Seth Green (Family Guy), Melanie Griffith (Chicago), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious), Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), and Jason Ritter (Third) will participate in the third annual The 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles, presented by Montblanc at its Rodeo Drive Boutique in L.A. on June 22. The event will feature Hollywood’s finest in this one-night-only live performance, the entire creative process of which will take place in just 24 hours.
The star-studded cast will also include Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles), Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening), Jason Biggs (The Graduate), Lizzy Caplan (Bachelorette), Ashley Fink (Glee), Justin Long (Going the Distance), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Diane Neal (Law and Order: SVU), David Oyelwo (Lincoln), Rosie Perez (The Ritz), Molly Sims (Project Accessory), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Tracie Thoms (Rent), and Lamorne Morris (New Girl).
Writers on hand to participate in the fast-paced event will be Rachel Axler (Parks and Recreation), Ben Karlin (Modern Family), Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever), Bill Wrubel (Modern Family), and Jennifer Crittenden (Arrested Development). Directors will include Peter Ellenstein (Artistic Director of the Inge Festival), Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance), Leigh Kilton Smith (acting coach), and Jonathan Levine (50/50).
NBC has renewed Community as the Joel McHale starrer continues to march toward its “six seasons and a movie.”
The beleaguered cult favorite will continue on for a fifth season, NBC announced Friday. The news comes a day after the Thursday comedy wrapped its fourth season, even year-over-year with a 1.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and tying American Idol among adults 18-34.
While Community will continue, it will do so without co-star Chevy Chase, who exited the show in November following a roller-coaster relationship with the NBC series as he grew frustrated with the direction his character was taking. Most recently in October, the actor used an N-word on-set when questioning dialog in a scene, then “immediately” apologized to the cast.
The pickup also comes ahead of Community’s syndicated debut in the fall on Comedy Central, with repeats potentially helping to lift the series the way TBS’ encores have helped push CBS’ The Big Bang Theory to new heights in its sixth season.
Despite being initially left off the network’s midseason lineup for the second time, the series received a vote of confidence from NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt earlier this year when he touted that the community college comedy would have more heart under new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port. The duo took over from series creator Dan Harmon this season, with some critics of the Sony Pictures Television vehicle giving season four mixed results, some noting Community had lost the edge it had under Harmon.
For NBC’s part, the Community news as the network reinvents its comedy brand, with the community college series joining Parks and Recreation as its lone returning half-hours for 2013-14. All of its freshman comedies — save for Ryan Murphy’s semi-autobiographical entry The New Normal and summer effort Save Me — have failed to earn second seasons, though Save Me is not expected to return. NBC on Friday dropped Matthew Perry’s Go On, which was considered the rookie most likely to continue.
Meanwhile, NBC continues to add new comedies including The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Undateable and The Family Guide, which just lost co-star Parker Posey.
Gossip Girls’ Leighton Meester and boyfriend Adam Brody are filming a movie together called The Life Partner. The actors – who were reported to be an item in February – starred together in 2011′s The Oranges. Brody is best known for his role as Seth Cohen in The O.C.
Community’s Gillian Jacobs is also in the movie about same-sex marriage. The story is about a woman who drunkenly promises her lesbian best friend she will not get hitched until gay marriage is legal. But when Brody’s character proposes – things get complicated.
Canadian actress Simone Bailley Tweeted this past week: “Great 1rst day filming in LA with @GillianJacobs,@itsmeleighton, Adam Brody,@JohnPForest and@DigitalActor. Thx 4 being sweet to the CDN!”
Gillian Jacobs is set to lend her voice to the animated series “American Dad”, according to ew.com.
Mr. Burns may have blocked the sun on The Simpsons, but Mark Cuban is taking it one step further on American Dad: He’s planning to blow the thing up. The Shark Tank star/Dallas Mavericks owner will lend his voice to the animated Fox comedy, playing an evil genius named Mark Cuban who’s hell-bent on being the No. 1 force in the universe. The only people that can stop him are Stan, Francine, and four sexy flight attendants with a Charlie’s Angels vibe that are played by Gillian Jacobs (Community), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II), and Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami).
The episode is slated to air next season, which is the show’s ninth. Season 8 of American Dad has featured such guests as Jon Hamm, Mariah Carey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Jacobs’ Community co-star Alison Brie.
The last episode of the fourth season of “Community” will be airing on Thursday, May 9th at 8-8:30 p.m.
1031 Films LLC, a Cleveland-based independent film production company, announces today that its landmark feature film, Cleveland, I Love You, has been retitled and rebranded to MADE IN CLEVELAND. Shot here in 2011 and 2012, MADE IN CLEVELAND—an anthology of short films created by a group of Northeast-Ohio-based filmmakers—is the largest-ever independent film project produced by a local crew.
According to Eric Swinderman, founder of 1031 Films and a principal in the project, the film’s new title better reflects the theme and spirit of the project, a collection of 11 short films that each tackle “life, love and the pursuit of happiness … in Cleveland” in diverse ways. The change is also meant to differentiate the film from other well-known anthology film concepts, such as the “Cities of Love” franchise that includes the previously released films Paris, Je T’Aime and New York, I Love You.
“Cleveland is a special city, with a distinctive culture and reputation, and MADE IN CLEVELAND is a reflection of those qualities,” says Swinderman, who had a hand in writing, directing and editing several of the shorts. “Each of the 11 stories is told through the unique viewpoint of Clevelanders. Love, loss, success and failure—these are themes you’ll see in most films, but not in the way presented in MADE IN CLEVELAND. Because the film is also the work of a large group of Cleveland-based writers, directors, cinematographers, actors and artists, MADE IN CLEVELAND is also very much a double entendre as well.”
Early in its production, MADE IN CLEVELAND attracted national attention, drawing the participation of Jamie Babbit—a Shaker Heights native who has gone on to direct the feature films But I’m a Cheerleader and The Quiet, and many television series, including The Middle, United States of Tara and Smash—as well as her writing partner, Karey Dornetto, whose screen credits include South Park and the Emmy-nominated Portlandia. Babbit and Dornetto’s contribution to the film features the acting work of Busy Philipps, star of the TBS comedy Cougar Town, and Gillian Jacobs, star of the NBC comedy Community.
Babbit is joined by award-winning Cleveland-area directors Swinderman, Robert C. Banks, Sage O’Bryant, Tony Hartman, Cigdem Slankard and Amy Tankersley Swinderman.
MADE IN CLEVELAND also stars more than 150 Cleveland-based union and non-union actors, including Cleveland icons Robin Swoboda, a news anchor with WKYC-TV; Leon Bibb, a news anchor with WEWS NewsChannel 5; and Project Runway alum and fashion designer Valerie Mayen.
MADE IN CLEVELAND completed post-production in late 2012 and is seeking acceptance to several leading film festivals throughout 2013. 1031 Films hopes to secure a widespread distribution deal for the film sometime this year.
“We’re very eager for audiences to view this meaningful film,” says Swinderman. “It represents a triumphant achievement for Cleveland filmmakers and artists, and offers something for everyone.”
For more information about MADE IN CLEVELAND, visit http://www.madeinclevelandmovie.com.
Gillian Jacobs, one of the stars of NBC’s Community, is joining Elizabeth Banks in the Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment comedy Walk of Shame.
The story centers on a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a drunken one-night stand, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way across Los Angeles to the most important job interview of her life.
Jacobs will play Banks’ best friend.
James Marsden and Willie Garson are already cast.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce alongside Sidney Kimmel. Steve Brill wrote the screenplay and is directing.
FilmDistrict will distribute Walk of Shame in the U.S. Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity began selling international territories at the American Film Market in November.
Jacobs is currently shooting the indie crime thriller The Look Alike with Justin Long and recently wrapped the quirky horror movie Milo. She’s back on the air with Community’s fourth season starting Feb. 7, 2013 and will appear with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in New Line’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which opens in March.
She is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment.
“Community” will finally premiere its fourth season on Thursday, February 7th at 8PM on NBC!
Order is restored on Thursday as cult comedy Community returns to its 8 PM slot. The much-delayed fourth season of Community will premiere February 7.
Today, October 19th, is Gillian Jacobs’ 30th birthday! Gillian Jacobs Web wants to wish Gillian an amazing day today!
The cast of “Community” picked up the EWwy award for “Best Comedy Series” this year!
After finishing second in 2010 and 2011, Community finally nabs its first EWwy for Best Comedy with the largest margin of victory in any category this year: 8,933 votes separated it from runner-up Parks and Recreation.
Community — 49.06%
Parks and Recreation — 20.58%
How I Met Your Mother — 15.03%
Louie — 7.90%
Happy Endings — 7.44%