Lena Dunham

Why Judd Apatow Isn’t Letting His Anti-Bill Cosby Crusade Go

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Last night, 47-year-old Judd Apatow finally achieved 25-year-old Judd Apatow’s dream: a stand-up set on The Tonight Show. But he’s still Judd Apatow, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the closing portion of his performance, over a third of the four-minute set, was devoted to skewering Bill Cosby—a middle finger to the sitcom star/accused rapist on the network that ran The Cosby …Read More

Lena Dunham Introduces a “Goop Meets Grantland” Feminist Newsletter “Where There’s No Such Thing as TMI”

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Lena Dunham and her Girls production partner Jenni Konner are once again collaborating on a project “where there’s no such thing as TMI.” Though, to the delight of many, this project does not involve a Hannah Horvath, a Marnie Michaels, a Jessa Johansson, or a Shoshanna Shapiro. As Buzzfeed reports, it’s a weekly newsletter launching in September called “Lenny,” and is for “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also want to know… where to buy the best tube top for summer that isn’t going to cost your entire paycheck.”
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My Journey Into the Glittering, Hollow Heart of Taylor Swift Fandom

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The first time I laid eyes on Taylor Swift, watching one of those Grammy announcement specials she used to co-host with LL Cool J, I had a viscerally negative reaction. What was it about this young woman’s manner of expression that triggered an instant flashback to the mean girls in the middle school cafeteria, a  memory of the one era of my life I would probably not return to for any amount of money? But then she took out her guitar and began to sing, and I grudgingly admitted: the song was well done, the singer talented.
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Is Mainstream Comedy Getting an Overdue Shot of Bicuriosity?

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There’s a memorable/notorious scene in Judd Apatow’s 2005 breakthrough hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin that finds secondary characters David (Paul Rudd) and Cal (Seth Rogen) playing a video game and riffing on the different ways each man knows the other is “gay.” Their explanations range from stereotypical to obvious, and while the scene can be read as homophobic, I’ve always thought it a little smarter (and funnier) than that; it’s a commentary on stereotypes, but also on the sometimes imperceptibly thin line between admitted sexual attractions and the kind of affectionate “bromances” that populate mainstream comedies by Apatow and his contemporaries. But these things go in cycles, and it feels like we’re in the early moments of a new one, in which the sexual fluidity that was so often subtext in these comedies is finally moving into the foreground.
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Taylor Swift Is Not Your Mom, But She May Be Your “Aunt Becky”: Links You Need to See

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If you’ve been jonesing for worldwide fame and recognition, right now is your chance: Game of Thrones is looking to cast some unknowns for season six. If you fit the bill of “Priestess,” “Pirate,” or “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros,” drop out of medical school or whatever else you’re doing this instant and go to the casting call. Or, you can just forever keep being an Ordinary Person (OP), only remembered in old family photos or in unflattering, hyperreal sculptures by Duane Hanson like these other OPs. Look, when you’re famous (like Lena Dunham), you can post photos of yourself in your lingerie on Instagram and get almost 100,000 likes. Just like that. So what are you waiting for?
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