Okay, so I liked prodigal filmmaker Lena Dunham’s debut film, “Tiny Furniture.” It was quirky, original and totally captured the nebulous insecurity and waivering self-loathing you feel post-college. Now Dunham’s back, with a new series on HBO called “Girls,” produced by Judd Apatow and starring several of her “Tiny Furniture” pals. But this long teaser trailer? Well, I want to want to watch “Girls.” I do. But I don’t know if this is really doing it for me. What do you think?
We loved Lena Dunham’s breakthrough film “Tiny Furniture,” a film she wrote, produced, starred in and directed when she was barely out of college. Now, just two years later at the still-baby age of 24, Dunham is back with her own HBO TV show, produced by Judd Apatow. Titled “Girls,” the show follows Dunham and two friends as they attempt to navigate the murky waters of their early-20s. And bonus! It was filmed in my neighborhood, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all the fantastic pierogi shops and Polish grandmas Greenpoint has to offer. [YouTube]
The movie “The Kids are All Right” was a huge critical and audience hit in 2010, so we’re psyched that the film — about a lesbian couple raising teenagers conceived via the same sperm donor — is being turned into a TV show on HBO. But in an interesting turn, producer Celine Rattray told New York that the series adaptation will show the characters lives both before and after the events of the film. Originally slated as a continuation, Rattray says that all five characters — the two moms, the two kids, and the sperm donor dad — will return, though, “right now, we’re figuring out if we show what happens with the meeting in the movie.” Keep reading »
HBO is developing a drama about an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas, based, it seems, on the late Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder in 2009. Tiller was one of the last doctors in the U.S. who provided late-term abortions and therefore was constantly terrorized by so-called “pro-lifers.” Alan Ball of “True Blood” will be developing “Wichita” with journalist Devin Friedman, who penned a 2010 article in GQ magazine about Tiller’s murder.
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Gloria Steinem became famous in 1963 when she published an article called “A Bunny’s Tale” in which she went undercover at a Playboy Club to expose the treatment of its waitresses. In the decade-plus to follow, Gloria became one of the most public faces of the burgeoning “second wave” feminist movement. She fought for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, advocated for abortion to be legalized, pushed the mainstream women’s movement to recognize that lesbian rights were an integral part of women’s rights, and of course was the very first editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine. The heyday for the “third wave” feminist battles have arguably passed, but Gloria Steinem is still kickin’ (enough to put Glenn Beck into a fit, shrieking about how the “’60s have passed”). Any young woman or young man who has discovered feminism in the past 50 years will come across something that has Gloria Steinem’s fingerprints on it. Naturally such an icon deserves, at age 77, to be memorialized in her very own documentary. Keep reading »
What will Oprah do with her days once her talk show ends? She divulged to The Chicago Tribune that, in addition to running her own network, she is planning to head to Broadway. As in, for real deal you’ll be able to see her on the stage soon. “I have a stack of plays in my bag right now that I am reading,” she said. “And just this past weekend, I was in New York meeting with producers. We were just talking about what would be the best route to take. But yes, this is really going to happen. ” Did you hear that? That was the sound of every high-powered theater producer in Manhattan scrambling to bow down at Oprah’s feet.
Acting is apparently high on the Big O’s to-do list. Keep reading »