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Lena Dunham Talks Success, Image Misconception, Franco, Fey and Poehler in New EW

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands February 1), "Girls" creator and recent Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham talks her surprise meteoric rise, the misconception that she comes from a rich family, James Franco as a TV critic, Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2013 2:32 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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HBO Renews 'Girls' For a Third Season

HBO has renewed "Girls" for a third season. Star and executive producer Lena Dunham (who also writes and directs episodes of the show) reportedly told Alec Baldwin in a Podcast earlier this week that Season Three would begin filming "at the end of March."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 11:41 AM
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'Girls' Recap 2: The Girls 'Get Ideas,' But What Do They Want?

In the epic Hannah vs. Marnie blowout last season, Marnie snaps at Hannah, “I like to be around people who know what they want!” This line is particularly relevant in Sunday night’s all-new episode, “I Get Ideas”: Do the young women of “Girls” know what they want?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 20, 2013 9:30 PM
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Weekend Recap: New Film Art, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Thickens, Casting Watch, and Awards Talk

Here's our weekend recap. Two new pieces of film art were revealed this weekend. Just when you thought it was winding down, the "Zero Dark Thirty" controversy continues. Before she became a Golden Globe winner, "Girls" creator/star Lena Dunham sat down for a probing interview by Charlie Rose. Comedian Louis C.K. might join David O Russell's untitled Abscam film. The Gurus o' Gold have posted their post-nominations Academy Awards Prediction chart.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2013 1:15 PM
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'Girls' Recap 1: 'It's About Time' to Almost Get It Kind of Together, and Fall Apart

The show’s called “Girls,” but in the premiere episode of the second season, Hannah Horvath (Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham) is in the land of boys, boys, boys.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 13, 2013 9:30 PM
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Trailer for 'Girls' Season Two: More Sex and Shenanigans for Dunham & Friends

Season two of Lena Dunham's HBO hit show "Girls" debuts on January 13. The shenanigans continue for Dunham's Hannah Horvath and friends as they awkwardly navigate through their messy, sexy twenties in Brooklyn, NY. Check out the season two trailer below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 26, 2012 1:22 PM
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Watch Deleted Scenes from Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' Plus Season 2 Poster & Upcoming Soundtrack Album

Season two of HBO's "Girls," from creator-writer-director wunderkind Lena Dunham, premieres January 13. The new season's poster has landed, as have some deleted scenes from season one. Watch as Dunham's Hannah Horvath faces humiliation at her local cupcakery, and gets schooled in respect for menial jobs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 12:55 PM
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2012 Heroine Worship in Movies, from Katniss Everdeen and Hushpuppy to 'Bridesmaids' and 'Girls'

The New York Times' A. O. Scott recaps the year in Heroine Worship, when it was still news when women actually carry a movie that scores at the box office. He writes: "There is a smattering of evidence to support the impression that [things have changed], because 2012 was, all in all, a pretty good year for movies and also a pretty good year for female heroism." But why, he asks, do we still need to make a fuss about heroines such as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" or Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 9, 2012 1:46 PM
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Lena Dunham vs. Gawker: Don't Post My $3.7 Million Book Proposal UPDATE

UPDATE: Lena Dunham's legal team has subsequently had the 60-page proposal, which was originally published on Gawker, taken offline. The below lines from the proposal still appear on the Gawker site.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2012 8:02 PM
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