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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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Weekend Recap: First Looks, Reviews, The Painter Behind 'Life of Pi,' Latest Moves from Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristen Stewart, and Richard Gere

This first look at Richard Ayoade's "The Double" shows Jesse Eisenberg and Noah Taylor in period costume for this adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella about a minor government clerk who becomes aware of a doppelganger, who begins to displace him among his friends and acquaintances. Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn also star.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 6:19 AM
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Lena Dunham Book Proposal 'Not That Kind of Girl' Sells To Random House for $3.7 Million UPDATE

UPDATE: "Not That Kind of Girl" sells to Random House for $3.7 million.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2012 1:57 PM
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HBO Dominates Emmy Nominations with 81, Led by 'Hemingway & Gelhorn' with 15; 'Killing' Shut Out UPDATED

As expected, HBO, which is challenging the Hollywood studios with its smart programming, luring away both talent and audiences from the big screen, dominated the 64th Emmy nominations, for the 12th year in a row. This time they nabbed 81, led by movie star two-hander "Hemingway & Gelhorn," starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman (15 nominations).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

The most compelling aspect of Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" is a tone and spirit that balances sincerity and satire. When the goofy protagonist Hannah (Dunham) proclaims in the first scene that she is "busy trying to become who I am," the series arrives with a strong, clear voice.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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No Sub? HBO Wants You to Watch the Pilots of 'Girls' and 'Veep'

HBO will allow anyone interested access to its two newest original comedies: Lena Dunham's "Girls" and "Veep" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The day after both pilots premiere on HBO, audiences can stream the shows on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, and TV.com. The "Veep" pilot will also be available free of charge on iTunes.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 15, 2012 1:01 AM
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'Girls' Q & A with Dunham & Apatow: Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series is 'Lena's Show'

Lena Dunham unveiled the first three episodes of her new HBO series "Girls" (April 15) at SXSW. Safe to say, it played as well for the guys in the room as the women. "It's Lena's show," declared executive producer Judd Apatow during the follow-up Q &A. "If she fucks it up it's her fault. Every choice is hers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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