Lena Dunham

Stephen Colbert, Lena Dunham — Yes, Even James Franco — and the Era of Celebrity as Bookseller

I wrote a post a few years ago about Jewel’s 1998 bestselling book of poetry, A Night Without Armor. The book, while undeniably terrible, has probably sold more copies in one year than the bestselling books of poetry from the last five years combined. What does that tell you? For one, it says that with all the great poetry out there, the general public has really bad taste. But it also speaks volumes about the fact that a celebrity name attached to a book — whether they wrote it or not — sells copies. And although there was probably no study as to how much extra time customers stood in the poetry aisle, browsing the other titles, and possibly buying them, lured there because of A Night Without Armor, I have to believe at least a few young minds were drawn to poetry because of that book. Because, let’s face it: we all have to start somewhere, and that somewhere usually sucks. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in July

Last weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction — Michael Bay’s latest, nearly-three-hour love letter to shit blowing up, orange women in short shorts, and editorial incoherence — grossed $300 million worldwide. In one weekend. If that information, and what it means for the ongoing dumbing-down and sequel-ization of mainstream moviemaking, isn’t enough to get you to the art house this month out of sheer principle, here are a few indie movies worth making the trek for as well. … Read More

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Enough About Lena Dunham’s Book Deal: Let’s Discuss Her Very Public Love of Literature

In the new issue of Zoetrope All-Story, Lena Dunham contributes a short essay on her discovery of Alice Munro’s work. Fueled by a lazy night with the recent Munro adaptation Hateship, Loveship on demand, she turned to the collection that includes the original story, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, describing a night spent under the covers with the book, underlining nearly every line. … Read More

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Joan Rivers, Chill Out About Lena Dunham’s Body

Just-turned 81-year-old joker Joan Rivers has a new book due out July 1st, the not-a-Tyler-Perry movie Diary of a Mad Diva, and she’s making headlines because of offensive content within: namely, that Girls creator, director, and star Lena Dunham is committing crimes against nudity by showing her body on television. According to the New York Daily News, Rivers claims that people watch Girls with “their hands over their eyes,” because Dunham is “the first fat girl naked on television.” She even suggests that Dunham could have a salad once in while, crudely. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Jon Snow Throws Down

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, a big ol’ battle, a couple musical numbers, and the end of Selina Meyer’s presidential campaign. … Read More

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Why Doesn’t Judd Apatow Have to Answer Questions About Racism? Mindy Kaling on Being a Role Model

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Mindy Kaling, the creator, showrunner, and star of The Mindy Project, discussed the responsibility that she feels to answer questions about feminism and diversity in her work and on her show: … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 4 Episodes 3 & 4 Recap: “So Did the Fat Lady”/”Elevator Part I”

Louie C.K.’s decision (and FX’s) to air this season’s 14 episodes of Louie in paired hours for seven weeks is bound to lead to some intriguing juxtapositions. Last week’s duo, “Back” and “Model,” served as counterpoints, showcasing the different types of narratives that Louie does well. That said, it almost seems that he might’ve been wiser to pair “Model” with last night’s “So Did The Fat Lady,” since the latter episode almost seems a response to the previous one (and to some of the smarter critiques that followed it). The trouble is, “Fat Lady” is also one of the weakest episodes of the show thus far, so perhaps it needed to be followed by an episode as strong as “Elevator Part I.” … Read More

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