If you’ve been following the saga of Howard Stern and Lena Dunham since last week, you might be a little seasick with all the ups and downs their public words have taken — from insult to mock offense to love fest. To recap, Stern commented on Dunham’s frequent nudity on Girls, calling her “a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill, and she keeps taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape. … I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on. … Good for her. It’s hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.”
When the writer/producer/star visited Letterman on Thursday night, she said she kind of loved his comment. “I want my gravestone to say, ‘She was a little fat chick and she got it going,’ ” she said, adding that she’s a huge Stern fan.
“You wanted this.”
“I wanted this so bad.”
“And now you’re getting it.”
“And now I’m finally getting it.”
“It’s about f***ing time.”
“It’s about f***ing time.”
Lena Dunham had herself a NIGHT last night, didn’t she? Not only did the series that she created, Girls, win the Golden Globe for Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy, but Dunham herself upset the likes of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to take home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy. As momentous as those victories were, perhaps her most triumphant moment of the night came before the opening credits of the Season 2 premiere of Girls on HBO even rolled. We’re referring directly to the image and the dialogue above, in which a naked Lena Dunham is getting down with a naked Donald Glover, giving a not-at-all-subtle “Eff you” to all the critics who blasted her last season for an alleged lack of racial diversity on her show.
Today has proved to be a day of choices. Most important on that list has been which microwave popcorn to get in time for the Girls Season 2 premiere later today on HBO. The first episode’s called It’s About Time, and we agree with the title, because it really is about time that the show came back, because we’ve been missing it. While, the show gave us the gift that is Lena Dunham, we’ve also been wowed by her co-star, Allison Williams, who plays Marnie, this whole year. Allison’s not only gorgeous, with this enviable mane of chestnut hair and flawless skin, we’ve also kept an eye on her only to realize that she has some serious fashion cred as well. Props to her stylist, because Allison’s turn-out through 2012, uptil the present day, at almost every event, premiere or fashion show she’s turned up at has been sartorially stellar. And we love that she’s not afraid to throw on some color!
We’ve compiled a list of our top 15 best looks in the gallery below, gathered through 2012 up till now, January 2013. Don’t worry, in case you just have to know who she’s wearing so you can do some research of your own, we’re also put down the designer and the place she’s at in the captions. A couple of staunch favourites before you delve in. We’re in love with the sea-green, shimmery Naeem Khan gown she wore to the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York, back in November. The hot pink ladylike, but sexy, Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 ensemble worn to an Emmy pre-party is another killer. Oscar seems to be her go-to designer, because she also wore an emerald green by the designer to the Emmy’s and it was one of the best gown of the night, in our opinion. A red Stop Staring! cap-sleeved sheath worn to the New York premiere of The Master is also a fantastic pick. We’ll leave the rest to you. Do let us know what your favorites are? Keep an eye out for this lady. She’s only getting better and better.
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It seems to us that vast majority of people who hate Girls haven’t actually seen the show. Not that there aren’t plenty of people who tuned in for the first season and decided it wasn’t for them; they just don’t happen to be the people who seem to really loathe it. If you know for sure you hate Girls and yet haven’t actually watched it, or you saw the first ep and bailed, indulge us for a few minutes when we try to explain why you should tune in to the show’s second season. Open your mind and heart to this reality!
In real life, Lena Dunham is way more responsible than most people — she’s 26 and runs her own show and makes her own movies! — but something about the way she talks about her new dog Lamby, whom she adopted on Wednesday, reminds us a whole lot of her Girls character, Hannah Horvath.
“I adopted him at Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition,” she told VH1 News at the season two premiere of Girls. “I wanted a dog for so long.”
Getting paid to mine your own life for humiliating moments is pretty much our dream job, so it’s only natural we pay Lena Dunham homage as one of the 12 Celebs Who Dominated 2012. Remember when Girls premiered on HBO on April 15 of this year and the internet exploded? Remember how that happened after Dunham had already made her first feature film Tiny Furniture in 2010? Man, we could write 5,000 about Lena’s awesomely brave Girls nude scenes or that time Hannah flies face-first off Adam’s bike, but chances are you’ve already seen them. If you haven’t…well, where were you this year?
With Jessica Alba, Ed Helms and Megan Fox announcing the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, we thought maybe there would be a few more unconventional choices this year. But alas, there was not a single Magic Mike nomination in sight. Instead, historical fare like Lincoln, Argo and Django Unchained led the pack on the movie side, while Game Change and Homeland took over on TV. With Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook dominating the comedy/musical categories, we’re kind of leaving it up to the older ladies of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — and Jack Black — to make this a less serious occasion. Also, apparently we need to check out Salmon Fishing in Yemen, since that little-seen Ewan McGregor/Emily Blunt flick nabbed a few nods (and we’re trying not to hold Beasts of the Southern Wild’s snub against it). But we are happy that New Girl, Girls, Downton Abbey and Nashville are bringing some awesome girl power to the event, which will be appropriately hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey on January 15. Check out the full list of nominees below.
Best Picture, Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan MCGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
In case you didn’t know that Girls is returning to HBO for it’s second season January 13, the show has a new round of promos with the tagline #resolutionsGirlsbreak. After peeping the character’s pledges for the new year (does anyone’s heart not get treated like monkey meat on this show?) and watching last week’s Girls trailer, we have 5 resolutions of our own that we want Lena Dunham’s show to come through on. Hey, it’s not like the show has to go to the gym or anything! What would a TV show gym even look like? Remind us to make a resolution to draw up some schematics:
Oooooh! Now we see. Not that we didn’t think Girls‘ Adam Driver was talented before, but after today, we finally get him. You get what we’re saying? You picking up what we’re putting down? We get him in our pants. Driver’s recent and extremely awesome GQ spread did the heavy lifting, though his cameo in Lincoln didn’t hurt either. That boy looks good in Civil War-era kepi cap! We hope Driver was able to take it home and transfer it to his Girls wardrobe. Adam could wear that hat around Williamsburg and no one would bat an eye.
It’s a rather rare thing to see TV creators make changes to their shows in direct response to critics — and in many cases, we’re happy they keep their creative integrity — which makes Lena Dunham’s comments at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit yesterday so fascinating. Her HBO show, Girls, while largely acclaimed, was also often criticized for featuring an all-white cast, despite taking place in the definitely not all-white New York City. And the 25-year-old writer/director/star took those complaints seriously.
She felt “heartbreak at the idea that the show would make anyone feel isolated,” she said at the summit, according to Reuters. In response, she said that among the “multitude” of new characters on season two, “There are some of color. Some are not. Some are Caucasian.” We’ve yet to see a list of any of the new cast, but we’re inclined to believe a direct statement like that. “All I want to do is make women feel excited and included by the show.”