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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.

Whit Stillman & Chris Eigeman Discuss Their Indie Classic 'The Last Days Of Disco' With Lena Dunham At BAM

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 6, 2012 2:19 PM
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As part of the ramp up to promote her terrific new HBO series “Girls” -- which we really can’t say enough good things about -- BAMcinematek in Brooklyn invited filmmaker Lena Dunham to program a series entitled “Hey, Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Presents” featuring a diverse slate of films all centered around female relationships. The series features little-seen gems like “Times Square” and “Girlfriends” as well as more established cult films like “Clueless,” “Mulholland Drive,” and Whit Stillman’s 1998 indie-classic “The Last Days of Disco,” which until today had been the filmmaker’s most recent feature

SXSW '12: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & The Team Behind 'Girls' Discuss The Brilliant New HBO Show

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 16, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the past decade, SXSW has turned into one of the countries most exciting showcases for feature films and shorts as well as the programs for music and interactive. So consider this something of a milestone that one of the most exciting premieres to take place at the Paramount Theatre this year was not a film at all but the first three episodes of a new HBO series. The event was the first time the cable juggernaut had utilized the festival as a showcase for one of its shows and though one might have guessed a sneak peek of the new season of their fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” would be an easy lay for the geek-centric crowd, instead the network decided to put their big promotional push towards “Girls,” a new comedy from writer/director/star Lena Dunham. This actually makes sense because Dunham premiered her first two features at the fest which included her breakout, “Tiny Furniture,” which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature. "Girls" revolves around the relationships between 4 college friends - Hannah (Dunham), her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), hipster princess Jessa (Jemimi Kirke), virgin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) - and their trials and tribulations working, dating and living in NYC.

Lena Dunham, Chris O'Dowd, Charlene Yi & Wyatt Russell Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:00 AM
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With lensing set to gear up soon, Judd Apatow is beginning to pad out the cast of his untitled "Knocked Up" spinoff, which is also known as "This Is Forty." The film will star Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who are reprising their roles Debbie and Pete, in the picture that will follow their relationship five years after the events of the preceding movie. Megan Fox and Albert Brooks are also on aboard and continuing to mix old and new faces, four new names have been announced.

Rosemarie DeWitt, John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby Line Up 'Nobody Walks' Co-Written By Lena Dunham

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2011 2:51 AM
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Hoo boy, we can hear the haters sharpening their knives on this one already, so let's get right to it.

Lena Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 4:18 AM
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'Certified Copy' Considered "Minor Kiarostami," Errol Morris Docs & Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Pic 'Pina' RumoredLena Dunham arrived in a huge way when her debut feature film -- which she wrote, directed and starred in -- premiered at SXSW last year to strong buzz and reviews. While not everyone was head over heels for the film -- our man on the ground at IFFBoston sort of hated it -- Dunham quickly got the attention of Hollywood. She's teaming with comedy producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow on a comedy series for HBO, while Scott Rudin has tasked her with adapting "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares." So huge things are on the horizon for Dunham, who now appears to be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and The Criterion Collection seem to agree.

'Black Swan' Takes Best Feature, Actress, Director & Cinematographer At Indie Spirit Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 1:05 AM
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The second-to-last hurrah of the movie season took place this afternoon, with the Independent Spirit Awards, the looser neighbor to the big Oscar show tomorrow night. And while it's unlikely "Black Swan" will repeat the feat on Sunday, Fox Searchlight must be very pleased to close off their year in such a winning a fashion.

Review: 'Tiny Furniture' Is A Verbose Mess

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 13, 2010 12:39 AM
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This is a reprint of a review we originally ran during the Independent Film Festival Boston.

Lena Dunham To Team With Scott Rudin For Adaptation Of 'Dash And Lily's Book Of Dares'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2010 1:45 AM
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Producer extraordinaire Scott Rudin has acquired the rights to David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's upcoming novel "Dash And Lily's Book Of Dares," and will team with writer-director-actor Lena Dunham in an adaptation for the screen.

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