Have you all heard of this little show that I think some girl is making with her Flip video camera in Brooklyn? It is called Girls and it’s pretty underground, you know. No one’s really talking about it. You probably haven’t heard about it.
Ha! Jokes! It is actually a totally [moderately] popular television show on HBO, made with real-live fancy cameras and actors that get paid in dollars rather than beers from The Mark Bar in Greenpoint. And people seem to be talking about it quite a lot!
The show, created by do-it-all wunderkind Lena Dunham, is five episodes into its first season, and has ruffled the feathers of many a TV-watcher for its lack of diversity. Something Dunham recently discussed with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. Speaking to the controversy, Dunham explained that it was something “that will be remedied” in the second season. And how does she plan to quell the roar of bloggers taking her down? Word on the stoop is that Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) may be seen on the show next season—with Dunham posting a picture of him on Twitter as well as an image of the two filming together popping up this week.
So what does this mean for the girls of Girls, America? We’ve decided to let our minds wander and have created five awkward moments that would be a perfect fit for Gambino:
1.) Hannah (Dunham) meets Travis (played by Glover), a musician who creates tracks using vintage computers and video game consoles, at a warehouse party. Travis enjoys Hannah’s tattoos and self-awareness, and Hannah likes his vintage polos. They ditch the party and take peyote on the roof of an old automobile garage, where they watch the sun come up and talk about the fetishization of women in video games. They have sex on the roof and a creepy old man on the 5th floor walkup next-door watches—Hannah only noticing him when she nearly falls off the roof mid-coitus. She goes home and stares at a blank Tumblr page while listening to Andrew Bird.
2.) Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) meets Gil, a meek-seeming comic book blogger from Bushwick. They meet at Magnolia Bakery when they both reach for the same banana pudding—OMG!—and he asks her to go see The Avengers with him. While there, he asks for a handie during the movie. Not knowing what to do but also not wanting to seem prudish, she fumbles her way through and ends up with the short end of the stick…all over her face. She goes to the bathroom to clean up and smiles to herself, thinking that was definitely a total Samantha moment. Upon a judgemental, grossed-out look from a stranger that jolts her back to reality, she gets embarrassed and immediately leaves the theater.
3.) Marnie (Allison Williams), sick of not playing into her own sexual fantasies runs into former college friend (and old Oberlin-era Hannah hook-up) Michael, who now sells vintage clothing at a booth in the Brooklyn Flea. He picks out the perfect ‘50s beaded cardigan for her and asks her out for a drink. Finding themselves accidentally day drunk, they head back to Marnie’s place because Michael knows a website where they can watch all the old episodes of Rugrats. In a moment of drunken bravery, Marnie asserts her womanhood by grabbing at his crotch. Startled by her aggressive behavior, Michael blurts out that he’s gay right as Hannah walks in the door. Just add another to the list, Hannah thinks. Marnie hides in her room.
4.) John is a barista that works in the coffee shop near Jessa (Jemima Kirke)’s nannying gig. In a surprise to no one, she invites him back to her job on his break (the girls are napping after watching a documentary on child trafficking their mother made for pre-schoolers), and they have sex. Unemployed dad stumbles upon them. He gets mad (and jealous) and—twist!—Jessa and the dad get high and have awkward, very high sex, because obviously that is what is going to happen, duh.
What do you think will happen to Glover if he appears on Girls? Is this a welcome addition to make the show a bit more diverse? Sound off in the comments.
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In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
Top Story: More Evidence Surfaces in Jackson Case
Investigators in New Jersey have seized memorabilia of pop star Michael Jackson, including Calvin Klein briefs, as evidence in the child molestation case against the singer, authorities told Reuters Monday. The owner of the items, Henry Vaccaro, told investigators he obtained the memorabilia as part of a default judgment in a lawsuit and found the items as he was repackaging the collection for resale, said Robert Honecker, a New Jersey prosecutor. Reuters reports the briefs allegedly could contain trace body fluids that might provide a sample of Jackson's DNA, but Honecker would not confirm. "That's not for me to say. It's for Santa Barbara," he said. Jackson, 45, pleaded innocent last Friday to charges of conspiring to commit child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment in a 10-count indictment handed up by a Santa Barbara County grand jury.
Pitt's Ready for His Mid-Life Crisis
Brad Pitt, starring as the tortured Achilles in the upcoming epic Troy, says he's ready for a mid-life crisis, if it ever hits. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the hunky actor admitted there could be a "mid-life crisis on its way," and that he is not sure "it really is in our nature to be with someone for the rest of our lives," claiming he and his wife Jennifer Aniston "always made a pact, that we'll see where this thing is going." Pitt also added, "You keep going as long as you keep growing. When that dies, we do. But it constantly surprises me. Just when you think you've gotten all you can out of it, you get knocked upside the head ... It's complicated but that's what keeps it interesting…I'm not a big proponent of happiness. I think it's highly overrated. I think misery is underrated. There's so much value in that. You can't have one without the other." Profound.
Wayans Files for Divorce
Actor/director Keenen Ivory Wayans, the eldest brother of the Wayans clan, is divorcing his wife of three years, Daphne, citing irreconcilable differences, The Associated Press reports. The couple has been married since June 2001. Wayans is requesting joint custody of his five children.
Priestley Gets Engaged
On the opposite side of that coin, former Beverly Hills 90210 pretty boy Jason Priestley, now starring in Fox's TV series Tru Calling, is getting hitched to his longtime girlfriend Naomi Lowde, AP reports. No other details of the engagement were immediately available, according to Priestley's spokeswoman Annett Wolf. Lowde is a makeup artist.
The Donald Gives Life Advice
With a new radio show, a hit TV show and oodles of money, it makes sense real estate mogul Donald Trump would publish a book handing out advice on how to get rich. AP reports Random House is releasing Think Like a Billionaire, an advice book Trump describes as a fast path to the good life and a follow-up to his current bestseller How To Get Rich. "I'm an ambitious guy," Trump said in a statement Monday. "I want to give readers everything they need to be successful in life in fewer than 300 pages."
Recording Companies To Pay Back Artists' Royalties
Under a settlement being announced today, 10 major recording companies have agreed to return nearly $50 million in unclaimed royalties to thousands of musicians including Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan and Dolly Parton. The AP reports a two-year investigation by the New York state Attorney General's office found that scores of artists were not being paid royalties because the record companies had lost contact with them. Under the agreement, recording companies will make good-faith efforts to track down artists to whom royalties are due. The companies, which include Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Universal Music, and EMI Music Publishing, will divert any monies from artists it cannot locate to the state.
Gwen Stefani Says No Doubt Not Breaking Up
No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani told Cosmopolitan magazine in its June issue that the band is not breaking up. "I thought it would be a good publicity stunt to say we were breaking up, but really we're not," she said. "We decided after our album Rock Steady that we were going to take some time apart to pursue independent projects and I really wanted to do a movie." Stefani has a small role as Jean Harlow in director Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Stefani, however, does have a new solo album coming out in August, which she describes as "a fun, '80s-inspired, retro dance album."
Role Call: O'Donnell Rides Bus, Romano Gets Grilled, Schneider Becomes Fearless
Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell will play a retarded woman in the CBS TV movie Riding the Bus With My Sister, based on a book by Rachel Simon. The novel chronicles Simon's relationship with her mentally retarded sister, who fills her days riding city buses … Ray Romano and Kevin James, who co-starred in early episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond before getting his own show, The King of Queens, will star in the New Line comedy Grilled for director Jason Ensler. Romano and James will play meat salesmen who stop at nothing to make a sale … Rob Schneider, meanwhile, will star in and produce the comedy Fearless for Revolution Studios. The story revolves around a meek soldier (Schneider) who is transformed into a fearless fighting machine when he becomes the subject of a top-secret experiment.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report