Lena DunhamLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Kevin Hart's painful Oscars saga is what happens when celebrity and accountability collide
Hart has pointed out that he addressed his past homophobic jokes before, but those statements weren't an act of sincere contrition. As Rachel Leah notes, people outraged over his old homophobic tweets were mainly looking for a sincere apology, which Hart didn't give until stepping down. "Hart is far from the only celebrity — Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham have done this recently as well — to take the frustrating and disappointing approach that the perpetrators of harm or abuse are the ones who get to determine what accountability for that harm should look like," says Leah. "A few half-hearted justifications that the world is too sensitive now is not taking responsibility; stepping away from comedy for some months just to come back and say 'it's been a weird year' is not restitution; discrediting a black woman's sexual assault and then claiming it was a teachable moment is not redress. All of these situations show celebrities centering themselves without listening to or engaging with the communities they hurt."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Why Lena Dunham's "apology" to Aurora Perrineau isn't an apology
Dunham's apology in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday to Perrineau for defending Girls writer Murray Miller after Perrineau accused him of sexual assault was her "worst apology yet," says Heidi Stevens. "A year ago, Dunham lied in order to discredit a woman who had just gone to the police to report a sexual assault," says Stevens. "On Wednesday, she penned a rambling, pretentious opus about women in Hollywood ('Heroines have emerged. We are cracking open windows and beating down doors. The air is circulating and the light is pouring in,') and sneaked a whiny, halfhearted mea culpa into the ninth paragraph. We’re so used to Dunham apologizing at this point (Lena Dunham Apologizes is an actual Twitter handle) that we went ahead and lumped this garbage onto her giant apology pile."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST
Lena Dunham apologizes to Aurora Perrineau for dismissing her sexual assault allegation against Girls writer Murray Miller
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I made a terrible mistake," Dunham, who is guest-editing The Hollywood Reporter, wrote in an editor's note reflecting on the uproar last year over her defense of Miller that she quickly apologized for. "When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defense." She adds: "To Aurora: You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year. I love you. I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong. In that way, you have made me a better woman and a better feminist."
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25PM EST
Lena Dunham is reportedly no longer friends with Jenni Konner -- she didn't "seem particularly attached" to Camping
Source: The Cut
New York Magazine's Allison P. Davis profiles the Girls star, noting that she was being treated for PTSD while Camping was in production, leaving Konner to take care of the HBO show. The Girls collaborators announced in July that they were splitting as producing partners. "The women had an intensely close friendship, which they often described in interviews as co-dependent," Davis writes. "Others told me Konner was like Dunham’s 'mom.' Her phone, Dunham jokes, is full of photos of herself and Konner still, as if they were married. The loafers she is wearing in Connecticut were a Christmas present from Konner. Last month, Lenny Letter announced it would cease publication. It was a portmanteau of their names (Jenni plus Lena), so it made sense that it couldn’t survive their split. The only times Dunham gets uncharacteristically tight-lipped are when I ask questions about Konner. When she starts her answers, they are usually hedged with “All I will say is” or “I don’t want to speak for Jenni.” It seems there was no explosive breaking point but rather a slow dissolution. People who are close to both of them say they are no longer friends."
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Lena Dunham says "I’ve been sober for six months" after "misusing" the anti-anxiety drug Klonopin
“If I look back, there were a solid three years where I was, to put it lightly, misusing benzos, even though it was all quote unquote doctor prescribed,” she said on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast.
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Is HBO's Camping the most misunderstood show on TV?
Source: The New Republic
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's remake of the Julia Davis-created British cult comedy of the same name received mostly harsh reviews, all of which entirely miss the point, says Josephine Livingstone. "Almost every major review in the U.S. so far has bemoaned the painfulness of the Camping experience," she says, adding: "But great satire is meant to be unpleasant. It’s supposed to make your soul feel the way your mouth does when it fills with bile. When you have that feeling and then you laugh, it has the taste of truth. The new Camping has had some of the old force taken out of its swing, but now and then it delivers a real, live uppercut. A show like this should be a tussle: between viewer and character, between love and hate, between enjoyment and pain. Camping could be nastier still, but at least the fight is there." ALSO: The problem with Camping is the characters aren't unlikable enough.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 5:51PM EDT
Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter is shutting down
Source: New York Post
Dunham and her Girls and Camping collaborator Jenni Konner created Lenny Letter, a twice-a-week newsletter and website focused on women's topics that launched in 2015. The newsletter, which once boasted 500,000 subscribers, will shut down on Friday after struggling with ad support.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Lena Dunham had surgery to remove her left ovary
Source: E! Online
"Yesterday I had a two hour surgery to remove my left ovary, which was encased in scar tissue & fibrosis, attached to my bowel and pressing on nerves that made it kinda hard to walk/pee/vamp," the Girls alum wrote on an Instagram post this morning.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 4:02PM EDT
Lena Dunham and her Camping stars slam critics who complained that Jennifer Garner's character is "unlikable"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I can't believe that we're still having a conversation about unlikable women on television," Dunham said of the word "unlikable" that was frequently used to describe Garner's character Kathryn in the many negative reviews for her new HBO series. Dunham added: "It just drives me nuts that we can have a Tony Soprano or a Walter White or any of these characters who are wreaking literal havoc on the world around them and killing people, and then when you have a woman who's thorny and complicated, and there's no way to find empathy for her." Camping star Brett Gelman added: "I'm so sick of this word 'unlikable.' I'm so sick of reading it in reviews. I think it's lazy...You have Kathryn leading this show, where if she was a man, I think people would think that that character was hilarious. Nobody wants to see a woman onscreen who is a wreck. That is pure, unadulterated systemic misogyny."
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
HBO's Camping is an endurance test of a bad idea starring a miscast Jennifer Garner
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Unfortunately, nothing much on the Lena Dunham-Jenni Konner follow-up to Girls works, says Tim Goodman. And it starts with the miscast Garner. "Who takes Jennifer Garner and makes her a completely unlikable and joyless nag, annoying everyone around her?" asks Goodman. He adds: "The casting comes off like it was just Dunham and Konner picking friends to fill out roles, which results in an across-the-board lack of chemistry (or much interest) as the story unfolds. And while Camping is indeed supposed to be a story of misery (because none of these people seem like campers, which is probably the central joke of the original series), making Walt's birthday weekend a torturous affair doesn't work if the humor that it's supposed to generate doesn't materialize. Watching becomes as big a slog for the viewer as getting through that ill-advised camping trip is for the characters."
- Camping is a Lena Dunham series with Jennifer Garner in the Dunham role: "Garner gives unlikability her all, but it comes across as pretending"
- It's a deeply unpleasant viewing experience, led by the single most insufferable TV character in recent memory
- Camping isn’t fun to watch at all -- except to see a misfire take shape
- Garner makes sense for the lead role, making her downright odious character at least laughably maddening
- You'll love how much you'll hate Jennifer Garner's character
- Garner plays a profoundly difficult character, and she embraces it, though "her innate Jennifer Garner-hood" shines through
- Garner's character becomes exhausting to her "friends" and the audience
- Camping shows so little insight or movement that watching it becomes nearly as unpleasant as it is for the characters living through it
- Lena Dunham calls Camping "one giant bottle episode"
- Jennifer Garner and David Tennant discuss leaving their comfort zones
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
HBO shares the first footage of Jennifer Garner in Camping
The Lena Dunham-Jenni Konner comedy's first teaser also features David Tennant, who plays Garner's husband.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Jenni Konner: There's no "drama" behind producing breakup with Girls collaborator Lena Dunham
“We feel super lucky to have had eight amazing years together, we just want to do different things. There’s no drama to be found there," Konner told critics at the TCA press tour while promoting HBO's Camping. "It’s just about the creative process." Dunham wasn't in attendance due to being under the weather.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 8:03PM EDT
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are ending their producing partnership
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Girls collaborators, who have been recently filming HBO's Camping, will sign individual deals with HBO after their joint deal expires at the end of this year. "We have had one of the most significant relationships together in our adult lives and we respect each other’s choices," Dunham and Konner said in a statement. "While our interests are pulling us in different directions right now, we are excited about our current work and are firmly committed to the projects we have together. HBO has been our home for quite some time and we look forward to continuing there as we both move forward."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Cynthia Nixon received donations from Sex and the City's "Mr. Big," Lena Dunham and Alec Baldwin
Source: New York Daily News
Chris Noth donated $2,500 to his former co-star's gubernatorial campaign, while Baldwin gave $16,000. Also donating money were Lena Dunham, who gave $10,000, and Debra Messing, who gave $500. Nixon's HBO co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis previously donated $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Roseanne executive producer recalls the "shock" of learning of cancelation on the first day working on Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dave Caplan says "there was a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes." He says the writing staff first learned about the cancelation via the media. "Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down," he says. "It's unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they're going to get. Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out. But we all know it's a wasted opportunity to write more episodes."
- ABC president apologizes to Roseanne's now-unemployed staff: "We're so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road."
- Roseanne Barr tweets "I’m not a racist. I never was & I never will be" before retweeting an anti-Valerie Jarrett Wikileaks document dump
- Dictionary searches for "racist" have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours
- Ambien maker responds to Roseanne's Ambien defense: "racism is not a known side effect"
- Mindy Kaling offers to "write things" for Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman
- Lena Dunham responds to Kaling's tweet, offering to do a spinoff "starring Darlene’s cool kids"
- Whoopi Goldberg slams Roseanne for retweeting a fake anti-Trump meme about her
- From Jackie to Darlene to Jackie and Darlene: Five ways Roseanne could return without Roseanne Barr
- Jimmy Kimmel imagines a Roseanne-less Roseanne show that focuses on Dan Conner
- Why Roseanne can't carry on without Roseanne Barr: She'll undermine the show with her tweeting
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus responds to Roseanne with an Instagram picture with "my pal" Valerie Jarrett
- Shonda Rhimes blasts Roseanne's Ambien defense, tells her to "#ownyouractions"
- Bill Maher -- who also was canceled by ABC amid controversy -- gets caught in the Roseanne cancelation crossfire