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Gaby Hoffmann’s friends like her a little crazy and very naked. Her director pal Sebastian Silva cast her as a radical free spirit in last year’s Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus, and Lena Dunham turned her into Adam’s disturbed sister Caroline on Girls. In Amazon’s new comedy from Jill Soloway, Transparent, Hoffmann plays Ali, a lost soul whose father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is about to come out as Maura. We talked to the actress about how her new show feels like destiny and why she doesn’t understand the national fixation on her vagina.Just as the chatter about your vagina has quieted down, you’re naked again in the first episode of Transparent.I’m just very comfortable with nudity. For me, it’s normal [laughs]. I do think we could use a little bit of relaxing in that area in this country. It’s »
- Denise Martin
“Downton Abbey” is heating up, according to the first trailer for the drama’s upcoming season five.
It teases some new mysteries, shows Jimmy Kent getting caught in bed with a mystery woman, dinner table arguments and even an actual fire that adds in some action. Lady Mary Crawley also seems to get a new love interest in the clip.
“Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” says Mrs. Hughes.
Season five of “Downton Abbey” premieres in the U.S. Jan. 5, 2015 on PBS. In the U.K., it will premiere Sept. 21 on ITV.
- Alex Stedman
Back in June, Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie was cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, and now we’re hearing that she won’t be the only one from Westeros to travel to a galaxy far, far away. According to BBC News, Miltos Yerolemou has landed a role in the hotly anticipated blockbuster as well.
Yerolemou is known for playing expert swordsman Syrio Forel on the first season of Game of Thrones, who trains young Arya Stark. While one could easily see him taking those skills to the next level by wielding a lightsaber, BBC News cautions that he’s landed a small role in the film. That’s all we know about it, however, so fan speculation is bound to run wild with this one.
The actor joins an expanding and mysterious cast of newcomers to the Star Wars franchise, including Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years »
- James Garcia
According to the BBC, former Game of Thrones star Miltos Yerolemou – who portrayed the character of swordsman Syrio Forel in the first season of HBO’s epic fantasy series – has signed on to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII in an unspecified role. While no character details have been revealed, speculation would suggest that Yerolemou could find himself weilding a lightsaber, given that he’s appeared in a number of roles which involved sword fighting. Yerolemou is the second member of Game of Thrones to join the cast of Episode VII, with Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) also set to feature in the eagerly-anticipated sequel from director J.J. Abrams.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by »
- Gary Collinson
★★☆☆☆Saverio Costanzo returns to Venice in competition with his second film, Hungry Hearts (2014), a claustrophobic drama about a young couple and their conflicting views on parenting. Adam Driver plays Jude (Thomas Hardy would be a good point of reference here), a lanky engineer living in New York. He meets Mina (Alba Rohrwacher), an Italian working at the embassy, in unfortunate comic circumstances. He is having an awkward toilet moment and she accidentally locks herself in the bathroom of a restaurant with him. There's a kooky feel to the opening scene which is played out in a necessarily cramped close up, which will have Driver's fans from HBO's Girls getting perhaps the wrong ideas.
- CineVue UK
A cotton candy explosion, bedazzled body chains and a busy bodysuit -- stars are rocking all the wrong trends this week!Lena Dunham just loves a unique look, but she earned the top spot on our worst dressed this week for sporting this wacky ensemble at the 2014 Emmy Awards. The "Girls" star looks like a cake topper in this kooky, mismatched pink confection ... though we do like her new 'do.Amber Rose shocked us all at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, when she showed up wearing a full-body chain and matching metallic thong. We can't help but be reminded of Rose McGowan's infamous sheer "dress" that she wore to the 1998 VMAs when she went with Marilyn Manson. This nearly-naked look needs to stay in the 90's!And, Taylor Swift usually stuns on the red carpet, but her MTV VMAs look was less than stellar this year. »
- tooFab Staff
Look, we can't all be Beyoncé. Lena Dunham proved that notion when she shared an unflattering selfie via Instagram Friday. After a day of press events with Kate Mara in Venice, Italy, the platinum blond Girls actress woke up looking a little worse for wear. "Is this what Beyoncé was singing about?" asked Dunham, her makeup smeared. (She was, of course, referring to the song "***Flawless.") Dunham added that it's "pretty depressing that this look isn't even fueled by one ounce of alcohol." The 28-year-old star also poked fun at her appearance on Twitter, writing, " Realizing I have some of the very specific physical attributes of a woman on trial »
What are the requirements to play the titular role in Annie? According to Jimmy Kimmel, all a person needs is red hair! The comic recruited singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to participate in a bit about the beloved musical on Thursday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. "NBC announced recently they're planning a live televised production of the musical Peter Pan, and what's infesting about that is Peter Pan will be played by the very talented Allison Williams, who is a woman. She's on the HBO show Girls," the 46-year-old late night host told his studio audience. "That's great, but tonight I have the honor of announcing that my network, ABC, has decided to top them." "On Nov. »
Good news for Star Wars fans – after shutting down production for several weeks in the wake of Harrison Ford’s leg injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has now been announced the filming on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy has now resumed in the U.K.
Ford suffered a broken leg back in May during an accident on the Millennium Falcon set, forcing director J.J. Abrams to rejig the schedule for Episode VII, before taking a break throughout August. However, with Ford now seemingly fully recovered from his injury, it looks like the film is back on track to meet its December 2015 release date, much to the relief of fans.
Star Wars: Episode VII sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by »
- Gary Collinson
Is Amazon about to score its first breakthrough hit?
The online streaming giant — whose foray into original programming has yet to yield any Netflix-sized hits — may have a game-changer on its hands with Transparent, a 10-episode dark comedy from Six Feet Under’s Jill Soloway and starring Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor as Maura né Mort Pfefferman, the transgender patriarch of a Los Angeles family.
Related Amazon (Sorta) Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, Boschand Other Series
With Mud, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter under his belt, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of the most promising and exciting filmmakers in Hollywood. His next effort, Midnight Special, isn’t set to arrive until November 25th, 2015, but already anticipation is high. Details on the sci-fi thriller have been scarce, but today we have the first plot synopsis, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, »
- Matt Joseph
Amazon today announced it will premiere all ten episodes of Jill Soloway's (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") dark comedy "Transparent" on Friday, September 26 exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us and UK. Starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), "Transparent" follows the Pfeffermans - a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. »
On the Parks and Recreation set in Pasadena, Calif., Poehler was dressed up in a strapless purple gown. Scott, meanwhile, donned a crisp white shirt with a pair of dark dress pants. Both sporting sunglasses, Poehler walked about the set with a coffee in hand, while Scott was staying hydrated with water.
Poehler and Scott were filming scenes for a the latest Parks & Recreation wedding – which could be between Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe). Regardless, it looks like Leslie Knope (Poehler) will be one of the bridesmaids.
Poehler At the Emmys
For the past six years, Kurt Hugo Schneider has wowed YouTube audiences with his intricate cover song videos, which make use of his skills as a director, editor, arranger, and musician. Schneider is now set to show off those filmmaking talents with a feature film, and he's debuting it with a YouTube live stream. Schenider's film is called College Musical, and it began four years ago, when Schneider was a student at Yale University. He enlisted his close friend, frequent collaborator, and fellow Yalie Sam Tsui to star in a musical about a student who bonds with his tutor through the power of song. The film's cast also features Allison Williams; the Girls star was also a classmate of Schneider's. While he was still an undergrad, Schneider released a four-episode College Musical web series. That production saw some success, so Schneider decided to turn it into a 90-minute movie. Four years later, »
- Sam Gutelle
The red carpet at the Emmys was jam-packed with stars from our favorite shows, like Orange Is the New Black and Girls. We got a chance to catch up with Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, and Lena Dunham, who all had very touching stories to share. Who was your favorite celeb on the red carpet? On Allison- BCBGMaxAzria, courtesy of Rent the Runway On Lindsay- Sissae Quipao »
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
If you think Lena Dunham's afraid of a few critical assessments of her colorful Emmys gown, think again. The Girls creator just released an excerpt from her upcoming memoir that recounts her battle with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and her many fears while growing up as a hypochondriac and germophobe. The 28-year-old's $3.5 million book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned, won't be available until September 30, but fans and critics can get a peek at the project in The New Yorker now. Dunham has shared a significant chunk of her deeply personal story with the periodical. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Lena Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff is used to the Girls star changing up her hair color and styles. So it's no wonder the singer is digging her new platinum blond bowl cut. "He's really supportive of all my weird hair whams," Dunham told me on the Emmys red carpet. "He's been very kind about it." But he's also been quite mischievous. "He kept doing weird tests to see if I've gotten stupider once my hair was blonde, like he was trying to get me to add quickly," Dunham said. "But I'm Ok because I could never do math to begin with." As for her pink and red tulle Emmy gown by Giambattista Valli that has caused lots of chatter, »
There's usually one at every awards show—a gown so ridiculous, over-the-top or ill-fitting that you make the immediate "worst dressed" call. Well, let 2014 be remembered as the year that there were two. Both Lena Dunham and Sarah Paulson caused us to do the wrong kind of double take. We're not surprised to see the Girls star in something so...out there, but the American Horror Story: Coven actress is having a Style 180! and Hot Mess Alert! moment at the exact same time. Unfortunately (or thank god), there can only be one "worst." Is the HBO darling in her pajama top and pink peacock bottom? The Giambattista Valli design boasts many elements of a poorly chosen dress: terrible fit, terrible »
After the show, it's the after-party ... and last night, there were quite a few of them around town!When the three hour Emmy telecast ended on Monday, stars divided and conquered a number of different celebrations around Los Angeles.Many winners made their first stop at the Governors Ball, which was held right next to the ceremony itself at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Guests at the swanky event included the cast of "Breaking Bad," Julianna Margulies, Stephen Colbert, Claire Danes, Mark Ruffalo and many more.Videos: The 6 Can't-Miss Moments from the Emmy AwardsBut the real action went down once the stars high-tailed it to the network bashes.Judging by the photos alone, the HBO soiree at the Pacific Design Center was the place to be. With boyfriend Joe Manganiello nowhere to be seen, Sofia Vergara was spotted getting down with Derek Hough on the dance floor -- and having »
- tooFab Staff
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