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Tribeca Film Festival: Leighton Meester has no barriers in 'Life Partners' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When Leighton Meester signed on to the BFF dramedy Life Partners, she never imagined she’d try something Blair Waldorf would never even consider: going off script.

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'Community' creator Dan Harmon's 'Harmontown' documentary: Watch the trailer -- VIDEO

You may know Dan Harmon as the tremendously creative architect of Community. You may also know him as the troubled dude who got in a feud with Chevy Chase and also got fired from Community (and then rehired). Now you can get to know him in ways that will likely both confirm and confound your expectations in a new documentary Harmontown, which premieres at SXSW this Saturday. The film chronicles his exploits on the road with his zany, confessional Harmontown podcast during his yearlong hiatus and explores his relationship with his fans (who view him as a non-conformist hero) and with himself (which ain’t always pretty).

Friends and co-workers pay tribute to him here by calling him “a straight-up nerd” and “no stranger to self-destruction.” Notes Sarah Silverman, with whom he co-created The Sarah Silverman Program: “I am his biggest fan — and I fired him.” Based on a just-released two-and-a-half-minute trailer, Harmontown appears not to be a highly sanitized attempt at image polishing, but rather some unfettered, messy access to a complicated, self-aware soul. “I know that I’m not just a fat, fired alcoholic,” Harmon says. “And I have effects on people.” Press play on the trailer below, because don’t you want six seasons and a movie and a documentary? READ FULL STORY

SXSW: 'Community' star Gillian Jacobs goes nuts in break-up comedy short -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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You’re at the SXSW festival, thinking you’re watching a fairly typical short about young love gone tediously, toxically bad when suddenly someone impales themselves on a glass coffee table. Matt Spicer’s dark comedy short It’s Not You, It’s Me, which has been playing all week as part of the shorts program, stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) in a clever snapshot of a woman dangerously pushed to the brink. Spicer, who wrote the script with his brother Eric, says Jacobs’ character was in part inspired by an ex-girlfriend who used to be so physically repulsed by the sight and sound of him eating cereal that she would have to leave the room.

The 28-year-old first-time director shot It’s Not You, It’s Me in three days in the living room of his Los Angeles apartment. “I didn’t tell my landlord,” he tells EW, “and we’re spraying blood everywhere, smashing tables. Of course my landlady showed up halfway through and freaked out and threatened to shut us down.’”

Art prevailed and now after a successful run at SXSW, Spicer is hoping someone will be impressed enough to trust him to direct his first feature off his new dark comedy script. In the meantime he and Max Winkler (Henry Winkler’s son and a buddy from USC film school) are busy prepping The Coward, their adaptation of a Nick Jones play that Spicer describes as “Barry Lyndon meets Trading Places,” which will hopefully go into production this summer. Girls star Adam Driver will play the lead, with Winkler at the helm.

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Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, and Amy Poehler are doing terrible, hilarious things in this 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' promo

If you’re a fan of NBC sitcoms, then you’ll definitely want to watch the promo for Nick Offerman’s movie Somebody Up There Likes Me, which features Community‘s Alison Brie, Parks & Recreation‘s Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, and Offerman’s Parks & Rec ex-wife/real-world still-wife Megan Mullally. And they’re all doing terrible, weird, wild things. What things you ask? Let’s just say it involves a folksy ode to marijuana, lady parts, and maybe John Cassavetes. Why not? Also, they turn Nick Offerman into a bong. Watch the video below (then take a shower). READ FULL STORY

'Save the Date' trailer: Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan not your typical bridesmaids

Nov. 8 and Dec. 14. Save the dates.

That’s when this charming Sundance “modern love story” opens on-demand and in theaters, respectively. It features some of your favorite quirky on-screen sidekicks — Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, and Geoffrey Arend — stepping up and playing the lead roles. Caplan and Brie are sisters dating two best friends from a semi-successful rock band. Brie’s more responsible sister is eager to tie the knot with the more ambivalent Starr (Knocked Up). Caplan’s bookstore clerk isn’t sure what she wants, but it isn’t marriage.

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'Captain America 2': Who should play Steve Rogers' next love interest?

In a way, Captain America has a little in common with Austin Powers. Both of them were international men of mystery from a bygone era who once pined for a stunning brunette. Then, after they’re both defrosted in the present day, their lives and relationships are complicated because the object of their love has aged while they remain in pristine health.

After Captain America, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter was doomed to flashback scenes in subsequent sequels once it was decided to bring Cap into the 21st century. So Marvel is currently searching for the hero’s next main squeeze. According to Deadline, five actresses are in the running: Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), and Community‘s Alison Brie. The first four ladies are three Brits and an Aussie, keeping with the notion that Steve Rogers has a soft spot for clipped accents; and Brie is a Californian who just so happens to work on the same sitcom as Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors, Joe and Anthony Russo.
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Charlie Kaufman, Dan Harmon fund 'Anomalisa' with Kickstarter

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Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman can’t possibly have any more indie cred, right? Just look at his work: Being John Malkovich. Adaptation. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, he done outdid himself this time. Looking to forgo the big-studio process, Kaufman has teamed with recently-ousted Community creator Dan Harmon and former Community actor Dino Stamatopoulos to bring Kaufman’s stop-motion project Anomalisa to life via Kickstarter. Harmon and Stamatopoulos are the brains behind Starburns Industries, which produced the Emmy-winning stop-motion Christmas episode of Community. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and 'Descendants' scribes plotting action-comedy -- report

Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who co-wrote The Descendants with Alexander Payne, have sold an action-comedy with Kristen Wiig attached to star, according to Variety.

Indian Paintbrush, which has Jeff Who Lives at Home starring Jason Segel and Seeking a Friend at the End of the World with Steve Carell out soon, purchased the pitch. Both writers know Wiig well from their days working together as members of the Groundlings comedy team.

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