The Shmooze

Lena Dunham Directed Her Boyfriend's New Music Video

By Anne Cohen

In “Girls” withdrawal after Sunday’s season finale? Here’s a little something to tide you over: Lena Dunham directed a video to go along with the first single by boyfriend Jack Antonoff’s new band, Bleachers.

In “I Wanna Get Better,” Antonoff plays a therapist listening to Hannah Horvath-esque patients talk about their problems (memorable lines include: “my parents gave me this dog so I’d get an abortion…he’s an abortion dog.”). As the name of the song suggests, they want to get better.

The song is so catchy, you probably will too.

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Lena Dunham Plans 'Archie' Comic Books

By Anne Cohen

Fantasies do come true — if you’re Lena Dunham.

The “Girls” creator will reportedly be writing a story four-issue for “Archie,” the iconic comic featuring everyone’s favorite carrot-top. Dunham has previously spoken of her love for the comic and her desire to be involved in its production.

From the New York Times:

Sometimes, opportunities will present themselves. That was the case when, in November, Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO series “Girls,” expressed her love of Archie during a conversation with the filmmaker J. J. Abrams and the novelist Doug Dorst at Symphony Space in New York. Ms. Dunham said she owned the first Archie comic and remarked, “You really haven’t lived till you’ve been to an Archie convention.”

The information went from stage, to audience, to text (a friend sent the line to Mr. Goldwater’s son), to Archie’s publisher, to its new chief creative director, who is friends with Ms. Dunham. “As his first initiative, Roberto really brought together the whole Lena project,” Mr. Goldwater said.

“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Dunham said in a statement. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”

Though the comic isn’t set for release until the spring of 2015, the promotional art released by Archie Comics looks ominously like the original Season 1 poster for “Girls.” Maybe it’s time to bring out the R (rated) in Riverdale.

Photo credit: Archie Comics/Dan Parent.

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Our Favorite New Olympics Meme: Shoshi Games

By Jana Banin

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(JTA) — How would Shoshanna Shapiro, Zosia Mamet’s Jewish American Princess on crack (literally, sometimes) from “Girls,” fare at the Olympics? “Shoshi Games 2014” helps get your imagination going.

The anonymously created Tumblr superimposes Mamet’s face onto shots of different athletes, complete with Shosh-esque quotes as captions. Think lines like “Curling? I’ve been doing that since my bat mitzvah,” and “Are we going to a Drybar? #helmethair.”

Good stuff, mysterious Tumblr genius.

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Check Out Lena Dunham's Vogue Cover

By Anne Cohen

Lena Dunham is on the cover of a fashion magazine. And not just any fashion magazine, but the mother of all fashion magazines.

The girl who only days ago was on E!’s Worst Dressed list for her canary yellow Zac Posen dress at the Golden Globes is now on the cover of Vogue.

The “Girls” creator took to Twitter this morning to share the exciting news:

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Get Ready for Lena Dunham on the Cover of Vogue

By Jana Banin

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(JTA) — Not only is “Girls” coming soon to a small screen near you (that’s Sunday January 12th on HBO, in case you haven’t yet set a phone alert)—it’s also hitting the newsstands (that’s where you can find magazines printed on glossy paper, in case you were born anytime after 1990.)

According to Page Six, Vogue is devoting the February issue to the much buzzed-about show. Lena Dunham will grace the cover, and in the process likely generate a dizzying amount of online commentary about how nutso/awesome it is to see a non size zero woman splayed out in fancy clothing—something that doesn’t happen often under Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s watch.

Clearly, Wintour truly approves of Dunham. She even posed alongside the “Girls” creator and star at the show’s premiere Monday night, where Dunham looked simultaneously glamorous and totally real in a glittering Rochas gown.

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Zosia Mamet Dishes on Shoshana

By Anne Cohen

Need something fun to read over Christmas? Check out the January issue of InStyle.

The lovely Zosia Mamet — or really, Shosh from “Girls” — graces the stylish cover and dishes boys, clothes, and her fashionista alter-ego. Though according to her, Shoshana and her couldn’t be more different when it comes to style:

“Shoshanna’s style is, I think, the exact opposite of mine. We are intrinsically opposite human beings. Her’s is very specific. There’s a lot of pink. I think she likes something tailored. I don’t think Shoshanna would ever wear a shift dress. I think she would refer to it as a “sack” probably; whereas my favorite dress is a dress that my boyfriend calls the “sack dress,” that I would live in if I could. I don’t know where she gets her hairstyles from, but they come from somewhere. It’s like an amalgamation of every fashion mag ever, and probably some from Japan.”

Her personal mantra? “Every day is sort of like dress-up and it’s fun to wear super wacky things.”

Get a glimpse of the 25-year-old’s actual fashion flair — and trust us, she has some chops of her own — in the behind the scenes video of her InStyle shoot:

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The 'Girls' Season 3 Trailer is Upon Us

By Anne Cohen

It’s here!

The ‘Girls’ Season 3 trailer has hit the Internet. Catch up with Hannah, Shosh, Marnie and Jessa below:

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Lena Dunham Announces 'Girls' Premiere Date

By Anne Cohen

Attention “Girls” fans!

It’s official — the mascot series of the broke-Brooklyn-twenty-something that lives in all of us has a return date: January 12, 2014.

Really, Lena Dunham instagrammed so.

In the meantime, hop the G train, pay a visit to Grumpy’s, dance frenetically to Robin — whatever one does to celebrate, “Girls”-style.

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'Girls,' A Parody

By Anne Cohen

As predicted, Tina Fey launched “Saturday Night Live“‘s 39th season with a bang: an amazing parody of “Girls.”

The spoof of Lena Dunham’s hit HBO show (set to premiere its third season this year) starred Fey as a new arrival to the group of identity-starved Brooklyn twenty-somethings: Blerta, from Albania.

Blerta strives to fit in with the Greenpoint crowd, wondering about such cultural references as Hannah Horvath’s (Dunham) OCD (“Old Cow Disease?”) to Gemma’s promiscuous dating habits (“You are unpaid prostitute? You are lower than dog.”)

The hilarious sketch showcases some new “SNL” talent: new cast member Noel Wells played “Hannah,” while Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong channelled “Shoshana” and “Marnie.”

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Lena Dunham Endorses Scott Stringer

By Anne Cohen

Lena Dunham, native New Yorker, has spoken.

The writer, director and producer of the HBO series “Girls”, took to Twitter on Thursday to announce who she supports in the hot race for the city’s third most important municipal office — New York City Comptroller.

Just to make sure we understand the full meaning of her decision, Dunham included a handy link.

The race for the New York City Comptroller’s Office escalated when former governor Eliot Spitzer announced that he would be challenging Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the upcoming elections.

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Free Undies For Lena Dunham

By Anne Cohen

Buying underwear is so 2010. Lena Dunham’s found a better way: she gets them delivered for free.

The writer/director/star of “Girls” confessed her hatred for the politically correct undergarment via Twitter, adding that HBO provides her with a pair every morning onset.

Girls is currently shooting its third season.

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'Homeland' and 'Girls' Get Directors Guild Nods

By Reuters

The directors of hit television dramas “Homeland” and “Mad Men” were among those nominated for Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards on Wednesday.

They were joined by Lena Dunham for her coming-of-age HBO series “Girls” and actor Bryan Cranston for ABC’s “Modern Family” in the comedy category.

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” director Rian Johnson and Greg Mottola, director of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” rounded out the drama category, in which network television series were shut out.

Showtime’s terrorist-hunting thriller “Homeland” scored nominations for two separate episodes - one directed by Michael Cuesta and another by Lesli Linka Glatter.

Jennifer Getzinger garnered a nomination for boozy workplace period drama “Mad Men” on AMC.

The DGA honors the directors of individual episodes of TV shows, unlike the Emmy and Golden Globe awards that honor series as a whole.

Cranston, star of “Breaking Bad,” received his first DGA award nomination. Mark Cendrowski drew honors for geeky CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” and comedian Louis C.K. for his FX show “Louie.”

Beth McCarthy-Miller, a two-time DGA winner for her television work, was nominated for Tina Fey’s NBC comedy “30 Rock,” which will finish up its seven-season run on Jan. 31.

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A Sneak Peek at 'Girls'

By Simi Lampert

For those of us who consider Lena Dunham’s “Girls” the latest necessary TV addiction — don’t deny it, this includes you — the release of a trailer (below) four months before the next episode is nothing but a tease. A cruel, mocking tease that we’ll nevertheless indulge in for the sake of seeing something — anything — that gives us a clue as to what’s coming up in the second season.

The last episode of Season 1, which was nominated for five Emmys, certainly left us hanging: Hannah was mugged and stranded on Coney Island; Marnie wants to ditch her perfectionist attitude and makes out with a chubby stranger; Jess just got married; and our resident JAP Shoshanna is — drumroll please — about to lose her virginity.

Unfortunately, we don’t get much out of this 32-second-long clip, which mostly showcases close-ups of the four main characters. The most exciting second is 0:09 — are Hannah and Marnie, supposed ex-besties, sitting next to each other? — but otherwise, a few seconds of facial expressions is only enough to make us want to see more. Which, I suppose, is the intention the girls behind Girls had all along.

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Lena Dunham's Jewish Boyfriend

By Naomi Zeveloff

Lena Dunham, creator of ‘Girls,’ is canoodling with Jack Antonoff, the Jewish guitarist for Fun. According to an upcoming issue of US Weekly, leaked to the New York Post, the two are trying to keep it a secret. “They have a good time when they can get together,” a source told the magazine.

Antonoff is a rising indie darling; his band is best known for its anthem “We Are Young.” According to an interview with HEEB, he attended the Solomon Schechter Day School until the 8th grade, and then transferred to public school where he was teased mercilessly for being gay (he’s not), an experience that made him a vocal supporter of gay rights.

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Video: Spot-On ‘Girls’ Parody

By Hannah Rubin

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The “Girls” of New York are seeing some competition — from a pair of equally jobless and sex-obsessed “Boys” in L.A.

The latest humor video to hit the net — a trailer for a “Girls” spoof called “Boys” — satirically follows the lives of 20-something-boys trying to make it in L.A. The joke trailer is pretty funny, and successfully captures the essential zeitgeist of the characters and concepts that it mocks.

Poking fun at the Hollywood nepotism that is ‘Girls’ casting (Zosia Mamet? Allison Williams?), the spoof stars Wolf Blitzer’s son, Bear, and Daniel Craig’s son, Craig Craig.

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Michael Bloomberg Loves 'Girls'

By Hannah Rubin

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Acclaimed author Martin Amis’s move to Brooklyn isn’t the only thing that the bookish borough has to brag about, and Mayor Bloomberg is the first to say so.

The Gracie Mansion mayor recently professed his love for Greenpoint’s latest sensation: “Girls”: a New York based HBO comedy about a gang (or, well, gaggle) of 20-something girls trying to make it in the New York City arts world.

According to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, “Girls” fever has swept city hall. “We’re obsessed,” he said. “It’s the big water-cooler topic of conversation.”

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Video: Lena Dunham on ‘Tiny, Neurotic Jews’

By Eileen Reynolds

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Shoshanna might be a new kind of Jewish American Princess, but in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham revealed that she originally conceived of Marnie (played by Allison Williams) as another sort of Jewish stereotype: “A neurotic, stressed-out, like, tiny, high-achieving Jew.” Judd Apatow, she said, coached her toward creating a rounder, more “fleshed-out” Marnie, and also suggested that Shoshanna, who might have been “an in-out character who appeared every four episodes” play a bigger role on the show. So…thanks, Judd?

Feinberg, who chats with Dunham about Camp Ramah at the beginning of the interview, seems fairly smitten. “She is startlingly brilliant — in equal measures smart and funny — and eagerly self-deprecating,” he writes about Dunham, going on to describe her as a “female Woody Allen or Larry David.”

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Video: Zosia Mamet on ‘Girls’ and Dating Horrors

By Margaret Eby

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Zosia Mamet recently stopped by Conan to answer the question that fans of her HBO show “Girls” have been asking since the series debuted: Is dating in your 20s really as bad as the show makes it look?

“It’s a little worse,” Mamet replied. “It’s pretty f**king bad.” On Girls, Mamet plays Shoshanna, the fresh-faced, overeager “Sex and the City”-obsessed Jewish cousin of the effortlessly cool Jessa. Shoshanna’s most recent romantic excursions have gone incredibly badly, as with her last crush, Matt, a friend from summer camp who refuses to take her virginity. This week, the extent of her love life was watching helplessly as Jessa used Shoshanna’s apartment as a place for a torrid fling with her ex. But despite all that, Zosia thinks the actual dating scene is even worse.

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Video: Camp Ramah Gets Shout-Out on ‘Girls’

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Whether or not they are fans of the new hit HBO series “Girls,” former Camp Ramah-niks may want to tune into this week’s episode on Sunday at 10:30. In the episode, titled “Camp Friend,” their summer home-away-from-home gets a shout-out. Now, would that technically be product placement or guerilla marketing? Doesn’t matter — either way, it’s 15 minutes…well, more like 15 seconds… of fame for Conservative Judaism’s camping movement.

In the preview clip released by HBO, Shoshana Shapiro (played by David Mamet daughter Zosia Mamet) is stopped unexpectedly on the street by a guy who hopes she’ll recognize him. “Hey, Shoshana! Remember me? It’s me, Matt Kornstein. Camp Ramah,” he says. He goes on to compliment her by telling her, “You led the most intense kitchen raid I ever saw in my time as a junior counselor.” No spoilers here: The Shmooze merely notes that the look exchanged between Shoshana and Matt in that moment is also, to borrow Matt’s word, pretty “intense.”

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