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Watch: First Trailer For ‘Happy Christmas’ Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber & Lena Dunham

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 20, 2014 3:21 PM
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Happy Christmas
Don’t be fooled by the pristine-looking image above (hell, it’s “new” so we thought we’d use it). “Happy Christmas” is not the feel-good family comedy of the year. Hell, it’s not very shiny, slick and happy like that image would suggest. “Happy Christmas” is really a lo-fi, down and dirty family dramedy by filmmaker Joe Swanberg.

Lena Dunham Contemplates Giving Up Acting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 12:09 PM
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Girls
At 27 years old, Lena Dunham still has a long, bright future ahead of her, but she's certainly accomplished quite a bit already. Her feature "Tiny Furniture" brought her to the attention of Hollywood and landed on The Criterion Collection (to the hand-wringing consternation of certain segments of pocket protector cinephiles), and her HBO show "Girls" continues to anchor the network's Sunday night, with the third season winding down and a fourth already ordered. And despite Dunham's fearlessness in the front of the camera, she's already contemplating staying behind the lens and calling the shots.

Recap: Hannah Goes For 'Free Snacks' In 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 6

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2014 10:30 PM
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Girls
Compromise. It's something that, as you get older, you learn to navigate with the pragmatism of being an adult. But when you're younger, it can be difficult to understand and exercise. In "Free Snacks," it finds Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) all trading off grander aspirations for what they can realistically acquire at the moment, though it will be met with difficulty, pain or just cold indifference.

Watch: First 2 Clips From 'Girls' Season 3, HBO Renews Show For 4th Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 3:44 PM
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Girls
This weekend, the third season of "Girls" kicks off with two brand new episodes, and while you'll get our full recaps on Monday, we'll just say this: Lena Dunham hasn't missed a step. If you've been a fan of the show, you won't be disappointed, but it seems some folks still can't get their head around Dunham's unapologetic depictions of nudity and sex.

Sundance First Look: Kristen Stewart In 'Camp X-Ray' & Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas' With Lena Dunham

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:25 PM
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Camp X
And here we go... Along with first wave lineup announcement, comes a batch of new stills for movies hitting the Sundance Film Festival. So we'll be keeping this quick and to the point.

Joe Swanberg Completes New Film 'Happy Christmas' With Anne Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey & Mark Webber

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 31, 2013 9:47 AM
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Joe Swanberg is having a moment. The prolific indie director hit SXSW this spring with his first Hollywood picture (sort of), “Drinking Buddies,” featuring a cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson. But of course, Swanberg has never been a one-movie-at-a-time kind of a guy, so surprise, he’s also got romantic comedy finished as well.

Recap: 'Girls' Goes To The Country With Jessa & Hannah

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2013 10:02 AM
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After the solo Hannah episode two weeks back and last Sunday's focus on Ray and Adam, once again "Girls" is allowing its focus to flesh out a particular character, with Jessa (Jemima Kirke) getting the spotlight. The episode kicks off with her and Hannah (Lena Dunham) at the Manitou train station, about an hour outside of New York City, where they're awaiting Jessa's father and a weekend out in the country, in an episode that seems to ultimately serve as a goodbye to the character for a while.

Recap: 'Girls' Tries Cocaine & Discovers A Bad Friend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 10:05 AM
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The first season of "Girls" was both entertaining and refreshing simply by the virtue of Lena Dunham's voice, which found a milieu of New York City life for young women that was perhaps more real and honest than anything we've seen on television in quite some time. Spanning flawed to fabulous, sometimes in the same episode, these characters were not only three dimensional and complex, so too were the episodes around them, which rarely fell back on novelty gimmicks.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Girls' Season 2, Time Magazine Names Lena Dunham Coolest Person Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2012 9:29 AM
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It's hard to argue that in 2012, there were few people on television (Charlie Sheen aside perhaps, but for different reasons) who were as talked about as "Girls" writer/actor/producer Lena Dunham. The brainchild behind HBO's breakout hit show, Dunham has had a tremendous year all around and Time Magazine has taken notice. They've named her The Coolest Person Of The Year.

Tribeca Review: 'Supporting Characters' Is A Middling Movie, But A Decent Would-Be Pilot Episode For A Show We Might Watch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 26, 2012 8:05 PM
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What fascinates about “Supporting Characters,” the new relationship comedy premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, is that it’s greatest strength also registers as its most notable weakness. This decidedly Noo Yawk tale of an editing team in New York City and their satellite friends wouldn’t be at home as an extended pilot on IFC, with these two best friend leads getting into all sorts of middle-aged male troubles. It’s good, and bad, just like TV.

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