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After six years, 62 episodes, and an endless stream of opinions generated, HBO’s Girls is coming to an end this Sunday. Set in our home borough, we’ve always been eager to feature its stars, and to get some insight on their thoughts on the plot’s twists and turns, and about life in general, when the cameras aren’t rolling. This week, in the lead-up to the show’s conclusion, we’re taking a look back on their...
Alex Karpovsky didn’t think Girls was going to work. “I’m an idiot in many ways,” he says, carefully choosing his words as he recalls the time his good friend Lena Dunham approached him about a role on her new series. “I know what people would like and not like. I had doubts that this very specific sensibility would translate to a mainstream platform like HBO. When Lena was making the show, I was like this...
This is the first of Jesse Hassenger's dispatches from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which continues through this weekend. Demetri Martin has a comedy style that depends on a certain deadpan simplicity, so it’s something of a shock to see him participating in something as elaborate as a feature film—especially one he wrote, directed, produced, and stars in himself. But that’s the deal with Dean, wherein Martin plays the title character, who has recently lost...
With a sweetly neurotic stammer, asthma inhaler, and wardrobe of muumuu-sized t-shirts and denim cargo shorts, Lisa Haas, star and co-writer of The Foxy Merkins, is notably unlikely as a runaway turned lesbian prostitute in big, bad NYC. In the film, which opens today for a weeklong run at the IFP's Made in NY Media Center, in Dumbo, co-writer director Madeleine Olnek renders gender roles productively wobbly by treating familiar fraught John-Jane scenarios as...