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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!')
  • Will Smith Steps Into 'Focus,' a Role That Almost Went to Ben Affleck and Ryan Gosling
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 18, 2013
    Focus, which has had the musical chairs of A-list casting, looks like they finally have one star to stay put: Will Smith. According to Variety, Smith is in final talks to star in the film which follows "an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male one." Hollywood.com reached out to Smith's rep for a statement regarding the casting news, but they could not immediately be reached.  Smith would, naturally, play the latter in a role that was originally optioned to fellow Hollywood heavy hitters like Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Ben Affleck. In fact, Affleck was close to taking on the part in the action drama, but prior commitments got in the way. The same went for Gosling, actually, who Focus' writers and directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wanted to re-team with his Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Emma Stone. (Unfortunately, Gangster Squad beat them to the punch on that).  While it's uncertain if Stone is still being considered for the now Gosling-less project, Kristen Stewart had been attached to the project when Affleck was still in the running. But the Twilight star felt that the age gap between her and Affleck was too big and dropped out. There's no word in the Variety report about which actresses are being courted now that Smith will likely sign on for Focus. As Smith ponders over his next projects in addition to Focus, the actor will next be seen in the futuristic sci-fi drama After Earth.  More:Will Smith Turned Down 'Django Unchained' Because He Would Have Played Second Fiddle 'After Earth': It's the End of the World, But Will and Jaden Feel Fine — TRAILER Ben Affleck Didn't Get 'To The Wonder'  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in the 'R.I.P.D.' Trailer: 'Men in Black' Meets the Afterlife
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 18, 2013
    After the disappointing Men in Black 3, it's a pretty safe assumption that the alien crime fighter franchise — which seemed to cause more trouble than it was worth — is effectively D.O.A. But for anyone still yearning for a special effects and make-up-heavy sci-fi caper that follows the same exactly formula as every buddy cop comedy from the '80s, you're in luck: someone adapted the graphic comic R.I.P.D for the big screen. (It's Red director Robert Schwentke, to be more specific).  The first trailer for R.I.P.D. was released and it's got exactly the same M.O. as MIB. You've got the wise-cracking, out-of-his element rookie (Ryan Reynolds as a recently deceased police officer) in a secret agency, paired with a crotchety, no-nonsense seasoned vet (Jeff Bridges as a gun-slinging law man in the afterlife), their surprisingly futuristic office (run by a sarcastic boss, played by Mary Louise Parker) and more quippy one-liners, explosions, and other worldly creatures (here it's the undead threatening Earth instead of aliens) that Hollywood must have thought we really had our minds erased and forgotten we've seen this movie before.  The ETA for R.I.P.D. is July 19, which is — no surprise here — smack dab in the middle of the mindless blockbuster friendly summer season. Check out the trailer below: More:Tom Cruise Only Gets Hurt Handsomely and Here's 7 Pics to Prove It  Harrison Ford Curses Out Chewbacca on 'Kimmel' — VIDEO Emma Stone Teaches Ryan Reynolds What a GIF is — VIDEO   From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • The Movie Ratings System Just Got a Little Bit More Ridiculous
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 17, 2013
    The current rating descriptor for Jurassic Park 3D warns that the re-released PG-13 classic has "intense science fiction terror." Fair enough, but what exactly qualifies as "intense science fiction terror"? Conventional wisdom would tell you that's Alien but in space no one can hear you scream. It's not that Jurassic Park isn't intense (twenty years later, the kitchen raptor sequence is still nightmare fuel) but that's still pretty vague in the already deeply flawed ratings system by the MPAA.  According to the Associated Press, the Motion Picture Association of America announced on Tuesday they will begin to roll out more "prominent descriptions explaining why a movie received its rating" with the descriptions in large type next to the given rating. After all, won't somebody please think of the children?! How are parents supposed to know exactly what "a sexual reference", "thematic elements", "some scary action", or a "disturbing image" would qualify as?  So, perhaps instead of the "intense science fiction terror" warning, a new Jurassic Park 3D explanation would be "intense science fiction terror, including violence, children in peril, animals in peril, RAPTORS, mild blood, mild language, and excessive wearing of khaki shorts." While the MPAA assured the new system will make the descriptors "easier to read", parents groups and gun groups were apparently "greeted the announcement with a shrug." (For the record, a shrug would probably get a PG rating).  Until the new ratings system gets under way, we here at Hollywood wanted to help out and give you more detailed ratings descriptors for some movies currently in theaters:  Jack the Giant Slayer Current descriptor: Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language.New descriptor: Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images, brief language, improper use and distribution of beans, castle storming.  To The Wonder Current descriptor: Rated R for some sexuality/nudity. New descriptor: Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, excessive twirling that may cause motion sickness.  The Host Current descriptor: Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence. New descriptor: Rated PG-13 for some sensuality, violence, glaringly obvious Mormon themes, and Stephenie Meyer's undoing whatever empowerment you taught your daughter.  Spring Breakers Current Descriptor: Rated R For strong sexual content throughout, language, nudity, drug use, and violence.New Descriptor: Look at my Rated R s*iiiiiiiiiiiit. Look at my strong sexual content throughout including a threesome with James Franco you couldn't scrub from your brain if you tried. Look at my f**kin' language and my Calvin Klein Escape! Look at my nudity because it's all you'll see for two hours. Look at my drug use, look at my violence. Oh, and look at my f**kin' nunchucks!  Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor Current descriptor: Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content.New descriptor: Tyler Perry Presents PG-13 for some violence, sexuality, drug content, Kim Kardashian attempting to convey human emotion, and an excessive amount of plot twists about HIV.   Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Patton Oswalt Continues to Dominate the Internet with 'Batman' Parody and 'Star Wars' Filibuster
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 17, 2013
    At this point we should just hand the key of the Internet over to Patton Oswalt, shouldn't we? The actor/comedian — whose heartfelt, wonderful Facebook post about his feelings on the horrific Boston bombings touched a nerve with a mourning nation went viral — also currently has two hilarious, nerdy clips circulating on the web.  When he's not making you get choked up with his wise and compassionate musings on a national tragedy, Oswalt is known for his pitch-perfect comedic delivery and geeky pop culture aficionado. So lucky for him (and us), he recently made two videos that encapsulate both of those things.  The first is a new College Humor sketch, in which Oswalt plays the villainous Penguin in a Batman spoof. In the bit, the Penguin finds out, much to his horror, that Batman — who always brags about not killing anyone — actually has no idea what death is. Of course, the harsh lesson in violence and death ends far worse for the baddie the Penguin than it does the superhero.  The five-minute clip isn't quite on par with most Funny or Die segments, though it certainly has its moments (this Batman does a great impression of Christian Bale's absurdly raspy Caped Crusader), but its Oswalt's stunned reactions to Batman's utter stupidity that truly make this thing work. (After all, some of Oswalt's best comedy is when he points out sheer ignorance. Case in point: his famous "Sky Pie/Sky Cake" stand-up segment). Watch the rather NSFW video here:    While Oswalt's appearance in the College Humor parody is great, this astounding, improvised nearly 9-minute rant about Star Wars on Parks and Recreation is stuff of legend. It's almost hard to laugh at this clip because your jaw will be dropped the entire time due to your marveling at how quickly he's waxing poetic about Star Wars in his filibuster at Pawnee's City Hall.  Oswalt, who makes a cameo on this week's episode of the NBC comedy, may not get to go back and kill George Lucas with a shovel, but this outtake might just do the trick. Check out the entire stunning motor-mouthed rant unfold below. You'll be cheering for an exhausted Oswalt ("I literally have no fluid in my mouth, I gotta do a Marco Rubio, can we please cut?") just like Amy Poehler does at the end.  More: Patton Oswalt's Reaction to Boston Tragedy Reminds Us What Makes a Truly Great Comedian Patton Oswalt Shares Beautiful Thoughts In Wake of Boston Marathon TragedyCelebs React to Boston Marathon Blasts on Twitter From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His On-Screen Character? (Vulture)
  • Steve Jobs Mockumentary 'iSteve' Starring Justin Long Now Available to Watch — Where Else? — Online
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 17, 2013
    Steve Jobs, for better or worse, made us all Internet and technology junkies. We use them for everything, up to and including making 80-minute online movies with a script entirely based off of Wikipedia entries and Google searches.  iSteve, the first full-length feature from Funny or Die, features Justin Long as Jobs himself and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak. But before you go thinking this is a precursor to the upcoming Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs movie jObs, fair warning: iSteve's writer and director Ryan Perez (Saturday Night Live) told FastCoCreate.com they he only used Internet sources ("We couldn’t buy a paperback version of [Walter Isaacson’s] book; it’s not in our budget") and that "Almost nothing that you see that’s based on a true story feels like a true story." He added, "This movie takes a lot of dramatic license, but does it take as much dramatic license as Liz and Dick on Lifetime with Lindsay Lohan? I honestly don't know."  That doesn't mean the stars don't take their roles seriously, no matter how silly or inaccurate the source material may be. ("A turtleneck would make Steve look like he's from the future!" is something one character cries and at one point Long comes face to face with an actor who is playing Justin Long in those memorable Apple commercials). Plus, if you do know the story of Jobs and the rise of the Apple empire, you'll likely find the movie funnier than most. iSteve debuted on Funny or Die on Tuesday, April 15 (Hollywood.com's Matt Patches will have a full review later), and you can watch the whole movie, — which also features James Urbaniak as Bill Gates and Michaela Watkins as Melinda Gates — here.  More: 'iSteve' Trailer: Is Funny or Die's Steve Jobs Movie More Than Just a Spoof? Ashton Kutcher Looks Mighty Creepy as Steve Jobs Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: Why It Could Be Great  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Vampire Weekend Meeting Steve Buscemi Is Strange and Glorious — VIDEO
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 16, 2013
    Imagine, if you will, the unexpected strangeness of Steve Buscemi just showing up unannounced at your job. Thre you are, going about your day, and Steve f**king Buscemi pokes his interesting little face in. Now, that would be a bizarre occurence in and of itself, but then Buscemi, the very same guy who met the better half of a wood chipper in Fargo, tries to tell you how to do your job. Oh, and this is all after discovering you're distant relatives.  No, this isn't a nightmare you had last night, or even the plot of the next Coen Brothers film, but what indie rockers Vampire Weekend recently endured with the actor. As it turned out, band member Chris Baio's maternal great-grandmother was related to the paternal great-aunt of Buscemi. And since family's gotta stick together, the hipster-friendly group asked the star to direct their American Express Unstaged concert at New York City's Roseland Ballroom on April 28, which will be streamed live on online outlets like YouTube's mobile website for fans not lucky enough to catch the show in person.  While that's all fine and good, Buscemi showed up unannounced to one of the band's rehearsal sessions and it went... well, exactly as you'd imagine it would. If, that is, you imagine Steve Buscemi showing up, confusing you for one of your band mates, saying he didn't quite understand your music, and suggesting how to raise your profile. It's wonderfully weird and hilariously awkward, just like Steve Buscemi himself.  Of course these videos, including one in which the Boardwalk Empire actor mistakenly calls the band "Vampire Holiday" (honest mistake, really, considering they have a popular song called "Holiday") are all in good fun. In a press release, lead singer Ezra Koenig said, "We are thrilled to be working with Steve Buscemi, a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director. We couldn't have picked a better guy to man the cameras for our April 28th event." Watch the clips below, cringe/sing along, and keep your eye out for Buscemi. You never know when that guy might just show up.    More: The 12 Wackiest Looks at Coachella 2013 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Finale: How Do They Get Out of This One? 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Needs a Few More Tricks Up Its Sleeve  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Trailer: Drama, As Only J.J. Abrams Knows How
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 16, 2013
    The third trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has been released and, in case you couldn't tell from the first two previews, this is most definitely a J.J. Abrams production. The Lost executive producer, who put his magic touch on the first wildly successful Star Trek reboot back in 2009, is bringing back his brand of lens flares, all of his wide-eyed dramatic performances, and sweeping scores for the upcoming sequel.  While some of the visuals in the latest clip are ones fans have already seen — like Chris Pine running through a red forest and jumping off a cliff into the ocean — there's certainly no lack of drama. Lines like "Darkness is coming" and "The ship's dead, sir, she's gone" (wait, did they mean the U.S.S. Enterprise?!) should send goosebumps through any Trekkie eagerly awaiting this noticeably darker follow-up. (Hey, it's right there in the title).  Watch the entire trailer — which includes scenes of Benedict Cumberbatch in full-on bad guy mode and the crew's warning to "go get this son of a bitch" — below and check back later for Hollywood.com's Star Trek expert Christian Blauvelt's full dissection of the latest preview.  What do you think of the third Star Trek Into Darkness trailer? Did it disappoint compared to the first two or just make you that much more excited for then the film hits theaters on May 17?  More: 'Star Trek' Into Darkness Poster: Who is Attacking the Enterprise...And Is it a Goner?  ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Crashes IMAX Site With Advance Ticket Sales The ‘Star Trek’ OMG Face Extravaganza! From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His On-Screen Character? (Vulture)
  • Patton Oswalt's Reaction to Boston Tragedy Reminds Us What Makes A Truly Great Comedian
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 16, 2013
    On a day of unthinkable tragedy, when most of us struggled to find any words, a comedian struck a nerve with a nation in mourning. But the comic chose not to go for the shock and awe that comes with spewing empty words on Twitter for a cheap, lazy laugh in the midst of horror and human suffering. In the wake of the terrible events that unfolded at the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people (including an 8-year-old boy) and injured more than 100 others, talented actor/comedian/generally awesome human being Patton Oswalt shared a genuinely heartfelt and wise post regarding the tragedy on Facebook.  The entry quickly went viral and Oswalt's raw, thoughtful, and meaningful words brought comfort and insight to many. Please, if you haven't already, read the full inspirational message (which includes some strong language) here: "Boston. Fucking horrible. I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity.' But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.  But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness. But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.  So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will'."  The world continues to be terrifying and overwhelmingly sad place at times. It's easy to be cynical about the state of the world or feel hopeless and the images on our television screen only reinforce that sinking feeling. But Oswalt's message of hope and love and goodness rang louder than any lingering fears. He's right, after all — the good will always outnumber the bad. But why does Oswalt's essay stand out among the other inspirational quotes and reactions from those in the comedy world in the midst of this horror? Because he's a comedian — a great comedian, at that — and truly great comedians are as wise as they are cutting. A truly great comedian can read the mood of the room (in this case, the Internet), cut the bulls**t, and speak from the heart.  Oswalt's post about Boston obviously brings up thoughts of David Letterman's first episode back on the air after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Letterman, with a lump in his throat and his heart on his sleeve, spoke openly and gracefully about the confusion and pain that was radiating through New York City during that awful time.  While he peppered that particularly emotional episode with some soft humor to take the edge off, he was also vulnerable, outraged, and sensitive. Letterman's opener (which still feels as gut-wrenching and stunningly raw now, nearly 12 years later, as it did on that day) set the standard for how comedy can and should deal with tragedy. (Case in point: how talk show hosts handled it during their opening segments on Monday.) The Late Night host didn't stop being edgy or pushing buttons in a post-9/11 world, but he realized there's a time to be human and that comedy can heal us again when we've actually had time to heal.  The question of "too soon" always comes up in regards to comedy during a time of tragedy. For every insensitive, ill-timed joke that riles many (Gilbert Gottfried's jokes about horrific historical events like September 11 and the 2011 tsunami in Japan drew criticism, vitriol, and even unemployment) there will be just as many who cry that every comedian has a right to freedom of speech and to say whatever they like at any time. It's a fair argument: It is our right, in this country, to say what's on our mind. But does it mean you should use that right to rattle a cage for the sake of rattling it, to add more darkness to an already dark mood? Why not let the actual moment and the gravity of the situation sink in? Why not exercise that freedom to say something of substance like Oswalt did? What does being the first person to prove how "above it" you are really say?  Louis C.K. is without question one of the greatest working comics today, a legend in the making with almost universal praise from critics and fans alike. But even he isn't exempt from the "too soon" question. One of his most controversial jokes focuses on September 11: "You can tell how bad a person you are by how long after 9/11 you waited to masturbate. For me, it was between the first and second tower falling down." Now, even if this joke only makes you wince — it's still "too soon"! — there are two things to consider here. For one, Louis C.K. has sensitively discussed September 11. On his Emmy-winning show Louie, the comic actor had an episode in which his character recalls the horror of watching the hell that unfolded in downtown Manhattan from Brooklyn. But, most importantly, he didn't actually make the joke on that terrible Tuesday morning.  And this is exactly where some comedians run into trouble and lose sight of how they can be the serious, thoughtful voices without losing their "edge." On the same afternoon that Oswalt posted his wonderful message of peace and piece of mind, stand-up comedian and Comedy Central Roast staple Anthony Jeselnik went against the grain and opted to post a tasteless joke on Twitter, a little over two hours after the senseless act of violence unfolded in Boston. "There are some lines that just shouldn't be crossed today. Especially the finish line," he tweeted. Jeselnik has since deleted the tweet, but you can see the original image here:  Clearly, Jeselnik hadn't learned from the mistake Dane Cook made following the harrowing shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that claimed the lives of 12 people. Just a week after the tragedy, when the gun control debate nerve was still exposed in America, Cook joked during a live show that someone in the theater of The Dark Knight Rises screening was "realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh f**king shoot me.'" Cook was met with immediate backlash and apologized, calling the joke "a bad judgement call." No kidding.  Now, it's not that jokes like the ones made by Jeselnik, Cook, or Gottfried are crude and insensitive that's the issue here. All great comedy pushes buttons and holds an often ugly, unkind mirror up to society and its woes. No, it's that truly great comedy and truly great comedians know how to hone their craft for its intended purpose: to make people laugh, feel, and think. Did Jeselnik's joke really give some a hearty laugh on Monday? It's entirely possible. Did that joke actually make anyone feel better or give them thoughtful insight about ugliness of the world around them? Much less likely.  Oswalt is one of the most cutting-edge, button-pushing comedians out there. Some of his classic routines are raunchy and expletive-filled rants on sensitive subjects like religion and child molestation. He also stands up for the sanctity of a comedian's right to freedom of speech. When the s**t hit the fan for comedian Daniel Tosh after a blogger announced to the world that he made a string of threatening one-liners about rape to a female audience member during his routine, Oswalt came to his defense, both on Twitter and to the press. He told Entertainment Weekly at the time regarding backlash, "Obviously, I don’t agree with what he said, and I don’t agree with how he said it, but I think it’s very dangerous to create an atmosphere where people can’t f**k up." The man knows and respects comedy — in fact, he'd probably defend Jeselnik's right to make that joke, even if he didn't agree with it. But he also knew in this particular moment that this wasn't the time or the place to crack wise. This was a time to be human and speak from the heart. You're allowed to do that. You should do that. No one is going to take your comedy card away if you do.  And you know what the really funny thing is? No one will accuse Oswalt of being a sell-out or wonder why he didn't use his freedom of speech to come up with a nasty joke instead. No one will unfollow him for his thoughts on the Boston tragedy. He won't lose his edge for not stooping to make a cheap shot, nor will he stop making jokes about things that we normally wouldn't. He'll continue to do his job as brilliantly as he has for years, and he'll gain even more fans and respect from the comedy world and beyond. Because that is what a great comedian does: they speak a universal language, whether that be one of humor or pain.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Patton Oswalt Shares Beautiful Thoughts In Wake of Boston Marathon TragedyDane Cook Makes 'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting Joke, Earns Internet HateDaniel Tosh's Rape Joke Firestorm  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Emilia Clarke Can Go Back To Finding Dragons, Her Broadway Run in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to End
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 15, 2013
    Who could have guessed that navigating the Great White Way would be more challenging than the Narrow Sea? After receiving generally negative reviews from critics and disappointing ticket sales (despite attendance from some peeping creepers on opening night) the Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, featuring Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as charming leading lady Holly Golightly, is ending on Sunday, April 21. According to the Associated Press, the show — which began previews on March 4 and just opened on March 20 — was originally slated to run until August 25 (according to the Cort Theater, which is where the show is currently running in New York City) but it was announced on Tuesday that the curtain would be closing much sooner than that. The AP reports, "It will have played 17 preview and 38 regular performances ... For the week ending April 7, the show managed to take in just $337,621, or 38 percent of its $896,290 potential. The theater was also half full." And with that, Clarke will go from having a feline as her main companion back to those coveted dragons.  Of course, having a big name attached to a Broadway production doesn't mean critics and audiences will flock to it. Recently, David Mamet's The Anarchist failed to meet expectations and Hands on a Hardbody (which featured music from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio) closed after 28 previews and 28 regular performances and weak ticket sales. While Scarlett Johansson's limited engagement run in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof closed as planned on March 30 and Tom Hanks' limited engagement debut in Lucky Guy is set to run through June 16, they were hardly the runaway Broadway powerhouses they could have been thanks to mixed reviews.  Hey, that's showbiz, Daenerys.  More: 'Game of Thrones' Recap: Walk of Punishment'Game of Thrones' Recap: Dark Wings and Dark Words'Game of Thrones' Premiere Recap: The Season of the Woman? From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His On-Screen Character? (Vulture)
  • 'Mad Men' Preview Predictor: Dying to Hear What They Say Next
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 15, 2013
    You'd have to have the superpower to see into the future, Matthew Weiner, or both to figure out what in the hell the characters on Mad Men are talking about in these comically, infuriatingly vague teaser previews at the end of every episode.  But after compulsively watching the AMC drama for six seasons, you can start to pick up a few things and spot the clues. I correctly guessed from last week's preview that a bitch-faced Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) was angrily changing the channel on his clicker because of his wife Trudy (Alison Brie) because he's Pete and Pete is the worst. But could I have ever guessed in a million years that she would finally lay down the law with her terrible husband in the stellar Jon Hamm-directed ep? Nope!  And therein lies the frustrating genius of Matthew Weiner. Had he included Trudy telling Pete, "I will destroy you!" in last week's preview, the thrill of that satisfying moment would have been diluted. That said, seemingly inconsequential snippets like Megan telling Don "Yes, sir" can throw you for a loop. Here I thought she was being submissive (she did, however, agree to get back in bed per Don's instructions), but really she was just hiding from him and their increasingly sad circumstances. Damn these previews! Alas, I will try again and see how I fare during next week's brand new episode. (Is it Sunday yet?) Check out the preview below, along with my predictions for what's going on beneath those thinly veiled sentences.  Pete: "So you haven't officially told anyone?" — Oh, shut up, Pete. From the look of things he's back at his apartment in the city (where, thanks to Trudy, he'll be there a hell of a lot more) and he's talking to his poor side dish girl Brenda who wound up bloodied by her husband in the last episode about their fling gone terribly awry.  Ken: "I know that every gripe he has is directed at me in this company." — Let me guess, the king of gripes...Pete! Don: "Keep going, I'm dying to hear what I say next." — Megan appears to be smiling when Don says this to her, so I'm going out on a far limb here — he's helping her read a script for the next episode of her soap opera, and he wants to know what his "character" will say next.  Joan: "Please don't involve yourself in this." — Please let us have more Joan. I don't care who she's talking to (though, judging by this I'm going with...Stan) just more Joan next week.  Pete: "What is that supposed to mean?" — Oh, shut up, Pete. Assuming that the Jaguar meetings continue to go as badly as they did last night, it looks as if Pete is spewing venom at either Don, Bert, or Roger.  Bert: "That's not going to happen." — So, deal with it, Pete.  Don: "I don't know if that solves my problem." — Which problem?! Don Draper just has so many these days, but this one looks work-related, so I'm venturing a guess this is directed at Roger.  Bonus moments:  - Hilarious, pointless shots of people raising their eyebrows.  - Hilarious, pointless shots of Harry, Stan, and Ginsberg's respective facial hair. The tease better not be that any of them are shaving! - Stan sneaking into a privately marked door (maybe he's doing recon work at Peggy's office after she inadvertently got her boss to go after the Heinz ketchup account). - Don eye-f**king the camera as elevator doors close, presumably as he watches a sexually satisfied, but emotionally conflicted Sylvia (Linda Cardellini) go back to her apartment a floor below.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More:'Mad Men' Preview Predictor: 'What Are You Talking About?' Exactly. 'Mad Men' Recap: Don Draper is a Whore  'Mad Men' Premiere Recap: Don Draper Has No Idea Who He Is Or Why He's Sleeping With That Woman