EW.COM: Community’ pays tribute to ‘Animal House

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.”

2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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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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}

Entertainment Weekly Scan + Ewwy Awards

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.

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Alison to Present at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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 Deadline.com.

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”). {playbill.com}