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Exclusive: Alex Karpovsky on Why He Sticks to Indies and Ray's 'Happy Ending' on 'Girls'

22 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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

11 May 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Eric Kohn

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Lena Dunham Directs Boyfriend Jack Antonoff in Bleachers’ Bejeweled Music Video for ‘Don’t Take the Money’

2 May 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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, »

- Ariana Bacle

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‘Girls’ at Tribeca 2017: Watch the Livestream with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner Here

25 April 2017 3:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Laurie Simmons Has a Charming and Cinematic Mid-Life Crisis in Feature Directorial Debut ‘My Art’ — Tribeca Review

22 April 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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, »

- Kate Erbland

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Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’

13 April 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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’

13 April 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Lena Dunham: ‘As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win’

7 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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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- Jane Mulkerrins

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

5 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

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.


- Aaron West

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4 Must-Watch Films If You’re About to Graduate College and Feel Lost as F*ck

31 March 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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 »

- Meg Shields

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Judd Apatow TV: How ‘Girls,’ ‘Crashing’ and ‘Love’ Mix His Comedy DNA with Other People’s Stories

30 March 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Judd Apatow TV: How ‘Girls,’ ‘Crashing’ and ‘Love’ Mix His Comedy DNA with Other People’s Stories

30 March 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Most Beautiful Island,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt’ Steal the Show at 2017 SXSW

21 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival remains a reliable industry getaway to both catch a first look at A-list Hollywood projects and stumble upon important rising actors and visionaries. This year was no exception, and though the fest’s opening and closing films (Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” and Daniel Espinosa’s “Life”) received lukewarm receptions, newfound gems abounded elsewhere. The SXSW Jury Awards often highlight promising indie talent, such as past winners Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” and Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture.” This year’s Narrative Grand Jury prize went to Ana Asensio’s “Most Beautiful Island.” Shot on super 16mm, the taut dramatic thriller tracks a few days in the life of an undocumented Spanish immigrant trying to make a living in New York City by increasingly grim means. The film, inspired by Asensio’s personal experiences, is the former telenovela actor’s feature »

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New to Streaming: ‘Silence,’ ‘Elle,’ ’20th Century Women,’ and More

17 March 2017 7:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. »

- The Film Stage

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How the SXSW 2017 Film Festival Shows Us the Future of the Movies

10 March 2017 11:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the past decade, South By Southwest has become 10 days of hand-to-hand combat between media and technology. Nestled within that war zone is a film festival — this year, 125 features screen at the SXSW Film Festival, including 51 from first-timers. Most come to town without distribution, and they may never see a bigger audience than this one.

The film festival is a solid platform for discovering new filmmakers; if you want to explore the connective tissue of contemporary American cinema, few other places offer such a fertile arena. Unlike industry heavyhitter Sundance, it’s not a fast-paced marketplace — but the SXSW conference is still one of the biggest windows into the future of the movies because so much of it has nothing to do with the movies at all.

This year, SXSW Film’s marquee titles duke it out with the TV shows in the Episodics section. (Among its premieres are two »

- Eric Kohn

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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Sisters Jemima, Lola & Domino Kirke

1 March 2017 10:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Move over, Gigi and Bella Hadid, we’ve got our eye on a cool new sister squad.

Crushing the hearts of Gossip Girls fans everywhere, Domino Kirke and Penn Badgley, who started dating in 2014, wed in a courtroom ceremony that was attended by close friends and family — including her famous sisters, Jemima and Lola.

Jemima, 31, Domino, 29, and Lola, 26, have cemented themselves in various industries, with each Kirke sister successfully owning a wide range of interests — from painting and birth education to acting and singing.

So, what else do we know about Jemima, Lola and Domino? Keep reading to find out. »

- Grace Gavilanes

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From ‘Manchester By the Sea’ to the Super Bowl: How a Rising Cinematographer Landed a Major Budweiser Ad

6 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the Budweiser Super Bowl ad “Born The Hard Way” reminded you of the work of Paul Thomas Anderson, that’s not a coincidence. The 60-second commercial that tells the story of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s emigration from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri was inspired by Anderson’s “The Master” and “There Will Be Blood,” according to director of photography Jody Lee Lipes.

Read More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Super Bowl Trailer: Chris Pratt and the Alien Misfits Face Their Biggest Battle Yet

The cinematographer of “Manchester by the Sea” and “Trainwreck,” Lipes and the commercial’s director, Chris Sargent, also drew inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Sargent hired Lipes for the Budweiser ad after the pair worked together on commercials for Asics and Acura.

Set in »

- Graham Winfrey

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'Girls': Read Lena Dunham's Original Pitch for the Show

6 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

In the spring of 2010, Lena Dunham was being whisked from one Hollywood office to the next.

She had just scored her first bout of buzz for her breakout indie Tiny Furniture, and suddenly the industry was paying attention. “I was 23, and everyone was going, ‘There's a Ya novel that you might be good to adapt,’” says Dunham, reflecting on her many meetings at independent film companies. HBO was the first and only television network she visited.

Eager to have her voice on their network, a handful of HBO executives encouraged Dunham to put some ideas down on paper. »

- Lacey Rose

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17 of Hollywood’s Top Cinematographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

4 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

(Courtesy: Kimberley French/20th Century Fox)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.

Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of »

- Carson Blackwelder

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SXSW 2017 Lineup: Drug-Addicted Lovers and Barbecue Lead Surprises and Hidden Gems

31 January 2017 1:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Sundance behind us, the next major American festival is waiting in the wings. The SXSW Film Festival lineup has landed, and there’s a lot to dig through.

Read More: SXSW 2017 Episodic Lineup to Include ‘Dear White People,’ ‘American Gods

Unlike Sundance, which attracts a lot of industry attention around a handful of high-profile titles, SXSW is more about discovery. As usual, there are a lot of compelling possibilities in the program, from the newcomers in its competition sections through the more peculiar and surprising offerings in the Visions section. IndieWire got a few tips from SXSW Film director Janet Pierson and extracted these promising possibilities.

Small Stories, Big Steps

The festival’s narrative feature competition is often the place where filmmakers on their first or second feature get a sudden boost. It was there that Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” and Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12” both took off. »

- Eric Kohn

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