October 29th, 2014   Ray   Magazines, Photos   No Comments

Gillian Jacobs is featured in the November 2014 issue of Redbook and she looks amazing!

The “Community” cutie confessed that when she auditioned for her show, she had to drag herself out of bed due to a crazy high fever- “Casting directors weren’t considering me for comedic roles – I just had to get there.” Gillian also shared the great news that Yahoo TV has signed the program for a sixth season after NBC pulled the plug- “We were un-canceled!” And when it comes time to hit the mall, Jacobs rarely returns home with a complete outfit- “I always have zero plan when I go shopping. I end up with no shirts and endless pairs of shoes.”

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October 29th, 2014   Ray   Community, Interviews, Projects   No Comments

Popsugar.com — The namesake of last week’s big women-in-technology conference, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, was both a computer scientist and high-ranking naval officer who received plenty of accolades in her day. Yet no one has ever told Hopper’s story in a documentary. That’s about to change.

Gillian Jacobs, best known as Britta Perry, the politically correct “buzzkill” on the NBC-to-Yahoo Screen sitcom Community, will direct the short film for Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website. The as-yet-unnamed documentary is set to debut online by February 2015. (A second Hopper documentary by a separate production team is in the works, though it’s not slated for release until 2016.)

Jacobs didn’t start off knowing anything about the history of computing or major-yet-largely-invisible role of women in the early days of programming. Since taking the job, however, she’s become fascinated with the history of female programmers and inspired to tell their story.

I caught up with Jacobs at the conference, where she was interviewing students, engineers, and historians about Hopper’s legacy and the huge advancements she and other female computer scientists ushered in.

Have you always been interested in Grace Hopper or programming? I had never heard of Grace Hopper before. So for me, it was a quick education, and I was lucky enough to speak with Joy Rankin, an academic on the history of computing and gender. I called her and said I was asked to do this piece on Grace Hopper, and asked what are her significant accomplishments, or a really interesting story from her life, and what was it like to be the only woman in tech in this era.

And she said, “She wasn’t the only woman in tech.”

That really blew my mind. And I started to read about the women of the ENIAC project who were her colleagues, and I was lucky enough to talk to Kathy Kleiman yesterday, who has done a whole documentary on the ENIAC.

It’s been really fun. I feel like there’s a lot of awareness right now, like with Walter Isaacson’s new book talking about Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper and the women of ENIAC.

I’ve been teaching myself as much as I can about the very early days of computing, and Grace Hopper’s work on Mark I at Harvard, and with Eckhart-Mockley on the UNIVAC, and creating Flow-Matic and COBOL.

Initially when I read her Wikipedia page, I didn’t understand a word of it. But now I know what a compiler is, I understand what pseudo-code is. It’s been amazing to speak to such accomplished women in this field, and to talk to girls and young women just starting out in this profession.

I got to talk to Megan Smith, the CTO of America, yesterday. I feel so lucky to be here.

Why did FiveThirtyEight reach out to you? I’d been speaking with Dan Silver, who works with ESPN 30 for 30 Films. I was on a panel with him at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. I’d been talking with him because I wanted to start doing things other than acting—directing, producing, and diversifying myself in film and TV.

He was watching an episode of Halt and Catch Fire, the TV show, and they made a passing reference to Grace Hopper. He was like, “Who is Grace Hopper?” He looked her up and got really excited about her, and thought of me because we’d been talking about me directing something.

Now that I know about her, I can’t believe I didn’t know about her before.

The fun thing for me was that my mom works at Carnegie-Mellon University, and when I told her about this project, she was like, “I know Grace Hopper, my students go to the conference every year.” I interviewed one of my mom’s recent graduates for the documentary. My mom totally showed me up.

October 29th, 2014   Ray   Photos   No Comments

On October 20th, Gillian Jacobs made her appearance at the 21st Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards. She looked lovely! 29 new photos have been added to our site.

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October 29th, 2014   Ray   Articles, Life Partners, Movies, Videos   No Comments

Jezebel.com — Here is the trailer for Life Partners, a film starring Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs who play two best friends whose very close friendship hits a snag when Jacobs’s character becomes smitten with Adam Brody (Meester’s IRL husband). It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring to mixed reviews, but ah movies about female friendships!

October 26th, 2014   Ray   Movies, Photos, The Lookalike, Videos   No Comments

Bobby (John Corbett) and Frank (Steven Bauer) are in big trouble. The gorgeous go-between for a major deal just got dead—and she’s part of the package. Like it isn’t hard enough to be a gangster—now they have to cast the perfect imposter to take her place, or there’s gonna be more bodies to clean up.

The Lookalike opens in theatres on November 7th, and is available on Digital HD November 11th.

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