dialogue ("Never call a bitch a bitch. Us bitches hate that"), and it doesn't take up much of your time (six weeks, to be exact.)  Political Animals doesn't quite know what it wants to be, ping-ponging between compelling, girl-power political drama and silly, ineffective family soap opera, but it gets one thing absolutely right: Sigourney Weaver cannot be tamed.  Political Animals airs on Sundays at 10 PM ET on USA. [Photo credit: USA Network]  More:  A Flawed Newsroom Rewrites History  Political Animals
  • Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen Silenced in London 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 15, 2012
    Blasphemy!  Apparently not even two of the greatest rock n' roll legends are allowed to break curfew. At least, not on London's watch. On Saturday night concert organizers at London's Hyde Park did the unthinkable when they pulled the plugs on Sir Paul McCartney and Lorde Bruce Springsteen's mics. I repeat, someone silenced Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, thus severing any and all international goodwill forever.  Springsteen had already gone a half hour over the 10:30 PM curfew by the time he invited McCartney on stage to perform some of his classics such as "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout," the Associated Press reports. Springsteen and McCartney's microphones were cut before they got the chance to thank the crowd, making them leave the stage in silence.  A statement from Live Nation said they silenced them "right at the very end" and it was done "in the interest of the public's health and safety" for the crowd of 80,000. Because if there's any two people that are going to start trouble, it's... Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen?  The decision to cut off a Beatle and The Boss became a hot topic on the Twitterverse on Saturday. The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant tweeted in response to the incident, "Ashamed to be British right now. Springsteen and McCartney playing Twist & Shout in Hyde Park and council pulled the plug cos of curfew. WTF." The funny man then added, "If tomorrow Paul Simon brings Chevy Chase on during 'You Can Call Me Al' and the same thing happens, I'm leaving the country." Springsteen's E-Street bandmate Steven Van Zandt was also understandably miffed and took to his Twitter to express his frustration. "Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we'd done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?" Van Zandt wrote, adding, "English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!...I'm sorry but I have to be honest I'm pissed. Like I said, it didn't ruin the great night. But when I'm jamming with McCartney don't bug me!...There's no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It's some City Council stupid rule." According to the AP, even London's Mayor Boris Johnson agreed, telling a London radio station, "It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision," he told London radio. "You won't get that during the Olympics. If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!" Rock on, Boris.  More:  Paul McCartney Turns 70  Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp Make Cameos in Paul McCartney Video  Paul McCartney Among 2012 Grammy Performers
  • Comic-Con 2012: 'Spartacus' Final Season Trailer Debuts 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 14, 2012
    Strapping on their sandals one last time, the cast (including leading man Liam McIntyre) and creative team behind the Starz series Spartacus were on hand at Comic-Con on Friday, July 13 to debut the trailer of the show's third and final season.  The bloody, tantalizing trailer of the 10-episode season, called War of the Damned, promises to have all the action (on the battlefield, or otherwise) that's made the show so popular amongst fans. Are you not entertained? Then you should check out the NSFW preview here:    According to The Hollywood Reporter, other highlights from the panel, which was met by an "enthusiastic crowd," included a visit from surprise guest Lucy Lawless and a heartwarming standing ovation for the memory of the late Spartacus star Andy Whitfield, who tragically lost his battle to lymphoma in September.  Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere this January on Starz.  More: Spartacus Marches Into Final Season Burning TV Questions for Comic-Con 2012 Presents Comic-Con 2012 Spartacus
  • 'Dark Knight' Mashups and Spoofs On The Rise 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 13, 2012
    Did you hear the one about David Letterman possibly giving away the ending of the most anticipated movie of the year? Ba-dum-noooooooooo! Okay, so no one looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises got a kick out of that one, but why so serious, Batman fans?  With just a week (!!) left until the film's release, the Internet has jumped into parody overdrive. They range from inspired — like The Onion's brilliant riffing on Christopher Nolan's very dark take on the comic books — to downright silly, like Funny or Die's trailer for The Dark Knight Smells ("Or 'The Joker Got Away' Depending On Where You Grew Up." It's funny because it's true.) Watch:  The Dark Knight Smells from DC Pierson Of course, The Dark Knight Rises isn't the only beloved piece of pop culture prime for parody. Someone had the good idea to mash up July's biggest events — Batman and Breaking Bad — to make, you guessed it, Breaking Batman. The two go together surprisingly well ("Plural, bitch!"), though, unsurprisingly, some of the language is NSFW. (TDKR has also been mashed up with the likes of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Ice Age: Continental Drift) Check it out here:    Of course, as far as TDKR mashups go, it's hard to top the one that arguably started it all: The Lion King Rises. Watch it again here:   More:  Dark Knight Rises Ending Might Have Just Been Spoiled By Letterman  The Dark Knight Rises With Bane For IMAX — POSTER  Dark Knight Rises Set Visit and Costume Closeup DKR Parodies
  • Daniel Tosh's Animated Series 'Brickleberry': Doomed From the Start?
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 13, 2012
    The panel for Daniel Tosh's new animated series, Brickleberry, is taking place at Comic-Con today, Friday the 13th. A bad omen or just bad timing? While Tosh — who caused a societal firestorm this week when a rape joke he directed at a female audience member at one of his shows caught the attention, and many opinions, of the Internet — won't be at the panel (creators and executive producers Waco O'Guin and Roger Black and voice actors David Herman, Tom Kenny, Jerry Minor will be), his presence, and the weight of the controversy, will no doubt be felt.  The series, about a dysfunctional group of forest rangers, features Tosh voicing the character of a bear cub named Malloy. But, as is often the case with Comedy Central cartoons, this one most definitely isn't for kids. In the wake of the Tosh controversy, it might not go over so well with adults, either. According to the website RumorFix, an unnamed source claims the pilot episode features rape jokes and Tosh and co. have scrambled to take out the references before the Comic-Con debut. ( has reached out to Comedy Central for a comment regarding the story.)  But how far will Tosh have to backpedal before this thing subsides, if it ever does? If Tosh has, in fact, opted to get rid of a rape joke in the upcoming Brickleberry, he still can't erase the supposed misogyny some feel he's built his comedy empire on. (This and this and this will live on the Internet forever.) And it's that very legacy that's found him in this career-threatening position. If Tosh continues to apologize and edit himself, he'll no doubt disappoint his defenders and rabid fan base, but if he doesn't, he'll likely continue to feel the wrath of those who find his attitude about women and the subject of rape nothing to laugh about.  The Brickleberry panel takes place tonight at SDCC at 6 PM PT (check back in to for news from the event), while the series is slated to premiere on Comedy Central on Sept. 25.  [Photo credit: Comedy Central]  More: Presents: Comic-Con 2012 Daniel Tosh's Rape Joke Firestorm: Are You Havin' a Laugh? Comedy Central Renews Tosh.0 Brickleberry
  • 'Louie' Recap: Welcome to Miami 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 13, 2012
    As someone who, according to Louis C.K., can get away with using the word "wonderful" without it jeopardizing my sexual identity, I'll go right ahead and say it: last night's episode of Louie was wonderful.  First and foremost, it was just wonderful to see Louie get out of New York City. As much as he so effortlessly gels with the chaos of the city, he, like everyone else who lives in New York, needs to come up for air occasionally. And though Louie has had some disastrous ventures off the isle of Manhattan (his last exodus from the city, as you'll recall, lead to one memorably bizarre tryst in a truck) he, like the show itself, can be pretty wonderful anywhere. Look no further for proof of that than episodes like "Country Drive" and "Duckling." This time Louie headed to Miami for the episode titled, you guessed it, "Miami." While he was technically there for business, he indulged himself in pleasure, too. Well, as much as a person like Louie can in a city that caters to people that look and behave nothing like Louie. "This is bullshit," he cried, in a sea of hyper-attractive people, on behalf of the rest of us.  The terrible and wonderful (that's right I can, and will, say it as much as I please) about going on vacation is the opportunity to reinvent yourself. To temporarily vacate not only your surroundings, but you. The only reason I say it's terrible is that  so many of us, like Louie, tend to pack our baggage, too. Feeling defeated after not wanting to take his shirt off for a swim on the beach, Louie retreated to his hotel to eat a burger and fall asleep. But after noticing that the coast was clear (i.e. the unreasonably hot people left for the day) Louie finally dove in.  Of course the very best part of a vacation, of getting out of your comfort zone, is opening yourself to new experiences and new people. After a non-near drowning, Louie is "rescued" by a handsome, easygoing, spirited Cuban lifeguard named Ramon. They are about as different as two guys could be. Later, after Ramon checks out Louie's act at the hotel, the two trade stories about their heritage and we see something in Louie we haven't seen in a long time: the desire to connect with another person.  The following day (after having a priceless poolside interaction with a vapid bikini-clad girl who takes a strawberry off Louie's plate under the false assumption he, like every other man, would cater to her every want) Ramon invites his new pal to see the "real" Miami. There are certain scenes in movies and television shows where you would give anything to be there. Not just because of an enticing location, like Miami, but because of the feel of the moment. Those very rare ones in life where everything that bothers you goes quiet, and you simply take it all in.  (For the record, my favorite on-screen escapes are Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.) At Ramon's party, which was filled warm people and good music, the lifeguard talked to his new friend about the people in Miami who live under the facade of happiness in high rises. Those sitting high above, looking down on the real people, but are truly lonely at the core. Ramon was someone who not only genuine and took in all the beauty in life, but put it out there in the universe. And for someone like Louie, who always tries to be a good guy but tends to come up short, it's no wonder he liked being around him.  While Louie got a tour of "real" Miami, what he really got was something even more important: meeting someone and experiencing something that them that is pure and untainted. Louie would always get to remember Ramon the lifeguard fondly and wonder how he was and if he remembered their friendship, too. He would get to forever hold on to the feeling of that party and unbridled joy of riding along with Ramon and his friends through the bustling streets of Miami.  Even better, Louie could remember what it was like to open himself up to people. After the two shared a sweet, simple goodbye ("I wasn't drowning, but I'm glad you saved me," Louie told Ramon, unconsciously not realizing the depth of that sentiment.) For once, Louie, who is typically pretty terrible at goodbyes, got something so right. Not ready to let that feeling go, Louie, after making a phone call to his ex-wife (in which we learn the pair has been divorced for three years) decides to stay and hold on to it a little longer. The only problem is, Louie was actually hoping, in a way, to be rescued by Ramon. Rescued from his loneliness and rescued from the peril of being a heterosexual middle-age white class male who simply wants to enjoy the company of another man.  After the two reunite on the beach, which was a lot less Shawshank and a lot more Louie, it's pretty clear that's not going to happen for our poor hero. Their lines get awkwardly crossed when, later at the bar, Ramon kindly, not judgmentally told Louie he was not gay. But Louie, trying simaltaneously to sugarcoat his embarrassment and rejection and protect his heterosexual middle-age white class manhood, gets flustered and stumbled over his words, only making him look like he actually was hiding his sexuality. Ramon got the "real" Louie tour and bid his friend adieu for good this time.  Still, even with that excruciatingly awkward interaction (which Louis C.K. played so authentically) I still sense a turning tide with Louie. No, he probably won't be able to effortlessly fall into a friendship with another man or realize when to actually say goodbye, but I do think Louie is about to swim into the unknown again and try to connect. No one wants to be alone on their balcony.   I really loved this episode of Louie for so many reasons. The trip to Miami was not only a nice one for Louie (for the most part) but the viewer as well. As sickly wonderful as it is to watch Louie in bizarre, soul-crushing scenarios, it's nice to see an episode not rooted in depths-of-despair weirdness. So often the show gives viewers real moments that are amplified (a bad date for Louie isn't just bad, it's bad) but here it was universal feelings (i.e. being very much aware of your body on the beach) that made "Miami" shine. Plus, that end credit footage of Louis C.K. and his team filming in the Atlantic Ocean was just, well, wonderful. Share your thoughts on "Miami" in the comments section below.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran. [Photo credit: FX]  More: Louie Recap: A Gorilla Walks Into a Ballet...  Louis C.K. Discusses New Season of Louie, Including Jerry Seinfeld's Cameo Daniel Tosh's Rape Joke Firestorm: Are You Havin' a Laugh?  Louie Miami
  • 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 Premiere To Stream Online For Dish Subscribers 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 12, 2012
    Dish network, you've probably gone and made Walter White angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.  While Walter, Jesse and the rest of the AMC gang are still at odds with the cable provider who dropped the network in a contract dispute, thus rendering the eagerly anticipated Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad unwatchable for fans who subscribe to Dish, the network has come to the rescue of outraged fans.  AMC announced today that they will offer a special live stream of the Breaking Bad premiere on Sunday at 10 PM ET. Beginning at 3 PM ET on Friday, July 13, Dish subscribers can register at for access to the online broadcast.  The network said in a statement regarding the live stream, "AMC wants its loyal DISH viewers to experience the excitement of the Breaking Bad premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors, and we want to give DISH customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.” So, take a deep breath, Breaking Bad fans who envisioned a cruel fate of missing the Season 5 premiere. Order a pizza and fire up the laptop: the king will rule your Sunday night again. [Photo Credit: AMC]  Breaking More: DirecTV Drops Viacom Stations: Comedy Central, MTV, and More Breaking Bad Season 5 Promo: Because Walt Said So! The Final Season of Breaking Bad is a Giant Lie
  • Jennifer Lopez on 'Idol': 'It's Time For Me To Go' 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 12, 2012
    The ongoing game of musical chairs being played at the judges' table at American Idol might go another round. During a visit to The Today Show, actress/singer/wearer of all things shiny Jennifer Lopez more or less announced that after two seasons of sitting next to Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson, she's ready to go. (Hey, you try listening to your co-worker call you "dawg" all day.)  When Today's Natalie Morales asked Lopez, who was there to promote her latest movie Ice Age 3: Continental Drift — The Squeakquel: Ghost Protocol, if she'd be back for Season 12, the 42-year-old said, "I am thinking that it's time for me to go."  The singer continued, "I've loved it so much. I've enjoyed the show so much. I enjoy just the whole process of the show... It's a tough decision either way. It's a heartbreaking decision if I have to go."  The multi-tasking mother-of-two didn't give an exact reason why she likely won't return (unless, maybe, they allow her to have a Joshua Ledit recount). She did, however, hint that she wanted to get back to other aspects of her life, be it family or career or her occasionally shirtless boyfriend Casper Smart. As Lopez put it, "I have to say there are so many things I do that I put on hold for [Idol.]"  While nothing is set in stone — Lopez said she's coming to her conclusion "little by little" — she certainly made it sound like she was saying her goodbyes. "I love all the guys on the show, I love the family that's there," Lopez continued. "But I am thinking it's time for me to go and do other things I love to do." (Fox has no comment regarding Lopez's statements.)  Then again, this isn't the first time Lopez has publicly stated she might just leave Idol. Last year Lopez said during an interview with BBC's Radio 1 that she was "on the fence about" returning for Season 11, only to return for Season 11 after getting a nice little payday bump from Fox. So, now it's just time to play another Idol game: the waiting game.  [Photo Credit:]  Jlo Idol More:  Jennifer Lopez Tops Katy Perry, Justin Bieber With Huge Perfume Sales  American Idol: Season 12 Will Boast 'Creative Tweaking'  American Idol Recap: Blame the Judges
  • Comic-Con 2012: From Joss Whedon to Stan Lee — The Famous Fans 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 12, 2012
    You may find no more profound connection in your life than that with your fellow nerd. Someone who can appreciate your encyclopedic knowledge of all things geeky in entertainment, acknowledges the mutual understanding that nerds will never be cool cool (and that's great), and, of course, a shared distaste for natural sunlight. So it's no surprise that San Diego Comic-Con, now in its 42nd year, has become the ultimate bonding experience for pop culture poindexters.  Of course, what makes SDCC so special is that not only do hardcore movie, television, and comic book fans get to experience a convention that caters to their all-time favorite things, but they get to experience it with the stars and creators of the very movies, television shows, and comic books they love. Seriously, is there anything cooler than that? (According to the calculations on my watch, no.)  In preparation for this year's festivities, here's some famous fans who have earned some major Comic-Con cred:  Joss Whedon: Every year is a good year to be a Joss Whedon fan, at Comic-Con or otherwise. Not only does he give the people want he wants on the big and small screen, but he's a charming, gracious, insightful visitor to the convention. But for Whedon (pictured), whose shows and films over the past decade have more or less made up the geek culture DNA that makes Comic-Con — and for his fans — it's been an especially banner year. Since his last visit to the SDCC, Whedon released The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers, and will now be at the center of the long-anticipated Firefly reunion panel, hosted by the Science Channel, at this year's event. The man can do no wrong, in or out of Comic-Con.  Chris Hardwick: The man with his finger directly on the pulse of nerd culture (see: his wildly popular Nerdist blog, as well as his hosting duties on Web Soup, and The Talking Dead) was dubbed by Variety in 2011 as the "prom king" of Comic-Con. No upset for the crown there: Hardwick, who has described the SDCC as "nerd Christmas" has made himself a presence at the San Diego affair, between moderating panels and holding live podcasts (including one last year with the cast of Doctor Who) the GeekChicDaily contributor has become the go-to expert on all things geek. This year Buzzfeed has declared Hardwick, as well as some other famous folks on this list, to be one of the definitive people to follow on Twitter during the 2012 SDCC. Hardwick has vocalized his concerns about the state of Comic-Con, but has never turned his back on it.  Wil Wheaton: There are those stars who simply appear at Comic-Con, then there are those stars who are truly part of the experience. Wheaton, perhaps best known to mainstream audiences as Gordie in the 1986 classic Stand By Me, most certainly falls into the latter. Wheaton, who has been an avid Comic-Con attendee over the years has become as just as much a staple as dressing up as your favorite character. The actor, who has starred in plenty of nerd-friendly fare like The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Eureka and will be on hand for this year's Falling Skies Q&A, has been taking part in panels for years. His approachable presence and knowledge and love of the industry makes him exactly the kind of star that makes Comic-Con work.  Felicia Day: Geek goddess Felicia Day, she of Buffy and Eureka and Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog and the object of every pop culture nerd's desires, was called "Comic-Con royalty" by Time. A frequent visitor and ally of the Con, the always busy Day (she was promoting no less than five projects at the 2011 SDCC) will once again find time in her schedule to be a part of the festivities. The self-proclaimed media geek and gamer not only gives back to the community that loves her, but proved, once and for all, that geek culture most certainly isn't exclusive to girls.  Seth Green: Like Wil Wheaton and Chris Hardwick, Buffy star/Robot Chicken creator/all-around likable guy Seth Green has become a presence at Comic-Con. Green, who will, unsurprisingly be back again this year (his 16th appearance) for a Robot Chicken panel, is the poster boy for Comic-Con appreciation. Whether he's gushing about the perks of things like Cosplay with fellow geek Conan O'Brien or making fangirl's dreams come true at panels, if you ever bump into the Family Guy star, he's either at Comic-Con or somewhere else talking about Comic-Con.  Seth MacFarlane: ...and speaking of Family Guy, there's its creator Seth MacFarlane, who made his Comic-Con debut at a panel back in 2007 (when he famously riffed on rival South Park.) MacFarlane has returned time and time again since, quickly learning that to make a Comic-Con appearance work, you've got to build buzz (like he did again this year with these campaign posters) and give the people what they want (like he did in 2011 when he gave shared some new insight to his fan favorite Family Guy character Stewie.)  Kevin Smith: A nerd's nerd, writer/director/actor/podcaster Smith has made some memorable appearances over the past decade at Comic-Con (an early Con-goer, the Clerks creator first popped up in 1997, when attendance was but 40,000) and has come bearing Silent Bob, or just to silence some snark (watch his superhero viral moment with a lippy fan here.) Undeterred by opinionated fans, Smith returned again in 2010 and 2011, where he pulled double duty as moderator for a Star Trek panel and holding more of his famous Q&A's. As far as celebrities go, there's few that fit in as effortlessly at Comic-Con as Smith does.  Stan Lee: Then again, all other Comic-Con attendees, famous or otherwise, must bow down the one and only Stan Lee. The godfather of geek, who first came to Comic-Con back in 1975 (the same year that Chuck Norris, Alan Light, and Ray Bradbury also spoke in front of an estimated 2,500 fans), has since branched off and made his own California-based comic book convention called ComiKaze. But even with ComiKake, the 89-year-old Marvel maven still makes Comic-Con appearances (he was at last year's festivities) to speak and give fans, famous and otherwise, the thrill of a lifetime.  [Photo credit:]  More:'s Comic-Con Central Comic-Con 2012: Official Lineup Highlights7 Reasons to Watch Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men on AMC  Famous Fans