I’m a big fan of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” I’ve seen every episode, carry a torch for Peter Dinklage’s character Tyrion Lannister, and revel in the show’s embrace of nudity, sex and violence. (I’ve even got the books tucked away for my upcoming trip to Mexico — woot woot!) But did anyone else think last night’s episode went, dare I say it, a bit too far? As Emily McCombs noted over at xoJane, that scene featuring King Joffrey – and if you watched, you know what scene I’m talking about — needed a trigger warning like WHOA. Mind you, sexual violence is nothing new on “Game of Thrones” — I swear, rape is threatened or referred to in nearly every episode — but this particular depiction, in which Joffrey forces one prostitute to beat and sexually torture another prostitute for his amusement (OMG, he is THE WORST!), was almost too much for me to take. And then I found out, via my own personal GoT Encyclopedia, John DeVore, that the scene didn’t even happen in the books! Though the TV series has basically stuck to George R. R. Martin’s material from the onset, the writers/producers decided to add that scene just for funzies, I guess? Because we didn’t already hate Joffrey enough? GoT fans, what did you think? [xoJane]
“When we made ["Girls"]t, we always knew that it was a show you should fight about. It was built to be a show that you’d have to defend or argue about — for some people, it would make them angry — and we go over that terrain for the course of the 10 episodes. So hopefully people will fight about it every week! There’s funny things to hate about it, because it is about people who are self-entitled and smart and screwing up their lives. It’s supposed to be about people who are a disaster and privileged, and every time you do something about people like that, people go, ‘Why are they like that?’ Well, because that’s the point of the show. The joke of it. People go, ‘Why are men immature in your movies?’ Well, because they are immature and it’s funny to see them try to figure it out.”
–”Girls” Executive Producer Judd Apatow on some the storm of criticism and commentary around the HBO comedy. Are you totally sick of hearing about this show yet? [NYMag.com]
The “Girls” premiere on Sunday night left me underwhelmed. I lived in New York City in my 20s and I expected to relate to the show. But I didn’t. Not by a long shot. Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) whined and pouted her way through the episode, balking at the idea of weaning herself off her parents’ checking account. She’s 24 years old! Doesn’t she want to succeed? Doesn’t she want to be independent? More troubling, doesn’t she have any pride?
Speaking of pride, you know who has a lot of it? Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) on “Eastbound & Down.” The show’s series finale aired the same night — Spoilers Ahead! — and it was an interesting juxtaposition to “Girls.” Like Hannah, Kenny Powers whines and pouts through life. He ended the series returning to April and his son, Toby, which was a little too neat for the usually unhinged Kenny Powers. It’s a shame because I would’ve liked to have seen a different kind of shake-up in his life rather than fatherhood to keep things interesting.
Then, I had an idea: Hannah should switch places with Kenny Powers. Transport Kenny Powers to Brooklyn. Plop Hannah in Myrtle Beach. I’m already laughing just picturing it! Sure, a 24-year-old New York mumbler and an immature baseball pitcher may not appear to have too much in common, but I’d argue that they do: (This may contain spoilers if you haven’t seen both shows, so proceed at your own risk.) Keep reading »
“People are saying this is ‘Sex and the City’ for the next generation,” said Conan O’Brien, speaking to Lena Dunham, on last night’s episode of “Conan.” The Los Angeles Times called Dunham’s show “Girls” “the uncomfortably true voice of millennial women.” And The New Yorker attacked “Girls” for its lack of inclusivity: “‘Girls’ also paints a revealing picture because of what, or whom, it leaves out. The show’s young women are protected, in part, by privilege,” notes writer Margaret Talbot.
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In the mid-’90s, Todd Phillips made a documentary about the secret life of frat houses for HBO. The cable channel opted never to air the special, but it was recently unearthed and thrown up on YouTube. As you might imagine, much of what Phillips and his doc team unearth is pretty appalling. Frat pledges are urged to do rather inhuman and disgusting things — like intentionally puking and biting the heads off of live rats — in order to be accepted into particular fraternities. And the usual binge drinking, misogyny and bad behavior run rampant. It’s kind of mesmerizing. [NYMag.com]
The first trailer for Lena Dunham’s new HBO show “Girls,” debuting April 15, hit a little too close to home. The second trailer is even more cringe-inducing. Oh, God, my early 20′s really were like this, weren’t they? At least I never said to my parents, “All I am asking for is $1,100 a month for the next two years,” and got laughed at. [IndieWire]