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Recap: Season Premiere Of 'Girls' A Confident, Funny Start For Lena Dunham's Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2012 11:02 PM
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Update: Viewers on the U.S. can now watch the pilot episode of "Girls" on YouTube without an HBO subscription. Unembeddable, but watch here.

First Look At CW's 'Green Arrow' TV Series; Poster For Lena Dunham's 'Girls'; Idris Elba & Matthew Macfayden Both Find Small-Screen Roles & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 1:03 PM
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Batman and "The Dark Knight" aside, D.C. Comics haven't had much joy on the big screen, last year's "Green Lantern" being only the latest in a series of misfires, although they're hopeful that next year's "Man of Steel" will revive Superman. We say revive, but actually the superpowered Kryptonian only last year wrapped up a popular ten-year run with the TV series "Smallville."

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.

SXSW '12 Review: HBO Series 'Girls' Solidifies Lena Dunham's Place As A Bold New Voice in American Comedy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 12, 2012 9:25 PM
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As far as young independent filmmakers go, writer/director Lena Dunham has been the subject of an excessive amount of conversation and handwringing, even by the admittedly loose standards of the ever-chatty Internet age. Her first feature, "Creative Nonfiction," was accepted to South by Southwest and the follow-up, "Tiny Furniture," won the Best Narrative Feature award at the same festival. That film also managed to attract quite a bit of attention, with comedy world luminaries like Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow singing its praises and some comparing her confessional, no-nonsense style to the early work of Woody Allen.

You Look Like A Mexican Teenager: New Trailer For Lena Dunham's HBO Series 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 7:16 PM
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So while the CW gears up the further adventures of Carrie Bradshaw in "The Carrie Diaries" with AnnaSophia Robb taking the lead, HBO is getting back in the game with "Girls," their new series aimed at young women. The divisive Lena Dunham is behind this one -- producing, starring, writing and directing -- but she's also got the power of Judd Apatow backing her up as well, also in a producing capacity. A new trailer for the show has dropped, and we're liking more and more of what we see.
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Watch: Full Trailer For Lena Dunham's HBO Series 'Girls' Produced By Judd Apatow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2012 10:38 AM
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It seems bizarre, but no filmmaker has been more divisive (in indie circles anyway) in recent memory than Lena Dunham. She broke through with "Tiny Furniture" her quasi-autobiographical dramedy which won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW and then was drafted into The Criterion Collection, a move that made the minds of many cinephiles explode. There has been an undue amount of criticism hurled Dunham's way, most of it excessive. Regardless, she has soldiered on, found an ally in producer Judd Apatow and like it or not, is bringing her brand of observational comedy to HBO.
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Joss Whedon's 'Cabin In The Woods' The Opening Film For SXSW; Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Will Also Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
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Sundance isn't even here yet and already we're smelling the BBQ of Austin. The SXSW Film Festival is just a couple of months away, and to get your appetite (for movies) stirring, organizers have announced the first batch of films making their way to Texas.

Watch: Lena Dunham Brings Mumblecore Into Your Living Room With First Teaser For HBO Series 'Girls'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2011 1:35 PM
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Lena Dunham, who won many hearts and minds with her 2010 debut feature "Tiny Furniture" (headed for the Criterion Collection soon), will soon be exposing her self-affacing brand of awkward humor to a much bigger audience when her television series, "Girls," executive produced by some dude named Judd Apatow, hits HBO next year. Last night, during the "Boardwalk Empire" finale/"Luck" sneak peek pair of brilliance, HBO debuted a short teaser for the series. And we've got to say, we're cautiously optimistic.

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