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Taylor Swift Inspires Lena Dunham When She Writes ‘Girls’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, HBO, Features,

Lena Dunham and Taylor SwiftLena Dunham writes Girls when she's listening to Taylor Swift.

The writer and star of the huge HBO drama always puts her friend's records - famous for their tracks lamenting lost loves - when she's thinking of ideas for the show.

"She writes her own destiny in a way which is very unusual, especially for a young woman in the world of pop music. I wrote half of the first season of Girls listening to her Speak Now album and wrote much of the third season listening to Red," Lena said.

Lena, 27, is proud to call Taylor, 24, a friend and says she is always asking her for advice because she is very wise: "Taylor is a good friend of mine. I call her and text her all time. She helps me be stronger and make better decisions. She has amazing creative instincts. She's really a proponent of not feeling pressure from anybody else and recognizing that you have a better connection to what your 'brand' is than anybody else."


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Jimmy Kimmel to Become a Father for Third Time

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Pregnancies, Features,

Molly McNearney and Jimmy KimmelJimmy Kimmel is set to become a father for the third time.

The chat show host and his wife Molly McNearney are expecting their first child together, with the TV personality revealing the exciting news on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing this Wednesday.

Amid cheers from the studio audience, he announced, "I'm having a baby... wait I want to finish... with Ellen. No, I decided to have the first one with my wife. We got married in July and, you know, it's interesting. It's disgusting the way babies are made."

Ellen replied, "Good for you. And why is it disgusting?"

Jimmy, 46, joked, "Well, there are so many human body parts involved. Did you know there are eggs in us? That's gross just to start with."

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Cinecast: JLaw Worried ‘American Hustle’ Costumer, ‘Thor 3’ a Go

Jennifer Lawrence in 'American Hustle'+ It's a good thing that Jennifer Lawrence's white dress from American Hustle only cost $3.99 for a yard of the fabric: costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that the actress got into some trouble eating Doritos while in costume. Yeah, we're not surprised, either.

+ Disney/Marvel announced that the sequel to Thor: The Dark World has been greenlit, adding that Christopher Yost (who co-wrote Thor: The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (who produced both Thor films) are set to write it.

+ Twilight alum Nikki Reed has been cast in horror film Email, which will be set in Singapore. Perhaps this latest American-take-on-Asian-horror project will serve as her springboard onto bigger projects, as it seemed to do for Naomi Watts (almost forgot that she was in The Ring, eh?).

+ Forest Whitaker will be taking a step behind the camera to direct Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling book The Shack.

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Idris Elba Wants a Cameo in ‘Girls’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, HBO, Gossip, News,

Idris ElbaIdris Elba wants to appear on Girls.

The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - actor has made an appeal to the show's creator and star Lena Dunham - who he was a guest alongside on UK talk show The Graham Norton Show earlier this month - to write him a part on the popular program.

"@lenadunham Very funny woman. Can I come do a scene on your show? [sic]," he wrote on Twitter. Joking about a topless photograph of himself which he accidentally posted on the site recently, he added, "i promise, NO selfies...smile [sic]."

Although Lena is yet to agree to give the British actor a part on her show, she tweeted back, "@idriselba You are a pure pleasure, an honor to share the couch with you #selfiesforever PS thank you for calling me a woman, it made me feel all tingly inside <3 [sic]."

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Lena Dunham Wants Jamie Dornan on ‘Girls’

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Jamie Dornan Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham wants Jamie Dornan to star on Girls.

The actress-and-director would have loved the Irish 50 Shades of Grey hunk to share some steamy sex scenes with the cast of her hit TV show, but fears his high profile casting as S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey has made him off-limits to get up close and personal with any of the characters. "Allison [Williams] wants Zac Efron. [We] requested Jamie Dornan, but the thing is, [we] requested him post-50 Shades of Grey casting. He's amazing, but I just feel it's too late," she said, speaking at a Girls premiere.

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Jason Dohring Talks ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Drama, Prime Time, The CW, Features,

Jason Dohring and Kristen BellWith just two more months to go before the Veronica Mars movie hits theaters for their Jason Dohring - who plays Neptune's resident OPJ and possibly probably Veronica's soulmate, Logan Echolls - opened up about the upcoming film and offered some interesting reflections on his three years shooting the series.

For starters, Dohring (who was married during the course of the show, mind you) seems to be a fan of serious method acting when it came to his character's relationship with Kristen Bell's Veronica: “A lot of that emotion was very real for me. I think I was in love with [Kristen] for the three years we made that show. Like, I truly felt like I would die without her, and I think that’s what underlined everything people loved about them as a couple.”

Although the 31-year-old actor kept a tight lip about the specifics of the film, he did offer a cryptic description of what to expect: “I think they’ll be very pleased, but also at the same time, [creator] Rob [Thomas] doesn’t tie the story up with a bow. Nothing comes easy in Veronica’s world, so there’s a very melancholy/noir touch at the end that adds these cool layers.”

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Quote of the Day: Lena Dunham Responds to ‘Girls’ Nudity Backlash

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, HBO, Gossip, News,

Judd Apatow, producer Jenni Konner, and Lena Dunham

"It's because it's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it... If you are not into me, that's your problem, and you're going to have to work that out with professionals."

- Girls creator, writer, and star Lena Dunham responds to a reporter who questioned why her character is constantly appearing in her birthday suit on the show.

(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)

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‘SNL’ Hires Two African-American Women Writers

LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones

Saturday Night Live is finally making changes in the writer's room that have been a long time coming.

While the addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast was a start, the news seemed more like a publicity stunt to appease the backlash that arose when SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels simply said that casting a black comedienne "will happen" when questioned about it back in November. Now, hiring two female writers, on the other hand, seems more like a step forward towards diversity (both in the non-white and non-male regard).

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Shia LaBeouf Organizes Elaborate, Sky High Apology to Clowes

Shia LaBeouf's apology to Daniel Clowes

Shia LaBeouf used a skywriter to apologize for plagiarising a comic book for his short film.

The Transformers actor has been accused of borrowing from artist Daniel Clowes' 2007 graphic novella Justin M. Damiano for his project Howard Cantour.com which debuted online last month, without crediting the inspiration for his short. A message which read, "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" was seen being flown over Los Angeles on New Year's Day.

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EVENT: Warren Ellis to Speak at The Farmhouse in Hollywood

Warren EllisHow does listening to Warren Ellis speak under an avocado tree in Hollywood sound to you?

Transmetropolitan, Red, and Iron Man fans in the greater Los Angeles area have the chance to witness this come Sunday, January 26 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets range between $20-$50, which includes some light drinks and snacks - not a bad deal at all! The British author is expected to "tell stories about the world we live in now (and where we’re going in the future)." Get tickets soon, as the event is fairly intimate, capping at around 40 people.

In addition to penning the aforementioned comics, Ellis has written for Vice, Wired UK, and Reuters.

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