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EW.COM: We here at EW were looking for a way to salute some classic school-set comedies from the late 70s and 80s for our Comedy Issue, which hits stands today. We could have done it with conventional weapons, but that would have taken years and cost millions of lives. We had to all go out, as this situation absolutely required a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part. The good news? We knew just the guys to do it: The students at Greendale Community College! The nine stars of the clever and refer-ential NBC comedy Community recreated some famous imagery from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Porky’s, and The Breakfast Club (which you can see in the magazine), as well as Animal House.

The cast had a fun time recreating the toga-party spirit from 1978′s legendary college comedy, dancing and writhing around to the classic a-little-bit-softer-now anthem “Shout” during the shoot. (Click the photo for a larger version.)

“Whenever I think of that movie, I just think of partying in college, having fun, and being out of your mind,” praises Ken Jeong (Chang). “That movie is so iconic and I idolize those characters in the movie — I wouldn’t dare try to duplicate it. You just have to have fun and be silly. That was going on in my head when I was shooting it. I was technically supposed to be Belushi’s character, Bluto, and there’s no way in hell I could be that. No way in hell anyone can be John Belushi.” Adds Joel McHale (Jeff): ”When you put on a toga, you’re like, ‘Oh, right! This is why the Romans had such a damn good time. They just wore sheets and no underwear and drank a lot.’” McHale’s highlight of the Animal House session? Witnessing Donald Glover’s impression of singer Otis Day. (“It sent chills up my spine,” he notes.) “It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” marvels Glover (Troy), who drops an album, Camp, for real as hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino on Nov. 15. “I swear to god, I don’t know why, but being in the suit and having the hair and moustache, I just  knew what I was born to do. It was like Flight of the Navigator – the map was in my brain already. It was weird.”

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Alison is featured in the October edition of Rolling Stone Magazine, with a new article and photospread:

Magazine Scans > 2011 > Rolling Stone [by Mark Seliger] – October

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Alison attended the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last night at Nokia Theatre in L.A., where she walked the red carpet and announced the winners for Best Hairstyle. She looked gorgeous and it looks like she had a lot of fun. I’ve added many HQ’s and MQ’s to the gallery:

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Appearances > 2011 > 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Boardwalk Empire” captured a leading seven trophies at the creative arts Emmy Awards, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Timberlake earning TV comedy series guest-star honors.

Paltrow, recognized for “Glee,” and Timberlake, a winner for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” were no-shows at Saturday’s ceremony for technical and other achievements. It preceded the main Sept. 18 Emmy show.

“She couldn’t be here because it’s happy hour at the Starlight Room,” presenter and “Community” actress Alison Brie joked about Paltrow’s absence.

Timberlake received his award for hosting a “Saturday Night Live” episode and shared in another Emmy for co-writing his opening monologue, in which he crooned about not wanting to sing.

“Justin Timberlake really wanted to be here but we said no, they want to see the writers,” ”SNL” head writer Seth Myers told the audience.

“Boardwalk Empire,” which stars Steve Buscemi as a Prohibition-era politico in Atlantic City, N.J., earned trophies for categories including art direction, picture editing and makeup.

Loretta Devine was honored as best guest actress in a drama series for “Grey’s Anatomy,” with Paul McCrane earning the category’s best actor award for “Harry’s Law.”

Fired “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen, the subject of a Comedy Central “roast” taping across town Saturday, was at the ceremony in spirit as his former co-star Jon Cryer and series creator Chuck Lorre presented awards in the casting category.

Lorre said he’d been urged to share funny stories about casting, asking Cryer: “What do you think? Got any amusing anecdotes?”

“Uh, none that amuses me,” Cryer replied.

“Drawing a blank,” Lorre concluded.

“America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh received the Governors Award, and said backstage that he had received offers from Fox, which dropped the show, and CNN to do news commentary. He turned them down.

“I said to Fox, all I really want to do is catch bad guys and find missing children,” Walsh said. “This is the only thing I know how to do on television.”

He’ll be hosting a new version of the show on the Lifetime network and hopes to expand internationally.

Howie Mandel teased next week’s Emmy Awards, saying: “This is great. These are the creative Emmys. Unlike the Emmys next week, where there’s no creativity at all.”

HBO earned a leading 15 awards Saturday, followed by PBS with 10, Fox with nine, CBS with seven and NBC with five. ABC won three awards, behind the four each for Discovery Channel and History.

The creative arts ceremony will air Sept. 17 on ReelzChannel, which earned three awards for the controversial miniseries “The Kennedys.” The 63rd annual prime-time Emmy ceremony, with “Glee” star Jane Lynch as host, will air live the next night on Fox.

Other winners at the creative arts Emmys included:

Host, reality or reality-competition series: Jeff Probst, “Survivor,” CBS.

Voice-over performance: Maurice LaMarche, “Futurama: Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences,” Fox.

Reality program: “Deadliest Catch,” Discovery.

Commercial: “Born of Fire: Chrysler 200.”

Animated Program: “Futurama: The Late Philip J. Fry,” Comedy Central.

Nonfiction series: “American Masters,” PBS.

Writing for a variety, music or comedy series: “64th Annual Tony Awards,” CBS.

Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): “American Masters: John Muir In The New World,” PBS.

Music composition for a miniseries, movie or special: “Mildred Pierce: Part Five,” HBO.

Choreography (juried award: possibility of more than one award): Two awards, “So You Think You Can Dance,” Fox.

Casting for a drama series: “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.

Casting for a miniseries, movie or a special: “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.

Casting for a comedy series: “Glee,” Fox.

Costumes for a miniseries, movie or a special: “Downton Abbey Part 1 (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Costumes for a variety-music program or a special (more than one award possible): “Gettysburg,” History.

Costumes for a series: “The Borgias: Lucrezia’s Wedding,” Showtime. {Assosiated Press}

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I have added an exclusive new scan of Alison in the September 09, 2011 issue of Entertainment Weekly, where she poses with Joel Mchale. The photo looks like it was taken at Comic Con 2010.

Magazine Scans > 2011 > Entertainment Weekly – September 09, 2011

You can vote for Alison in the Entertainment Weekly Awards, where actors who were snubbed from the Emmy’s are nominated. Vote for Alison as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy on the EW facebook page.

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Chris Colfer and Brad Falchuk (“Glee”); Jon Cryer (Brighton Beach Memoirs); Mitzi Gaynor (“South Pacific,” “Anything Goes”); Paul Reubens (The Pee-wee Herman Show); and costume designer Bob Mackie are among the list of presenters for the upcoming 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, according to

The awards show will be held Sept. 10 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will air Sept. 17 at 8 PM ET on ReelzChannel.

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys are largely dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production such as art direction, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts and more. Awards will be presented by pairings of showrunners with talent from the shows they produce.

Other presenters include Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”); Connie Britton and Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”); Alison Brie and Dan Harmon (“Community”); Phil Keoghan and Bertram Van Munster (“The Amazing Race”); Noah Wyle and Robert Rodat (“Falling Skies”); Nick Tweed Simmons and Gene Simmons (“Gene Simmons: Family Jewels”); Kiernan Shipka and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”); Rebecca Romijn and Paul Scheer (“NTSF:SD:SUV”); Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder (“Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special”); H. Jon Benjamin and Adam Reed (“Archer”); and Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett (“Survivor”). {}

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After a brief stop at Comic-Con this weekend, the cast of Community begins production Monday on Season 3 of the much-adored (except by stubborn Emmy voters) NBC comedy. Creator Dan Harmon will no doubt let loose with a few spoilers for the faithful assembled at the Con, but he knows there’s also a loyal core of fans who won’t be able to make the schlep to San Diego. As such, he agreed to take a break from writing next season’s episodes to fill in Vulture readers on what to expect from the new season: new characters, the status of Annie-Abed, and just what he has planned for the show’s annual Halloween episode. For those whose questions didn’t get asked, don’t worry: We promise to track Mr. Harmon down again before the season begins.

So: Annie and Abed. What is the status going into the third season? We saw that amazing kiss. Will there be more, or will this continue your policy of just having everyone hook up with everyone?
The latter. But there’s only so many people, so sooner or later people gotta hook up second times. The first order of business is to make good on the insinuation that we made in the first season that any of these people could end up together, in any combination.

So are the Annie and Abed ‘shippers going to be happy or pissed?

If there [is] an Abed/Annie ‘shipper out there, they would be frustrated that I was doing it in the way that a reset button could be hit on it. Because [in the Season 2 finale] Abed isn’t being Abed, Abed’s being Harrison Ford. But the concept that the writers have talked about for several seasons [is] the idea that Abed would have a persona that Annie might have a relationship with, so to speak. Annie has a very specific taste in men, and Abed doesn’t by default fit that profile. But he’s capable of becoming Jon Hamm, or Jeff Winger, or Hans Solo. We do have more plans for that area. We won’t be hitting on that in the first episode, but there’s lots of fun to be had.

What about the rumors of a new professor? And what will the gang be studying this semester?
They’re going to be taking biology. The general idea with this season is to add — on one hand in a real way, and on the other hand in an absurd way — a certain amount of groundedness and reality to the series. Because the detractors of our show complain that there’s a distancing that takes place because we have such a silliness and far-fetchedness. Doing the themed episodes, and having every episode stand on its own as its own little movie, [they say] that you’re not able to get hooked on the show. If last year we were a bunch of loose pearls that were rolling all over the floor that you could slip on, hopefully this year those pearls will have a string through them that makes them all one thing.

Any other new characters?
[We’re adding] the vice-dean of Greendale’s air conditioning repair annex. The Greendale Community College only has one part of it that is actually nationally renowned, and it’s their air conditioning repair program. And it’s sort of a separate annex on the campus that puts itself above the rest of the school, and ironically has more power than the campus itself. It’s much like a Big Ten university’s football coach having more power than any administrator or faculty. It’s going to be part of a larger story that I think should be really cool.

A dream sequence is just too lame?
Yeah, well you can’t tell the audience — well, you can, but I don’t like to tell the audience — that anything they’re watching doesn’t matter.

What special episodes do you have mapped out so far?
In the first six, you’ll be seeing an episode in which you actually see multiple timelines. And that’s cool. Again, the danger of that is you’re now telling the audience, well, some of this stuff didn’t happen. So why are they supposed to care? The answer, in this case, is that because you’re seeing multiple timelines, you’re seeing different circumstances. And each of those circumstances is bringing preexisting things about the characters out to the surface. So even though this person in this reality didn’t slap this person, we now know this person wants to.

How about Halloween?
We might do a sort of anthology-type Halloween episode. Which means we’ll be telling stories that are just stories, and they don’t matter to the canon of the show. And that’s something you can justify more on Halloween than you can in a regular episode.

Okay, back to Vulture readers’ questions. From Falcon15: “Dear Dan Harmon, have you seen the GQ shoot with Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs? Will you please allow that photo shoot to inspire next season’s overarching story line about Annie and Britta’s entrance into the world of lesbian-tinged S&M?”
You’re talking about my daughters, essentially, so back off, mister! They’re out there for you, and I make money off of you leering at them. But I have to be careful about exploiting them myself. It feels very icky. I love those girls and I love those characters, so when I dress Annie up in a cleavage-enhancing outfit, I’m always dying inside. It kills me to have to do it for the public. But I do it sparingly.


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The Community Season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray is set to be released September 6th (perfect birthday present for me :p!) has a sneek peak at the Bloopers:

The last thing you want to do in the middle of summer is to think about school. Unless, of course, that school is Greendale Community College. Then you want to think about it a lot. Let us gather for today’s lecture about the NBC comedy Community, titled “Bloopers and Blunders: Failing Is Funny.” Your instructors include but are not limited to: Donald Glover (Troy) and Danny Pudi (Abed), who sample a questionable liquid from a Troy and Abed in the Morning mug; Alison Brie (Annie) and Chevy Chase (Pierce), who show you how to beat up a beat; and Jim Rash (Dean Pelton), who demonstrates the art of a buzzy entrance.

More bloopers — along with deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and a paintball finale featurette — can be found on Community: The Complete Second Season DVD, which is being released on Sept. 6. If you prefer to laugh up close and personal with the cast, head down to Comic-Con on Saturday, when Joel McHale & Co. will appear on a panel. Watch the blooper clip below. {}

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They spend a lot of time together, these two, making their scrappy, genre-warping sitcom, “Community,” posing for instantly viral almost-make-out TwitPics, and hanging off-set with their lace-tight castmates. What we’re saying—as if the photo isn’t evidence enough—is there’s sugar between these two, they’re a team. “With a shoot like this,” Alison Brie (left) says, “you’re negotiating these positions together: ‘Can you move your crotch a little to the left? Really get it up there.’ ”

“The next day we were texting each other,” Gillian Jacobs adds. ” ‘Are you sore, too?’ ”

“Community,” now two seasons deep, seemed to figure itself out almost instantly—embracing weird, risky habits like engineering entire episodes as film parodies and building in layers-deep Easter eggs for its devotees. Not to mention the wire-sharp quips traded by the members of the show’s lightly dysfunctional study group.

Brie’s character, Annie, who protests indecency in a register that conjures a conductor on his tiptoes, couldn’t be more of an innocent, fizzy contradiction to the actress. Annie, on “Community”: never seen a penis. Brie, in an essay she wrote about deflowering her gay friend: “My vagina would have been his road to salvation!” Which is to say, the girls are willing to embrace the funny in sex. “It’s just so deadly serious to each of us but hilarious to everyone else,” Jacobs says. “When you’re having sex with someone,” Brie adds, “it really is similar to putting yourself out there and saying, ‘I think this is funny and I hope you laugh.’ ”

“Fake it till you make it,” Jacobs says. “That’s what my drama teacher used to say.”

Brie: “I don’t think she was talking about sex.”

Jacobs, whose Britta has “slept with two-thirds of the male population” at the show’s school, is playing opposites, too: “The episode where I made out with my supposed lesbian friend was the first time I’d kissed a girl. I was terrified.”

Brie: “Aw, Gil! You should have let me know! We could have practiced!”


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Make sure to watch this funny video of Alison and Five-Year Engagement co-star Emily Blunt singing together Karaoke.

Wonder what Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have been up to lately in southeast Michigan? Why, serenading the locals with classic songs.

Segel and Blunt, who are starring in the romantic comedy “Five Year Engagement,” and Blunt’s husband, John Krasinski of “The Office,” had a karaoke-fest last weekend at Circus in Ann Arbor — and videos of it have popped up on the Web.

Videos on YouTube show the guys singing “With a Little Help from My Friends” and Blunt and costar Alison Brie lending their voices to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

And posted a video of Segel and Krasinski rocking out to “Brown Eyed Girl.” They were joined onstage by a bride-to-be — who apparently was celebrating her bachelorette party — and, for a portion of the song, an inflatable doll.

The cast and crew of “Five Year Engagement,” which is filming in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas, previously have visited the Cavern Club entertainment complex, where Circus is one of four clubs, according to owner and manager Nick Easton.

Segel and Krasinski earned good reviews for their vocal talents. “I haven’t seen the video, but Jason and John have good voices,” Easton said Wednesday.

He also said the patrons at Circus enjoyed the karaoke performance. “The crowd got really involved and a lot of people were into it and egging them on.” {}

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Alison Brie was once a drama queen. Though today she is best known for playing both sweet and saucy Annie on NBC’s quirky comedy Community and Mad Men‘s over-the-top scene stealer Trudy, Brie was once a theater student studying the works of Shakespeare on the road to achieving her “naïve” goal of becoming an actress who does only serious stage and film work. Five years later, she’s enlisting her inner funnygirl (and eliciting Emmy buzz) for not one but two acclaimed TV gigs, plus a supporting role in Judd Apatow’s latest film comedy, The Five-Year Engagement.

TVLINE | Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy movie schedule to talk Community! Which reminds me, how is life in Ann Arbor on the set of The Five-Year Engagement?
It feels so comfortable and fun. Everyone gets along so well — it’s very similar to the set of Community — so I’m feeling very at home. Plus, Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) plays my husband in the movie and he’s part of that NBC Thursday night lineup, so it’s been fun improv-ing together. He’s a comedic genius. All these people here are so good at comedy that there’s that added aspect of wanting to hold your own in that environment.

TVLINE | Which brings me to my next question: Having studied drama, did you ever anticipate such a successful career in comedy? Because I’d argue that’s what you’re now best known for. Even Mad Men‘s Trudy is one of the funny folk.
I’ve always wanted to act, was nerdily active in drama clubs growing up, and I think I’d always kept my sense of humor in real life separate from the work I was doing. At my college, Cal Arts, you have a chance to do everything, so I did dabble in comedy and went into the business ready to go any direction. Mad Men was my first real television job, and as that continued I thought that it made sense — I’ll deal with drama. I didn’t initially realize that Pete and Trudy were a bit of comic relief, because when you’re acting in the scenes, the subject matter is quite dramatic. Really, the TV aspect of my career surprises me more than the comedy.

TVLINE | You never saw yourself becoming a television star?
When I was younger and in school I thought I’d become an actress who does theater and film — a very naïve attitude coming from a snobby college student at the time. [Laughs] The truth is, I didn’t have any experience in TV. I had watched a ton of it, and yet I never saw myself working in television. Ironically, all of my success so far has been there. My first TV job was on an episode of Hannah Montana, and after doing that I knew that TV was really fun. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to end up on shows that are just such a high quality, where the writing and material is incredible. I also think that television right now is really good. I feel like I’m quoting Joel McHale when I say this, but it’s TV’s best of times and worst of times. Of course, you have a lot of trash reality TV on now, but at the same time there are the Mad Mens, the Breaking Bads, and the Communitys out there.

TVLINE | Tell us a little about what initially attracted you to the role of Annie.
For all the roles that I’ve had, there’s been a tinge of that special feeling. When I read for Community, I knew that Joel and Chevy [Chase] were doing it, so I was able to read for it with them in mind, and that helped it click in a bit. At the time, I’d also been working on this little Breakfast Club-y web series on, and the character I was playing was very similar to Annie. So in reading the pilot I realized I’d been prepping for this role over a year. It was like, “Oh, I know this girl!” Since then, the character has changed so much and what the writers have done with the show is so different. There have been a number of times we’ll be sitting in our trailers thinking that when we read this pilot two years ago about students in a community college, we never thought that this is what we’d be doing.

TVLINE | Community really is a different show today compared to the pilot I screened a few years ago. I can’t imagine how it must feel actually working on the series.
The genius behind that transition is that [series creator] Dan Harmon and the writers did it the right way. It’s not as if you watched one episode and by the next it was a completely different show. It had a natural progression. The sense of humor of the show is the same as it started out being, it’s just that they’ve been pushing the boundaries further. And being on a network like NBC is great because they let you! We’ve lucked out that they see that creative aspect and allow us to make a zombie episode. [Laughs] It’s all just melded along really well. I’m so thankful we get to work on a show with such imagination and creativity.

TVLINE | As a cast, you’re all obviously so proud of the work you do. Is it at all frustrating that while critical and industry acclaim has come in droves, accolades have yet to followed suit?
On the one hand, you can’t get too bogged down by those things because to look at it from an objective standpoint — which I can’t even do — we’re so lucky. You think of how many actors don’t have jobs or work on shows and hate the people they work with, and we’ve really lucked out already in so many ways by just having this incredible job that we go to everyday. We have our own community where we’re supportive of each other and give ourselves our own little accolades. So, it’s fulfilling. We go home really satisfied. Anything after that is just icing on the cake — but yes, it’s amazingly rich icing that you would like to eat.

TVLINE | What would you say your proudest moment on Community has been thus far?
I have three favorite episodes this season. The first is the bottle episode (“Cooperative Calligraphy”); the second is the episode when we go to the bar for Troy’s birthday (“Mixology Certification”); and then the first part of the season finale, “A Fistful of Paintballs.” Watching the finale, I just felt so in awe of the people that I work with. I thought that it didn’t look like something you would see on television, and certainly not on a half-hour comedy. It’s so wild the places they take us on our show, that you’re constantly exploring different sides of the characters and differently styles of acting and material. It felt cool to be honing my action-hero skills. [Laughs] I was so, so proud of the finale.

TVLINE | Where do you see yourself down the road? Once Community and Mad Men have come and gone, do you think you’ll stick with TV?
I would definitely love to venture more into film and do that on a regular basis. Like I said, I feel so lucky working on both [Community and Mad Men] right now, and once they come to an end, the bar will have been set so high. If I were to work on another series, it would really have to be an amazing show. Now that I’ve tasted the quality of these shows, I’d never want to take a step backward. {TV Line}

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