The ‘Girls’ Season 3 trailer has hit the Internet. Catch up with Hannah, Shosh, Marnie and Jessa below:
Lou Reed, rock & roll poet and founding member of the Velvet Underground, died on the same Sunday morning that he taught us all to love (“Sunday Morning.” 1966). As usual, Twitter was the first to know it. Here is how Jewish celebrities reacted:
The one and only Lou Reed, died today at 71.ampmdash; Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 27, 2013
Just a perfect day you made me forget myself I thought I was someone else, someone good #RIP LOU REEDampmdash; Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 27, 2013
We love you Lou. We love you Laurie.ampmdash; Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed forever defined the beautifully blue Sunday morning. It feels like a wry touch to hear the sad news about him at such a time.ampmdash; B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) October 27, 2013
I think I read that Eno said The Velvet Underground never had a big hit, but everyone who heard them went out and started a band. #LouReedampmdash; Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) October 27, 2013
Oh it’s such an imperfect day. #LouReedRIPampmdash; Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) October 27, 2013
Linger on…ampmdash; Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) October 27, 2013
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.
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.”
Unless you were hiding under a rock (or like me, don’t have the luxury of cable) you are probably aware that the Emmys were last night.
TV’s greatest night gives stars a chance to shine, even if the characters they play often don’t (Bryan Cranston’s Walter White meth suit on “Breaking Bad” is one example). But for Lena Dunham, it seems the Emmy’s were a chance to reiterate her point that she — like her character Hannah Horvath on “Girls” — is the worst dressed person on the planet.
In other news, Zosia Mamet showed up her “Girls” co-star in Honor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus shone in Monique Lhuillier, Alyson Hannigon rocked a jewel-toned Marchesa gown and 14-year-old Nolan Gould rivaled Mandy Patinkin for most dapper gent on the red carpet.
Feast your eyes on the dos and don’ts below:
Every winter, Joshua Seftel faced a recurring problem. With his mother migrating to Sarasota, he found it hard to keep in touch. Email was cumbersome and phone conversations were sparse and stunted.
And then came the iPad.
When his father passed away a little over three years ago, Seftel bought his mother a shiny new tablet so they could talk face to face, if not in person. But what started as a fun experiment filming some of their conversations soon evolved into something more meaningful.
Somehow along the way, celebrities made their way into the conversation.
Enter Pat Seftel, one-half of the “My Mom On Movies” web series, who in her filmed FaceTime chats her son, gives her own personal take on Hollywood’s who’s who.
Each conversation revolves around a particular point of interest: Is it kosher (morally) to eat Paula Deen’s fried chicken? Is Denzel Washington aging well? (That particular segment was followed with an apology and a promise of rugelach)
Some things, Seftel already knew. Others, like how much his 76-year-old mother enjoyed reading “Fifty Shades of Grey,” he was surprised to discover.
“I went back and watched the [original] tape, and when we talked about entertainment, not only did she light up, but she knew a lot about it — Which I never realized,” said the 45-year-old filmmaker behind “Taking on the Kennedys,” the award-winning documentary about American campaign politics. “She’s like a sponge, she remembers everything and forms very insightful opinions about what’s going on.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock — or have no Internet connection, same difference — you’ve either seen or heard about Miley Cyrus’s ‘twerk’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. After all, CNN devoted an obscene amount of time to covering the ex-“Hannah Montana” sweetheart, so it must be big news.
In any case, Miley should know that Joan Rivers is not impressed.
Miley Cyrus at the VMAs last night reminds me of Candyland - the easiest game in town and everyone gets a turn. Tune in at 9pm ET for more!ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 27, 2013
i sometimes wonder if miley saw this and was like "oooooh me too! me!!!" http://t.co/3E1J5n29R3ampmdash; Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle) August 27, 2013
Did you see @MileyCyrus on the VMA's? Does her tongue hanging out mean she's dehydrated?ampmdash; Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2013
Re: Miley- the commodification of women of color deserves big discussion. "Hey, someone put a shirt on this dumb bitch!" doesn't.ampmdash; Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 27, 2013
The Emmy nominations are here! The tribe cleaned out this year with Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), Nathan Lane (“The Good Wife”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Mayim Bialik (“Big Bang Theory”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) — to name but a few — up for awards in various categories.
Check out the full list below/[via Vulture]
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
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.
I'm a native New Yorker & I like my leaders with grit, integrity & executive realness. That's why I support @stringer2013 for Comptroller.ampmdash; Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 11, 2013
Just to make sure we understand the full meaning of her decision, Dunham included a handy link.
And since we all need a little help on this one: http://t.co/y4SS4bmdOGampmdash; Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 11, 2013
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.
Lena Dunham and boyfriend Jack Antonoff spent Independence Day with the Obamas…and a whole lot of other people invited to a holiday celebration on the White House lawn.
It wasn’t all play and no work for Antonoff, who performed at the party with his band, Fun. Dunham, in blue shirt, red purse and white sunglasses, was there to provide moral support and soak up the atmosphere.
From the cute photo of the couple hugging the “Girls” creator posted on Instagram, it looks like she and her boyfriend were enjoying themselves. “Happy 4th of July, from our family to yours!” read the caption. The couple was also spotted by the paparazzi as they strolled hand-in-hand in the nation’s capital over the holiday weekend.
Dunham showed her appreciation for President Obama’s older daughter, Malia, who celebrated her 15th birthday at the party. “Happy Birthday Malia Obama! Let’s all hope we’re as elegant as you when we grow up,” the HBO star tweeted.
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.
Our costume dept has realized that if they want me in underwear they have to provide them. And they do. Every day. I love the @girlsHBO crewampmdash; Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 1, 2013
Girls is currently shooting its third season.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 new members to join its 16 branches.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that the list of actors invited to join includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Oh, Danny Trejo, Chris Tucker, Emmanuelle Riva and Charles Grondin.
Lena Dunham will be joining the ranks of writers, while Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) will be added to the list of directors.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy president Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The Academy had been criticized in recent years for their somewhat restricted membership (read: old white males), and this year was particularly diverse. This can be partly explained by the fact that the quota system used by the Academy, which restricted the number of members that each branch could invite to replace members who retired or passed away, was abolished this year.
Despite the change, Koch said, “We did not change our criteria at all. Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn’t in the Academy but who deserved to be.”
For a full list of new members, click here.
Lena Dunham is moving up — literally.
The writer/actress/director/voice-of-her-generation has apparently been eyeing a $4.45 million penthouse apartment in Williamsburg’s Gretsch Building, a far cry from her character’s Greenpoint apartment on “Girls.”
The three-bedroom pad has twin walk-in closets, a 1,900 squre-foot-terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge, and a cavernous living room/kitchen area. The Gretsch Building was built in 1916 and turned condo in 2004.
Douglas Elliman listing brokers Pablo Cuevas and Michal Kuras refused to say whether or not Dunham had made an offer, the New York Daily News reported. Though Dunham hasn’t commented on her Sunday visit, she did send a text to a friend asking “Do you think it’s weird to bring my dog to see a realtor?” The text was later posted to her Instagram feed.
Dunham, 26, grew up in Manhattan and currently lives in Brooklyn Heights.
Curious? Check out the pictures below!
Ah, Instagram. A place where everything glows with the soft light of filters and even your non-Hollywood-celebrity-life can look put together and artsy. So just imagine what it can do for those whose lives are already more glitz-filled than yours.
Kat Dennings looks quirky, Mark Zuckerberg shows off his dog, Amanda Bynes self-destructs, and Bar Refaeli, well, just looks hot. Here are 16 Jewish celebs you should be keeping track of. Forget Twitter, Instagram is where you can really get to know your favorite stars.
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Who knew Bar Refaeli’s outré Super Bowl ad for Go Daddy would have such pucker power? HuffPo ran a piece on all the lucky guys the supermodel has smooched with, as well as another on nerdy Jesse Heiman who got to play tonsil hockey with her in the commercial. Hillel at Stanford University got in on the sexy action, too, by using an image from the televised spot to advertise its upcoming Birthright Israel trip.
Bar Refaeli’s ex-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio was seen last Friday goofing around in a Miami nightclub with buddies Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, and Mel Gibson (yes, Mel Gibson).
Also not on their best behavior over Super Bowl weekend were Drake and his friends, who were so rowdy that neighbors called the cops on them twice.
And in our last Super Bowl weekend-relate item, if Bar Refaeli’s Go Daddy ad wasn’t sexy enough for you, there’s this “2 Broke Girls” promo featuring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs pole dancing.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” co-stars Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis grace the cover of InStyle’s spring fashion issue. In an interview inside the magazine, Williams says she didn’t know who her now-boyfriend Jason Segel was before she started going out with him.
Watch Max Greenfield tell Anderson Cooper about how “Gangnam Style” is a huge hit with his 3-year-old daughter Lily and her friends.
We’ve all be reading a lot about Lena Dunham lately, but here’s a chance to get to know her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff of the Grammy-nominated band called “fun.”
In not-so-good news for Ricki Lake, her new talk show has been cancelled after just one season.
The late ex-New York mayor Ed Koch loved the limelight. Entertainment Weekly recalled a number of hizzoner’s forays into pop culture, including acting in a cameo role in “The First Wives Club,” hosting “Saturday Night Live,” presiding as a judge on “The People’s Court,” and strutting the fashion runway on “Sex and the City.”
David Arquette looked like he was enjoying the Playboy Super Bowl party down in NOLA this past weekend.
Amanda Bynes is reportedly now laying her weary head to rest at a Manhattan hotel after leaving her apartment when the non-smoking building’s management threatened to evict her for incessant pot and cigarette smoking.
Lena Dunham has a fan in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of all people. He wrote in HuffPo, “Girls wants to tell us something important about twentysomething females of the 21st Century. And, as the elders of our society, we should always be listening to those new voices crying out.” And speaking of “Girls,” Lena Dunham promises that we will continue to see a lot of her naked body on the show. And in keeping with the theme, her co-star Zosia Mamet didn’t quite show up nude on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” but her red dress with a big cut out section in the front left little to the imagination. Attention single ladies! “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor has split up with his girlfriend of one year, “Twilight” actress Julia Jones. In news that we really wish we didn’t know, Katie Couric went out on a date with Larry King. It was a very long time ago, when Couric was 30 and open to going out on dates with anyone just for the experience. “The whole situation was out of a bad Lifetime movie,” Couric recalled of the evening with the much older talk show host.
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.
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.
Who better to herald the next lurching step in the death march of print media than Lena Dunham? The 25-year-old writer-slash-director-slash-star of “Girls” also wrote, directed and starred in a five-minute web video introduction to the publication’s “head-spinning” new portable portal, where a bizarro, slacks-clad version of herself named “Lanny Donhom” (?) takes to a fake talk show and uses host Jon Hamm as interlocutor to elucidate crucial questions like “what is an iPhone?”
In a clip-within-the-clip, Dunham goes “Devil Wears Prada” as a fictional New Yorker editor and berates a bewildered Alex Karpovsky on how the app will put each week’s worth of articles, reviews, and cultural goings-on at the fingertips of iPhone subscribers. (Apparently, skipping straight to the cartoons has never been easier. How handy!)
Mayim Bialik, Larry David and Lena Dunham are among the Jewish performers nominated for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jewish filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Hannah Horvath on the HBO series “Girls.” The show has also been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and was inspired by Dunham’s experiences as a Jewish girl living in New York City.
Larry David, who is best known as one of the creators of the TV show “Seinfeld” was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.