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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion

Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion
No matter how many times she does it, Lena Dunham doesn’t seem to get any better at apologizing. The “Girls” co-creator and “Tiny Furniture” filmmaker has doled out multiple public atonements over the last decade, with verbal missteps ranging from wishing she’d had an abortion to comparing Jezebel to an abusive husband. Her most recent attempt to make amends arrives at a critical point in Hollywood history and modern feminism, and it’s time to recognize that her political stances are not misguided, or even inconsistent: They aren’t ruled by values, but by what’s good for Dunham and her friends.

The most recent example stemmed from a statement by Aurora Perrineau, who accused former “Girls” writer and producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17 years old. Within hours of the accusation on November 17, Dunham and her “Girls” co-creator Jenni Konner essentially called Perrineau a liar.
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Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion

Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion
No matter how many times she does it, Lena Dunham doesn’t seem to get any better at apologizing. The “Girls” co-creator and “Tiny Furniture” filmmaker has doled out multiple public atonements over the last decade, with verbal missteps ranging from wishing she’d had an abortion to comparing Jezebel to an abusive husband. Her most recent attempt to make amends arrives at a critical point in Hollywood history and modern feminism, and it’s time to recognize that her political stances are not misguided, or even inconsistent: They aren’t ruled by values, but by what’s good for Dunham and her friends.

The most recent example stemmed from a statement by Aurora Perrineau, who accused former “Girls” writer and producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17 years old. Within hours of the accusation on November 17, Dunham and her “Girls” co-creator Jenni Konner essentially called Perrineau a liar.
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Stranger Things: The Other Places You've Seen Aunt Becky

Image Source: Netflix Fans were in for a surprise in Stranger Things season two when Eleven leaves Hawkins about halfway through the season to find her mom, Terry. Of course, viewers know from season one that there's nothing but heartbreak for Eleven (real name: Jane). She arrives at her mother's house and meets her Aunt Becky, who tells her about Terry's condition. Becky is played by Amy Seimetz, who may not be a very mainstream actor but is well-known on the indie circuit. She got her start directing and producing short and independent films, including associate producing Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for both Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards. RelatedLet's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Perfectly Preppy Style Choices of Stranger Things' Nancy Wheeler Her acting career really took off when she starred in three of Joe Swanberg's independent films: Alexander the Last, Silver Bullets, and Autoerotic.
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New to Streaming: ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘The Death of Louis Xiv,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Carol (Todd Haynes)

From the first note of Carter Burwell‘s magnificent score and opening shot of Edward Lachman’s ravishing cinematography — introducing a Brief Encounter-esque opening bookend — Todd Haynes transports one to an intoxicating world of first love and its requisite heartbreak. Carol excels at being many things: a romantic drama; a coming-of-age story; an exploration of family dynamics and social constructs of the time; an acting
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From ‘Girls’ to ‘Glow’: Casting Director Jennifer Euston on the Importance of ‘Authenticity’

From ‘Girls’ to ‘Glow’: Casting Director Jennifer Euston on the Importance of ‘Authenticity’
Casting director Jennifer Euston is responsible for finding the faces for some of the most unique ensemble casts on television. From “Girls” to “Orange is the New Black” to “Glow,” the multi-Emmy award winner has one specific goal: to populate the TV landscape with reflections of what she sees on the streets and stages of New York.

“All I want to do is tell it as it is. That’s the bottom line. I just want to be as authentic as possible in everything I do,” Euston says.

Here, Euston tells Variety how she translated her childhood hobby of studying film and television into a successful career, the importance of apprenticeship in her line of work, and how she almost turned down the job that got her her first solo Emmy.

How did you get into casting?

I was working on Howard Stern’s movie “Private Parts” as an office intern, and
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‘The Big Sick’ Producer Judd Apatow: Inside His Unlikely Comedy Empire

‘The Big Sick’ Producer Judd Apatow: Inside His Unlikely Comedy Empire
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Amazon and Lionsgate’s release of The Big Sick – opening in theaters June 23rd in New York & Los Angeles and everywhere July 14. Find out more here.

Kumail Nanjiani is about to become a movie star. His film “The Big Sick” was the hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and quickly became the best reviewed comedy in recent memory.

Nanjiani is an unlikely star. A Pakistani-American stand up comedian – best known for playing the straight man in supporting roles, most notably as Dinesh in HBO’s “Silicon Valley”. Instead, the way he got his breakout role in “The Big Sick” was writing it himself. Under the mentorship of producer of Judd Apatow, Nanjiani and his wife, co-writer Emily V. Gordon, spent three years developing the story of their unusual real life courtship and Nanjiani’s conflict of keeping his
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Digital Code Giveaway: HBO’s Girls: The Complete Sixth Season

In its final season, HBO’s Girls had a remarkable run in this comedic television series about women in their early 20s.

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s. Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Shot in New York, the series finale aired on April 16, 2017.

Lrm has three digital codes for the complete sixth season of HBO’s Girls to our faithful readers.

To participate in this giveaway, e-mail contest@lrmonline.com with your e-mail address, name, address and phone number. Please put HBO’s Girls in the subject line of the e-mail. Winners will
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Exclusive: Alex Karpovsky on Why He Sticks to Indies and Ray's 'Happy Ending' on 'Girls'

Exclusive: Alex Karpovsky on Why He Sticks to Indies and Ray's 'Happy Ending' on 'Girls'
Alex Karpovsky is no stranger to a film festival. In the past year alone, he has had movies premiere at South by Southwest (Fits and Starts), Sundance (Sidney Hall), Tiff (My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea) and Tribeca (Folk Hero & Funny Guy, in which Karpovsky plays a struggling stand-up comedian who gets roped into opening for his more successful singer-songwriter friend on tour). Yet, when Karpovsky phoned Et to discuss Folk Hero & Funny Guy, out now, he said that he's the least busy he's been in years, despite having also had a prominent role as Ray Ploshansky in the sixth and finale season of HBO's Girls.

"I feel like there are guys working a lot harder than I am," Karpovsky laughed, explaining that he started acting in his early 30s when he and his friends would act in one another's independent movies. "I tried not to [turn friends down] as much as possible, just because
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Cannes: Before ‘Good Time,’ the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Daddy Longlegs’ Reinvented the New York Movie

Cannes: Before ‘Good Time,’ the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Daddy Longlegs’ Reinvented the New York Movie
This is the first part of a series exploring significant films from the careers of directors showing new work at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

By most estimations, the image of New York as a scrappy bohemia filled with neurotic, obsessive loners peaked in the seventies, with the palpable grittiness of early works by Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara and John Cassavetes providing a window into a jagged urban underworld that no longer exists. If that’s the true, sibling directors Josh and Ben Safdie must have arranged quite the seance to resurrect it.

Over the course of a decade, the co-founders of a New York film collective have found fresh angles into the manic personalities of inner life, from two-bit thieves to failing parents and junkies, and their style only crystalizes as they move along. An old tradition lives again.

At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the Safdies are poised to take
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Lena Dunham Directs Boyfriend Jack Antonoff in Bleachers’ Bejeweled Music Video for ‘Don’t Take the Money’

Lena Dunham Directs Boyfriend Jack Antonoff in Bleachers’ Bejeweled Music Video for ‘Don’t Take the Money’
This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Lena Dunham directed her boyfriend Jack Antonoff’s (fake) wedding in the new Bleachers video for “Don’t Take the Money,” which features the band’s frontman gearing up for a wedding — officiated by Search Party and Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat — only for it to be ruined by his bride-to-be’s ex.

“Don’t Take the Money” is the first single off Bleachers’ upcoming second album, Gone Now, out June 2. The collection also includes the previously released “Hate That You Know Me,” featuring backup vocals from Carly Rae Jepsen.

Aside from directing episodes of Girls,
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‘Girls’ at Tribeca 2017: Watch the Livestream with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner Here

‘Girls’ at Tribeca 2017: Watch the Livestream with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner Here
Now that “Girls” has ended for good — on our TVs, if not in our hearts — the Tribeca Film Festival will revisit the show once more with a panel on Tuesday.

Here’s a description for the panel:

6:00 Pm: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner Talk with America Ferrera

(Tribeca Talks: Storytellers)

Initially discovered for her original voice in breakout film “Tiny Furniture,” Lena Dunham has since gone on to win a Golden Globe for her performance in “Girls,” which was created by Dunham and is helmed by Jenni Konner, whose other work includes the series “Help Me Help You”. The duo also co-founded the media brand Lenny, home of the feminist weekly newsletter Lenny Letter (LennyLetter.com). In a can’t miss conversation with America Ferrera, Dunham and Konner will discuss “Girls,” the industry, and the highs and lows of their careers.

Girls” starred Dunham as Hannah, a 20-something writer
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Laurie Simmons Has a Charming and Cinematic Mid-Life Crisis in Feature Directorial Debut ‘My Art’ — Tribeca Review

Laurie Simmons Has a Charming and Cinematic Mid-Life Crisis in Feature Directorial Debut ‘My Art’ — Tribeca Review
There’s no question that photographer and artist Laurie Simmons has an eye for images, and while her feature directorial debut “My Art” relies heavily on a series of homages to some of cinema’s most beloved features, the newbie narrative filmmaker really impresses in an unexpected arena. Simmons pulls triple duty on the film, writing, directing and starring in the feature, and although she knows how to compose lovely shots and her insight into the art world is keen, it’s her performance as artist Ellie that stands out in an otherwise predictable feature about growing up, no matter your age.

Mashing up mid-life crisis narratives (the film is heavy on the Nancy Meyers influence, down to the shades of “Baby Boom” and an attention to great interior design) with various recreations of classic films that run the gamut from “Some Like It Hot” to “Jules and Jim” and plenty of pictures in between,
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Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’

Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’
Dubbed a millennial’s answer to Sex and the City when it premiered, Girls proved itself to be much more than that. Created by Lena Dunham, the show started out as a spotlight on a group of 20-something women -- Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) -- who were as lost as they were indignant about perceived notions of what it means to be an adult, with Hannah proclaiming herself to be a voice of a generation in the pilot episode.

Over the course of six seasons and 62 episodes, the HBO series expanded its world to include as many men -- Adam (Adam Driver), Ray (Alex Karpovsky), Elijah (Andrew Rannells) and Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) -- as there were women while addressing issues of adulthood, addiction, rape, sexism and idealism.

More: The Cast of 'Girls' Looks Ahead to Final Season and a Long Goodbye

Every season, fans followed
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The 10 Best Episodes Of ‘Girls’

This Sunday, an era comes to an end as the final episode of Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy “Girls” airs. First arriving in the spring of 2012, the show came to pass after Dunham’s second feature as director, 2010’s “Tiny Furniture,” was a hit on the festival circuit, bringing her to the attention of the cable network and producer Judd Apatow, who paired her with writer-producer Jenni Konner.

Continue reading The 10 Best Episodes Of ‘Girls’ at The Playlist.
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Lena Dunham: ‘As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win’

The Girls creator and controversy magnet on the Hollywood casting couch, Fleabag and Trump – and why it’s time to say goodbye to her generation-defining show

‘Overeducated and underemployed.” Although it reads like a criticism levelled at the characters from Girls, it is, in fact, Lena Dunham’s original show pitch from 2010.

“Sure that they’re too smart for their positions as assistants, nannies, and waitresses,” it goes on, “but not necessarily motivated enough to prove it.” Seven years ago, the 23-year-old Dunham was fresh off the back of her semi-autobiographical film Tiny Furniture and being courted by various independent film companies, suggesting she adapt various Young Adult fiction for them. HBO, however, told Dunham to “just write you”.

Related: Lena Dunham on post-election America: 'We have all been radicalized'

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Criterion Now – Episode 11 – Blow-Up, Tiny Furniture, Gimme Shelter

Aaron and Rj Tougas riff about the latest Criterion news and rumors. They go in depth into Antonioni’s Blow-Up. They address the lasting backlash against Lena Dunham and her place in the Criterion Collection. Since Rj is the spokesman for all things Canadian film, he gives his northern perspective toward Criterion and FilmStruck.

Episode Notes

4:15 – Blow-Up

11:50 – Newsletter Clue

22:00 – Short Takes (Gimme Danger, Tiny Furniture)

35:45 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Make Mine Criterion – Help Me Pick an Upcoming Proposal Trevor Berrett Reviews Blow-Up Ryan Reviews Tiny Furniture at SXSW David Reviews Tiny Furniture All of the Films Joining FilmStruck in April Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Rj Tougas: Website Criterion Now: Twitter Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.
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4 Must-Watch Films If You’re About to Graduate College and Feel Lost as F*ck

A cinematic guide to confronting postgrad malaise.Fox Searchlight Pictures

It’s getting to be that time of year where if you listen closely, you can hear millions of parents asking soon-to-be graduates about their plans for the future. Transitioning out of an academic setting can be tricky. And with it comes a very specific kind of funk; a strange and aimless limbo aggravated by the dreaded…so — now what?

I’ve heard that millennials are adult babies and back in the day dinosaurs walked uphill both ways and payed for their entire tuition with the quarters they earned selling lemonade during the summer. Which is to say: the financial and social pressures shouldered by recent graduates are very real existential threats. Thankfully, small comfort though it may be, the disenchanted former student has more than a few cinematic role models to choose from. The postgrad film, older sibling to the high school coming-of-age-movie, concerns
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Judd Apatow TV: How ‘Girls,’ ‘Crashing’ and ‘Love’ Mix His Comedy DNA with Other People’s Stories

Judd Apatow TV: How ‘Girls,’ ‘Crashing’ and ‘Love’ Mix His Comedy DNA with Other People’s Stories
What’s it like when Judd Apatow asks to put your soul on screen? It’s a question that gets a laugh from his series stars and creators.

“I’d already given mine away,” Gillian Jacobs said.

Paul Rust agreed: “Soon as you step in L.A., man.”

Like a lot of jokes in a typical Apatow project, it’s funny because while it might not be true, it still feels real.

Read More: The Politics of Funny: Comedians Grapple with Their Approach After The Gloom of Trump’s Inauguration

Audiences have gotten more than a taste of that recently — in fact, for a couple of years now, Apatow has been keeping busy to the point of being ubiquitous. Beyond the HBO comedy “Girls,” which Apatow first helped shepherd to the screen after seeing Lena Dunham’s feature “Tiny Furniture,” projects like the Amy Schumer-starring “Trainwreck,” the Netflix series “Love,
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