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Taylor Swift Inspires Lena Dunham When She Writes ‘Girls’

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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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Idris Elba Wants a Cameo in ‘Girls’

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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...😊 [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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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,

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"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

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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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Cory Monteith Would Have Become a Teacher on ‘Glee’

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Cory MonteithCory Monteith's character was going to become a teacher on Glee.

The late actor was the driving force behind the show according to its creator Ryan Murphy, who was planning to turn Cory's alter-ego, confused jock Finn Hudson, into a Glee Club mentor to replace Will Schuester [Matthew Morrison] before the 31-year-old star's tragic death from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July.

Ryan has now made public the touching eulogy which he read at the private memorial service held for Cory at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the show is filmed. According to Entertainment Weekly, he told his fellow mourners, "For me, Cory was both the beginning and the ending of Glee ... literally ... The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it. I've always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star. At the end of season six, Lea [Michele]'s Rachel [Berry] was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's Glee Club. 'What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The end."

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Fox Picks Up New Tina Fey Series

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Tina FeyGood news comes for those still mourning the end of 30 Rock: Tina Fey's latest comedy project has been scooped up by Fox!

After having been fought over by several major television networks, the multicamera comedy series - a straight-to-series order hailing from Universal Television - ended up at Fox.

30 Rock alum Matt Hubbard is set to write the untitled series - which takes place at a women's college that begins to allow men to attend for the first time - as well as joining other 30 Rock alums Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner as executive producers. Fey is not expected to star in the series.

The upcoming series joins The Mindy Project and Andy Samberg's Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Universal Television-produced shows airing on Fox.

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Alan Ball Penning a New Series

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Alan BallWhile some True Blood fans are mourning the loss of creator/showrunner Alan Ball, they shouldn't be too sad, considering the Oscar-winning writer is moving on to develop a brand new series (which is undoubtedly due to be just as addictive as his previous shows).

"I have a series idea that I'm working on and writing on spec and have two screenplays I'm trying to put together and I'm working on another one and then I have another one that's halfway finished... [The show] is unlike either Six Feet Under or True Blood; it's very different. I'd definitely say it's a drama but it's too early to talk about."

Ball didn't share much else about his new project, but he was happy to speak about handing over the reigns of showrunning and returning to his writing roots.

Speaking at a premiere party for True Blood's upcoming season six, Ball reflected on his departure from running a major TV show to his humble habit: "I'm just writing for the love of writing, getting back to what it used to be with just me and the computer."

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Matt Smith Leaving ‘Doctor Who’

Matt Smith as 'Doctor Who'After four years of playing the eleventh regeneration of the world's favorite (and currently only) Time Lord, Matt Smith has announced that he'll be hanging up his bow tie at the end of the year.

The youngest actor to take on the title role of Doctor Who, Smith released a touching statement today regarding his departure: "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show... The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I've never seen before."

Smith will appear in the upcoming, highly-anticipated 50th anniversary episode of the show, as well as the Christmas special, where his character will regenerate and pass the Doctor Who torch to someone else.

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