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Brian Moylan
After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).
  • Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno, 'Tonight Show' to Return to New York
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
      It seemed like it would be impossible to replace King of Mediocrity Jay Leno from his throne at The Tonight Show, but maybe his recent jabs against NBC have unseated him. Today the New York Times announced that Jimmy Fallon would replace Jay Leno as the next host of the show and that when he does, the show will move from Los Angeles back to New York where it started in the '50s.  It's not like Jay Leno is being chased out the door or anything, but the network wanted to cement its line of succession and let the world know that renovations are being done on the network's famous headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center — including a new Tonight Show set. They speculate that Fallon, who currently tapes his hipper take on late night in Manhattan, will take over in the fall of 2015.   RELATED: Jay Leno Slams NBC Again Those with even a slightly adequate memory can recall that this is exactly what happened to Conan O'Brien, who was promised the show and then had it yanked back when Jay Leno decided he didn't want to retire after all. Considering the resources they're putting into the new set and the network's souring relationship with the bechinned host, it seems like history won't be repeating.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • Rebel Wilson Better Not Be Joking About Being in 'The Hunger Games' Movies
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    Rebel Wilson, who is just about as perfect a thing as Hollywood has churned out in a long time, is a pretty funny lady and she tells lots of jokes, but she better not be kidding around about being in meetings for a role in The Hunger Games films.  She tells BuzzFeed that she is a huge fan of the franchise (co-starring her friend Elizabeth Banks) and that she has met with producers about a role in the final three movies. "It was one of the people in the capitol. That's all I'll say...Yeah, because there aren't a lot of roles open, because they've all already been cast, but that would be awesome. I'd love to be in The Hunger Games." RELATED: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Meet All the New Cast Members I have never heard anything more genius in my entire life. Maybe she could play Ocatavia or Venia, who were on Katniss' prep team to make her stylish for the Games. Their parts were omitted from the first movie, but they play a larger role in the final two books, especially the final one. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out in November, so its probably too late to add her to that, but seeing Rebel in the crazy hair and outfits that people who live in the Capital get to wear and cracking a few jokes here and there would add even more spark to this movie about the Girl on Fire. Please, let me be true. Please! Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: AP Photo] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Stephen Colbert's Sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wins Democratic Primary for Congress
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    Stephen Colbert has run for President of the United States, testifed before congress, and roasted the president at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, but he might be closer to the hallowed halls of the legislative branch than ever. Well, at least his sister is. Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a business woman who also works at Clemson University, won the Democratic primary for a vacant seat in the House of Representatives from her home state of South Carolina. Her victory was described as a landslide, which possibly has to do with the campaign help that her famous brother brought to the race. She will have to face one of several Republicans who are in a closely contested battle to run against her, most notably Mark Sanford, the former governor of the state who resigned amid controversy (remember, he was the fool who disappeared for a few days and said he went hiking when he really fled to South America to have sex with his mistress).  RELATED: Stephen Colbert to Run for President Colbert has said he'll do everything possible to help his sister win, but as himself, not the Fox News-esque character he plays on TV. Judging by the sway he has over his easily mobilized fan base, he can probably make it happen. Just wait until he starts lobbying for ridiculous bills over Thanksgiving dinner.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Richard Ellis/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Porn Legend Harry Reems of 'Deep Throat' Fame Dies at 65
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
      Herbert Streicher, the man who took the colorful name Harry Reems and starred in hundreds of porn films starting in the '70s, succombed to pancreatic cancer near his home in Utah, according to his friend Don Shenk. He was 65.  Streicher got his start in adult movies on the infamous Deep Throat, a smutty film that got national attention for him and its female star Linda Lovelace when it was released in 1972. He was working as a lighting tech and when the original star of the film couldn't make it, Streicher was cast as a stand in. This not only catapulted him to adult fame, but a 1976 conviction of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines, which was overturned the following year.  RELATED: Amanda Seyfried Give Stunning Performance in 'Lovelace' Despite getting plenty of support from Hollywood during his trial and a few castings in legit theater and movies after his breakout in the skin flicks, Streicher never got to be the kind of actor he wanted. He eventually gave up the blue movie biz and became a real estate agent. Streicher's death comes just two months after renewed interest in his biggest movie due to the release of Lovelace at the Sundance Film Festival. In the movie he is played by Adam Brody.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Fred Prouser/Reuters] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • ABC's Celebrity Diving Show 'Splash' Is a Surprising Ratings Hit
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    When most people heard that ABC was airing Splash!, a celebrity diving competition (modeled after one in the UK hosted by Olympic sensation Tom Daley), there was a collective eyeroll and a shrug that the thing would be gone after an episode or two. Wrong! It was actually a ratings hit for ABC. Cue the millions of "ABC makes a Splash" headlines.  RELATED: 'Splash' On ABC Looks a Bit Different from the 'Splash' I Remember 8.8 million viewers watched last night's premiere and it did a 2.6 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers crave like contestant Louie Anderson craves not doing another belly flop (and probably a cheeseburger when he gets out of the pool). That's enough to beat every show but the unstoppable NCIS that aired at the same time and enough to make it the biggest network reality premiere since the heavily-hypped The X Factor bow two years ago. Just a few months ago, Fox aired it's own answer to the celebrity diving show, but only 3.4 million people were lobotomized by Celebrities in Danger: The High Dive.  RELATED: 'Splash' Will Attempt to Make Waves Yes, sadly that means that we are not only stuck with the rest of this season, but probably a Season 2 as well. You did this to yourself America. If you want to dive into the show (even I can't resist) the first episode is below.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • Cedric the Entertainer Pegged as New Host of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    Next time you're at home sick and you're lying on the couch watching game shows, don't freak out when you see that Who Wants to be a Millionaire is now being hosted by a large, black man instead of a skinny white older lady. Cedric the Entertainer has been tapped to take over the syndicated show when it begins filming its 12th season this fall, according to Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Vieira, the former host of Today and The View, is departing after inaugurating the daytime version back in 2002. Maybe she's leaving to take that vacant Jeopardy hosting job?  RELATED: Your Grandmother Is Very Excited that Matt Lauer Might Be Hosting 'Jeopardy' Oh, and in case you haven't been sick in a really long time, Drew Carey hosts The Price Is Right and Wayne Brady hosts Let's Make a Deal. Now you're all caught up.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 25 Stars Before They Were Famous
  • Disney Classic 'Pete's Dragon' Is Getting a Remake...By a Moody Indie Auteur
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    Most people who are nostalgic for Pete's Dragon probably weren't even alive in 1977 when this blend of live action and animation was released, but thanks to home video and constant reruns on the Disney Channel, the thing still has some of that "oh remember back then" quality. Now Disney is trying to cash in and is planning a remake of the flick about an orphan and his imaginary dragon — but it's not what you would expect.  According to Deadline, the studio has tapped Ain't Them Bodies Saints writer/director David Lowery and his writing partner, Toby Halbrooks, to pen the script. Right now you're probably asking, "What the hell is Ain't Them Bodies Saints?" Good question! It was one of the hits of this year's Sundance Film Festival and will be released in August. It was Lowery's first feature after years as an editor. The funny thing is, it's a dark and brooding story about a bank robber (Casey Affleck) who breaks out of prison to rejoin his estranged wife (Rooney Mara). The whole thing is gorgeous and subtle and, well, the exact opposite of a half-animated movie musical about a boy and his dragon. RELATED: 10 Surprising Movie Remakes Maybe Disney is going for something a lot darker? Of course the movie will be different now that CGI will make the dragon much more real looking than the schlocky green blob of the original, which looked cheesy even when it was released, but that was the appeal of the movie. If Disney was just going for nostalgia points, sticking close to the original would be the easy bet. Are they aiming for something more like Pan's Labrynth and less like How to Train Your Dragon? Guess we'll have to wait to find out, but this is a strange, but interesting choice.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Hollywood.com Illustration] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Kate Upton Says 'Maybe' to Awkward Teen Who Asked Her to His Prom
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    Millions of teenage boys lie awake at night doing unspeakable things to themselves thinking about what would happen if Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton would go to the prom with them. Well, one kid from California dared to speak the unspeakable and he got a definite "maybe" when he asked Kate Upton to be his prom date on YouTube. Jake Davidson made the video with the help of a friend who is in film school and, thanks to the Internet and everyone posting about how adorable he is, it got back to Kate Upton. Upton Twittered that she would "check her schedule." Is that a sign that she's actually thinking about it or does it mean she isn't that into Jake but doesn't want to turn down a pimply 17-year-old with the courage and gusto to make his fantasy come to life and win the web?  RELATED: Mila Kunis Agrees to Go to Marine Corps Ball NBC did one better than Twitter and got Upton on the phone to talk to Jake when they interviewed him on the Today show Wednesday morning. Jake, of course, had the awkward stuttering reaction that any teenager would have when faced with the wall of breasts that is Kate Upton, even if she was just on the phone. If Upton does go to Jake's prom, I hope this doesn't kick off another round of people asking celebrities to do things for them on YouTube like we saw when Marines asked Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis to attend the Marine Corp Ball. God, kids these days think they can order anything over the Internet.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • New Lawsuit Alleges Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Was Having 'Crystal Meth Sex Parties'
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
    Ever since Kevin Clash, the creator and former operator of Sesame Street's popular character Elmo, resigned from the show we haven't heard much about him. Now there are more accusations about drug use and sex with underage men from one of his accusers.  Sheldon Stephens, one of two men who accused Clash of having sex with them when they were under 18, has filed another lawsuit against Clash, this one with more graphic allegations than the last (which was settled out of court), according to the New York Post. The lawsuit, which was filed in Pennsylvania where Stephens lives, reads, "On one occasion, a male chauffeur drove Clash and Sheldon to the chauffeur’s apartment, where they had a crystal meth sex party. While in the apartment, Clash smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with Sheldon.” RELATED: Elmo Performer Kevin Clash Resigns from 'Sesame Street' I'm not sure that Clash using meth and having group sex (if he even did) makes the whole affair a "crystal meth sex party," but the phrase is certainly tailor-made for tabloid headlines. Clash's lawyer pointed out to the Post that Stephens already reached a settlement with Clash about his behavior and that the lawsuit is frivolous because it is beyond the statute of limitations. It sounds like Clash is happy to stay out of the papers while Stephens is trying to get back in them.  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable
  • Almost All of Michelle Shocked's Concerts Canceled After She Tells Crowd God Hates Gays
    By: Brian Moylan Mar 20, 2013
      When washed-up folk singer and former bisexual lesbian Michelle Shocked got up in front of a crowd in San Francisco on Sunday and told the crowd (in the gayest city in America, mind you) that "God hates f**s" she probably expected lots of ire, but she probably did not expect to be out of a job. Ten out of the 11 gigs she had booked for the rest of her North American tour (which was being held to no fanfare even before she ran off her mouth) have been canceled. Seems like the promoters of those shows don't want to associate themselves with her hateful point of view. While on stage in San Francisco she said, "When they stop Prop 8 [law outlawing same sex marriage in California] and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back... You can go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates f**s.'" Well, she certainly doesn't mince words. And, just so you know, God hates bad haircuts too, so I guess Michelle will be burning in hell with the rest of us.  RELATED: Brett Ratner No Longer Producing Oscars I can safely say that I don't care a lick what does or does not happen to this born again Christian, but I'm glad that speaking out against gay people and spreading hate speech publicly is getting people fired. Brett Ratner got canned from a job producing the Oscars for saying the same awful word a year ago, and now this. Finally the F-word (the three letter one, not the four letter one) is just as bad as all the other hateful words we express only with initials.  Update: Shocked has apologized for what she said.  "I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that," she said. "When [I said to] tweet that "Michelle Shocked says 'God hates f**s,' [I was] predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore." Well, now all is forgiven!  Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Tom Zinn/WENN] You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude ScenesYoung Jack Black Is Totally Unrecognizable