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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!')
  • 'The Bachelor' Lawsuit: How ABC Is Poised to Right the Wrongs of Reality TV
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 19, 2012
    When did reality television make its biggest disconnect from actual reality? Was it when people willingly ate live insects for money/the voyeuristic Schadenfreude nature of our society? Or when they reconfigured their faces to look like people who would appreciate their own anonymity back? Or did six strangers living in a house documenting their every moment mold our old reality into one in which our every thought is put online and fame can be achieved through nothing more than being the worst possible version of yourself?  Or was it when a significant portion of our society stopped being properly represented on reality television? At least two men would argue the latter — on Wednesday, a Nashville-based group led by football players Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a lawsuit against ABC, claiming Claybrooks and Johnson were turned away from a fair chance at trying out for the network's immensely popular reality dating show The Bachelor.  For the duration of its 23 seasons on the air, neither The Bachelor, nor its spin-off The Bachelorette have featured a headlining contestant of race. Only morally corrupt, self-esteem vacant Caucasians have had their fair shot at finding televised, US Weekly cover-baiting "love" as the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Soul-crushing as the show might often be, this is a glaring omission in the warped world of reality television. As the lawsuit states, "The deliberate exclusion of people of color from the roles of The Bachelor and Bacheloretteunderscores the significant barriers that people of color continue to face in media and the broader marketplace." (For its part, Warner Horizon Television, which produces the franchise, released a statement calling the lawsuit "baseless and without merit." Says their statement, "The producers have been consistently — and publicly — vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs." ABC itself has not yet responded to Hollywood.com's request to comment on the suit.) Granted, the argument about white-washed television is hardly a new controversy. Even in the non-reality realm, the hotly debated topic still regularly comes up. Just in this past week, one of the biggest criticisms surrounding the new HBO series Girls was that none of its characters seemed to know anyone of color, despite living in the melting pot that is New York City. And the argument that both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have excluded minorities certainly isn't new either — when met with detractors in the past, the series simply claimed no minorities have tried out. During a 2011 interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss said that when it came to casting contestants of race, "We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would." Unless Claybrooks and Johnson truly are one of the few minorities to try out for the show, producers could see more people come forward, but perhaps not in the way they would hope. (Lamar Herd, who has been championing to be the "first black Bachelor", is on the producers' side: The Portland-based sportscaster responded to a fan's question on Twitter regarding whether he would sue if he was not chosen for The Bachelor, to which he responded, "never - it's their decision.") And it certainly didn't help that when initially asked about the lack of diversity on the show during the same interview, Fleiss could only respond, "I think Ashley [Hebert] is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion!"  Still, despite The Bachelor scandal, ABC has remained a diverse and groundbreaking network, particularly when it comes to showing minorities and interracial relationships. In 2010, the Pew Research Center reported that since 1980, the rate of interracial marriage in the United States had doubled. (By 2008, interracial marriages had reached a record high of 14.6 percent of all new marriages.) It was an evolving state of our nation that ABC was fully addressing in their scripted programming. What would Grey's Anatomy have been without Cristina and Preston (aside from all the off-camera that drama that unfolded, of course); Lost without Rose and Bernard; Ugly Betty without Wilhelmina and Connor; Scrubs without Turk and Carla; Modern Family without Jay and Gloria; and, more recently, Happy Endings without Jane and Brad? What would The Bachelor have been without Jake and Vienna? Pretty great, actually. And what do all these series have in common? Central non-white or interracial couples that audiences want to follow. Not only were these shows critical darlings at the top of their games (Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, Lost, Modern Family, and Ugly Betty have a combined 30 Emmy wins between them), but the series were fan favorites. Lost had a feverishly devoted, cult-like following; Grey's Anatomy, during its second season, averaged 19.84 million viewers and remains the most Tivo'ed show on television; Modern Family is a continual ratings behemoth (it is the top scripted show with adults 18-49 in its time slot); and Happy Endings has cultivated a larger and much more enthusiastic audience in its second season. It's not a coincidence that series featuring non-white or interracial couples have become tremendous hits. The network (which also showed interracial relationships on some of their more short-lived series like Mr. Sunshine and FlashForward) has given non-white and interracial couples smart, funny, and perhaps most importantly, relatable plotlines that represent them and have made an indelible mark on the landscape of television. Now it's in ABC's hands to lead the charge and do the same for reality television. While the medium has had its fair share of triumphs when documenting non-white or interracial couples (MTV's True Life had a particularly effective episode on interracial dating), the VH1 reality factory that turned out the likes of Flavor of Love has done no favors for ethnic reality programming. Or anyone, for that matter. One could argue that ABC has already gone above and beyond with their mammoth reality smash Dancing with the Stars, which has featured a variety of diverse casts in its 14 seasons. In fact, six of DWTS' winning contestants were minorities whose dance partners were a different race. But there's a discernible difference between a dance competition and a dating show where race most certainly becomes an issue. With programming like Lost and Grey's Anatomy and Happy Endings, ABC has made it abundantly clear they know and appreciate that love sees no color. They just have make it known it isn't just fiction. It is, for so many, reality. More: The Bachelor Lawsuit: Series Sued for Racial Discrimination Warner Bros. Responds to Bachelor Lawsuit: It's 'Baseless' The Bachelor Final Rose Recap
  • Update: Ryan Seacrest Pays Tribute to Dick Clark on 'Idol'
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 18, 2012
    Update: Seacrest continued his tribute when he opened this evening's episode of American Idol, saying, "Without Dick a show like this would not exist. He will be missed greatly ... I know that he's in a better place saying, 'Hey, let's get on with the show.' You got it, boss." It was a brief, touching moment, and a tender farewell to an icon. Earlier: In the wake of Dick Clark's passing, Ryan Seacrest remembered the late, great personality, the man who set the gold standard for television hosting and paved the way for his career. The American Idol and radio host paid tribute to the legendary personality, who died today at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack. Seacrest, who took over for Clark's iconic Rockin' New Year's Eve specials on ABC released this statement: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.” Seacrest also took to his Twitter, like many other celebs, to share his thoughts on Clark, as he shared with followers, "My thoughts and prayers are with his family." [Photo credit: ABC] [EW] More: Dick Clark, TV Icon, Dies at 82 Dick Clark's Best TV Moments Why There Will Be Another Dick Clark
  • 'Arrested Development': Details on the Netflix Reboot (Season Four, Five, AND Six?!)
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 18, 2012
    Get ready to leave a yet-to-be-determined date in 2013 completely open for a season four Arrested Development marathon. It's going to be off the hook! According to Vulture, at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos confirmed that all 10 episodes of the new season, which begins filming this summer, will be released in one day sometime next year. (Marry me!) Sarandos was joined on stage by Arrested cast members Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Alia Shawkat, and Jessica Walter, as well as show creator Mitch Hurwitz (pictured) who gave fans some other tidbits about the comedy's pilgrimage to Netflix. While Hurwitz said the return of the series is "evolving into becoming more like the old show again," he also noted, "There's going to be some mystery sprinkled throughout this, [but] instead of watching one a week and try to get ahead of it, the hope is [fans] will watch them all together and then go back and look for clues and connections." Clues, eh? But perhaps the biggest piece of news that Hurwitz shared during the conference (other than the fact that Bob Loblaw would return) was that he would be willing to explore a fifth and sixth season. "We would love this to be the first first of many visits," he told the crowd. I'm going to give you a moment to get composed, as it's a fair assumption you just blue yourself. While you do, here's some more photos from the event: What do you think about their plan to release all 10 episodes in one day? Fitting for the Netflix platform and a good way to appease anxious fans? Or does it feel too rushed? And what about Steve Holt, dammit? Steve Holt! [Photo credits: Stephanie Booker] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Arrested Development Begins Shooting This Summer Entire Arrested Development Cast Signed On For New Netflix Season Steve Holt! A New Movement To Bring Back the Beloved Arrested Development Character
  • Levon Helm in 'Final Stages' of Battle with Cancer
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 18, 2012
    A truly sad day for the music world: Legendary artist Levon Helm is succumbing to his decades-spanning battle with throat cancer. Family of The Band's singer and drummer posted a statement on Helm's official website on Wednesday.  "Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...We appreciate all the love."  and support and concern." According to Billboard, the 71-year-old Grammy-winning musician was tragically "diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s and underwent intensive radiation treatment which greatly damaged his voice." Still, Helm persevered and continued to make music (including his Grammy-winning effort Dirt Farmer), toured and hosted "Midnight Ramble" events at his farm in Woodstock, N.Y. In addition to the indelible mark he left on music, both as a solo artist and with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Band (Helm's iconic voice can be heard on favorites like "Up On Cripple Creek", "Rag Mama Rag", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down") the Arkansas native appeared in movies, including Coal Miner's Daughter, The Right Stuff, Shooter, and of course, Martin Scorsese's classic concert film The Last Waltz. [Photo credit: Ahron R. Foster] More: Ryan O'Neal Diagnosed with Cancer Michael Douglas Talks About Throat Cancer
  • 'New Girl' Recap: Bringing Up Baby
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 18, 2012
    I never thought this day would come so soon, but before the first season has even wrapped, the seemingly impossible has happened. Fellow New Girl fans, I fear The Douchebag Jar may have to already be retired. I know, I'm not happy about it either. But after Schmidt's touching display of anti-douchery, he may be exempt from putting money in the jar for good. (Yes, even in spite of that "Russian nesting doll situation" comment.) But herein lies the Great Schmidt Douchebag Dilemma. While there is no question he is a douchebag (just listen back to that "sexy" phone call he made to Nick one more time), at his core, he's not a bad guy. Same goes for Nick actually, but more on Ol' Poo Eyes in a bit. So what differentiates the douchebags from the bad guys? Well, how they handle a pregnancy scare, for one. After receiving what he thought were more mixed signals from Cece, Schmidt would come to find out that it wasn't indifference about Italy on Ice (because honestly, who could be indifferent about that?) that was making her distant during last night's New Girl episode called "Kids," but the fact that she was a few days late. Yes, Cece feared she might be carrying Baby Schmidt. Just picture it. Or don't. Whatever will keep your breakfast down this morning. Schmidty was elated about their little "caramel miracle." He made a sincere and heartfelt promise to Cece that he'd be there for her no matter what; he picked out names like Mordecai and Abraham, complete with Hebrew pronunciation; he imagined what their beautiful hybrid would look like. ("An Indian/Jewish baby — who wouldn't want that? Think about the bone structure.") Then, in record time, he hired someone to sky write "Marry Me" for Cece, even though their baby scare turned out to be nothing more than that. I'll pause for the obligatory sound of the record screeching to a halt. Okay, moving on.  NEXT: Let's officially sound the alarm for Max Greenfield's Emmy nomination. Despite the fact that these two are continuing to dance around their feelings for one another and refuse to put a label on their relationship, Schmidt (let's officially sound the alarm for that Max Greenfield Emmy nomination now) wanted to put aside all that and make Cece his bride. While the show hasn't shied away from emotional gut punches (recall, if you will, the season-best "Injured"), moments like this are typically reserved for struggling sitcoms (looking at you, How I Met Your Mother) grasping to keep our attention — which New Girl most certainly isn't — or a season finale, which isn't until next week. Still, it's unlikely this bombshell will shift the dynamic of the show. Cliché as it sounds, New Girl is the rare comedy with a big heart that actually works on both levels. It's not too schmaltzy (that one's for you, Schmitdy) and doesn't force every piece of dialogue to be a joke. But let's backtrack for a minute. If Schmidt's botched engagement isn't the first season finale cliffhanger, that leaves the door open for one more thing: Winston! No, just kidding. Winston had some forgettable Get Him To The Greek-like storyline about escorting his terrible boss around town that ultimately went nowhere. Bring back Fun, Interesting Winston, New Girl writers! He's awesome at singing sad songs and getting unwanted guests out of the loft. And please, for the love of all that is good, get him out of this job. (Oh, and please get rid of the flashbacks. The break-dancing baby bit was one of the few times the show has actually made me wince.) Rather, it looks like there might just be a sliver of hope for anyone holding out for something to finally happen with Nick and Jess before the first season wraps up. Sure, Jess is still trying to make a great impression on Mr. Russell Fancyman (wouldn't that be great if that was his real name?) by offering to babysit his daughter/her student Sara. Despite her very best efforts, Jess failed at her attempts to talk to Sara about sex and the history of pasta or make a good first impression on Russell's ex-wife (played by Jeanne Tripplehorn.) It's not that the lovely, funny, and kindhearted Jess isn't worthy of Russell's love because of these mishaps. Quite the contrary, actually. It's that she's still working through her 30s and isn't ready for kids of her own, and she still makes a fool of herself on a near daily basis by doing things like talking loudly to blind people. Russell isn't in that place anymore, but Jess most certainly is. And so is Nick for that matter.  NEXT: She doesn't even know what Netscape is! It seems almost mean to want to root for Jess to wind up with Nick. No matter how childish or lost Jess may seem at moments, Nick has her (and everyone else on the show) beat, tenfold. We shouldn't be hoping that the evolving Jess winds up with a fixer-upper who has gone on a soul-crushing sexual tear with every college co-ed in the greater Los Angeles area because he's a dude and because he can. But there's a reason why poor Sara got a crush on Nick right away. It's the same reason Jess has one, too. Like Schmidt, deep down Nick is a good guy. A douchebag might inadvertently date an 18-year-old and think of her as worldly because she knows who Banksy is, but a bad guy would never say something like "I haven't loved somebody the way you love me in a very long time and I miss that feeling. That feeling you have is good, it's just misplaced. It's better than being numb your whole life you end up doing such weird things," and really mean it. While Jess shouldn't have to save Nick from himself, there's something truly great at the core of these two. They are, as so many sitcom pals tend to find out by their second season, simply meant to be together. It's rare in this life to find someone else to laugh about tennis ball boob gags with, but when you do, you'd better not let them get away. If there were ever a time for Nick to man up and finally do something great for his life, winning Jess from Russell would be it. But, before we skip ahead to the finale, here's the best moments and lines from last night's New Girl episode "Kids": - Italy on Ice. Everything about it, really. From Schmidt's promise that "Drea de Matteo is scheduled to appear, but they're not liable if she doesn't" to Nick's wide-eyed enthusiasm about the spectacle. ("I never knew Italy was more than pizza!") - Jess' mime of erasing, when explaining why teachers need bras, too. (In fact, let's sound the alarm for a Zooey Deschanel nom as well.) - Nick's weight loss regime is to simply "eat less donuts." - Jess is the Betty White of the group, Schmidt is the Rue McClanahan. (I assume this makes Nick the Bea Arthur and Winston the Estelle Getty.) - Winston's boss purchasing seven copies of Speed on VHS at a yard sale for "a fraction of the retail price." - "Everything you say sounds really creepy when you're not wearing pants." — Jess -"Pop-a-corrrrrno?"- Schmidt's Italian pronunciation of "popcorn" - "Not Nick's room! It's not well ventilated in there." — Jess' warning to a lovelorn Sara. - "She doesn't even know what Netscape is!" — Schmidt's horror regarding Nick's young girlfriend. - "I might as well call you Bridge to Terabithia because you make children cry!" — Jess, with her best zing at Nick. (Runner-up: "Why don't you get on her insurance?") What did you think of the first season penultimate episode? Were you stunned by Schmidt's ultimately failed gesture? Will this be the beginning of the end for Schmidt and Cece to make for the beginning of Jess and Nick? Sound off in the comments! [Photo credit: Fox] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: New Girl Recap: True, Young Americans New Girl, Glee, Raising Hope Renewed Zooey Deschanel, the Single Girl: 'I Don't Have Time to Date'
  • Vote or WHY?!: Kim Kardashian Wants to Run for Mayor in 2017
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 17, 2012
    Kim Kardashian: Mayor of Armenian Town? That's a future the reality star threatened mankind with hinted at to sister Khloe Kardashian during previously unaired moment from Khloe & Lamar. In the clip, the 31-year-old tells her sister (who will, according to Kris Jenner, will be the mayor of Dallas for no other apparent reason than because she said so) she has every intention of running for mayor of Glendale, Calif., by at least the year 2017 with the help of someone named Noelle. How do you know she meant it, dear readers? Because she said, "But, so, for real," which is essentially a binding contract in Kardashian World. You know, easy as it is to jest, Kim has already proven in this one-minute clip alone that she has a keen sense of the political world. She knows she needs to be a resident of Glendale (or "Armenian Town," if you will) to be its mayor, she can recall who Ross Perot was ("Oh, that guy ran for President, remember?"), and she will be able to pardon Khloe out of her inevitable traffic violations. Better yet, what if someone came from the future and already told Kim that she'll be mayor of Glendale and this is just our fair warning? Now who's laughing? (Oh right, no one in Glendale.) So what kind of platform could Kim Kardashian run on? Aside from having First Man Kanye West by her side (who could run some unintentionally hilarious smear campaigns against Kim's opponents, including a bag of flour), the full-time celebrity could have some tastefully modest campaign posters and well-executed, thought-provoking tweets. Hopefully there won't be anything scandalous from her past like a sex tape or a 72-day marriage to hinder a successful run! Watch: Do you think this is a terrible idea or would Kim Kardashian would actually have a shot at this in 2017 and join the lineage of celebrities-turned-politicians like Jesse Ventura and Sonny Bono?  Sound off in the comments section! [Photo credit: David Edwards- © 2012- DailyCeleb.com- All Rights Reserved] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Kim Kardashian Posts Half-Naked Instagram Pic Kim Kardashian May Sue Flour Attacker Khloe: Kanye is Better for Kim Than Kris
  • Happy Tax Day! Here’s What You Owe Us, Celebrities
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 17, 2012
    Happy Tax Day! (That's an oxymoron if there ever was one, eh?) Since we already know plenty of celebrities are facing tax troubles (stars, they're just like us!) and that Garry Marshall will one day make Tax Day with all-star cast that includes the likes of Nicolas Cage, Pamela Anderson, John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, Shannen Doherty, Christie Brinkley, Wesley Snipes, Jaime Pressly, Lionel Richie, and Sinbad, among others, let's look at some famous folks who owe us big time. Celebrities, here is what you need to send us this year. (And if you want to include a W-4 and a few Benjamins, we wouldn't complain either.)  Justin Timberlake: You owe us a new album. Yes, we know you're busy starring in movies and making memorable cameos on Saturday Night Live and creating your own home decor line (wait, what?!), but it's been nearly six years since you released FutureSex/LoveSounds. You know what's cooler than a new release? A billion new releases. It's overdue, man. Suzanne Collins: You, unlike J.K. Rowling have not retired your iconic characters for good. With The Hunger Games mania at a fever pitch, we would like a fourth book, please. (Besides, no one was really thrilled with the ending of Mockingjay, anyway.) The Killing: Who killed Rosie Larsen? Interesting question to pose, considering you asked it, AMC. Now it's your turn to finally answer it.  How I Met Your Mother: And speaking of unresolved television matters... Yes, we know that Ted eventually meets the mother of his children, but the guy has served no other purpose this season than to wait around for her. Not only do we want to meet her, but we need to meet her for Ted's sake. He might just be the saddest sack on television right now. Adam Sandler: Ninety-one minutes of our lives, roughly $13 in our wallets. Rebecca Black: Make a song about Monday. No one likes Mondays. Please, give us back our Fridays. We miss them. They are now tainted with indecisiveness about which car seat to take. The worst part is, we don't know when Monday is anymore! Your song only takes us from Thursday to Sunday. Snooki: Our nation's dignity. We'd like it back, please. What other celebs do you think owe us big time on this April 17th? Share your suggestions in the comments section! [Photo credit: © 2011- WENN.com- All Rights Reserved] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Pamela Anderson in Tax Trouble Nicolas Cage Moves Forward in Tax Repayments Cate Blanchett Condemns U.K. Tax Relief Cap Proposal
  • 'The Cabin in the Woods' Star Fran Kranz Spills On 'That Bong'
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 16, 2012
    WARNING: CABIN IN THE WOODS SPOILERS AHEAD. ENTER IF YOU DARE. "That bong. It's getting a lot of buzz." Ahem, so to speak, right, Fran Kranz? Yep, that bong that played a surprisingly important role in the horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, which scared up a decent $14.85 million at the box office this weekend. That bong that gets Marty (Kranz) and his pal-in-peril Dana (Kristen Connolly) out of some terrifying life-or-death jams when facing off against Big Brother-manufactured mutant zombies. Hollywood.com spoke with Kranz last week about all things Cabin, including that already-infamous device (which the actor is wielding here in a scene from the film) that saves the day in Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's crowd-pleasing flick and how audiences have reacted to it. In fact, the bong scenes seemed to be a favorite of  theatergoers who saw Cabin over the weekend. As one Hollywood.com reader explained, "My audience burst in to applause when Marty retaliated against the zombie through the window with his Thermos-Bong." But, as it turns out, not only did the characters have a lot riding on the execution of the bong/lethal weapon, so did Cabin's filmmakers.  "We just had that one prototype, which I was told cost $5000 when all was said and done," Kranz revealed, "I think they probably made a lot of different versions until they found what actually worked, so it was sort of an expensive process." Of course, the bong builders had to get it just right to make it a multifunctional tool for Cabin's intuitive underdog hero. As Kranz put it, "It kills three birds with one stone. You can smoke pot [with it], you can drink your coffee [out of it] and you can kill zombies [with it.] Or at least hold them at bay." But, as is so often the case with anyone who comes in contact with a bong, he totally spaced on something. "I don't know why I didn't keep it," Kranz said with a laugh, adding, "I'm kicking myself." [Photo credit: Lionsgate] Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran More: Cabin in the Woods: How Did Your Audience React? Cabin in the Woods Star Fran Kranz Talks Broadway, Horror Movies, and Joss Whedon Cabin in the Woods Director Drew Goddard: 'I Wish People Would Just Go to the Theater and Be Surprised'
  • Eli Manning To Host 'Saturday Night Live': Score?
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 16, 2012
    While New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning may no longer be living under the sports shadow of his older brother Denver Broncos transplant Peyton Manning (Lil' Manning has one more Super Bowl ring to show off than his big brother does) he still has one more arena to prove himself in: Comedy. When Peyton Manning hosted Saturday Night Live back in 2007, the then-Indianapolis Colts QB turned out one of the funniest episodes of the season (thanks largely in part to the instant classic United Way Digital Short) and one of the strongest hosting efforts ever by an athlete on the long-running show. Now it's Eli Manning's turn to try when he hosts SNL on May 5 with musical guest Rihanna. Saturday Night Live is a notoriously tricky place for an athlete to find their footing (for every Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter, a little Andy Roddick must fall) and Peyton Manning arguably has a livelier personality and more natural knack for comedy better suited for the sketch comedy show than Eli. That's not to say that the 31-year-old can't hold his own, especially when it comes to facing off against Peyton. (He put up an awfully good fight in their inspired, hilarious SportsCenter commercial.) Here's three big plays Eli Manning can make to score a comedy touchdown (ah, football puns galore!) when he hosts SNL in two weeks: Rely on Peyton: Yes, this is every younger sibling's worst nightmare, but sometimes you just need your gifted older sibling to help you out in a clutch situation. If the two can play up their "sibling" rivalry for the cameras and Eli runs with the joke, pretty soon people might be asking Peyton, "Why can't you be more like Eli?" Skip the drag: Take it from Charles Barkley, it's a total drag in every sense of the word. Just go for it, man: Sure, he's a mild-mannered dude off the field, but when it comes to pulling out all the stops and making miracles happen, Eli knows how to get the job done. If the show plays to Eli's strengths, expect those last few sketches of the night to be a real winner. So will Eli be able to compete with Peyton? Or will New Yorkers – still too thrilled from the Super Bowl XLVI victory to care about anything else – not hold it against him if he doesn't? How do you think he'll fare? Sound off in the comments section! [Photo by Dave Edwards- © 2008- DailyCeleb.com- All Rights Reserved] More: Read the Plot Synopsis for 'Super Bowl XLVI: The Movie' Saturday Night Live Recap: Josh Brolin's Goatee and Gotye Who Can Replace Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg on SNL?
  • Tupac's Hologram Appearance at Coachella Tops Festival's Highlights
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 16, 2012
    Whether you were watching from the comfort of your home with envy/relief that you weren't there or dancing amongst the thousands of sweaty and unbearably trendy music fans (including spotted celebrity attendees like Josh Hutcherson, Katy Perry, Fergie, Emma Roberts, Aaron Paul, Joe Manganiello, Joshua Jackson, Vanessa Hudgens, Colin Hanks, Paris Hilton, and David Hasselhoff) that made the pilgrimage to Indio, California, the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella was one that had to be seen to be believed. With a powerhouse line-up that included the likes of Radiohead, Pulp, Gotye, Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, whose cameo-filled set (including, yes, the late Tupac Shakur) has everyone talking, here's the best and the worst of what Coachella has had to offer so far. Blame it on Friday the 13th that Coachella's first day (April 13) got off to a soggy start when the festival grounds were hit with rainstorms, but that still didn't dampen the spirits of eager concertgoers. Friday's eclectic line-up ushered in buzzed-about sets from Neon Indian, M83, The Arctic Monkeys, and the aforementioned Pulp, who have reunited to play their first shows in the United States since 1998. (Before heading westward to Coachella, the Brit rockers played two sold-out shows in New York City last week.)Watch Pulp's Coachella performance of their crowd-pleaser "Common People" below: The high energy from Friday's sets spilled over into Saturday, whose headliners Radiohead wowed festival-goers for nearly two hours with a set list that included "Karma Police," "Bloom," and "Paranoid Android" (their entire concert is available to watch on YouTube in case you missed it) capped off a day that included solid turnouts from Bon Iver, David Guetta, Kasabian, and Community star Donald Glover (better known to the rap community as Childish Gambino) who performed with a broken foot during his set. Watch his NSFW "You Know Me" performance with special guests Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown: But there was no hip hop performance more talked-about (or any other set, for that matter) than when rap legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg late Sunday night. While earlier standouts had included a fresh-off-their-SNL debut Gotye and a surprise performance from Rihanna during her "We Found Love" collaborator Calvin Harris' set, the introduction of hologram Tupac (move over, Will.i.am) closed out the first weekend of Coachella in a most unbelievable fashion. Towards the latter end of their 23-song set, which featured appearances from the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa, Coachella's most unexpected guest, a hologram of the late Tupac Shakur took to the stage to perform "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" alongside the rap superstars. A voice used for the video game-like image of the Shakur, who died in 1996, addressed the crowd, "What the f**k is up Coachella?" before beginning the song. Innovative? Tasteless? More fodder for conspiracy theorists? Watch the the resurrection of Tupac as a hologram from Sunday night's Coachella below and decide for yourself: It's hard to imagine how, or what, will top hologram Tupac Shakur when the music acts from this past weekend are scheduled return on Friday for the festival's second weekend. But at this point, when it comes to Coachella it's probably best to expect the unexpected. Were you at Coachella this weekend or did you watch from home? Will you be heading to this weekend's concerts? Which performance(s) blew you away and which ones were you underwhelmed by? Did hologram Tupac trip you out? Seriously though, what just happened? Sound off in the comments section! [Photo credit: YouTube] More: Emma Roberts and Chord Overstreet Show Off Love at Coachella Charlie Sheen Releases Single with Snoop Dogg Man Admits to Shooting Tupac Shakur