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SXSW Panel Talk 'Girls,' Changing Rules for Women and Sex on TV

It was a poor SXSW panel showing with only about 50 people in the room for one of the most provocative discussions in television: sex. In just one hour, Alyssa Rosenberg's "Changing Rules for Women and Sex on TV" panel packed everything in from body dysmorphia and Patrick Wilson to rape and fertility. Although each of these topics could use any number of hours (or days… year) to be properly mulled over, no blow job, lube or fantasy corner was left untouched.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • March 10, 2013 5:05 PM
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'Girls' Recap 8: OCD and AA in an Episode That's All Over the Place

“It’s Back” works hard to juggle four different storylines. Two are successful, and two are cringe-inducingly out of left field.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 12:33 AM
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'Girls' Recap 7: In 'Video Games,' Ben Mendelsohn Guest Stars as Jessa's Flaky Father

In Season One’s “The Return,” we see Hannah and her parents in their natural Horvath habitat, Michigan. In Season Two’s “It’s About Time,” we’re offered a brief glimpse of Jersey girl incognito Marnie’s passive-aggressive relationship with her mother. In this week’s episode, “Video Games,” we’re introduced to Jessa’s father (Ben Mendelsohn) and gain some insight into his character, and the characteristics he’s transferred to his daughter.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2013 9:30 PM
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'Girls' Recap 6: The 'Boys' Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto

One of the things I’ve admired about this season of “Girls” is that it has no obligation to regularly check in with each of the four “leads” of the show. Instead, certain characters are more central in certain episodes, in an organic way, while supporting characters are given a surprising amount of interiority.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 17, 2013 9:30 PM
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Weekend Recap: TWC Acquires Vampire Franchise, Hathaway Wants More Musicals, Diablo Cody Talks Stripping Double Standard

Check out our weekend Hollywood breaking news wrap on what you need to know: stories about Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Roman Coppola's love affair with Woody Allen, Diablo Cody on the gender double standard on stripping, Netflix's House of Cards, Anne Hathaway and Melissa McCarthy's future plans, Pyramid of Movie Kids, and more.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 11, 2013 12:11 PM
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‘Girls’ Recap 5: ‘One Man’s Trash’ a Two-Hander for Dunham and Guest Star Patrick Wilson

In “One Man’s Trash,” Joshua (Patrick Wilson), a handsome, disgruntled neighborhood man, confronts Grumpy’s manager Ray about trash from the café that’s being foisted into his personal garbage bins. Hannah follows Joshua back to his gorgeous Willamsburg brownstone and confesses that she was the culprit. They end up spending the next day and couple of nights together -- talking, having sex, and (mostly) enjoying each other’s company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 10, 2013 9:30 PM
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Alex Karpovsky of 'Girls' Gets Double Feature Treatment at Film Society of Lincoln Center

Tribeca Film and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are giving two films, "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag," by writer-director-actor Alex Karpovsky a double feature run at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Like his frequent collaborator Lena Dunham ("Girls," "Tiny Furniture"), Karpovsky stars himself his films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 7, 2013 2:26 PM
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Lena Dunham Pushes Forward with Personal Shopping Memoir as Possible HBO Series

EW and Interview cover girl Lena Dunham is pinching herself after back-to-back "Girls" wins at the Golden Globes, Directors Guild and even the Art Directors Guild. Her DGA speech included the classic line: "Steven Spielberg, I'm coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 4, 2013 1:09 PM
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'Girls' Recap 4: And After All, Where's the Wonderwall?

We haven’t seen much of Jessa or Shoshanna so far in the second season of “Girls,” making their highlighted storylines in this week’s episode refreshing. “It’s a Shame About Ray” deals with the difficulty of relationships, and how being in love and feeling used can overlap.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 2, 2013 10:35 PM
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'Girls' Recap 3: 'Bad Friend,' or the One Where Hannah Does Lots of Coke

Aspiring writers are often encouraged to write about their own experiences, a tactic that “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham uses frequently. But sometimes, when a young writer doesn’t feel she or he has “lived” enough, an experience is contrived with the sole intention of then writing about it. Enter Hannah Horvath’s insane night on cocaine.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 27, 2013 9:30 PM
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