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Read This: Mindy Kaling Tells Lena Dunham What Inspires Her About Other Women

Mindy Kaling talks with Lena Dunham in Tavi Gevinson's second Rookie Yearbook about how other women inspire her. As usual for Kaling, her response runs the full spectrum from poignant ("I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances"), to shrewdly observant ("I love women who don't ask 'Is that OK?' after everything they say"), to funny ("I love women who know how to wear menswear"). Full quote below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2013 1:31 PM
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SXSW 2014 Announces Lena Dunham, Producer Jason Blum and More as All-New Keynote Speakers; Plus, First Round of Panels

SXSW revealed today that daily Keynote sessions, offered for the first time, will feature filmmakers Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Jason Blum (producer of “Insidious,” “Purge and “Paranormal Activity” franchises) and Casey Neistat (HBO’s “The Neistat Brothers”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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WATCH: 'Girls' Season 3 Teaser Gives an Instagrammed Peek at Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, Allison Williams and More

The first teaser for the third season of HBO's "Girls," starring writer-director-showrunner Lena Dunham, has landed. Less of a trailer than a montage of the "Girls" production diary, the new spot is indebted to a main fixture in many twentysomethings' lives: Instagram! Take a look, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 19, 2013 12:56 PM
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Time Announces 100 Most Influential People in the World, Including Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg and Lena Dunham

Today, TIME Magazine announced its 10th annual TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. A number of entertainers made the list including Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg. Below are a few excerpts from the list, penned also by famous actors and writers.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 12:45 PM
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'Girls' Recap 10: Saving the Worst for Last

If last week’s episode dealt with body horror (ass splinters! lodged Q-tips!), this week’s episode deals with the horror of finishing things. Hannah struggles -- but not too hard -- with wrapping up her barely inchoate manuscript, while “Girls” struggles with capping off its second season in a coherent, consistent fashion. It fails.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 12:30 AM
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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 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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‘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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'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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