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According to The Wrap, because I’m not reading Joan Rivers’ book, the reported funny woman is once again taking a shot at Lena Dunham. While Dunham and her HBO hit Girls certainly aren’t untouchable, Rivers, who is becoming as famous for getting headlines as an ignorant buffoon as she is for anything else, has some bizarre jabs to lob Dunham’s direction. This comes on the heels of more or less the same comments aimed at Dunham during Rivers’ interview with Howard Stern… well, so the story goes, I didn’t listen to it.
The article includes some of Rivers’ comments-
Rivers calls the HBO star the “first fat girl naked on the television,” saying that television viewers watch her show with “their hands over their eyes.” If Dunham is free enough to “have her fat ass on display,” she writes, why isn’t she “free enough to »
- Marc Eastman
She has graduated from Greendale and is now headed to Hannah: Community star Gillian Jacobs has snagged a recurring role on season 4 of HBO’s Girls. EW checked in with Jacobs to talk about her new job — and, yes, the end of her old one.
Entertainment Weekly: You’re playing a character on Girls named Mimi Rose. Already that smacks of great potential. What can we expect from her?
Gillian Jacobs: I have an awesome name — in the grand tradition of Girls having awesome names for their characters… So I can’t really give much away about my character. »
- Dan Snierson
★★★★☆Recent lo-fi Brooklynite comedies such as Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha (2013) and Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture (2010) feel positively old-hat compared with Gillian Robespierre's bracing Obvious Child (2014), which is funnier and more urgent than both. Robespierre and her breakout star Jenny Slate give us a feminist comedy about abortion, but still this is one of the cutest romantic comedies of recent years - although you'll have to think carefully whether to take your date. Donna Stern (Slate) is one of those comics who puts her life into her act. She opens with scatological jokes about dirty knickers and flatulence, before launching into her her boyfriend and her Jewish New York family.
- CineVue UK
She has been touted as the contender to Lena Dunham's throne so why is Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan starring in her rival's show?
"Lena Dunham has been coming up a lot lately in my therapy sessions," blogged filmmaker Desiree Akhavan in March 2013. "We're too damn similar and she beat me to the punch." Dunham either read her frustrated tirade or the pair are as cosmically intertwined as their identical career-paths suggest: it has been announced that she has signed Akhavan up for the fourth series of her HBO series, Girls.
Both Akhavan and another newcomer, Peter Mark Kendall, will play Hannah's fellow attendees at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, but it was a while before the casting announcement that Dunham and Akhavan were mentioned in the same breath. When Akhavan's comedy Appropriate Behaviour about a bisexual young woman struggling to become the ideal Persian daughter premiered at the most recent Sundance film festival, »
- Barbara Speed
Making his name with Afterschool and Tiny Furniture, Jody Lee Lipes has quickly solidified his standing as one of the most impressive American cinematographers currently working. Alongside a diverse slate of Dp work (he both shot and directed episodes of Girls and is currently working on Judd Apatow’s next feature Trainwreck), Lipes has also been establishing himself as a documentarian. 2009′s Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same followed the title artist in the middle of a creative and personal breakdown/breakthrough; for 2010′s co-directed NY Export: Opus Jazz, Lipes staged a 1958 Jerome Robbins ballet on New York’s […] »
- Vadim Rizov
When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen Gurley Brown, from Gloria Steinem to Barbara Walters, Gilda Radner to Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Tina Brown, Annie Leibovitz and Lena Dunham (not to mention the new top editor at the New York Times, Jill Abramson), women in New York are not like anyone else, including each other: They’re razor-sharp, with unique voices and an outlying vision that enter the mainstream and tug it away from the lowest common denominator and toward something smarter, funnier, more tolerant, more knowing, better.
- Trish Deitch
When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen Gurley Brown, from Gloria Steinem to Barbara Walters, Gilda Radner to Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Tina Brown, Annie Liebovitz and Lena Dunham (not to mention the new top editor at the New York Times, Jill Abramson), women in New York are not like anyone else, including each other: They’re razor-sharp, with unique voices and an outlying vision that enter the mainstream and tug it away from the lowest common denominator and toward something smarter, funnier, more tolerant, more knowing, better.
- Trish Deitch
Choreographer Justin Peck is something of a big deal in the world of ballet. In a recent column, New York Times dance critic Brian Seibert addressed the growing “Messiah” chatter around Peck’s work, as critics starved for a Great (with a capital ‘g’) 21st century artist have assigned their dreams to the young man. That he’s is only 25 years old seems to only fuel the excitement. His pieces for the New York City Ballet have gotten rave reviews, and the old institution has continued to commission them. The fact that he is also a low-ranking dancer in the company’s corps de ballet makes the story even more interesting. All of this makes him an excellent subject for a documentary, at least on paper. Ballet 422 follows the production of one of these Nycb commissions from start to finish, all the way up to its Lincoln Center premiere in January 2013. This is the third feature »
Though he has worked as a screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, director and even actor (he had a tiny part in "Tiny Furniture"), Jody Lee Lipes is reluctant to pigeonhole himself. He'd prefer to be known as just a "filmmaker." "The way I think of it is anybody who is really great at their job who works in the film business is a filmmaker - it doesn't matter if they're a Pa or a director. I think of someone who is a great Pa who understands the story and understands what they need to do as a filmmaker. I aspire to be a filmmaker whatever I'm doing," Lipes, who alternates between fiction and nonfiction projects, recently told Indiewire. Lipes recently directed his third film, the verite documentary "Ballet 422," which will screen in competition at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, but he is perhaps better known as a cinematographer, having served as Dp »
- Paula Bernstein
We’ve always liked to support the smaller projects and Josh Mond’s James White needs you to finish what they’ve started, and you can help via Kickstarter to get the post-production, editing, sounds design/mixing, and securing music rights side of the film completed!
We’re bringing this one to your attention for a couple of reasons. It’s not just because the team at Borderline Films already have an intelligent and powerful project history but mainly because we believe in these guys and the films they’re making…and want you to be a part of something unique.
Borderline Films, is made up of three filmmakers: Mond, Antonio Campos, and Sean Durkin. Ten years after founding Borderline as film students at Nyu, their feature films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. They’ve been »
- Dan Bullock
Despite SXSW not be the wheeling and dealing epicentre that Sundance is in terms of theatrical pick-ups, we can still expect to see a flurry of post fest deals from 2014′s SXSW line-up. Deadline reports that the oft buyer Magnolia Pictures is adding more to their Magnet slate with a genre item purchase — first time helmer Leigh Janiak sees her Honeymoon (not to be confused Jan Hřebejk’s 2013 film) move from fest premieres at SXSW to Tribeca to an eventual theatrically release later this year.
Gist: Co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than »
- Eric Lavallee
When Lena Dunham’s first movie, Tiny Furniture, came out, many critics made favorable comparisons to Woody Allen’s films. But maybe there was something deeper to the fact that the film’s hipster-doofus jerk (Alex Karpovsky) reads Woody Allen’s book, Without Feathers. Turns out, Dunham hadn’t been a fan of Allen’s work for some time, and after Dylan Farrow’s explosive open-letter outlining allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Dunham has been extremely outspoken on the matter, especially on Twitter. Now, she tells Marc Maron on his Wtf podcast that she’s »
- Jeff Labrecque
Between the craziness that is SXSW and a bunch of other great news items, this week has been pretty eventful. Nicolas Cage and Tilda Swinton, two of Hollywood's most bizarre stars, spoke at SXSW. David Gordon Green called Cage "mysterious and magical" and Swinton spoke of the power of film. Lean Dunham also spoke, recalling her journey, crediting SXSW where her film "Tiny Furniture" first showed, and the need for change in the industry in regards to women. Outside of SXSW, a new trailer for the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" arrived and it looks just as good as ever. Director Robert Rodriguez also announced that he's getting rid of executives, revolutionizing television. Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we take a look at the ten most viewed news, interviews, and features from this week at Indiewire: 1. Here Are the Best Things Nicolas Cage »
- Eric Eidelstein
Director Leigh Janiak of the much talked about SXSW Midnighter Honeymoon (review) was cool enough speak to us about her little film with big ideas and why Gareth Edwards’ Monsters might be the reason that the film exists at all.
DC: Do you like being a part of the Midnighters slate at a festival? Do you think it highlights the film more, and do you mind it premiering so late at night?
Lj: No, I love it; I think it’s actually great. The movie isn’t a typical horror movie, but it’s definitely genre so I’m thrilled to be included with the Midnighters. I’m just really excited.
DC: Just to separate you from the pack a little bit »
- Drew Tinnin
If one's searching for the responsible for the rise of the so-called millennial hipster filmmaker, then blame Lena Dunham. When her film, “Tiny Furniture,” won the award for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW in 2010, it sparked a genre of filmmaking that lead to “Fort Tilden” recently winning SXSW's Best Feature trophy — and with it, firmly establishing that the genre has taken root with audiences. From directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, “Tilden” centers on two self-absorbed Brooklyn twentysomething girls, Harper (Bridey Elliot) and Allie (Clare McNulty), who decide to bike to a remote beach in the Rockaways. In doing so, »
- Jordan Zakarin
At 27 years old, Lena Dunham still has a long, bright future ahead of her, but she's certainly accomplished quite a bit already. Her feature "Tiny Furniture" brought her to the attention of Hollywood and landed on The Criterion Collection (to the hand-wringing consternation of certain segments of pocket protector cinephiles), and her HBO show "Girls" continues to anchor the network's Sunday night, with the third season winding down and a fourth already ordered. And despite Dunham's fearlessness in the front of the camera, she's already contemplating staying behind the lens and calling the shots. Speaking with Glamour magazine, the actress revealed that she's uncertain about continuing to play the roles she writes. "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore," she said. "I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts." And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dunham told Glamour for her upcoming cover issue of the magazine, which comes out March 18, that she’d rather the spotlight be on other women.
“I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore,” she said. “I’m always relieved on the days I don’t have to. I’d rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts.”
The 27-year-old Golden Globe winner created, writes, directs and stars in HBO’s “Girls,” which is currently in season three.
Dunham has also been busy recently with other endeavors, including hosting the most recent “Saturday Night Live” and speaking at SXSW, where she said she’s trying to change »
- Alex Stedman
Comics are a tough racket to break into. Writers and artists slave away day and night, trying to perfect their craft by working on free, underviewed webcomics or self-publishing books that they might make a tenner profit off if they’re lucky when they’re not trying to convince editors and publishers that they’ve got the goods required to create for them.
So it must be more than a little frustrating when a writer who’s worked in a completely different field – say, movies or television – strolls along and decides that they’d like to have a crack at making a funnybook or two, too. And just because they’ve had a couple of quirky indie movies made or happened to create a cult TV show or two, the publishers get starts in their eyes and give them the keys to the kingdom in the hopes that putting the »
- Mark Allen
Austin's South By Southwest Film Festival is enriched by taking place each March alongside the Interactive conference, which offered back-to-back keynotes from Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Thus SXSW brings together two worlds that are usually far apart, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. This year especially, the Film Fest drew big crowds to its keynote speaker and panels, from Lena Dunham--who broke out with her second film to play the fest, "Tiny Furniture," which was followed by unveiling the first three episodes of "Girls" before the HBO series hit the zeitgeist--to "Joe" star Nic Cage, who surprised everyone with his thoughtfulness. At a film panel, Cinetic Media's John Sloss begged for transparency on VOD numbers, which is long overdue, while producer Dana Brunetti ("Captain Phillips") railed against celebrity crowdfunding. Yes, "Veronica Mars" played well to the faithful. Meanwhile VOD distributors Magnolia, IFC and TWC's RADiUS were »
- Anne Thompson
“Fort Tilden,” a movie about hipster girls who take an expedition into “Deep Brooklyn,” won the grand jury award for Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest Film Festival Tuesday night. “Fort Tilden” competed against seven other films for the prize, which was handed out at a ceremony in Austin hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Self-obsessed young professionals in New York appear in several movies at this year's festival, perhaps a reflection of the success Lena Dunham, whose “Girls” depicts that world, has had since bringing “Tiny Furniture” to Austin in 2010. “Animals” writer David Dastmalchian won the “Courage in. »
- Lucas Shaw
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