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Renewed for a sixth and final season, the fifth season of the Girls TV series premieres on HBO, Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Check out HBO's Girls season five photos, above and below. Watch a Girls trailer and a season five promo, and get episode descriptions, too.
The cast of Girls includes: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Alex Karpovsky, Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Jake Lacy. Girls was created by Dunham, who executive produces with Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner, Ilene S. Landress, Murray Miller, and Bruce Eric Kaplan.
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Everest (thriller-adventure based on true events; Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Tom Goodman-Hill; rated PG-13) Straight Outta Compton: Director’s Cut (biopic drama based on the rap group N.W.A., O'Shea Jackson Jr., Paul Giamatti, Corey Hawkins; unrated) The Intern (comedy; Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Nat Wolff; rated PG-13) The Condemned 2...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The character of King George III appears in Hamilton for just nine minutes — and spends only six minutes and 45 seconds of that time actually singing. (The other two minutes and change are devoted to activities like strutting and doing a scene-stealing dance during “The Reynolds Pamphlet.”) Yet despite George’s appearances being brief, he’s become one of the most-beloved characters in the show. And unlike most roles in Hamilton, three different actors have already played George, each putting their own spin on the character. First up was Brian d’Arcy James, who performed in the early shows at the Public Theater but left to pursue a leading role in Something Rotten, where he can currently be seen. Jonathan Groff ascended to the throne next, and when he had to take a break to film the Looking movie, Andrew Rannells, of Girls fame, stepped in. Here, the trio explain what »
- Sierra Tishgart
The end of “Girls” is in the distant future.
The Lena Dunham series will wrap up after its sixth season, Variety has confirmed. The news comes before the comedy even enters its fifth season, which premieres in February, so there are still two full rounds of the series to come.
Though HBO declined to comment on the show’s fate, sources tell Variety the official announcement is expected to come this week at the network’s Television Critics Association press tour day on Thursday.
“Girls” ending — reported today by E! Online — comes as little surprise, as creator and star Dunham has commented on the ending of her show much in the past. It’s been widely reported that HBO prez Michael Lombardo has spoken with Dunham about doing six seasons of “Girls,” and she previously spoke to Variety about not wanting to overstay the show’s welcome on television.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As HBO gets ready to air Season 5 of Girls, the cable network has also been discussing how to bring the critically-acclaimed series to a close. E! Online reports that HBO executives and the show's producers agreed to renew the show for a sixth and final season. Girls Season 6 would air sometime in 2017, but the show hasn't issued an official announcement yet.
Girls Season 5 is slated to debut Sunday, February 21 at 10 Pm, kicking off a new 10-episode season. While no specifics were given for the final season, it isn't a surprise that HBO is considering an early renewal, before Season 5 even airs. The network renewed the series early for the past two years, shortly before the current season was about to air.
“Making a Murderer” proved to be the Dom Perignon of binge TV options for many showbizzers during the holiday break.
The ten-part documentary series about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who is believed to have been framed for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, has generated a storm of glowing reviews and discussion on social media about Avery’s fate. A Netflix rep said Sunday that at present there are no plans for the streaming service to feature any updates or additional material on Avery’s saga.
Outrage stirred since the docu series bowed on Dec. 18 has led to online petitions calling for his pardon, including a Change.org effort that had nearly 111,000 signatures as of Sunday evening. The detail in the docuseries from filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos has led to a chorus of critics calling for disciplinary actions against prosecutors in Wisconsin’s Manitowoc County and broader »
- Variety Staff
Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Christina Scherer, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Celia Weston, Steve Vinovich | Written and Directed by Nancy Myers
70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since writer/director Nancy Myers took the reigns of a movie, what she’s been doing in the meantime I don’t know, but after seeing The Intern, I’m glad Myers and her particular brand of filmmaking, and humour, is back. Especially give just how brilliant her latest opus is. Yes, it might sound strange but even this horror-loving, »
- Phil Wheat
7 items from 2016
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