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<p>Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams in a scene from the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams in a scene from the "Girls" season finale.

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'Girls' producers Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner finale interview, part 2

An extra-long interview concludes with talk of the season's high and low points

So it turns out there sometimes are word limits even on the internet, and a 9000-word interview with "Girls" producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner was too much to try to squeeze into a single post. So you can read the first half here, and after the jump, the two women continue to talk about the first season — including more on James Franco, and how fellow producer Judd Apatow predicted every stage of the show's public and critical reaction — coming up just as soon as I drink some expired Milanta...

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<p>Linden (Mireille Enos)&nbsp;had time to watch a movie in &quot;The Killing&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Linden (Mireille Enos) had time to watch a movie in "The Killing" finale.

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Season finale review: 'The Killing' - 'What I Know'

The series finally reveals Rosie Larsen's killer, but was the long wait worth it? Nah.

A review of "The Killing" finale coming up just as soon as I smoke in a garage...

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<p>Lena Dunham directing a scene in the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Lena Dunham directing a scene in the "Girls" season finale.

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'Girls' producers Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner talk finale, backlash, Judd Apatow and more

What did they learn making season 1 of the HBO comedy? And how do they feel about James Franco, TV critic?
Even by the standards of a national approach to popular culture where we build people up quickly only to tear them down just as quickly, the roller coaster of good and bad hype for Lena Dunham and "Girls" was pretty extreme. Before the show premiere, TV critics were falling over themselves to come up with new superlatives for it. (Mine was "it may, in fact, be the best new HBO comedy since 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'") Almost immediately after it debuted, there was a backlash to the show (and to the reviews), then a backlash to the backlash, a backlash to the backlash to the backlash, etc.
 
The praise and pans kept flying back and forth, back and forth, and all the while Dunham and showrunning partner Jenni Konner just kept working on the show, first finishing up the 10 episodes of season 1, then seguing almost immediately to production on season 2. And because the two of them in general — and Dunham in particular, who co-writes every episode, stars in all of them and directs many of them — are so busy making "Girls," they were able to exist in a bubble about the feedback — but only to a point. Dunahm says she tries to do "half press avoidance," but can only avoid so much — especially since her mother likes to forward her press clippings.
 
So when I sat down with Dunham and Konner for a bookend to the interview we did before the season, it was in the context of me having seen the entire first season (here's my review of the season finale), and of them being aware of most, if not all, of the good and bad things people had been saying about it. Over a long lunch — I should warn you, this transcript clocks in at close to 9,000 words, so I've broken it up into sections for those who want to read it piecemeal — we talked about the reaction to the series, about the ways the show and their working relationship evolved, lessons learned that will be applied to season 2, Dunham's weight loss (thanks to better eating habits and a daily spin class, she's noticeably slimmer than when the first season was filmed), and more, all coming up just as soon as I'm wearing two plaids...
 
UPDATE: It turned out this interview may have been the point at which word limits actually do matter on the Internet, as it keeps being cut off before the end. So I'm splitting it up into two parts, with the first three sections down below, and the next two here. Sorry for the confusion.
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<p>Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in "Girls."

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'She Did'

A surprise announcement from Jessa throws the girls into turmoil

"Girls" has wrapped up its first season. I did a long interview with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner again to bookend the pre-season chat we had, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I blog from a tortilla soup contest...

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<p>Edie Falco and Bobby Cannavale in &quot;Nurse Jackie.&quot;</p>

Edie Falco and Bobby Cannavale in "Nurse Jackie."

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Season finale review: 'Nurse Jackie' - 'Handle Your Scandal'

A consequence-heavy season comes to a strong conclusion

A review of the "Nurse Jackie" season finale coming up just as soon as security comes to escort me from the building...

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<p>Few film series have the iconic weight of the James Bond series, but today we explain a more personal reason for this year-long exploration of every film in the franchise.</p>

Few film series have the iconic weight of the James Bond series, but today we explain a more personal reason for this year-long exploration of every film in the franchise.

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James Bond Declassified: Father's Day Dossier

A look back, a look ahead, and when you can read the rest of the series

It is the 50th anniversary of James Bond's first theatrical feature film this year.

That alone would be justification enough to write my special series in which we review each and every film in the official James Bond franchise so far, but I must confess a more personal motivation at work here.

1977 was a big year for me in terms of figuring out my tastes as a filmgoer.  It was obviously the year that "Star Wars" was released, and that film was like a lightning bolt someone fired directly into the top of my head.  It was also the year that "Smokey and the Bandit" was released, and in some ways, that film was like my dad's "Star Wars," a movie that seemed to be almost specifically engineered for his pleasure.  It made a huge impression on me, seeing him laugh like that, seeing how completely he handed himself over to it.  My dad is cut from that same sort of pure cowboy cloth as Sam Elliott, and growing up, his stoicism was one of the things that defined my idea of manhood.  Watching him laugh so hard he cried was uncommon, but it did happen on occasion, and I made careful note of what did it to him.

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Music Power Rankings: Carly Rae Jepsen definitely tops the list

Madonna, Usher, and Adam Levine also make this week's tally

1. Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe” finally goes to No. 1 on the Hot 100 after selling more than 3.3. million downloads.. Definitely the song of the summer.

2. Usher:
His new album, “Looking 4 Myself” will find its way to No. 1 next week and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career. An artist starts what looks to be a brilliant new chapter.

3. Madonna: It may not have been elegant or classy, but she certainly got our attention not once, but twice, this week by flashing her nip and flashing her G-string in concert. Hey Madge, leave the antics to those who don’t have talent and a gazillion Top 40 hits to draw upon.

4. Adam Levine First “American Horror Story” and now “Can A Song Save Your Life.” The Maroon 5 frontman/”The Voice” judge lands his first leading role in a motion picture, starring alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Someone wants more than just Grammy  Awards.

5. John Janick: The mastermind behind the Fueled By Ramen label (home to fun., Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and more)  jumps from WMG to Interscope president/COO in one of the biggest label coups in recent years.

6. Rebecca Ferguson: The “X Factor U.K.” runner up is on Simon Cowell’s label and she’s managed by the same folks who handle One Direction. Plus she can really sing. Go ahead and get onboard now.

7. EMI/UMG merger:
After it seemed like a relatively sure bet, all bets are off as the European Commission steps up its scrutiny and Senate Judiciary Antitrust hearings announced their dockets of witnesses for June 21’s hearings.

8. Long Live Rock: After a relatively fallow period, rock is surging with new releases from Neil Young, Linkin Park, and the Offspring this month. Coming soon: Muse, Green Day, No Doubt, Aerosmith and many more.

9. The Beach Boys:
As incredulous as it sounds, the boys of summer score their best chart debut ever in their 50 year career as “That’s Why God Made the Radio” bows at No. 3. Surf’s Up, boys.

10. Frances W. Preston: Though not known widely outside the music industry, the former BMI head, who died this week at 83, was a pioneer in every sense of the word: the first female corporate executive in Tennessee was a songwriter’s best friend. Goodbye to one of the last trailblazers.

 

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<p>Will Forte is in two of this weekend's new movies, and we spoke to him about working with Adam Sandler on the very raunchy 'That's My Boy'</p>

Will Forte is in two of this weekend's new movies, and we spoke to him about working with Adam Sandler on the very raunchy 'That's My Boy'

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'That's My Boy' stars Will Forte, Ciara, and Leighton Meester get dirty for Adam Sandler

We interview the eclectic supporting cast of the new Happy Madison comedy

By now, it's starting to look like "That's My Boy" is taking a bit of a hit at the box-office this weekend, a shock after the almost unassailable commercial strength of his movies over the last decade or so.  After all, when something like "Grown-Ups" can make a Scrooge McDuck-sized pile of cash, it's not like the viewing public is exactly discerning when it comes to Adam Sandler's films.

So what happened with "That's My Boy"?  Although our own Geoff Berkshire wrote the official HitFix review, I'd just add that the film reminds me of Sandler's early comedy albums and his first few films in the way it feels unfettered, like anything goes.  The R-rating seems to have allowed Sandler and his crew to try some things they haven't tried before, and, yes, the results are crude and often breathtakingly crass, but I'd rather see Sandler lay it all out there like this than sleepwalk through a vacation video with his millionaire buddies.

You've got to get everyone on board if you're going to make a movie as completely deranged as "That's My Boy," from Sandler to the supporting cast to Sean Anders, the director of the film, who also made "Sex Drive" a few years ago.  I've run several interviews this week with cast members, including Sandler and Andy Samberg, but this last interview we've got for you tonight is actually three of them put together.

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<p>Quvenzhan&eacute; Wallis in &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild&quot;</p>

Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

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Quvenzhané Wallis: One of Oscar's better stories waiting to happen

You'll be hearing about the 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' star a lot this season

Every Oscar season needs a pulse of emotion that feels less put-on, that doesn't have that whiff of campaign or construct. Something that organically pops from the fabric of the form can be galvanizing, and though nothing can exist so pure for too long, the recognition of a tempest in the calm before it strikes means something.

Quvenzhané Wallis is that tempest for 2012. And though we've been intimating as much since the film bowed at Sundance, it bears repeating: get ready to hear a lot more about this 8-year-old natural.

Wallis was five when director Benh Zeitlin went searching through over 4,000 young ladies for the lead role of Hushpuppy in his festival sensation "Beasts of the Southern Wild." She was six when she delivered the performance in the film, one that is likely to be a formidable contender on the awards circuit this season, a road that could well end with her nabbing the record for the youngest Best Actress nominee in history.

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<p>Usher</p>

Usher

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Usher will find himself at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200

What happens to Adele?

Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” should handily come in at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 as it’s poised to be the only title that will surpass the 100,000 mark.

The R&B superstar’s album is one of five new releases that will come into the Top 10. Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” will just miss the 100,000, as it is projected to come in at No 2 with sales of 90,000-95,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran’s “+” will land at No. 4 with a tally of between 45,000-50,000. Country singer Josh Turner’s “Punching Bag” will land at No. 6 with 40,000-45,000 and rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s “Triple F Life” looks good at No. 8, with sales of up to 32,000.

The rest of the Top 10 shakes out with Adele’s “21” falling from No 1 to No. 3, One Direction’s “Up All Night” will be at No. 5 (unless it can’t head off a charge by Turner). Alan Jackson’s “Thirty Miles West” goes from No. 2 to No. 7. John Mayer’s former No. 1, “Born and Raised” goes to No. 9 and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” lands at No. 10.



 

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<p>Tim Burton exams some puppet hands on the set of &quot;Frankenweenie.&quot;</p>

Tim Burton exams some puppet hands on the set of "Frankenweenie."

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Tim Burton takes you on a tour of the sets of 'Frankenweenie'

Bringing a black and white passion project to life

LONDON - Some directors are enthusiastic about working with actors.  Others get an adrenaline rush from difficult shots and exotic locales.  And there is even a select group that find the most exciting part of the filmmaking process to be the decisions made in the editing room.  Tim Burton may enjoy all aspects of making movies, but he admits there is a special joy he gets on a stop-motion animated film just from the "props and things that people are making." 

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<p>Peter Buck (2008)</p>

Peter Buck (2008)

Listen: R.E.M.'s Peter Buck goes solo on '10 Million BC'

Boggy garage rocker arrives ahead of as-yet-untitled solo set

Since R.E.M. split, it sounds like guitarist Peter Buck has been spending time in the garage.

The rocker is stepping out solo with a new album and now has "10 Million BC" to show for it. The boggy, Jon Spencer-styled track made its bow on WFMU this week, with Buck's collaborator in The Baseball Project, Steve Wynn, introducing it.

"10 Million BC" is from Buck's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled effort, with no word yet when to expect a whole package -- a package which may be released on vinyl-only.

R.E.M. called it quits last September. And I've really enjoyed Michael Stipe's cameos on "Colbert."

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