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Emmy Awards: Lena Dunham Wins the Red Carpet

Eventually every brunette actress in Hollywood will go blonde, and "Girls" writer-director-star Lena Dunham is no exception. The new blonde totally scored on the Emmy red carpet Monday in a girlish pink ruffled gown by designer Giambattista Valli.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 8:24 PM
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Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Norman Lear Win 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Winners of the upcoming PEN Literary Awards include Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Ben Coccio for teleplay and screenplay awards, as well as authors like Gretel Ehrlich, Octavio Solis, Lindsay Hill and Craig Malisow, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 7:40 PM
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Career Watch: TV Provides Stepping Stone to Film for Edgy Emmy Nominees Dreyfuss, Driver, Louis C.K.

These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature. In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 28, 2014 2:36 PM
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Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind of Tour' Attracts Big Talent

Fasten your seat belts. Lena Dunham’s first book is just two-and-a-half months away. Before and after the release of her essay collection, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's ‘Learned,’” the writer-director-actress will take a cross-country promo tour. But she's making it more fun by pulling in some promo partners.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 12:57 PM
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From 'Broad City' to 'Game of Thrones,' an Emmy Nominations Wish List

When the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences doles out Emmy nominations each summer, I often wake to the announcement like a naughty kid on Christmas Day: staring down a lump of coal. In that spirit, here's a wish list of gifts I hope to find under Emmy's tree Thursday morning in the major categories. I promise I've been very good this year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 7, 2014 7:15 AM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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WATCH: Lena Dunham Talks 'Girls,' Female 'Ishtar' Remake, Getting Fired from 'Mildred Pierce' on Grantland (VIDEO)

I could listen to Lena Dunham talk pop culture all day. This hour-long appearance with Grantland's Bill Simmons is worth checking out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2014 6:37 PM
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Lena Dunham's Forthcoming Book 'Not That Kind of Girl' Gets a Cover

Though Hannah Horvath's career on "Girls" may be dead-ending, Lena Dunham's most certainly is not. Via an Instagram selfie, the showrunner/writer/actress/director/author/etc. revealed the cover of her upcoming book of essays, an advice tome entitled "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 11, 2014 4:38 PM
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Gawker Responds to Tarantino Lawsuit, Blames Director For Turning Script Leak Into a Story UPDATED

UPDATE: Gawker Media has a response to the lawsuit slapped on them by Quentin Tarantino. The online network, via editor-in-chief John Cook, claims that "no on at Gawker saw or had access to Tarantino's script [The Hateful Eight] before AnonFiles posted it... No one at Gawker has any earthly idea how AnonFiles obtained a copy."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2014 2:53 PM
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Jezebel Pays $10,000 for Unretouched Images from Lena Dunham Vogue Cover Shoot, Dunham Responds

Yesterday afternoon, hell-raising feminist blog Jezebel offered $10,000 for un-Photoshopped pics from Annie Leibovitz's Vogue cover shoot of HBO "Girls" creator Lena Dunham. Within two hours, they got their way, but now Dunham has chimed in.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 17, 2014 10:56 PM
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