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Dunham took to Instagram to criticise the unnamed publication for using a picture of her as an example of a 'slimmed-down star', when her weight loss has actually been down to medical reasons.
Lena Dunham has hit out at a glossy magazine after it used her as an example of a ‘slimmed-down star’ on its recent front cover, and for its main feature which was about ‘diet tips’.
The 30 year old actress and creator of HBO’s recently concluded ‘Girls’ pointed out that her sudden weight loss was “not an achievement” that had anything to do with crash-dieting or any other fashionable weight loss techniques, but the result of surgery she recently had to tackle her condition of endometriosis.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Blasts Magazine For Putting Her On 'Diet Tips' Cover
The actress has apologised for saying she wishes she had an abortion.
Lena Dunham has clarified that an objectionable comment she made about wishing she had had an abortion on her podcast was intended as a joke, and subsequently apologised for the insensitive manner in which it came across. She has donated to an abortion charity in her contrition.
Lena Dunham apologises for abortion joke with charitable donation
The 'Girls' star, who has been a staunch pro-choice activist for many years, apologised yesterday (December 20th 2016) for comments made on her Women of the Hour podcast. On the episode, the 30-year-old actress spoke about the stigma behind pregnancy termination and how she was asked to share her abortion story at a Planned Parenthood event in Texas, but immediately informed the person asking that she she's never had an abortion.
Beckham Jr. finally addressed the controversy in an interview with Complex, about his alleged snubbing of Dunham at this year's Met Ball.
NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. has at last reacted to the controversy concerning Lena Dunham which erupted last week, after the ‘Girls’ creator accused him of slighting her at the Met Gala back in May this year before apologising and taking it back.
Dunham had said that the New York Giants’ wide receiver had effectively taken one glance at her at the star-studded event four months ago and thought she was “not the shape of a woman by his standards”, and proceeded to ignore her.
Since then, many have been wondering what the 23 year old football player would have to say in response, but in a new interview he basically expressed polite confusion at the bust-up.
Continue reading: Odell Beckham Jr. Reacts To Lena Dunham Controversy
Dunham has apologised to the NFL star, after receiving backlash for claiming he had ignored her at the Met Ball because he thought she wasn't attractive enough.
‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham has issued an apology to Odell Beckham Jr for the comments she made about him in the most recent edition of her ‘Lenny Letter'. After receiving backlash online Dunham had attempted to clarify her comments on twitter, but after further criticism she has now issued a personal apology to Beckham Jr.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Apologises To Odell Beckham Jr For Met Ball Story
The ‘Girls’ creator came under fire after sharing a story about sitting next to the NFL star at the Met Ball in May.
Lena Dunham has attempted to clarify a story she shared about sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr at the Met Ball, where she claimed he ignored her because she ‘was not the shape of a woman by his standards’. Dunham said her story, which appeared in the most recent ‘Lenny Letter’, set off an ‘outrage machine’ on social media, as she was accused of being hypocritical and self-absorbed.
Lena Dunham has attempted to clarify her Odell Beckham Jr Met Gala story.
During an interview she conducted with Amy Schumer, Dunham said: “You and I were literally sitting across from each other at the Met Ball, and it was so surreal to get to do that. I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr.
'Girls' stars Dunham and Kirke appeared in a new body-positive campaign for New Zealand brand Lonely.
‘Girls’ stars Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke have been unveiled as the stars of a new body-positive lingerie advertising campaign, appearing in an un-Photoshopped series of pictures for the brand Lonely.
In the photos, 30 year old Dunham and 31 year old Kirke, both prominent stars of the HBO comedy-drama favourite ‘Girls’, pose in a New York apartment in photos left deliberately unaltered in order to project a message of body confidence – which is in line with Lonely’s objectives.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham And Jemima Kirke Appear In Un-Photoshopped Lingerie Campaign
Streep, who played Emmeline Pankhurst in 2015’s 'Suffragette', backed Clinton to be America’s first female president, while drawing on inspiration from women in history who had also accomplished "firsts".
Oscar winner Meryl Streep showed her support for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, with a powerful speech noting the women in history who had accomplished “firsts” with "grit and grace.”
Meryl Streep has spoken at the DNC in support of Hillary Clinton.
"What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit and it takes grace," Streep told the crowd. "Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That's what I want to know.”
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Shows Support For Hillary Clinton With Rousing DNC Speech
They'll be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
According to People, actresses America Ferrera, Debra Messing and Star Jones will also be joining them at the Democratic Party’s convention in Philadelphia next week, where Hillary Clinton will be accepting the nomination to run for President this November.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, 19 year old Moretz made the announcement. “I am so happy to announce I will be speaking at the democratic national convention! #DNC #ImWithHer going to be such a beautiful historic day and I can't believe I have the immense honor of being part of it. Thank you @hillaryclinton!”
Continue reading: Chloe Grace Moretz, Lena Dunham And Demi Lovato To Speak At DNC
Dunham and the cast of 'Girls' made a powerful PSA video message this week, after the victim's statement from the Stanford University sexual assault case went viral.
Lena Dunham has posted a video of herself and her ‘Girls’ co-stars telling people to support the victims of sexual assault, dedicated their message to the “brave survivor” in the recent well-publicised Stanford University case.
Posting a short video via NowThis and then via her own Twitter account on Wednesday (June 8th), Dunham dedicated “the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation.”
She was referring to the victim who was assaulted by 20 year old Brock Turner in 2015 on Stanford University campus. Last Thursday, Turner was sentenced to a six-month spell in county jail plus probation, and the victim responded by reading a statement before the court, which was later published in full by BuzzFeed and went viral.
Khloe wrote about how she's "at peace" with her decision to divorce husband Lamar Odom in a new essay.
Despite her ongoing divorce proceedings with her husband Lamar Odom being tangled up in the courts for nearly three years, Khloe Kardashian has explained that she’ll continue to support him in accordance with her wedding vows.
The 31 year old reality star wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s newsletter ‘Lenny’ on Tuesday (May 17th) about her Christian faith. In it, she addressed the current situation regarding her divorce from NBA player Odom, the proceedings of which stalled in autumn 2015 when he was hospitalised.
“I've been blessed with a lot in my life, and I've also had challenges,” she wrote. “It was a challenge for me when I decided to get divorced.”
He was found dead following a car crash in Massachusetts.
Tragedy has struck for Lena Dunham and the cast of 'Girls' as one of their members is pronounced dead following a car accident on Sunday (May 8th 2016). Nick Lashaway was just 28 at the time of his death, and Dunham has since taken to social media to express her shock and grief at the news which she discovered on Wednesday (May 11th 2016).
Lena Dunham pays tribute to late 'Girls' actor
Three cars collided on Badger Road in Framingham, Massachusetts, killing 28-year-old actor Nick Lashaway and leaving two other drivers injured. The actor appeared in an episode of 'Girls' back in 2013, playing Frank, and Dunham has paid tribute to him with a screenshot of both her and Lashaway acting opposite each other on the episode on her Instagram account yesterday (May 11th 2016).
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Grieves For 'Girls' Actor Nick Lashaway
The actress and activist says it took her 30 years to ‘get’ feminism.
Jane Fonda has peened a lengthly essay on her journey to feminism in the latest edition of Lena Dunham’s ‘Lenny Letter’. The 78-year-old actress also spoke about her struggles with eating disorders, revealing that her father and stepmother used to encourage her to loose weight.
Jane Fonda has penned an essay on feminism for the Lenny Letter.
“The culture that incubated in me since childhood insists that to be loved, a female has to be perfect: thin, pretty, having good hair, being nice rather than honest, ready to sacrifice, never smarter than a man, never angry,” Fonda wrote.
Continue reading: Jane Fonda Pens Essay On Her 'Convoluted Journey' To Feminism
She is also done with labels.
Feminist spokesperson Lena Dunham has reached out in defence of Amy Schumer following her recent attack on a magazine publication which labelled the latter 'plus-size'. Dunham has warned of the dangers of labelling women according to their size when it comes to fashion, claiming that all sizes of women should be targeted in the same way.
Lena Dunham agrees that labels aren't necessary
'Girls' star Dunham arrived at the Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People event in New York yesterday (April 6th 2017), where she was in attendance to receive an honour for her work particularly in regards to her feminist newsletter Lenny Letter.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Defends Amy Schumer's Criticism Of Plus-Size Label
The 'Girls' creator had been taken to hospital at the weekend, and told her fans "my gynecologist says I'm a good girl".
Lena Dunham is recovering at home after being dramatically rushed to hospital at the weekend for emergency surgery on what turned out to be a ruptured ovarian cyst.
On Wednesday night (March 9th), the ‘Girls’ writer and star wrote on Twitter: “My gynecologist says I'm a ‘good girl’ so I have achieved all I ever dreamed of. Loving you all from bed, even the rude bois out there.”
Dunham revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that she had left hospital, updating her fans on how she was doing, having been hospitalised on March 5th.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Recovering At Home After Surgery On Ruptured Ovarian Cyst
She doesn't want her body distorted by Photoshop.
Lena Dunham is determined to stamp out airbrushing in magazines and show young women what real bodies look like, so when her cover shoot for Spanish publication Tentaciones came out pretty well edited, she wasn't entirely thrilled and called them out for not being honest with their readers.
Lena Dunham urges magazine editors to be 'honest'
It's no secret that Dunham represents women's rights in all forms, and part of that is the right to be whatever size you happened to be and still be beautiful. The 'Girls' star herself is proud of her curvacious figure and has never been afraid of revealing all on the small screen. Even so, Tentaciones (Temptations) still found it necessary to Photoshop the heck out of her recent cover shoot where she was seen standing in a 60s style white mini-dress with her suspiciously slender arms aloft and some perfectly svelte legs on show.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Hits Back At Airbrushed Cover Shoot In Spanish Magazine
Who else is backing the 'Tik Tok' hitmaker?
Since Kesha lost her case against her alleged abuser Dr. Luke, she's received an overwhelming amount of support from fans and fellow celebrities alike. She may have been denied a preliminary injunction from his Sony imprint Kemosabe that would allow her to continue her career in an environment where she would feel safer, but so many people are still very much standing behind her.
Kesha continues to win support from her fellow artists
Lorde, Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, Clean Bandit, Haim and Halsey to name but a few, have all written messages of support over Twitter, confessing their horror at the situation and offering their prayers. Here are just a few more stars who are really pushing the #FreeKesha campaign.
The actress sat down with ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham for the latest edition of the ‘Lenny Letter’.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s martial problems became public knowledge two years ago, when the actor was accused of cheating on his wife. But instead of staying quiet on the rumours Spelling decided to document the couple’s problems on her reality show ‘True Tori’. Speaking to Lena Dunham, Spelling has explained why she decided to get so personal on her reality series, saying she "felt backed into a corner."
Tori Spelling has opened up about her husband’s cheating scandal.
"Like I didn't have a choice,” Spelling said in the latest edition of the 'Lenny Letter'. “Everything about me was stripped away with one magazine cover. That was it. It was that Us Weekly cover. I always say I can replay everything that happened during that time."
Continue reading: Tori Spelling Opens Up About Husband Dean McDermott's Cheating Scandal
The ‘Girls’ creator has also taken over the presidential hopeful's Instagram account.
Lena Dunham has been out on the campaign trail on behalf of Hillary Clinton, rallying support as she pushes for the Democratic candidate nomination. The creator of HBO’s ‘Girls’ spoke to crowds of Clinton’s supporters in Iowa on Saturday, urging more women to get involved in politics.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Goes Out To Campaign For Hillary Clinton
Is it nearly time to say goodbye to Hannah, Marnie, Jessica and Shoshanna?
Lena Dunham’s HBO series ‘Girls’ is reportedly set to end after the show’s sixth season, according to E! News. The series, which debuted in 2012, begins it’s fifth season next month but sources tell E! that Dunham has already decided on an end date for the comedy-drama.
Will Lena Dunham be ending ‘Girls’ after six seasons?
While network HBO has declined to comment on the story, The Hollywood Reporter also claims that a source has confirmed the show will end its run after series six. ‘Girls’ was renewed for a fifth season by HBO last year and it is set to premiere on Sunday Feb. 21st.
Continue reading: Is Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Set To End After Its Sixth Season?
Outspoken feminist Camile Pagila has not been particularly favourable about Swifty
Taylor Swift’s meteoric rise to super super-stardom has given her a legion of fans, a cupboard full of awards and a lot of approval for her handsome Scottish boyfriend, Calvin Harris. However, it appears that not everyone is impressed with her fabulous life that is also regularly centred around her stylish girl squad.
Taylor Swift and her girl squad have come under criticism
Celebrated feminist and cultural critic Camile Pagila has hit out at the successful singer, describing her as a "Nazi Barbie".
Continue reading: Taylor Swift And Her Girl Squad Criticised As Fascist Blondes
'The Hunger Games' actress has opened up about the pay gap between male and female actors in Hollywood on Dunham’s ‘Lenny’ blog.
Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out on the gender pay gap that still exists in Hollywood in a post titled ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?’ on her friend Lena Dunham’s blog 'Lenny'. Last year, the actress made headlines when the Sony email hack revealed she had been paid less than her male co-stars for American Hustle.
Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
In the hack it was revealed that Lawrence and her co-star Amy Adams, who were both Oscar nominated for their roles, received 7% shares of the film's profits while the director and the three male lead actors, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner all received 9%.
Is the game up for Homer and Marge?
Are Homer and Marge finally splitting up?
After a screen-grab of a new episode in which Bart writes "Homer and Marge are not breaking up" on the chalkboard in the opening credits, rumors of a split began doing the rounds on Twitter. The Simpsons denial was posted on the show's official Twitter account, along with a caption "RT and stop the rumors!"
Continue reading: Homer And Marge To Split, Lena Dunham "The Other Woman"
Say it isn’t so, but TV’s favourite couple might soon be no more.
One of the most enduring couples in television history could be headed for splitsville, as Homer and Marge Simpson are reportedly set to ‘legally separate’ after 27 seasons of marriage. The shocking news has left fans reeling, but it appears the person to blame for the famous couple's troubles is none other than ‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham.
The new season of 'The Simpsons' looks set to bring some unexpected storylines.
In an interview with Variety the show's executive producer Al Jean let it slip that Homer and Marge will be experiencing marriage troubles in the upcoming season premiere, titled ‘Every Man's Dream’. “It’s discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it’s an incredible strain on the marriage,” Jean revealed.
Bristol and Sarah Palin chose a rather odd publicity method this week.
Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from an L.A. sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video.
Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from a sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video. The 25-year-old singer reportedly borrowed more than $13, 000 in clothes from The Stockroom, an erotic boutique in Los Angeles. Although the majority of outfits were borrowed for the occasion, the star and her team kept around $5000 worth of clothing.
Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video required $13,000 worth of sex shop clothing.
The 28-year-old actress isn't willing to celebrate something that not everyone is legally allowed to do.
Although Lena Dunham and Fun's lead guitarist Jack Antonoff have been dating for going on three years, the loved up duo aren't planning on tying the knot until all states in the US legalize gay marriage.
Dunham and Antonoff have been dating for nearly three years
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday (March 9th), the 28-year-old actress stated that she refuses to walk down the aisle until everyone has the right to do so, at the moment 37 out of the 50 states have made gay marriage legal.
'Girls' is back... tomorrow! If you've missed Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shosh as much as we have then you only have 24 more hours to wait. The premiere of 'Girls' season 4 premieres on Sunday 11th January.
After the week of terrorist attacks, massacres and hostage taking we've all witnessed, we're all in desperate need of some light-hearted relief. Fortunately, Girls is back and just in the nick of time it seems.
Girls is back on Sunday!
The 'Girls' creator was talking with her three co-stars ahead of the fourth season of 'Girls' which premieres this weekend.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the premiere of the fourth season of HBO’s ‘Girls’, the 28 year old actress said “Taylor is an incredible actor, she’s the most iconic performer of her generation, and she’s also one of my best friends.”
Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham have been singing each others' praises in recent interviews
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Praises Taylor Swift In Interview
The 'Girls' writer and star will go yellow later this year when she makes a guest appearance in Springfield.
We know that Lena Dunham is returning to our screens when the fourth season of ‘Girls’ takes its bow on HBO this weekend, but NYC is not the only place she’ll be appearing this year. Entertainment Weekly has revealed that she’ll also be seen in Springfield when she makes a guest appearance on ‘The Simpsons’.
The 28 year old actress and writer won’t be appearing as herself, or her ‘Girls’ character Hannah, however. She’ll be voicing a pharmacist called Candace who becomes romantically linked with Homer when he becomes diagnosed with narcolepsy, which makes him continually fall asleep.
Lena Dunham will be a guest star on 'The Simpsons' later this year
Continue reading: Lena Dunham To Guest Star In 'The Simpsons'
Although the 28-year-old 'Girls' star is very successful, she is still struggling to deal with the celebrity lifestyle.
Lena Dunham isn't your typical celebrity, even though she created and stars in the hit HBO series 'Girls,' for which she has received two Golden Globes, the 28-year-old actress isn't a fan of the fame that comes with her career.
Dunham admits the celebrity lifestyle makes her feel "gross"
While Dunham was interviewed with Elle's February edition, the magazine's 5th Annual Women in TV issue, she opened up about the strategy she uses to help her find her place in the "gross" world of celebrities.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Explains Why Fame Makes Her Feel "Gross"
Check out what Lena Dunham bought Taylor Swift for her 25th birthday!
One can only imagine that if you're best friends with Lena Dunham you can certainly expect your birthday presents to be thoughtful, if not slightly eccentric. And that's exactly what Taylor Swift found out when Dunham presented her with a less than conventional, but still pretty fabulous, birthday gift!
Taylor Swift at the Z100's Jingle Ball in New York.
In this installment of Mean Tweets: boobs, dog noses and more!
If you’re one of those people, who like to tweet snarky comments at your favourite celebrities, you’re probably already familiar with Jimmy Kimmel’s segment Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. And if not, well, let me introduce you to a piece of quality entertainment.
Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't too thrilled with the feedback she received.
Last night’s episode, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham and her royal highness Britney Spears was a pretty epic one. Seriously. Hearing Gwyneth Paltrow read out the words: "Gwyneth Paltrow you ugly ass big bird looking bitch, shut the f--k up," without even a flinch was a lesson in confidence indeed. And speaking of confidence, the queen of confidence herself, Lena Dunham, got stuck with reading: “Unpopular opinion: lena dunham's boobs are dog noses.”
Check out the trailer for 'Girls' Season 4!
Girls is back! For a whole 1 minute 31 seconds. HBO released the official trailer for season 4 on Friday (7th November) and it's certainly got everyone talking!
The cast of Girls (L-R): Driver, Williams, Kirke, Dunham, Mamet, Karpovsky.
Many Hollywood actresses have spoke about wanting to be in the third 'Ghostbusters' film, but will it be Lena Dunham who leads the all-female cast?
Since it was revealed earlier this month that American director Paul Feig will be helming a third 'Ghostbusters' movie with an all-female cast, there has been a lot of talk amongst the funniest females in Hollywood on who will feature in the flick.
Will Dunham star in 'Ghostbusters 3?'
Lena Dunham, who co-created and stars in HBO's 'Girls,' is believed by many to be a frontrunner for a starring role in the project, and during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday (Oct 20th), she was finally asked about if the speculation was true.
The 28 year-old actress refuses to walk down the aisle until some US laws dramatically change.
Although Lena Dunham and Fun's lead guitarist Jack Antonoff have been dating for two solid years, the pair aren't planning on tying the knot until all states in the US legalize gay marriage, as of now only 19 states allow it.
Dunham and Antonoff have bene dating for two years
This topic arose when Dunham was interviewed by Howard Stern, and she told the SiriusXM radio host she just moved in with her "life partner," Antonoff. This led Stern to ask the 28 year-old actress if she is against marriage.
‘Girls’ creator was facing criticism after her opening acts were invited to work for free.
Writer and actress Lena Dunham has agreed to pay the opening acts on her book tour after coming under fire in an article published by Gawker. Dunham, who is about to embark on a 12 date tour to promote Not That Kind of Girl', admitted that the article had raised "some good points" and she has subsequently changed her mind on the issue.
Lena Dunham will share the wealth after all
In the article questions were raised over the ‘Girls’ star’s decision not to pay her fellow performers, who were selected after an open call was put out online for video submissions. Seven performers were chosen and each act is local to the venue where Dunham is performing.
Lena Dunham has never seen Star Wars? What?
Lena Dunham says that her friend and co-star Adam Driver finally persuaded her to watch Star Wars, but only because she insisted he watch 'Girls'. Driver is rumored to playing the primary villain in J.J Abrams 'Star Wars: Episode VII' and he asked Dunham to watch the original movie in the franchise ahead of the new movie.
Lena Dunham has never seen Star Wars
"The funny thing is I've never actually seen Star Wars," Dunham told E! Online, "I understand that this is a huge cultural phenomenon but I get none of the references. As a young woman growing up in New York City it's actually not that hard to avoid Star Wars. It's not that hard to move out of Star Wars circles."
The Emmy Awards was one of the most glitzy yet.
In an Emmy Awards that most agree was a stone-cold classic, AMC's meth-drama 'Breaking Bad' was the big winner, taking home most of the night's major TV awards including the big one: outstanding drama series. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all took home acting gongs, leaving a couple of big, big players - Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson - going home with nothing.
Bryan Cranston kissed Julia Louis-Dreyfus on stage [Getty/Kevin Winter]
Cranston probably deserved his Emmy for meth dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad's final season, though some raised eyebrows at the snubbing of McConaughey given his faultless performance as Rust Cohle in HBO's 'True Detective'. The current recipient of the Oscar for best actor was nevertheless in high spirits and was the butt of several jokes given his status as one of the world's best. "You don't belong here," said Jimmy Kimmel at one point, "And take Julia Roberts with you."
'Girls' star Lena Dunham looked dazzling in a gold dress on the red carpet at the Point Foundation's charity gala in New York City. The organisation held the event to raise awareness and funds for their work with poverty stricken African children and their bid to help them get educated and survive.
Emma Watson, Lorde and Lena Dunham are among the new breed of young female role models, fighting back against the unrealistic standards that have been set for women.
Female celebrities can’t escape the title of ‘feminist’ or ‘role model’ these days, but it is a fact that they have a lot of influence. Whether they notice it or not, young women absorb the media’s portrayal of celebs, who seem rarely aware of how much power they yield. A passing quote can be empowering or confidence destroying, inspiring or totally disparaging.
Emma Watson wants her young female fans to know that it takes work to look 'perfect'
Kate Moss is a prime example of this. Moss famously remarked “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, which has become a mantra to weight-obsessive girls who see it as justification for eating very little to remain thin. Fortunately, the younger generation of celebrities recognise their influence over young fans, perhaps because they themselves have grown up in a society with poor female role models, excessive photoshopping and unrealistic body image.
Continue reading: Emma Watson, Lorde, Lena Dunham: The New Young Female Role Models
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
Joan Rivers insults Lena Dunham at a personal level.
Joan Rivers has slammed Lena Dunham for being overweight in a new interview on The Howard Stern Show. The 80 year-old television personality heavily criticised the Girls writer and actress' stance on body image, namely that she doesn't feel the need to conform to the more Hollywood ideals of female body shape. Comedian Rivers is known for her tendency for incendiary comments but in her radio interview with Stern she drove home her distaste for Dunham's image despite the host's attempt to defend the 27 year-old star.
Joan Rivers Branded Lena Dunham "Fat" & Accused Her Of Promoting Obesity.
"Let me ask you something. Lena Dunham, who again I think is terrific, how could she wear dresses above the knee?" Rivers asked on Tuesday. "I think the thing we love about her is that she doesn't give a s**t," Stern replied, referring to Dunham's body positive philosophy. "Oh, every woman gives a s**t," Rivers retorted, adding "That's wrong. You are sending a message out saying 'It's okay. Stay fat. Get diabetes. Everybody die. Lose your fingers.'" Stern argued back: "I don't think she's sending a message to anyone other than 'I want to make you laugh.'"
It's ok Kim and Kanye, other Vogue cover stars haven't had an easy ride either
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hve finally fulfilled their dream of becoming are Vogue cover stars and well not everybody’s sharing in their joy. It seems some just don't think Kimye are 'Vogue' enough to feature on the fashion bible's cover. Surely Vogue reader's should be used to a less than typical cover star by now? Aparently not, but maybe Kimye can take solace in knowing that these four stars didn't have the easiest Vogue ride either.
Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover is getting a mixed reaction
Continue reading: Kim And Kanye Aren't The Only Unlikely Cover Stars Of 'Vogue'
[Spoilers] The 'Girls' season three finale was a climactic finisher.
The third season of Girls managed to pack more into its half hour, Lena Dunham-directed finale episode than the rest of the entire season combined. With major plot movements for many of the show's key characters, Dunham took her show in a bold new direction with fans hanging on for the crucial "what happened next" season four opener.
Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Has Made Its Season Three Departure.
Season three's twelfth and final episode, entitled 'Two Plane Rides,' began with a double revelation; the first hit when Hannah bumped into Adam's sister, Caroline, who had been living downstairs with Hannah's ex-stalker Laird and revealed that the pair were expecting a baby. The news coincided with Hannah opening a letter informing her that she'd been accepted on to the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop course. Her smile said it all.
As other celebs rush to distance themselves, Dunham clambers into the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen debate.
Lena Dunham has become one of the only celebrities to comment publically on the familial tension between director Woody Allen, his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and their adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Dylan and Mia have accused the filmmaker of molesting his daughter when she was young, with Dylan detailing her abuse in a New York Times open letter.
'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Has Offered Her Two Cents On Claims Woody Allen Molested His Daughter.
In her letter, Dylan admonishes actors who have worked with Allen by name, including Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett, claiming they had "turned a blind eye" to her father's behaviour and had condoned his actions by continuing to work with him. Allen has fiercely denied the claims, which were first dismissed by a police investigator in the early nineties, but Mia and Dylan have pressed on with their allegations.
Lena Dunham might be leaving the acting world behind.
Lena Dunham has hinted that she will quit acting in the near future, to concentrate on writing. The 'Girls' star covers the April issue of Glamour and it was in the accompanying interview that the 27-year-old dropped the bombshell.
Lena Dunham Could Retire From Acting
"I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore," Dunham admitted. "I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts."
Continue reading: Is Lena Dunham Retiring From Acting, Already?
Spoiler: David is dead. So are basic human emotions.
By now everyone knows that the HBO vehicle is essentially a weekly half hour of privileged people running around, complaining about problems that aren’t really problems and everyone, who isn’t interested in that has switched the channel. Even so, last night’s episode, Dead Inside, managed to alienate even the diehard fans. If you haven’t seen Season 3, Episode 4, beware of spoilers.
Dear Lena Dunham, we hope you're doing the sarcastic, self-aware thing.
So, it turns out that sometimes, the girls do have actual real person problems – the sudden and unexpected death of Hannah’s editor David would count as such. When it happens, the gang respond with less of what you might call “actual human emotions” and more of a “Most Self-Involved” contest.
Continue reading: 'Girls' Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: "Dead Inside" Sounds Pretty Accurate
It wasn't the best birthday, nor the best episode in the series.
For teenagers and 20-somethings, Lena Dunham’s Girls is a welcome, constant reminder that you can never really figure out life. After last week’s hilarious episode, this week’s "She Said OK" takes on a much less exciting tone when Hannah turns 25 and everybody else seems to be having the quarter life crisis. Proceed with caution, spoilers ahead.
The girls continue to struggle with that most middle-class of problems - the quarter life crisis.
While Adam and Hannah’s relationship is once again strained – this time by a visit from Adam’s completely crazy, but possibly abused sister, Caroline – Marnie is having the most intense phone call of her life. See, her budding career as a pop star (remember when that happened last season) has resulted in a hilariously terrible faux-90s music video, in which she twirls her pigtails, wears a lot of eyeliner and sings the line “Religion is the smile of a dog.”
Lena Dunham has gone for the Mindy Kaling approach to criticism.
More and more attention has been brought to magazines’ rampant retouching of stars on their covers – Melissa McCarthy, Gabourey Sidibe, Mindy Kaling and even Jennifer Lawrence have been retouched beyond recognition in recent months. The most recent victim of this trend is Lena Dunham, who graces the cover of this month’s Vogue.
The creator of Girls was confused by the backlash against her Vogue shots.
The situation is made even more complicated by the fact that Dunham advocates and writes about body positivity and self acceptance. It’s no surprise then, that her edited cover made a big splash online.
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
Lena Dunham graces the front cover of Vogue and blasts criitcs who think a women with her figure couldn't date the men depicted on HBO's 'Girls': "Critics said, 'That guy wouldn't date that girl!' ... "It's like, 'Have you been out on the street lately?"
Comedian Lena Dunham graced the cover of the world's leading fashion magazine Vogue for its February issue. The latest US version of the magazine shows a new glamorous side to the 27 year-old, with the headline 'The New Queen Of Comedy'.
Lena Dunham is the creator of HBO's 'Girls'
The cover, which was released on Wednesday (Jan 15th), features a close-up shot of the comedian's face, with a gazed, wide-eyed look, to maintain her peculiar personality, while wearing a stylish, red and white, polka-dot shirt.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Covers 'Vogue' And Blasts Critics Against 'Girls' Storylines
Evan Jonigkeit, Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Richard E. Grant - Girls - UK premiere of the third series held at the Cineworld Haymarket - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 15th January 2014
The 'Girls' star's Vogue shoot will silence those her disparage her body and looks.
Lena Dunham has made it on to the cover of the world's most famous fashion magazine, Vogue. The new issue of the US version of the magazine in a striking print shirt with the headline "The New Queen Of Comedy." Inside, the surreal product of a New York photoshoot shows the Girls star in eccentric clothing, being carried around on the shoulders of co-star Adam Driver and with a pigeon on her head.
Lena Dunham Has Caused A Stir Of Excitement With Her First Vogue Cover.
This is a massive deal: marking a departure from not only the high fashion aesthetics and target audience of Vogue, but also signals a refreshing move away from the skinny ideals portrayed as magazine standards. The cover has been rumored for some time but to see it for the first time is rather magnificent.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Covers Vogue In Stunning Shoot With Girls' Adam Driver
The cop comedy emerged as one of the awards' biggest winners: what's the appeal?
This week's Golden Globe Awards brought the news that aside from scores of deserving winners, there had been left even more equally deserving snubs. New comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine however, was not one of the snubbed titles and instead cleaned up the comedy categories with two Golden Globe awards amidst fierce competition.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Took Home An Arms-Worth Of Trophies At The Golden Globes.
Golden Globes voters ensured that Fox's freshman sitcom went home with two awards, in the coveted top comedy series category and for lead actor Andy Samberg, who took the best comedy actor prize. "We are very stunned, very grateful and very happy," the show's co-creator Dan Goor said backstage, via Variety.
Continue reading: Why Did Comedy Newcomer 'Brooklyn Nine Nine' Win At Golden Globes?
Producers of the hit comedy series girls have defended the right of their actors to appear naked during the show. One reporter questioned why Lena Dunham appears naked so frequently which caused the producers to go into a "rage spiral."
One member of the press will definitely not be interviewing Lena Dunham or the Girls producers again anytime soon. The Girls creator was faced with some impertinent questions about her frequent appearances in the nude during the show.
Lena Dunham at the season 3 premiere of Girls.
During a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday (9th January), a reporter questioned Dunham her decision to appear nude on the show. The reporter questioned, according to The Huffington Post, the purpose of nudity in the show. He said "I don't get the purpose of all the nudity on the show, by [Dunham] in particular. I feel like I'm walking into a trap where you go, 'Nobody complains about all the nudity on Game of Thrones, but I get why they do it. They do it to be salacious and titillate people. And your character is often nude at random times for no reason."
Continue reading: 'Girls' Producers Defend Nudity At TCA Panel
The 'Girls' star chewed up a reporter at a press conference.
Lena Dunham took offence when a reporter at a press conference for the new series of comedy Girls asked why there was so much nudity in the show. In a knee-jerk reaction, Dunham, who both writes for and performs on the show, laid into the journalist at the Television Critics Press tour in Pasadena during which Girls was renewed for a fourth season.
Lena Dunham Scorches A Reporter For Mentioning Nudity In The TV Show, 'Girls.'
"I don't get the purpose of all the nudity on the show - by [Dunham] in particularly. I feel like I'm walking into a trap where you go, 'Nobody complains about all the nudity on Game of Thrones,' but I get why they do it. They do it to be salacious and titillate people. And your character is often nude at random times for no reason," the reporter remarked.
When a critic from The Wrap dared to question the show's nudity, he was soon the subject some serious grief
‘Girls’ is a good show. It’s a good, funny show with interesting ideas and a well-cast, talented crew on board. And you don’t even need to trust this humble staff writer’s opinion on that: it’s won tonnes of awards and shifted loads of DVDs.
Lena Dunham is happy and willing to do nude scenes
But there are two things that split opinions regarding the show: its lack of cultural diversity and the heavy slant on nudity. And both of those things came to the fore when critics posed questions to the Girls gang at a TCA session. It was the latter that has made the news.
Lena Dunham and producer for 'Girls' were answering reporters' questions on Thursday (January 9), when a reporter asked something they deemed inappropriate. But how they reacted was pretty unexpected.
If there is one thing you don't do, it's ask those involved with Girls about the show's nudity. Apparently.
Lena Dunham at HBO's after-Emmy party
Producers from the show were taking questions on Thursday (January 9) at the Television Critics Association, when a reporter asked a question they found offensive.
Continue reading: 'Girls' Producers Freak Out When Asked Why They Need So Much Nudity
'Girls' actress Lena Dunham stops briefly for photographers as she arrives for her appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' in New York City wearing a leather jacket over a black dress. As she enters the building, a loud booing can be heard, either from paparazzi who missed out on a picture or some awaiting fans she failed to greet.
The hit HBO comedy will return on 12 January
Girls is coming back to HBO in the new year and to celebrate that fact an all-new trailer for the upcoming third season has been released. The new season will pick up where we last left Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her circle of friends - played by Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky - when it returns on 12 January, 2014.
The Girls girls have already found success with the series
It actually looks as though things are looking up for Hannah in the third season, having meetings with publishers and potentially making strides in her career at last. In the trailer, Hannah, Marnie (Williams), Shoshana (Mamet) and Jessa (Kirke) are each contemplating just how far they've come -or rather how far they haven't come- in the years since they graduated college. Nevertheless, it does seem as though things are finally starting to look up for the group, Hannah in particular.
Continue reading: 'Girls' Season 3 Trailer Emerges Online As Air Date Draws Closer
Newcomers like 'House of Cards' and 'Master of Sex' replace the old guards like 'Mad Men' and 'Homefront' in the TV noms
The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards were revealed this week and although there were few surprises in the movie nominations; in the television categories however, it's time for change in the established order of critically-acclaimed TV. Former nomination regulars like Mad Men and Homefront are nowhere to be seen in the nominees lists, replaced instead by the new order of critically-acclaimed shows.
Master of Sex, along with House of Cards, is now the show to beat
Master of Sex and House of Cards now look like the shows to beat, with Breaking Bad making what will be its final appearance at the Golden Globes with the series ending this year. This comes just a year after Homeland achieved the impressive feat of winning Best Drama Series, Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor all in one night, although this does mark the second year in a row that the 2007-2009 winner Mad Men has not appeared in the Best Drama category.
'Girls' season 3 is coming, apparently.
Lena Dunham has surprised her scores of Instagram followers with what appears to be the first hint of the upcoming third season of the hit HBO comedy, Girls. The clip, captioned "A teaser of our teaser for @girlshbo! Officially drops Sunday..." is the first rumblings of new Girls action to accompany a slightly longer official teaser which will debut on TV this weekend, presumably ahead of a full-length trailer in January before the third season kicks off. Phew.
'Girls' Season 3 Is Coming!
Though Lena's clip is only 15 seconds long, including Adam complaining about Hannah's friends, Hannah getting her head stuck in a chair, and Hannah having therapy. It was eough to give us a flavour of what is to come during Hannah Horvath and Co.'s third outing but we instantly hungered for more.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Posts 'Girls' Season 3 Teaser Teaser Trailer [Video]
Gaga is the cover star of December's 'Glamour' magazine, and the photo of her has been photoshopped like crazy
Lady GaGa stars as the front cover star of December's edition of Glamour magazine. In her feature interview, the star discusses her new album, her insecurities and beauty and body image in today's society, arguments that are kind of condescended against when you notice how photoshopped Gaga's picture is on the front of the magazine.
Gaga attended the event with her hair in a bunch, like the above photo, and an all-white suit
It turns out that Gaga was unwittingly photoshopped like mad for the cover picture, and in a show of defiance the singer has called out the magazine for doctoring her image so much. Gaga didn't just write a tweet or an open letter to dispute the image though, instead she went right to the source and called out the magazine in their own yard.
Finally, "Girls" has a porn parody. And Lena Dunham is definitely not happy about it.
It was bound to happen eventually – Lena Dunham’s hit HBO series Girls now has a porn parody. Rule 34 strikes again – namely that, if something exists, so does porn about it. The decision to, um, adapt Girls is a bit of a weird one though – since the show, written, directed and produced by Dunham, already has its fair share of nudity and sex scenes. Now before you go googling the thing – as we suspect most people reading this will do – be warned: it will get pretty weird. Adult film star Richie Calhoun, who plays lead character Hannah's boyfriend Adam in “This Ain’t Girls XXX” (not the best title by far) had this to say about the production to adult entertainment site xbiz.com: “I tried to make it as weird as possible. I tried to say really weird things and do really weird positions.”
The premise of the whole video is pretty simple. Hannah leaves Adam to experiment with homosexuality, but later returns to men. It doesn’t sound all that thrilling, but the shoddy premise probably isn’t the only reason for Lena Dunham’s disapproval. And the Girls creator certainly isn’t happy about the video’s existence, as she shared on Twitter this Thursday.
“I wish I had a better attitude about the Girls porn parody. I really can never predict what will trouble me and it's simply exhausting,” she commented via the social network.
Continue reading: "Girls XXX" Is Not A Title Lena Dunham Likes To Hear
Lena Dunham has plenty to say to her hero Sarah Jessica Parker.
What could possibly happen should Lena Dunham ever meet her hero Sarah Jessica Parker? That's what fans of the Girls star have asked themselves over the past year, but the waiting is finally up: the two women have finally met, at New York's Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala on Monday night (May 6, 2013).
Dunham has made no secret of her love for Sex and the City or its influence on her award winning show. During an interview with TIME magazine, the writer and actress explained, "That was sort of the first thought was that Shoshanna [Zosia Mamet's character] would have moved to New York because of Sex in the City. And a lot of these girls, even Hannah who might make fun of the girl who wears the "I'm a Carrie" T-shirt, part of the reason she came to New York is clearly because she thought she was a Carrie. It's almost like not only is this a show that talks about Sex and the City, these are women who couldn't exist without Sex and the City."
So what happened when Dunham met Parker? Well, there was plenty of hugging, plenty of air-kissing and plenty of animated conversation. Dunham wore a slender black Erdem gown while Parker, 48, opted for a Giles Deacon satiny print gown with mohawk-style headdress.
Continue reading: When Lena Dunham Met Sarah Jessica Parker At The Met Ball [Pictures]
TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World and other famous faces take to the red carpet at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Frank Ocean at the TIME 100 Gala in New York
It was the annual TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday night (April 23rd 2013) celebrating this year's most influential faces from world leaders to movie stars and the red carpet was full of stars waiting to congratulate the 2013 list.
Grammy winning superstar Christina Aguilera dazzled at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York looking classy and much trimmer than she has been in recent months and making the TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World list in the Artists category. She was joined by 2013 Grammy and BRIT artist Frank Ocean who has dominated the R&B industry with his spectacular debut album 'Channel Orange' and his rather inspiring love life confessions. Talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon (of 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon') and Jimmy Kimmel (of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!') were also present, as was 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston whose crime drama has won him a Primetime Emmy. Lena Dunham landed a place in the Icons category for her comedy show 'Girls' which has won her a Golden Globe. Other honourees included Perry Chen, the founder of Kickstarter - a creative project fund-raising website, who reached the Pioneers list, and fashion designer Michael Kors who hit the list of influential Titans of the world.
Amid reports of disagreements with Lena Dunham, Christopher Abbott has announced that he won't be returning for the next season of Girls.
After reports recently started circulating that Christopher Abbott, who plays the character of Charlie on HBO’s Girls, wasn’t exactly getting along with the show’s creator Lena Dunham, the announcement has now been made that he will not be returning for Season 3. A source alleged: "They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena. He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map."
Creative disagreements? It’s possible, but Abbott’s rep didn’t let anything slip in his statement, confirming the news: "(Chris) is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd (Apatow), and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show.”
So what exactly are these other projects? A role on a rising HBO series seems like a cushy gig, so the actor must have something equally as exciting lined up, right? Well, his next film is the indie flick The Sleepwalker. Hardly a step up from Girls. Meanwhile, Lena Dunham didn’t seem the least bit fussed about the actor’s departure, and instead devoted her Twitter stream to praising the current It-girl of pop, Taylor Swift.
Continue reading: Was Christopher Abbott Booted Off 'Girls'?
Christopher Abbott's character Charlie appeared to written in more prominently for season two of Girls, though he has left the show.
Just when things were hotting up between Christopher Abbott's character Charlie and Allison Williams' Marnie on HBO series Girls, the actor has abruptly left the series due to issues he was having with creator Lena Dunham. Abbott played Marnie's college sweetheart Charlie, a sort of weedy good-looking New Yorker who ends up becoming super-desirable after setting up his own social media company and renting a swanky office in Manhattan.
Anyway, his character was just beginning to gain a little prominence in the show - which follows the lives of various twenty-somethings in Brooklyn - when he had an almighty row with Dunham over the direction of season three. They've just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena," a source said. "He didn't like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map," said a source familiar with the discussions.
Abbott's representative offered little in the way of a full explanation for his sudden departure, though did say, "[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd[Apatow], and the entire 'Girls' cast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show." He recently appeared in the indie movie 'Burma' which debuted at SCSW last month and is set to star in drama 'The Sleepwalker' from director Mona Fastvold. The movie tells the story of a woman whose life is shattered over the course of a long weekend when her estranged sister Christine arrives unannounced in the middle of the night, with no memory of how she got there.
This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five episodes of a sitcom back-to-back. It's funny and enjoyable, with characters we enjoy watching, but they continually spiral back to where they started, and in the end we feel like there's been a lot of fuss about nothing. Even so, the script offers plenty of hilarious observational humour, and the cast is thoroughly entertaining.
Reprising their roles from Knocked Up, Rudd and Mann play Debbie and Pete, who turn 40 within a week of each other. But Debbie isn't coping very well with it, and her emotions swing wildly from steamy lust to fiery rage while Pete just tries to hang on. Their daughters (played by Apatow and Mann's real daughters Maude and Iris) each have their own issues to stir into the mix. And then Pete's needy father (Brooks) turns up with problems of his own, forcing Debbie to think about her own distant father (Lithgow). Meanwhile, the economic crunch is causing problems for both of their businesses.
Yes, both of them own businesses. This is not the typical struggling 40-something couple, so it's not easy to sympathise with many of their issues. Fortunately, Apatow's dialog is packed with brazen honesty and an appreciation for rude gags that keep us laughing even in the absence of an actual storyline we can get involved in (although there's one major plot point along the way). Rudd and Mann were arguably the best thing in Knocked Up, so it's great to let them take the spotlight here, making the most of their sparky interaction. And aside from experts like Brooks and Lithgow, there is a continual stream of superb side roles, including Fox as Debbie's oversexed and possibly embezzling employee and McCarthy as a furious school parent (her big scene is expanded into a brilliantly improvised outtake riff in the closing credits).
Continue reading: This Is 40 Review
The awards just keep on coming for Ben Affleck and his CIA drama Argo, as the actor/director/producer/writer and all-round Renaissance man picked up the award for Best Director at the Director's Guild of America Awards last night.
This makes six awards given to Affleck for directing alone, including a Golden Globe, and the DGA one might not even be his last. The latest award also seems to suggest even more strongly that Affleck will pick up the Best Picture Oscar at the end of the month alongside his fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, but something tells us that after his latest success Affleck might still be ruing his snub from the director category.
During his acceptance speech, Affleck admitted that he may still have some way to go before he can call himself a director, with Argo being only his third film behind the lens (after the critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town) he said, "I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way." Backstage he addressed the Oscar snub too, modestly saying, "you're not entitled to anything."
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Scoops Up Yet Another Director Award For Argo At DGAs
Lena Dunham couldn't be hotter property right given the massive success that iw her HBO show Girls and now the comedienne is set to to pen a brand new series for the premium cable channel about personal shopper Betty Halbreich.
Often touted as the successor to the hugely successful Sex in the City, the Girls creator will now be concentrating her time on the woman who inspired the fashion - Halbreich, the the personal shopping empress that has been functioning as New York's fashion heart beat since 1976.
Dunham has been signed up by HBO to adapt the fashion Queen's soon-to-be-published memoir All Dressed Up and Everywhere To Go, which follows the life of the now 85-year-old fashion kingpin. According to a spokesperson from the network, the upcoming show will follow the same successful format that has worked so well for the BBC memoir interpretation Call The Midwife, which is based on the diaries of 1950s London midwife Jennifer Worth.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham To Start Work On New HBO Show After 'Girls' Success
Is it a foot-in-mouth, if Howard Stern does it?
Maybe not, since it is pretty much the shock jock’s job to offend people, but the rare occasion has come when Howard Stern himself has apologized, NY Daily News reports. Well, sort of. After Stern called Girls creator Lena Dunham a “little fat chick” in one of his radio rants, he later had this to add: “I felt bad because I really do love the show Girls," he said on air Monday (January 14). "I admire the girl who writes it. It makes me feel bad, and I think she is getting the impression that I somehow think she's just a talentless little fat chick.” Wonder how people got that idea.
To her credit, Dunham’s response to Stern’s trolling was quite gracious: "I think Howard Stern's really earned the right to freedom of speech," she told the Daily News' Confidenti@l column at the "Girls" second-season premiere event. After her success at the Golden Globes, Dunham can certainly afford to be noble, and it’s made Stern alter his words as well: "Good for her. It's hard for little fat chicks to get anything going." What, did anyone actually expect Howard Stern to be nice?
Howard Stern, to his credit, has really tried to make things better after insulting Girls creator, Lena Dunham. Unfortunately, and to his discredit, the things he said were pretty awful, and almost impossible to come back from.
Stern called Dunham "a little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill" and that watching the her multi-award winning (most recently Golden Globe winning) show Girls, "feels like a rape" adding "I don't want to see that." Now, that's nasty stuff whatever the context, but he's picked up his shovel named contrition and started digging for light. "I felt bad because I really do love the show 'Girls,' and enjoy it, and I admire the girl who writes it," Stern said of Dunham on Monday. "It makes me feel bad, and I think she is getting the impression that I somehow think she's just a talentless little fat chick."
We can't really speak for Dunham, she does that for herself in her interviews, and via Girls which, again, has wowed critics and fans alike, winning loads of awards on the way. We can, however, suggest to Stern, that if he doesn't want people to get the impression he thinks they're talentless little fat chicks, then he shouldn't call them little fat chicks. It's easy. Really easy stuff. Dunham, clearly unperturbed by his comments, told Letterman, "It put me in the best mood! I just want to be like, my gravestone says, 'She was a little fat chick and she got it going.'"
British star James Corden says he's still holding out for a role on Lena Dunham's Golden Globe winning comedy series Girls. The Gavin & Stacey actor was sounded out by Dunham and co-writer Jenni Konner for the first series, though his commitments to Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors meant he was unable to take part.
The 34-year-old says he's still keen to hook up with Dunham - considered one of the most exciting writing talents in television. "I was approached to be in the first series but had to decline due to work commitments; I really hope it works out that I can be in the show in the future. I think working with Lena would be an amazing experience," Corden told Company magazine. The season two premiere of Girls aired on Sunday (January 13, 2013) to unanimous praise from critics. It follows the story of various twenty-somethings living in New York City, though without the glitz and glamour of Sex and the City, Gossip Girl and the like. Corden added, "Girls is smart, funny, moving and completely original. Lena Dunham has written a show about real people in real situations, and the best thing about it is that real people love it. It also has - what I think to be - one of the best male performances ever by Adam, played by Adam Driver. His performance is so captivating and brilliant."
Writer Konner revealed he had approached Corden for the show having become "obsessed" with Gavin & Stacey, the BBC comedy that made the actor a household name.
Continue reading: Will Poor James Corden Ever Make It Onto Lena Dunham's Girls?
Howard Stern has used his shock-jock tactics so many times on his radio show that, surely, we should all have long since ceased to be getting shocked by him. However, he was at it once again recently, dissing the recent Golden Globe-winning HBO show Girls, and calling its star Lena Dunham a “fat little girl”.
'It's a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like rape. She seems - it's like - I don't want to see that,' Stern said, according to the Daily Mail. “I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she's such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on” he continued, boringly. “My opinion, if I was a producer on that, I'd say, 'Honey, you're a little too close to the project. You need to allow the other characters to breathe a little and let us get invested in them,' he added whilst the world checked their watch. “Good for her. It's hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.”
Dunham took it very well indeed, telling David Letterman “I did find out that Howard Stern really hates [Girls]. I'm a Howard Stern fan, and really think he has earned the right to free speech and he should just go for it.” Continuing, she added 'But he did say something that is so funny that I wanna get it on my gravestone: 'Congrats to her (Dunham). It's so hard for little fat chicks to get anything going these days'. I want my gravestone to say, 'she was a little fat chick and she got it going'.” The actress has had plenty of support on Twitter in light of the comments, whilst celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson told Us Weekly “He’s, like, literally desensitized himself so much over the years. That guy doesn’t know what’s sexy. What is sexy is the way that Lena exposes herself, exposes her soul, wears her heart on her sleeves and is so freaking confident — that’s sexy.”
Ok, so we know you fickle bunch want to know who the Golden Globes' best dressed stars were for 2013. You don't give a damn about Argo winning Best Picture, or Ben Affleck winning Best Director right? You want to know who got it right on the red carpet, and we don't blame you.
One thing particularly apparent at the Golden Globes 2013 was that actresses were prepared to take style chances. Not every outfit worked out, but it was worth the risk for many of Hollywood's biggest names. Cherry red was a favored color, while cut-out dresses, black gowns and intricate detailing were in abundance.
Continue reading: Globes Globes Best Dressed 2013: Who Got It Right? (Pictures)
Lena Dunham’s Girls is set to return to HBO this Sunday and sadly, the show itself isn’t raising nearly as much hype as its creator.
Lena Dunham herself has been stirring up some controversy, mostly with her penchant for onscreen nudity. And while you’d think that, since this isn’t the 1950s after all, we’ve all worked past our collective issues with nudity, it would seem that now people are getting just as hung up about it, only in the opposite direction.
Dunham’s apparently comfortable enough in her body to display it onscreen and while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, it would seem that critics are going so far in praising that quirk of her character, that they are portraying Girls as some sort of cultural Zeitgeist. And, as fun as the series may be, it is just a half-hour comedy. Nothing more, nothing less. A good, fresh comedy it may be, but it is by no means changing the world. And that’s ok, since it was never out to change the world anyway, which is what some of those, praising the show and its creator seem to think. Nevertheless, this second season is shaping up to be the deciding one for Girls. So you may want to tune in to HBO tomorrow night at 9pm ET and make up your own mind.
Everyone’s getting pretty pumped about the new series of Girls, and they’ve even more reason to be so now that HBO have revealed a trailer ahead of the forthcoming second season.
"Everybody acts like I'm nuts," Lena Dunham's character Hannah says in the new trailer. "I'm not nuts, I just want to feel it all." It’s hard to tell whether she’s going to feel it all or not in this short trailer, which you can see below. It’s the second to be released by the network, with the show based around some of the 26 year-old Dunham’s real life experiences. Presumably this gives it a bit of a shelf life given that eventually they’ll just be getting up to the parts of Dunham’s life when she’s starting to make an HBO drama about some of her real life experiences in some sort of incredibly dull Groundhog day scenario.
That said, for now the show’s proved hugely popular since it began in April of this year, and it up for a few nods in some forthcoming awards, not least the Golden Globes where it’s been nominated for Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical, with Dunham nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy Or Musical. The second season is due to get underway on January 13, 2013 - check out the trailer below.
Continue reading: HBO Reveal Second Girls Season 2 Trailer!
Demi Moore's new boyfriend is 26 years-old. That's 3 years younger than her ex-husband Ashton Kutcher - as Alan Partridge might say, "Cashback". Ok, so art dealer Vito Schnabel might not be as rich as the Two and a Half Men star, but we reckon he's still got a healthy bank balance.
They reportedly got together at a lavish 50th birthday party in India, thrown by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin. A source said, "They were dancing and grinding all over each other, openly, in front of other guests." So who is this mysterious art dealer? Here's 7 things you should know about Demi's new love, Vito Schnabel.
1. He's only 26. Ok, so we've already gone through this, but it's probably worth repeating. It pretty much sets in stone the long held theory that Moore loves a younger man.
Continue reading: Demi Moore's New Boyfriend: 7 Things To Know About Vito Schnabel
Wow, Barack Obama really does have all the cool kids on his side, doesn’t he? The hip-hop community are falling over themselves to show their support for Obama, with Jay Z and Beyonce leading the charge there. Chris Rock’s been piping up about his love for Obama, too, as have Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. And the latest in line to go public in their love for the President of the United States of America, in the run-up to next month’s elections is the comedian Lena Dunham, star and creator of HBO’s hot new comedy Girls.
Entitled ‘Your First Time,’ the video starts off with Lena talking seductively about the kind of guy that you want your ‘first time’ to be with and of course, you’ll start off assuming that she’s talking about losing your virginity, as she says things like “The first time shouldn't be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. Someone who really cares about and understands women… a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.” Pretty quickly, though, you realize that Lena isn’t talking about sex at all, but voting for the first time and quips that when she did, she went from being a girl to a woman.
Almost all of Lena Dunham's work to date has been semi-autobiographical. Her hit US comedy drama 'Girls' has some story-lines based loosely on her own 'real-life' occurrences. Tiny Furniture, Dunham's second feature-length film, that won a host of awards, saw her play the main character Aura, and Dunham's own mother and sister play Aura's mother and sister, respectively. One can't help but wonder whether the characters and plot line may, in fact, be based upon herself, mother and sister. All the signs are there.
Almost all of Dunham's semi-autobiographic work is also brilliantly witty, enjoyable and clever. So, when it's released that Dunham is set to write a book largely based on her own life and subsequent advice rising from her own life experiences, we can't help but be a little excited.
The Browbeat blog on Slate.com announced that “according to the proposal” the book will include “candid accounts of losing her virginity, trying to eat well (detailed diet journal included), obsessing about death... along with tips about how to stay focused on work, how not to ruin a potential relationship, and... will recount various ways in which older men continue to be condescending and sexist”. All of which sound like solid ground for a brilliantly hilarious read.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Set To Write An Advice Book For Girls
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