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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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Community stars Alison Brie and Danny Pudi have enlisted young people across the nation to roll up their sleeves and take part in a scavenger hunt.

Don’t worry, they won’t be sending you around your town to find lost car parts or old shoes. Community stars need your help tackling climate change.

They’ve teamed up with, an organization that helps young people rock causes they care about, and Lenovo, a personal technology company that enables teens to take action on causes like disaster relief, violence and bullying, and animal welfare.

Here’s a humorous PSA from the celebs introducing the challenge.

You can participate by visiting, texting “HUNT” to 30644. The Scavenger Hunt begins on July 11 and participants will receive a set of challenges via text. Teens can fly solo on the challenges or join together with teammates to complete service actions around specific causes.

Need an extra incentive? If you win the challenges, there are prizes involved! {Takepart}

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Sounds like a great new Movie Project for Alison :)!

Exclusive: Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend and Mark Weber are toplining indie romantic comedy “Save the Date,” produced by Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz (“The Kids Are All Right”) for Gilbert Films.

Mike Mohan is directing with shooting planned for July in Los Angeles.

Written by Jeffrey Brown, Mohan and Egan Reich, story focuses on two sisters — one who’s happy with the status quo and doesn’t see any reason to marry her musician boyfriend while the other’s obsessed with planning her upcoming wedding. The script is based on characters created by indie graphic novelist Brown, whose autobiographical novels often detail his failed relationships.

Horowitz met Mohan last year at Sundance, where Mohan was promoting his film “One Too Many Mornings.” Horowitz discovered that Mohan and his wife, unbeknownst to one another, had separately hired Brown to create personalized artwork which they then exchanged on their wedding day.

Brie, the “Community” and “Mad Men” star, is currently shooting “Five-Year Engagement” for Universal and was last seen in “Scream 4.”

Caplan was last seen in “127 Hours.” Starr has been in “Mad Love” and “Hawaii Five-O” along with “Adventureland” and “Knocked Up.”

Mohan is repped by ICM; Caplan is repped by CAA and Mosaic, Brie is repped by UTA, Vital Management Group and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette & Feldman, Starr is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content, and Morris Yorn Barnes and Levine; Arend is repped by UTA and Untitled; Weber is repped by Innovative Artists.


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We have a brand new layout version up at the gallery! A huge thanks goes to Laura over Raspberry Crush Designs, who designed the layout for us. This time it’s very colorfull and bright and it features a photoshoot of the Antenna magazine Alison did back in 2010.

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Art and design go hand in hand with fashion, so no surprise to find plenty of style-world names on the invitation to next week’s Museum of Arts & Design gala and auction. Waris Ahluwalia, Tyson Beckford, and Mazdack Rassi (founder and creative director of Milk Studios) are a few of the evening’s co-chairs, and Mandy Coon, Kevork Kiledjian, Kate Lanphear, and Robert Geller all among the host committee members. This year is the Fluorescent Ball, where all things eye-popping are in, from the artworks in the silent auction (like a neon-bright surfboard by Rogan Gregory to Dan Flavin-esque fluorescent-tube art pieces by Julian Lwin, Tapp Francke, and Lite Brite Neon) to the dress code for the night.

Also lighting up the scene: the just-announced celebrity co-chair of the evening, Community and Mad Men actress Alison Brie (left, with an appropriately fluoro-clad Estelle, at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring ‘11 show). Arts education—the beneficiary of the gala’s proceeds—is close to Brie’s heart. “I’ve always been a fan of arts education—my mother works in education, and that’s always been a big priority in my family,” Brie told from the set of Five-Year Engagement, the romantic comedy she’s filming with Emily Blunt. (Plus, of course: “Tyson Beckford’s gonna be there so you know it’s going to be a fun time.”) As for her fluorescent outfit for the evening? “The dress I was thinking of wearing is a Lela Rose bright orange one. Her use of color is fantastic,” she says, describing the shade as “neon-ish.” “I’ve definitely been to some neon after-hours parties in L.A. where I’ve really gone all-out. I don’t know if I’m going to go quite as…uh, whimsical.”

For tickets and more information, visit

Source: Style.Com

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Alison is on this year’s “Hot 100” ranking from “Maxim” included with the #49. You can read Alison’s tweet of her reaction regarding to the ranking below ;). You can also view the whole list right here.

Ok you guys, it’s official, I’m #49 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list this year. MOVIN. ON. UP.

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Captures of her appearance will be added later! You can view the videos below – Alison was such a cutie.

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Thanks to Andie for sending me the link!

As far as we’re concerned, Alison Brie can do no wrong. She has the small but pivotal role of Trudy Campbell on “Mad Men,” arguably the best drama on TV, and she’s among the primary cast of  “Community” on NBC, arguably the best sitcom to air in years — unless you’re among the NextMovie staff, where we accept no arguments. (It is. Case Closed.) Now Brie appears in “Scream 4,” the latest tongue-in-cheek slasher from horror auteur Wes Craven, playing “Scream” veteran Neve Campbell’s greedy and overbearing publicist Rebecca.  As she tells NextMovie, “[Rebecca] is pretty cold, she’s missing that sensitivity chip. She’s not as wholesome a character as I usually play.”

Read on for Brie’s shocking “Scream 4” spoiler (we’re pretty sure she’s kidding… we think) and how she needs your help to achieve her next career goal.

So level with us. You’re the killer this time, right?
[Laughs] Yeah, oh yeah. I was just tired of all these young, beautiful actresses being around. I thought, “There can be only one.”

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Alison will be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday April 14, (12/11 c on ABC). Also there will be actor Tom Arnold and Big Audio Dynamite performs.

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As we’ve posted a few days ago Alison did an interview, when she attended the “Dewar’s at the Redbury and Cleo Restaurant” event and she also talked about her other TV-series “Mad Men”. Now there are some more exact informations about season 5 of the series:

AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of Mad Men, triggering our option with Lionsgate. While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, Mad Men will be back for a fifth season in early 2012.

You can read the whole article right here :)! Due to lots of school stuff I’m keeping very busy at the last time, but I”ll try to post the upcoming days screencaptures of the latest “Community” episodes.

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