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Watch: Lena Dunham Directed Video For Bleachers' "I Wanna Get Better"; 'Girls' Denied Filming At University Of Iowa

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 1:41 PM
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Bleachers "I Wanna Get Better"
Well, "Girls" season three is wrapped and in the can, and before Lena Dunham dives back into the show for season four, she's taken a little detour to help out her boyfriend Jack Antonoff. A member of the band Fun., he's now launching a side-project, Bleachers, and Dunham has directed the video for the first single, "I Wanna Get Better."

Recap: 'Girls' Finale Season 3, Episode 12 Takes 'Two Plane Rides' As Boundaries Are Crossed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 9:18 AM
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If there has been an overarching theme to the third season of "Girls," it has been about boundaries. Whether it's trying to find success within them (Shoshanna's carefully plotted life plan), falling outside of them to disastrous effect (Jessa's addiction, Marnie's streak of bad decisions) or vacillating between the two (Hannah who can't help but step over lines of appropriateness any time her life is thrown into minor turmoil), the titular quartet have been both defining and stretching the limits of their young adult lives, and in the third season finale "Two Plane Rides," each of the girls are pushed into new territory as the framework that defined them is stripped away.

Judd Apatow Says HBO Worried That 'Girls' Sex Scenes Could Cost Their License; 6 Seasons Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 4:20 PM
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As the third season gets ready to close out for "Girls," Lena Dunham's show has already made the kind of waves you might expect from a program that has been on the air twice as long. Right out of the gate, Dunham presented the world with a series that, among many other things, was unapologetic about sex, kinks and the human body no matter what shape it comes in (and we're not just talking Dunham's; Alex Karpovsky's bare ass as he grinded on Allison Williams is still seared in our memory). And while it seems there's no boundary that can't be crossed on cable, that's not necessarily true.

Recap: Hannah Tries 'Role-Play' In Season 3, Episode 10

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2014 10:30 PM
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"I don't want you to spend your whole life socializing him like he's a stray dog, making the world a friendlier place for him," Hannah's (Lena Dunham) mother warned her in last week's "Flo." At the time it seemed like a cruel remark, but in "Role-Play," the observation has turned out to be prescient. Adam (Adam Driver) has changed considerably since we first met him in season one as a sexually depraved, alcoholic weirdo with anger issues. It was hard to imagine then that Hannah and Adam would not only stay together, but would become domestic.

Recap: 'Girls' Goes With The 'Flo' In Season 3, Episode 9

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 10:30 PM
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We've already seen how Hannah handles death with the mid-season episodes "Dead Inside" and "Only Child"—with what can best be described as cool detachment with a spoonful of selfishness tossed into the mix. It's a reaction that could perhaps be chalked up to her age, where death is distant reality, or seen in this week's "Flo," a learned behaviour from a dysfunctional family that bickers over the fate of heirlooms as a grandmother lays on her death bed.

Recap: 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 8 Handles The 'Incidentals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2014 10:30 PM
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After last week's excursion to North Fork in "Beach House," a welcome one-off that focused on the "Girls" and not on pushing the plot around, the show returns with the slightly more conventional "Incidentals." But don't let the title of the episode fool you, or even the packaging it arrives in as a standard entry for "Girls." Riding underneath it all is something about the dreams and aspirations of these characters, both as they are fulfilled and disappointed.

Recap: 'Girls' Go To The 'Beach House' In Season 3, Episode 7

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:30 PM
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The midsection of the second season of "Girls" was marked by an adventurous spirit that saw Lena Dunham breaking away from the standard format of the show. "One Man's Trash," which is still a series highlight, spent an entire episode focused on Hannah's weekend affair with the well-off Joshua (Patrick Wilson). The following week, Adam (Adam Driver) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) headed to Staten Island for the one-off "Boys," while after that, we were introduced to Jessa's estranged father in "Video Games," another episode that took a trip outside Manhattan. The results might have been mixed, but the experiments opened up the show in fascinating ways, giving new dimensions to the characters that threatened to be boxed in by their traits. And while "Beach House" isn't perfect, it's a refreshing shake-up for what has so far been a solid, if not particularly memorable, third season of "Girls."

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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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.

Recap: Hannah Is An 'Only Child' In 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2014 10:30 PM
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If the third season of "Girls" has thus far been dedicated to anything, it's underscoring Hannah's (Lena Dunham) selfishness. Until now, things have seemingly been on track for Hannah, with her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver) now solidified and her career as a writer starting to take shape. But her ambition has only been matched by a tunnel-vision that seems to keep the concerns of everyone else to the side. Her lack of empathy following the death of her editor David was the central focus on last week's "Dead Inside," and even her trip to pick up Jessa (Jemima Kirke) from rehab at the start of season doubled as an opportunity to hopefully get a story out of the road trip. But could Hannah's self-centeredness simply stem from the fact that she's an only child? Indeed, the title of tonight's episode puts that fact in central view.

Recap: 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 4 Feels 'Dead Inside'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 10:30 PM
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It's hard to figure out what will most fuel the post-"Girls" talk this week: Hannah's inability to express any kind of emotion following the surprise death of her editor David (John Cameron Mitchell)? Or the digs at Gawker and Jezebel? We'll probably have to go with the latter.

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