Alison Brie

Did ‘Community’ Survive the Move From NBC to Yahoo?

Going into Season 6 of Community, which premiered in the middle of the night with a pair of episodes on Yahoo Screen, the obvious question was whether the clever and wonderfully weird sitcom would lose anything in jumping from NBC to a website that’s known more for being a punchline about ancient technology than for its streaming content. While it can surely be argued that NBC didn’t treat Community as well as it could have, the comedy certainly belonged there, particularly during the earlier seasons, when it was a “Must See TV” staple along with the equally smart and weird 30 RockThe Office, and Parks and Recreation. … Read More

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“As Weird as You Always Wanted Them to Be”: Dan Harmon and ‘Community’s’ Cast on What to Expect in Season 6

AUSTIN, TX: “I wanna ask, do you ever think, ‘This show sucks now?'” The question was posed at the Community SXSW panel not by a pushy journalist or a gauche audience member, but, of course, by the show’s creator Dan Harmon — a writer known perhaps as much for his scalding self-doubt and candor as for his scripts and characters. The question was posed to the small group he began the panel with, original regulars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Alison Brie, out of concern for the way some of their cast mates have fled the show. But Brie responded by shifting the focus: “There may have been one season where we thought that,” she replied, to an appreciative roar from the crowd. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Sundance 2015 (Narrative Edition)

Come Sunday, the screens will go dark, the volunteers will turn in their vests, the tents will fall, and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will come to a close. But as it winds down, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite and not-so-favorite films of this year’s fest. Yesterday, we ran down and ranked this year’s documentaries; now, to the narrative films, spinning fiction while still (hopefully) telling… Read More

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Sudeikis and Brie’s ‘Sleeping With Other People’ is Sundance 2015’s First Disappointment

PARK CITY, UT: During the highly entertaining Q&A that followed last night’s Sundance premiere of Sleeping with Other People, the gleefully crass and very funny writer/director Leslye Headland mentioned that she pitched the movie to star Jason Sudeikis as “When Harry Met Sally for assholes.” It got a big laugh from the crowd, as it should; it’s a funny line. But the more you think about that description, the more it describes why, in spite of many big laughs and an insanely likable cast, Sleeping with Other People doesn’t quite work—because “When Harry Met Sally for assholes” is actually a terrible idea for a movie. Assholes don’t like movies like When Harry Met Sally, and for good reason; they’re sweet and gushy and neat and inclined towards happy endings. Assholes like movies like Headland’s debut, Bachelorette, which was a mean, nasty little dirty bomb in wedding comedy drag. And therein lies the disappointment in this follow-up: somewhere along the line, somebody sanded down Headland’s rough edges. … Read More

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12 Sundance 2015 Movies We Can’t Wait to See

There’s always a feeling of tense anticipation heading into the Sundance Film Festival — after all, this is the starter pistol for the year in independent film, introducing film fans, critics, and the industry to the movies they may well be talking about all year. But this year’s festival (which kicks off tonight) falls squarely in the middle of an awards season dominated by last year’s biggest ticket, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, reminding us of exactly how far a splash at Sundance can take you. Will any of this year’s high-profile indies and docs take that kind of hold in 2015? Here are a dozen movies we’re keeping our eyes on in Park City — and beyond. … Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Netflix’s Least Inspired Original Series

Is a good cast enough to sustain a dull story? That’s a question I think about often while watching pilot episodes like this year’s Selfie and last year’s We’re the Millers or Bad Teacher. I’m more likely to stick around after a lackluster pilot if I like everyone involved. Netflix’s BoJack Horseman boasts the voice talents of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Tompkins, Kristen Schaal, and more. It’s a mix of people who are universally adored, but even their presence isn’t enough to push this show above average. … Read More

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Watch Alison Brie and Jennifer Lawrence in a Terrible ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Parody

There are a lot of jokes about vaginas in this Buffy the Vampire Slayer parody, tragically titled Muffy the… Read More

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‘Community’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “Basic Sandwich”

“You moved dirt around Greendale’s grave!” roars school board villain Carl (“That’s right, we’ve got names!”) at the conclusion of Community’s fifth season finale, “Basic Sandwich.” “Your school is still bankrupt! It is still unmarketable! And it is still on the permanent chopping block of anyone who has any say in its future!” You don’t often hear schools called “unmarketable,” nor that they’re on the “chopping block,” but those are terms thrown around in the world of television—and thus they were appropriate to end an episode where the most meta show on television continued to out-meta itself. Frankly, I haven’t heard a television show comment more explicitly on its own shaky future than the second season (and, unfortunately, series) finale of Sports Night, which included the line, “Anybody who can’t make money off Sports Night should get out of the money-making business.” … Read More

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‘Community’ Season 5 Episode 12 Review: “Basic Story”

It’s not often that you get to see a major network television show arguing with itself. But that’s one of the surprises, and pleasures, of “Basic Story,” the first installment in Community’s two-part fifth season finale, which spends much of its first half suspiciously tiptoeing around the idea that, for once, Greendale Community College is free of chaos, its staff and students utterly content. “Usually a lot more than this happens in 30 minutes,” notes Abed, at the end of a half-hour of study group playing-on-their-phones time, and that denomination of time isn’t accidental. For a show that spends plenty of time playing in the meta sandbox, this week’s episode represents a continuation (after last week’s “G.I. Jeff”) of the idea of pushing beyond inside jokes and self-awareness, and genuinely exploring (and exploding) the very nature of fiction. … Read More

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