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While most famous for voicing FX’s super spy, Sterling Archer, and Bob Belcher, the patriarch of Fox’s hilarious burger joint, there was a time when H. Jon Benjamin was a working actor taking bit parts on long-running series, like Rescue Me and Sex and the City.
Fans of Carrie Bradshaw and her gaggle of gals may remember when Benjamin briefly appeared on the third episode of season one but the actor reveals that he was supposed to have a much larger part on the show.
Two years after his original appearance, Benjamin was cast as Bill Kelley, an older politician with a golden shower fetish.
“I had hair and they made me bald,” Benjamin says of prepping for the role that later went to John Slattery from Mad Man. Only 34 at the time, Benjamin didn’t quite look the part that series creator Darren Star had envisioned.
“He looks at me and goes, »
- Stacy Lambe
Nic Rouleau couldn’t get a ticket to The Book of Mormon.
Like the stories you’ve no doubt heard about the wildly popular, box office-busting Broadway show, tickets are one of New York’s hottest commodities, and they have been since the record-breaking musical opened just three years ago. So Rouleau turned to the show’s daily lottery system — about 2 dozen tickets offered raffle-style to eager patrons, 98 percent of whom will leave disappointed — and lucked his way into the Eugene O’Neill Theatre that way.
“I won the lottery and saw it from house right up in the box, »
- Marc Snetiker
Wade Davis charts course for the NFL on gay issues at league’s annual meeting
The Glee cast Look Back On The Song That Started It All.
So this is happening… @Cabaret_Musical preview #1 Like in a couple of hours!! pic.twitter.com/RyA2VOOjQX
— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) March 21, 2014
Here’s the Kickstarter for Guys Reading Poems. »
After three seasons, it is clear that Girls works best when it follows its muse with a damn-the-consequences regard for convention or obligation: When it’s more like carefree and careless Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and less like pleasing, conformist Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet); when it can’t be so easily reduced — like the way I completely reduced Jessa and Shoshanna in my strained effort to embellish whatever idea I was going for there on the front half of that semicolon. It’s this quality that has given us only-about-Hannah (Lena Dunham) gems like “One Man’s Trash” and “Flo” and has »
- Jeff Jensen
In Girls’ season three finale Hannah Horvath was accepted into the Iowa Writers’ Workship, Marnie finally kissed Desi and Shoshanna found out she isn’t a college graduate after all.
“Two Plane Rides” began with a shock for Hannah (Lena Dunham), who runs into a pregnant Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann) in the hallway. Caroline has been shacking up with Laird (Jon Glaser) and is, apparently, expecting a baby.
When Hannah returns to her apartment to open her mail, she finds an acceptance letter from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first stop to share the big news: Marnie (Allison Williams). Marnie babbles on about how she knows she needs to tell Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) about her relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky), before congratulating Hannah.
Meanwhile, when Marnie finally does gather her courage to tell Shoshanna, it’s not a good time. Shosh’s partying and wild semester has taken a toll on her academic life and, »
A review of the "Girls" season 3 finale coming up just as soon as I can feel the labia forming... "Well, I'm sick of trying to work it out. Can't one thing ever be easy with you?" -Adam There are times when each season of "Girls" can feel haphazard and patchwork, with characters appearing and disappearing at random and story arcs being interrupted for short story-ish digressions that take Hannah out of town and/or give most of the cast the week off. That's not necessarily a bad thing, both because those digressions (like "Flo" this season) often represent the series at its best, and because it does a nice job of conveying how directionless and random Hannah Horvath's life can become. And I'm always impressed with the way the show tends to conclude its seasons in a way that bring everything full circle for Hannah (and, at times, for »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Girls," like "Sex and the City" and "Golden Girls" before it, lends itself easily to fans deciding who in their own social circle corresponds to which character -- and there's always one no one really wants to be. In the case of the HBO hit, star Allison Williams is very aware that, for many, it's her character, Marnie.
And she basically agrees.
"Marnie would drive me crazy is we were friends in real life," she tells Buzzfeed. "But I have to put that out of my head in order the play her. Like, sleeping with Elijah (Andrew Rannells) is crazy, sleeping with Ray (Alex Karpovsky) is crazy, furiously hitting on Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) when he mentions his girlfriend in their first conversation is crazy; but I have to be on the couch with her and Elijah hoping they f***, I have to be in that apartment with Ray kinda wanting it to happen, »
Girls star Andrew Rannells is delightful; a fountain of charm, kindness, and wit mixed together with, as Patti Lupone so perfectly summed up on last Sunday’s episode, the looks of “a f*cking Kennedy.” Better yet, he is incredibly talented, as evidenced by his hilarious turn as Hannah’s biting ex-boyfriend/ex-roommate/forever friend Elijah on Girls and his Tony-nominated performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. And we were lucky enough to sit down with him recently for a chat over a game of checkers. (Which we may have played wrong, thanks to your trusty interviewer’s inability to recall how to play the most basic of childhood games. Oops.)
Andrew filled us in on his friendship with Girls creator and co-star Lena Dunham and revealed the most embarrassing purchase he’s ever made while drunk (hint: it’s very sensible). And to hear Andrew’s »
- Kate Spencer
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed her brief in the marriage equality case in the state yesterday, and she didn’t hold back. “The state defendants in this case recognize that the ban on same-sex marriage serves no rational purpose and harms Oregon citizens. This case presents that rare case in which there simply is no legal argument to be made in support of a state law.” Rosenblum is one of many state AGs who have announced they won’t defend their state’s marriage ban.
Lorde isn’t going to let a Westboro Baptist Church protest of her concert get her down. »
- Ed Kennedy
Following this week’s Teen Wolf shocker, MTV has unveiled a memorial site.
Andrew Rannells tells E! that he’d like to see Elijah bring some guy-on-guy sexuality to Girls. “I volunteered myself for nakedness… I feel like with Looking on the air, I gotta represent some gay sex on the show. I’m willing.” I’d think it would be safe to say that we’ll be willing to watch that.
Six reasons you need to watch Enlisted.
Betsy Brandt is getting back to participating in prestige cable dramas, taking a role in the second season of Masters of Sex, according to The Hollywood Reporter in a recurring role. She’ll play Dr. Masters‘ new secretary.
- Lyle Masaki
If Andrew Rannells gets his way, his character Elijah will snag a boyfriend on the upcoming fourth season of Girls. And he'd like said beau to be…Hugh Jackman! "Always and forever it will be Hugh Jackman," Rannells told me at the recent Television Academy's Girls panel. He'd also like to engage in some guy-on-guy action. "I volunteered myself for nakedness," Rannells said. "I feel like with Looking on the air, I gotta represent some gay sex on the show. I'm willing." For those who don't know, Looking is the new HBO series starring Jonathan Groff about three gay best friends living in San Francisco. It was just picked up for a second »
Lena Dunham squashed rumors of her quitting acting , giving E! News a flat-out “no” when she was asked point-blank about her career Thursday night at the Television Academy’s an Evening With “Girls” panel.
The rumors started earlier this week with the release of a Glamour magazine piece where she is quoted as saying, “I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore.”
Dunham was joined at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in NoHo Arts District by cast mates Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells and producer Ilene S. Landress. They discussed criticism of the HBO show, whether “Girls” is scripted and rehearsed and even the time Mamet’s character had a doughnut-shaped hairstyle.
“It is rehearsed, but there’s a nice amount of improv in it … Lena uses it to help get us into the scene and character,” Kirk said.
The panel was moderated by Dave Karger, »
- Nikara Johns
Could six seasons and a movie be in the cards for HBO's lightning-rod comedy "Girls"?
At a Television Academy panel last night, the cast and crew -- creator/star Lena Dunham; actors Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, and Andrew Rannells; and executive producer Ilene S. Landress -- talked about their buzzed-about series, including whether there might be a big-screen version someday. If "Veronica Mars" can make the leap, why not "Girls"?
"Sure. Why not?" Landress said, adding, "if Lena and Jenni [Konner] and Judd [Apatow] have something left to say."
Ok, so let's not buy our advance tickets just yet.
Other tidbits from the panel: Allison Williams is "obsessed with 'Frozen'" and would star as Anna in a Broadway musical version of the movie -- if she isn't too old by the time it happens. The sex scenes on "Girls" all smell different (ew). On a scale of 1-10, Dunham says, »
- Kelly Woo
A sold-out crowd at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in Los Angeles Thursday night listened in as Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s Girls, took a break from the writers room to speak with co-stars Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Andrew Rannells and executive producer Ilene S. Landress about the making of one of the most talked-about shows on television. As fans eagerly await the season’s penultimate episode, which will air this Sunday, here are ten fun facts revealed during the event about the inner-world of Girls. Video: 'SNL' Recap: Lena Dunham Debuts 'Girls'
- Jessie Katz
Girls Season 3, Episode 8: “Incidentals”
Directed by Richard Shepard
Airs Sundays at 10 Pm on HBO
With the exception of the storyline involving his sister, Adam (Adam Driver) has been on the margins of Girls Season Three. Much of the focus has been on Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) writing career and Marnie’s (Allison Williams) complete breakdown, which means that characters, like him, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) have been relegated to the sidelines. Lena Dunham and Sarah Heyward make him and Jessa part of contrasting stories featuring a pair of very different guest stars. They also do another good job of bringing the main and guest cast together for hilarious and insightful interactions. The announcement of Adam’s casting in a Broadway play puts a lot of pressure on Hannah, and she actually weathers it quite well. Maybe she is growing as a character. »
- Logan Dalton
Matthew McConaughey may become an Oscar winner for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) while his HBO series True Detective with Woody Harrelson (No Country for Old Men) airs a new episode the same night as the Academy Awards...
An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.
Episode #29: FloDebut: March 2, 2014 @ 10 pm Et/PTWritten by »
To refresh your memory, since there are multiple hip-hop pilots out there right now: This is Empire, the family drama from Lee Daniels and his Butler co-writer Danny Strong (a.k.a. Andrew Rannells’s mean boyfriend on last week’s Girls). Anyway, Howard will play Lucious Lyons, the head of a record label called also called Empire. How convenient that the show and the label have the same name! »
- Amanda Dobbins
This past Sunday's terrific episode of "Girls" found Marnie (Allison Williams) inviting Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) out to a family friend's house in North Fork for a "healing" weekend. Then Hannah asked over her ex Elijah (Andrew Rannells), his new boyfriend (Danny Strong) and their two friends, and the ladies' weekend became a more tense, funny day and night of skinny dipping, drinking and passive and open aggression. And dancing! One of Elijah's friends was played by Broadway star T Oliver Reid, who taught and then led the four young women through a dance number. Now HBO's released a video featuring Celia Rowlson-Hall, the choreographer for the episode, so that you can learn the dance at home, hopefully not preceding a giant blowup between you and your friends. Check it out below:
- Alison Willmore
This past Sunday's terrific episode of "Girls" found Marnie (Allison Williams) inviting Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) out to a family friend's house in North Fork for a "healing" weekend. Then Hannah asked over her ex Elijah (Andrew Rannells), his new boyfriend (Danny Strong) and their two friends, and the ladies' weekend became a more tense, funny day and night of skinny dipping, drinking and passive and open aggression. And dancing! One of Elijah's friends was played by Broadway star T Oliver Reid, who taught and then led the four young women through a dance number. Now HBO's released a video featuring Celia Rowlson-Hall, the choreographer for the episode, so that you can learn the dance at home, hopefully not preceding a giant blowup between you and your friends. Check it out below: »
- Alison Willmore
24 % of NFL players ashamed of their peen, homophobic communities lead to early deaths
Andrew Rannells returned to Girls this week, and while he did get to make up with Hannah, he came with some baggage in terms of a bad boyfriend. “I’m very happy that he’s trying to make up with Hannah and Marnie, but it was really hard to shoot those scenes with Danny Strong because it’s so painful to be in that relationship that is a disaster and that you know is compromising yourself and where you would like to be versus where you are. So that was tough — that’s a tough place for Elijah to land, initially. That said, Danny Strong could not have been a better, more hilarious onscreen boyfriend. But that relationship Elijah’s having right now is a little tough.” Also, I think he’s now a spokesman for J. »
- Ed Kennedy
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