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    Lena Dunham, Jason Blum, Casey Neistat Among SXSW's First Batch of Announced Keynotes and Panels

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the first batch of Keynotes and panels for their 2014 edition, which runs March 7-15 in Austin, Texas.

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    SXSW 2014 Announces Lena Dunham, Producer Jason Blum and More as All-New Keynote Speakers; Plus, First Round of Panels

    SXSW revealed today that daily Keynote sessions, offered for the first time, will feature filmmakers Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Jason Blum (producer of “Insidious,” “Purge and “Paranormal Activity” franchises) and Casey Neistat (HBO’s “The Neistat Brothers”).

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    Casting Watch: June Squibb of 'Nebraska' Set to Play Lena Dunham's Granny on 'Girls'

    82-year-old June Squibb, who plays the rollicking foul-mouthed wife of Bruce Dern in "Nebraska" (and, like Dern, is earning awards buzz for her performance), will next play Lena Dunham's grandma on "Girls."

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    Tina Fey as Blerta, The New Roommate on 'Girls' (SNL Video)

    It's easy to spoof Girls, from Lena Dunham's very particular delivery to her character's unlimited insecurity and narcissism. But host Tina Fey took an entirely fresh approach in the best of the sketches from last night's otherwise tame Saturday Night Live, as a new roommate -- a peasant crone nam...

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    WATCH: 'Girls' Season 3 Teaser Gives an Instagrammed Peek at Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, Allison Williams and More

    The first teaser for the third season of HBO's "Girls," starring writer-director-showrunner Lena Dunham, has landed. Less of a trailer than a montage of the "Girls" production diary, the new spot is indebted to a main fixture in many twentysomethings' lives: Instagram! Take a look, below.

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    In the Works: Details Emerge from Joe Swanberg's Upcoming 'Happy Christmas,' Starring Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick

    Writer-director and actor Joe Swanberg has a new film, "Drinking Buddies," currently on VOD and in theaters this August, but that doesn't mean he's taking a summer vacation. He's editing his next film, "Happy Christmas," and has teased out some details about the cast, including the roles played by A...

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    How 'Blue Jasmine''s Cate Blanchett Became Woody Allen's Lena Dunham

    My, how the mighty fall in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," a dramedic character study about the eponymous diva played by a riveting Cate Blanchett. In the movie, opening today in limited release, we catch up with Jasmine after the behind-bars death of Hal (Alec Baldwin), her Ponzi-schemer husband, who...

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    Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today

    This week, the British Film Institute released statistics revealing that a mere 14 feature films were directed by women in the UK last year, compared to 164 by men. Meanwhile, of the 16 gala premieres just announced by this year’s Toronto film festival, none have female directors.The prejudices face...

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    Joe Swanberg Completes New Film 'Happy Christmas' With Anne Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey & Mark Webber

    Joe Swanberg is having a moment. The prolific indie director hit SXSW this spring with his first Hollywood picture (sort of), “Drinking Buddies,” featuring a cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson. But of course, Swanberg has never been a one-movie-at-a-time kind of a guy, s...

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    'Girls' Recap 10: Saving the Worst for Last

    If last week’s episode dealt with body horror (ass splinters! lodged Q-tips!), this week’s episode deals with the horror of finishing things. Hannah struggles -- but not too hard -- with wrapping up her barely inchoate manuscript, while “Girls” struggles with capping off its second season in a coher...

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