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!')
  • Javier Colon Talks Returning to 'The Voice' and Team Adam
    By: Aly Semigran May 02, 2012 12:16pm EST
    There was an overwhelming feeling of déjà vu during last night's episode of The Voice. The final four artists were named to head into the finale, a Team Adam member seemed downright unstoppable, and Javier Colon performed for a worldwide audience in the company of the judges and his cohorts Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, and Vicci Martinez. But you didn't need to adjust your TV sets, this was the deciding Season 2 episode, despite the overwhelming amount of Season 1 in the room. caught up with Colon after last night's visit to The Voice to talk about what it felt like being back at the show that crowned him the winner of season one, what he thought of coach Adam Levine's decision to advance Tony Lucca, and why he opted to perform solo. Turns out Colon, who has been touring the U.S. and released his album Come Through For You since his victory on The Voice, felt that déjà vu, too. "It was really nice to get to see everybody and just reminisce over what it was like in that final week and being in that final four. You start with so many people and then all of a sudden it's just the four of you. It was awesome to get to see all of them and watch them perform again, it was like old times." (Sadly, while Colon had some happy reunions, he  did not get to meet Season 2 superstar Purrfect the cat. "I wish I did! I did not track Purrfect down. If I did, I would have tweeted that immediately," he said with a laugh.) Colon, who sang his cover of singer-songwriter Ron Pope's ballad "A Drop in the Ocean" during his visit on last night's episode, discussed the rumors that swirled around why he went it alone on The Voice stage while Dia, Beverly, and Vicci teamed up with Kid Cudi, Cyndi Lauper, and judge Cee Lo Green, respectively. "The song is really a one-person song, it's not a song that's meant to have a guest on it, so to speak," Colon explained, "You look at the other artists, Dia had Kid Cudi on the single, but that's how it is on her album. Same with Vicci, Cee Lo is a guest on that song on her album. It just wouldn't have made sense to have Adam to duet on it. I think that's why it was so funny all this talk about Adam snubbing me. It wouldn't have made any sense [to have him on the song.]" So while Colon confirmed that he didn't get the shaft from Levine, what did he think of the rocker's vote that moved Lucca forward and knocked America's choice Katrina Parker out of the competition for good? "I can't speak for him, obviously, but I think he was trying to put who he thought would give them the best chance of winning. I think that's why he edged it a little in Tony's favor," Colon told, "I know for a fact that [Adam] loves them both and he thinks that they're both absolutely amazing. Tony was probably a little more consistent throughout the course of the competition, whereas Katrina really blossomed towards the end." With just a few days until the finale, Colon offered up some advice, as someone who has been through the gauntlet before to Lucca, as well as Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, and Jermaine Paul. "I talked to a few of them afterwards and I said 'Listen, this week is going to go by really, really, really fast. Try to enjoy it, I know you're under a lot of pressure….Keep your head about you, perform your best next week'," Colon said, adding, "They're very capable of doing some amazing performances." [Photo credit: James Dimmock] More: The Voice Recap: Beyond Thunderdome The Voice Recap: Tears For Fears The Voice Recap: The Hardest Part of Breaking Up
  • 'New Girl' Recap: Til The Backslide Brought Me Down
    By: Aly Semigran May 02, 2012 7:50am EST
    It's really quite fitting that Fox has been airing back-to-back episodes of New Girl on Tuesday nights, showing a new episode at 9 PM followed by one from much earlier this season. When you tune into the rerun after watching a great new episode, like last night's hysterical and heartbreaking "Backslide", you can't help but immediately realize how far this show has come. The overkill of Zooey Deschanel's Jess' girlie quirkiness has made way for an aware, confident, relatable woman and the rest of the characters have evolved right along with her. Well, except for Winston, who is essentially a prop. Of course some things, like how one handles a breakup, never change. Even the most together person can crumble when a good relationship comes to an end. Prior breakups have prompted Jess to move into a loft with a trio of kooky strangers, watch Dirty Dancing close to a thousand times, and attempt to court Ryan Kwanten. A post-Russell Jess couldn't peel herself off her bedroom floor, wondered if she was perhaps a self-sabotaging Cylon and, much to the dismay of her roommates, didn't stop listening to Joni Mitchell's "River" for 18 hours. ("I get it! It's a river!" Nick sarcastically cried from the next room at one point.) But the worst side effect of a broken heart, and the one that hits nearly everyone, is the backslide. That time when you fall back into the arms of an ex, any ex, for the comfort and familiarity you just lost. Sometimes the backslide is immediate, sometimes it sets you back to the start after you've come so far (ahem, Nicholas) but if you're not careful you'll backslide hard and fast. Despite her friends' best efforts to stop her from backsliding (well, Schmidt and Cece anyway, as Nick was in the midst of his own terrible backslide and Winston was busy being a prop wearing other props) Jess wound up right back in the arms of….Paul Genzlinger!? Yep, old Genzel Washington/Mercedes Genz/It's The Genz of the World As We Know It was back, but not without some serious backslide baggage of his own. After taking up Jess' drunken late night proposition, Paul (the delightfully goofy Justin Long) was back in the picture. For once it seemed like maybe this seemingly perfect couple had gotten their timing right. Well, except for the whole Paul having a serious girlfriend who he wants to propose to. If that wasn't horrifying enough for Jess to find out, she came face-to-face with Paul's lady who looked exactly like an Asian version of herself. Asian Jess, if you will. After briefly toying with the idea of telling Asian Jess about Paul's tryst with Caucasian Jess because she knows how awful it is to be cheated on, she wisely opted against it. (After all, no one wants to see Paul's ugly cry, which could only be described as a "slow-motion sneeze.") Instead, it was Paul who came clean to Asian Jess, while Caucasian Jess was there, no less. Now, a backslider can notoriously make some bad decisions. You figure, I've fallen this far, I might as well keep falling. And maybe Jess would have done that a while ago. Maybe she would have broken into a song or depended on the guys to bail her out of another wacky misadventure, but she took care of the situation with grace and ease in the most awkward ex situation known to mankind, helping them get engaged to their current love. But even a Jess capable of backsliding knows herself well enough now that when it's right with someone it's right, and when it isn't it isn't. When it's right, it looks like Schmidt and Cece. Two people so right for each other because of their hyper-attractive exteriors and surprisingly vulnerable interiors. Two people who can endure broken penises ("It looks like a knotted wizard staff"), visiting one anthers "Bubbys" at an old folks home despite an unreasonable fear of the elderly ("They look like giant walking raisins") and intentionally dressing like "women's studies major" to help the other in a time of need. It's right when their families see there's something special brewing ("She needs you, you are exactly what she needs" Cece's grandmother sweetly told Schmidt) and they can put their egos aside (and boy, when you've got a model and Schmidty, have you got some egos) and admit they just want happiness with each other. When it's wrong, it looks like Nick and Caroline. Two people so wrong for each other because of their uncanny ability to forget how painful their past was, their willingness to lie to each other (Caroline mentioned off-hand that she's actually 33, not 30) and themselves about what they really want in their life. When it's wrong your friends force you to watch a sad sack self-made video confessional about how much torment your ex made you endure and you still ignore them, and your bearded, tear-collecting former self and backslide all the way back to the start. When it's wrong you decide to move back in with your abusive ex with no care about the person you've become, and more importantly, the person you have the potential to be. Even if that person dresses like an unsponsored professional skateboarder. (Kudos to this show for somehow making the very handsome Jake Johnson look so utterly undesirable.) Jess knew that she wanted what Schmidt and Cece were heading towards (who would have guessed that after the whole "Secrets" debacle) and didn't want what Nick and Caroline were falling back into. She didn't want it for herself, and she certainly didn't want it for Nick. After returning home from her Paul-induced life revelation, Jess told Nick just that. In fact, she told him "You deserve to be happy…If you really love someone, its simple….You deserve something amazing and you deserve love" and silenced the Tom Waits in his head and told him in a new, reassuring Tom Waits voice, "We don't have to settle Nick, you're the best." You hear that, Nick? "We." Sadly, the Tom Waits in Nick's head that tells him he's a failure that looks bad in hats is louder than the Tom Waits standing right in front of him and it was all white noise. And if Jess' amazing confession wasn't enough to break your heart into a hundred pieces, it probably happened right… about…. here when Nick told her that he'd just signed a lease to move in with Caroline. Excuse me while I Paul-Cry this one out, not just because I, like so many other New Girl fans want to see Nick and Jess eventually get together. But because as happy as we can feel that Jess is evolving and changing and feeling optimistic despite how hard life can be, Nick simply isn't there yet. Once again, timing is everything. Of course, maybe his timing will come next week, during the first season finale. Here are the best moments and lines from last night's New Girl episode "Backslide": - "The economy is dying, movies are pretty much all sequels…. and I have a broken penis" - Schmidt's argument to a sad Jess that things could be worse. - "These people are disgusting, I've never been more flaccid in my whole life"- Schmidt, at the retirement home. - "I thought you were Asian Jess, I was just Caucasian You"- Jess, to Paul's fiance. - Nick and Caroline's booty shaking routine to Joni Mitchell's "River." (Enjoy this while it lasts Caroline, I will never put you on a Best Moments list again, unless it's Nick kicking your ass to the curb.) - Schmidt's declaration that "humans are going to be immortal by 2026." - Schmidt getting turned on by birds ("Do I have to say it? Eggs") and emotional intimacy (so much so he passed out.) - Schmidt lighting up at the thought of his own "Bubby." - Paul's ugly cry was officially a contender for Best Cry Ever. - Everyone's digs at Winston's earrings could rival the beard slams from the guys in Knocked Up. Among the gems: "When's it coming out by the way?…The smooth jazz album you're dropping," "Captain Black Sparrow," "Black George Michael," "Mr. T called, he wants to punch you in the face because that earring looks stupid," "You look like you're standing in line to get into Shaquille O'Neal's birthday party." - Nick's poem to Caroline: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? No, a summer's day is not a bitch." - The utterly brilliant nod at Damon Wayans Jr.'s departed Coach when Past Nick tells future Nick, "Be nicer to coach or he's going to take off and live with other white people." You hear that Happy Endings? You take care of Coach or else you'll get stuck with a Winston! What did you think of last night's penultimate season one episode of New Girl? Are you officially warmed up to sweet Schmidt? Will Nick actually go through with this terrible idea? Will all this cause Jess to backslide and become more of a pessimist? Can we get Coach back? Please, Happy Endings! [Photo credit: Fox] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: New Girl Recap: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off New Girl Recap: Bringing Up Baby New Girl Recap: True, Young Americans
  • Superhero Battles Gone Mental!: Superman vs. Thor
    By: Aly Semigran May 02, 2012 6:06am EST
    Batman vs. Superman. The Hulk vs. Professor Xavier. Spider-Man vs. Iron Man. Any superhero super fan has wondered what would happen if their favorite comic protagonists faced off against one another. But debating those battles is almost too easy. Instead, what if each superhero in battle was to suffer a significant mental disadvantage? How would Superman fare against Thor if he were distracted by Daily Planet layoffs? How would Spider-Man fare against Batman after eating bad Chinese food? Today, to continue's Superhero Week, we wonder what would happen if Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was distracted still thinking about that killer Cabin in the Woods ending and had to face off against Superman (Brandon Routh) whose brain is preoccupied with Daily Planet layoffs. Battle: Superman vs. Thor In the Right Corner: Superman, who is worried about the impending layoffs at his daytime employer The Daily Planet. (I mean, just look at him being all pensive and wearing glasses.) In the Left Corner: Thor, distracted because he still thinking about how awesome the ending of The Cabin in the Woods is despite  –– SPOILER ALERT! –– the fact that that super handsome character Curt didn't survive to see it. Inside Superman’s Day: Because leading a double life isn't exhausting enough, Superman/Clark Kent still works at a newspaper. And not the online section of the newspaper. The newspaper newspaper. (Google it, kids.) Entering the office at The Daily Planet building in midtown Metropolis at 7 a.m., Clark is there long before everyone else. The interns will stroll in around 10 or 11 because they're busy Pinteresting or something else that is terrible. But that's just fine because that allows Clark to get all the hot news scoops! Today's biggest story? "Mass Layoffs Expected at The Daily Planet Because It's a Newspaper and It's 2012." So not only is his job at the newspaper his only actual income (turns out, fighting crime doesn't really pay either), but talk about having a major blow to his superhero ego. Here's a guy who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, is faster than a speeding bullet, and more powerful than a locomotive train, but can't rescue his beloved paper and its seasoned employees like himself and Lois and Jimmy from sinking ad sales? How long can he feasibly make a living as a freelancer/superhero? Will print media be gone for good, forever halting the spinning newspaper of news? By the time the interns roll in at noon talking to each other over Red Bulls about whatever the hell One Direction is, Clark decides has to get out and clear his head and find a distraction for a few hours. He checks the paper thankyouverymuch for movie listings and heads to downtown Metropolis for a 1 PM showing of The Cabin in the Woods.  Inside Thor’s Day: Being a hammer-wielding ancient Asgardian warrior living in modern times had proved to be quite the challenge for Thor. Where does a guy who fancies himself as a God with the natural inclination to smash things and say things like "I require sustenance!" go in this day in age? Why, the Internet of course! Needing an outlet for his superhero rage when there's no battles to be fought for the S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor heads to the web and contributes to his movie review blog The previous night Thor finally got around to seeing The Cabin in the Woods and woke up first thing today to write a post about the movie which earned his highest grade. (Four Thor Hammers!) Thor can't believe that, in this day and age of Internet spoilers, no one ruined the inspired ending for him. He also can't believe that no one told him how much that handsome, albeit doomed, jock Curt looked like a younger, more clean-cut version of himself. It's uncanny. Thor hops online around 9 a.m. to share his thoughts on that wild finale with his readers: Those monsters as they emerge from the elevator! That Sigourney Weaver cameo! That hilarious twist that mankind completely ends by the hand of an ancient God! Thor's readers had better have seen the movie by now, otherwise he's totally ruining it for them. The (Cerebral) Battle: After settling into his seat at a surprisingly crowded matinee (doesn't anybody have a job these days?!), Clark accidentally glances over at someone reading something on their iPad. In fact, they're reading a post on some site the interns are always talking about called about Cabin in the Woods and about how... oh, well that's just GREAT. All Clark wanted was a relaxing, stress-free afternoon and once again the Internet ruined that. But then, an idea! He could write an op-ed piece about how the Internet has forever ruined the movie-going experience. An op-ed so good it could single-handedly save The Daily Planet from going under. Clark went right back to the office and wrote a thoughtful and funny piece about how the Internet and one anonymous blogger who has the nerve to go by Thor told him what happened in The Cabin in the Woods before he even had the chance to see it for himself. The article was so good that his editor decided to, in the ultimate twist of irony, put it up online before the morning paper went out. Thor read the article as soon as it went up (Thor is always on his Google Alerts, after all) and wrote a snarky, lightning-fast reaction on his blog about how out-of-touch Clark Kent (who does he think he is, Superman?) and The Daily Planet is that immediately blew up the Twittersphere. The interns loved it. The Winner: Thor, despite a noble effort by Superman. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it's definitely not mightier than a giant ass hammer. Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran  More: Superhero Battles Gone Mental: Daredevil vs. Aquaman!  Superhero Battles Gone Mental: The Human Torch vs. Captain America!
  • John Mayer's New Song Reportedly About Jennifer Aniston
    By: Aly Semigran May 01, 2012 1:12pm EST
    Being John Mayer's ex-girlfriend must be an unnerving thing. (One of you might know the feeling all too well, as roughly one in every five women has dated the rocker.) You can either cause the singer to go on a verbal free-for-all with Playboy magazine or be the inspiration of a lovelorn pop song. Lucky for Jennifer Aniston, it looks as though she might fall into the latter category, for now. (Sorry, Jessica Simpson.) US Weekly is reporting that Mayer's latest single, "Shadow Days," is not about shadowing Johnny Depp's hair, but rather his love for the actress with whom he he had an on-again, off-again relationship. A source told the magazine that "He wrote the song as a farewell letter knowing [Jen] would hear it. Ultimately he's done a lot of self reflection though and it he realizes they weren't right for each other." The unnamed source also stated, "It really took him a long time to get over her. He really loved her a lot." The song, which features such John Mayer-y lyrics as "I'm a good man with a good heart/Had a tough time, got a rough start/And I finally learned to let it go," isn't the first one that's been pegged to Aniston. (Nor will it likely be the last, as long as tabloids have their way.) In 2010, it was rumored that his song "Heartbreak Warfare" was about the star, but Mayer set the record straight telling none other than Playboy, "That woman would never use heartbreak warfare. That woman was the most communicative, sweetest, kindest person." But Mayer isn't the only artist who has been rumored to write songs about his exes. (His hit "Your Body is a Wonderland" was said to be about Jennifer Love Hewitt, but the Grammy winner confirmed during his VH1 Storytellers special that it was about his first girlfriend.) Here are some others who supposedly penned lyrics about famous former flames: - Taylor Swift might be just as deadly to date as John Mayer as far as being on the receiving end of one of their songs. The songstress has been rumored to write music about her exes Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, and you guessed it, John Mayer. - Selena Gomez reportedly unleashed on a Jonas Brother too. This time, however, it was Nick Jonas who was the inspiration for her tune "Bang Bang Bang." - Katy Perry reportedly vented her frustration over her split from ex-husband Russell Brand on the track "Part of Me." (Can she maybe write a song on all our behalves about Arthur?) - Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" is widely speculated to be about Britney Spears. Meanwhile, Spears' other ex Kevin Federline's song "Popo Zau" is widely speculated to be complete and total nonsense. - Alanis Morissette's scathing breakup anthem "You Oughta Know" is apparently about Full House star Dave Coulier. Oh, Joey, how could you?! - Carly Simon's classic "You're So Vain" is one of the most mysterious breakup songs in music history. Everyone from Warren Beatty to David Bowie have been the rumored muse for the track.  Think "Shadow Days" is actually about Aniston? And who's the most disappointing muse for an inspired song? [Photo credit:] More: John Mayer Cancels Tour Due to Tumor John Mayer Debuts New Long Hair: Will It Help Him Score? Justin Thoreux Opens Up About Jennifer Aniston
  • Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson Are Heading to HBO
    By: Aly Semigran May 01, 2012 8:52am EST
    Alright, alright, alright! Two of Hollywood's most beloved dudes, actors and real-life pals Matthew McCounaughey and Woody Harrelson are heading to HBO for the upcoming cop drama True Detective. (HBO confirmed to that the project is in development.) According to The Hollywood Reporter the leading men, who have starred together on the big screen in movies like Surfer, Dude and EDtv, will star as detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) whose lives become entangled while searching for a serial killer in Louisiana." The show's eight-part first season will be directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) and will reportedly "follow the the 17-year hunt for the killer with following seasons replacing the cast and story." The pairing of Harrelson, fresh off the financial success of The Hunger Games and critical praise for Rampart, with McConaughey, who had one of his better outings in years with the underrated 2011 drama Lincoln Lawyer, is just another thing HBO can add to their ongoing list of good ideas, including giving controversial new comedies Girls and Veep a deserving second season. Plus, c'mon it's Wooderson and Woody teaming up to fight crime, it's going to be better than an anything goes drum circle. [Photo credit: DailyCeleb] More: Woody Harrelson Talks Hunger Games Matthew McConaughey Gets NC-17 for Twisted Killer Joe HBO Renews Girls and Veep For Season 2
  • Louis C.K., Will Ferrell, "S**t Girls Say" To Be Honored at 16th Annual Webby Awards
    By: Aly Semigran May 01, 2012 7:30am EST
    The awards show news just keeps on rolling in. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners for the 16th Annual Webby Awards, which recognizes the best in online content. As it turns out, it was an awfully good year to be funny on the Internet. Stand-up comedian Louis C.K. (pictured) is the Webbys recipient of the Person of the Year award for his groundbreaking online concert Live at the Beacon Theater. The Louie star sold the comedy special on his own website for just $5, which earned over $2 million and inspired other comics like Aziz Ansari to follow suit. Meanwhile, viral sensations Graydon Sheppard and Juliette Lewis of the endlessly copycatted "S**t Girls Say" phenomenon earned accolades for being Webby Actresses of the Year; Will Ferrell earned Best Individual Performance playing President George W. Bush once again for this Funny or Die clip; and Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey, and Eva Mendes' hilarious turns in the Christmas edition of Funny or Die's "Drunk History" helped nab the site the accolade for Best Online Film or Video Comedy. Check out the full list of winners – which also includes Björk for Webby Artist of the Year and the instantly addictive Instagram for Webby Breakout of the Year – here. The 16th Annual Webby Awards will take place at 5:30 pm EST on Monday, May 21 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom with Twitter-savvy comic Patton Oswalt as host. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Inevitable "S**t Girls Say" Video About Girls Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Jim Carrey Present "Drunk History Christmas"
  • 'Once', Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield Earn 2012 Tony Nods
    By: Aly Semigran May 01, 2012 6:07am EST
    It was a great big morning for the Great White Way: The nominations for the 66th Annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday with the adapted musical Once leading the pack with 11 nominations. Broadway vets Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons read the names of the nominees, which included some of their fellow Hollywood elite like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, who earned nominations for their work in the harrowing play Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. (Cynthia Nixon, James Earl Jones, John Lithgow, Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, and Mike Nichols are among the other notable nominees this year.) Though Once, the stage interpretation of the beloved 2007 indie breakout, is out in front with 11 nominations (including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, and nods for its two leads Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti) The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It follow closely with 10 each. While it was no surprised that surefire things like the hit musicals Newsies and Follies earned Tony nods (8 each, to be exact) there were a few snubs and shockers. Most notable was the lack of a nomination for Evita star Ricky Martin in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (the show itself surprisingly only earned three nods total) and Samuel L. Jackson for his turn as Martin Luther King Jr. in the play The Mountaintop. But, perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning was that the troubled-from-the-start production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark received two Tony nominations. Here's the full list of nominees and recipients, including Hugh Jackman, who will be given the Special Tony Award: Best Musical Leap of Faith Newsies Nice Work If You Can Get It Once Best Play Clybourne Park Other Desert Cities Peter and the Starcatcher Venus in Fur Best Revival of a Play Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Gore Vidal’s The Best Man Master Class Wit Best Revival of a Musical Evita Follies The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Jesus Christ Superstar Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors Philip Seymour Hoffman - Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman James Earl Jones - Gore Vidal’s The Best Man Frank Langella - Man and Boy John Lithgow - The Columnist Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Nina Arianda - Venus in Fur Tracie Bennett - End of the Rainbow Stockard Channing - Other Desert Cities Linda Lavin - The Lyons Cynthia Nixon - Wit Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Danny Burstein - Follies Jeremy Jordan - Newsies Steve Kazee - Once Norm Lewis - The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Ron Raines - Follies Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Jan Maxwell - Follies Audra McDonald - The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Cristin Milioti - Once Kelli O’Hara - Nice Work If You Can Get It Laura Osnes - Bonnie & Clyde Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors Andrew Garfield, Death of a Salesman Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Linda Emond, Death of a Salesman Spencer Kayden, Don’t Dress for Dinner Cella Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher Judith Light, Other Desert Cities Condola Rashad, Stick Fly Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Michael Cerveris, Evita David Allen Grier, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Elizabeth A. Davis, Once Jayne Houdyshell, Follies Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It Jesse Mueller, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost Best Direction of a Play Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher Best Direction of a Musical Jeff Calhoun, Newsies Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It Diane Paulus, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess John Tiffany, Once Best Book of a Musical Lysistrata Jones Newsies Nice Work If You Can Get It Once Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Bonnie & Clyde Newsies One Man, Two Guvnors Peter and the Starcatcher Best Choreography Rob Ashford, Evita Christopher Gattelli, Newsies Steven Hoggett, Once Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It Best Scenic Design of a Play John Lee Beatty, Other Desert Cities Daniel Ostling, Clybourne Park Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher Best Scenic Design of a Musical Bob Crowley, Once Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, Ghost the Musical Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies George Tsypin, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark Best Costume Design of a Play William Ivey Long, Don’t Dress for Dinner Paul Tazewell, A Streetcar Named Desire Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher Best Costume Design of a Musical Gregg Barnes, Follies ESosa, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Eiko Ishioka, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It Best Lighting Design of a Play Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher Peter Kaczorowski, The Road to Mecca Brian MacDevitt, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Kenneth Posner, Other Desert Cities Best Lighting Design of a Musical Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Natasha Katz, Follies Natasha Katz, Once Hugh Vanstone, Ghost the Musical Best Sound Design of a Play Paul Arditti, One Man, Two Guvnors Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Gareth Owen, End of the Rainbow Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher Best Sound Design of a Musical Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Clive Goodwin, Once Kai Harada, Follies Brian Ronan, Nice Work If You Can Get It Best Orchestrations William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It Martin Lowe, Once Danny Troob, Newsies Isabelle Stevenson Award Bernadette Peters Special Tony Award Actors’ Equity Association Hugh Jackman Neil Patrick Harris who tweeted, "Tony nominations. The biggest day in the world for a very small faction of people" will host the show for the third time in his career. The 66th Annual Tony Awards will air live from the Beacon Theater in New York City on CBS on June 10 at 8 PM ET. Which shows and stars were you glad to see get Tony nominations? Who got snubbed? Sound off in the comments section below, Broadway babies! 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  • Don't Judge a Show By Its Pilot: In Defense of 'Girls' and 'Veep'
    By: Aly Semigran April 30, 2012 12:51pm EST
    As someone who was already a fan of both Girls and Veep from the word "go" (or I guess, in this case, "f***ing go"), I can still understand why some viewers had a hard time connecting with the bitingly funny, albeit polarizing and starkly different HBO comedies from the start. Based solely on its pilot alone, what some saw as an unapologetically honest representation of a young person living in New York City on Girls, others simply had trouble relating to, let alone empathizing with, Lena Dunham's Hannah as she pleaded with her parents to keep supporting her and shot down the idea of getting a "real" job. On the other end of the spectrum, there was the pilot of Julia Louis-Dreyfus politics-gone-wonderfully-awry comedy Veep. While it was one that I very much enjoyed ("There aren't enough people in here to fill a f***ing canoe" solidified it as having a spot on my season pass list), I still realized that much of it felt like all-too familiar territory for my fellow In The Loop fans and perhaps came off as something of a mean-spirited comedy to those outside the Loop. Neither Girls nor Veep had perfect starts, but really, with the exception of The Sopranos and Lost, how many TV shows really have? But I sincerely hope, for the sake of great, exciting new television, that those Girls skeptics (and boy, there are a lot of them, aren't there?) or unimpressed Veep viewers stuck around just a little bit longer to see what they're really missing. Especially after last night's stellar episodes of the freshman shows, which are both proving their place among the already jam-packed, Emmy-ready Sunday night TV lineup. So much so, in fact, both have been renewed for a second season. Huzzah! Just three episodes in, Girls is already finding its footing and has made enough subtle alterations from the relatively bleak pilot to become the show that everyone's unfairly huge expectations hoped it would be. Last night's episode, titled "All Adventurous Women Do," further proved the characters are becoming more well-rounded, the one-liners are already becoming classics ("Nice to see you... Your dad is gay"), and the storylines are only getting more interesting. (Did anyone else smell future trouble between Jessa and the father of the kids she babysits?) But it was Veep that made the biggest leap from question mark to surefire thing in its second episode, last night's outstanding "Frozen Yoghurt." What the pilot lacked in deft political satire ("Fundraiser" fell more on the side of parody) and constant gut-busting one-liners (or, in the case of poor Selina, actual gut-busting), it more than made up for in "Frozen Yoghurt." While Louis-Dreyfus took off like a shot right out of the gate, her cohorts truly shined in this episode, from the desperately ambitious Dan (a wonderfully smarmy Reid Scott) to the desperately eager, and sick, Gary (Tony Hale, a most gifted physical comic actor if there ever was one). Armando Iannucci may only have one wheelhouse in the comedy world, but that wheelhouse is so perfect, it almost doesn't matter. (Selina and her staff deciding on which flavor of frozen yogurt she should consume was the funniest thing on television last night, if not all week.) Girls and Veep are already breaking down so many television barriers this early in their run, but the one that may make the biggest impact is: Don't judge a show by its pilot. Did you return to Girls and Veep after their great, but flawed pilots? Are you glad you did? Sound off in the comments section below! [Photo credit: HBO] More: Girls: Love At First Sight Veep: Did The Comedy Get Your Vote? HBO Renews Girls and Veep For Season 2
  • Charlie Sheen Gives Tame 'Anger Management' Tour –– VIDEO
    By: Aly Semigran April 30, 2012 10:35am EST
    This time last year the nation was still reeling in the aftermath of the destruction left behind by Charlie Sheen's Torpedo of Truth Tour. He'd left our towns and cities – more often times than not for the worst – in a shamble of "tiger blood" talk and "Goddess" boasting. The star was still an unpredictable wildcard that left us with many questions, like: What would he do next? Who would he offend? Why....why are we still talking about this?! But here we are a year later, the actor's Twitter frenzy has cooled and he went out of his way to be cordial to Hollywood enough to stay its good graces long enough to get back to work. Sheen wasn't so much a Torpedo of Truth anymore as a Slight Breeze of Congenial. And there may be no more obvious evidence of that than the new video of Sheen giving a tour of his new FX series Anger Management. Dressed in a casual button-down, the 46-year old politely introduces his fellow cast and crew members to viewers and engages in playful on-set banter. Winning! Or something? While the actor may be inadvertently be making slight jabs at his Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre (in the video he refers to Anger Management's Bruce Helford as "the best showrunner in the history of television...hands down") and himself ("[There's a lot of angry people in there, that's where I come in") in the clip, it's all still a tame shadow of the Sheen we knew all too well in 2011. Watch the subdued Charlie Sheen give a tour of the Anger Management set here: [Photo credit: David Edwards- © 2011- All Rights Reserved] More: Charlie Sheen: Anger Management is 'Smarter' Than Two and a Half Men – EXCLUSIVE Charlie Sheen's Anger Management Teaser: What Have We Learned? Charlie Sheen's Anger Management Being Sued for $50 Million
  • HBO and Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Produces Second Trailer –– VIDEO
    By: Aly Semigran April 30, 2012 6:36am EST
    So far everything we've seen of the upcoming HBO comedy/drama The Newsroom feels so very, very Aaron Sorkin, from its heavy-hitting ensemble to its verbal tennis matches ("You thought the Russians invaded Atlanta?" "In retrospect, it seems far-fetched") to its social awareness platforms ("The newsroom turned into a courtroom because American voters need a lawyer.") The latest trailer for the series feels like even more familiar Aaron Sorkin territory, the beloved Sports Night. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Sure, the new trailer doesn't pack quite the same wallop as the first trailer and he's essentially replaced the inner-office politics of Sports Night with News Night and Josh Charles and Peter Krause with a crusading, brash Jeff Daniels as a newscaster challenging the system, but even with the most familiar Sorkin touches (Daniels accidentally congratulates the wrong broadcast booth) it still feels fresh. Now that is some powerful television, kids. Watch the latest preview for The Newsroom – which features more scenes of supporting players like Jane Fonda, Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr – here: Does The Newsroom already feel too much like Sports Night to you? But since when would that be such a bad thing? Sound off in the comments section below. The Newsroom premieres on June 24. Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran  More: Jeff Daniels is Mad as Hell in The Newsroom Trailer Why It's Okay if The Newsroom is Sports Night 2.0 Jesse Eisenberg Gets Newsroom Role