HBO made it official: Matthew McConaughey/Woody Harrelson‘s new HBO series True Detectives will 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:
The only thing unfunnier than HBO’s Girls and Lena Dunham is this Saturday Night Live spoof:
Monica Corcoran Harel is a Deadline contributor
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.
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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.
While there is still no official third-season pickup for Lena Dunham‘s Girls, 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 momentum for female TV comedy writers continues. On the heels of the recent success of comedy series created/co-created by women — including Fox’s New Girl, ABC’s Suburgatory and CBS’ 2 Broke Girls – and a second consecutive upfront with multiple pickups of new series from female creators including Fox’s The Mindy Project from Mindy Kaling and ABC’s How To Live With Your Parents from Claudia Lonow, female comedy writes are now making big strides in the boy’s club known as the writing for a comedy series Emmy category. Lena Dunham, creator-star of HBO’s new comedy series Girls, and Amy Poehler, star of NBC’s Parks And Recreation, today landed comedy series writing Emmy nominations alongside Parks & Rec co-creator Michael Schur, Louie creator-star Louis C.K., and Community’s Chris McKenna. Film prodigy Dunham is nominated for the Girls pilot, while Poehler is recognized for writing ”The Debate” episode of Parks & Rec. I counted only a handful times in Emmy history when two female writers have received comedy writing nominations, the last time in 2002 when Jennifer Crittenden was nominated for the “Marie’s Sculpture” episode of Everybody Loves Raymond and Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky for the ”My Motherboard, My Self” episode of Sex And The City.
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Charlie Mason is an AwardsLine contributor.
A year ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find anyone who had ever heard of Lena Dunham. Now, of course, the 26-year-old New Yorker’s name is one of the household variety. Her Judd Apatow-produced HBO series, Girls, didn’t just earn its creator-writer-director-leading lady rave reviews, the pop-culture phenom also sparked discussions of nepotism and race — since she and two of her co-stars come from distinguished families, and there’s not a person of color among the cast.
AWARDSLINE: Congratulations on the nominations we think you’re going to get.
LENA DUNHAM: Thank you! That’s something I still can’t wrap my brain around.
AWARDSLINE: No? C’mon. Would you say you have a healthy interest in a nod, a mild obsession, or would you rather I hadn’t jinxed you by bringing it up?
DUNHAM: The Jew in me wants to go with the third. I’m so focused on shooting Season 2 that it’s hard for me to [worry about it]. That being said, it’s always nice to have the fantasy of the dress and getting to tell your parents how much you love them in a context that really matters — all those things [you] imagine when you’re standing in the shower.
Here is a trailer for HBO’s Girls, the series debut of feature prodigy Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture). Dunham wrote, directed and stars in the comedy series about twentysomething girls in New York that she executive produces with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. At TCA last month, Dunham said she grew …
IFC Films has issued a new trailer for Tiny Furniture, the comedy written, directed and starring Lena Dunham. She was just attached this week by Scott Rudin to adapt and direct Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, the new novel by Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist novelists David Levithan and …