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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!')
  • Comic-Con 2012: Inside Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Art Exhibit — PICS
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 11, 2012
    There's always going to be something fascinating when it comes to Tim Burton, whether he's building new worlds or reviving old ones. In his upcoming stop-motion animation film Frankenweenie, Burton does both. Based on a short he created at the beginning of his career, the eccentric writer/director pays homage to the classic horror story Frankenstein, while bringing the black and white horror riff to new life (pun wildly intended.) With Frankenweenie, Burton creates is also creating a strange, but wonderful new reality where children can reunite with long lost pets. We got a chance to check out the interactive Frankenweenie exhibit at this year's San Diego Comic-Con which featured some classically spooky, yet sweet Burtonesque artwork that the anticipated film will have in store for moviegoers. Sit, heel, stay, check out what we saw from Frankenweenie at Comic-Con and  on the set of the movie. Frankenweenie comes to life in theaters on October 5.
  • Daniel Tosh's Rape Joke Firestorm: Are You Havin' a Laugh? 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 11, 2012
    Are you havin' a laugh?  Depending where you fall on the Finding-Daniel-Tosh-Funny spectrum (which ranges from "Oh, isn't it hilarious how straight guys don't get turned on by the same things gay guys do?!" to "Oh, the humanity!"), the firestorm that erupted on the Internet regarding a joke he made about rape has elicited strong reactions from both sides.  This week, while performing at Los Angeles comedy club The Laugh Factory (home of Michael Richards' notorious, career-killing racist tirade), Tosh's routine apparently struck an uncomfortable nerve with a female audience member, as well as her friend, who documented the account that has since gone viral. According to the blogger, who wrote on behalf of her friend who was the butt of Tosh's jokes, Tosh was "making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc." during his routine.  After feeling compelled to break the golden comedy club rule, the female audience shouted to Tosh, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!” Like most comedians in this kind of situation, Tosh fired back at the heckler. Only this time, what he responded with has now caught the attention of those well outside of the comedy club. According to the post, Tosh joked, "Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like, right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her?" Get it? Because she would be raped.  While Tosh's comedy M.O. has always been to be unapologetic (as evidenced by his wildly popular Comedy Central show Tosh.0, which regularly pushes the boundaries of taste and sensitivity), the outrage and response to the story made the comedian re-examine his choice of words. Well, kind of. Tosh tweeted on Tuesday, "all the out of context misquotes aside, i'd like to sincerely apologize...the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies." Funnily enough, Tosh's sentiment in his quasi-apology on Twitter actually gets right to the core of the controversy here. The 37-year-old assures that his routine was done to laugh in the face of some of the unforgivable ugliness in the world. After all, if we couldn't at least have a laugh about all the terrible things that happen out there, we'd be a world comprised of some seriously depressed people. That's why we love comedians in the first place: They can expertly pinpoint the misery and absurdities of life.  The problem here isn't with the the "joke" itself, however, but with the tone behind Tosh's particular brand of humor. After all, this is someone who oversaw a segment on his show that encouraged men to touch women against their will. When Richards flew off the handle during his infamous set, his reaction didn't come from a place of comedy, but pure hate. So is Tosh really trying to make a statement about societal horrors, or does Tosh, whose comedy has some unquestionably misogynistic tones, simply just get a kick out of some pretty degrading stuff?  Then again, the audience member that cried to Tosh that "rape jokes are never funny" brings up another facet of this controversy. To many, rape jokes (which seem to be used at an excessive rate in comedy, not just Tosh's, to begin with) will never be funny, in the same way that some people will never be able to laugh at a 9/11 joke or an abortion joke or a Holocaust joke. But some of the best, most well-respected comedians out there have unabashedly made jokes at those very sensitive subjects, haven't they?  A clip from the Emmy-nominated FX series Louie, which features a female heckler and rape jokes, has been making the rounds in response to the Tosh controversy. So why do comics like the critically beloved Louis C.K., who tweeted his support to Tosh, "get away with it"? While no truly daring comedian can ever stray away from topics that might make people uncomfortable, there has to be a unspoken trust between the comic and the audience that what they're saying is coming from a place of the knowledge and respect that things like rape are, at their core, truly disgraceful. Louis C.K. has earned his audience's trust to say these things, not only because he acknowledges he says some outrageous things, but because, at his core, he exudes that he is a loving father of two girls. Tosh's persona, however, exudes that of a privileged, mean-spirited frat boy.  But this really doesn't come down to whether or not you Tosh funny. To each his own. For every person that disregards Dane Cook or Carlos Mencia's brand of comedy, disregards the enjoyment their fans get from them. For every person that gets that the "offensive" things that Louis C.K. and South Park deliver are actually rooted in intellect, there are just as many horrified, upset detractors. As well there should be: If you're inviting a response, it means you're doing something right. But if Tosh isn't making light of rape to make sense of it all and is instead cracking a joke at the expense of it, is a sign that something is wrong.  Share your thoughts on the Daniel Tosh controversy below.  [Photo credit: Ian White/Comedy Central]  More:  GOP Debates: South Park Style  Comedy Central Renews Tosh.0  Louis C.K. Announces Tour Dates, Riffs on Jay Leno Tosh
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': How Should It Be Split? 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 11, 2012
    Bella opening her eyes for the first time as a vampire, Voldemort taking the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb, and Katniss, well, we're not quite sure yet. Following in the ongoing Hollywood trend to milk a wildly successful franchise for all its worth, it was announced yesterday by Lionsgate that the final part of The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay will be split into two movies. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 and 2, will be released on Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 15, 2015, respectively.  Of course, the decision to divide Mockingjay could be just as polarizing as the last part of the trilogy itself. While it certainly gives the filmmaker(s), whoever they may be, the opportunity to expand upon the surprisingly rushed conclusion of the final book, not to mention the fact that Mockingjay feels like a two-parter (first with the underground District 13 and then moving on to the battle at the Capitol) the questions remains of where, exactly, Part 1 would leave off and Part 2 would pick up. For those who haven't read the books: SPOILERS AHEAD! In terms of high-stakes drama, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 could fade to black when District 13 is under attack. (Katniss, the newly appointed "Mockingjay" is wracked with guilt as moviegoers would be wracked with anxiety awaiting the fate of Peeta.) Alternately, if the filmgoers wanted to really make for a Katniss/Peeta cliffhanger, Part 1 could end with the tense moment when a brainwashed Peeta lunges at Katniss. Still, an all-District 13 movie would feel nothing short of claustrophobic, so even though it would make the running time on Part 2 remarkably shorter, the drama might feel the most amplified with Katniss and her fellow rebel fighters descending upon the Capitol, where the stakes have never been higher for everyone in Suzanne Collins' Dystopian world. Of course, the decision to divide Mockingjay could be just as polarizing as the last part of the trilogy itself. So how do some of the series biggest, most devoted fans feel about the decision to split up Mockingjay? Well, pretty split, actually. Crystal Watanabe, an administrator at The Hunger Games fan site Mockingjay.net told Hollywood.com that, "In general, it seems like the entire fandom is split. I've seen people complain about Lionsgate just being greedy. A lot of people point to Catching Fire as their favorite book, so that's naturally the one that they want to see split into two movies. I disagree, however, because Catching Fire seemed to have about the same amount of content as The Hunger Games, which just barely fit into one movie."  Watanabe, who is in favor of the split ("Mockingjay was in dire need of two movies or else the end product would have been ridiculously disjointed and difficult to follow") and the yearly release dates ("The way I look at it is that it's a lot better than having to wait almost two years between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire") has her own hopes for how the movies play out, too. "Lionsgate will [probably] end it with the 'new' Peeta. I think for a better movie they will have Katniss help with the rescue operation and this will be the climax of the film, though she won't see him until they get back to District 13 and they'll end with their first reunion."  Sheila Cordero, an admin for fellow fan site HG Girl On Fire, is also in favor of having two Mockingjay films. "I know some fans have expressed concern that the book Mockingjay isn't a very long book and will not have enough content to split into two movies," she told Hollywood.com, "[But] I believe doing it this way gives movie the opportunity to explore other characters' points of view." Cordero, who said she would like to see part 1 end "after they rescue Peeta and he and Katniss are first reunited and she is shocked at Peeta's reaction to her," hopes two Mockingjay takes moviegoers takes us to places the book never did: away from Katniss' perspective. "We might get more insight into what is happening in the other districts, how the rebellion is affecting the Capitol, what Peeta is experiencing when held captive by President Snow, events from Haymitch's perspective, President Coin's behind-the-scenes interactions, and, of course, more of Finnick and Johanna's back story." While every fan won't get exactly what they want to see happen in the Mockingjay films (for every fan like Cordero who wants to see the movie expand the book's horizons, there are fans like Watanabe who would prefer "to experience everything with and through Katniss") they can all agree on one thing: they're all eager to see if the odds will be in their favor.   [Photo credit: Lionsgate]  Mockingjay Parts More:  Hunger Games Finale: Mockingjay Gets Two Movies, Release Dates Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Philip Seymour Hoffman Confirmed for Plutarch Heavensbee Hunger Games Fans Create Detailed World Map: See It Here!
  • 'SNL': Jason Sudeikis Hints at Departure, Kristen Wiig Talks 'Emotional' Goodbye
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 11, 2012
    Weeks before Season 37 of Saturday Night Live came to a close, there was rampant speculation that cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis would not be returning for Season 38. During the spectacular season finale back in May, there was no question regarding breakout star Wiig's fate: the Oscar-nominated funny lady got a lovely send-off on live TV and was leaving the show behind for good. (Well, until they inevitably ask her to return as host someday.) Then, a few weeks later, Samberg, who more or less signed off with his 100th Digital Short extravaganza, followed suit and confirmed he had exited the show as well.  But, now we're nearly midway through summer and the Season 38 premiere of SNL is but weeks away and there's still no official word from Sudeikis. What up with that? Well, ponder no more. In a telling interview in the upcoming issue of Men's Journal, the actor all but confirmed what we pretty much already knew: they are going to have to find someone else to play Vice President Joe Biden this season. According to the New York Daily News, Sudeikis told the magazine, "Goodbyes are tough." While Sudeikis, who describes SNL as "an amazing job and a horrible job," has hinted at his exit before (last month he told Rolling Stone, "I'll miss the people. The people, the process, the parties"), this one seemed to seal the deal.  It's no surprise, really, considering Sudeikis, like Wiig, has found the rare big screen success outside of SNL (he'll follow up hits like Going the Distance and Horrible Bosses with the upcoming comedy The Campaign.) Not to mention the fact that Sudeikis, who has made headlines as something of an unexpected Hollywood casanova (oh, Floyd, you scoundrel), was almost nowhere to be seen over the last season of the show. In fact, during that now-famous Wiig farewell, a clearly emotional Sudeikis left the stage. Now, it seems, for the very last time.  Of course, if anyone had a tough time getting through their last night at Studio 8H, it was Wiig. The Bridesmaids star, who graces the cover of the August issue of Marie Claire, looking as un-Gilly-like as humanly possible, recalls her touching adieu to the magazine. Wiig says she "knew it was the right time" for her to exit the show which earned her an Emmy nomination. Her touching send-off, which featured a dance with host Mick Jagger and a serenade from Arcade Fire, was "very emotional.... I just wanted to get through it without breaking down in every sketch."  The actress continues in the article, "It was a very surreal moment. You have all this stuff going on in your head, like, 'I can't believe seven years has gone by, and I'm going to miss all these people'." In the words of her fellow a-hole in crime, "Goodbyes are hard."  [Photo credit: DailyCeleb.com] More: Andy Samberg: Yes, I'm Leaving SNL Kristen Wiig Says Goodbye on SNL Jason Sudekis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day Return for Horrible Bosses Sequel Sudeikis SNL
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins Comes Aboard Darren Aronofsky's Star-Studded 'Noah' 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 10, 2012
    One by one, they're signing on. Yesterday director Darren Aronofsky announced via his Twitter that Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is joining his already impressive ensemble for his biblical epic Noah. "i'm honored to be working with the great sir anthony hopkins. we just added him to the stellar cast of #Noah. #methuselahlives," Aronofsky told his followers.  We're gonna need a bigger boat because the Silence of the Lambs star, who will play Noah's grandfather Methuselah, is joining Russell Crowe (playing the titular Noah), Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Saoirse Ronan, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth for the high-profile $130 undertaking of retelling the famous Bible story of Noah's Ark. Though, as Aronofsky previously explained to IFC, the film will be universally appreciated, "I don't think it's a very religious story. I think it's a great fable that's part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it's a great story that's never been on film." Hopkins, who is no stranger to big budget dramas (Amistad, Alexander, among others) last tackled religious fare in The Rite.  Hopkins Noah [Photo credit: DailyCeleb.com] More:  Darren Aronofsky's Noah Brightens Up with Perks and LOL Stars  Darren Aronofsky Scores Russell Crowe For Noah  Darren Aronofsky Confirms Noah's Ark Film
  • Frank Ocean's Stunning Performance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' — WATCH 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 10, 2012
    A star is reborn. Frank Ocean — whose humble but groundbreaking announcement that he is gay has earned the respect and support from many, including those in the music industry like Russell Simmons and Beyoncé (the superstar wrote a poem for Ocean on her website which read, "Be fearless / be honest / be generous / be brave / be poetic / be open / be free / be yourself / be in love / be happy / be inspiration") — had another monumental moment: his television debut.  Just a few days after his personal revelation, Ocean appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to perform the stunning, poignant "Bad Religion" off his debut album Channel Orange. While the album is slated for a July 17 release, anticipation to hear his latest work in the light of his bold and important decision to come out, the digital release was already made available on iTunes and his website as of early Tuesday morning.  And if newfound interest in The Odd Future singer's music didn't already spike because of his personal life (Ocean is about to embark on a sold-out tour), his haunting performance on Fallon most certainly should have. With accompaniment from a string section and house band The Roots, Ocean's "Bad Religion," an ode to "unrequited love" not only showed off the 24-year-old's impressive vocal range, but his talent for writing thought-provoking, storytelling lyrics.  Watch and be wowed here:  Ocean tweeted a few hours after his visit to the show, "back in los angeles already. had fun on fallon. thanks to everybody that was a part of it. channel orange. channel orange. channel orange." Got that?  More: Frank Ocean's Album Drops a Week Early, Beyonce Voices Her Praises Frank Ocean Comes Out, Makes Waves with Tumblr LetterAnderson Cooper: 'The Fact Is, I'm Gay'  Ocean Fallon
  • Hollywood Already Casting Their Votes for Obama, Romney 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 09, 2012
    Since, at their core, Hollywood and Washington D.C. have so much in common, it's none too surprising when the two worlds collide. But even before those over-the-top, dramatic attack ads for the bid for the Presidency has begun, some of the most powerful, outspoken names in Hollywood are staking their claims regarding their candidate of choice.  Last month President Barack Obama — whose 2008 campaign had major celebrity backing from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and Jennifer Aniston — had both a breakfast with some of Hollywood's hottest young stars (including Jeremy Renner, Zachary Quinto, and Kal Penn, who worked for the Obama administration) and attended a fundraiser held at Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's Manhattan home, which included supporters like Meryl Streep, Andy Cohen, and Anna Wintour. Parker, who made a PSA for the POTUS, praised the President and First Lady Michelle Obama at the fundraiser, stating that Mrs. Obama has done "amazingly important things these last four years." Since then, there's been even more talk about the upcoming Presidential race from some of Hollywood's heavy-hitters. In Vulture's in-depth interview with Spike Lee, the director reveals that while he and his wife are still Obama supporters, the race will be a tight one. Lee, who also talks about a cordial meeting he had with Obama's Republican opponent Mitt Romney at an airport, says, " I think it is going to be very, very, very close."  Hollywood powerhouse producer Harvey Weinstein, on the other hand, sees no real competition. During an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show, the Oscar dreamweaver compared Obama and Romney to two of his recent films: The King's Speech and Our Idiot Brother, respectively. Since both films had the same budget, Weinstein argues, only one walked away the clear champ as a box office hit and an Academy Award winner. "To me, Romney is Our Idiot Brother, and Obama is The King's Speech. You can spend all the money in the world. If you've got a bad product, it doesnt matter," he says. Never mind that comparing such polar opposite movies seems like kind of unfair to begin with, but on behalf of Obama-supporting fans who didn't really enjoy The King's Speech and actually enjoyed Our Idiot Brother more: "Aw, man, come on!" While Obama certainly has more high-profile celebrity supporters, Romney has earned the support of some in the industry, including the likes of Kid Rock, Donald Trump, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, anywhere, ever: Ted Nugent. But, two of Romney's supporters have ties to a pair of the biggest A-listers in Hollywood: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Both Jolie's father Jon Voight and — in a widely publicized letter — Pitt's mother Jane Pitt, have expressed anti-Obama/pro-Romney sentiments. The mother of the Moneyball star (Brad is a well-known Obama and same-sex marriage supporter) wrote that the POTUS is "a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage." Uh-oh, she broke the first rule of family get-together fight club: don't talk about politics and religion! Remember, folks, we've still got nearly four more months of opinions from both sides to endure.  [Photo credit: WENN.com]  More:  Darren Criss to Perform for President Obama's LGBT Fundraiser  Sarah Jessica Parker Supports President Obama in New Ad  Sarah Palin, Michael Moore, and Other Celebs Tweet About ObamaCare HollywoodObamaRomney
  • 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Philip Seymour Hoffman Confirmed for Plutarch Heavensbee
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 09, 2012
    It's official: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has its Plutarch Heavensbee. Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is on board to play Seneca Crane's (the wonderfully bearded Wes Bentley) replacement as the Head Gamemaker in the second part of the Dystopian saga. The 44-year-old actor, who just wrapped up a successful run on Broadway playing the iconic literary character Willy Loman in the adaptation of Death of a Salesman, was reportedly offered the part by Lionsgate last month.  Unlike some of the controversial Hunger Games casting (early deflectors raised issues with the casting of just about everyone from leading lady Jennifer Lawrence to Lenny Kravitz, only to be proven very wrong) Hoffman's addition to Catching Fire shouldn't come as a shock or disappointment to even the most hyper-critical fans.  After all, Hoffman's wildly impressive, versatile acting record (The Ides of March, Boogie Nights, Moneyball, The Big Lebowski, and Capote, which earned him his Best Actor Oscar) plus his prior experience with big franchises (Mission: Impossible) should prove that if anyone is up to the task of playing the critical role of Plutarch, it's him.  While some casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire remains up in the air (will Jena Malone play Johanna Mason after all?) the official word on Hoffman means we're just one step closer to November 22, 2013. In the meantime, we have some ideas for who should play the remaining characters in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Hoffman Catching Fire  More:  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Dream Casting Call [Photo Credit: WENN.com]
  • New 'Lawless' Trailer: The Other Bad Boys of Summer
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 09, 2012
    Well, well, well, it looks like we have a whole different set of lawwwbreakers on our hands don't we, Matthew McConaughey? While we're not sure how Dallas would handle this rowdy crowd (something tells us a shirtless serenade would do no good here) the latest trailer for the good, ol' fashion crime Western Lawless, is bound to get moviegoers riled up again.  Of course, it might just feel like another tease. Lawless, the Tom Hardy/Shia LaBeouf/Jessica Chastain/Guy Pearce/Mia Wasiskowska-starrer which was originally titled The Wettest County in the World (the title of Matt Bondurant's novel upon which the film is based) and has already had a delayed release, now has a shorter preview. (Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?)  While the original trailer gave viewers a little more insight to the true-life story of the infamous bootlegging Bondurant brothers (not to mention way more scenes involving Chastain, Wasikowska, and Hardy's Dark Knight Rises co-star Gary Oldman) this time around the message is clear: this is going to be one helluva violent movie. Tommy guns, bloodshed, and explosions. No wonder these Prohibition-era fellas have been dubbed "the worst thing ever to hit Franklin."  Lawless, featuring the other bad boys of summer, will finally hit theaters on August 29. Watch the new trailer here:  More:  Shia La Beouf and Tom Hardy Are Slick, Old School Gangsters in Lawless  New Dark Knight Rises 13-Minute Video: 8 Secrets We Learned Shia LaBeouf Bares All in Sigur Ros Video
  • Katy Perry and Russell Brand's Doomed Marriage Takes the Stage in 'Part of Me' 
    By: Aly Semigran Jul 07, 2012
    In the 2011 tour documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, Team Coco supporters were faced with a hard reality. No, not that they still lived in a world where Jay Leno was, somehow, once again, the host of The Tonight Show. But that their beloved ginger comedy king wasn't a perfect guy, after all.  The unflinching Conan O'Brien Can't Stop showed every side of funny man: the genius and the egomaniac, the focused and the frustrated. In the film, Conan O'Brien, who has a rabid fan base, expresses his dislike for meet-and-greets. Still, for those who love Conan, the documentary likely didn't sway anyway off Team Coco, it just showed that the comedy god is a mere mortal like the rest of us: flawed.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, there's Katy Perry: Part of Me, the 3D concert spectacular/pop documentary about the chart-topping, candy-coated, Grammy-winning songstress, which opened in theaters on Thursday. Here, there are no ugly parts. Not really, anyway. Katy Perry, a larger-than-life pop starlet, even acknowledges in the movie that she is living a "fairy tale." The 27-year-old, who practically lives for her meet-and-greets, is beautiful and talented and, as the film often suggests, is human, too.  In Part of Me, the "E.T." singer is seen as down-to-Earth, whether she's visiting her sharp-as-a-tack, scene-stealing grandmother or that she found her place in music history, not by being a manufactured pop star, but by perseverance and sticking to her guns. Because, say what you will about Perry's outrageous style or some of her more shallow ear worms like "California Gurls," the singer has certainly earned her success. Still, because Part of Me is an expertly edited 95-minute PSA on why Perry is the greatest thing since the very candy she's often wearing, even the "ugly" parts come away making her look great. With her relationship with Gym Class Heroes front man Travie McCoy all but skipped over entirely in the documentary, Part of Me, instead gives focus to Perry's short-lived marriage to actor/comedian/future failed talk show host Russell Brand. (Here are Perry and Brand pictured in happier times at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.)  Giving credit where it's due, with the exception of certain reality stars, most high-profile celebrities tend to keep the intimate details of their relationships — or even more so, their breakups — to themselves. Here, Perry is putting it on a giant screen. In 3D. While there is no footage or mention of their whirlwind wedding, what moviegoers do see are tender moments between a smitten Perry and Brand backstage at her shows, before it all went bust. In one scene, Brand sweetly, funnily calls a tightly costumed Perry a "sausage." In this moment, it's easy to see why these two cute oddballs fell for each other. It is also likely to be the only moment her fans, the target audience for this film, won't be seething with resentment towards Perry's ex. Brand is probably only seen on-screen for a total of five minutes in the entire movie, but his presence is felt throughout. When Brand disappears from sight (in the Perry-produced movie we see that she is the one putting in all the effort in their marriage) we watch as the bubbly Perry slips into exhaustion and depression. In Part of Me's rawest moment, moviegoers watch a distraught Perry have a meltdown before a show. ("She never cries," a close friend marvels in the moment.)  While it is undeniably fascinating to watch this real-life drama as it unfolded, it is, as the title suggests, really only part of it. It's certainly admirable of Perry to show such a vulnerable moment, but she winds up coming off as both the victim and the hero here. The singer makes no apologies for being a dreamer who wants a happy ending, but even after her not-terribly-surprising split (the two, who had wildly conflicting Hollywood schedules, were engaged after only a few months of dating) Perry doesn't seem to ever come down from her cotton candy cloud. Perry, unlike O'Brien, may be the eternal optimist, but at least in O'Brien's darkest hour, he wasn't so damn perfect: his feet touched the ground.  [Photo credit: David Edwards/DailyCeleb.com]  More:  Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D Review  Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D Trailer — Boobs, Fireworks...and Headgear?  Russell Brand's Brand X Premiere: Too Much Talk PerryBrand