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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”).
  • Let's Judge the 'Dancing with the Stars: All Stars' Couples Pictures
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 23, 2012
    We know that your mom is very excited for Dancing with the Stars: All Stars, even though she, like the rest of us, can't figure out why it's not called Dancing with the All Stars, but whatever. We're excited. And when we get excited about something, we want to talk about it. Today, the show gave us a chance to judge some of the couples based on their pictures for the show. Here are some of our favorites and whether or not they have a shot at that shiny disco ball thing based on their photo alone. Next: Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: This is how it's done people. Attractive people, good outfits, sex appeal, and Kelly Monaco looking at the camera saying, "I do not give a f*ck about this hot piece rubbing up on me, I am here to win!" Grade: A+
  • De Palma's 'Passion' Trailer: Single White Female on Female Action
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 23, 2012
    Remember Single White Female the 1992 thriller where Jennifer Jason Leigh wanted to take over Briget Fonda's life (oh, the '90s). It always had these really weird lesbian undertones there were never quite addressed. Leave it to auteur Brian De Palma to finally face them head on with his new movie Passion, which is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival with just about every other Oscar-hungry skein of celluloid. Here is former notebook-toting mean girl Rachel McAdams as some sort of cold, rich lady and the ever exotic Noomi Rapace as some crazy stalker who is in love with her and wants to put on a mask with a blond wig to, what? Become her? Killer her? Have wild crazy sex with her? Who knows, but whatever it is, passion is involved. And, boy, do these girls look passionate. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan More: Rachel McAdams Might Join 'Holmes' Costar Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma's 'Passions' De Palma Attached to Direct Thriller 'The Key Man' Jason Statham, Brian DePalma Join for 'Heat' Remake
  • The Oscars: 'Smash' Duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Produce the Show
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 23, 2012
    Earlier this summer, I saw Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming perform a cabaret show in Fire Island. I thought it would be the gayest thing I would ever witness. That is until it was announced that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were chosen as the producers of this year's Oscars telecast. Yup, this is going to take the glorious cake. Jazz Hands! For those who don't know anything about this gay power couple Zadan and Meron are the Oscar-winning producers behind Chicago, Hairspray (the movie musical based on the musical based on the movie), Footloose (the movie remake not the musical based on the movie), NBC's Smash, and just about every thing with production numbers, divas, bugle beads, and a little extra sparkle that has happened in the last decade. Their Oscars, which is the Gay Super Bowl, is going to be spectacular. "Craig and Neil are forward thinkers who bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show," Academy President Hawk Koch (which is not a made-up name) said today in a press release. "Their enormous collective talent, coupled with their love of film, serves our show perfectly." If by "serving the show perfectly" he means employing numerous song and dance breaks, a fleet of Ziegfeld girls, and more Bruce Villanch quips than can fit in an entire arena, then he is correct. That is just what the show will be. I guess Neil Patrick Harris is a lock for host now. Maybe with Hugh Jackman assisting. Maybe with Jake Gyllenhaal just posing on stage in a jock strap for no reason. No matter what they do, it is sure to be amazing. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit: Wenn.com] More: Catching Up with Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Brian Grazer Replacing Brett Ratner as Oscars Producer? What's Next for the Oscar Winners?
  • Since When Did Fox Become a Girl's Best Friend?
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 23, 2012
    When you think of Fox you think of many things. You might think of its early, edgy shows like Married with Children, In Living Color, Cops, or The Simpsons. You might think of its outrageous reality experiments like When Animals Attack, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire, or Joe Millionaire. You might even think of their dude-centric animation Sundays with Family Guy, American Dad, and, yes, still The Simpsons. But you would never think that the corporate partner of Fox News (with its anti-aborition chatter) would be a safe haven for female viewers. Now every Tuesday is "Ladeez Nite." But that's what's happening, at least on Tuesday nights, the day of the week that Glee painted pink for the network (for both girls and gays) before moving to Wednesday. It left in its estrogen-soaked place New Girl, whose quirky, funny girl success wrought this season's new fallopian-centric shows The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate (just like Jon had little do with Jon and Kate, this show isn't really about Ben). Now it's adding two more X chromosomes to its roster. According to Deadline, they've bought a pilot for 2013 from Kay Cannon, a 30 Rock writer and producer who also worked up the script for Pitch Perfect, the hilarious-looking Glee meets Mean Girls movie which comes out this fall. Her show is going to be a Mary Tyler Moore-esque workplace drama about a funny lady who works at a sports show. Sounds like Take Your New Girl to Work Day. If Cannon's pilot picks up and gets a Tuesday slot, that would mean we'd have four shows created by four women with four female leads in two hours. The more outlets there are for hilarious women on television the better (as long as it's not Whitney), but who ever saw this coming!? Is this Lifetime? No, it's Fox! Stay tuned for NFL Football. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: Fox] More: Zooey Deschanel Gets 'New Girl' Love Interest 'Mindy Project' and 'Ben and Kate' to Premiere Online 'Pitch Perfect' Trailer: The Big Screen Answer to 'Glee'?
  • 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Meet All the New Cast Members
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 23, 2012
    Since all of us who have already hungrily devoured the Hunger Games books know what's going to happen in its second chapter, Catching Fire, the only surprise in the new movie will be who they cast for all the new roles. Thankfully, casting is heating up. We all know that Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Woody Harrelson will be back for the second installment, but here are all the actors who have been confirmed to join the all-star cast. And if Philip Seymour Hoffman is signing up, you know it's going to be good. Enter the Casting Arena Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit: Wenn.com] More: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Casts Jena Malone: 5 Badass Babes Who Could Tutor Her 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Sam Claflin Confirmed As Finnick Odair 'Catching Fire': Why Director Francis Lawrence Is the Man for the Job
  • Kristen Stewart and the New World of Internet Hatred
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 22, 2012
    Kristen Stewart has had a hard few weeks. Not only has she been forced to cope with constant tabloid scrutiny following her cheating scandal with married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, but she also has to deal with something far more difficult to stomach: absolute, unfettered hatred. Of course, brutal detractors have been around as long as the famous people they hate (let's face it: there were probably thousands who thought Betsy Ross was awful and couldn't sew), but Stewart is living during the age of the Internet, when hatred flows as rapidly as misspellings. Case in point: This new shirt — sold online — which is causing scandal for reading, "Kristen Stewart Is a Trampire." It's a message that's working up Stewart loyalists for being undeniably mean-spirited — but it's hardly the only message on the Web that calls out the young star for entering a moral gray zone that many her own age enter. Just search for Stewart's name on Twitter, every tween's favorite over-sharing tool (that's not Tumblr), and you'll find detractors lining up like it's the opening of the final Twilight movie. "Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson. They're both ugly." "I'm not surprised that Kristen Stewart cheated on Whatshisface. I'm just surprised she did it with a guy." "Me and my family discussing how much we hate Kristen Stewart." "I really just hate Kristen Stewart so much." And, my personal favorite, "Kristen Stewart's acting teacher was blatantly Plank from Ed Edd & Eddy." Cartoon Network-inspired digs aside, it's Twitter, Facebook, and other avenues of self-expression that are making it harder to be a celebrity these days. Skreened.com, the site with the offending K-Shirt (which is a Kristen Stewart T-Shirt, of course), allows for users to click on a few buttons to create a garment with a horrible message and make it available for public consumption. Even if no one buys a shirt, it's still far too easy to be cruel — in a pre-Internet era, you would need a steam press, felt letters, and a trip to the mall to create and buy the garment. Now, all the vitriol is free – and virtual. Which, of course, makes it easier for stars to realize just how hated they are, even if the emotions are completely irrational. Twitter, which brings sentiment to the masses and stars, can not only influence public opinion, but also the celebrities themselves. That's turned some away from the swarm of negativity that builds up online. Take One Direction boy bander Zayn Malik, a musician who owes a great deal of his band's success to its teenage, tweeting fans... who eventually drove him off Twitter. His last tweet (with Twitter's standard grammatical laxity preserved) said, "The reason i don’t tweet as much as i use to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinions and hate that I get daily." You can't blame him — especially when the hatred has gotten so intense, Twitter requires a police presence. After placing a very respectable third in the men's 10m diving competition at the London Olympics, young British diver Tom Daley started receiving death threats through on the social media site: "I'm going to find you and I'm going to drown you in the pool," a UK teen said to Daley. The teen was arrested for harassment before being let go with a warning.  But should Internet negativity deserve more than mere warnings? Everyone can agree that death threats, no matter how they are delivered, are over the line, but how about the garden variety expressions of dislike? What about the lashings Kristen Stewart or Selena Gomez face just for dating boys that are the objects of other girls' affection (Robert Pattinson and Twitter's supreme god Justin Bieber, respectively)? What do they say about us as a culture? The sentiments behind these outbursts probably aren't very different from what girls felt toward anyone who would dare to date David Cassidy or the disdain faced by New Kids on the Block by some teenage males. But now the hatred is out in the open, making it acceptable for all young pop culture fans to adopt a dangerous mean girl attitude towards the latest teen sensation, be it Stewart, Miley Cyrus, or the troubled Demi Lovato. If one user was allowed to publicly embarrass and attack a celebrity, why couldn't another? Why not use the Internet as society's giant burn book? But there is a big difference between telling your friends that you hate NKOTB in third period and persistently and senselessly attacking Lovato for her weight where millions can see it. We are becoming accustomed to living in a culture of disdain and forcing those who want to work in it grow impossibly thick skins.  No matter how well-paid these public whipping posts are, it seems evident they're not going to be able to take the vitriol forever. Lovato, for one, has talked about how bullying contributed to her issues with cutting and eating disorders, and though she's undoubtedly overcome her insecurities, it's almost cruel to imagine what awaits her on the Internet while she judges The X Factor. Certainly celebrities are closer to us than ever before, but if we continue to anonymously abuse them with the help of technology, they may be forced to withdraw to a place where we won't be allowed even the slightest access ever again. And, for Twilight fans, that's more cruel than a "Trampire" shirt. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit: Wenn.com] More: Kristen Stewart Cheated on Robert Pattinson with 'Snow White' Director What Is Kristen Stewart Thinking? A Thought-Provoking Gallery Lovato chastises Disney bosses for TV joke about eating disorders
  • 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Sam Claflin Confirmed As Finnick Odair
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 22, 2012
    Of all the speculation about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that has been pouring out about the sure-to-be-blockbuster sequel, most of it has been focused on who will play Finnick Odair, the flamboyant and gorgeous former tribute who makes a surprise ally for Katniss. Everyone loves Finnick! Well, we can finally say who nabbed the role. Just as the rumors claimed, it's Sam Claflin, Lions Gate confirmed today. Who? Well, for all of you who saw Snow White and the Huntsman he played Prince William, the boyhood friend of Kristen Stewart's Snow White who fails to rekindle their relationship. He also played Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He's no stranger to filming a huge action movie, this Sam Claflin character. But are fans going to be happy about his casting? Probably not, but when are fans every happy about casting. Finnick is painted as someone who is almost otherworldly beautiful (in his first scene in the book, he is practically naked) and is well known for his good looks. Yes, Mr. Claflin is cute, but he doesn't strike me as so-dreamy-you-would-do-anything-to-be-with-him beauty that Finnick is supposed to be. Actually his beauty is sort of his defining characteristic. Though Claflin does have a sort of "swimmers build" that someone from District 4 (the fishing district) would possess. Though Sam may not really look the part, Finnick is also incredibly intense and kind, something that Claflin certainly pulled off in Snow White. Of course Claflin has plenty of reasons to celebrate this news, since Finnick is also a big player in Mockingjay, which is set to be the final two movies of the Hunger Games series. That's some serious job security. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit: Wenn.com] More: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Sam Claflin Reportedly Cast as Finnick Odair 'Catching Fire': Why Director Francis Lawrence Is the Man for the Job 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Lynn Cohen Is Mags
  • There Are Boobs in the 'Lawless' Red Band Trailer
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 22, 2012
    Red band trailers, the ones that are too risque to show to all audiences and don't have that familiar green screen before them, are all the rage in Hollywood these days. They can be more violent, have swears, and show things you can't share in the normal green trailers (that are for sissies anyway). Like what kinds of things can they show? Like boobs! Yes, there are boobs in the red band trailer for delayed bootlegger drama Lawless (no relation to Lucy) which opens next Wednesday, August 29. There is plenty of violence and sex in the trailer, but no one is going to be talking about that on YouTube. No, they will be talking about boobs. And there are two boobs! Actually, there are two different sets of boobs, so that means four (count 'em, four) boobs! The first set of boobs is about 55 seconds into the trailer, but they are sad crying boobs. They are depressed boobs, so you may not like them. Then, at 1:37 in the trailer, there are scared running boobs. These are better than crying boobs, mostly because they swing and flap around a lot. Who doesn't like running boobs? Then, at 1:43 there are
  • Dick Van Dyke Gets Lifetime Achievement Recognition from SAG
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 21, 2012
    Did you know that Dick Van Dyke is almost an EGOT? Wait, you don't know who Dick Van Dyke is? No, his name is not a joke. He's an actor! He was in lots of famous things like, oh the Dick Van Dyke show and Mary Poppins and a million other things. God, don't you know anything? Well, he has a bunch of Emmys and a Tony and a Grammy. All that he's missing is an Oscar. Well, SAG (the Screen Actor's Guild, since you are an idiot) is giving him a lifetime achievement award. Isn't that great! Yeah, it's not really an Oscar, so he's still not an EGOT, but it's something. He's an EGST. Who else is one of those? (PS: Don't worry, Dick, you can still make a movie and get that golden man. You just need a supporting role where you play gay. It worked for Christopher Plummer!) Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo credit: Wenn.com] More: Dick Van Dyke Gets Life Achievement Award Dick Van Dyke, 86, Marries 40-Year-Old Girlfriend Van Dyke to Honor TV Wife at SAGs
  • Three Injured Cast Members Get a Second Shot at 'Survivor'
    By: Brian Moylan Aug 21, 2012
    Over the past few seasons of Survivor, we've seen former castaways returning for another (and sometimes a third) shot at playing reality television's biggest game (well, its second biggest game after "What did Honey Boo Boo Just Say?"). But for the season that starts September 19, there are three cast members returning for the most legitimate reason yet. Today CBS announced the three players that would be coming back after being medically evacuated in past seasons. Michael Skupin, who fell into the fire in Survivor: Australian Outback way back in 2001, and Russell Swan, who suffered from severe dehydration in Survivor: Samoa in 2009, will be back for another try. Sneaky Jonathan Penner is back for a third shot at a million smackeroonies. He was voted out of Survivor: Cook Islands (the "race war" season) and returned for Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites where he was evacuated with an infected knee. All three of the men had the medics call them out during the show's sixth episode. Creepy! But it's going to be a very different game for all of them. Skupin is now 50 and hasn't been on the show in more than a decade. Swan, who struggled physically the first time around, won't be in that much better of a position three years later, even if he drinks more water. As for Penner, he certainly has plenty of experience, but those on the show will have gotten not only one but two previews of his game play in previous seasons (though that didn't stop Rob Mariano from taking the top prize a few seasons back). The biggest question is, "Where is Colton?" When the show announced that medically evacuated players would be returning we thought Colton Combie, the possibly racist and definitely entitled gay Southern Republican lightning rod from last season, would surely get another shot after succumbing to appendicitis last year. He was a great player (aside from his polarizing comments) and made for great TV so this twist seemed custom made to throw him back into the fold. I was so sure he'd be returning, I even called CBS to ask why he isn't returning. They haven't called me back. Let's just hope that doesn't mean Colton is gone for good. Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan [Photo Credit: AP Photo] More: 'Survivor' Season 25: Meet the Castaways (Including Blair From 'Facts of Life'!) The Winner of 'Survivor: One World' Is... 'Survivor' Winner Kim Spradlin: ‘People Were Afraid’ of Colton Cumbie