Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has put a ticking clock on the acting portion of her career, telling Glamour Magazine that she might not want to act much anymore, happier to write female characters and put the words in the mouths of other actresses. I hope that she’s not serious. Though I was turned off watching early episodes of Girls after watching her character get humiliated in sexual encounters (what can I say, I have daughters), I thought Dunham was very funny on Saturday Night Live, and she clearly has found a niche in a generation of young girls who are trying to find themselves, and trying to feel comfortable in their own skin.
Even though she seemed sensitive when a reporter asked why she insists on being nude so often in her show, Dunham’s lack of vanity shows her way more secure than a lot of young women her age. Just as I am liking watching the development of actresses like Melissa McCarthy, and Tina Fey (who also write scripts they star in), I’m looking forward to watching as Dunham continues to hone her voice as a writer/filmmaker, and her acting chops. As reports surface about the limitations placed on actresses, voices like Dunham are needed more than ever.
Saturday Night Live‘s guest host Lena Dunham last night played a self-absorbed neophyte who’s overwhelmed by the competence of everyone in Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm. Sasheer Zamata mimics Kerry Washington. Here you go:
Saturday Night Live has its best luck with routines in which guest hosts make fun of themselves. That was the case last night when Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, acknowledged the vigorous debate over her show’s frequent nudity. She did it in the monologue (watch below) with a familiar set-up: She says SNL‘s a place “where people respect boundaries,” and then cast members predictably don’t. She also filmed a fake trailer (also below) for a movie about the biblical story of Adam and Eve where she plays her overanxious character from Girls and Taran Killam does an overwrought parody of Adam Driver, who portrays her boyfriend on the show. Check out the clips:
“Symphony” is NBC parent Comcast-speak for “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It involves various properties of the company promoting each other. In the case of the star of HBO’s GirlsLena Dunham‘s, the music started when the network booked the creator-writer-star to guest host Saturday Night Live for the first time, this weekend. This week, Dunham showed up on NBC’s Late Night, now hosted by former SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, to help keep up his second-week ratings, during which she plugged this weekend’s SNL . Today, NBC News sent out info about a Dunham interview, taped for tomorrow morning, onToday – from the set of Saturday Night Live — during which she talks to Savannah Guthrie about the fact that she is hosting SNL for the first time, and her love of SNL. In the course of that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, she also plugged Late Night, while answering a question as to whether she came to SNL with any sketch ideas of her own. In that conversation, which will be broadcast tomorrow, Dunham said she asked new-host Meyers for advice about pitching the SNL writers, because she “didn’t want to be the person who shows up for the first day of school with, like, all their pencils sharpened, already knowing all the answers.” Read More »
Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series Girls, will be joined by The National – making its first appearance as musical guest. Dunham hasn’t hostedSaturday Night Live before but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a part of it. Last fall, the late-night show parodied Dunham and her HBO series with a faux promo featuring Tina Fey as new castmember Blerta from Albania. Dunham called the spoof a “true honor.” Check it out:
“I’m a pig in shit,” Ken Burns said of his quantity of documentary films in the pipeline. First up: The Address is extremely short by Burns’ standards – under two hours long. It follows a school in Vermont that has students each year memorize the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Lincoln on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of a cemetery on the site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on U.S. soil. It was, Burns noted, not universally embraced at the time – a Chicago newspaper’s review said, “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States.” The Address airs April 15 at 9 PM on PBS. Read More »
“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity – particularly by you,” some guy said to Lena Dunham at the start of the Q&A for her HBO comedy series Girls. It went downhill from there. The Random Guy Who Covers TV said he gets the point of all the nudity on HBO’s Game of Thrones, explaining it’s an attempt to “be salacious and titillate people.”
But Dunham’s nudity baffles him. “It’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive,” she said. “I totally get it if you’re not into me. That’s your problem.”
Exec producer Judd Apatow jumped in with a question addressed to Random Guy: “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you?” he sneered, as though it was a given nobody could. Apatow suggested the guy tell his girlfriend exactly how he’d asked the question at the Girls Q&A and “let me know how it goes tonight.” Apatow apparently lives in that alternate universe in which everyone loves Girls.
Another critic asked Dunham if she likes the characters she’s written on the show. We assumed he was talking about the characters Dunham has created for Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet. “Yeah, I love them. I love writing them,” she responded. Apatow, having apparently shot his wad with Random Nudity Question Guy, did not have any snappy comeback to add.
HBO will host “Girls Night Out” screening events in eight cities around the country on the same evening as Girls‘ New York City third-season premiere, which takes place Monday, January 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A live feed of the New York premiere also will include red carpet arrivals and personalized messages from series creator Lena Dunham. Attendees in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philly, San Francisco (delayed) and Washington, D.C. will then see new episodes before the series’ return January 12 on HBO.
Girls third season will begin with a special presentation of two new episodes back-to-back Sunday, January 12 (10-11 PM), immediately after the debut of True Detective.HBO announced the third-season pickup in January — a few days after Dunham accidentally broke the news on Alec Baldwin’s podcast. Read More »
HBO made it official: Matthew McConaughey/Woody Harrelson‘s new HBO series True Detectiveswill premiere on Sunday, January 12 at 9 PM, after which Girls will return for its third season. And, the network’s new Looking debuts Sunday, January 19 at 10:30 PM. True Detectives stars McConaughey and Harrelson as Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer, ranging from the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 to the reopening of the case in 2012. Read More »
The SXSW Film Festival is adding a series of daily keynote sessions to its 2014 lineup, led by a trio of forward-thinkers who “embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive” of the annual Austin fest. Lena Dunham, who launched her career out of SXSW with Tiny Furniture and came full circle last year with a panel on her HBO show Girls, is scheduled to deliver a keynote along with micro-budget horror whiz Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge) and Spirit Award-winning indie filmmaker Casey Neistat (HBO’s The Neistat Brothers, Daddy Long Legs). Each keynote session will be held at 11 AM from Saturday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Here’s the first wave of SXSW panel announcements, including talks from the fest’s first-ever SXSports conference: Read More »
Sure, you see some big-screen leading ladies every year at the Emmys — especially now that TV is more de rigueur than romantic comedies. But even the sight of radiant Claire Danes, or Nicole Kidman at last year’s show, doesn’t draw the European fashion houses like ants to a picnic. The bottom line is this: Movie stars are global personalities; TV actresses get mobbed Stateside. When it comes to award shows, the Emmys provide a chance for American designers who don’t go by one name to shine.
This year, we saw a strong showing from LA native Monique Lhuillier — on Anna Farris in a canary yellow chiffon dress that clashed a bit with her complexion and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ rose gold strapless column dress. Tina Fey looked electric in a body-con cobalt blue halter gown that Narcisco Rodriguez made specifically for her. In fact, a few lucky ladies got A-list treatment with custom-made gowns. Newcomer Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) wore a dress designed for her by Thakoon — no small feat for a great actress who wouldn’t get recognized in Orange County. It was wicked fun to see January Jones act all nonchalant about her one-off dusty rose Givenchy confection: “They made it for me,” she said without an ounce of glee when Ryan Seacrest asked her why she chose that particular dress. The color didn’t wow on the red carpet.
Some of the actresses who didn’t get handmade frocks plundered the Resort 2014 collections, which showed in June in New York. Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka wore a colorful though slightly distracting Delpozo dress while Zosia Mamet of Girls selected a mixed-media organza gown by Honor. The black leather bustier felt more like an “edgy girl” accessory than an organic piece of the dress, but it definitely strayed miles from the wardrobe of her less-than-alternative character. Elisabeth Moss gleaned her black-and-white strapless Andrew Gn gown from his resort line too. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Lena Dunham, creator/star/executive producer of hot comedy Girls, has teamed with her Girls co-showrunner, executive producer Jenni Konner, for another potential HBO comedy series set in New York. The pay cable network has optioned All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, the upcoming memoir by long-time Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper and New York institution Betty Halbreich. Dunham and Konner plan to write together the TV project, which will delve into the life of Halbreich who has spent decades working with the rich and famous.
At age 85, Halbreich is still running her Bergdorf-based personal shopping service, which she launched in 1976. She has been the dresser and confidante of three generations of Manhattan socialites and stars including Joan Rivers, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Couric and Glenn Close. Additionally, she works with top Manhattan stylists and has consulted for movies and TV shows, including helping design the signature look for HBO’s Sex And The City and capture the New York style of the early Woody Allen films. Halbreich is known as much for her unparalleled eye for fashion as she is about her unpretentious attitude and tart one-liners. The brassy Chicago native’s manner has been described as “part Angela Lansbury and part Lucille Ball.” Her memoir is said to provide behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of high fashion, as well as … Read More »
While there is still no official third-season pickup for Lena Dunham‘sGirls, she has confirmed the long-expected renewal of her HBO comedy series. “We’re starting season three at the end of March,” she told Alec Baldwin on his podcast. “I’m so excited.” HBO has been preparing for a third season of Girls for a couple of months. I hear it closed a new overall deal with executive producer Jenni Konner to return as co-showrunner alongside creator/star/executive producer Dunham and has been assembling a writing team, with Paul Simms expected to replace Bruce Eric Kaplan as co-executive producer as Kaplan is busy working on his HBO pilot. According to Dunham, Girls is taking over the stage used by Baldwin’s departing 30 Rock at Silvercup Studios.
Lena Dunham is writing a self-described funny book of advice and anecdotes on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work. But she sure is taking seriously one website’s attempt to make any of it public. Gawker at the start of the weekend scored and posted the HBOGirls sitcom creator’s 66-page book proposal which she sold in October for $3.5M to Random House. I went to read it on the site only to see it had disappeared off it. Gawker told me Charles Harder of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin demanded that Gawker take down Dunham’s proposal forNot That Kind Of Girl. Gawker complied. (“On the recommendation of Gawker’s legal department, the site’s leadership elected to take down the proposal.”) OK, I can understand that. But now Dunham’s attorney is demanding that Gawker take down a mere 12 one-sentence quotes lifted from the 66-page proposal. This is hardball: Harder represented himself to Gawker’s attorney as “litigation counsel for author and actress Lena Dunham [and] Lena Dunham has retained an attorney to demand that Gawker remove 12 quotes from her book propsal from our site,” an insider tells me. (I hear Random House isn’t bitching to Gawker, only Dunham.)
Look, the publishing industry leaks like a sieve and many book proposals leak to the media. (Heck, I posted Jon Peters’ entire book proposal, and lost him a bunch of friends, and no one threatened to sue … Read More »
Lena Dunham has admirers and a fair share of detractors too. The enviable 26-year-old has a hit HBO series Girls (Season 2 begins January 13), and she’s a successful author with a multimillion-dollar book contract. But who knew her YouTube video ad for President Obama titled Your First Time (see below) would draw the level of wrath it has from conservative pundits. A small sampling follows. Breitbart.com Editor-at-Large John Nolte tweeted “How could a president with two young, blossoming daughters release an ad as disgusting as this”? Fox News’ Monica Crowley called the ad “vile, stomach-churning, super-gross.” Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson said it was “further proof we live in a fallen world destined for hell fire.” Which might explain why Minnesota Republican Party deputy chairperson Kelly Fenton wrote in a since deleted tweet, “#MyFirstTime ad by #Obama is similar to an ad #Putin did. They must share the same advisor: #Satan.” Dunham’s response? “It tickles me no end that while my twitter feed was blowing up with conservative hate I was literally hanging out in a pile of bisexuals.”
UPDATE, 1:22 PM: The second seasons of both Girls and Enlightened, starring Laura Dern, will debut on January 13, 2013, HBO confirmed this afternoon.
PREVIOUSLY, 11:51 AM: Girlscreator-star Lena Dunham tweeted today that her Emmy-nominated show will be back on “Jan 13th 2013.” The first season of the HBO show debuted April 15, 2012 and wrapped after 10 episodes December 11. This year, Dunham received four Emmy nominations for Girls: for acting, directing, writing and outstanding comedy series. Last week it was announced she garnered a $3.5 million advance from Random House for her book of essays Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.