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!')
  • Howard Stern Fires Back at the PTC, 'American Idol'
    By: Aly Semigran May 10, 2012
    Attention: Howard Stern has said something that will probably upset other people. The controversial media figure and new America's Got Talent judge has made jabs at the Parents Television Council (who are calling for an advertiser boycott because of Stern's addition to the NBC series) and rival show American Idol. During a press conference at New York City's Friars Club, Stern fired back at the PTC and their letter to 91 advertisers urging them to drop their sponsorship from AGT because of shock jock's association with it. ("The risk of associating your hard-earned corporate brand image with such 'shock' is not worth the cost involved – a cost not just in terms of wasted media dollars, but also in terms of countless millions of dollars in customer goodwill," they stated in their rally for a boycott.) "You can't complain about the show until you see the show," Stern said. "Some guy sitting in his basement, calling himself the Parent Television Council, I don’t think there's 25 people in this thing. I think it’s a money raising racket." Regarding Stern's comments about withholding judgement until after the family friendly series airs, Dan Issett, director of publicity for the PTC, tells, "If Mr. Stern comports himself in a way consistent with what he himself called a ‘family show’ this morning, that will be a major departure for Stern, and a win for parents and families.” However, the 58-year-old didn't stop at the PTC, taking aim at American Idol. "Watching American Idol, you could throw up," he said of the show. Stern went on to call host Ryan Seacrest "kind of tired" and that when it came to judge Jennifer Lopez, "I don't understand what she's doing there....If I sit there and just sit in a beautiful dress and tell them they're wonderful, they're not going to get anywhere." (Additional reporting by Kelsea Stahler) [The Wrap] More: PTC Calls for America's Got Talent Boycott Due to Howard Stern's Rep PTC Rails on NBC for Howard Stern's Roll on America's Got Talent Howard Stern to Judge on America's Got Talent
  • Wet Hot American Romance: Amy Poehler & Paul Rudd Star in David Wain’s Rom-Com Parody
    By: Aly Semigran May 10, 2012
    It looks like two of Camp Firewood's best (?) counselors have been getting back together before the designated reunion time. ("I have something at 11:00, and I can't change it, because I already moved it twice.") Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, who are currently going head-to-head for the City Council seat on Parks and Recreation, will re-team with Wet Hot American Summer collaborators David Wain and Michael Showalter for a romantic comedy spoof called They Came Together. Variety reports that the comedy darlings will work together once again for Wain and Showalter's long-in-the-works project. The movie will reportedly take potshots at at rom-coms in the vein of You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and the like with Rudd and Poehler starring as a mismatched pair (he's a corporate bigwig, she owns a quaint knick-knack shop he's threatening to close) whose initial hate predictably grows to love. The flick will feature rom-com staples such as "the jealous ex-girlfriend, the office jerk, scary in-laws, a boring dentist, a wise dog and beautiful shots of New York City in autumn." (But what about the token minority friend?!) Given Rudd and Poehler's on-screen chemistry and Wain and Showalter's uncanny ability to spoof genre comedies, They Came Together should prove to be an awesome way to get away from camp. Even if only for an hour (or two.) [Photo credit:] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Parks and Rec-ap: Van, Go Parks and Rec-ap: Sweetums Disposition This Is 40 Poster: Paul Rudd on the Toilet, Still Adorable
  • Jon Hamm, the Movie Star?: 'Mad Man' Actor Cast in Sports Drama
    By: Aly Semigran May 10, 2012
    Jon Hamm, the man with the million dollar charms, has been cast in the Disney sports drama The Million Dollar Arm. The Mad Men actor will star in the based-on-true-events tale of American sports agent J.B. Bernstein who discovered two teenage cricket players in India and turned them into baseball players in the U.S. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who confirmed Hamm's casting, the film has no director attached yet but will be penned by Tom McCarthy and Mitch Glazer. While Hamm has been on the big screen since his breakout as Don Draper on the critically beloved AMC drama, this will mark his first leading man role on the big screen. (What?! I know, I can't believe it either.) With memorable supporting turns in The Town, Friends With Kids, and his scene-stealing role as Kristen Wiig's douchey friend with benefits in the smash comedy Bridesmaids, Hamm has made his mark in movies but his marquee looks haven't exactly made him a marquee name. Yet. Though The Million Dollar Arm sounds like it's in the same vein as lighter, family-friendly sports movies like The Rookie or Miracle, which would be a change of pace for Hamm who has appeared in R-rated fare, the actor's fan base certainly skews a little bit older. Of course, Hamm has a generation-spanning likeability and approachability and considering the actor always plays against type as a jerk or bad guy, it will be refreshing to see the star try a new angle. At long last, Jon Hamm can make us swoon on the big screen, too. Still, it will be interesting to see what other kinds of projects Hamm attaches himself to outside of Mad Men and if he aims for movie star status or continue to build his cred as a gifted actor. The 41-year-old has already proven himself as a comedic gem who plays well with others (see: Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, this video, and this video) so perhaps it would be in Hamm's best interest to take a career route similar to fellow Talented Funny Handsome Man Paul Rudd rather than, say, Talented Slightly More Serious Handsome Man George Clooney. Either way, more Hamm (especially amplified on a big screen) can only be a good thing. [Photo credit: David Edwards- © 2010- All Rights Reserved] More: Jon Hamm Sings an Ode to Taxi – VIDEO Jon Hamm Nearly Lost Mad Men Role Because He Wasn't Sexy Enough Daniel Radcliffe Could Play Young Jon Hamm in British Miniseries
  • Will Ferrell's 'Saturday Night Live' Promo: Catch the Thrill!
    By: Aly Semigran May 09, 2012
    Well, well, well, if it isn't Will Ferrell back to host Saturday Night Live for the third time since leaving the show as a seven-season cast member. But there's no reason for the funny man to be nervous, his two-minute promo with Jason Sudeikis is funnier than some of this season's sketches. In the words of Stefon, it has everything: Sleep punching, stuck races, fancy brooches, clowns, and disguises! Or did it? I don't know. I, too, have short-term memory loss. That's a real thing! Catch the thrill of Will Ferrell's scrumtulescent SNL promo video here: Ferrell's ep of SNL airs this Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 PM ET, with musical guest Usher. Will you be tuning in? Which characters so you hope the alum brings back? Share in the comments section below! Dog show! More: Will Ferrell vs. Zach Galifianakis: Cast Your Campaign Vote Saturday Night Live Recap: Eli Manning Scores, Martin Scorsese Surprises Mick Jagger To Host Saturday Night Live Finale: Predicting the Sketches
  • 'New Girl' Recap: Do The 'White Fang'
    By: Aly Semigran May 09, 2012
    Parting is such bittersweet sorrow. At least, it is when it comes to the Season One finale of New Girl. Taking the almost anti-season finale approach, the breakout Fox comedy didn't leave us hanging with a gut-wrenching cliffhanger (not with their obvious cliffhanger couple, anyway.) Instead, "See Ya" did what New Girl has been doing so well during its freshman season: Making us feel equal parts exhilarated and hopeful and frustrated and a little bit sad for our gang. It's going to be hard to go without them this summer, but they left us on such a wonderful note (to the key of AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long") it'll be worth the wait. Of course, if I was having a hard time with the idea of parting with New Girl for the next few months, it's nothing compared to the hard time Jess was having with the idea of parting with Nick. While none of his friends were terribly pleased that Nick was taking this gigantic backslide into domestic disarray, the guys dealt with a little bit better than Jess. While Winston and Schmidt fantasized about what they'd do with all the money they'd save not living with The Plaid Leech (Winston would open a mall called Winston's Corners and Schmidt would literally throw money at a plumber) Jess made her contempt for the situation known. She reminded Nick that Caroline  turned him into an "turtle-faced, borderline alcoholic" and she tried, in vain, to scare off their replacement roommate Neil (the always funny Thomas Lennon) with threats of feminist rants. But it all fell on deaf ears, Nick was taking the backslide because it was the easy way out. With Jess (and creepy landlord Remy!) wanting no part of his departure, Winston and Schmidt did the bro-therly thing and helped Nick on moving day. Only Nick had a major freak-out en route to his new life and made a 140-mile detour to the desert. "What have I done?!" Nick cried as he fell to his knees. (See above.) It's a question Nick isn't unfamiliar with asking himself, but this time, it seemed, he wanted to actually find an answer. So he did what any logical person would do: He threw the keys to his moving van into the endless desert abyss. With the impending darkness looming (and not just Nick's infinite sadness, but poor Winston is very much afraid of the dark) Jess reluctantly came to the rescue with Schmidt's love Cece by her side. But since Jess is no ordinary girl, this is no ordinary rescue mission. Instead, she "loses" the keys to her car, leaving everyone stranded in the desert to stall for more time with Nick. Now I thought I was jealous of anyone who got to attend Coachella, but the only music party in the California desert I ever want to go to is one where I'm surrounded by my closest friends at the back of an open moving truck while a mix tape featuring Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast at Tiffanys," OMD's "How Bizarre," and Crash Test Dummies' "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" plays. God, the '90s were awesome. It looked like a blissful oasis if there ever was one, but there was a lot of heavy stuff hanging over their vast desert landscape. Nick was still reluctantly fighting his friends (sometimes physically, in a deliriously funny slap fight) on his decision and tried to resist their nostalgic pleas like "I'm gonna miss this you guys, all of us together making fun of Nick." But, he wasn't the only one. The seemingly happy Schmidt (who was finally recovered from his whole broken penis debacle) and Cece came to a crossroads when a jealous Schmidt looked through Cece's phone to discover a flirty text from a male model colleague he watched her straddle a rocket with half-nude, during a photo shoot. JAR! Racked with insecurities and desperate to give Cece the happy life she "wants," Schmidt did the only kind thing he could think to do: He White Fang-ed her. What's White Fang-ing someone, you ask? (It's not sexual, if you were worried like Jess was.) Based off Jack London's classic novel/the only book on Schmidty's Kindle, to White Fang someone is to let someone go, no matter how much it may hurt you, because it's what's best for them. You must set your wolf – nay, woof – free into the wilderness. Only Cece is no woof, she's a "good egg" who probably knows Schmidt better than he knows himself. She knew exactly what he was doing and tried to stop him from pelting metaphorical rocks at her. But when Schmidt lobbed a stinging insult at her ("How am I supposed to trust you, Cece? You slept with me! I mean, that doesn't say much about your taste in men") it proved to be too much for Cece. This could very well be it for these two. Woof. Which left us pondering the fate of the other New Girl couple: Winston and Shelby. Just kidding! Shelby is nowhere to be found and Winston's main purpose in last night's episode was to be scared of the dark. (That said, Lamorne Morris did a damn good job of it with his childlike screams of fear and voicing his concerns that his "thighs and fat ass" will get him killed first by snakes. Still, please New Girl writers, give this guy something next season.) No, the couple in question is, of course, Nick and Jess. The two friends continued to do their delicate dance around their feelings for one another because they know, deep down, this is it. When they get together, there is no turning back. (Something the New Girl writers are acutely aware of, too.) That's why Nick is going back to Caroline and why Jess isn't being supportive of it. But the pair had to come face-to-face with something scary when they searched for Nick's keys in the dark: An actual wolf. The moment was a blissful mix of physical comedy (Zooey Deschanel's impression of the Road Runner to scare off the animal with "meep meep"s was one of the funniest things from this entire season) and dramatic self-realization. Jess and Nick realized they needed each other in their lives and they needed to let each other go. But not because they don't need each other, but because they need to do this dance a little bit longer. (By the way, if the line "You know why I'm going to be okay? Because I met you" didn't totally gut you, I'm going to have to White Fang you.) When the sun came up, much to the delight of Winston, and the keys were "found," much to the delight of everyone, they drove out of the desert and back to their new reality. The entire gang, Jess included, dropped Nick off at his new digs. Winston embraced him in guy-approved arm punch farewell, while Schmidt went for a full-on smooch. ("Unacceptable!" Nick told him.) And Jess, well she shared a sad-eyed farewell with her friend. The two couldn't even bring themselves to hug. And perhaps it was that moment that lingered on Nick when he came into his new apartment with Caroline waiting to start this whole thing over from the start, as if nothing had ever happened before. Or perhaps Nick had a Homer Simpson-like desert epiphany with the wolf and realized he deserved something more, but whatever it was it finally gave Nick the clarity he's been so desperately seeking. He drove himself right back to the loft and surprised everyone with his own re-entry music (the aforementioned AC/DC classic), to which they all did a happy dance. Well, except for Neil. Sorry Neil. Sure, the "cliffhanger" may have been Schmidt and Cece (I sincerely hope those two crazy kids work it out) but upon his return Nick flashed Jess a smile that said more than words ever could about these two and their future. Not to mention forever solidifying Jake Johnson as a bona fide TV crush. New Girl fans couldn't help but do their own happy dance, too. Here now, the other best lines and moments from "See Ya": - Nick's exterminator solution: A creepy doll rigged to hold a hammer over a mouse hole. - Jess' feelings on Nick's exterminator: "He's not fooling anyone. Just because he's a snappy dresser, you think the mice don't see the hammer? Mice come from all over the building to laugh." - "I took my fair share of rubber bands, so I don't want to hear about it. In my room, there's a guinea pig that I said I would bury... so please deal with it"- Nick, explaining the corpse in his room upon moving out. - Neil's "I Like To Move In, Move In" ditty. (Anyone else hopes he at least moves into a different apartment in the building?) - Jess' way of telling the guys she's in the bathroom is to ring a bell. - "Fresh-pressed linens" is Schmidt's idea of dirty talk. - "I loved the way he smelled" - Remy, about Nick. - Schmidt watching Cece's sexy soldier photo shoot: "What is this? Am I supposed to want to buy a missile? Just pounding the drum of war! Did no one listen to Eisenhower?" - "I'm worried about Schmidt, he's a Jew in the desert"- Winston, delivering his funniest line of the season. - "There's friggin' fire ants everywhere!" - Schmidt, a Jew in the desert. - Schmidt "stress eating" meat. - Schmidt pronouncing "wolf" as "woof." - "Doesn't he have somewhere to be?" Nick, about the woof. - Nick and Jess' behavior around the wolf, including Jess' howl to scare him off and Nick putting up his arms up as though he was being mugged by the animal. ("No disrespect!") - "Look how pronounced Nick's couch hole got. All this time, we thought he was just sitting here, drinking beer and complaining. He was making something"- Jess, looking at Nick's butt groove. What did you think of the Season One finale of New Girl? Did you want Nick and Jess to kiss or are you glad the show held off? Will Schmidt and Cece work it out? Sound off in the comments section! [Photo credit: Fox] More: New Girl Recap: Til The Backslide Brought Me Down New Girl Recap: Bringing Up Baby New Girl Recap: True, Young Americans
  • Matthew Fox: Is He Just Alternate Universe Jack?
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2012
    I have a theory about Lost star Matthew Fox. Which is great, really, because all Lost fans want two years after the fact, is more theories. But hang in here with me, Losties. What if the star — who was reportedly arrested for a DUI in Oregon over the weekend while en route to a fast food restaurant (Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack, perhaps?!) — is really just alternative universe Matthew Fox who keeps finding himself in a heap of trouble while "real" Matthew Fox is wondering how he's going to get back to undo this madness. Follow all that? Good. Me neither. Bad boy Fox has such a history of bearded Jack-like behavior it's hard not to wonder if the clean-shaven Jack version of Fox is out there somewhere on an island... or purgatory... or something. Maybe alternate universe Matthew Fox was here for a while as a nice guy who played Jack on Lost and Charlie on Party of Five and got plenty of calcium in his diet, and then someone turned a wheel on an island... or purgatory... or something and he turned into the guy who gets DUIs and is accused of assault and gives Playboy interviews that would make John Mayer blush. Something tells me this is all Charles Widmore's doing. Is Matthew Fox just some alternative universe version of himself and a more Jack-esque version is out there desperately trying to get back? (Lest you've forgotten, "We have to go back!" Oh, and "Waaaaaaaaaalt!") Does Fox's behavior ruin Jack, and Po5's Charlie for that matter, in your mind? Or do agree with Seth Rogen in Knocked Up and his theory: "You know what's interesting about him? ... Nothing!" Sound off in the comments section! [Photo credit: ABC] More: Matthew Fox Arrested for DUI – REPORT Lost Star Matthew Fox Arrested in Cleveland for Assault Lost Cast & Crew: Life After Purgatory (Or Whatever the Island Was)
  • TV Characters That Should Contribute to the Douchebag Jar
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2012
    The first season of New Girl, which sadly comes to a close tonight, gave TV fans so many fun new things to treasure: The introduction of the great drinking game True Americans, the proper pronunciation of "chutney," how to use Rusted Root's "Send Me On My Way" to set the mood for a threesome with your roommate and your landlord, and, of course, The Douchebag Jar. The Douchebag Jar concept is simple, but effective: Every time a character says or does something douchey, they must put money in the jar. No one has contributed more to the Douche Jar in season one than Schmidt (breakout star Max Greenfield) thanks to his man douchey endeavors."Have you seen my other timepiece?" he once seriously asked. But even with Schmidt (and more recently, Nick) working the Douchebag Jar into overtime on New Girl, the handy tool is still being wildly underutilized everywhere else on television. Check out our list of other TV characters that should have to contribute to the Douchebag Jar here.  TV CHARACTERS THAT SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE DOUCHEBAG JAR New Girl airs on Tuesday night at 9 PM EST on Fox. [Photo credit: Fox] More: New Girl Recap: 'Til The Backslide Brought Me Down
  • '30 Rock', 'Parks and Rec', 'Community' All On Track To Return
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2012
    No need to go kicking your television just yet, NBC's cult edition of must-see TV Thursdays – Community, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock – all look poised to return next year, but in varying degrees. According to Deadline, NBC will likely be bringing 30 Rock back for a seventh and final season in the fall, but for an abbreviated 13-14 episode run. (Still no word on what would fill the void the rest for the remainder of the season, but fingers crossed for Queen of Jordan. I'll take that with cheese!) But even with the prospect of less Liz Lemon, it seems like Parks and Recreation and, against all odds, Community fans may be getting more of what they want. Deadline also reports both comedies are "in the running" for renewals from NBC with Parks' return considered "likely." If that makes you happier than the idea of Leslie Knope beating Bobby Newport for the City Council chair, then revel in this, too: Freshman, er, comedy Whitney seems to be on the chopping block. (On the other hand, fellow newcomer Up All Night seems to to have better odds of sticking around.) Can we get a "Pop! Pop!"? Are you glad to hear that Parks and Rec, Community, and, even if only for a shorter amount of time, 30 Rock are on track to come back later this year? Sound off in the comments section below. [Photo credit: NBC] More: Parks and Rec-ap: Van, Go Community Recap: Helter Skelter 30 Rock Recap: All Hail Queen of Jordan!
  • Maurice Sendak's Legacy: Let The Wild Rumpus Continue
    By: Aly Semigran May 08, 2012
    And he sailed off through the day and night/ and in and out of weeks/ and almost over a year/ to where the wild things are. Truth be told, I was incredibly sad to hear about the passing of famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died at the age of 83 due to complications from a recent stroke. I know that I shouldn't be because he lived a long and outstanding life, bringing joy to generations upon generations of young readers, leaving behind a legacy that will never fade. But, truthfully, it's sad to imagine a world in which we won't get another one of his inspired, wonderful books, or enjoy one of his rare, frank and hilarious interviews. And if there was anything that Sendak shared with the world it was absolute, unflinching truth. The truth that childhood can be a dark and scary and complicated and isolating place was what propelled arguably his best, most beloved work, Where The Wild Things Are, to becoming the classic that it is with young readers since 1963. The truth that, only in the depths of our childhood imagination could we ever really escape is the reason the book still resonates with adults who grew up with Where The Wild Things Are and have now passed it on to their children. A timeless classic if there ever was one, the cry of "Let the wild rumpus start!" feels just as exhilarating to read and shout at 40 as it did at 4. Of course, it wasn't just Sendak's game-changing Where The Wild Things Are that found its way into the libraries, homes, and hearts of readers. In The Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, The Nutshell Library, and most recently, Bumble-Ardy all but solidified Sendak's place as one of the greatest artists of his genre. And hopefully, if you ever had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Sendak, hopefully you worded it a little bit more gracefully then that. As Sendak griped in a wonderful interview with Vanity Fair last year, "A woman came up to me the other day and said, ‘You’re the kiddie-book man!’ I wanted to kill her." Which brings me to, perhaps, my very favorite thing about Sendak. Even more than the brilliant words and pictures he created that shaped my childhood, was Sendak's attitude about his work ("My work is not great, but it’s respectable. I have no false illusions," he humbly told VF) and the world around him. If Where The Wild Things Are brought me happiness as a child, then I can only describe his instantly classic visit to The Colbert Report as unparalleled joy. When I took a break from laughing the hardest I ever have laughed from watching an interview on television as the whip-smart, delightfully cranky, refreshingly honest, and just damn hilarious Sendak went-toe to-toe with an amused Stephen Colbert, it was apparent that not only had he shaped our youths, but he gave us something to aspire to as adults, as well. In my wildest dreams, I can only hope I'm as funny and daring and as true to himself as Maurice Sendak was. Of course, even if I'm not, Maurice Sendak left us all with that gift: Always let your imagination run wild. Watch Sendak's classic appearance Colbert appearance from January here: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive More: Maurice Sendak, Author of Where The Wild Things Are, Dies at 83
  • Summer Movie Pool Party: Characters We'd Invite
    By: Aly Semigran May 07, 2012
    There are no better ways to beat the hazy days of summer than by jumping in a pool or heading to your local air-conditioned multiplex to check out the latest summer blockbuster. So why not keep extra cool and combine both activities? And no, we don't mean by bringing a kiddie pool to your favorite theater. (Believe us, we've tried.) Instead, invite some of the biggest stars from the summer's most anticipated flicks over for a pool party. We've compiled our own list of characters from some of this season's most anticipated flicks that we'd like to have sit poolside with us at a summer bash. From Channing Tatum in Magic Mike (already in the proper attire, can provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if needed) to Katy Perry from her upcoming 3D movie Katy Perry: Part of Me (because no poolside bash would be complete without a true California girl), check out out our Summer Movie Pool Party wish list here!  SUMMER MOVIE POOL PARTY: CHARACTERS WE'D INVITE Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Channing Tatum Stripping in Magic Mike: Sexy or Hilarious? Katy Perry 3D Trailer: Boobs, Fireworks...and Headgear? Rock of Ages Trailer: Tom Cruise Sings Bon Jovi