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Fear Street Movie Trilogy Casts Community’s Gillian Jacobs

Fans of R.L. Stine’s novels can rejoice, as the latest cast member for the upcoming Fear Street trilogy has been confirmed to be Gillian Jacobs. The possibility of a Fear Street film was first teased in 2015, when Stine confirmed that something was in the works for his other best-selling horror series. Stine is most known as the author of the Goosebumps series, which was also adapted, first for the small screen in the 1990s, and for the big screen in 2015. The film of the same title, and its 2018 sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, stars Jack Black as Stine himself, and doesn’t directly adapt any of the books.

Jacobs most recently starred in Judd Apatow’s Love, with Paul Rust as her co-star. Prior to starring in the Netflix comedy, Jacobs played the role of Britta Perry on Dan Harmon’s Community, which ran for five seasons on NBC before airing its sixth and final season on Yahoo! Screen. Jacobs gained a fan following during her six season run on the show, and although a movie had been in talks since the show’s conception, it doesn’t appear as if the Community film will be happening anytime soon, if at all. Either way, Jacobs will be a welcome addition to the already impressive cast list of the Fear Street films.

Related: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Movie Finds a Writer

THR reports that Jacobs signed on for all three films in the trilogy. So far, Kylie Killen (The Beaver) is slated to write the script, with Leah Janiak as director. Other confirmed cast members are Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, and Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink, making Jacobs the latest to confirm her involvement in the trilogy. Fear Street is another young adult horror series penned by Stine that has gained notoriety over the years, and will likely target a more mature audience than the Goosebumps films. Fear Street, while still aimed at a YA readership, is darker and more sinister than the Goosebumps books, so the films will likely reflect this maturity.

The 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment film series is already filming in Atlanta at the moment, and some elements of the plot have been revealed. The films will span three different time periods, 1994, 1978 and 1666. Jacobs is slated to play a maintenance worker at a summer camp in the 1994 setting, but her other roles in the trilogy have yet to be confirmed. With Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox, the distribution plans for the trilogy are currently unknown.

As more information about the Fear Street films develop, the anticipation for a release date is rising. The first film in the franchise officially has a writer, director, and now an impressive list of talent behind it, but when can fans expect to see the film in theaters? Aside from a young adult audience, those who were fans of the novels in childhood will likely makeup a majority of the audience as well, if not for the thrilling content then for nostalgia. While a date has yet to be determined, fans can rest assured for now that the film series is in good hands.

More: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Trilogy Casts Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink

Source: THR


2019-04-16 08:04:24

Taylor Charendoff

Community: Where Are They Now?

The beloved and critically acclaimed sitcom Community, created by Dan Harmon, is widely considered one of the best TV shows in the history of television. Starring Joel McHale as the quick-witted ex-lawyer Jeff Winger; Gillian Jacobs as the self-proclaimed social activist Britta Perry; Danny Pudi as the pop-culture-obsessed nerd Abed Nadir; Donald Glover as the nerdy ex-jock Troy Barnes; Alison Brie as the studious goodie two-shoes Annie Edison; Yvette Nicole Brown as the well-intentioned provider of unsolicited advice Shirley Bennett; Chevy Chase as the group’s racist uncle Pierce Hawthorne; Jim Rash as the costume-loving Dean; and Ken Jeong as whoever Chang needs to be that season. Community is a hilarious and smart TV show everyone should watch.

RELATED: 10 Best Community Guest Stars, Ranked

The show ran for six seasons, but we’re still not giving up on that movie. Don’t think we forgot: #sixseasonsandamovie. It’s been four years since the show has gone off the air and we’ve decided to check up on the cast and see what they’ve been up to these days.

9 CHEVY CHASE

Portrayed by the 1980s star Chevy Chase, Pierce Hawthorne was surely the most polarizing and disliked member of the group. Pierce come off as crude, bigoted, and tactless most of the time, putting him at odds with his friends at every turn. He had no grasp of typical social norms and often made remarks that were rude and offensive. Noted, his bigoted and abusive father shoulders part of the blame for Pierce’s behavior.

Behind the scenes, Chevy Chase’s problematic personality caused difficulties for everyone one set, so Dan Harmon fired him, leading to Pierce’s death on the show. After Community, Chevy Chase mostly did comedy movies, most recently starring in Netflix’s The Last Laugh.

8 DONALD GLOVER

Portrayed by the multi-talented Donald Glover, Troy Barnes was a student at Greendale who went on a life-changing journey with his childhood idol LeVar Burton and never came back. Troy was Abed’s best friend and the co-host of everyone’s favorite talk show Troy and Abed in the Morning (points for being a human being if you did your best Troy and Abed impression – we know we did).

RELATED: What to Expect From Atlanta Season 3

Since he left Community in season five, Donald Glover has been working on various projects. He released an album and a number of singles under the stage name Childish Gambino and won four Grammy Awards for his single “This is America”. Glover also created the critically acclaimed series Atlanta, on which he stars and serves as a writer and director.

7 JIM RASH

Dean-a-ling-a-ling! If there’s one thing you could always count on to brighten up your day it’s Greendale’s Dean Craig Pelton entering a room in dumb costume with irrelevant news and, naturally, a pun based around his title. Dean’s silly antics generated some of the show’s biggest laughs so it’s no wonder Jim Rash was upped to series regular starting from season three.

Once Community came to an end, Jim Rash kept busy, appearing in Captain America: Civil War as the Dean of MIT, guest-starring on shows like The Odd Couple, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Rick and Morty. Rash also provides the voice of Flix on the animated series Star Wars Resistance and he is set to voice a to-be-confirmed role in the Harley Quinn animated series.

6 YVETTE NICOLE BROWN

The “mother hen” of the Greendale Seven, the good-natured albeit at times overbearing Shirley Bennett is an avid baker (it’s even suggested that she has a baking problem) who came to Greendale to advance her business skills. While her heart is mostly in the right place, she has difficulties minding her own business and keeping her religious beliefs to herself.

Shirley was portrayed by actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who also starred on the short-lived Odd Couple reboot with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Most recently, Brown has appeared on the Anna Feris sitcom Mom and frequently appears as a host and guest co-host on numerous talks shows like The View and Talking Dead.

5 KEN JEONG

The hilarious Ken Jeong portrayed everyone’s favorite psychopath Benjamin “Ben” Franklin Chang, aka Senor Chang, aka El Tigre Chino, aka Sgt. Chang, aka Kevin. Jeong first appeared as Senor Chang, the Spanish teacher at Greendale. However, when it turned out he faked his credentials, he was “demoted” to a student. Every season Jeong’s character was somehow different and his role in the story was always unpredictable, and Jeong did an incredible job playing all the different versions of Chang.

Following Community’s end, Ken Jeong starred in his own short-lived sitcom Dr. Ken, appeared in the award-winning film Crazy Rich Asians, and guest starred on the Magnum P.I. remake. He’s currently one of the panelists at the singing competition show The Masked Singer.

4 ALISON BRIE

The straight-A, picture-perfect, Disney-face, Annie Edison was the most studious, serious, and responsible member of the group even though she was also the youngest. Though her overbearing attitude at times annoyed her friends, they would have gotten nowhere if not for Annie to actually take charge of their various projects.

The sweet and innocent Annie was portrayed by Alison Brie, who at the moment stars on Netflix’s comedy series GLOW. Brie portrays Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder, a struggling actress who auditions for a role in the professional wrestling promotion GLOW. Brie is also the voice of Diane Nguyen on BoJack Horseman.

3 DANNY PUDI

The definition of adorkable, the pop-culture-obsessed Abed Nadir, provided some of Community’s biggest laughs. Despite his inability to pick up on social and emotional cues, Abed truly was the heart of the show. His innocent and sweet nature made him the finest and, according to Britta’s tests, the sanest member of the group.

RELATED: 10 Streets Ahead Pop Culture References Created On Community

Abed Nadir was portrayed by Danny Pudi, who went on to star on NBC’s short-lived sitcom Powerless set in the DC Universe. Most recently though, Pudi starred in Sam Friedlander’s comedy film Babysplitters that centers around two couples who hatch a plan to share one baby. The movie received generally positive reviews with critics praising Pudi’s performance.

2 GILLIAN JACOBS

Described as being pro-anti, Britta Perry frequently voiced her disdain for anything conventional and popular. Though she continuously aspired to present an aura of selflessness and progressiveness, due to her holier-than-thou mindset she mostly came off as misinformed, hypocritical, and pretentious. However, to her credit, she did display some aptitude for psychology, despite receiving an admittedly lacking education at Greendale.

Britta was portrayed by Gillian Jacobs, who went on to star on Netflix’s critically acclaimed comedy series Love, portraying the rebellious Mickey Dobbs. Following Community’s final season, Jacobs has also appeared in comedy movies like Life of the Party and Ibiza.

1 JOEL MCHALE

Joel McHale portrayed everyone’s favorite jerk with a heart of gold, Jeff Winger. Though he could be such an intolerable jerk at times, Jeff had the capability to be compassionate, supporting, and inspiring. He served as the unofficial leader of the Greendale Seven, commonly gave his infamous inspirational speeches, and became a better person through his experiences at with the group.

As for Joel McHale, since Community has been off the air, he’s worked on various projects: he appeared on The X-Files revival series, starred on the short-run sitcom The Great Indoors, and had his own Netflix comedy show The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. McHale has also been cast in DC Universe’s upcoming Stargirl series as Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman.

NEXT: 10 Best Community Episodes Of All Time


2019-03-21 01:03:09

Irina Curovic

Richard Erdman, Community’s Leonard, Passes Away at 93

Veteran actor Richard Erdman, who is known for his role on the NBC series Community as octogenarian student Leonard Rodriguez, has passed away at the age of 93. Over the years, Erdman has appeared in several films and TV series such as The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, and many others. While Erdman has several acting credits, his most recent work on Community is what he is most known for today, as he held a reoccurring role on the series from its inception in 2009 through its final air date in 2015.

Born in Oklahoma in 1925, Erdman grew up in Colorado Springs before he ventured off to Hollywood where he was soon discovered by Warner Bros. In the 1950s, Edman began appearing on TV in roles on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, and Where’s Raymond?. Erdman would appear in a 1963 episode of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone – which is set to have its third revival this upcoming April from Academy Award-winning writer and director Jordan Peele – as an ill-mannered man who causes mischief when he comes across a stopwatch that can stop time. Over the weekend, film historian Alan K. Rode, who was a friend of Erdman’s informed the public of the veteran actor’s passing.

Related: Community: The 10 Best Pierce Hawthorne Quotes

Rode sent out a tweet paying tribute to Erdman, who was 93 at the time of his death. Nothing further was given in regards to a cause of death, but Rode did state that Erdman passed a few hours prior to the tweet. Erdman was prominent during his early years of acting, but for modern audiences, he is recognized as the elderly student Leonard from Community. Series creator Dan Harmon took to Instagram to pay tribute to Erdman, whose on-screen character became associated with the phrase “Shut up, Leonard!” Check out Harmon’s post below:

Erdman’s most recent appearance to date was on the short-lived ABC series Dr. Ken, but this was only for one episode. Erdman’s character on Community was a veteran student who had been attending Greendale Community College since 1975. The character seemingly had no intention of graduating and was viewed as a nuisance by other students on campus. He wasn’t alone on campus, as there was a group of elderly students known as “The Hipsters,” and Leonard was the apparent leader of the faction. While the series concluded in 2015, there have been talks of a movie happening as well as a potential seventh season, but nothing has been made official.

Erdman’s contributions over the years will never be forgotten, and his role on Community will always be remembered by viewers of the show. His appearances in several series and films during Hollywood’s golden age will always be a highlighted portion of his resume. He is preceded by his daughter Erica, and his wife Sharon who passed in 2016.

More: 10 Best Episodes of Community Of All Time

Source: Alan K. Rode, Dan Harmon



2019-03-17 09:03:59

Eric Trigg

10 Best Episodes of Community Of All Time

In the world of TV comedies, Community has always been in a league of its own. Despite being incredibly smart and well-acted, the show never quite had the viewership it hoped for. It did, however, develop a cult following. It’s merciless satirizing of traditional sitcoms added to the boatload of pop culture references made the show a hit with younger audiences.

Community follows a handful of students at a community college who form a study group, and then proceed to get into six seasons worth of shenanigans. But it wasn’t all easy-going this hilarious show. After three seasons, showrunner Dan Harmon (also known for being one of the masterminds behind Rick and Morty) was fired but then rehired for season five. Then NBC canceled the show and Yahoo! picked it up for one final season.

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There have been some rumblings about another season or maybe a movie, but no solid updates as of yet. Still, whether there’s going to be more Community or not, it’s always a good time to rewatch some of the best episodes. Every fan has their favorites, but here are our top 10 Community Episodes.

10 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (S2E14)

This is episode is utterly delightful. Jeff (Joel McHale) convinces the study group to play Dungeons & Dragons with another student out of concern for his mental state. Even for viewers who don’t know anything about the fantasy tabletop game, the episode makes the game easy enough to understand since most of the study group hasn’t played it either. Even though the entire episode is just the group of them sitting around a table, it’s fun watching them get way too into the game. Pierce getting jealous that he wasn’t invited and becoming the big bad was also hilarious and on point.

As a bonus, there’s also another D&D episode called, “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” in season five.

9 App Development and Condiments (S5E8)

Remember that one episode of Black Mirror where everyone rated each other and Bryce Dallas Howard was trying really hard to make sure everyone liked her? Well, this episode is that, but far less serious. Some app designers want to test their app called “MeowMeowBeenz” in which students can rate each other by giving each other between 1 and 5 MeowMeowBeenz. In true Community fashion, the beta test goes off the rails as the students create a dystopian society.

RELATED: Every Episode Of Black Mirror, Ranked

Just another day at Greendale Community College.

8 Geothermal Escapism (S5E5)

The exit of Troy (Donald Glover) was a huge loss for the show, and it’s no exaggeration to say that the show was never the same after he left. But the writers made sure that they gave Troy the proper send-off in this episode. Abed (Danny Pudi), not wanting to face his own feelings about his best friend leaving, gets the entire school to play a game of “The Floor Is Lava.” There are some nice Waterworld references in the show, but the main thing that makes this episode great is Troy and Abed. Their friendship is one of the best parts of the Community and it’s nice to see them in action one last time.

7 Cooperative Calligraphy (S2E8)

Community is known for many things, the chief among them, being an incredibly self-aware show. Abed, who is a pop culture fanatic, makes a note early on that the situation is starting to look like the bottle episode, which it totally is. The study group ended up spending the entire time in the study room looking for Annie’s (Alison Brie) pen. It’s definitely not a flashy episode, but it shows just how the writers are able to make something so funny out of such a small storyline.

6 Basic Lupine Urology (S3E17)

Honestly, this episode is perfection. What’s not to love about an entire episode dedicated to parodying Law & Order? The study group’s yam they were to grow for a biology project is smashed, catapulting them to investigate who was responsible. It’s completely absurd but done so well, like many of Community’s episodes. Troy and Abed as the two hard-boiled detectives tracking down leads and interrogating witnesses is probably the highlight of a very funny, very well-done episode.

5 A Fistful of Paintballs/For A Few Paintballs More (S2E23/24)

In the first season, we’re introduced to Greendale’s paintball assassin competition. It was amazing, so of course, the concept was brought back for season two. This two-part western-style episode sees the school once again fall to chaos as students get way too into the game in hopes of winning a $10,000 cash prize. It has all of the tropes one can imagine seeing in a western but set in a community college with paintballs. Oh, and Lost’s Josh Holloway guest stars, because what’s a western without a mysterious, handsome stranger?

4 Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (S2E16)

This episode is shot in documentary style from Abed’s point of view. He documents what appears to be Pierce’s last days as he sits in a hospital, but it’s revealed fairly early on that Pierce isn’t dying. He’s just pretending to die so that he can exact revenge on the study group for not taking him seriously. It not only satirizes the documentary format perfectly but also shows each of the character’s insecurities really well. And LeVar Burton guest stars as himself, which is amazing.

3 Remedial Chaos Theory (S3E3)

For anyone who’s been on the internet at all, they’ve probably heard people refer to “the darkest timeline” or seen that gif of Troy with a pizza and the room on fire. Well, this episode is the origin of both of those. Troy and Abed throw a housewarming party and the study group decides to roll a dice to see who has to go downstairs and get the pizza that has arrived.

RELATED: Community Creator ‘Trying’ To Get Movie Made With Big-Name Directors

This then opens up six separate timelines, each of which has differing outcomes. It’s a concept episode that’s fun, but also reveals a lot about each of the characters–something this show is very good at.

2 Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas (S2E11)

The creators of Community decided to really go all out on this Christmas episode. In it, Abed perceives everything as stop-motion, therefore, the entire episode is stop-motion animation. The study group, with the help of psychology professor Dr. Duncan (John Oliver), decide to try and figure out why Abed is having these delusions. This launches them into a Christmas-themed planet that is reminiscent of those old Christmas specials.

The stop-motion is a fun touch, but the episode also touches on issues of mental health and highlights the friendship among the study group. They help out Abed through a tough time, which makes for a fantastically heartwarming Christmas episode.

1 Modern Warfare (S1E23)

The first season of Community started out relatively normal but got increasingly weirder. And then “Modern Warfare” came along to let us know that this isn’t your typical sitcom. The dean announces that there will be a schoolwide paintball assassin competition and the last man standing will get a prize. Jeff takes a nap in his car only to come back to find the entire school has fallen to chaos over the game. The episode touches on a lot of action movie tropes and moments and is just a genuine joy to watch.

And the viewers loved the paintball assassin concept so much, that it came back in season two and also in season six. If there is a seventh season, hopefully, there will be another paintball episode, because they’re pretty much the best.

NEXT: 15 Little-Known Secrets About Community Only Human Beings Would Know

What are your favorite Community episodes? Let us know in the comments!

2019-03-13 05:03:24

Lena Wakayama