Lena Dunham

Quiz: Conservative Thinkpiece or April Fools’ Joke Headline?

April Fools’ Day on the Internet can be a minefield in these absurdist times. What’s a joke and what’s quotidian clickbait? What’s clever, dry, post-hipster satire and what’s April Fools-specific satire? For example: Are your friends mockingly imitating the people who are actually defending those racist tweets, or they actually applauding the racist tweets? Is a pizzeria really deigning to declare itself off-limits for gay weddings? We confess to being a bit bewildered ourselves, worried as to whether we’re going to click our way onto a virtual whoopee cushion, so we thought we’d offer a guide for navigating these stormy seas.

Look at the below headlines and determine whether each is an April Fools story or an actual conservative headline: … Read More

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Other Lena Dunham Pitches ‘The New Yorker’ (and the ADL) Will Definitely Accept

Lena Dunham published a quiz this week in The New Yorker — entitled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” — and it’s causing a stir, as everything she produces tends to do these days. … Read More

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Spice Girls Reunions and ‘Furious 7’s’ Chances at a Best Picture Oscar: Links You Need to See

The seventh time might be a charm for the Fast & Furious action film franchise. At least Vin Diesel seems to think so, telling Variety with an intense enthusiasm this week that, “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” Diesel wasn’t joking, but we’re not holding our breath that the Academy will come around — just in case, however, Slate has made a “For Your Consideration” ad.  … Read More

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In Praise of Kanye West, James Franco, and Other High-Art Multi-Hyphenates

Earlier this year, famed rapper, producer, and headline subject Kanye West put out a fashion line through Adidas, called Yeezy Season 1. It was not the prettiest thing in the world, and, though he made grand proclamations about his intention to have these items priced fairly, at $450 for a sweatshirt, it is not affordable to most human beings, no matter how you shake it. To put it simply: the line was pretty much universally panned, and people told him to stop. But he shouldn’t stop. Neither should James Franco, Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBeouf, or any of their other multi-hyphenate friends. They should do whatever the hell they want — and, in fact, the more the merrier. … Read More

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‘It’s Me, Hilary': Lena Dunham Introduces the Man Behind Children’s Book Icon Eloise

Eloise, the classic fictional picture-book heroine, is “a city child” who causes havoc throughout her indoor backyard, the hallways and public rooms of New York’s ultra-posh Plaza Hotel (“Oooo, I absolutely love the Plaza!” she says). The Plaza prank that always caught my brother’s and my attention, as city children ourselves, was her decision to pour water down the mail chute of the hotel. It prompted us to stand outside our own New York mail chute and ponder doing the same thing, on many a bored afternoon. We never committed, but something tells me that in childhood Lena Dunham, current proud owner of the world’s most well-known Eloise lower back tattoo, would have gone all the way with this endeavor. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Finale Recap: “Home Birth”

We did it, people! We hit the Feminist Thinkpiece Singularity, in which Lena Dunham invoked the only name more reviled by a certain contingent than her own, and survived (mostly) unscathed. The phrase “this is your Lean In moment” was uttered on an episode of Girls and the universe did not implode. Also, a bunch of other stuff happened and Dunham ended a season on a different, and higher, note than the series’ first three outings, but that felt like an important place to start. … Read More

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‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’’ Writers Room Endures Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath

To no one’s surprise but to everyone’s chagrin, Lena Dunham’s Girls character Hannah Horvath has a new job—again—this time,… Read More

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“There Can Be Only One”: The ‘Highlander’ Theory of Pop Culture Death Matches

In 1986, Highlander, a seamy little B-picture featuring Sean Connery and a cast of unknowns in ’80s noir New York, was unleashed upon the world with this tagline: “There can be only one.” In the complicated mythos of Highlander — which would go on to spawn five sequels, a television series, novels, animated series, and a rumors of a reboot starting in 2008 — “there can be only one” referred to the fact that we lived in a world where there were Immortals, a special class of people who live forever unless a fellow Immortal beheads them. The last Immortal standing got all the power. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Episode 9 Recap: “Daddy Issues”

Every once in a long, long while, Girls likes to put its characters in perspective. The show, and its viewership, is well aware how Hannah Horvath would fare in the real world, but her narcissism—and her friends’—is exceptional even by the standards of Girls’ exaggerated Brooklyn. Reminders of this usually come in the context of Hannah’s workplace, where she has no choice but to a) submit to somebody else’s rules or face the consequences and b) interact with other, much better-socialized human beings. See her disastrous Mike Birbiglia interview, or her ill-fated tenure at GQ‘s sponsored content wing. St. Justine’s, it turns out, is no exception. … Read More

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Kathy Griffin Leaves ‘Fashion Police’ After Seven Episodes, Cites Creative Differences

It’s been a rough few months of for E!’s Fashion Police. After Kelly Osbourne’s departure back in February… Read More

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