Community has suffered some growing pains (not to mention big changes) in the past year, but now that it's back on the air, it seems to be hitting its stride again. I got a chance to catch up with Gillian Jacobs, who plays Britta on the show. We chatted about Britta's future with Troy and what will happen to the Greendale gang once graduation hits in Spring. Also coming up on Community? A Freaky Friday episode.
Greendale Community College was back in session last night as the stars of Community took over PaleyFest at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, and Alison Brie joined Danny Pudi, Joel McHale, and other castmates for a walk down the red carpet followed by a panel discussion. They kicked things off with a hilarious table read, which involved a bit of physical acting when Joel and Jim Rash decided to take their tango scene to the stage. The cast also revealed a few new guest stars this season, including James Brolin, who will play Jeff's dad, and Malcolm McDowell, who plays a professor. The stars also announced that their characters will be immortalized as puppets in an upcoming episode airing later this season, which fans got a preview of last night. Check out all of the highlights:
- Joel McHale and Jim Rash got up from the table read to bring their tango scene to life. The actors managed to balance their scripts, and each other, as they pulled off impressively awkward lifts with a whole lot of face caressing.
- Malcolm McDowell guest stars on an episode this season, and Joel and Jim went back and forth pretending to have had conversations with Malcolm about the other. Jim said Malcolm pulled him aside to ask what was wrong with Joel, claiming Malcom said, "Looking in his eyes is like looking at a blank page. Nothing is on it, and nothing will ever be on it." Joel replied by saying Malcolm came up to him and asked, "Why is Moby on the set?" The banter continued when both actors pretended to have him on the phone.
- Alison Brie and Danny Pudi broke into an impromptu song at the audience's request, and after a hysterical attempt, Danny said, "Maybe we should have rapped." When a question was brought up about Chevy Chase's departure, the two filled the silence by returning to the chorus of their funny duet.
- The panel ended with a first look at an upcoming episode where all of the characters will be puppets. The cast then got a surprise of their own when they were each handed their puppet replica. They all broke into acting out scenes with their puppets — Jim and Alison even let their characters get a little handsy for the audience's entertainment.
This week brought so much exciting casting news: Michelle Williams is in talks to star in a romantic thriller, Garrett Hedlund is heading off the road into a sequel, and Scott Speedman is joining a Ryan Reynolds project. We've compiled this week's important casting updates, so check out those and more, like upcoming projects for a Gossip Girl guy and a Community girl!
The LA premiere of Nobody Walks brought out a star-studded crowd last night, including the film's writer Lena Dunham and star Olivia Thirlby. Malin Akerman, wearing Hugo Boss, also joined Nicky Hilton and Isabel Lucas. Malin, who's expecting her first child with husband of five years Roberto Zincone, posed for photographers before heading inside the screening. Malin announced that she's expecting late last week, and didn't waste much time before celebrating at Saturday's Environmental Media Awards alongside Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Alba, and Emily VanCamp.
Gillian Jacobs and T.J. Miller play two waiters working at a T.G.I. Friday's-style restaurant in Seeking a Friend For the End of the World. We caught up with the comedic duo in LA at a press day, where we asked if they brought any past restaurant experience of their own to their roles and talked about Gillian's onscreen lip locks with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. We also asked Gillian about Community's likely new direction next season following showrunner Dan Harmon's recent exit from the series. Seeking a Friend For the End of the World is in theaters now.
The cast of Community were in high spirits after winning the best comedy prize at last night's Critics' Choice TV Awards. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, and Alison Brie admitted that they're surprised by the series' success. Find out what the over-the-moon group had to say, and make sure to check out all of our Critics Choice Television Awards coverage.
Aimee Teegarden hit the beach with a friend in Miami yesterday. She was spotted sharing a laugh with her pal and also checking out coconuts in the sand. The actress, who's currently on the small screen as the final season of Friday Night Lights airs, slipped into a bikini after making an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards in LA on Sunday. She donned a brightly colored Alice + Olivia dress and did her own hair and makeup for the show. Fellow NBC star, Gillian Jacobs, was also in South Beach enjoying the sun in her suit. Her series, Community, is on hiatus for the Summer, though Gillian already has a new movie lined up. She's joining Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, which has started filming on the West Coast. Aimee also has a film project in the works with the October release of Beneath the Darkness.
The cast of NBC's Community hit the red carpet at PaleyFest yesterday to tease upcoming episodes of the show — including the exciting season finale featuring smokin' hot Lost alum, Josh Holloway! Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, and the rest of the show's stars chatted with us about working with the star, but they also dished on the show's upcoming Pulp Fiction-themed episode as well. Get the scoop!
Joel McHale and his Community costars were out in Beverly Hills last night for their PaleyFest panel. The cast recently finished wrapping their Pulp Fiction-themed episode and Gillian Jacobs told us that while she dons Uma Thurman's famous black wig, she sadly didn't get to parody the movie's classic dance scene. Gillian and the rest of the actors also gave us a few hints about the upcoming, two-part season closer. Lost star Josh Holloway pays a special visit to Greendale Community College in the finale and apparently everyone was enamored with the sexy actor. Daniel Pudi had high hopes to catch Josh using Sawyer-esque nicknames on set and Yvette Nicole Brown was distracted by his dimples. Joel even joked that their characters might share a kiss! The Hangover 2's Ken Jeong revealed that the highly anticipated sequel is "funnier" and "raunchier" than the first one, saying, "We upped the ante." Check out today's PopSugar Rush to watch all our interviews with Joel, Gillian, Ken, and more.