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Lena Dunham On Girls Racial Backlash: ‘It Was an Educational, Painful Process for Me’

“It ultimately made the show better and made me stronger as a feminist and an activist and a thinker.”

Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, understands the criticism she faced after the show’s first season concerning the overwhelmingly white cast that seemingly misrepresented the reality of a multicultural Brooklyn.

While speaking on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actress Roundtable, Dunham explained, “I had been thinking so much about sort of representing weirdo girls and chubby girls and strange half-Jews that I had forgotten that there was an entire world of women who were being underserved.”

She said she learned that, “It is our job as creators to represent more than our own experience and to represent more than what we’ve seen.” She also expressed gratitude toward those who made her aware of her duty, saying, “It ultimately made the show better and made me stronger as a feminist and an activist and a thinker.”

Dunham noted a particular experience of overt sexism between her and a male guest star on Girls, but praises Girls executive producer Judd Apatow as an ultra-feminist.

“[He] is the best man in the world. All he would say is like, ‘You are women. You are deities. Let me kiss your feet.’”

The actress joined Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) for the roundtable, where some the year’s hottest television actresses discussed weighty topics such as racism and sexism in Hollywood while remaining unfiltered, frank and funny.

The full Comedy Actress Emmy Roundtable can be seen on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter when it premieres Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Sundance TV and HollywoodReporter.com.

Check back Friday to watch clips featuring Amy Schumer and Tracee Ellis Ross.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kate McKinnon Shares Her Secret to Playing Hillary Clinton on SNL

The SNL star has her own approach to parodying Clinton

Kate McKinnon is perhaps the Saturday Night Live castmember tasked with the show’s biggest job in the next year: playing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. While speaking on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actress Roundtable, McKinnon shared her secret on creating her Hillary.

“I wanted to play on the inherent contrast between a woman who is so driven and so hardened by her experiences and needs this, and also a little sweetie granny from the Midwest, just the juxtaposition of those two things,” said McKinnon.

McKinnon also recounted a stand-up routine that went so terribly that she wound up drinking at Hooters.

The actress joined Lena Dunham (Girls), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) for the roundtable, where some the year’s hottest television actresses discussed weighty topics such as racism and sexism in Hollywood while remaining unfiltered, frank and funny.

The full Comedy Actress Emmy Roundtable can be seen on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter when it premieres Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Sundance TV and HollywoodReporter.com.

Check back Friday to watch interviews with Amy Schumer and Tracee Ellis Ross.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Urban Cowboy Remake Is in Development at Fox

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images Actor John Travolta and Debra Winger pose in a scene during the Paramount Pictures movie 'Urban Cowboy" circa 1980.

Fox has commissioned a script from Craig Brewer

Bud and Sissy could be making a comeback.

Fox is developing a remake of Urban Cowboy, the 1980 movie that starred John Travolta as a young cowboy looking for love in all the wrong places in a Houston bar.

Variety reports the network has commissioned a script from Craig Brewer, who would also direct the pilot if it advances to that stage. It would basically mirror the movie that also starred Debra Winger as Sissy, who meets Bud (Travolta) at the famed Gilley’s Bar. There are other plot points in the movie, like an oil refinery death and a nasty cowboy named Wes who was one helluva mechanical bull rider. (But you were a sexy cuss, Scott Glenn!)

If the project manages to go the distance, the reboot would serve as a companion series to the net’s breakout hit Empire.

Fox already has a drama on its fall lineup that’s based on a movie: Minority Report, which stars Stark Sands.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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These Warthog Piglets Were Named After Game of Thrones Characters

Welcome, four-footed HBO fans!

Hodor is stocky and muscular with wrinkly, gray skin and a long, coarse mane. He also has four large tusks protruding from his snout and has not once said the word, “Hodor!” But we’re not referring to the Game of Thrones character — it’s a new baby warthog at the Detroit Zoo.

A set of five warthogs was born at the Detroit Zoo back in April, according to a news release, and they just made their web debut. There’s a good chance these guys will be popular, because each one is named after characters from Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire, depending on your particular level of geekdom). The female piglets are named Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, while the males are named after Tyrion and Hodor.

“We’re thrilled to have this new litter to add to our warthog family,” Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, said in a statement. “Like all pigs, warthogs are smart and precocious and a lot of fun to watch running and rooting around in their habitat.”

Based on the video that the zoo shared on Wednesday, at least four of those piglets don’t share their namesakes’ blood-thirst or desire for revenge. The fifth one, presumably Cersei, isn’t in the video, undoubtedly because she doesn’t play well with others.


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Lori Loughlin Will Join Fuller House

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Bob D'Amico—ABC/Getty Images Lori Loughlin (Rebecca) and John Stamos (Jesse), on Sept. 14, 1993.

Aunt Becky is back

Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky are officially reuniting.

Lori Loughlin will be part of the upcoming Full House spin-off Fuller House, premiering next year on Netflix.

Loughlin, 50, tells PEOPLE she will do the reunion episode and is eager to reunite with her former cast mates and longtime friends. “Doing that show was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she says. “It was just so much fun.”

And she hopes that the spin-off will satisfy fans of the original. “I think with Jeff Franklin at the helm – he’s the creator of Full House – it’s hard to go wrong because nobody’s more protective of that show than he is,” she says. “That’s his baby.”

Fuller House will star Candace Cameron Bure as D.J., a newly widowed mom raising her children in the house she grew up in with her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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19 Kids and Counting Is No Longer Streaming on Hulu

Advertisers of the show have backed out as well

19 Kids and Counting is no longer streaming on Hulu, the streaming service confirmed Thursday. “It expired from our service,” a Hulu rep told EW.

Last week, reports surfaced that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar had molested five girls when he was a teenager. He went on to release a statement admitting to the allegations, saying, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”

TLC responded by pulling 19 Kids and Counting reruns from its schedule, although it has not yet been canceled. Several advertisers have ended their relationship with the show as well.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Here’s When Trevor Noah Will Take Over The Daily Show

It's only a few months away now

Jon Stewart will officially hand over the reins of The Daily Show to Trevor Noah on September 28.

Stewart announced his departure from the show in February, and Noah was announced as his successor at the end of March. The South African comedian had only made three previous appearances on the show, and faced some backlash after the announcement for some of his previous tweets that people found offensive.

Until then, it looks like Noah is prepping for his new role by trying out Stewart’s chair.

Read Next: What To Know About the New Daily Show Host Trevor Noah

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Review: The Dawning of an Age-Old Aquarius

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Vivian Zink/NBC Anthony and Duchovny in Aquarius.

The ability to binge-watch the whole thing is the only thing that feels fresh about NBC's Charles Manson drama.

Mad Men fans are still debating whether its ending was cynical, heartfelt or both. But having seven seasons to quibble over the fine points of a subtle, unpredictable story about a decade of life was a luxury that became more obvious every time a broadcast network set a period drama in the 1960s (see Pan Am and The Playboy Club in 2011). As if on cue, here comes NBC’s 1967-vintage serial Aquarius (premieres May 28) to remind us how grateful we should have been.

To be fair, Aquarius, a crime thriller about the beginnings of a case that will eventually lead to the Manson Family murders, is hardly trying to be Mad Men. But it does, like AMC’s drama, try to make the 1960s a character in the story. This time, they went straight to central casting.

It’s not two minutes into the pilot that hippies are tripping at a party to the sounds of “White Rabbit.” The old folks are struggling to understand the young folks. People are arguing about Vietnam. The Establishment is under siege; kids are talking back; and the fuzz have to read this new-fangled Miranda-rights thingie when they arrest people. Aquarius is not so much trying to present an idea of the 1960s as to lay out a set of signifiers we’ve wearily agreed to accept as representing “the 1960s” on screen.

All that thrift-shop decor, though, mainly dresses up an extended, network-noir cop procedural. David Duchovny, wearing a version of Jack Webb’s Dragnet ‘67 flattop, stars as Sam Hodiak, a by-the-numbers, Greatest Generation detective. He’s assigned to the disappearance of Emma (Emma Dumont), the daughter of a politically connected attorney, who has fallen into the orbit of a charismatic, dangerous would-be rock star by the name of Charlie Manson (Gethin Anthony, Game of Thrones’ Renly Baratheon). The better to infiltrate their counterculture targets, Hodiak is paired with a longhaired partner, Brian Shafe (Grey Damon).

Hodiak is not entirely the square he seems at first (he’s the son of a jazz musician, we learn, and thus has some experience in the ways of wacky weed) and Duchovny’s laconic humor is the show’s main attraction. (The sleazy Californication could not render Duchovny unenjoyable, and maybe this proves nothing can.) But most everything else is quite exactly as you’d expect: the odd-couple sparks between Hodiak and Shafe, the snaky preening of Anthony’s budding cult leader, the vibrations of Los Angeles in the Summer of Love. (In the third episode, a hippie chick weaving flower crowns gushes about recently having lived up in San Francisco, in “the heart of Ashbury,” down the street from “Janis.” “Joplin?” Emma asks her, to spare you a visit to Wikipedia.)

Sheerly as a crime story, Aquarius goes down easy enough, but it lacks particularly fresh ideas either on its setting or its genre and–since you have some idea where this is headed if the name “Charles Manson” means anything to you–it lacks much suspense, at least at first. Though it has aspirations to be a dark cable-style serial, it’s a cop procedural at heart, and it soon begins mixing in kind of case-of-the-week stories, as if to hedge its bet that Manson alone can hold viewers’ interest. The most interesting aspect of the Manson story, early on, is Aquarius’ focus on his musical aspirations to become “bigger than the Beatles.” (Several of the season’s episodes take their titles from his original songs.) And the hippie-underworld scenes are distractingly corny–all smoke and no buzz.

One caveat: NBC sent critics the entire 13-episode season. I can only tell you about Aquarius up to the point I gave up on it, four episodes in. (That may not be fair–with 352 scripted shows airing a year, you gotta do triage–but it’s also three and a half episodes more than I would have watched if I weren’t reviewing it.)

Maybe it gets much better after that, and you can find out quickly: in a very 2015 twist, NBC is making the whole series available in streaming and on-demand the day after the pilot airs. (It will still, however, air weekly, for those of you who prefer to consume your TV 1967-style.)

Which brings us back to Mad Men, whose creator Matt Weiner recently said that, if he ever made a show for Netflix, he’d like it to air weekly, to give viewers time to digest. That’s not a problem for Aquarius. The few seconds it takes for the next episode to load should be more than enough time to process the last one.

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19 Kids and Counting Loses More Advertisers

Amid molestation allegations against Josh Duggar

Social media campaigns like #canceltheduggars seem to be working: Several more advertisers have yanked their sponsorship of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting in light of the sexual molestation allegations involving Josh Duggar.

Companies like Choice Hotels and Pure Life Iced Tea followed Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Payless Shoe Source by assuring the public it wouldn’t advertise in the TLC show about the Duggar family. “Thank you for contacting us to share your concerns,” wrote Pure Life on Wednesday. “Please know that we will no longer be advertising on 19 Kids and Counting.” David’s Bridal said it would “take steps to have our ads removed from future episodes” while H&R Block reportedly said in a statement that it “will not advertise on the show if it is reinstated.”

Other than announcing its decision to yank reruns, TLC hasn’t issued any more statements about the fate of 19 Kids and Counting, which follows Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. Then again, the network could just be busy working on a plan to salvage the veteran franchise: People is reporting that TLC could be looking into the possibility of a spinoff that focuses on newlyweds Jill and Derick Dillard and Jessa and Ben Seewald.

“The show had begun to focus more and more on the next generation of Duggars, anyway – mainly Jill and Jessa and their marriages and babies,” a source told People. “That’s when the show got its highest ratings.”

19 Kids and Counting is TLC’s most successful franchise. The series, which began in 2008, just completed its 10th season.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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How Inside Amy Schumer Pulled Off the Perfect Cosby Sketch

Head writer Jessi Klein on the "court of public opinion" concept

Inside Amy Schumer continued its streak of much-praised satire Tuesday night with a sketch that condemned not only Bill Cosby for his alleged sexual assaults, but also those who use fond memories of his persona to avoid denouncing him.

“I think at some point between the 30th and 100th woman coming out and saying they’d been raped by Cosby, it felt like something we wanted to talk about on the show,” the show’s head writer Jessi Klein said in an emailed statement to TIME. “We also couldn’t believe how many people were still reluctant to believe that these accusations could be true. It would be one thing to say you’re not sure, but it felt like a lot of voices were just adamant it wasn’t possible.”

In November 2014, attorney Martin Singer released a statement saying that claims against the comedian “about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous.” Cosby has maintained that the allegations of rape and sexual assault are untrue.

The sketch eviscerates the idea that Cosby should somehow get a pass because of his beloved television show. Schumer played a lawyer for Cosby in the “court of public opinion,” buttering up the jury with dancing, pudding pops and sweaters.

During an April Tribeca Film Festival panel, Schumer teased that the show would take on Cosby and said that the sketch was the subject of “heated debates” in the writer’s room. Though during the panel Schumer discussed an early “support group” idea, the “court of public opinion” concept allowed the show to reflect on a topic that keeps recurring: how the public reacts when someone who created a beloved piece of entertainment is accused of doing a horrible thing.

“The court of public opinion idea just felt like the most accurate reflection of the debate that was going on, both because there most likely won’t be a real trial, and also because so many of Cosby’s defenders really seemed to be basing their opinion on nothing more than their emotional attachment to his fictional Dr. Huxtable persona,” Klein said. “It’s the same debate you see around Woody Allen and Michael Jackson. People feel like there’s an all or nothing embrace to be made of a person and their work. But if you had to like the people who are making your favorite movies and shows in order to keep watching them, you’d probably end up staring at a blank wall. There are a lot of assholes in entertainment.”


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