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 Wanted For Questioning in Alleged Photog Fight 
    By: Aly Semigran May 28, 2012 12:18pm EST
    Justin Bieber never in trouble with the law? Never say never. The Associated Press reports that the 18-year-old heartthrob pop star is wanted for questioning by the Los Angeles County Sheriff in regards to an alleged scuffle with a photographer over the weekend.  A paparazzo who was apparently trying to snap a picture of Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez while they were walking out of a theater on Sunday, May 27, claims he was roughed up by the singer and was taken to the hospital after complaining about pain in his chest.  The photographer has since been released and Bieber's publicist did not respond to the AP's calls for a comment. Bieber, on the other hand tweeted a possible response to the news to supportive fans, posting, "so we work hard. we grind it out. nothing is stopping."  Has Bieber officially turned the page from 'tween to full grown man and possibly a tough guy? (Hey, don't laugh, there was an entire GQ article pondering that very same thing!)  Yes or, like, baby, baby, baby no? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.  [Photo credit:]  More:  Justin Bieber Oozes Manliness in 'Boyfriend' Music Video Justin Bieber's Genital Nickname Ruins Your Childhood Justin Bieber: I've Had Beer Before 
  • 'Mad Men' Preview Predictor: "You Can't Tell Anymore"
    By: Aly Semigran May 28, 2012 11:25am EST
    Even though I'm still reeling from last night's game-changing episode of Mad Men (Peggy's heartbreaking exit, Joan's gut-wrenching career move, Pete once and for all trumping Game of Thrones' Joffrey as the most reprehensible character on television) I have to soldier on. After all, there's only two (!) episodes left of Season 5 and I have to soak in every moment of it. In fact, the most recent purposefully vague teaser trailer felt downright electric after watching those last five minutes of "The Other Woman." You really got me, Mad Men.  So despite my somewhat abysmal track record with the Mad Men Preview Predictor, I'm going to play the guessing game again. Let's breakdown the snippets from the preview for next week's Season 5 penultimate episode.  Don: Don is pulling double duty in this week's Mad Men Preview Predictor, the first with his cryptic request to wife Megan, "You can't tell anyone." Can't tell anyone she's actually in the 60s because she jumped in a Hot Tub Time Machine? Probably not. My guess is that losing Peggy to rival ad company CGC was a blow to not only Don's ego, but Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's image and Mr. Draper wanted to keep the shocking news under wraps for as long as possible. (Aside: Peggy is nowhere to be found in this trailer, but I'm not buying into the Internet rumors that Emmy-bound Elisabeth Moss' Peggy is gone for good. It would be too detrimental a blow to Mad Men to lose her. End aside.) Don's second line in the trailer is similar to something he uttered last night: "I don't like what we're doing here." How could he with what his partners agreed to to snag the Jaguar account? By next week the sour taste in Don's mouth about what Joan did likely hasn't subsided and he can't get behind Jaguar yet.  Lane: Oh, those saucy Brits. So debonair, so witty, so damn hard to understand. If you can guess whether money-swindling Lane said "I'm sure there are honors more deserving" or "I'm sure the heart is more deserving" you win two tickets to a cricket match. Cheerio!  Joan: "Were you celebrating with Don?" asks Joan in the teaser. With Peggy firmly out the door, that means there's a vacancy. A vacancy that could filled by Ginsberg, who could be celebrating said promotion with his stoic boss.  Roger: "If you're drinking with a purpose." Wait, doesn't everyone drink with a purpose? Particularly everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  Bert: "You know, you can't keep being the good little boy while the adults run this business." Wait, there's a "good" boy at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce? Since Roger "Drinks With a Purpose" Sterling has done anything but help run his business over the past season, I've got to imagine Coop directed this zinger his way.  Watch the trailer here and leave your guesses for what's going to happen in next week's episode, based solely on the trailer, in the comments section below.  More:  Mad Men Recap: The Oldest Profession  Mad Men Preview Predictor: What's Going On Behind Closed Doors?  TV's Biggest Douchebags
  • Trailer For Kristen Stewart's Mom's Film 'K-11': Let's Not Go To Prison
    By: Aly Semigran May 28, 2012 9:07am EST
    Bound to stir up some controversy, the first trailer for Kristen Stewart's mother Jules Stewart's prison drama K-11 will leave you with one lingering thought: gay, straight, jail quite simply seems like a really terrible place to wind up. It certainly looks that way for Goran Visnjic's character who mistakenly winds up in a Los Angeles prison that houses gay and transgender inmates. Known as K-11, this particular prison is run on the inside by a transsexual known as Mousey (played by Kate del Castillo.) The film also stars Jason Mewes, D.B. Sweeney, and K-Stew's brother Cameron B. Stewart, making his big screen debut.  Not for the eyes of the Twilight set (though MovieLine reports that Bella Swan herself does some voice work in the film,) Stewart's bleak, unsettling, shocking vision of transexuals/transgenders and prison life (rape and violence are graphically portrayed in the preview) screened at Cannes earlier this week. Since it's Memorial Day and you're probably home from work thanking your lucky stars you're not in prison, it seems almost pointless to inform you that this trailer for K-11 is incredibly NSFW. But seriously it is and don't watch this trailer near your boss/friends/children/loved ones.    What's your impression of K-11? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. More:  Kristen Stewart's On The Road Premieres at Cannes  Kristen Stewart Almost Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction at Robert Pattinson's Premiere in Cannes  Kristen Stewart Does Drag for Elle — PICS
  • TV BBQ: What Our Favorite Characters Would Serve
    By: Aly Semigran May 28, 2012 7:50am EST
    We're nearing the end of Memorial Day weekend, which means at this point you've likely already eaten your weight in hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and complete and utter shame. But don't adjust your pants just yet, we've got something else on the menu for the holiday. We've combined two of our most beloved things (television, holiday-themed gluttony) to imagine what a BBQ with some of our TV characters would be like. From Breaking Bad to Revenge to New Girl, let's pull up a picnic bench, fire up the grill, and have a taste of what a Memorial Day bash would be like with some of our favorite characters. (Don't worry, we didn't invite Guy Fieri.) Breaking Bad's Walter White: What's Walter White cooking? Well, if we were to guess, perhaps some chicken prepared Los Pollos Hermanos-style. Oh yeah, and meth. Tons and tons of meth. (Definitely don't expect at pizza at Walter's meth and chicken party, though.) The Simpsons' Homer Simpson: If you've ever attended a Homer Simpsons BBBQ ("What's that extra B for?" "That's a typo") you know exactly what to expect: A very greased-up grill, a suckling (and impressively airborne) pig, and Lisa's famous, untouched gazpacho. And of course, no salad. You don't make friends with salad. Revenge's Emily Thorne: Emily would simply serve a generous helping of revenge, and much like Lisa Simpson's gazpacho, it would be served ice cold. Mad Men's Megan: Sure, the French-Canadian beauty probably wouldn't know what to do at a Memorial Day BBQ and would serve her only dish (pasta, sometimes thrown at the wall) and break into an ear worm of a French song during an American holiday celebration, but Draper parties are so chic, we'd put up with it. Cougar Town's Jules: No food to be found here, unless you count pounding grape as an acceptable meal. Grab your own Big Carl and head on down to the Cul-de-Sac for the booziest of BBQs. New Girl's Schmidt: The fanciest of all the BBQs, Schmidt's Memorial Day party would be a fine dining experience with a menu that would include plenty of tarragon, chut-a-ney, and scrummy sushi. Just don't offer to help in the kitchen and forget to stick around for the cheese course. That's when things get really sexy. (Sorry, Zooey, no tomato soup here. Might want to head on over to Lisa's BBBQ.) Which character would have the best BBQ festivities? Who would you spend your holiday with? Share your suggestions in the comments section! [Photo credit: AMC] More: The Final Season of Breaking Bad is a Giant Lie Summer TV 2012: Your Ultimate Guide Summer TV Style Trends
  • 'SATC' Star Cynthia Nixon Marries Longtime Girlfriend 
    By: Aly Semigran May 28, 2012 7:16am EST
    Cynthia Nixon finally made it official: the Emmy-winning actress, best known to the masses as Miranda from Sex and the City, has married her girlfriend Christine Marioni after their three-year engagement. (We couldn't help but wonder, if it had been another two years, would it have gotten the movie treatment, too?) According to People, Nixon, 46, and Marinoni, 45, wed on Sunday, May 27 in New York. The couple, who have been dating since 2004, have a 1-year-old son Max together. (Nixon has two other children from a previous relationship.) In a statement given to People by her rep, "Nixon wore a custom dress by Carolina Herrera" to the long-awaited nuptials. Carrie would be so proud. The wedding came as an especially joyous one for the couple, who became engaged at a time when same-sex marriage was not yet legal in the state of New York. Nixon, who was recently seen on Broadway in the cancer drama Wit (which earned her a Tony nomination,) told Newsweek in 2011 after that law was changed, "As a nation, I think we're at a turning point in the fight for marriage equality. For the first time, a majority of Americans say gay people should be allowed to be married – not just allowed to have civil uniones, but marry. The distinction is important: when you say to somebody, 'This is my wife' or 'This is my husband,' everybody understands."  So congrats Cynthia, on starting the next chapter with your wife Christine.  More: Ellen DeGeneres, NPH, More Tweet About President Obama's Support for Gay Marriage 'Sex and the City' Townhouse for Sale: $9.65 Million! Angelina and Brad's Engagement Lets Gay Americans Down
  • Cannes 2012: Jury Prizes Awarded 
    By: Aly Semigran May 27, 2012 12:55pm EST
    Director Michael Haneke's drama Amour took the top prize, the Palme d'Or at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, according the The Hollywood Reporter. Amour, which became a critical favorite for its tender portrayal of a marriage between an elderly couple marks the second time Haneke has claimed the prestigious honor at the important French festival, the first time back in 2009 for his film White Ribbon. Taking the stage alongside his Amour's stars Jean-Louis Trintigant and Emmanuelle Riva (pictured) Haneke thanked his wife at the awards ceremony, THR reports.  PHOTOS: Cannes 2012 Style: Pretty (and Crazy!) Upcoming Thor 2 villain Mads Mikkelsen had reason to be thankful, too. The Danish actor was rewarded with the Best Actor prize for his performance as man falsely accused of sexually abusing a child in The Hunt and called his win "a big surprise." In the Best Actress category, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur tied for their work in Beyond the Hills, a drama about a nun and her former lover.  PHOTOS: Nina Dobrev & Kim Kardashian Pull an Angelina in Cannes Here is the complete list of the Main Jury Prize winners from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival:  Palme d'Or: Amour (Michael Haneke)  Grand Prix: Reality (Matteo Garrone)  Director: Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras, lux Jury Prize: The Angels' Share (Ken Loach)  Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt Actress: (Tie) Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills  Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills  The 2012 Cannes Film Festival concludes May 27. To recap the festival, check out all our Cannes Chatter.  More: Cannes 2012: How to See the Fest's Biggest Movies Cannes Chatter: Harvey Weinstein Has Found the New Artist Cannes Chatter: Marion Cotillard Already Stirring Up Oscar Buzz
  • Inside Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's Star-Studded Engagement Party 
    By: Aly Semigran May 27, 2012 9:40am EST
    While the rest of the nation celebrates Memorial Day with a bevy of BBQs, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel attended a different kind of bash this weekend: Their engagement party.  People reports that the incomprehensibly beautiful couple attended a cocktail party in Los Angeles on Saturday for their impending nuptials thrown by Biel's stylist. Among friends and family who attended were famous pals like Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Adams, Timberlake's 'NSYNC band mates JC Chasez and Lance Bass, and his collaborator Timbaland, who made a speech to toast the happy couple. (You know what's cooler than a Timbaland speech? A billion Timbaland speeches.)  The couple, who got engaged back in January after an on-and-off courtship, partied and danced through the night before they left at 12:30 in the morning. (The deejay reportedly played classics like Madonna's "Holiday" and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," though curiously, not Timberlake and Andy Samberg's SNL sensations "D**k in a Box" or "Motherlover.")  A source told People that Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, who will reportedly tie the knot this summer, "looked very happy" at the affair.  [Photo credit:] More:  Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel to Wed This Summer  Justin Timberlake Composing Music for Jessica Biel's New Movie 'NSYNC Reunion Not Happening, Says JC Chasez Justin and Jessica engagement
  • Lady Gaga Cancels Show in Indonesia Following Threats 
    By: Aly Semigran May 27, 2012 7:43am EST
    After receiving threats from Islamic hardliners, Lady Gaga has opted to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia, which was originally scheduled for June 3. The Associated Press reports that Gaga, who is on the international leg of her Born This Way Ball tour, and her promoters canceled the concert following warnings of violence and chaos aimed at the eccentric performer.  According to the AP, "The most notorious group, Islamic Defenders Front, called Lady Gaga 'a messenger of the devil' and vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if she tried to step off the plane.A representative of the group had previously claimed IDF supporters had purchased 50 tickets for Gaga's Ball and their "target was to stop the concert."  It's been a troubled road to Indonesia, as the singer was initially denied a permit to perform at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium after receiving criticism from clerics who saw her outfits and lyrics too suggestive. While promoters have offered full refunds to those who were supposed to attend the concert, Gaga vowed for something more for her disappointed fans. The singer tweeted on Sunday, "We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I'm so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me... I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people."  In spite of what the IDF called a "victory," Gaga's Indonesian fans stayed united in their front for free speech and devotion to their "Mother Monster." In fact, a group of fans performed a flash mob dance to Gaga's song at a shopping mall in Jakarta. As one 25-year-old fan cried to the AP in response to the news, "For God's sake, she is not a terrorist! More:  Lady Gaga is Banned from Indonesia Lady Gaga Admits to Struggling with Bulimia in High School  Lady Gaga Engaged? Singer Shows Off Ring — PHOTO
  • 'Saturday Night Live': How Will They Tackle the Election? 
    By: Aly Semigran May 26, 2012 3:32pm EST
    Live from New York, it's Saturday night. While that certainly is true (I am writing this, live, from New York City) we won't hear anyone shout those famous words to open up Saturday Night Live this evening. As Season 37 drew to a close last week, we're entering into the first SNL-less Saturday night until the show returns in the fall. Of course, the writers will have a lot on their plate in anticipation of Season 38, perhaps more than ever in the show's history.  Not only will SNL be shifting gears with the absence of power player Kristen Wiig (and though still unconfirmed, likely cast members Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg as well) but they'll have to do so during an election year. SNL has always played an important role in the pop culture and political landscape. Look no further than the impact Tina Fey's take on Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin had on the public's opinion and the shockwaves it produced when the candidates, including President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain appeared as themselves on the program. It was as beneficial to the candidates as it was to SNL's ratings in 2008.  While the show will always have Weekend Update as a vehicle for political humor, what about all those inevitable cold opens about the debates and speeches? Who will take on the task this year? With Sudeikis (probably, maybe, definitely) out the door there's a void in the upcoming season for who will play GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Since Romney falls into the dreaded pit of boredom that befell former Presidential candidate John Kerry and all those who attempted to make him seem funny against Will Ferrell's classic take on former President George W. Bush, it will take a skilled actor to work with what they've got. Since Taran Killam has been firing on all cylinders since his addition to the show and promises, alongside heavy hitter Bill Hader, it would make sense for the show gave him the opportunity to play the Republican nominee.  Since Sudeikis also played Vice President Joe Biden (how were they going to pull that feat off?) that leaves yet another vacancy in a big election year. My vote on this one goes to none other than Hader, who despite looking nothing like Biden, can pull off just about anything on the show.  As for Obama, it's a safe bet Fred Armisen will continue to play the Commander-in-Chief. A shame really, as Armisen has never quite nailed down a spot-on impression of the President. While Jay Pharoah still has yet to prove himself on the show to do anything aside from his Will Smith and Denzel Washington impressions, it might be in everyone's best interest to allow Pharoah to play to his one strong suit. SNL could still surprise us with a newcomer whose Presidential imitation could rank with Phil Hartman's Bill Clinton or Ferrell's Bush. That's a promise any fan could get behind.  Who gets your vote for who should play the politicians in this year's election on SNL? Cast your, well, vote in the comments section below.  [Photo credit: NBC]  More:  Is SNL Afraid to Criticize the President?  Mitt Romney is 'Considering' Appearing on SNL  SNL: Taran Killam and Bill Hader to the Rescue
  • Malin Akerman to Play Blondie's Debbie Harry 
    By: Aly Semigran May 26, 2012 10:19am EST
    While her Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno may be in limbo indefinitely, Malin Akerman will get another chance to take on the persona of a famous female. Variety reports that the in-demand actress, who will appear in the upcoming action flick Stolen and the big screen adaptation of Broadway's Rock of Ages, has been cast to play iconic Blondie front woman Debbie Harry in director Randall Miller's film CBGB, which chronicles the legendary New York City music club.   The indie, which begins production next month, also has Harry Potter alums Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint on board, to play CBGB owner and Hilly Kristal and Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, respectively. The movie will be told from the perspective of Kristal and will highlight the various bands that got their start at the rock venue, including Harry's Blondie. After being regulars at CBGB, the pop punk group went on to attain mainstream success with such hits as "Rapture," "Call Me," and "Heart of Glass."  While Akerman has been Hollywood's go-to supporting gal (Watchmen, 27 Dresses, The Proposal, Wanderlust) fans of Harry will know soon if they need to worry about whether the 34-year-old Swedish-born actress can channel the kick-ass front woman. Akerman will try her hand at being a rock star when she belts Foreigner's hit "I Want To Know What Love Is" with Tom Cruise in this summer's Rock of Ages.  [Photo credit: David Edwards- © 2011- All Rights Reserved]  More:  Malin Akerman: Linda Lovelace Biopic May Never Be Made